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1943 Letter from Spencer T. Olin to Armond L. Hutchens


Olin, Spencer T., Vice President of Western Cartridge Company , “1943 Letter from Spencer T. Olin to Armond L. Hutchens,” Madison Historical, accessed June 16, 2024,


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This letter is an original letter from Spencer T. Olin, Vice President of Western Cartridge Company in East Alton, Illinois to Armond L. Hutchens. Hutchens, an employee of the Western Cartridge Company was leaving employment to join the armed forces. Olin sends Hutchens well wishes from the entire Western organizations as Hutchens was leaving to fight in World War II. Olin asks for information about the functioning of firearms and ammunition in regards to any failures and malfunctions. Olin’s letter has Hutchens’ last name spelled incorrectly. Western Cartridge Company became Olin, Winchester.


  • Western Cartridge Company, Western, World Champion Ammunition, East Alton, IL. May 3, 1945.

    Mr. Armond L. Hutchins, 326 Church St., East Alton, ILL.

    Dear Mr. Hutchins: Goodbye – Good Luck, and a Speedy Return. These are greeting that every officer and director of the Company would like to extend to you personally as you leave to take your place in the armed forces of our Country. As that is not possible, I am expressing those sentiments to you on behalf of the entire Western organization.

    We are proud of the outstanding job you and your co-workers at Western have done and are doing. We know we will be prouder still of the job that you will do in helping bring Victory to our cause.

    Let us hear from you whenever you have an opportunity to write. We will be much interested in your actual experience with the functioning of firearms and ammunition. Information in regard to any failure or malfunctioning you observe might result in improvements which will be of great importance to all of our armed forces.

    And now, until Victory is won, we wish you the best of everything – always.

    Sincerely yours, Spencer T. Olin, Vice President. Spencer T. Olin. RM:hd


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