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Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection

Visit the library and view the WWI costume worn by Sergeant Edwin (Ed) Zimmermann. This exhibit is a collaboration between the NDSU Libraries and the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management in the College of Human Development and Education is utilized to showcase the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection. 

This wool uniform was worn by Sergeant Edwin (Ed) Zimmermann. Ed was born November 17, 1890, on his family’s farm near Addison, North Dakota. He graduated from NDAC (later to become NDSU) in 1914 with a degree in Pharmacy.  Ed enlisted in the Army on August 31, 1917. He was stationed at Camp Greenleaf in Georgia, first working in Field Hospital Number 14, then in Band Company Number 1.  He was finally stationed in the Medical Department in the National Soldiers Home in Virginia until the end of his enlistment. Ed was discharged on September 1, 1919.

The stripes and insignia on his uniform mark his rank and service.  The three chevrons on his right sleeve denote his rank of Sergeant; the brass insignia with the lyre on his left collar denotes his service as a Bandsman; the red chevron on the shoulder of his left sleeve denotes that he was honorably discharged; and the four chevrons at the cuff of his left sleeve denotes his two years of service. (Service chevrons were awarded for every six months of active service.)  The red, white, and blue shoulder cord was not part of the Army’s standard uniform, but was often used by company bands.

After leaving the Army, Ed opened a pharmacy in Casselton, North Dakota.  He married Beatrice Burns in 1924 and they raised three children. Ed died January 29, 1985, at the age of 95.

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Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management
Gift of Beatrice Burns Zimmermann (1991.7.1)

 

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Last updated: 8/9/2017