Museum logo

Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Catalog Number HRHS-140
Collection Switzer Collection
Object Name Collection
Frank Switzer's paternal grandfather, John Andrew Switzer, was a Confederate veteran and was a long time sheriff of Rockingham County. His father, Walter Switzer, was deputy sheriff who then founded the Harrisonburg Telephone Company. Frank Switzer attended Harrisonburg City Public Schools and graduated from Washington and Lee University. He returned to Harrisonburg in 1924 to help his brother Fred manage the family owned telephone company. He served on the city council for 24 years and as Mayor for 12 years. He married Mamie Omohundro who was born in Clifton Forge.

This collection contains genealogical research on the Switzer, Roller, and Omohundro families. There is also a collection of WWII letters between Frank and his wife Mamie.

Box 1:
Folder 1: Love letters from Mamie to Frank 1926-1929
Folder 2: Love letters from Frank to Mamie 1937
Folder 3: War time letters from Mamie to Frank 1941
Folder 4: War time letters from Mamie to Frank 1942
Folder 5: War time letters from Mamie to Frank 1943
Folder 6: War time letters from Mamie to Frank 1944
Folder 7: War time letters from Mamie to Frank 1945
Folder 8: War time letters from Frank to Mamie 1941
Folder 9: War time letters from Frank to Mamie 1942
Folder 10: War time letters from Frank to Mamie 1943
Folder 11: War time letters from Frank to Mamie 1944-1945
Folder 12: V-Mail letters from Mamie to Frank 1942-1943
Folder 13: V-Mail letters from Mamie to Frank 1944-1945
Folder 14: V-Mail letters from Frank to Mamie 1942-1943
Folder 15: V-Mail letters from Frank to Mamie 1944
Folder 16: V-Mail letters from Frank to Mamie 1945
Folder 17: V-Mail letters to Frank from Misc. People 1942-1945
Folder 18: V-Mail letters from Frank to Misc. People 1942-1945
Folder 19: Misc. letters 1940's
Folder 20: Letters to Frank from his mother 1943-1945

Box 2:
Folders 21 & 22: Two notebooks of Switzer history
Folder 23: Four historical booklets on Switzer family
Folder 24: Antique survey map of Rawley Pike for waterline and an old poster for Rawley Springs Hotels
Folder 25: Switzer/Roller family research
Folder 26: Article on Fred and Frank Switzer, "Virginia Telephone Men"
Folder 27: Frank Switzer's senior thesis, "Government Ownership of the Telephone in the United States", 1924
Folder 28: Miscellaneous Carrie Switzer Davis letters
Folders 29 & 30: Carrie Switzer Davis family photos
Folder 31: Roller Family Record Book
Folder 32: Switzer Genealogy Booklets
Folder 33: Family research by Frank Switzer and Cornelia Switzer Burkholder
Folder 34: Miscellaneous family research
Folder 35: Mamie Omohundro Switzer writings, photos, clippings and diploma from George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN, 8/25/1926

Box 3:
Folder 36: Omohundro family research
Folder 37: Sherman family research
Folder 38: Booklet - Sherman family history
Folder 39: Switzer Coat of Arms, cemetery lots in Mt. Crawford and Harrisonburg, and family tree lists
Folder 40: Germanna Colonies in Virginia 1956-1966 book, Germanna Descendants Reunion 1972 booklet, Marker dedication pamphlet, and membership certificate
Folder 41: Frank Switzer family research and correspondence
Folder 42: Frank Switzer personal correspondence
Folder 43: Papers regarding John Andrew Switzer
Folder 44: Papers regarding Walter C. Switzer
Folder 45: Papers regarding G. Fred Switzer
Folder 46: Papers regarding Margaret Switzer Richardson
Folder 47: Newspaper obituaries for Frank and Mamie Switzer
Folder 48: Papers regarding Frank's campaigns for city council and mayor
Folder 49: Newspaper articles regarding Frank's campaigns and campaign ads
Folder 50: Newspaper articles and other information regarding Switzer Dam
Folder 51: Booklet: Journey into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg and other papers
Folder 52: Notebook: Induction of Co. "C" 1st Batt. 116th Inf. 29th Div. into Federal Service 2/3/1941 news articles and roster, photos and other papers regarding Company
Two Company C Military Scrapbooks

Title Switzer Collection