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Record 517/678
Model 1917 Steel Helmet: stamped steel one-piece helmet with rounded crown with flared visor around edges; two swivels mounted inside for chin strap; no liner present. "This one was picked up near St. Michel (France) by Miss Nigl (donor). Mary A. Nigl was born February 6, 1891, the daughter of Joseph Nigl and Mary Seibold Nigl. Her parents owned and operated Nigl's Grocery on the corner of 9th and Ohio. She graduated from St. Joseph's Hospital Training School in Milwaukee on September 4, 1914. She served as a nurse during World War I and was stationed in France from June 1918 to April 1919 at Evacuation Hospital #20. She worked in Kaukauna as a nurse in the 1930's. She then took over the family grocery and tavern, and operated it until she retired. She never married, but raised her sister Lena's son, William Schmidt, after her sister died. In 1974 she retired and lived at the Wisconsin Veteran's Home in King, WI from April 1974 until her death on Jan. 1, 1992.
Helmet -WORLD WAR I -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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