Basket, Pack

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Description Shell carrier; 3 contiguous basketry cylinders woven onto perforated wooden slats; metal lid attached with canvas straps that fasten to metal knobs on front; canvas carrying loop on back.

Original catalog card: "Wicker basket made for carrying three large shells, these were used in the German army during the World War. Found on the St. Michel Front, France." Presumably collected by 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.
Dimensions H-19.75 W-5 L-14.25 inches
Dimension notes Width, including carrying loop,is approximate.
Event World War I
Found St. Michel, France
Year range to 1919
Material Plant material/Wood/Metal/Canvas/Leather
Object ID 1662-1
Object Name Basket, Pack
People Nigl, Mary A.
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