William Henry Meeker: His Book

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William Henry Meeker: His Book

Dimensions: 5″ x 8″, 258 pages

HARDCOVER w/dustjacket

ISBN: 978-1-890434-92-2

OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, William Henry Meeker lost his life on an aviation training field in Pau, France. This book is a collection of letters his parents had printed in 1917 titled His Book. The original private printing was limited to 150 hard covered books.

MEEKER WAS BORN IN NEW YORK CITY on January 5, 1894. After his high school years, he entered Harvard University and was to have graduated in June of 1917, but took his degree early so that he might join the Lafayette Flying Corps. He enlisted on June 3, 1917, and was breveted a corporal on July 26. He went to France for further flight training and while doing a vertical spiral, his plane crashed and he was instantly killed on September 11, 1917.

THE OCEANIC FREE LIBRARY in Rumson, New Jersey, is a private memorial. The library is, in a sense, a war memorial, for it is a memorial to William Meeker who was killed while serving as an aviator in the French Army in the early stages of World War I. It was given to the people of the borough in 1920 by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meeker, William Meeker’s parents. The Meekers gave both the grounds and the building then located on West River Road. The library has since moved to its present-day location on Avenue of Two Rivers in 1959. The library name, Oceanic, was derived from one of the earlier names by which the present borough of Rumson was known. It was Oceanic that young Billy Meeker came to admire and reminisce.

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