On Friday, August 21, 2009 the MSU Archives was visited by a family whose members have been students at the school dating back to the 1940s. Collin Meierbachtol recently earned his Master’s degree from MSU. He and his wife, Krista Cruse Meierbachtol, are current doctoral students at MSU. Collin’s grandfather, Dwight Herman, is a graduate of the MSU Class of 1950. Dwight came to MSU during World War II as an Air Force cadet and stayed at Abbot Hall. He returned to MSU after the war to finish his degree. During that time he and his wife lived in one of the trailers for the married students. While Dwight was in class, his wife was busy working at the campus police station.
During their visit to the archives Collin and Dwight looked up Dwight in the student directories to get his student address. They were also able to find Dwight’s old student number. They looked at photographs of campus from the post World War II era when temporary housing was built to handle all of the students attending college on the G.I. bill.
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