Correspondences : The "Meister" Covers 1920-32


New Orleans passenger list 1914:
New Orleans passenger list

Meister draft registration 1917:
Meister draft registration

Meister at Holyoke 1926-33:
Meister draft registration

Meister at St. Louis hospital 1933:
Meister at St. Louis hospital

Meister death certificate 1945:
Meister death certificate

Meister gravestone: San Fernando Cemetary #2, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
Meister gravestone

Known, but we have no image: 14 July 1921
Three different 1d ovpt. stamps and the French 5c and 10c ovpts
Registered cover to "Monsieur Léonard Meister", Amarillo, Texas.

Known, but we have no image: ?? ??? 1922
6d - 3d paying the overseas rate and 3d the registration.
Registered cover to Texas redirected to Kansas. "Registered Sydney" d/s on reverse. Seen in an old Chris Rainey direct sale list.

Known, but we have no image: 2 September 1925
2F 1912 French stamp.
Registered cover to Delia but forwarded. Seen as a Chris Rainey offer in 2011.

Léonard Meister was a priest at St. Patrick's church in Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado, USA from 1925 to 1934.

He had a steady mail connection with the New Hebrides and sometimes other islands. We now know of 38 covers from the New Hebrides to him, the first dated 14 September 1920 and the last 22 February 1932. About the first half of the covers showed different addresses and were often forwarded. The later covers went to Holyoke, Colorado.

A Meister cover is known from Nauru in 1922, and there are reports of more from PNG and Fiji. Please report more known Meister covers. The latest cover I found so far is shown at the bottom of the page: 28 August 1937 from the Solomon Islands to a Denver, Col. address.

From: "The Germans in Trinidad" (Anthony de Verteuil, Port of Spain, Trinidad 1994): He was at St. Mary's College in Trinidad from 1893-1895. ..... Leonard Meister, born in Bavaria, belonged to the order of St. Augustine. He was ordained in 1898 and came to Trinidad from Dominica. He worked in Couva, Erin, La Brea, Mayaro and Maraval, from 1911 to 1915.

According to the New Orleans index to passenger lists he was born on 24th February 1873 in Egenhofen, Germany and came from Trinidad to New Orleans.
The 1920 U.S. census shows him in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas.
A draft registration from Sept. 12, 1918 exists from St. Louis, Missouri.
The death certificate shows that Leonard Meister died on 28 November 1945 in San Antonio, Tex.

I wonder if there are any more covers from the New Hebrides from 1932 to 1937.
30 May 2012: I found a wonderful article on L. Meister from Dr. Eric M. Bateson of Australia published in the British Caribbean Philatelic Journal Vol. 51, No. 4 Page 11.
You can download the article here: Dr. Eric M. Bateson: The Rev. Meister Mystery

During his time in Trinidad Meister may have been interested in philately - at least he kept his covers. I found these here in the internet:

Just for fun: - five of the many "Meisters" covers from other countries.
Here from the Solomons (one extremely late: 1937), Papua New Guinea and Gilbert & Ellice Islands.
And an advertisement of his last stay (I suppose) in Denver.
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