Friday, May 29, 2015

Powhatan H. Clarke, Jr.

Cadet School of Military Aviation, University of Illinois,
Champaign, Illinois, 1917 Clarke Jr. is the 7th
from the right on the front row
Over There project staff recently digitized selected materials from the Powhatan H. Clarke Collection at the Missouri History Museum. The collection includes the correspondence of the Clarke family, chiefly of Powhatan H. Clarke, a Medal of Honor recipient, his wife Elizabeth Clemens Clarke, a native of St. Louis,  and their son Powhatan H. Clarke, Jr.  1st LT Powhatan H. Clarke, Jr. was a student at the Cadet School of Military Aviation, University of Illinois and later served with the 21st Aero Squadron and the Labor Bureau, A.E.F.,  during WWI.

The materials of Powhatan H. Clarke, Jr. were selected for digitization because of his very interesting and unique military career.  In addition to correspondence, Clarke Jr.'s materials include photographs and a short diary. These materials provide a view into the War from the perspective of a pilot. The stories of Clarke Jr.'s various mishaps which he described in great detail in his letters are riveting. For example, the time he lost his money while on leave or the time his chauffer borrowed a government car and crashed into a farmer and his son.  Needless to say, this collection shows that the War was about much more than the battles. It was about people and their frailties that, in the case of Clarke Jr., often led to trouble.

Friday, May 22, 2015

World War I Newspaper Clippings - 1917-1921

John L. Barkley
Newspapers and obituaries are often a great source of information related to individual soldiers that fought in World War I.  Missouri Over There recently placed a collection of WWI newspaper clippings from The State Historical Society of Missouri online. These clippings contain information related to soldiers primarily from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. The information contained in the clippings vary from soldier to soldier, but most include a photo of the soldier along with additional biographical information. The entire collection is keyword searchable by name, making this a great resource for genealogical purposes. Below are a few examples we pulled from the collection. Enjoy!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Theodore and Belle Naish

Sinking of the RMS Lusitania, Library of Congress

Although thousands of miles from the war zone, Missouri was touched by one of the greatest tragedies of World War I, the sinking of the British passenger liner RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915. Among the 159 Americans on board, nine were Missourians. Six of them were among the 1,195 people who died in the tragedy. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

World War I Artifacts and Memories: Sinking of the Lusitantia

The Lusitania being torpedoed on May 7, 1915. Library of Congress.

May 7, 2015, marks 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by German submarine U-20. A British passenger ship on its way from New York to Liverpool, England, the Lusitania was running a risk traveling through waters that were at the time declared a war zone by Germany.  Click here to read Patrick Allie's blog written in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. Patrick is the WWI Exhibit Curator at the Missouri History Museum.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Harry S. Truman World War I Symposium May 9th

The birthplace of Harry S. Truman
Members of the “Missouri Over There” project staff from the Springfield-Greene County Library will be attending the Harry S. Truman World War I Symposium. This event will be held in Lamar, Missouri, the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman, next weekend on Saturday May 9th.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wartime Sweethearts

Frank Mitchell in his naval uniform
Frank Mitchell in his naval uniform. n.d. Missouri History Museum.

In September 1917, plumber Frank Clinton Mitchell found himself at Camp Pike, an army training camp in Little Rock, Arkansas. Working a construction job in support of the war, he was not only separated from his native St. Louis, but also from his sweetheart, Edna Kessler. To learn more about Frank and Edna's love story, click the link below:
Wartime Sweethearts by Patrick Allie, WWI Exhibit Curator, Missouri History Museum.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hugo Schroeder

Hugo Schroeder, Camp Funston, Kansas

Last year, project staff was put in contact with Hugo Schroeder’s daughter, Velma Schroeder Rohan, by the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum staff. The organization had been working with Velma, who was trying to obtain the Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medals that her father was entitled too. Velma brought in a small collection of items from her father's World War I service to the Missouri History Museum. These items have been digitized by Over There project staff and will be available on our website soon. Information on Hugo Schroeder's military service is below: