Friday, October 17, 2014
Dr. Perrin T. Wilson graduated from the Kirksville, Missouri, American School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1918, and served as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy, President of the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society, and President of the American Osteopathic Association in 1933 and 1934. He was a noted educator and prolific writer. Before his career in osteopathy took off, Dr. Wilson served in World War I with Field Hospital 303, and Camp Hospitals 28 and 57.
Friday, October 10, 2014
|Harry M. Bouser ca. 1917|
Project staff recently had the opportunity to review and scan letters, photos and postcards related to Harry Bouser’s service. Below are some of the photos in the collection and an account of the sinking of the USS President Lincoln.
Friday, October 3, 2014
|German Submarines near The Azores, Portugal|
During World War I, 14,132 Missourians served in the navy. One of those sailors, Clarence Monroe Stuver, enlisted at Kansas City on October 8, 1917. At 24 years old, Stuver was sent to the Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. Trained as a Fireman, he served on the U.S.S. Kearsarge and the U.S.S. Santa Luisa.
Friday, September 26, 2014
|Charles in Olathe, Kansas|
dated October 1917
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Charles, and his brother Maurice, resided in Kansas City, Missouri, when war was declared. Maurice, at age 21, was the first Stevenson to sign-up in August 1917. As second lieutenant, Maurice would later be assigned to 16th Infantry. One month later, Charles, at 22 years-old, enlisted in Kansas City and became attached to Company A, 314th Engineers at Camp Funston, Kansas.
Friday, September 19, 2014
On August 21, 1918, Mayor Henry W. Kiel of St. Louis appointed
a committee of women to assist in collecting the biographical and
service information of World War I veterans. Mrs. Ben F. Gray, a member of the Missouri
Historical Society, led the Committee, and the Society's archivist, Nettie Beauregard, served as the 2nd Vice President. The Memorial Tablet Honor Roll Committee was
composed of members of patriotic historical societies and war relief
auxiliaries from St. Louis City and County. The committee was very active and participated in several events to acknowledge those who served in the War. They
arranged a memorial service held on Art Hill in Forest Park; gathered names for
a parchment record of servicemen and women who died in the war to be placed in
the cornerstone of the monument in Memorial Park Cemetery. Also, they raised money to
purchase a Memorial Honor Roll Tablet honoring the deceased servicemen and
|Ceremony, Memorial Park Cemetery, July 25, 1920|
|Program for Memorial Service held June 15,1919, on Art Hill in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO|
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Forderhase memoir has been cited in multiple works, including: 11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour by Joseph Persico; Military Service, Combat, and American Identity in the Progressive Era by Sebastian Hubert Lukasik; To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 by Edward G. Lengel; The Illusion of Victory: America in World War I by Thomas Fleming; and The Greatest Day in History: How, on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day the First World War Finally Came to an End by Nicholas Best.
Several artifacts of Forderhase's are currently on display in the main corridor gallery at the State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia, including his gas mask, his helmet emblazoned with the 89th Division logo, and his mess kit. The exhibit, entitled Missouri and World War I, examines the Great War's impact on Missourians' daily lives through photographs, correspondence, artifacts, and more, that provide firsthand accounts of Missourian experiences, both on the home front and abroad.
The most riveting and frequently cited portion of the Forderhase memoir provides an account of the action during the Meuse Argonne Offensive and the events occurring on Armistice Day. We have included an excerpt below.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Frank Fraas, a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, served as part of the 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division during World War I. Fraas enlisted in May of 1917 and served overseas from May 20, 1918 through October 7, 1918. Fraas died on October 7, 1918 from wounds received in action. In the summer of 1931, Agnes Fraas, Frank’s mother, traveled to France as part of the Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimage to visit the grave of her son. This collection includes correspondence sent from Frank and various soldiers to the Fraas family during the war, and a series of documents related to Agnes Fraas’ journey to France as a Gold Star Mother.