|Charles in Olathe, Kansas|
dated October 1917
Friday, September 26, 2014
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.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
|East side of the Horace M. Peterson III Building|
Friday, August 15, 2014
In 1915, Levi H. Fuson was one of 29 to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 29 graduates, 24 went on to serve in World War I as commissioned medical officers. Fuson was the only member of his class to serve with Base Hospital 21. The Base Hospital was founded and staffed by Washington University, and was one of six base hospitals that were selected for mobilization by the U.S. Government to support the British troops. Fuson's papers, which detail his experiences while serving with Base Hospital 21, have been recently digitized by project staff. The papers, which are located at the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University Medical School, include a diary, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other documentation. The highlight of the papers is Fuson's 167 page diary. In addition to writing about his observations and experiences in the diary, Fuson detailed the personal stories and injuries of the soldiers he treated. Below is an excerpt from the Diary dated June 28, 1917, in which he described the events of a typical day in the hospital. Interspersed in this diary entry is valuable information about the life of a soldier on the battlefield.