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Football crowd at Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas, on Thanksgiving Day

Football crowd at Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas, on Thanksgiving Day
Creator: Williams, Verne O. & Stead, Chas A., K.C. Mo.
Date: November 29, 1917
This panoramic photograph shows a crowd of soldiers at a football game at Camp Funston, Thanksgiving Day. The opposing team was from the University of Illinois and Camp Funston. Camp Funston was established at Fort Riley, Kansas, after the outbreak of World War I and work began on the camp in the summer of 1917. The camp was named after Brigadier General Frederick Funston who grew up in Iola, Kansas, and who became well known for his role in the Philippines during the Spanish American War.


Leigh R. Webber to Miss Brown

Leigh R. Webber to Miss Brown
Creator: Webber, L. R.
Date: November 27, 1862
This letter, written by Leigh R. Webber from the "Camp of Grant's Army near Grand Junction Tenn.," was addressed to Miss Brown, a daughter of John Stillman Brown, a Unitarian minister who lived west of Lawrence, Kansas. Webber described camp life and mentioned the possibility that the troops would return to Kansas. He also discussed the contrast between "the pomp and circumstance of war" and the "blind bull-dog fight" he witnessed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. The last portion of his letter deals with issues such as clothing, Thanksgiving, and other political issues.


M.R. Brown to William Brown

M.R. Brown to William Brown
Creator: Brown, Mary Ripley, d. 1878
Date: December 11, 1861
A letter written from Lawrence, Kansas, by M.R. Brown, addressed to her son, William Brown, who was in college in New York. Brown begins by discussing the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. She discusses the 300 African Americans who had fled slavery and were now living in Lawrence, and the efforts of an African-American minister in the community. Brown expresses fear that Lawrence would be attacked by Missourians. She also gives news of Leigh R. Webber, a Kansas soldier who often wrote to members of the Brown family.


Shop Talk newsletter

Shop Talk newsletter
Creator: Hesston Corporation
Date: November 1, 1974
This newsletter from Shop Talk is a quarterly publication by the Hesston Corporation for active and retired employees. Topics in the newsletter include: company and employee news, retirements and service anniversaries. This publication funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Thanksgiving Dance, Hawaii

Thanksgiving Dance, Hawaii
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1922
Captain Hughes labeled this photograph Thanksgiving Dance, Hawaii. This was taken in 1922 while he was stationed at Schofield Barracks. Notice the wide variety of costumes worn by the participants from grass skirts, to Santa Claus, Japanese kimonos, and even pith safari helmets. Perhaps it was more of a Halloween costume dance than the typical Thanksgiving celebration. After Captain Hughes' assignment at Motor Transport School, Camp Holabird, Maryland, he had applied for a position in the Regular Army. He was accepted in September 1920 and assigned to a post at Ft. Lewis, Washington as a Battery Commander of the 13th Field Artillery. In October he was transferred to the Battery Commander Headquarters for the 13th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Hughes and wife, Mabel, along with the children moved to Hawaii and remained there until September of 1923. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Thanksgiving Steere & Girls

Thanksgiving Steere & Girls
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: Thanksgiving 1924
Captain Steere with Captain Hughes' daughters, Betty (on Steere's right) and Peggy (on his left) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where both captains were participating in the Battery Officers Course at the Artillery School. The photo was taken at Thanksgiving, 1924. James Clark Hughes was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, and served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. He used an autographic camera to take pictures of friends, family, and places in the United States and Europe during World War I. After the Armistice was signed November 11, 1918, Captain Hughes became part of the Army of Occupation. He finally returned to the U. S. arriving July 31, 1919 as part of the 13th Field Artillery, 4th Division. He was assigned to Camp Dodge, Iowa until August, 1920. Then Captain Hughes was assigned to the Motor Transport School, Camp Holabird, Maryland for training in Army vehicles for six months. From there Hughes and the 13th F.A. went to Fort Lewis, Washington. Hughes was the Battery Commander of the 13th F.A. During this time he had applied for enlistment in the Regular Army. On September 7, 1920 he was discharged from the National Guard and appoint to the Regular Army. It was then that Captain Hughes and his family moved to Schofield Barracks, Hawaiian Territory where they stayed until September, 1923. His next appointment was as Battery Commander of the 15th Field Artillery at Fort Sam Houston. In September 1924, Hughes attended the Battery Officers Course in the School of Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma for nine months. From 1924 until 1933 the Hughes family continued to be moved frequently from Ft. Sill to Houston, to Waco, back to Hawaii and eventually to Long Beach. It was here in 1935 that Hughes was promoted to Major. By August of 1940 he had been promoted to Lt. Colonel. In 1941, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese P.O.W. camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. He was assigned permanent limited duty status and April 1, 1946 was promoted to Colonel. He retired from the Army March 20, 1948. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Thanksgiving parade, Cimarron, Kansas

Thanksgiving parade, Cimarron, Kansas
Date: November 20, 1936
These three photographs are images of a Thanksgiving parade, Cimarron, Kansas.


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