End of the War to End all Wars

One hundred years ago: My great uncle, Private William Thomas Graham, was serving in France with Company F, 348th Infantry, 87th Division. The division was under orders for service at the front lines and was actually in movement when peace broke out on November 11th at 1100 hours, bringing an end to World War I.

87th Division’s WWI History

I’ve been browsing the Internet to find a more in-depth picture of what the 87th Division was doing during their time in France during the First World War.  While there are a plethora of sites that recount the division’s Second World War history, in which they participated in various combat campaigns, there is little in…

Wartime Dispatches: Departure & Arrival of the Chicago

This Associated Press article appeared in the Daily Herald on 27 February 1919.  William Thomas Graham was a soldier in Company F, mentioned herein. SOUTHERN TROOPS SAIL FROM FRANCE Units of Eighty Seventh Division Composed of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi Men. Washington, Feb 27.—Forty-six officers and 100 men comprising headquarters of 1st and 3rd Battalions…

A Doughboy in the Golden Acorn Division

During my recent trip to Marshall, Arkansas I visited the grave of my grand uncle William Thomas Graham.  As I mentioned previously, his grave marker listed the unit with which he served during the first World War: the 348th Infantry, 87th Division.  I hit the Internet and ran several searches on the unit to see…

How I Spent My Arkansas Vacation

A couple of weeks ago I took a week’s vacation from work so that I could attend the North Arkansas Ancestor Fair and the Graham family reunion, both in Marshall, Arkansas.  This will be a recap of the highlights. Travellin’ Down Left Chicagoland and drove south.  Our goal the first day was simply to travel…

Who is Buried in William’s Grave?

I recently returned from a sojourn to Marshall, Arkansas where I attended the North Arkansas Ancestor Fair and the Graham Family reunion for the descendants of Jesse and Sarah Graham.  I met a lot of friendly folks and gathered a lot of material for this journal, but at the same time I know there’s more…

Evisa Jane Graham

If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ve noticed that I’ve been working my way through the children of John and Mary Graham, my great grandparents. By my reckoning, Evisa Jane Graham was the first child of John and Mary.  She was born on 17 September 1890 in Searcy County, Arkansas, probably in Red River Township. …

Timeline Thus Far

I thought it might be neat to take some of the dates mentioned in the articles on Graham Ancestry and arrange them in chronological order along with some other significant American historical milestones. Nineteenth Century 4 July 1819.  The Territory of Arkansas was created from a portion of the Missouri Territory. 15 June 1836.  Arkansas…

Rewriting History

This journal has developed a small following in the three months that I’ve been writing it, and I want to take a moment to point out something to that following: This is not a static journal. If you’re a regular reader, you should regularly go back and re-read some of the older entries, especially if…