I bought this fantastic collection at an estate sale in 2016. While military items always catch my eye, I had a feeling that there was a good story in these documents and I was right. These item's bear witness to not only Sergeant Iva Raymond Carnahan's honorable service in the United States Army during World War I, but also the profound stress and financial burden often suffered by loved ones at home here in Missouri.
Iva Raymond Carnahan was born on September 6, 1892 to W...oodford and Ella Carnahan, who farmed near Mack's Creek, Missouri. In the years between Iva's birth and enlistment in the Army, his family continued to grow and after his father's death on February 27, 1915, the primary responsibility for farm work fell in to Iva's lap. Despite these dire circumstances, when the United States entered World War I, Iva volunteered for military service on September 20, 1917 and was sent to Camp Funston, Kansas. After completing basic training and advanced medic training, Iva was sent to work in Infirmary 27, 164th Depot Brigade, at Camp Funston, which acted as a reception brigade for all new recruits attending basic training there.
During this time away, Iva's mother's health continued to decline and she was increasingly unable to manage both the responsibility of the farm and her six young children. As a result, Iva requested early discharge from the service on the grounds of financial hardship on February 13, 1919. Accompanying his request were three affidavits: one from his mother Ella and two from neighbors in Mack’s Creek that were familiar with the family. One of the neighbors who wrote an affidavit was Dr. S. Mills. However, it does not appear that Dr. Mills wrote this letter out of the kindness of his heart. Ella owed this doctor a great deal of money and he mentions this in his letter. The other letter came from William Seaton, who seems genuinely interested in the health and happiness of the family.
This request went through Iva's chain of command, first to his commanding officer, Captain William L. Hoagland, a surgeon in Infirmary 27; then to Major Willis J. Redfield, a brigade surgeon from North Platte, Nebraska; and finally to Colonel Mortimer Osborne Bigelow, a career infantry officer from Michigan. His chain of command found the grounds for his request for discharge persuasive and just four days later his command ordered that the paperwork for his separation be prepared.
After returning home, Iva helped his family on their farm and went on to marry Anna Zilphia (Foster) Carnahan a few years later. Iva died on September 11, 1966. This journey from enlistment to discharge is documented in the photographs, paperwork, and hardware in the photographs attached.
Macks Creek, Missouri Camp Funston National World War I Museum and Memorial
Everyone has a wish list this time of year. Have an item on our Senior Curator's acquisition Wish List? Please get in touch!
Specifically, we are seeking:
• Eu...ropean U-boat and navy uniforms
• African American, Hispanic, and Native American materials connected to #WW1
• American military women uniforms and other items from their service
• Published unit histories and state/county service personnel rosters
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Watt Webb transplanted from Ohio to Kansas City in 1886. He was a long time banker and one of the original organizers of the New England Trust Company, a bankin...g and real estate loan business which operated at 6th and Wyandotte. Watt Webb then went on to charter the Missouri Savings Association (later the Missouri Bank and Trust), as its President, on May 11, 1891. The Missouri Savings and Loan Building was located at 920 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO. He remained President until his death on May 24, 1924.
Although the Webb’s owned a home at 723 Troost Ave, they purchased the half-finished castle, as their country home, at 9015 E. Truman Rd (then called Van Horn Road) in Independence, in 1898. There are rumors that either the castle’s construction was begun by a German or English immigrant with stones brought from Europe or that Watt Webb had the castle constructed of native stone from the beginning. According to The Community Observer of Independence, it was thought that the castle is one of the earliest examples of local concrete construction which did use native stones for the boat house as well. Thus far, whoever initially began the construction remains a mystery.
The country home, located directly across from Mt. Washington Cemetery, was a two story, round thick stone castle with 13 rooms, five fireplaces, a grand hall, a carriage house, a servant’s quarters, a barn, a cobblestone driveway, a pond, swans, a boat house, a rumored secret passageway and contained thirty acres in all. The beautiful castle and grounds were a beloved subject of post card companies of Germany and Kansas City.
Around 1904, Watt Webb sold the castle and it changed ownership several times over the years. A mix of private residential ownership and private business enterprises purchased and then sold the property. One owner even painted the stone silver. It served as a convalescent home and as an underground nightclub during the days of Prohibition. In 1931, Joseph S. Lichtenberg, reinstated the timeworn castle to conditions suitable for residential occupancy. Eventually, through years of vacancy, the castle fell into disrepair and ruin.
In the mid 1960s, Warren G. Hamilton purchased the property and repaired the castle and carriage house; however, continual vandalism undid his repairs and he allowed the Independence Jaycees to run the castle as a haunted house up until 1977. In 1977, the castle caught fire and again in 1992. Both accounts were blamed on vandalism and arson of the castle—of which, only a solitary, outer stone shell remained. Due to these ongoing issues, in 1992, the City of Independence deemed the building dangerous and was slated for demolition.
Local governmental and historical officials discussed the options of preserving the local landmark, but the project was ultimately deemed uneconomical. The owner, Mr. Hamilton, given ninety days to rectify the dangerous building’s issues said, "We’re going to blow her up.”
Today, this is all that remains of the days gone by and the castle forgotten by time.
The founder of Genealogy Research Specialists recently donated a photograph showing an American soldier next to an open trailer loaded with corpses to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). A handwritten caption on the back of the photograph reads, "Murdered slaves about to get a decent burial / Ohrdruf, Germany." While this donation is quite small, it helps the USHMM fulfill one of its most critical priorities - Rescuing the Evidence. If you or your family has documentary evidence of the Holocaust, GRS encourages you to consider donating it to the USHMM. For more information about how you can help rescue the evidence, please visit: https://www.ushmm.org/support
This brick building at 556 Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas might not look like much, but during the 1930s it was home to the Alcyon Night Club. This club featured a large dance floor, performance stage, several dozen tables, a full kitchen, and it could hold more than 1000 people. The Alcyon, located in the heart of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood, was even once described by the "Kansas City Kansan" as “one of the most elaborate cafes and night clubs in the city.” In... 1934, however, the Alcyon was targeted by the Kansas City Kansas Police Department - KCKPD for a number of liquor raids, as "intoxicating liquors" were still prohibited by the Kansas Constitution. During one such raid on October 26, 1934, KCKPD officers and James P. Barnes, a special investigator for the Wyandotte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, found 39 pints, 12 quarts, and 31 half pints of whiskey as well as 24 quarts of sloe gin. The owner of Alcyon, Michael James Draskovich, ended up pleading guilty to possession of liquor and maintenance of a nuisance and was fined $500 (a huge sum at the time) and sentenced to more than a year in jail by Judge Willard Meriam Benton. Judge Benton also ordered that Alcyon Night Club’s doors be padlocked. Luckily, Draskovich received an early parole and Judge C. A. Miller lifted the writ of abatement against the Alcyon a few months later and ordered that the padlock be removed. The following weekend, Draskovich threw a reopening celebration and gave away more than 519 pounds of chicken in the form of chicken sandwiches. According to reports at the time, “The orchestra that plays regularly there on Friday and Saturday was ‘hot’ and the dancing was continuous until closing time.” Today, the building is owned by Wittmer Management, LLC and is home to Ramos Upholstery LLC and RevolveKC.org.
After graduating with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Sidney W. Raymond earned a commission in the United States Army on October 29, 1929. He went on to serve during World War II the Korean War, and the Vietnam War . He retired from the United States Coast Guard Communications Command - CommCom Auxiliary with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the late 1960s and passed away on March 11, 1984 at the age of 83. GRS aquired thes photos from the River Market Antiques a few weeks ago.
Cecil Allen Brockhouse and his son Bobby Arno Brockhouse, both of Kansas City, Missouri, received these passes on July 24, 1939. The first is signed by then United States Senator, Harry S. Truman, and grants Bobby and his party access to the Senate Gallery. The other three are signed by Charles Jasper Bell, a Member of the United States House of Representatives, and grant entry to the U.S. House of Representatives visitor gallery, the The The Library of Congress, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
On February 22, 1922, at a house that once stood on this vacant wooded lot at 1724 Holly Street, two officers from Kansas City Missouri Police Department were involved in a fatal shootout. One of those officers was Charles Denver Barger, a decorated World War I-hero and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Officer Barger and his partner came to this address to investigate two men suspected of bootlegging and murder. Unwilling to surrender, these men fired upon ...the officers from the second story of the house. Despite being shot several times, and once in the head, Officer Barger returned fire and shot both suspects, one of whom died a short time later.
Barger survived, but the head injury took its toll and eventually he left from the police department. Disabled, pension-less, and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Barger hopped from job to job and faced growing difficulties providing for his wife and children.
Barger’s misfortune peaked on November 23, 1936, when deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office came to the farm he rented outside of Oak Grove, Missouri, to arrest him. He was wanted for assaulting his wife and son and he was determined to put up a fight. Weary of a prolonged standoff, the responding officers shot teargas in to Barger’s home to drive him out. Barger responded by lighting the house on fire and charging at the deputies. One of the deputies shot him in self-defense.
Barger died two days later in the hospital from, according to the article below, “severe burns and other wounds, some of them self-inflicted with a knife.” Barger was buried in the Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, Missouri.
For more information about Barger’s life and World War I service, see the article below.