Artifacts Exhibit 2018-02-27T15:40:03+00:00

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Explore the photos below to see the artifacts that were on display at the library for the WWI Project. While the display is no longer in place, you can continue to view the artifacts here!

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A WWI Veteran window banner presented to Oscar Peterson for his service. Artifact provided by Paul Mark, nephew of Oscar Peterson.

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Puttees (leg wrappings) worn by Oscar Peterson. Puttees were worn by soldiers to provide support and to protect their legs and feet from the wet and muddy trenches. Artifact provided by Paul Mark.

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A souvenir handkerchief given to Oscar Peterson’s sister. Artifact provided by Paul Mark, nephew of Oscar Peterson.

 

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Iron doughboy helmet, worn by Oscar Peterson in the 28th Infantry Division. The insignia on the helmet, representative of Oscar’s Division, was added after the war. Artifact provided by Paul Mark.

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Gas Mask and haversack. Chemical warfare was a major part of World War I and gas masks were introduced to try and protect against them. This mask was worn by Oscar Peterson and includes a small instruction booklet about how to best wear and use the mask. Soldiers would wear the haversack around their necks when they needed quick access to the mask, or otherwise on their hip when traveling. Artifact provided by Paul Mark.

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Oscar Peterson’s dog tag and French Médaille militaire (Military Medal) given to Oscar for his acts of bravery. It is the third highest award given by the French Republic. Also seen here are Oscar’s Ordnance Department Buttons and collar disks. The collar disks represent his service in the National Guard as well as his service in the 110th Regiment, Company C Field Artillery. Artifacts provided by Paul Mark, nephew of Oscar Peterson.

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U.S. Navy Ensign’s uniform cap. An Ensign was the rank of a naval officer just below the rank of Lieutenant. Artifact provided by Bill Christen.

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A naval man’s dress cap. Often referred to as a “Donald Duck” cap for its shape, these were worn for more formal occasions. Artifact provided by Bill Christen

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Sheet music for “Johhny’s in Town.” Artifact provided by Bill Christen.

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Sheet music for “Johhny’s in Town.” Artifact provided by Bill Christen.

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Sheet music for “Over There.” Artifact provided by Bill Christen.

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Sheet music for “Over There.” Artifact provided by Bill Christen.

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A soldier’s garrison cap. These caps were worn by officers when iron helmets were not needed. Artifact provided by Bill Christen.

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Officer’s canteens. Artifacts provided by Bill Christen.

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Doughboy iron helmet belonging to James S. Taylor of the Texas National Guard. Soldiers would cover their helmets in sawdust and paint in order to prevent the sun reflecting on the metal and giving away their position. Artifact provided by Charlie Taylor, grandson of James S. Taylor.

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U.S. Officer Parade Saber, used in service by James S. Taylor. Artifact provided by Charlie Taylor, grandson of James Taylor.

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Observation binoculars belonging to James S. Taylor of the Texas National Guard. Artifact provided by Charlie Taylor, grandson of James S. Taylor.

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Ross Stofflet’s Purple Heart and Victory Medal and pin. After the war every U.S. soldier was presented with a Victory Medal and pin. Silver pins were given to soldiers who were wounded in battle and bronze pins to soldiers who were not injured. Ross Stofflet was injured twice while serving overseas and received the Purple Heart and oak leaf pin. The second Purple Heart was given to Ross as a replacement when Ross thought he lost his original. Artifact provided by Ross Stofflet III, grandson of Ross Stofflet.

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Frank O’Connor’s collar disks and Victory Pin. The collar disks represent Frank’s service in the US Army as a part of Battery D, 328th Field Artillery. The Victory pin was given to every returning US soldier at the end of the warArtifacts provided by Erma O’Connor, daughter-in-law of Frank O’Connor.

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An Officer’s canteen. Artifact provided by the Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum.

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A handkerchief case given to Anna Marie by her son, Roy Taylor. Roy was a businessman in Grass Lake before enlisting in the army. Provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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Son in Service Window Flag. The blue and gold stars represent sons who served in the war. The gold star represents a son who was killed in action. Provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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American Legion Garrison Cap. The American Legion formed in 1919 just after the war ended. This was one of the first styles of garrison caps used by the Legion. Provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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Officer’s engraved pillowcase. Provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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A letter sent to every US soldier from King George V thanking them for their service in the Great War. This letter was sent to George McKinley Cowden of Grass Lake. Artifact provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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Officer’s mess kit. Artifact provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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The History of the 32nd Division book. Artifact provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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Pages from the History of the 32nd Division book. The 32nd Division was made up entirely of Michigan and Wisconsin men. The Division was known for their strength and ability to cut through the German lines when no other division could. Artifact provided by Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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George McKinley Cowden of Grass Lake. George was trained at the U of M Student Army Training Corp (S.A.T.C.) This photo taken on Dec 15, 1918 in France. Artifact provided by The Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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The Jackson Citizen Patriot from November 11, 1918 announcing the end of the war. Artifact provided by The Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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Photos from the Pictorial History of the 32nd Division. The 32nd, or “Red Arrow” Division was made entirely of Wisconsin and Michigan men and was known for their ability to cut through the German defenses. Artifact provided by The Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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Photos from the Pictorial History of the 32nd Division. The 32nd, or “Red Arrow” Division was made entirely of Wisconsin and Michigan men and was known for their ability to cut through the German defenses. Artifact provided by The Grass Lake Historical Society’s Michigan Military Heritage Museum

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Toy metal soldiers. Artifacts provided by Toni Keim and Dan Gaunt.

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Toy metal soldiers. Artifacts provided by Toni Keim and Dan Gaunt.

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Toy metal soldiers. Artifacts provided by Toni Keim and Dan Gaunt.

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Toy metal soldiers. Artifacts provided by Toni Keim and Dan Gaunt.

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A small tapestry with the flags of Allied countries. Presented to Julius Wagner to honor his service in the war. Artifact provided by Mary and Larry Galligan, granddaughter and grandson-in-law of Julius Wagner.

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Julius Wagner’s personal journal that he kept while serving in the war. Artifact provided by Mary and Larry Galligan.

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The first page of Julius Wagner’s journal. Artifact provided by Mary and Larry Galligan, granddaughter and grandson-in-law of Julius Wagner.

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The Official History of the 82nd Division, American Expeditionary Forces. This book belonged to Julius Wagner. Artifact provided by Mary and Larry Galligan.

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James Lehey’s victory medal. Every US soldier returning home was given a victory medal for their service. James was a corporal during the war. His medal was found with Dorthy Eismann’s estate in Chelsea. Dorthy was James Lehey’s cousin. Artifacts provided by Mark Brennan.

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James Lehey’s service chevron. The two brown chevron represent he served two terms overseas. James Lehey received the red chevron after he was wounded and returned to service. Artifacts provided by Mark Brennan.

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James Lehey in uniform. James served as a Corporal and was wounded once during his service in the war. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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Sleeve insignia representing the Advanced Sector, worn by soldiers in the Quartermaster Corps. This patch belonged to Thomas Brimson Holmes. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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A booklet describing the insignia of General Pershing’s Army. This booklet belonged to Thomas Brimson Holmes. Before service, Thomas ran a dairy farm for many years. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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Pages from the booklet describing different patches used in General Pershing’s Army. Different divisions and sections in the army had their own patch or insignia to distinguish themselves. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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Khaki Komedy, a book of jokes for soldiers on the front. This book belonged to Thomas Brimson Holmes.  Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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Pages from Khaki Komedy. Joke books like this were common to help keep spirits up among soldiers. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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Pages from Khaki Komedy. Joke books like this were common to help keep spirits up among soldiers. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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Pages from Khaki Komedy. Joke books like this were common to help keep spirits up among soldiers. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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WWI bayonet found with the estate of Russell Altstaetter. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan, grandson of Russell Altstaetter. While Russel was too young to have served during WWI, this bayonet belonged to Russell’s father.

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Shoulder insignia patch, believed to be from a quartermaster’s corp. This patch was never sewn onto a uniform, but could have possibly been traded among soldiers as a sign of friendship among Allied troops. Artifact provided by Mark Brennan.

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George Alfred Lindauer’s trunk and uniform from his service in WWI. The Trunk includes his canteen, gas mask, iron helmet, and various other items George kept with him during the war. Artifact provided by Jason Lindauer, grandson of George Alfred Lindauer.

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A tapestry from Camp MacArthur along with George Alfred’s Victory Medal and medal from his service in the 32nd (“Red Arrow”) Division. Artifacts provided by Jason Lindauer.

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Various items from George Alfred Lindauer’s trunk, including: buttons, pins, a knife, a postcard and canteen. Artifacts provided by Jason Lindauer.

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More items from George Alfred Lindauer’s trunk, including his gas mask, shoulder patches, a belt buckle, and a German spoon and fork set. Artifacts provided by Jason Lindauer.

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Another look at the items found in George Alfred Lindauer’s trunk. Artifacts provided by Jason Lindauer, grandson of George Alfred Lindauer.

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George Alfred Lindauer’s Victory Medal and Medal for service in the 32nd (“Red Arrow”) Division. The Victory Medal includes medal clasps with the names of major battles that George Alfred participated in. Artifacts provided by Jason Lindauer.

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Shoulder patches on George Alfred Lindauer’s uniform that represent his service in the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division and the Army of Occupation. The Army of Occupation served in Germany, Austria and Hungary after the war from November 12, 1918 to July 11, 1923. George served in Germany while with the Army of Occupation. Artifact provided by Jason Lindauer.

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George Alfred Lindauer’s garrison caps, which were worn when an iron helmet was not needed. Artifact provided by Jason Lindauer.

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Buttons collected during George’s service in WWI. Artifacts provided by Jason Lindauer.

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A spoon and fork set taken from a German mess kit. It was common for soldiers to take small “souvenirs” such as this to take home with them. Artifact provided by Jason Lindauer.

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Another “souvenir” taken from a German soldier. The insignia on these shoulder patches represent a soldier who served in the German infantry. Artifact provided by Jason Lindauer.

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A commemorative button given to George Alfred Lindauer for his service in the “Red Arrow” Division. Artifact provided by Jason Lindauer.

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George Alfred Lindauer’s dog tags.  Artifacts provided by Jason Lindauer, grandson of George Alfred Lindauer.

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George Alfred Lindauer’s canteen. Artifact provided by Jason Lindauer.

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