Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Tom Jorsch

Dr. Tom Jorsch is Assistant Professor of History at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. Dr. Jorsch specializes in Gilded Age and Progressive Era political and intellectual history and has a side interest in World War I.

Private William Gabrielson #LindsborgWWI

William Gabrielson grew up on a farm just east of Lindsborg.  He joined the US Army on Sep. 5, 1918, and served with the Signal Corps until early 1919.  Gabrielson never traveled overseas, making it only as far as Camp Meade in Maryland before the war ended.

An earlier post of mine showed an advertisement in the local Lindsborg newspaper for Lundquist Studio, which offered to take photographs of soldiers before they left home.  At least one man took up the offer.  The photograph below of Gabrielson was taken at the Albert N. Lundquist Studio located at 119 N. Main in Lindsborg. more

A Snapshot Before Leaving #LindsborgWW1 #BethanyWW1 #KansasHistory

Amidst the Draft Board tending to its business of selecting men to serve in the war, a local photographer offered to capture the image of them before they headed toward their uncertain future.  This ad is from the Lindsborg News Record on August 3, 1917.

This blog entry is the first of many that will document the history of Lindsborg and Bethany College during World War I.  The posts are part of a sophomore Honors class on World War I at Bethany College where students are researching the effects of the Great War on one community. more

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