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Donation of the Month

WWI Army helmet & print
2000.1.1; 2010.57.1
Donor: Tennie Russell & Nancy Westfall
When war broke out in Europe for what would be known as World War One, men from across Arkansas signed up to serve.  One was Everett Russell of Gravette who trained with the 2nd Regiment at Camp Pike.  Two other men Joseph and Clarence Winford signed with the 1st Arkansas Ammunition Train.  Both of these units were redefined and given different designations when they joined soldiers from Louisiana and Mississippi to form the 39th Division.  The 2nd Regiment became the 142nd Field Artillery Regiment and the 1st Ammunition Train became the 114th Ammunition Train.  All three men found themselves sent to Camp Beauregard, LA in September 1917 to begin training.  By August 1918 all three men found themselves in France until the end of the war.  They were sent back to Camp Pike to be discharged. 
In January 1919 the unit was demobilized at Camp Beauregard, LA.  Part of the division was reorganized in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida and given a new designation as the 31st Infantry Division.  After WWII the 39th Division was reconstituted.  It was again reorganized and reconstituted and finally federally recognized in September 1946 in Louisiana and August 1947 in Arkansas.  They were ordered into service October 1957 and released from that service a month later.  In December 1969 the unit became recognized by the Department of the Army as “The Arkansas Brigade”.  The 39th Infantry Brigade trains throughout Arkansas to remain at combat readiness with their headquarters at Ricks Armory in Little Rock.  Today, it is the largest combat unit within the state of Arkansas.
Soldier’s kept mementos of their service.  As a reminder of his service in the world’s first Great War, Russell kept his helmet, which included the 39th Divisions unique insignia.  The Winford brothers received this print called a “Soldier’s Memorial” depicting heroic scenes in memorial of the German – American War.  It also lists all the members of the 1st Arkansas Ammunition Train, Company 9.  Today, World War One is a distant memory or something read about in a history book, but that doesn’t diminish the bravery these Arkansas men possessed to sign up to fight a war far from home.


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Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
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Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
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Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
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Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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