World War I
Navarro County, Texas
TROOP F NOW U. S. SOLDIERS
Capt. Davis Outlines Duties and Deportment for His Men
At ten o’clock Sunday morning as per previous notice all members
of Troop F recruited in this city lined up on the east side of
South Beaton Street where they were formally notified by Captain
Davis that they were now United States soldiers and that in the
future they would be under the regulations of the United States
The roll call showed that all were present with one or two
exceptions, those absent having valid excuses. Captain Davis
explained to the troop that in accordance with a decree issued
by the president that at twelve o’clock Saturday night all
National Guards ceased to exist and that from that hour they
were regular United States soldiers, subject to the articles of
war, and that these articles would be read to the troop from day
to day. He told the boys that as long as they are gentlemen that
the guard house would have no terrors for them and admonished
them to be gentlemen and at all times to be mindful of the
wishes of others and to always remember that the citizens of
Corsicana had treated them with every consideration, besides
donating liberally to their mess fund.
The members of Troop F, about sixty-seven in number who lived
out of town and would be fed and housed here were assigned
lodging and the feeding was turned over to Mess Sergeant Bowen.
Captain Davis told the men that mess would be served at seven,
twelve and six o’clock and that roll call would be at 7:45 each
morning, that daily drills would start at eight and continue
until 10:30, and that a school would be held each afternoon for
non-commissioned officers and that drill by the company would be
resumed each afternoon. Captain Davis also advised the boys to
get overalls pending the arrival of uniforms, for which
requisition has been made, and stated that it was not known when
the troop would be ordered to Fort Worth.
After those men who live out of the city had been assigned to
rooms the troop was dismissed for the day.
There was quite a crowd of citizens who witnessed the muster-in
and close attention was paid to the remarks made to the troop by
Following is the muster roll:
Capt. Charles A. Davis, 1st Lieut. William G. Kinsolving, 2nd
Lieut. Leland L. Leslie, 1st Sergeant John L. Walton, Supply
Sergeant Tom W. Ransom, Mess Sergeant John A. Bowen, Stable
Sergeant Felix DeLafosse.
Sergeants—Robert P. McClellan, Bunyon Mikell, James E. Tarver,
James M. Dyer, Jr., Henry A. Glenn.
Corporals—Ward Clopton, Douglas F. Jackson, Robert L. Harlee,
Otto P. Lowry, Hugh G. Sloan, Louis C. Molloy, John Sloan, Harry
Cooks—Joseph B. Boyd, Lawrence C. Hunt.
Horsehoers—Carl G. Ruth.
Saddler—Homer G. Watson.
Buglers—Edwin P. Bonner, Walter P. Wilson.
Privates 1st Class—Percy D. Blackburn, Carl Q. Boucher, William
R. Burk, James T. Collier, John Garner, James Huitt, Charles F.
Irvine, William O. Jackson, William C. Langham, Claude M. Liles,
Louis M. Marshall, Robert G. Molloy, Beden Owen, Ray E.
Pressley, William A. Reese, Ed V. Sweatt, Troy H. Tarver, Lorin
P. Tilley, Roy F. Thompson, John A. Thompson, Jr.
Privates—Rufus Arp, Jack Armstrong, Claude R. Atkinson, Ira S.
Raley, Charley Bee, Jr., James D. Boucher, Arther D. Burleson,
Edward Bozek, Joseph E. Bradley, Claude Collins, Elbert G.
Crafton, Monroe L. Crawford, Walter J. Cross, Sam E. Ellis,
George G. Fleming, Azro Fortner, Jessie M. Garlington, Everett
S. Gentsch, Homer C. Gentech, Chester Gilliam, Jack T. Gladney,
Jr., Oscar L. Gladney, Bethel Goodin, Edson E. Graham, Marion
Harliee, Ernest C. Hawkins, George S. Holloway, Percy F. Howell,
Amos Jackson, Lemuel McCord, Boyd McMillan, William M. Manning,
Jessie L. Mann, Fred Mabry, Bryan S. Miller, Raymond W. Morgan,
George P. Nordhausen, Ree A. Norred, Bufford H. Nutt, James S.
Olsen, Clinton F. Paschall, Thomas J. Price, William B. Ransom,
Wayne F. Reynolds, Robert D. Richards, Edwin Riddle, Marvin E.
Riley, Marcus L. Riley, Mammon K. Riley, Penn Rowe, Walter
Scruggs, Frank Seton, John D. Spencer, Edwin C. Staples, James
J. Stellman, Hugh B. Steward, Sam Stroder, Gordon L. Sutton,
Lile Swafford, Frank B. Taylor, Sam T. Taylor, Cazie N.
Thompson, Lee Wellons, Hubert M. Wigley, Melvin Wigley, Lewis E.
Williford, Earl V. Wilson, Edward H. Williams, Luther H. York,
Fred S. York.
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