Our County is indeed fortunate that Julius Born, an early photographer, was here to take many pictures of our World I participants. From a child dressed in a uniform, to the Studer family with four sons in uniform, we have a glimpse of the time of World War I in these pictures from the Julius Born Collection that do provide an insight into the fervor of the times.
J.C. Studer Family
J.C. Studer FamilyThe J.C. Studer’s had six sons and one daughter. Four of the sons joined military during World War I. In the following photo four of the sons are seated with Mr. Studer. Seated are Oscar, in the Navy uniform and Carl in the Calvary uniform. Standing is Floyd then Otto, in the Army uniform, J.C. Studer, the boy’s father and John, in the Air Force uniform.
W.A. Donaldson FamilyThe William A. Donaldson family lived in the Cataline community of Hemphill County. William came to Texas at the age of 17 and worked on ranches and hunted buffalo. At the age of 28, he married Eliza and they moved from McKinney to Cataline in 1889. They had seven children. The picture shows the family with Millard in his Navy uniform (in the center)
Kenneth Young & ChildThis image was identified on the glass negative as being Kenneth Young and child. As is so often the case, little more information was available but the image is very poignant and representative of young men separated from equally young families.
Women in World War ITwo women from Hemphill County served as Red Cross Nurses in World War I: Hattie Rathjen and Lulu Dawson. Hattie was one of the daughters of pioneer W.D. Rathjen and his wife, Sarah, who came to Hemphill County in 1893. Shown is the only Julius Born image of a woman in military attire.
Earl Rhea, Sr.Earl Rhea, Sr., shown below, served in U.S. Navy during World War I. He was stationed in Bremerton Naval Station in Washington State and Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago. The picture was taken in 1917.
Albert Bernson FamilyThe Albert Bernson family is one we have many pictures of. Albert enlisted in World War I and the following picture was taken of him and his wife, Mabel. Later they would have a son, Maurice who became a noted artist in the Southwest.
Carl ZybachThe Zybach family came from Switzerland, ultimately settling in 1909 in what became the Zybach community in Hemphill County. This large family had two sons in particular, Arthur and Carl pictured here. Arthur Zybach freighted supplies for their store from Canadian, a distance of 30 miles. This round trip journey required two days. Arthur and his brother Carl enlisted to serve in World War I, and Arthur gave his life in 1918. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Hemphill County was named in his honor and for Ben Owens, who also died in the war.
Child in WW I UniformAlthough we don’t have names for many of the digitized images, some from glass negatives, they do provide an insight into the fervor of the times. From a child dressed in a uniform as shown here, to the Studer family with four sons in uniform, we have a glimpse of the time of World War I with these images preserved from the Julius Born Collection.