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John Morrison Michener WWI correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-331

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the correspondence of John Morrison Michener (1894-1986), Quaker high school chemistry teacher from Wichita, Kansas, who served as a medic in France during WWI. His letters provide detailed descriptions of his training in Camp Funston, Kansas, and his service in field hospitals in France and in a hospital in Bitburg, Germany, after the end of the War.

Dates

  • 1918 - 1920

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

John Morrison Michener (1894-1986) was a Quaker high school chemistry teacher from Wichita, Kansas, who served as a medic in France during WWI. He was the son of Homer Michener and Susanna May Morrison, members of University Friends Church, Wichita. Drafted in February 1918, he was assigned to a non-combatant company, Ambulance Company 353 of the 314th Sanitary Train, 89th Division, which trained at Camp Funston, a U.S. Army training camp located on Fort Riley, The camp also served as a detention center for conscientious objects and was the location of some of the first recorded influenza cases in the United States later that year. The United States Army Ambulance Service (USAAS) was a unit of the United States Army during World War I, established by the War Department in May 1917 to provide medical services to the Allied Armies.

Before being shipped overseas to serve in France in July 1918, he married fellow teacher Anna Jane Baker in Wichita. John Michener was honorably discharged June 3, 1919. A younger brother, R. Bryan Michener (1898-1992) served with Friends Relief Service in 1919 and subsequently with Friends Mission in Kenya Africa, 1930-1938. John and Anna Jane Michener were members of University Monthly Meeting; Anna Jane Michener was a community and civil rights activist in Wichita.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

The collection contains the correspondence of John Morrison Michener (1894-1986), Quaker high school chemistry teacher from Wichita, Kansas, who served as a medic in France during WWI. His letters provide detailed descriptions of his training in Camp Funston, Kansas, and his service in field hospitals in France and in a hospital in Bitburg, Germany, after the end of the War.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joy Stewart, Acc. 2019.001. Grand-daughter of John M. Michener.

Related Materials

Robert Bryan Michener and Edith Riner Michener Kenya correspondence, RG5/317

Anna Jane Michener papers, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Processing Information

Preliminary sort by donor. The identifying post-it notes she attached to some of the envelopes were photocopied on acid-free paper and discarded.
Title
John Morrison Michener WWI correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
April 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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