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Catalog Number 2013.58.2
Object Name Diary
Accession number 2013.58
Description Personal diary of Thomas R. Shook kept from October 18, 1917- March 30, 1918.

Mentions: arrival at camp in September; Three shots in arm and shoulder have taken effect; Captain Hale treated for smoke; Officers feel good over yesterday's winning; Went to Y.M and wrote letters; Discusses weather and general camp activity; Liberty Loan holiday; Mr. Foster visiting Elmer in Co.B.; Went to football game H.Q. vs officers-officers won; Inspections of equipment

November 5: First day as kitchen police-hardest day's work yet

Drilled by the mayor in battle formation; Went to movies with Joe; Drills are getting harder-no movies at the Y

November 12: Reported to infirmary with sore throat

Cold is no better; Too hoarse to talk

November 14: Reported to hospital about cough and sore throat-assigned to quarters-did not help throat; Not getting better just getting more hoarse

Had first monthly smoker-had supper then ice cream-apples and oranges

November 16: Reported at hospital this morning-again assigned to quarters-throat still sore but chest hurts the most; May have cracked a rib and cold has settled there

Reported on sick list again-assigned to quarters; Saw infantry inspection for first time; No church at the Y this morning; Throat is still sore; French officers' uniforms look odd; Drills; Laundry ready for new laundry; Quarantine lifted from Co.A

November 21: One man sick with measles taken to hospital-not quarantined yet-burned the hay in his hay sack; Hal had to move to lower squad room-must now sleep alone

November 22: Pat Brosnan has the measles this morning-still not quarantined officially

Dug trenches north of Fort Riley-had dinner at the grounds; French and British officers-British making good progress on the front; Still not officially quarantined; Not allowed to leave quarters unless on duty-Albert, Hal and other fellows left-lonesome day; Captain Hale allowing application for discharge; Had lung examinations this afternoon-throat and nose sprayed-have a sore throat and a cold on chest

November 29: Thanksgiving day; Went to Army football game

November 30: Out all day digging trenches- more cases of measles-throat getting very sore again

December 1: Throat much worse-bumps forming on jaw and in front of ear

Spending day in bed feeling sick; Throat broke but have a dreadful headache-jaws ache; Did not sleep any-only ate two oranges and one ice cream cone; Had tooth pulled; Have to report to dentist; Albert leaves for home for ten days; Made visit to dentist-toothe getting along fine-still have a very bad headache

December 5: Examined for spinal meningitis; Pat Brosnan came back from the hospital at noon

Back to drills; Digging trenches; Weather; Extremely cold weather-said to be coldest in Kansas for thirty years; Deposited money in Funston Bank; Half witted fellow from Co. A took a bath-had a time with him; Three Co. D. men started for France; New strap for wrist watch-letter from Mrs. Foster in regards to Elmer; Lectures on army sanitation and war guard duties; New recruits in tonight; Went on guard around officers quarters; Albert came back at three

December 15: Would have been out of quarantine but Wesner got measles

Went on guard; Talked with Albert; Candy and a picture from Alta; Albert on kitchen police; Letters from home; Gave $15.00 to Albert who had a pass to buy Christmas presents; Montgomery still weak from his accident yesterday; Joe and Hal notified they could go home for Christmas; Albert's father died-given a ten day furlough; Albert promoted to mule driver; Worked at kitchen police; Boys started home on Christmas furlough-quarantine lifted at noon; Christmas will be spoiled-will have to stay in all day; First Christmas Eve away from home not pleasant; More boys to start for France-those that have not had measles go to detention camp; Work in kitchen not very hard; Letters from home; Boys all back now; Some in Co. missed breakfast by sleeping late-latest in bed since coming has been 7:30; Dick came back and brought a ring from home; Today warm enough to drill in shortsleeves; 98 men have signed up to join church; H.Q received rifles-went to movies and church; Helped Albert clean his rifle

January 7: 26 years old today

Letters from home; 13 of the boys came back; Small blizzard raging; Tested to see if any spinal meningitis cases; Hike to Ft. Riley; Went to Y tonight where the K.U. girls furnished entertainment-violinist reminded of Jeanette

January 12: No one allowed to leave camp on account of robbery; Captain of Co. E. killed himself

Weather; Spent most of the day at the Y; Listened to two of the best addresses ever heard in regards to a soldier's religion; Cold from moving to current barracks; Drilling; Letters from home; Concert at the Y-sounded fine; Sergeant Dame reduced to ranks Court Martial; Spent day digging trenches; Albert has the Grippe; Spent afternoon at the Y; Issued cups and leather gloves; Had first meal outside of camp tonight; Had exams; Machine Gun study and reading; Will likely sail for France soon; Fine while on guard; Several had caps on too high and Major picked about that; Spent evening with Jim in Army City; Overcoats examined; Spent afternoon in kitchen getting ready for monthly feed; Went with Jim to visit Orville in the hospital

January 27: Today is Papa's birthday

Spent part of morning at the Y; Went with Jim to Fort Riley to see Orville and Albert; Went to Army City to spend the evening; Long hike and then had a race between platoons to drill grounds; Assembled in dining room where Captain informed that drill would be monitored; Passed inspection fine; Movies and a fine lecture on German government by Professor Butcher of Kansas State; Too cold for hike-stayed in and had machine gun and semaphore study; Three ladies from Kansas City in musical numbers; Very cold-sore shoulders and arms, had study period and hike; 92nd Division of 28 negros put on a fine musical program at Y; Ex-mayor Beardsley gave talk on progress of ideals and wars through the ages; Evening with Jim in Army City; Pictures of Niagara Falls at the Y; All men of Swedish birth may get released from Army; Nicest day since bad weather of last fall; Y for films; Letters and candy from home; Drill without overcoats or gloves; Guard sentenced to quarters for 30 days for getting into store room and littering; Three men sentenced to extra duty for unobservance of orders; Guards allowed to go free-could get no one to confess; Went to a good movie at the National Army Theatre

February 12: Lincoln's birthday; Prepared to hear ex-president Taft speak at the Y-but did not get to go; Address by Dr. Phelps- a man intimately acquainted with Lincoln-good first Lincoln's birthday away from home

Hiked to Junction City; Inspection in afternoon; More issues of Red Cross supplies-got a pair of heavy wool socks; Reported on sick list this morning-sore muscles on leg and a cough-pills and iodine; Spent day with Mr. Stuart and Orville; Wedding anniversary of folks at home; Bad, stormy day; Three men rejected physically in exams; Hiked to Fort Riley in the morning; Celebrate Washington's birthday tomorrow; Band gave a nice concert after Retreat was called;Pictures from Jeanette; Flocks of ducks; Went on guard and went to a good show at National Army movie show; Hauled dirt in afternoon; About four o'clock Albert came back from hospital ward

March 2: Co. inspection by Capt Hale-men whose vaccinations for Typhoid did not take affect received another shot

Did not go to church due to rain-laid on bunk and slept and read all morning; Two young ladies from Manhattan and a doctor from Topeka at the Y; Went with Hal to movies in afternoon; Instructions in quarters in regards to trenches

March 7: Uleiger sick with mumps

Went to show at National movies; Mail from home; No heat, very cold; 80 ft high smoke stacks are leaning from wind storm; Ball game this morning; Went to Albert, big feed tonight had a swell time

March 12: Started in with gas mask instructions; Boxing lesson in afternoon; Some in Co. went to trenches

Got a nice bump on the head by bumping into opponent; Guard duty; Filled fire buckets in the afternoon; Several men are sick-mostly bad colds; Started in the kitchen for a week

March 18: Went to gas house in the morning-gas hard on eyes and lungs

Kitchen duty until 7pm; Saw a splendid picture at the National Army, "For the Freedom of the World"; Told to report for drill due to Co, inspection; After drill had an easy day

March 22: In army 6 months today

Up at three o'clock in the morning-went to cook's school in afternoon; Had good visit with Albert in the evening; Did not get to go to church; Baked 300 doughnuts for supper; Issued tent, pole, and pins

March 25: 300,000 Germans captured in the last eight hours

No school-spent most of the time getting ready for inspection and marking equipment; Fort Riley a sight; Sixty eight men named for transfer at noon; Miss Jessie Wilson sang last night-will sing again at the Y;Good dinner-using mess kits now; Went to Y to see slides of the Passion Play

Spent all morning after policing in the barracks-issue clothing was checked over; Sergeant said I needed new russet shoes and more socks-canvas leggings; 340th M.G. Battalion doctor came over and examined the arms of boys vaccinated in March for smallpox; Cannot leave barracks unless special permission obtained; Private Enoch Anderson brought mail

Lists General Orders; Address in Camp Funston; Interval numerals; Request for a pass for the Christmas Holiday; Morse alphabet; Morse message: What makes the wild cat wild; Application for discharge; Instructions for Colt's Machine Gun specifications; Special orders of Camp Funston; Semephore signals in brief for commands; Numerals in wig-wag; Recipe for gun cleaning solution

From the service of Corporal Thomas R. Shook, Company D, 340 Machine Gun Battalion at Camp Funston, Kansas; then Machine Gun Company, 119th Regiment, 30th Division, AEF.
Date October 18, 1917 - March 30, 1918.
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1918
People Shook, Thomas R.
Subjects World War I
Medical care
Letters (Home)
Clothing & dress
Gas warfare