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Julia Yates Wimsatt collection on James L. Yates, 1909-1917, circa 1920s

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Finding aid prepared by Andrew McGraw

Title

Julia Yates Wimsatt collection on James L. Yates

Date

1909-1917, circa 1920s

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series by material type.

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2011ms057 : [identification of item], James L. Yates World War I papers and photographs, 1909-1917, circa 1920s, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.23 Cubic feet

1 box

Abstract

The James L. Yates World War I papers and photographs document Yates' time as a soldier in the United States military in the years leading up to American participation in World War I.

Biography/History

James L. Yates was the first person from Owensboro, Kentucky to die during World War I. He was buried in Bony, France. Before serving in France, Yates was stationed in Texas where he aided in patrolling the border with Mexico. He also spent time at Fort D. A. Russell but it is unclear what his duties were there.

Scope and Content

The James L. Yates World War I Papers and photographs document Yates' time as a soldier in the United States military in the years leading up to American participation in World War I. The papers consist largely of letters written to his sister, Julia Wimsatt, who lived in Owensboro, KY. The bulk of the album photographs were taken when Frances Hebbard, wife of Lewis Hebbard (who was a half nephew of Yates) travelled to France to visit James Yates' grave. The clippings mainly document the reaction to Yates' death in Owensboro, his home town. Several of the clippings pertain to his time guarding the Mexican border, which was his assignment before leaving for France.

Subjects

  • Clippings (Newspapers, books, etc.)
  • Photographs
  • Jackson, Betty
  • Wimsatt, Julia
  • Yates, James L., about 1882-1918
  • Military history--Records and correspondence.
  • Postcards--20th century.
  • Soldiers--Correspondence.
  • World War, 1914-1918--France.
  • World War, 1914-1918.

Collection Inventory

I Correspondence, 1910 November 15 - 1917 March 19
Scope and Contents note:

The correspondence series is composed of letters written from James L. Yates to his sister, Julia Wimsatt. The letters describe Yates' duty guarding the Mexican boarder, and the training performed in anticipation of deployment to France. Because there is only one recipient for the correspondence they have been described by where they were mailed.

Fort D. A. Russell Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1910 November 15
[Box: 1, Folder: 1] browse
Fort D. A. Russell Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1911 October 29
[Box: 1, Folder: 2] browse
Fort D. A. Russel Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1911 November 2
[Box: 1, Folder: 3] browse
Texas City, Texas, 1913 Ocotber 28
[Box: 1, Folder: 4] browse
Texas City, Texas, 1913 June 22
[Box: 1, Folder: 5] browse
Texas City, Texas, 1913 June 4
[Box: 1, Folder: 6] browse
Texas City, Texas, 1914 July 11
[Box: 1, Folder: 7] browse
Texas City, Texas, 1914 April 29
[Box: 1, Folder: 8] browse
Harlinger, Texas, 1915 September 17
[Box: 1, Folder: 9] browse
Brownsville, Texas, 1915 August 25
[Box: 1, Folder: 10] browse
Texas City, Texas, 1915 May 21
[Box: 1, Folder: 11] browse
Harlinger, Texas, 1916 September 7
[Box: 1, Folder: 12] browse
San Benito, Texas, 1917 May 27
[Box: 1, Folder: 13] browse
Progress, Texas, 1917 March 19
[Box: 1, Folder: 14] browse
II Postcards, 1909-1913
Scope and Contents note:

The postcard series contains postcards sent by Yates to his sister and niece.

Betty, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 15] browse
To Lowilla Hebard (his niece), 1909
[Box: 1, Folder: 16] browse
To Julia Wimsatt, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 17] browse
To Julia Wimsatt: depicts the 19th Company in line, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 18] browse
To Julia Wimsatt, 1913
[Box: 1, Folder: 19] browse
To Julia Wimsatt, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 20] browse
III Clippings, undated
Scope and Contents note:

The Clippings series contain articles pertaining to James L. Yates.

"Name of the Legion Hall Changed", undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 21]
"Sargent Yates Died of Wounds Received in the War", undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 22]
"Owensboro Give It's First Son to Liberty's Cause", undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 23]
"Legion to Vote on Changing Name to Honor Dead Hero", undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 24]
"Sergeant Yates Died of Wounds Received in the War", undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 25]
"Two Americans Murdered" Browsville, Texas, 1915 September 3
[Box: 1, Folder: 26]
"Bandit Chase is Thrilling Affair", undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 27]
"What will Owensboro Do, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 28]
IV Photographs, undated
Scope and Contents note:

The photographs series contains photographs of a trip to France by relatives of Yates to visit his grave and other World War I memorials. There are also several photographs of Yates.

James L. Yates grave in Bony, France, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 28:1, Page: 1]
WWI Memorial - France, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 28:2, Page: 1, Box: 1, Folder:Item: 28:4, Page: 1]
Francis Hebbard Bony, France, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 28:3, Page: 1]
Francis Hebbard at the grave of James L. Yates - Bony, France, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 28:1, Page: 2]
Graves of World War I soldiers - Bony, France, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 28:2, Page: 2]
World War I Memorial - France, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 28:3-4, Page: 2]
World War I Memorial - France, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 30_1, Page: 3] browse
Unidentified individuals, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 30_2, Page: 3] browse
Grave marker, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 30_3, Page: 3] browse
Unidentified individuals, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 30_4, Page: 3] browse
Unidentified individuals, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 30_1-5, Page: 4] browse
James L. Yates and two other men in uniform, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 31:1, Page: 5]
Four unidentified men in uniform, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 31:2, Page: 5]
Unidentified woman, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 31:3, Page: 5]
Great Nephew of James L. Yates - William Monroe McLimare, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 31:1, Page: 6]
Great nephew of James L. Yates - Earl Griffith McLimare, undated
[Box: 1, Folder:Item: 31:2, Page: 6]
James Yates and other soldiers 50 yards from the Rio Grande River, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 32] browse
James L. Yates, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 33] browse