The Henry J. Hefner, Jr. Collection consists of his World War I scrapbook and his written description of the journey from Texas to France, titled "From Texas to France Is the Subject."
The collection has been organized into six folders. The first folder contains the photocopy and the original copy of "From Texas to France Is the Subject." The manuscript is 12 typed pages long, and covers the dates from July 8, 1918 to October 8, 1918. It begins with Camp Bowie, describes the trip to the Atlantic Coast, across the Atlantic Ocean, the disembarkation In France on July 31, and then discusses the movements of the 36th Division (Hefner's division) up to October 8. The manuscript was written in 1918.
The next five folders contain the scrapbook, 1917-1919, undated. The scrapbook contains: newspaper clippings about the 36th Division, the war, army life, poetry, soldiers, and Henry J. Hefner, Jr.; letters written by Hefner that were printed in the newspaper, photographs of Hefner, his fellow soldiers, a woman who may be Grace Mourer; letters; telegrams; and some ephemera and memorabilia, including uniform badges, greeting cards, a ceremony program. Also included with the scrapbook is a 5-page typed manuscript that was probably written by Hefner describing military action in the province of Champagne. (This mansucript has been kept in its original location and can be found in folder 5.)
Henry J. ("Jack" or "Harry") Hefner, Jr. was born on April 14, 1895, in Sherman, Texas, to Henry J. Hefner, Sr. and Sarah A. Hefner. He grew up in Sherman and later moved to Houston, where he worked as a ticket agent at the Galveston-Houston Electric Railway Company. He volunteered for the army on July 30, 1917, as a corporal in the signal corps of the 36th Division. He married Grace Mourer on June 30, 1918, and then was transferred to the headquarters of the 71st Infantry Brigade and sailed for France on July 15, 1918. While on tour, his division (the 36th) saw comabt at Mont Blanc and St. Etienne. In 1942, Hefner was drafted to serve during World War II. He died in February 1965.
The Henry J. Hefner, Jr. Collection, collection 2011.1, James G. Gee Library Special Collections, Texas A
Some pages in the scrapbook include items that must be unfolded to be read. These pages have been photocopied for preservation reasons, and the photocopied pages are interleaved inside the scrapbook with the original pages. The manuscript about Champagne and the manuscript about the journey to France have both been photocopied for preservation reasons and the original copies have been retained in the collection.
Part of the Special Collections, Gee Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository
Please cite as: The Henry J. Hefner, Jr. Collection, collection 2008.33, James G. Gee Library Special Collections, Texas A &M University-Commerce. http://archives.tamuc.edu/repositories/2/resources/28 Accessed September 20, 2017.
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