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Major Kraning & Staff

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Collection Emil F. Kraning
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Description Gelatin print of Major Kraning & Staff, "Taken at Cotton Palace/Waco Texas, Nov. 4, 1917".
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1917
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Candid outdoor view of Major Emil Kraning (center) and 1st Lieutenant Paul L. Stewart, Adjutant (left), and 1st Lieutenant Henry J. Petigrew standing in a sports field. The officer's were formerly members of the 6th Wisconsin National Guard, which became the 107th Motor Supply Train, 32nd Division in 1917. Bleachers and a stadium are in the background. A small camera on a tripod is next to Lt. Stewart.
Emil F. Kraning (Kroening changed to Kraning before 1908) was born in Germany in 1875. His family immigrated to America and settled in Oshkosh, WI. On July 11, 1893 he enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. His enlisted records indicate that he was Five feet, 10 1/2 inches tall, with gray eyes and brown hair. and a wood worker by profession. He worked as a foreman at Diamond Match Company. He married Martha Damaske on November 17, 1894 in Oshkosh, WI. The couple had four daughters: Ruth, Lisetta, Ethel, and Rhea. He reenlisted on July 13, 1896 and again on July 13, 1897. During the Spanish American War he was a sergeant in Company F. On February 1, 1905 he was promoted to Captain and commanded Company F, and commanded the company during the Mexican Border War. On July 14, 1917 he was promoted to Major commanding the 3rd Battalion 6th Wisconsin National Guard. When the 32nd Division was formed in August 1917 at Camp MacArthur, Texas, Kraning was assigned to command the 107th Supply Train. He was on the USS Tuscania when it was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine. In France he became ill with trench fever and rheumatism and was relieved of command on July 1, 1918 and sent back to the United States. He died in 1931.
Object ID P1955.1.47
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Kraning, Emil F.
Stewart, Paul L.
Petigrew, Henry J.
Place Waco, TX
Print size 3.5" x 5.5"
Subjects Group photographs
Male
Soldiers
Officers
Military camps
32nd Division
Cameras
Stadiums
107th Supply Train
World War I
Title Major Kraning & Staff
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