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World War I battle scene. On the gas mask bag of the soldier in the left foreground can be seen the inscription "150/C" for Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion. Museum records note that this oil painting is a copy however the artist, title and location of the original painting is not recorded. Donated by Esther A. Christensen, the widow of Harvey C. Christensen. Harvey C. Christensen was born February 8, 1896. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on June 2, 1917. He reported for active duty on July 15, 1917 when Company F became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd "Rainbow Division". He was hospitalized with Shell Shock on July 30, 1918 near Chateau Thierry, France. He was promoted to corporal on November 24, 1918. He returned from France with the company in April 1919. He worked for Buckstaff & Company until his retirement and died circa 1952. Flora M. Smith was the wife of Reverend Frank L. Smith, pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Oshkosh, WI. They operated Smith's Studio at #5 Church Avenue (in operation from 1898-1920). She is not listed in the Oshkosh City Directories after 1934.
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