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Parke County, Indiana World War I soldiers photograph album

 Collection — Folder: SP158
Identifier: SP158

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photograph album compiled by the Indiana Historical Commission with images from Parke County, Indiana ranging from August to December 1918, regarding groups of men from the county, often wearing badges or armbands, who enlisted in the U.S. armed forces or the local guard during World War I. The men in the photographs are unidentified and most of them were taken on the steps of the Parke County Courthouse in Rockville. There is one photograph with four African-American men, in an unknown location.

There are also two panoramic photographs at the back of the album showing Company E, 1st Infantry Regiment of the Indiana State Militia (Indiana National Guard) in Rockville, Indiana in front of the courthouse on December 18, 1918 and Parke County soldiers about to depart by train on July 22, 1918. There is a title page which lists the dates the photographs were taken.


  • 1918 April-December


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

On April 27, 1917, members of Parke County, Indiana created the Parke County Military Training Association to organize an unofficial company to train in military tactics, with the goal to drill young men for service in the army. Isaac R. Strouse was named captain or drillmaster and the company held weekly drills. The company continued to drill until December 17, 1917 when it joined the active Indiana State Militia (Indiana National Guard). Many of the regular participants in the association's company could not join the state's militia as they were older than 45. The company from Rockville was eventually designated Company E, 1st Infantry, and provided with uniforms and rifles during mid-1918.

After the passage of the Selective Service Act of 1917 in May, 1452 men aged 21 to 32 were registered for the draft in Parke County. At the beginning of September 1917, the first of the selected men were sent to join the U.S. Army. Many men from the county had already joined the armed forces by that time. Parke County lost 33 of its servicemen in the war: 19 in battle, 13 from disease, and 1 from drowning.


Parke County in the World War. Rockville, IN: Rockville Tribune, 1920.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


This collection consists of one item.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/25 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/25 by Brittany Kropf.


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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.