Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Company I 7th Texas Infantry
Mustered into service during World War I, July 16, 1917, at Abilene with officers, Capt. R.M. Wagstaff; 1st Lt. A.J. McDavid; 2nd Lt. E.B. Sayles; and 1st Sgt. Elmer C. Stearns. Company had 139 enlisted men from the area who trained here at the West Texas Fair Grounds (now Rose Park) until September 1. Then transferred to Camp Bowie at Fort Worth. It became part of HQ. Co., 142nd Inf., 36th Division.
The unit saw action in France October 8-28, 1918, with the 4th French Army, and was mustered out of service in June, 1919.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1014.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1919.
Location. 32° 26.542′ N, 99° 45.367′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from Barrow Street, 0.1 miles south of S. 7th Street. Marker is located in Oscar Rose Park along the park driveway just east of the skate park; the above directions are to the park driveway entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House (approx. half a mile away); Childers Classical Institute (approx. ¾ mile away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); McMurry College (approx. 0.9 miles away); Magee House (approx. one mile away); Abilene Woman's Club Building (approx. one mile away); Site of Guitar Mansion (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Western Cattle Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
More about this marker. At the bottom of the marker is attached a metal strip with the following inscription: Muster In Roll recorded Vol 866, Page 983 Deed Records, Taylor County, Texas.
Also see . . . 36th Division in World War I. A detailed history of the 36th Division from the Texas Military Forces Museum. (Submitted on November 17, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.