Veteran’s Day Tribute: Armistice and New Jersey connections to Oklahoma

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Railway carriage in which the Armistice was signed November 11, 1918 Courtesy of the New Jersey State Archives, Department of State.

Today is a momentous day in world history.  On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, peace came to Europe when the Armistice agreement was signed with Germany in 1918.  Today, a replica of the historic railcar used in 1918 sits in The Armistice Memorial in Compiègne, France.[1] However, among the New Jersey National Guard Photograph Collection at the New Jersey State Archives, a treasure can be found there is a collage of five black & white photos depicting the original railcar and museum.[2] Unfortunately, the original railcar and memorial were destroyed by Hilter in 1945.[3]

Fast-forward to Adair County, Oklahoma – 1944

It is mostly always true, that you should always revisit the materials that you’ve gathered along your genealogical journeys. Today, while scanning photos of my grandpa, Sgt. Eugene L. Tucker, an interesting tidbit jumped off the page of a newspaper that he had saved. Who knew that you’d be able to find a NJ marriage announcement from the newspaper back home in Adair County, OK?!

Sure enough, in the Friday, January 7, 1944 edition of The Democrat published in Stilwell, Adair County was a notice for a marriage of Pfc. William Waldman of Jersey City, New Jersey and Dorothy Hendrix of Stilwell who were married on 19 December 1943 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.[4] This announcement is found just under the headlines for the newspaper — Pvt. Eugene Tucker, Hero of Nashville Maneuvers!

The Democrat, 7 January 1944 Stilwell, Oklahoma

The Democrat, 7 January 1944
Stilwell, Oklahoma

Yes, that’s right, I had been so focused on the news story for my grandpa, that I missed a New Jersey connection printed “front and center” on page one. It was disappointing to find that I have no connection to the Hendrix family in Adair County after a quick check of my database, but hopefully this marriage notice will make it to a descendant or two in 2014.

Happy Searching!

 


 

[1] Armistice Memorial (gofrance.about.com/od/historicattractionsfrance/a/Armistice-Memorial-Compiegne.htm : accessed 11 November 2014).

[2] New Jersey National Guard Photograph Collection, images; Collage D33, Railway carriage in which the Armistice was signed November 11, 1918, (wwwnet1.state.nj.us/DOS/Admin/ArchivesDBPortal/natguard1.aspx : accessed 11 November 2014); New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.

[3] Second Armistice at Compiègne, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Armistice_at_Compi%C3%A8gne : accessed 11 November 2014).

[4] “Announces Marriage of Daughter”, newsstory, The Democrat, Stilwell, Oklahoma, page 1, column 5; original in author’s possession.

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