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Carl T. Strass—World War and Border Service—Photo Album, 1916-1920

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2016-095

Content Description

The collection consists of numerous photographs and postcards, many held in a photo album belonging to Sergeant Carl T. Strass of Sioux Falls (S.D.). The spine of the large photo album reads, “Memories 1916-1920, Faces and Places, World War and Border Service.” The photo album includes images of Carl Strass and his comrades during their military service with the South Dakota National Guard’s guarding the Mexican Border and while stationed in Europe during World War I. Carl Theodore Strass was born June 2, 1890 in Fergus Falls (MN) to John and Lena Strass. The Strass family came to South Dakota in 1894. Carl Strass lived most of his life in Sioux Falls working with the Sioux Falls police department. He served with the South Dakota National Guard and was a veteran of World War I. He married Clara Shaw on August 13, 1921. Mr. Strass died on September 16, 1961 and is buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery (Sturgis, S.D.). His wife Clara died on April 5, 1966 and is also buried at the cemetery. Camp Hagman was located in Redfield (S.D.) and was the staging ground for the South Dakota National Guard, 4th South Dakota Infantry in preparation to leave for San Benito (TX) for Mexican Border Service in 1916. The album shows images of the various companies of the 4th South Dakota Infantry which served on the border for seven months, returning home in March 1917. There are also images of the South Dakota National Guard, on maneuvers, at Fort Meade (S.D.) in 1913. The back half of the album consists of World War I related images taken in Europe. Various war scenes are shown, mainly photos of soldiers, damaged towns, artillery and planes. Also included are two ship passenger tickets referencing deck and compartment location. Of particular note, are several images of crosses and burials, with some identifying the soldiers killed. The back of some of the photographs reference the soldier’s name, date and time of death and their hometown. Of particular interest in the collection are postcard images taken during “Service Day” in Sioux Falls on May 20, 1919. The postcards show various servicemen on parade in downtown Sioux Falls. A special arch was made for the event and reads, “Sioux Falls Honors and Welcomes All Who Have Served.” One unique postcard shows the arch “light up” at night.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1916-1920


0.5 Cubic Feet