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Identifier: P0156

Title: Rumbold Collection: Philippine-American War and World War I


Frank Meeker Rumbold (1862-1937) was born in Wisconsin. The Rumbold family moved to St. Louis in 1868. Rumbold graduated from Washington University's School of Medicine in 1884 and established a medical practice. In 1898 at the start of the Spanish-American War he was a captain in the Light Battery "A" Missouri Volunteers. During the Spanish-American War he saw action in both Puerto Rico and the Philippines. After being transferred to the 32nd Infantry Rumbold served as a member of the American occupation troops attempting to stop the Filipino insurrection. He was discharged in 1901 and returned to his medical practice in St. Louis, but he maintained an active involvement in National Guard and veterans’ affairs. In 1909 Missouri Governor Herbert Hadley requested that Rumbold become Adjutant General of Missouri, a position Rumbold held until 1913. During the Mexican Border Crisis of 1916 Rumbold served as a Colonel in the Missouri National Guard. In World War I Rumbold trained at Camp Doniphan in Oklahoma, where he was in command of the 128th Field Artillery attached to the 35th Division. This group was stationed in France where they remained until 1919. Rumbold remained active in the National Guard after the war and served again as Adjutant General from 1925 to 1927.

The Rumbold Collection contains a photograph album and mounted photographs of Company G of the 32nd Infantry, U.S. Volunteers during the Philippine Insurrection following the Spanish-American War. The album is titled "32nd Infantry U.S.V. 1899-1901" and contains about 450 snapshots and a few half-tone pictures with handwritten captions. The album covers the company from training at Fort Leavenworth through their tour in the Philippines. Most of the photos were taken in Philippines and cover military activity, village life, and buildings. The album also includes a map of the Philippines and a picture of Nagasaki. The mounted photographs depict groups of officers, Captain Rumbold and his tent, and a man on horseback in downtown St. Louis demonstrating his horse's skills. The collection also contains a cartoon dated July 4, 1880 showing soldiers at a flooded camp, a copy of the "Pictorial History, 35th Division in the World War, A Memory Book" by Robert L. Carter (1933,) and a souvenir viewbook from World War I. Subjects include: military; uniforms; tents; guns; weapons; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; transportation; boats; ships; horses; San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; officers of the 32nd Infantry; churches; Manila, the Philippines; bridges; cemeteries; recreations; corpses; Igorrotes; Igorots; Spanish generals; buildings; watch towers; Philippinos; railroads; street scenes; Macabebees; Porac, Philippines; San Jose River; residences; houses; Orion, Philippines; rivers; Tagalogs; musical instruments; Captain Peed; Sergeant Herford; Captain Craven; Colonel Craig; oxen; outdoor markets; Balanga, Philippines; Company G, 32nd Infantry; headquarters; flooded streets; Dinalupihan, Philippines; soldiers; Orani, Philippines; harbor of Nagasaki; Camp Doniphan.



Dates: 1899 - 1918

Type(s): Collection

Maker/Creator: Strauss Studio (St. Louis)



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