Memorial Day 2022: Honoring Davis Family Members Who Are Serving or Have Served. Featuring: George G. Davis World War I Service.

On this Memorial Day weekend 2022 I would like to salute family members who proudly served in the military whether that be during war, peacetime draft, or served as Reservist out of their sense of duty.

In my family research so far I have not uncovered any Daleiden relative serving in the military during any past wars or conflicts. I will need to do some more research.

We have several that served during peace time drafts. My father George Davis served in a U.S. Missile Battalion Unit in Germany in the late 1950s during the Cold War.

George Stuart Davis my father served in Germany in a U.S. Army Missile Battalion during the late 1950’s.

James Weberpal who’s served in Germany during the peace time draft. Jame’s mother was Rose Schlick the daughter or Joseph Schlick of Burlington in Kane County Illinois. James or “Jimmy” past away this spring. He was an excellent source of Schlick family history.

My uncle, Joseph Schlick served and gave his life during the Vietnam War. Here is is obituary from the Wheaton Illinois Daily Journal.

Joseph Francis Schlick (1947 – 1968). Served in U.S. Army Engineer Specialist 4 in Biên Hòa, Đồng Nai, in Vietnam.

My daughter Caroline Davis is currently a Naval Reservist serving as a Master of Arms. She recently completed her deployment in Africa. I am very proud of her that she decided to take a portion of her life to provide service to our country! She has never been a selfish person and always thinking of ways to help people.

My Grandfather George Germaine Davis served in World War 1. George was born and lived in the City of Chicago his entire life. He worked for several railroads in the railyards near the Union Stock Yards on Chicago’s Southside. He was nicknamed “Boomer” Davis. In railroad slang a “Boomer” was a

. . . Drifter who went from one railroad job to another, staying but a short time on each job or each road. This term dates back to pioneer days when men followed boom camps. The opposite is home guard. Boomers should not be confused with tramps, although they occasionally became tramps. Boomers were railroad workers often in big demand because of their wide experience, sometimes blackballed because their tenure of stay was uncertain. Their common practice was to follow the “rushes”-that is, to apply for seasonal jobs when and where they were most needed, when the movement of strawberry crops, watermelons, grain, etc., was making the railroads temporarily short-handed. There are virtually no boomers in North America today. When men are needed for seasonal jobs they are called from the extra board. (Source: Freeman H. Hubbard. Railroad Avenue: Great Stories and Legends of American Railroading. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1945).

Union Stock Yards Chicago Illinois. This photo shows sheep being lead out of a railway box car that carried them from the western states to be ready to be made into food products. George Davis worked in the railyard coupling trains together. (Image: Chicago Daily News Photos Courtesy of the Chicago History Museum).

George was primarily known as a “humper“. In railroad slang a “hump” was a small rise used to assist in coupling train cars in a yard. A humper was someone who assisted box cars to be connected to one annother through the use of a hump. It was very dangerous work.

Later in life due to various health issues he worked as a Cabby for the Chicago Yellow Cab Co. George and his life partner Florence Brose Adelsperger raised two children: George S. (my father) and Suzanne Davis. Grandmother Adelsperger had one child with her husband Robert Adelsperger. His name was Dr. Robert Adelsperger, Jr., my father’s half-brother. Robert or “Bob” became a rare book librarian and started the Special Collections Department for the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

George G. Davis and Florence Brose Adelsperger, my paternal grandparents. This photo was taken at St. James Farm near Warrenville Illinois in the late 1950s. St James is where my mother lived for a short period of time with her parents Frank J. and Mae C. Schlick and her brother Joseph F. Schlick from mid 1950s to late 1950s.
George Germaine Davis (1898- 1979). Davis served his country in Europe during World War I and saw action in the Meuse–Argonne offensive that took place from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice of November 11, 1918. He assisted with the horses that pulled the artillary cassions to the front.
George G. Davis, my Grandfather, is buried at Mount Olive Cemetery in Chicago.

Doughboy” Private 1st Class George G. Davis was part of the First Infantry of the Illinois National Guard reorganized as part of the 33rd Division 131st U.S. Infantry Regiment Company H. He served from the time of his draft 14 August 1917 to 15 June 1919. In an oral history interview with my father George S. Davis I was informed that Grandpa Davis’ main charge and title was that of a Teamster during the war “driving” the artillary cassion wagons pulled by horses to the frontlines.

The abvoe photo shows a 75mm mle/97 section from Battery “C”, 16th Field Artillery at Fort Myer, VA in 1927. George Davis was helping to take care of the horses and also driving the cassions to the front in a similar situation from 1918 – 1919.
Photo source: Lovett Artillary website.

George G. Davis’s World War I Pay Book. This document was from my father’s personal papers. This type of document is a good information source for genealogists. A Pay Book provides a lot of personal information as well: the date of birth and home city.
Muster Roll cover page for 28 February 1918. This Muster was taken at Camp Logan Texas. This is where George Davis was stationed for training. (Document is from the National Archives Personnel Records Service in St. Louis Missouri).

This is one of the pages of the above Muster Roll. This shows George Davis at Camp Logan in Texas. The Muster Roll was used by the U.S. Army to track soliders and their status at a given point of time. The Roll shows his serial number and his transfer from the Co. E 131st Division. This is another rich source of information for genealogists wanting to track their solider during a war. (Document from National Archives Pesonnel Record Service in St. Louis Missouri).
Camp Logan Texas U.S. Army Training Camp. (Photo Courtesy: U.S. Army Center of Militray History).

About Schlick Daleiden Families - DuPage and Kane Counties of Illinois

Kevin Davis is a retired Public Library Director. He is a Board member of the Winfield (IL) Historical Society. Davis has over 35 years experience working in public libraries. He is deeply interested in local Chicagoland, Dupage, and Kane County History. Davis earned a BA in History and an MA in Library Science from Dominican University. He is a volunteer researcher for the St. James Farm Forest Preserve part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in Illinois. His work includes extensive writing and research on the McCormick family line who were former owners of St. James Farm. He is an avid family historian / genealogist and has done extensive research on the Schlicks and Daleidens of DuPage and Kane County Illinois.
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