1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES
1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES

1910s WEST POINT CADET GETS INFLUENTIAL HELP 1910s era PHOTO ALBUM and SCRAPBOOK - PHILIPPINES

Item #559

This collection consists of 2 scrapbooks compiled by Duncan Gregor McGregor, including information about him which reads as follows:
“Duncan Gregor McGregor, West Point Class of 1917. He served in the 5th Cavalry in WWI, spent the rest of his career in the Ordnance Corps, commanded the Philippines 47th Ordnance Dept in WWII, and retired as a full colonel.

Two items:
1—His scrapbook, beginning from his early childhood in the Philippines, where his father (a career Army officer) died. The family then spent time in Washington, D.C., Denver (where he attended high school as a military cadet), Detroit and Bay City. The book is packed with souvenirs from train trips, dances, graduations, events, etc. There are also some photographs.
The latter part of his scrapbook largely details his efforts to gain admission to West Point. He applied in 1912, but was rejected for academic deficiencies. That decision was reversed, but he was then rejected for color blindness. The result was a campaign mounted by influential family and friends, especially General Irving Hale (his uncle), which included a telegram to President Wilson. The President referred the matter to the War Department. In all, there are over 20 telegrams and letters from Senators and the War Department. It worked: he got in, which resulted in the second item.

2—An album of photographs from his days at West Point. There are nearly 300 photographs dealing with cadet life: formations, field exercises, athletic events, girlfriend visits, etc.”

The first album in the collection measures 9 x 12” and is around 3.5” thick as it is filled with ephemera from McGregor’s life from his childhood, starting in 1900, to around 1913. Handwritten on the cover are the words “Memory Book by Duncan Gregor McGregor.” The pages are not attached to the covers and because all of the items weighing down the pages they can be unwieldy to turn. However, there is a rich history contained within the book. McGregor includes school records, programs from various plays, church services, and horse shows, newspaper clippings about news that caught his interest, and many transportation tickets and menus. He even includes sugar packers, gum and soap wrappers, cards, and invitations to parties. Other ephemera include pins and patches. There are around 21 black and white photos scattered throughout the book, measuring between 3.25 x 2.25” and 6.5 x 4.5” which are either glued to the pages or loose. McGregory includes handwritten annotations throughout the scrapbook to identify specific items and explain their importance. There are also several letters throughout the album from relatives and friends; among these are letters and telegrams about McGregor’s West Point entrance exam.

The second album measures 14.5 x 9” with a worn brown cover. This album contains around 320 black and white photos from McGregor’s time in West Point with friends and girlfriend. Many of the photos are of life around the barracks, performing drills and field exercises, and playing baseball. The pages of the album are very fragile, some are in two parts, and are prone to crumbling and coming loose from the binding. There is evidence of a past insect problem, with some small holes bored into the pages, but I don’t see any current problem. Both albums are in need of restoration.

Examples of letters and telegrams
Letter from Uncle Jack to Duncan (Fort Leavenworth, Dec. 27th, 1907)
Dear Duncan,
The blotter pad is very pretty indeed, and I’m going to keep it on my desk with the little pin cushion which Margaret made for me. Thank you very much for remembering your old Uncle Jack so nicely.
If you had been here Christmas time you would have scampered around with Bob and the girls at Uncle Rob’s trying to peek through the keyholes into the parlor - where they had the tree and presents. They were good children and went to church Christmas morning before they had seen their presents, and so did not get them until about half past twelve. You can imagine how eager they all were to get into that parlor when the time finally came.
You and Margaret must write and tell us of your Christmas day.
With love and best wishes for a Happy New Year from us all.
Affectionately your
Uncle Jack

Letter from Robert C. Davis to Duncan George McGregor (May 29, 1912)
Sir:
I am directed by the Superintendent to inform you that the Medical Board before which you appeared for the physical examination found you to be physically qualified for admission to the United States Military Academy. Your mental examination papers were, however, not satisfactory to the Academic Board and you were declared deficient and not qualified for admission in the following subjects:
Algebra, Composition and Literature and History.
Very respectfully,
Robert C. Davis
Captain of Infantry,
Adjutant.

Telegram from Irving Hale to President Wilson (Denver, Colo June 7th-1913)
President Wilson,
White House, Washington D.C.
Duncan McGregor, son late captain McGregor corps engineers who died in Manila passed West Point examination physically failed mentally because green brown color blindness.
His grandfather Woodruff entered under same conditions.
McGregor grandson General Woodruff Colonel King nephew general Woodruff Major Hardin, Major Raymon, General Hale.
Please carefully consider case.
Irving Hale
[Written on telegram in pencil]
Dear Duncan:
Mary forgot to send this in letter to Caroline.
Irving Hale

Letter from J. P. Tumulty to Irving Hale (June 9, 1913)
My dear Sir:
The President directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of June 7th, in the interest of Duncan McGregor, and to say that he will bring it to the attention of the Secretary of War.
Very truly yours,
J. P. Tumulty
Secretary to the President.

Price: $1,250.00

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