During World War I the local Honey Grove newspaper published letters home from Honey Grove soldiers. The Honey GrovePreservation League has found over 130 of these letters and retyped them, with the assistance of Honey Grove high school students, to make them available on the internet and in printed format.
One letter is that of Rufus Shelton, the first soldier from Fannin County to die in World War I. His unmailed letter to his mother was found in his pocket after his death. Other letters were written to family members and some to the Honey Grove Signal directly. The subject matter varies from the horrors of war to French country life (including the attractive French girls) to patriotism and religion. The letters are frank and direct. They provide insight into the history of our community, the lives of the soldiers who served from Honey Grove, their perspectives on the war, the value of home and family, and the freedoms they held dear.
Printed copies of the letters have been compiled into notebooks which are available at the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library.
The Honey Grove Preservation League would love to find other letters or recollections written by our soldiers during World War I. If you should have letters that you would be willing to share, please contact us at email@example.com
As of June 29, 1861. See the list HERE.
In Honey Grove on July 6, 1861. See the list HERE.
Read more about them HERE.
Honey Grove Boys Serve With Valor, by H. P. Allen
Civil War Experiences Reflect Life of Hardship, by John Black and H. P. Allen
Capt. Logan Davidson, by H. P. Allen.
Link to the 1860 Fannin County Slave Schedule Census on the Fannin County GenWeb site.
Link to the Fannin County 1836-1865 listing of Slave Owners, Slave Holdings and Slave Transactions, complied by Tom Scott, on the Fannin County GenWeb site.
This List is under development.
See our World War II page.
Thanks to Mary Anne Thurman for the photo below of members of the Honey Grove National Guard.