NAMED WORLD WAR ONE OFFICER’S CAMPAIGN HAT

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Item Code: 1000-2831

Classic WW1 campaign hat with a wide brim and the “Montana” style peak. Brim has five parallel rows of stitching around the edge. Base of the crown has the typical green hatband and a nice black & gold officer’s hat cord. There are two slits cut on either side at the base of the crown for attaching a chinstrap.

Interior has original leather sweatband that is stamped twice, once with “JOHN B. STETSON CO. NO. 1 QUALITY” and “NEW YORK CLOTHING HOUSE, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.” Sweatband is in excellent condition. Underside of the brim has two small moth bites and some tracking.

Stamped inside the crown is “S. R. WANTZ 1ST LIEUTENANT M.R.C.” or Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Wants obituary in The Baltimore Sun from August 23, 1950 reads:

“Funeral services for Dr. Sherman R. Wantz, general practitioner here for more than 50 years, will be held at 11 A.M. tomorrow at Hampden Methodist Church, following a brief service at the home,. Burial will be in Druid Ridge Cemetery. Dr. Wantz, who was 79 in July, died Monday in his home after an illness of several months.

Until early this year he had been in active practice, limiting his patients to those able to come to his home after the first of 1950.

Born on an Illinois farm, Dr. Wantz came to Baltimore as a child with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Ell B. Wantz. He was graduated in 1898 from the Baltimore Medical College, which in 1913 became a part of the University of Maryland Medical School. Alumni of the school presented htm with a citation at the end of half a century of practice.

During World War I, Dr. Wantz was an Army Medical Corps officer and later a leader in American Legion affairs. He was a charter member of the Mahool-Potts Post No. 2, and chaplain of the unit from the time of its organization until his death except for the year he served as post commander.

He was a member of the Past Commanders' Association of the Legion, held life membership in the Masonic Sharon Lode, was a member of the band of the Tall Cedars and associated with other fraternal organizations.

In 1894 he married the former Carrie E. Ford, who survives him.”  [ad][ph:L]

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