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Wilkie LaTrobe Harper (1887 - 1968)

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Wilkie Latrobe Harper
1887 - 1968
Born
August 17, 1887
Cleveland Ohio
Death
July 4, 1968
Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas
Other Names
Bill
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Wilkie LaTrobe Harper was born on August 17, 1887 at Cleveland Ohio. He is the child of Carrie May (Latrobe) Harper and Asa John Harper. According to his family tree, Wilkie was father to 1 child. He married Clarice Berdin Harper, and they had a child Suzanne Mercedes (Harper) Pinkley. He died on July 4, 1968 in Berryville, Arkansas at 80 years old.
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Wilkie was born 1887. His mother died when he was 8 years old and as his father was a traveling salesman, he then lived with his Aunt Mary or Uncle Charles. While in Michigan, he went to school with & sat behind the daughter of Mr Post who founded the Post cereal company. His father's travels took him 'out west' where he met some of the legendary men of the old west era. Once when Buffalo Bill Cody was traveling through their town with his Wild West Show, his father told him to go down to the side track where Buffalo Bill had his privte railroad car & introduce himself to "Col. Cody" as Asa Harpe's son. Wilkie did this & Buffalo Bill treated him to a free pass to his show. He was very militarily minded as evidenced by his long association with the Army.' 1908-1911 served as Private in Co C, 4th Illinois Infantry, ING, Newton, Il 1912-1918 - 1st Sgt. - Iowa Field Hospital #1, Iowa National Guard 1914-1918 - Instructor of Military Science/Tactics Iowa State College, Ames Iowa 1916 - his unit saw duty on the Mexican border in the hunt for Pancho Villa. 1918-1919 - World War I - Field Hospital 1, AEF Contagious Hospital, Justice Group, Toul, France & Base Hospital, Justice Group Toul, France. 1919 - Discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa as Hospital Sgt, Medical Dept 1942 - World War II - - Commissioned Captain, 2nd Regiment, Iowa State Guard. Assigned to Regimental HDQS as Regimental Adjutant. 1943 - Promoted Major - Assistant Plans & Training Officer 1945 - Lt Colonel - Plans & Training Officer 1947 - Transferred to inactive duty 950 - Korean War - received appointment in Reserve Officers Corps. Wilkie Harper ... He passed away about 1968. He is buried with his wife, Clarice, in the National Cemetery in Springfield, MO. [1]
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1908-1911 served as Private in Co C, 4th Illinois Infantry, ING, Newton, Il 1912-1918 - 1st Sgt. - Iowa Field Hospital #1, Iowa National Guard 1914-1918 - Instructor of Military Science/Tactics Iowa State College, Ames Iowa 1916 - his unit saw duty on the Mexican border in the hunt for Pancho Villa. 1918-1919 - World War I - Field Hospital 1, AEF Contagious Hospital, Justice Group, Toul, France & Base Hospital, Justice Group Toul, France. 1919 - Discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa as Hospital Sgt, Medical Dept 1942 - World War II - - Commissioned Captain, 2nd Regiment, Iowa State Guard. Assigned to Regimental HDQS as Regimental Adjutant. 1943 - Promoted Major - Assistant Plans & Training Officer 1945 - Lt Colonel - Plans & Training Officer 1947 - Transferred to inactive duty 950 - Korean War - received appointment in Reserve Officers Corps.
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Wilkie LaTrobe Harper, father to 1 child, died on July 4, 1968 in Berryville, Arkansas at 80 years old. He was buried in National Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri United States. Wilkie was born on August 17, 1887 at Cleveland Ohio. He is the child of Carrie May (Latrobe) Harper and Asa John Harper. According to his family tree, he married Clarice Berdin Harper, and they had a child Suzanne Mercedes (Harper) Pinkley.
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In 1887, in the year that Wilkie LaTrobe Harper was born, on January 28th, the largest recorded snowflakes fell in a snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana. They were supposed to have been 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. A rancher in the area said that they were “larger than milk pans”. A Wild West tall tale? Not according to the Guinness World Records book.

In 1914, he was 27 years old when in only his second big-screen appearance, Charlie Chaplin played the Little Tramp, his most famous character. The silent film was made in January and released the following year. Of the character, Chaplin said: "On the way to the wardrobe I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large." The moustache was added to age his 24-year-old face without masking his expressions.

In 1930, Wilkie was 43 years old when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1940, by the time he was 53 years old, on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1968, in the year of Wilkie LaTrobe Harper's passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

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