Raymond T. Benson scrapbook
Scope and Content
This collection (1913-1964) consists of a scrapbook containing records of college sports events, tickets to concerts and shows, Alpha Gamma Rho event programs and cards, dance cards; invitations, a 1919 commencement program, newspaper clippings, fraternity newsletters, and memorabilia from 50th anniversary meeting of Alpha Gamma Rho members at Iowa State in 1964. The scrapbook also contains photographs depicting sports teams and events, floats and festival activities, men in military uniforms, military camps, friends and fellow fraternity members, former President Taft with Governor Clarke visiting campus, the famous horse Jalap, and the pine tree on central campus lit for Christmas.
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Open for research.
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Raymond Templin Benson was born on August 25, 1894, in Primghar, Iowa. He was the son of Justus Andress and Anna Belle Templin Benson. In 1912 he entered the Iowa National Guard and served both on the Texas border in 1916 and in France during World War I. He graduated from Iowa State College (University) with a B.S. (1919) in animal husbandry. At Iowa State he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho.
Through the 1920s and 1930s he worked as a farm mortgage appraiser and manager. In February of 1942 he was assigned to active duty and became Director of Supply of the Transportation Corps near New Orleans, where he served until he was promoted to Colonel in 1947 and left active duty. He moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to return to appraising mortgages. In 1954 he was transferred to the retired reserves. He played a large role in Civil War Centennial activities and served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg. He died on August 21, 1977, in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
1.66 Linear Feet (1 oversized box)
Raymond Templin Benson graduated from Iowa State College (University) with a B.S. (1919) in animal husbandry. This scrapbook documents his military and school activities from 1913 through 1919 and a fraternity event he attended in 1964. It contains photographs of friends and colleagues, personal memorabilia, and newspaper clippings.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- College students--Iowa--Ames--20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Iowa State College--Alumni and alumnae Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographic prints Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Scrapbooks Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- RS 21/7/81. Raymond T. Benson scrapbook, 1913-1964
- January 15, 2019
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