Dix Teachenor (1892-1961) Papers (KC0015)
Dix Teachenor was born June 4, 1892 to Richard B and Mary C. Teachenor in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence where he studied liberal arts and was an excellent tennis player. Upon graduation he began working for the Kansas City Life Insurance Company.
On June 15, 1917, he enlisted in the United States Army and served at Fort McPherson, Georgia, and Camp Merritte, New Jersey, before being sent to England and then to Limoges, France, where he worked in the medical lab of Base Hospital #28. He served at Base Hospital #28 from July 2, 1918, through the end of the war. From January 13, 1919, he traveled to Bar le Duc, Verbun, and St. Mihiel, where he viewed the battlegrounds prior to their being cleaned up. Teachenor returned to the United States in April, 1919, and was discharged, with the rank of sergeant, on May 14, 1919. Dix Teachenor’s brother, Dr. Frank R. Teachenor, MD served as a Captain, also with Base Hospital #28.
Teachenor returned to his employment with the Kansas City Life Insurance Company and became a highly successful salesman. He continued his interest in tennis and represented the Kansas City Athletic Club in numerous tournaments. Dix Teachenor was married to Vivian Thompson. He died in January, 1961.
The bulk of the collection consists of a scrapbook of letters, maps, photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia from Teachenor’s tour of duty during World War I. The correspondence is a complete file of his letter to his parents from the time of his enlistment until his return to Kansas City. Teachenor attempted to number the letters in order, however, he apparently did not succeed in maintaining a chronological order, nor did he assign a number to all items. The items have been removed from the scrapbook in the sequence in which Teachenor had pasted them into it. Loose clippings and other items have been inserted into this sequence based upon the date of the document.
Additionally, there are scattered newspaper clippings and other material related to Teachenor’s tennis activities and his insurance sales career. Three sets of class notes from his studies at the University of Kansas are also included in the papers. 1911-1935.
21 folders (MICROFILM).
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