Military Monday: Segregated Army (Black Calvary)-Post WWII

     Loosely placed inside my Uncle’s [Henry Hodge] scrapbook I found an interesting photo of men on horseback.  I had seen this picture before, but thought it must have been taken at a racetrack, as the “Day of the Races.”  I continued turning the pages while looking at all the photo’s inside; then I put the scrapbook away for a few weeks.

     Now that I am beginning to scan the photos of Henry’s scrapbook, I came across this picture again, and upon further viewing, I noticed that the men in the photo were in military uniform. Since my Uncle  was in the next room, I decided I would inquire about the photo.
Mack Taylor & Other Army personnel training horses for Combat
Henry Hodge Photo Collection
     My Uncle stated that his friend Mack Taylor, from St. Louis, Missouri joined the army right out of high school, and he serving post WWII  in the Black Calvary, training horses for Combat before mechanism.  In 1946 & 1947 African American’s could not join the Marines.  The military was still segregated.  The post and the location of this picture is currently unknown due to my Uncle’s memory, but as soon as he remembers, I will add.

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Wordless Wednesday: Old Photo’s Part #1

I have inherited a large collection of photo’s and will use the Wordless Wednesday prompt to continue posting photo’s of family and their friends.  I feel really blessed to have school photos of my Uncle Henry and my father Walter.  The two of them were very active in school and there seems to have been lot’s of youth programs in their community.

Vashon H.S. Dance, St. Louis, Missouri, 1946
My Dad, Walter Porter, on far left
Other names on back of picture:
L. Wright, Edward Tripp, Delores, Trank Mays
(Not sure who is who) Porter Family collection
Henry Hodge (Far Back Left at desk)
Federally funded program through the Settlement House
St. Louis, Missouri
Henry Hodge Photo Collection
1940
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Sports Center Saturday: In My Younger Days (Henry Hodge)

Henry Hodge is my Dad’s best friend, and they were friends since their High School Days in St. Louis, Missouri.  My Father was a few years older, but through the years they still maintained their friendship.  I am currently Henry’s caretaker as he is 81.  I have always known him as my Uncle, and since he has no family of which to claim or they claim him, we are his surrogate family.

Here are some miscellaneous photos of Henry growing up in the Inter-City of St. Louis.

The YMCA (Y-Services) were very important in the lives of inter-city youth in St. Louis, Missouri.  I heard stories from my Uncle and my father Walter about their positive experiences at the Pine Street YMCA. This is where they spent lots of their time from Elementary through High School.

[unidentified publication in St. Louis]

Page Sixteen
Winners in 3rd Inter-City Swim Meet

Smiling victors in the third Intra-center, city-wide, swimming meet series between the city community centers and Pine Street Y, are shown above.  Buder won the meet held at its center last Friday night with 39 points.  The final meet will be held at the Pine Street Y, this Thursday, Aug 7, at 8 p.m.  Left to right, they are: Front-Theodore Butler, Rily Sutherlin, James Alexander,  Second Row-Albert Lewis, William Massingale, Benny Westbrooks, Henry Hodge.  Third row-John Robinson, James Bryant, Vernon Whitney. Fourth row-Festus Robinson, E. McWood, Levy Rose.

Henry Hodge
Hurdles at Vashon H.S.
Henry Hodge before a football game
Vashon H.S. 1947

 

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not so Wordless Wednesday: Dorothy Donegan

I came across an old Photo postcard of Dorothy Donegan in my Uncle Henry’s garage.  I asked him about it, and he stated that Dorothy was the finest woman he ever met and she was a talented pianist. Henry met Dorothy in 1946 when he was 16 years old. She was a part of the Y-Service (YMCA) and performed in St. Louis Missouri at the Kiel Auditorium.


Dorothy Donegan was born on April 6, 1922 and died May 19, 1998.  She was an American classically trained Jazz pianist, who played with Cab Calloway.  She is an unsung musician that has hardly been recognized.

Bio of Dorothy Donegan

Check out this Recording:  Dorothy was HOT on that Piano!

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Sports Center Saturday: Vashon H.S. Wolverines Football 1946 & 1947

Vashon High School is a public school founded in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. The School was named in honor of two African-American educators: John B. Vashon & his son George B. Vashon.


My father Walter J. Porter, who they referred as “Cisco The Kid,” and his best friend Henry Hodge (Uncle to me) played the same year on 1946. My father was 2 years ahead of Henry in High School. My father was #31, and in 1946 was the Vashon High Football captain.


My father did not play football after H.S. as he said he had a bad knee and really wasn’t that big; but my Uncle Henry played for the U.S Marines in the 1950’s while he was stationed in San Diego. 


[After I posted my Uncle Henry said he rode the bench the 1st 2 years he played football, and frankly doesn’t know how he even got picked to play with the military].  

(The collection of photo’s are from Henry Hodge’s scrapbook)

Vashon H.S., St. Louis, MO Football Team
Walter J. Porter #31-Football Captain
Henry Hodge #26
Letters Certificate for Vashon H.S. 1947
Presented to Henry Hodge
Henry Hodge on the field of Vashon HS for Practice
(on the visible far right)
1947
Vashon H.S Football Team 1947
Henry Hodge #41 (sitting directly in front of #51)
 
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