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Clay Lawson's Desk

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Date: 1895 to 1982
Location: Sneedville, Hancock, Tennessee, United Statesmap
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This is Henry Clay Lawson's Desk. If you go through his desk, you will find photographs, postcards, letters, writings, maps, deeds, receipts, etc. associated with Henry Clay Lawson.



July 14, 1918

Postcard Sent Home On the way to France
Sunday - July 14th 1918
Dear parents. Hope you are all well. I am getting along fine. 'standing my trip fine. We left Camp Pike Friday and are in Ohio now, We have gone across MO, Ill and Ind. We came by St. Louis. This sure is a pretty country. It is a sight to see the wheat, oats and corn. They say it is the best for years. I guess we are going to NY. We sure are seeing lots. Charlie got to come with us. Judge, I sure wish you could be with me. There are lots of pretty girls all along the way. I will write again when I get to where I am going /signed/ Clay.
Rev Grant Lawson
Luther, Tenn.
We got off the train at Presbyterian Church in Charleston, Ill. 48709-R and the Red Cross give us candy cards etc. We marched around through the town. We sure have passed some beautiful towns. Hope you are all still getting along well.
Love to all

July 18, 1918

Soldier's Mail


Jan. 1, 1919

A postcard Clay sent to his Father en route home from the war

The Valentine Souvenir Co., New York. Printed in U.S.A.

Camp Stuart, Va
Jan 1-1919
I am having a nice time. I will leave here pretty soon. I will go to Ft Oglethorpe, Ga. I will be pretty close home then. Hope to see you all soon. /signed/ Clay
Rev Grant Lawson
Luther, Tenn.

January 16, 1919

A postcard to Clay's father, Grant, from Grover Winkler, Company G, 137th Infantry, aboard the White Star Line's SS Belgic
Well Done Boys, America greets you. YMCA Department of Reception for Returning Troops.
Name: G.C. Winkler
Unit':' Co.G 137th Inf
Vessel: Belgic
Rev Grant Lawson Luther,Tenn.

Write your message on this side
We had a grand reception when we landed. Think I shall be at home soon. With Best wishes. G.C. W. 1-16-1919.
The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave

February 24, 1919

Victory Greetings
A postcard to Clay from Grover Winkler,

Victory Greetings. Now and Forever. Long may they hold their own 'Gainst all invaders, Soldiers of Foch and Haig And Pershing's Crusaders.

Mr H.C.Lawson,Luther, Route #1. Tenn.
Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Y.M.C.A. .27 Feb 24th
Hello: Clay. Was glad to hear that you had gotten back home. Guess I will get out tomorrow if nothing happens. /signed/ your friend, G.C Winkler.



Certificate of Recognition.

Tennessee Home Food Supply Program. Certificate of Recognition

Tennessee Home Food Supply Program. Certificate of Recognition. Abundance in Peace. 1943. Enough in War.' Awarded to Mr. and Mrs.Clay Lawson, Luther, Tennessee. This Certificate of Recognition for Meritorious achievement in having grown 75% or more of all the food necessary for the family and livestock, and leadership for better living in the community and State of Tennessee, is awarded by the Governor of the state of Tennessee.

  • Cloide Everett Brehm, Director, Agricultural Extension, University of Tennessee
  • Prentice Cooper, Governor of Tennessee
  • [illegible], Director, Vocational Agriculture Education
  • Charles C. Flanery, Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Luther H. Haltorn, State Director, Farm Security Administration
  • November 17, 1943

(this certificate is now in the collection of East Tennessee Historical Society)

IRS Payment

Tax Payment

A Check drawn on the Citizen's Bank of Sneedville, Tennessee on 27 October 1943 for payment of taxes to the Treasury Department the amount of 49 cents only. /signed/ H. Clay Lawson and Co.

Clay Lawson Wound Certificate
"Henry C. Lawson, Pvt., Co. B, 137th Inf. served with honor in the World War and was wounded in action. /signed/ Woodrow Wilson"

Uniform Items

Pvt Clay Lawson in full uniform 1918

Camp Pike Arkansas

M1917 helmet worn by Clay Lawson in France
Clay Lawson's WWI campaign hat.

Clay Lawson's uniform patches.

Patches worn on the uniform of WWI:

  • red = honorable discharge
  • gold lace = wound badge
  • blue = 6 months war service
Clay Lawson's WWI Victory Medal

Meuse-Argonne Defensive Sector


Eva Greene Lawson, Hazel Williams Lawson, and Clay Lawson.

French Broad Baptist Church, Dandridge, TN, 1955.

Clay Lawson with John Rice Irwin

Duck Creek, TN; October, 1970; photo by Shirley Crouchet

Volunteers from Hancock Count, TN

Leaving Sneedville to catch the train at Morristown to Camp Pike AR

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