WWI Wall Photos
Claybon Wallis (left) was born in 1894 in Estelle, now part of west Irving. While fighting in France in the U.S.Army during WWI, he sustained lung injuries during a gas attack. Wallis returned to Irving after the war and married; however, he never fully recovered his health and died from the effects of the gas in 1933 at age 39.
Carl Range, who came to Irving with his family in 1910, served in the U.S. Navy during WWI. After the war, he returned to Irving where he and his brother opened a service station in 1919. In the early 1930's, he went to work for the U.S. Post Office in Irving. In 1939, Range was appointed Irving's postmaster; he held that position until 1956. The Carl Range Postal Center in Irving is named in his honor.
In 1917 Dallas's Love Field was established to train military pilots for WWI. Irving resident and U.S. Air Service member Clarence Range works on a JN-4 biplane at Love Field.
Noah Story was from a pioneer family that settled in this are in 1855. He was born here in 1895. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army in France during WWI. Story survived the war, but he contracted influenza while he was on a troop transport waiting to return home. At the end of WWI, an influenza pandemic that swept the world killed over 50 million people between 1918 and 1920. Story was treated in France, but he died on February 5, 1919.
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