George E. Parker Manuscript Collection, 1858-1964, MS 2215

Finding Aid to the George E. Parker Manuscript Collection, 1858-1964, MS 2215

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

George E. Parker Manuscript Collection

Creator

Parker, George E.

Call number

MS 2215

Inclusive dates

1858-1964

Bulk dates

1918-1932

Extent

1 box, 8 folders

Abstract

Focuses on George E. Parker’s military service in World War I.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Unknown

Accession number

Unknown

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, November, 2014

 

Biographical Note

George Everett Parker, Jr. served in World War I and received several commendations for his service. He was born in 1881 and was raised in Baltimore. He was active in rowing and competed with the Arundel Boat Club. He joined the army in 1917, where he reached the rank of corporal before being transferred to the Army Officers Training School. He fought across Europe, often on the front lines, with the 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Division. He was apart of the occupation forces in Germany and was discharged in 1919. He attained the rank of major by the end of the war.

Parker was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, three Purple Hearts, the Croix de Guerre with Palm and Star, and the Polish Order of the White Falcon. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross for continuing to fight after he was gassed repeatedly despite having his gas mask and pistol clip shot off of his belt in battle near Medeah Ferme, France. In the same incursion, Parker also assumed command of troops in his battalion when his commanding officer was cut off by enemy forces. He and his soldiers were able to gain and hold land and fend off several enemy attacks. After the war, Parker founded the Parker Neckware Company in Baltimore.

Parker married Emma Giles, 1882-1959, the daughter of Emma Hall and E. Walter Giles. In 1887, at the age of five, Giles gained local fame when she christened her namesake, the S. S. Emma Giles, a Tolchester Company steamer which sailed from Baltimore to points on the Chesapeake Bay. Like Parker, Giles was active in many organizations, including the American Legion Auxiliary. In 1946, she ran for State Senate. She and Parker had one child, W. Giles Parker. Parker died in 1975.

Related Collections:

See the Maryland Servicemen Clipping File, 1950-1970, MS 2413 for a photograph of Parker.

 

Scope and Content

The collection primarily focuses on George E. Parker’s military service in World War I. This includes a diary documenting Parker’s time with occupation forces marching from France to Germany, copies of orders and memos regarding the war effort, and photographs of places he traveled to while in the service. Some letters from the Giles family also make up the collection, as well as newspaper clippings on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Caulk’s Field during the War of 1812. The collection is arranged chronologically.

 

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Letters and award

1858-1869

1

1

“A Brief Review of the History of Grace M. E. Church by E. Walter Giles”

1913, October

1

2

Orders, memorandums, recommendations, letters

1918, September 8-1921, July 19

1

3

Captain George E. Parker diary

1918, November 17-December 17

1

4

American Legion, Army and Navy Legion of Honor

1924, 1931, 1932

1

5

Kent County News and Chester River Press, RE: Battle of Caulk’s Field

1964

1

6

Photographs: Soldiers, bridges, cities

No date

1

7

Photographs: General Pershing, war destruction, weapons, miscellaneous

No date

1

8

 

 

 

 

 

Games