Lester C. Harling Papers, 1927-1977 | East Texas Research Center
Primary Creator: Harling, Lester C. (1889-1961)
Extent: 4.0 Folders
The collection consists of a typed manuscript on the causes of World War I by Prof. Harling, newspaper clippings, and some honorary materials including a certificate signed by Gov. Allan Shivers and Secretary of State John Ben Shepperd making Harling an Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy. There is a mock-court martial from Harling's veterans association in Leon Springs protesting Harling's "fraudulent enlistment in the Navy" while still a PFC in the U. S. Army. There is also information on Mrs. Harling, especially about her being stranded with a tour in Russia while traveling through Asia in 1962.
Lester C. Harling, son of Jannie Litton and John Eldred Harling, was born On April 25, 1889 in Elgin, Texas. He was a veteran of World War I and held a Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas and a Master of Arts from Columbia University. He taught at the Bell County schools, Cleburne High School, the Masonic Home at Fort Worth, and Midland College before coming to Stephen F. Austin State College in 1925 to join the history faculty. In 1936 he married Thelma Jagoe, who was head of the Women's Physical Education Department at the time and originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. Harling retired from teaching in 1946 and died in Nacogdoches on May 23, 1961.
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[Folder 1: "The World War." Typed manuscripts with handwritten revisions [written between 1927 and World War II]],
[Folder 2: Texas Navy, [1941-1951]],
[Folder 3: Obituaries for Lester C. Harling. Newspaper clippings, May 23 and 24, 1961],
[Folder 4: Thelma Jagoe Harling],