Fonds P146 - Joseph Herman Molohon fonds

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Joseph Herman Molohon fonds

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    CA ON00159 P146

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    • 2003 (Reproduction)
    • 1907-1909 (Creation)
      Molohon, Joseph Herman

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    477 KB of textual records (pdf)

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    Joseph Herman Molohon (1886-1957), son of James Leo and Susan Mary Molohon, was born on January 28, 1886 in Daviess County, Kentucky. Joseph Herman Molohon joined the US Navy in 1905, at age 19, and was discharged in October 1909. While with the Navy and working on the SS Virginia, Seaman Second Class Molohon was involved in the fourteen month-long “Great White Fleet trip” around the world (part of Theodore Roosevelt’s policy of ‘Big Stick’ diplomacy).

    After being discharged, Molohon moved to Brainerd, Minnesota, where he worked in his future father-in-law's restaurant.

    On June 19, 1913 he married Margaret Barbara Herbert. They had 8 children. Molohon died July 15, 1957, in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

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    The Joseph Herman Molohon fonds consists of transcripts of two diaries (one from December 1907 to December 1908 and the second from January to December 1909) attesting to Molohon's duties as Seaman Second Class on the SS Virginia during the 14 month tour of the Great White Fleet (16 December 1907 to 22 February 1909). There are also notes on his daily work and activities after being discharged from the US Navy. Moreover the daily entries while on the SS Virginia also document many events that took place either on the ship or within the fleet, that consisted of sixteen new battleships of the Atlantic Fleet. To name a few: President Roosevelt’s presence on ship; National Salute; and burial ceremony. Molohon also offered accounts of visits to different ports of call in countries such as Egypt, Japan, Australia and Trinidad.

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    Transcripts donated in January 2009.


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    • English

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      The original diaries are owned privately.

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      Electronic transcripts are available online.
      Hard copies of the transcripts are available in the archives.

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      The diaries were transcribed by Thomas James Molohon.

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      Creation: 2023-08-23

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