Monday, June 25, 2012

Military Monday - 90th Division Teeohs

The 90th Infantry Division was formed August 25, 1917 and began training at Camp Travis, Texas, in preparation for action in the First World War. The Division began sending units to Europe on June 5, 1918. The 90th ID, also known as the Tough 'Ombres, fought in many battles to include St. Mihiel and the Meuse Argonne. They were also an integral part of the occupation forces, occupying Bernkastel-Kues along the Moselle River, and stayed in Germany from the end of the war until May 1919.
90th ID headquarters in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
To celebrate the culmination of the Division's occupation of the area surrounding the town of Bernkasel-Kues, the 90th Division held a "Circus and County Fair" May 1-2, 1919. The fair included a parade, clowns and acrobats and a "Wild West Show." For the event, the Division created Teeohs, money name after the Division's patch. The script was used by the Soldiers for food and activities at the fair.
I found this great German website that discusses the Circus and County Fair that the Division held here. (I translated the website using Google Translate).

Bernkastel-Kues as it looks today

2 comments:

Nic Hale said...

Where could I get more information about the teeohs circus money? This is the only place with information.

my name is Nic Hale please email me at nic.hale@yahoo.com. I would greatly appreciate the info.

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

Nic, thank you for your comment. I would suggest you check out the 90th Division Association website: http://www.90thdivisionassoc.org/. They may have more information on their site or you can reach out to their historian.