|The Border War or the Border Campaign, refers to the military
engagements which took place in the Mexico-United States border region of
North America during the Mexican Revolution. The Bandit War inTexas was
part of the Border War. From the beginning of the Mexican Revolution
in 1910, the United States Army was stationed in force along the border
and on several occasions fought with Mexican rebels or federals. The
height of the conflict came in 1916 when revolutionary Pancho Villa
attacked the American border town of Columbus, New Mexico. In
response the United States Army, under the direction of General John J.
Pershing, launched an expedition into Northern Mexico, to find and capture
Villa. Though the operation was successful in finding and engaging
the Villista rebels, the revolutionary himself escapted and the American
army returned to the United States in January 1917. Conflict was not
only subject to Villistas and Americans,, Maderistas, Coarrancistas,
Constitutionalistas and Germans also engaged in battle with American
forces during this period.|
Organization of Company G, Fourth Regiment, M.N.C.
A meeting was held in Bethany, on Thursday, January 29, 1914, both afternoon and night in the K.P. Castle Hall for the purpose of examing recruits for a militia company, to be organized in our city. About eighty had signed the muster roll and a company was assured.
Major D.W. Stepp and Lieutenant Belshe of Trenton, where here at this meeting and the organization of Company G, Missouri National Guard, was perfected with a membership of more than sixty. The following officers were elected at this time: Captain: Randall Wilson; First Lieutenant, F.M. Frisby; Second Lieutenant, W.P. Bryant
Tuesday, March 9, 1915, Company G held an election at
their armory for the purpose of electing a first lieutenant, the vacancy
being caused by the resignaton of Lieutenant F.M. Frisby. Lieutenant
W.P. Bryant was nominated as as no other nominations were announced was
elected first lieutenant, unanimously. Lieutenant Bryant made good
as second lieutenant, and was well deserving of his new office. The
office of first lieutenant being filled the second lieutenant's office was
open and Sergeant Axline, Sergeant Kavanaugh, Corporal Crouch were
nominated. Sergeant Axline being elected by a vote of twenty two of
the members of Company G. The Bethany papers in speaking of the
promotion of Axline said: "There was not a better qualified or more
deserving member of the company than Sergeant Axline for second
There were several non-commissioned offices vacant at this time were appointed in the near future best men of company. Then followed a period of weekly drills and a state encampment and on June 8, 1916, Captain Wilson received official communication that men would receive $1.00 per drill and same to go into effect July.
In June, 1916, Company G was called to the colors by order of the President and sent to the Mexican Border to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the United States from outrages that were being committed by Mexican Outlaws.
Company G, National Guard of Missouri, with headquarters in Bethany were ready to move to their point of mobilization, Nevada, Missouri, and all members of the company who were willing to take the oath of loyalty to the United States, were under arms to be sent to the Mexican border. At this time there was no law to compel any member of the National Guard to take the oath and leave his state to engage in warfare.
A banquet and entertainment was given to Company G Tuesday, June 20, 1916, under the auspices of Bethany Commercial Club. There were fathers, mothers, wives, brothers, sisters and sweethearts at the entertainment which followed the banquet, and while the occasion was a sad one, all were of the opinion that "our boys" were going forth in defense of the grand old Flag- the Flag of flags.
C.J. Carter acted as master of ceremonies and the following program was carried out:
Company G marched from the dining room to auditorium of hall while the Bethany Orchestra played the Star Spangle Banner.
Address by Mayor Roleke. His remarks were well received by all. He read the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:
"Whereas- Company G, National Guard of Missouri, has been called protect and defend the flag of our country, because of differences arising between our neighbor republic, Mexico and ourselves; be it-
"Resolved- We the citizens of Bethany and Harrison County, State of Missouri, most heartily endorse the patriotism and readiness shown by Company G, National Guard of Missouri, to protect the flag, which stands for Freedom, Home and Country. Be it further
"Resolved- While we regret the unfortunate circumstances necessitating this call to arms, which takes form our midst the youth and bloom of our manhood. Having true confidence in the ability, bravery and patriotism, we humbly bow and bid them God-speed."
Remarks by F.M. Frisby
"America," by the audience
Remarks by Dr. J. Walker
Remarks by Dr. A.H. Vandivert
Entertainment by Bethany Minstrels
Remarks by Captain Randall Wilson
Remarks by Lieutenant W.P. Bryant
"Star Spangled Banner," by audience
Company G left Bethany for Nevada June 23. Harry Webb remained here as a recruiting officer until June 27, when he went to Nevada with eight new recruits. The following ws the roster of Company G who went to Nevada. Several did not sign up for service out of the state and returned home before the rest of the company went on to the border.
At Christmas time at their camp in Laredo, Texas, Company G
boys enjoyed a splendid Christmas day were served the following
Source: History of Harrison County, Missouri, Geo. W. Wanamaker, 1921