John Hayes White (born 1876), who preferred to go by Hayes White, was a Quartermaster Sergeant with the 2nd Division Engineers during WWI. Early in his military career, White served with the Company H, 18th Infantry in 1900, and in 1906, was part of Company E, 27th Infantry. Sometime between 1906 and 1912, he joined the 2nd Engineers, becoming a Quartermaster Sergeant. An Oklahoma native, White spent his military career from 1900-1921 serving in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, the Philippines, and France, the latter of which he was stationed in during WWI.
The collection contains 78 photographs and 13 handwritten letters from White to his sister, Rena Spillman, and his mother, Sarah E. White. Also included is the Christmas Dinner Menu for Company "F," 2nd Battalion U.S. Engineers while they were stationed in the Vancouver Barracks, Washington. There is also a booklet, "The Second Division: Syllabi of the histories of regiments and separate organizations, " which details the formation, mobilization, training, embarkation, service in France, and discharge of the Second Division duing their service in World War I. Finally, the collection includes a leaf that gives the names of men of the Ninth Infantry who received mentions in despatches and other honors during World War I.