All Souls Kansas City

Historical Sparks: To War on a White Horse



One of the two men who guided the Forum in its formative years in the 1940s was a lawyer and politician named Col. Ruby D. Garrett. Garrett was best known for his Army career in World War I. It seems odd in this day of rockets and drones, but in 1917 the Army went to war on foot and on horseback. Garrett, the chief signal officer of the 117th Field Signal Battalion of the Rainbow Division, went in style. He was given a beautiful white stallion known as Old Bob by William Strang, the railroad magnate who platted Overland Park, Kan. Old Bob was Garrett’s companion and transportation through the war.


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