Stetson University Yearbook, 1917


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Stetson University Yearbook, 1917

Alternative Title

Oshihiyi, 1917


World War, 1914-1918


A page from Oshihiyi, the 1917 Stetson University yearbook. This page focuses on the students enrolled in the Business College, including Paul Hon (1898-1918). Students' nicknames, favorite sayings, ambitions, gifts and pastimes were recorded for posterity.

Paul Hon was born in July 1898, in Orleans, Indiana, and moved with his family to DeLand, Florida, in 1900. The Hon family rose to prominence in DeLand, as Hon's father served on the Stetson University Board of Trustees and eventually had a dormitory building named in his honor. Paul Hon, the eldest son in his family, attended Stetson University as a student in the Business College. On May 10, 1917, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as part of Company B of the 1st Engineers until his death on July 20, 1918, during the Aisne-Marne Campaign. The 1st Engineers were often responsible for clearing roads and other such tasks, and occasionally served as support to other areas of the Army. Hon is considered MIA (Missing In Action), as his body has never been recovered. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program continues, engaging a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in national cemeteries available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 headstones at four national cemeteries, two in Florida (Florida National Cemetery and St. Augustine National Cemetery) and two in France (American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries at Aisne-Marne and the Meuse-Argonne), where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Junior Class of John B. Stetson University, Class of 1918


Digital reproduction of original yearbook page: Image courtesy of the Stetson University Library Archives.


Junior Class of John B. Stetson University, Class of 1918

Date Created

ca. 1917


Hon, Paul




1.36 MB


1 12.5 x 25.5 cm yearbook page






Stetson University Business College, DeLand, Florida

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History Teacher


Originally created and published by the Junior Class of John B. Stetson University, Class of 1918.

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Copyright to this resource is held by the Stetson University Library Archives, and is held here by RICHES for educational purposes only.


O'Neil, Rhiannon

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 7, 2017.
American Battle Monuments Commission. "Paul L. Hon." Accessed August 1, 2018.
Florida Department of Military Affairs. "Paul Hon." Online database with images, FloridaMemory. Accessed August 1, 2018.
Keene, Jennifer. World War I: The American Soldier Experience. Lincoln [u.a.]: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
Shurley, Ange. "Colorful Hon Hall Bites the Dust." The Stetson Reporter, May 19, 1967. Accessed August 1, 2018.
U.S. Census Bureau. "Paul Hon." 1900 United States Federal Census. Online database with images, DeLand, Volusia, Florida. NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 124177. Accessed August 1, 2018.
U.S. Census Bureau. "Paul Hon." United States Census, 1900. Online database with images, FamilySearch. Orleans, Orange, Indiana. NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1,240,396. Accessed August 1, 2018.


Junior Class of John B. Stetson University, Class of 1918, “Stetson University Yearbook, 1917,” RICHES, accessed March 4, 2024,