William Manfred Barbee. Among the city offices of Chanute, one that had important bearing upon the welfare of the city and its institutions and the duties of which, in their handling, call for more than ordinary ability, is that of commissioner of public utilities. The present incumbent of this office, William Manfred Barbee, had won the confidence of the public through the able and expeditious manner in which he had handled the business of his department and the energy he had displayed in discharging the responsibilities of public service. He is a native son of Neosho County, and was born
Sergt., Air Service, 483rd Aero Co.; of Durham County; son of W. A. and Mrs. P. E. Barbee. Husband of Mrs. V. I. Barbee. Entered service Dec. 14, 1917, at Durham, N.C. Sent to Camp Meade, Md. Transferred to Morrison, Va. Sailed for France March. 4, 1918. Promoted to rank of Sergt. April 1, 1918. Returned to U. S. Feb. 8, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., Feb. 26, 1919.
Sergt. Major. Enlisted at Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 14th, 1914. Was sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Was there until Jan. 15, 1915. Transferred to Fishers Island, Ft. Wright; there until June 28, 1916, with 2nd Company, Coast Artillery. Transferred to San Francisco, Cal.; there eight days. Sent to Honolulu, C. A. Corps; there until Sept. 10, 1918. Transferred to Artillery School, Ft. Monroe, Va.; there until Feb. 19, 1919. Furlough to Reg. Army Reserve, Feb. 19, 1919. Discharged for Reserve Feb. 19, 1919, Ft. Monroe, Va.