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Catalog Number 9826-28
Title Pants, Service
Object Name Pants
Description U.S. Army military pants. Like its jacket counterpart 9826-27, this olive drab garment indicates usage by an officer ranked higher than enlisted men. It is made of finer wool and has button closures on the fitted calf (rather than laces). These pants have three front inverted pockets and two back flap pockets, and are secured by a four-button and metal clasp closure. Aside from belt loops, these trousers also have two metal cinchers on the back of the hip for extra fit.
COLORS: drab
Date 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1918
Material wool
Length (in) 37
People Coffee, Harry Buffington
Other Name Pants, Men's, Military
Event World War I
History See NSHS Archives, RG3717
Harry Buffington Coffee was born March 16, 1890, on a ranch north of Harrison, Sioux County, Nebraska, to Elizabeth Tisdale and Samuel Buffington Coffee. He grew up in ranch country, receiving his schooling first in Harrison and then in Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska. Coffee received his A.B. degree from the University of Nebraska in 1913.

After graduation, Coffee returned to Chadron to organize the Chadron Coffee Cattle Company, a family corporation of which he was president throughout its 35-year existence. The greatly expanded family ranch was sold in 1950. Besides this ranch operation, Coffee also owned a real estate and insurance business in Chadron.

After briefly serving as Assistant Camp Adjutant at the Air Service Department at Long Island, New York, Coffee returned to his business interests in Chadron.

In 1934, Harry B. Coffee was elected to the first of four consecutive terms in the U.S. Congress, representing the 5th District of Nebraska, which embraced 32 Western Counties lying west of Grand Island. While serving on the House Committee on Agriculture, Coffee became known as a spokesman for the livestock industry.

Coffee married Katherine Newbranch Douglas in 1935. They had one daughter, Dorothy.

Coffee ran for the U.S. Senate in 1942, but was defeated. Less than one month later, he was elected President of the Union Stock Yards Company and its subsidiary, the South Omaha Terminal Railway Company. His 18-year leadership was credited in making the Omaha stockyards the largest livestock market in the world, surpassing Chicago in 1951. Coffee retired the presidency in 1960. He died in 1972 at the age of 82.
Credit line Harry B. Coffee, Omaha (Douglas), Nebraska
Collection Harry B. Coffee