Date Original



Collection contains one letter concerning enrollment of her son, Sidney B. Thomas from Gentry, Arkansas to Camp Pike.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sidney A. Way Thomas Fisher was born about 1861 in Texas to Amanda A. Way. In 1880, she was married to William Thomas and had one child, by the 1900 census, she had moved from Flint, (Benton County) Arkansas to Gentry was listed as single with six Thomas children, including Sidney Belle Thomas. In 1908, she married Rado R. Fisher and they lived with their combined family (Rado had children from his first marriage also) in Barry County, Missouri. Sidney Thomas is listed as Rado Fisher's stepson on the 1910 census. Rado Fisher had remarried once again by the 1930 census, it is unknown what happened to Sidney A. Fisher. The forerunner to Camp Robinson was known as Camp Pike, named in honor of General Zebulon Montgomery Pike. Little Rock (Pulaski County) was awarded the camp on June 11, 1917, and the money needed to fulfill the promises was raised from public donations. A total of $500,000 was raised—the equivalent of over $5 million in year 2000 dollars. Construction began in June 1917 and was substantially completed in November of that year. Over 10,000 workers were employed in the construction of the camp. Originally the home of the Eighty-seventh Division, the post served as a replacement training facility after the division deployed to France and then as a demobilization station and home for the U.S. Third Infantry Division after the war ended. Currently, Camp Robinson in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) is home to the Arkansas National Guard and is the principal training area for the Arkansas Army National Guard. It is also used by a number of other military and civilian agencies.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Resource Type



Mrs. S.A. Fisher correspondence, SMC.036.026


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Mrs. S.A. Fisher correspondence, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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