Joseph Burchnall Westnedge enrolled in the Preparatory Department of Kalamazoo College in January of 1893. After three years in the Preparatory Department, he enrolled during the 1895-96 academic year as a freshman in college classes. The 1896-97 and 1897-98 academic catalogs list him as an unclassified student. Westnedge played on the football team and also participated in the annual Field Day competitions.
This article from the January 2, 1919 issue of the student newspaper The Index announces the death of former student Joseph B. Westnedge. He served in the Spanish-American War, along the Mexican border, and in World War I. He died on November 19, 1918 in France.
Members of the 1895 Kalamazoo College football team pose in this photo. The individuals are unidentified although Joseph B. Westnedge is recognizable as the man sitting in the second row far right with his arm draped over a teammate sitting in the front row.
(Kalamazoo College, 1995-10-18) Greenhoe, John; Yeomans, Tim
A press release about the documentary "Kalamazoo in World War I, The Story of Colonel Westnedge and the 126th Infantry" produced by Tom M. George. Joseph B. Westnedge attended Kalamazoo College from 1895 to 1898 and was a football player as a student.
The record of war service of graduates, students, former students, and faculty of Kalamazoo College lists those who served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps as well as in civilian war service and welfare organizations during World War I. It also includes those men who were enlisted in the Student Army Training Corps at the college and those who made the supreme sacrifice.
The author discusses how Kalamazoo memorialized four local heroes after World War I and how they represent similar efforts across the country after the war. Colonel Joseph Westnedge's death in 1918 sparked a lively debate in the Kalamazoo Gazette that led to renaming the main north-south street Westnedge Avenue. The author discusses both physical and literary memorials and discusses three other Kalamazoo heroes: Paul Butler, Stillman Jenks, and Howard Pyle.