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O. D. Pease Post

Grand Army of the Republic

 

1900

06 05          MEMORIAL DAY 1900

The weather conditions of last Wednesday were all that could be desired for a proper observation of Memorial Day, and the exercises as arranged by the O. D. Pease Post, No. 94, G. A. R., and the Woman’s Relief Corps were generally participated in by our citizens.  The principal ceremonies were held in the afternoon and were of an order to invoke reverence and honors for the noble soldier dead.  At 1:30 o’clock the procession formed at Grand Army hall and marched to Oak cemetery . . . . At the cemetery memorial services according to the Grand Army ritual were held over the grave of Lafayette Damp, a member of the post who died last fall, the customary salute being fired at the conclusion of the services.  Thereupon the line of march was resumed to Turner Opera house, where the exercises were opened with an address of welcome by A. E. Needham, commander of the post . . . .  The Opera house was filled to overflowing and Mr. [Joseph] Davies’ oration was listened to with the greatest interest.  His effort was a masterly one and delivered with the eloquence and feeling that stamped him as a public speaker of rare genius and wonderful resources.  Not in many a day has Watertown had the pleasure of hearing a more able address or a more cultured orator.   WR

 

08 31          G.A.R. PASSES IN REVIEW

For five hours Tuesday, in ranks twelve deep, the white-haired veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic passed in their last grand parade [in Chicago].  Thirty-five years ago the northern soldiers, after four years of war, swept through the streets of Washington in their last grand review as an army before the Father Abraham at whose call they had gone out to fight.  Tuesday, after thirty-five years of not less honorable endeavor to bind up the nation’s wounds, they were seen again in grand review.  Never again can they meet in such numbers. They are growing gray-haired and aged, and gradually death will muster them out. Tuesday they marched 23,-000 strong through the down-town streets of Chicago between crowds of people that packed the sidewalks from the street curbing to the building walls.  WG

 

1901

03 27       TWO CANNON PLACED IN PARK

  

Nearly a year ago the O. D. Pease Post, G.A R., applied for two cannon from the federal government, to be stationed beside the soldiers’ monument in the city park.  Mayor Grube interested himself in the matter and was promised that the gift should be made to the city.  Last week the cannon were received and are now lying in the city park.  No mountings were sent, and it will be necessary for the city to provide these.  The cannon are Parrott guns, thirty pounders, and are known as No. 26 and No. 28 condemned ordnance.  The former weighs 3,513 pounds and the latter 3,510 pounds.  They are from the Brooklyn navy yard.  Ten 8-inch projectiles, weighing 500 pounds, accompanied he guns.  The freight charges amounted to $80, which the city will have to pay.   WR

 

05 17       POST CANNOT AFFORD MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

Memorial Day in Watertown promises to be a very tame affair compared with previous years.  For a number of years past the day has been celebrated in Watertown in every manner, and it was always looked forward to with a great deal of interest by our people.  The expense of those celebrations has always been considerable and it has heretofore been borne by the O. D. Pease Post, G. and A.R. of this city.  This year, however, the Post feels too poor to bear the expense, and has asked for an appropriation of $50 from the council for that purpose, the law allowing money to be appropriated for such a cause.  The council at its last meeting appropriated only $25, the Post has unanimously decided that would not be sufficient to bear the expense of the celebration, hence the Post will only carry out a program according to the ritual of the order.  There will be no public speaker.  In afternoon services will be held at Oak Hill cemetery.  It is hoped the city council at its meeting next Tuesday will appropriate an additional $25 to the Post.   WG

 

05 31       SERVICES HELD AT HIGH SCHOOL

Memorial Day services were held Thursday morning at the Watertown High School.   WG

 

1908

05 01          At the last regular meeting of O. D. Pease Post, Grand Army of the Republic, the members present, in an informal way talked over as to what should be done in the way of the observance of Memorial Day.  Heretofore, the Post has taken the responsibility and labors incident to a proper and patriotic recognition and observation of the day, but the members realize that now, advanced age and infirmities accompanying old age render it impossible for them to take an active part in the memorial services as they have in the past and must delegate the labor and responsibilities required to others, who inspired by patriotic impulses will see that the day is duly observed with the usual ceremonies.  After the question had been discussed at some length it was the almost universal opinion of the members . . . that should not the municipality or some civic society take hold of the matter, the best and only thing the Post could do, would be to meet at the post hall on Memorial Day and march in solemn silence to the cemetery in which the last veteran was laid to rest and around his grave go through memorial ritual and then return to their hall, disband and retire to their respective homes to question the patriotism and gratitude of the people.   WL

 

05 07          Every indication now points to a most fitting observance of Memorial Day in Watertown. Brief mention was made in The Leader of the action taken by the city council on Tuesday evening, but not as extensive as the matter warranted.  Mention was made of the appropriation of $100 by the council to help in defraying the expenses connected with the observance of the day . . . The committee lost no time in taking action and held a meeting immediately after the session of the city council.  The move on the part of the city council is a most commendable one indeed.  The diminishment in the “Boys in Blue” and the fact that age is telling upon them, makes it imperative that the duties attending the observance of the sacred day, fall to younger blood.  There is no body more representative of the city than the common council and the fact that the members of the same are to take the initiative is an act of patriotism that reflects the greatest of credit upon the mayor and councilmen and their acts are being shown many evidences of appreciation . . . by citizens in general.   WL

 

05 24          The joint committee of the O. D. Pease Post, G. A. R. city council met last evening at the council room in the city building to arrange further details for the observance of Memorial Day . . . The program as yet is not fully complete.  As has previously been announced in The Leader, it is planned to hold the literary and musical exercises on Friday evening, the 29th, at the Turner opera house.  The exercises will open with music by the orchestra.  There will be addresses appropriate to the occasion by representatives of the Northwestern University, the Sacred Heart College and the public schools, also recitations and songs by the school children.  The exercises open with the singing of “Old Glory” by the audience. The hall will be beautifully decorated for the occasion and every child present from the public and parochial schools will be presented with a badge, a ribbon of red, white and blue as a background, over which is a small ribbon with the words:  “In Memoriam, May 30, 1908.”   WL

 

10 30     25th ANNIVERSARY of O. D. Pease Post No. 94, G.A.R.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of O. D. Pease Post No. 94, G. A. R. of this city, the members celebrated the occasion at the post hall in Main Street last Friday evening.  Commander Fred. Kusel gave a history of the organization, and Comrades W. D. Sproesser and David Schweiger related a number of interesting reminiscences of their personal experiences during the war of the rebellion, which was of great interest to all present.  A fine luncheon was served by the Woman's Relief Corps, and cards, music and speeches helped to make the evening a memorable one in the history of the Post.  The committee in charge, Jacob Ditschler, D. Schweiger and H. L. Volkmann arranged a most creditable program.  The Post was organized on July 7, 1883, and was named after a Watertown boy who died in the war.  There were 13 charter members, and eight of them are still living.  During its existence 133 Comrades were mustered into the post.

 

The officers of the charter membership were as follows:

Commander—Fred Kusel.

Senior Vice Commander—A. Solliday.

Junior Vice Commander—John Muth.

Chaplain—D. D. Scott.

Officer of the Day—Jacob Ditschler.

Officer of Guard—L. C. Green.

Surgeon—W. C. Spalding [William]

Quartermaster—John Habhegger.

Adjutant—Charles J. Wenck.

Sergeant Major—A. Gritzner.

 

The charter members were Fred Kusel, Charles J. Wenck, John Muth, John Walter, L. Green, M. E. Monrean, A. Solliday, Henry Bassinger, Jacob Ditschler, W. C. Spaulding, D. D. Scott, Amand Gritzner and John Habhegger.    WG

 

1909

05 28     Memorial Day observance    WG     

 

12 17     At the annual meeting of O. D. Pease Post No. 94, G.A.R., the following officers were elected:

Commander—John Habhegger.

Senior Vice Commander—John Robinson.

Junior Vice Commander — Henry Bassinger.  

Quartermaster—A. C. Deimel.

Surgeon—Conrad Dippel.

Chaplain—D. Schwieger.

Officer of the Day—G. Keimig.

Patriotic Instructor—G. P. Traeumer.

Officer of Guard—Christ. Bergmann.

Delegates to department encampment—A. C. Deimel, John Muth.

Alternates—D. Schwieger, W. D. Sproesser.

Trustee Three years—W. D. Sproesser.   WG

 

1910

06 03     Memorial Day observance    WG

 

1913

01 16     G. A. R. OFFICERS INSTALLED

Last Friday evening Fred Kusel installed the newly-elected officers of the O. D. Pease Post No. 91, G.A.R., at their hall in the Bank of Watertown building.  Mr. Kusel complimented those comrades present in a neat little address delivered by him and spoke of the good standing of the Post in the department.  Out of a former membership of 103, he said there were now only 37 left and urged them to stand together till the last roll call is sounded. Following were the officers elected:

 

Commander — John Habhegger.

Senior Vice Commander — John Robinson.

Junior Vice Commander — Henry Bassinger.

Adjutant — Charles J. Wenck.

Quartermaster — A. C. Deimel.

Surgeon — John Muth.

Chaplain — George P. Traeumer.

Officer of the Day — Gabriel Keimig.

Patriotic Instructor — Fred Kusel.

Officers of the Guard — Christian Bergmann.

Sergeant Major — Albert Cebell.

Quartermaster Sergeant — Henry L. Volkmann.

 

1915

01 14     G. A. R. AND WOMAN’S RELIEF CORPS

Last Friday evening in their hall in the Wegemann block the following officers of O. D. Pease Post, No. 94, G. A. R. were installed:

 

Commander — John Habhegger.

Senior Vice Commander — John Robinson.

Junior Vice Commander — Henry Bassinger.

Adjutant — C. J. Wenck.

Quartermaster — A. C. Deimel.

Surgeon — Albert Cebel.

Chaplain — John Muth.

Officer of Day — Gabriel Keimig.

Patriotic Instructor — A. Holcomb.

Officer of Guard — Christian Bergmann.

Sergeant Major — Charles Borchardt.

Quartermaster Sergeant — William Schumacher.

Delegate Department Encampment — A. C. Deimel.

Alternate — William Schumacher.

Trustee 3 years — John Muth.

 

At the conclusion of the installation, the members of the Post repaired to the Eagles hall, where they, with a number of invited guests, witnessed the installation of the following newly elected officers of the Woman’s Relief Corps by Post Commander John Habhegger.

 

President — Mrs. John Glaser.

Senior Vice — Mrs. George Nellins.

Junior Vice — Mrs. John Bailey.

Chaplain — Mrs. Ernst Hoeffner.

Secretary — Mrs. William Wurtzler.

Treasurer — Mrs. Harry Holcomb.

Conductor — Mrs. J. C. Peterson.

Assistant Conductor — Mrs. Helen Hoeffner.

Guard — Mrs. Margaret Martch.

Assistant Guard — Mrs. C. J. Wenck.

Musicians — Mrs. Lena Martinke.

Delegate — Mrs. J. C. Peterson.

Alternate – Mrs. Ernst Hoeffner,

 

At the conclusion of the installation ceremonies refreshments were served by the ladies of the corps and a short entertainment followed, including an address of welcome by Mrs. John Glaser, and an address by Mrs. Harry Holcomb, readings by Mrs. William Wurtzler and Mrs. John Bailey.    WG

 

12 15     JOHN HABHEGGER HEADS G. A. R. POST  / RETAINED FOR ANOTHER YEAR AS POST COMMANDER

Other Officers Named at Well Attended Meeting of O.D. Pease Post No. 94, GAR.  Sixteen members of O. D. Pease Post No. 94, G.A.R., a very large percentage of the roster, attended the meeting of the Post last Friday evening when the officers for the ensuing year were elected, John Habhegger being retained as post commander and practically all other officers being re-elected.  There will be no meeting of the Post on December 24, the next regular meeting night.  The next meeting will be Friday, January 14, 1916. 

 

Officers elected at the meeting were:

      Commander - John Habhegger

      Junior Vice Commander - John Robinson

      Senior Vice Commander - Henry Bassinger

      Quartermaster - A. S. Deimel

      Surgeon - Albert Cebell

      Captain - John Muth

      Officer of Day - Gabriel Keimig

      Patriotic Instructor - Albert Cebell

      Officer of the Guard - Christ Bergmann

      Sergeant Major - Charles Borchart

      Quartermaster Sergeant - William Schumacher

      Adjutant - Charles J. Wenck

      Encampment Representative - A. C. Deimel, William Schumacher

      Trustee 3 Years - John Muth

      Post Inspector - Fred Kusel     WDT

 

1923

03 08     Benjamin Zoelle, 1840-1923.  One of Watertown's best known Civil War Veterans   WG  

 

1934      August F. Kusel, 1843-1934.  One of few remaining members of G.A.R.    

 

Cross References: 

GAR Personal War Sketches 

Jones, Edward Hughs     

 

 

 

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