The history and growth of the fire departments in the county


I.O. of G.T. I.O. of G.T.-A notice of the meetings of Evening Star Lodge, recently formed at Two Rivers, will be found in our columns. We learn that the Order is in a fair state of prosperity, and though not sufficiently posted in the objects of the organization to express any opinion of its probable influence for good, yet, there are those connected with it who are worthy of confidence, and whose influence has ever been on the side of truth. Manitowoc Tribune, Sept. 6, 1855

I.O.O.F. Odd Fellows' Festival-At a special meeting of Chickerming Lodge, No. 55, I.O.O.F., held on Monday evening last, it was resolved to have a Festival on the 1st day of January next, and the following persons were selected a Committee of Arrangements: Past Grand-W.W. Waldo, M. Fellows, S.W. Smith, W.F. Eldridge, G.S. Glover; K.K. Jones, Geo. L. Lee, P.J.Pierce, Jos. W. Thombs, W.W. Deming, H.E. Zailley, E.K. Rand, A.L. Edwards. Manitowoc Tribune, Dec. 20, 1855


Masons MASONIC.-Tracy Lodge, No. 107, having obtained its charter at the last session of the Grand Lodge, was solemnly dedicated last Friday night, and the following officers were duly installed: Fred. Borcherdt, W.M.; Fred. Ransch, Sr. W.; Aug. Wittmann, Jr. W.; Chas, Korten, S.; Chas Winkelmuller, Tr.; Adolph Wittmann, Sr. D.; Edward Mueller, Jr. D.; Daniel Roehmer, Ty.; Fred. Krause, and Herman Gutmann, Stewards. Manitowoc Pilot, July 22, 1859

COUNTY FAIR.-The first cattle show and Fair of the Manitowoc County Agricultural Society, will be held in this village on Monday and Tuesday the 3d and 4th days of October next. The Regulations and Premium list were handed us too late for insertion this week, but will be published in our next. A liberal amount of Premiums in money and books is offered by the society, and a spledid show of domestic animals, agricultural products, machinery, and works of art, is confidently expected. To the farmers, business and professional men, their wives and families, the Society extends a cordial invitation to attend. Manitowoc Pilot, Friday, September 16, 1859 P.3


Concordia Singing Society At the semi-annual meeting of the Concordia Singing Society, of this place, the following officers were elected: Pres't Louis Kline, Sec'y Andrew Baetz, Jr. Treas. Wm. Nicklaus. Manitowoc Co. Chronicle (Two Rivers), May 18, 1875


The Cattle Fair at French Creek yesterday is said to have been a complete success. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, October 4, 1881 P.1

The following were elected officers of the Thusnelda Lodge, O.D. H.S., last Friday evening: President.-Emil todl. Vice-Prs.-Ferd. Schultz. Treasurer.-Henry Greve. Secretary.-Chas. Han?ohl.(Haukohl?) Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, October 11, 1881 P. 1

NOTE: Article. When the civil war started; how Manitowoc responded. MANITOWOC MUSKETS. Address Delivered by Capt. Jas. S. Anderson on Decoration Day, 1881. When the news came that the rebels had fired upon Fort Sumpter, the little village of Manitowoc was aflame with excitement. A war meeting was held; energetic and fiery speeches were made, resoulutins of sympathy with the government and condemnation of the course pursued by the South were passed. Every one supposed they had done their full duty, and the meeting was about to adjourn, when the Hon. Perry P. Smith sprang to his feet, and in one of those short, ringing speeches, for which he is famous, every word of which made the partriotic fire fly from the eyes and hearts of his listeners, declared that the time for speech-making had gone by, that what the government needed was men, not words. "Now," said he, "let us show that we are in earnest by raising a company for the war right here." For a moment there was silence. The people had not realized that the war had come to their own homes and hearts. But presently there was a great shout; a sheet of paper was produced; a short agreement to volunteer was written, and between thirty-five and forty names went down upon it before that meeting broke up. The key-note had been struck by Mr. Smith, and although there was a very few of those crawling things known as "copperheads," who buzzed around in a minor strain, Manitowoc county thereafter marched to the music of the Union with no uncertain step. The first company was rapidly filled up, was soon assigned to the Fifth Wisconsin Infantry regiment, and went to the front under the command of Capt. Temple Clark. It had scarcely left the State when our German fellow citizens began to agitate the project of raising a regiment from their nationality, and soon another company went to the war as a part of the Ninth regiment, under the command of Capt. Fred Becker. Then followed a company for the Fourteenth regiment, under the lamented Captain Ed. Waldo, who fell at Shiloh. Then came our Scandinavian friends with a full company of men of the old heroic Norse blood, under Captain Charles Gustaveson, for the Fifteenth regiment. About half a company of men was raised and went into the Nineteenth regiment; whether they had any commissioned officer from this county I do not know. Then a full company was raised for the Twenty-First regiment, commanded by Captain Charles H. Walker, which included some of the very best and most substantial citizens of Manitowoc city. Our German fellow citizens followed with another full German company for the Twenty-Sixth regiment, in command of Captain Henry Baetz. In the Twenty-Seventh regiment Captain Joseph Rankin commanded a full company of Manitowoc men, while about half a company of men, raised in this county by Lieutenant Peter Mulholland, was consolidated with about the same number of men from Kewaunee county, under Captain Vaugh, Lieutenant Mulholland being assigned to the same company. About half a company was raised for the Thirty-Second regiment, which was commanded by Lieutenant H.H. Markham, and part of a company was raised for the Thirty-Sixth regiment. Afterwards a full company principally Germans, was recruited for the Forty-Eighth regiment, under the command of Captain A. Witmann, of our city. Part of the company was enlisted for the Fifty- Second regiment, by Captain S.W. Smith, which was the last recruiting of the war in Manitowoc county. In addition to these different organizations, I am informed that Captain William Bates, well known at that time as a ship-builder, recruited in Manitowoc county for an engineer regiment, and obtained a number of men, mostly ship-builders and mechanics, which was, for some reason, taken to Chicago, was incorported in some regiment of Illinois volunteers, and accredited to that State. A large number also left the county and went directly to camp, and enlisted in whatever organization they came in contact with. Thus it happened that Manitowoc county had representatives in almost every organization that left the State. To my personal knowledge there were Manitowoc county men in ten different regiments and organization other than those already named. Wherever they were, they acquitted themselves like men. I do not know that the people of Wisconsin have to blush at the memory of any of the soldiery sent out from their borders. Scattered widely over the land in various departments, under different commanders, they everywhere acquitted themselves with credit. They were no holiday soldiers. On every great battlefield of the war we find Manitowoc county men winning honor and renown for themselves and their State. In the east and in the west, they were everywhere the same. At Williamsburg, in the first battle of the army of the Potomac, Manitowoc men in the line of the "Fighting Fifth," met the enemy in open field, and with the cold steel vanquished him, though superior in number. And again at Fredericksburg, rushing and storming up those terrible hills, bristling with cannon, leaving all but twelve of the forty-one who started on the charge prostrate on the hillside, they planted their flags on the topmost redoubt of Mary's Heights. Almost at the same instant, their old friends and neighbors in the Twenty-Sixth regiment, at Chancellorsville were checking in mid career the veterans of "Stonewall" Jackson, and falling thick and fast on that fateful field. If we turn to the great battle-fields of the west, we find the men from Manitowoc county in the brave old Fourteenth regiment, charging undauntedly on the guns of the enemy at Pittsburg Landing, until they were finally taken and held; in the Fifteenth standing with stolid bravery at Stone River, hurling back assault after assault, undismayed by the loss of their leaders, Heg and McKee. At Chickamauga we find the gallant boys of the Twenty-First standing rock-rooted, defending their position long after the lines to their right and left had given way, leaving the brave Colonel Hobart and many of his command to be taken prisoners and led to the horrors of Andersonville and Libby prisons. In the far southwest we find the men of the Ninth and Twenty-Seventh regiments making long and weary marches under an almost torrid sun, and attacking or defending bravely on more than one occasion. To tell the history of these organizations would be to tell the history of the war. Manitowoc men, too, fought and fell in the ranks of the old Iron Brigade, and in the many other regiments where they had sought admission. We find, then, that Manitowoc county sent out to war eight full companies and five half companies, or more than a regiment of men, counting those who went into other organizations than those named. I do not think the county sent out less than twelve hundred men. On examination we find the vote cast in 1859 and 1861 was less than twenty- four hundred. Making all due allowances, it would seem that half the adult male population of the county went to the battle-field. Alas! of that gallant host how few are alive to-day. Some fell on every battle-field; and where they are buried only God knows. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, November 1, 1881 P. 4

Battle Between Brethren. Since the Good Templar lodge in this city has been organized, it has done some good work, but its influence seems to be on the decline. It is the misfortune of such organizations, that in them "little men do like to play big parts." Last Friday night, at the regular meeting, the sisters and brothers witnessed a scene which clearly illustrates this remark. The officers elected at the preceding meeting had just been installed and everything was moving on nicely. The spirit of harmony was abroad among the members, when a matter was suggested which brought on a violent discussion. The principal participants in this discussion were Henry Sanford, editor of the Manitowoc Tribune, party of the first part, and a young gentleman of irreproachable character, party of the second part. The war of words waxed warm and warmer, and warmer. Finally the two disputants came to blows, clinched and proposed "to have it out right there." Fortunately for Mr. Sandord outsiders interfered and put a stop to any further active hostilities. We say fortunately for Mr. S., because he is a small man, while his adversary is a young man of powerful physique, who undoubtedly would have made short work of the gallant editor, if he was accorded a fair chance. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, November 8, 1881 P. 1

Attention Company! There will be a meeting of those interested in the formation of a new military company on Saturday evening at the Council Rooms. Let our young men be sure to attend. There is plenty of timber, of which to form another company of Militia. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, November 15, 1881 P. 1

The sub-committees of the Carpenter Memorial Association for Manitowoc county is composed of the following gentlemen: Charles Luling, Joseph Rankin, C.E. Estabrook, R.D. Smart, Manitowoc; W.F. Nash, Two Rivers. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, November 15, 1881 P. 1

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will on the 13th. day of December, A.D. 1881, at the Turner Hall in the city of Manitowoc, County of Manitowoc, State of Wisconsin, at half past seven P.M. organize and muster into the service of the Wisconsin National Guards and infantry company of said guards. Those desiring to join said company will be present at such meeting. Date, Dec. 3rd. 1881. Joseph Rankin, Mustering Officer. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 13, 1881 P. 1

At a regular meeting of the Manitwooc Lodge No. 194 I.O.O.F. the following officers were duly elected for the ensuing year. N.G.-Max Stauss; V.G.-H. Grabo; R.S.-J. Boecher; P.S.-C. Schroeder; Treas.-C. Hankohl. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 13, 1881 P. 1

At the last regular meeting of the "Maniotwoc Volunteers," the following non-commissioned officers were appointed by Capt. Fred. Becker: Sergeant, Henry Bockmann; Corporals, L. Kadow, A. Becker, A. Dusold, C. Friedl, John Boehm and Aug. Groll. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 13, 1881 P. 1

The New Military Company. The muster in of our new infantry company of National Guards began on last Tuesday evening and was concluded on Friday. Jos. Rankin being the mastering officer and Fred Harris, Esq., administering the oath. Seventy-four members were sworn into the service and are now ready for business. The following officert (sic) were elected: Captain, William H. Hemschemeyer; First Lieutenant, Ole Baensch. As soon as the commissiong (sic) of the officers arive, r (sic) meeting will be called and regular drillz (sic) will follow. The following is a full list of the members as reported to the Qovernor (sic): William Abel, Wm. H. Andres, Emil Baensch, Casper Bartley, Ole Benson, Herbert Benson, Robt Boing, Ed. Borcherdt, George Boud, Albert Buechner, Wm. Brandt, Arthur Brandies, Arthur Brandies, Emil Brandies, Fred Bulthaupt, Fred Carus Jr., Ed. Chloupek, Joseph Classon, Will Canright, Albert Chandler, Mat Dempsey, William Dicke, John Denway, John Dumke, Enoch Enochsen, Halver Enochsen, James Edwards, John Egan, Chas. Fechter, Wm. Fechter, Seneca Flint, Wm. Frazier, Fred Haukohl, Mead Hanson, Robt. Hankohl, Frank Hoes, Geor. Houghton, Wm. Hemschemyer, John Hagerty, Henry W. Herzog, Emil Hartman, Alfred Howarth, Herman Hinrichs, Chas. Hanson, Chas. Joeckel, Frank Jones, Ed. Juul, chas A. Knudson, Geo. Koehler, Jere Lebmkuhl, Thos. Loughren, Alfred Manheimer, H.L. Markham, A.B. Melendy, Frank A Miller, P.E. Nagle, Nils Nilson, J.M. Ornes, L. Olson, C.E. Pangburn, J. Peterosn, Elias Rayfield, A.J. Packard, Wm. M. Seeger, C.H. Seeger, Ad Stoltenberg, Francis Stirn, N.A. Thompson, Thos. Torrison, Joe Thompson, E. Wagner Jr., Henry Wernecke, Frank White, Clarence White, Adolph Zander. The following is the oath taken before the mustering officer: "You and each of you do solemnly swear that you will support the constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, and bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you have freely and voluntarily enlisted in the military service of the State of Wisconsin for the period of 5 years from this day, and will yield a prompt obedience to all orders and instructions from your superior officers and to all laws which have been or may be enacted for the organization, government and discipline of the Wisconsin National Guard. So help you God." Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 20, 1881 P. 1

There will be a Christmas party at Harris Hall, Cato, on Monday evening December 26th. Our young folks are cordially invited and Mr. Harris, the genial host, will make it pleasant fo all who attend. Tickets, including supper, $1.25. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 20, 1881 P. 1

Masonic. At the last meeting of Manitowoc Lodge No. 65, F. & A.M. the following officere were elected: W.M.-Geo. B. Burnet. S.W.-Emil Baensch. J.W.-W.M. Seeger. Secy.-Max Stauss. Treas.-Charles Luling. Trustee-Peter Johnston. The following were appointed by the Worshipful Master: S.D.-E.G. Nash. J.J.-Anton Vogt. Tyler-C. Petersen. The Secretary's report showed a considerable gain in membership, while the Treasurer's report was a record of the many deeds of charity performed during the last year. The Lodge has ever done its work of charity noiselessly but effectively. May it live forever. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 27, 1881 P. 1

Meeme news: The Temperance Society will hold its next regular meeting on the evening of January 1st. An elaborate and interesting programme has been prepared and a good time is anticipated. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 27, 1881 P. 4


NEW BAND. A new band has been organized. It will be known as "Ed. Weinshenk's Orchestra," and consists of the following: Ed. Weinshenk, Sr. Director, Otto Weinshenk, John Eberle, Ed. Weinshenk, Jr., John Stauber, Jos. Auman, Christ. Gelbke, Ernst Zanderman, E. Lambrecht, Fred. Fischer, Tom. Deubler, Mat Krause. The members are all good musicians and will undoubtedly be able to make good "music in the air." Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, January 3, 1882 P. 1

RANKIN GUARDS A meeting of the new military company took place on Tuesday evening at Turner Hall for the purpose of choosing a name. A majority of the members present being in favor of "Rankin Guards" such was declared as the duly adopted name of the company. The chairmen of several committees were then elected and the captain authorized to appoint the balance of the committees. The committees, as elected and appointed are as follows: By-Laws;-F.P. Jones, Chairman, P.E. Nagle, Ed. Borcherdt, W.F. Dicke, J.F. Kumke. On Entertainments:-C.F. Fechter, Chairman, Robt. Haukohl, W.M. Seeger, W.H. Andrews, Hy. Herzog. On Uniforms:-Ed. Juul, Chairman, Chas. Joeckel, Thom. Torrison, Elias Rayfield, N.A. Thompson. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, January 3, 1882 P. 1

GENERAL ORDER NO. 1. The Rankin Guards will meet at the Turner Hall on Friday evening next at 8 P.M., for the purpoae (sic) of electing non-commissioned officers. By order of W.H. Hemschfmyer (sic), Captain Commanding. Manitowoc Jan. 3, '82. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, January 3, 1882 P. 1

The committee on entertainments of the Rankin Guard held a meeting last Sunday, and decided to have a grand ball at Turner Hall on Saturday, January 28, 1882. That it will be a perfect success is a foregone conclusion. It is just the right crowd to have a good time, and don't you forget it. More entertainments are to follow. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, January 10, 1882 P. 1

Veterans, Attention. Mr. Jas. S. Andersion (sic), Commander of the Horace M. Walker Post, G.A.R. requests us to state that the Post intends to give a public reception at Turner Hall in the near future. The reception will be in the nature of a reunion of all Manitowoc soldiers, every old soldier in the county is requested to be on hand and live over the old times. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, January 10, 1882 P. 1

RANKIN GUARDS. Pursuant to General Order No. 1, the Rankin Guards met at the Turner Hall last Friday evening. The committee on By-laws presented their report which was adopted with few alterations and ordered printed. The election of non- commissioned officers was then proceeded with resulting as follows: Frank P. Jones-First Sergeant; Edward Juul-Second Sergeant; John Denway-Third Sergeant; William Dicke-Fourth Sergeant; John Dumke-Fifth Sergeant; Ernest Wagner Jr.-First Corporal; Robert Boing-Second Corporal; Authur B. Eelendy-Third Corporal; Herbert Benson-Fourth Corporal; Will. H. Andrews-Fifth Corporal; Chas. Joeckel-Sixth Corporal; Robert Haukohl-Seventh Corporal; Chas. Fechter-Eighth Corporal. The Civil organization of the company was then perfected, the following officers being elected: Wm. H. Hemschemeyer-President; Will H. Andrews-Vice President; Chas. A Knudson-Secretary; Fred Haukohl-Treasurer; J.G. Lehmkuhl-Financial Sec'y. The non-commissioned officers were ordered to meet ou (sic) Thursday evening for instruction, and the first regular drill of the company will occur on Friday evening next. Thereafter, regular drills will take every Friday at Turner Hall. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, January 10, 1882 P. 1

ROYAL AREANUM. The following officers of Lake Shore Council No. 505 were installed last Wednesday: Regent-Hugo J. Klingholtz; Vice Regent-John Cone; Secretary-D.S. Day; Treasurer-Will. Delano; Collector-Carl Pangburn; Guide-Chas. Wegfarth; Warden-D. Oberland; Sentry-Albert Becker; Orator-C.E. Estabrook. The council is steadily increasing in membership. It is a mutual insurance organization based on a graded system. During the year past, only eight assesments were levied. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, January 10, 1882 P. 1

The Manitowoc Volunteers, the oldest militia company in the State, will have a grand Masquerade Ball at Turner Hall, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 1882. Admission only 25 cents. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, February 14, 1882 P. 1

The parade of the Manitwooc Volunteers, on Washignton's birthday showed a decided improvement. The boys are stirring, and a friendly rivalry bewtween the two companies will be advantageous to both. Of course, the Volunteers, being an older organization are ahead at present. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, February 28, 1882 P. 1

RANKIN GUARD At the request of the boys of the Rankin Guard's we would venture the hint to somebody that the company has no flag, as yet. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, May 2, 1882 P. 1

Let the Rankin Guards paste the following in their HATS: "Capt. Becker of Manitowoc claims that his militia company are the only real veterans in Manitowoc and says the Rankin Guards are mere raw recruits.--Chronicle. It is evidently the purpose of Nash to bring up a cruel war between the two armies. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, June 20, 1882 P. 1

Military Inspection. Last Wednesday, for the militia boys, was an eventful day, as it was the day of their annual inspection. The Volunteers took it rather cool, as they were used to such matters, but the boys of the Rankin Guard had a feeling similar to that which possesses one just prior to a difficult examination. At noon general Chapman arrived from Appleton, and took up quarters of the Windiate House. He passed the afternoon looking at our beautiful city, with which he seemed greatly pleased. Promptly at seven o'clock, the Volunteers fell in at the Court House Square, and preceded by the City Band, marched to the Third Ward School House, near which the exercises took place. In the meanwhile the Rankin Guards had quietly assembled at Wood's Hall, and when the Inspector General arrived, at about eight o'clock, they were "ready for inspection." Suffice it to say, that they passed, and now feel about twenty-four times better than they did before. The General's method of examination is very fair and calculated to show the true thoroughness of the company examined. The commanding officer is requested to draw one from a number of cards. Each card contains the names of eight different movements, which the company is required to execute. This tests the officer, who must give the correct orders, and the privates, who must executed correctly the commands given. The execution of each movement is then marked, according to a certain standard, and the aggregate shows the standing of the company. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, July 25, 1882 P.1


The Rankin Guards have been putting their armory in fine condition. The company was never in better trim than at present. Their annual "ball" which is always a special social event will be given some time in February. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, December 23, 1884 P.3

NEW G.A.R. POST. On Saturday last comrade H.D. Buhse as special mustering officer accompanied by comrades Chas. Schindler, James Cumberlidge and C.W. White took a sleigh ride down to Kiel and organized a new Post of the Grand Army which takes the number 196. The New Post starts off with fifteen charter members, and a goodly number of applications. A joke on the comrades who went down arises from the fact that they got lost on their way home, Charley White says it was the foggy weather but we suspect the foggy condition of the mustering officer had something to do with it. We greet the new Post on behalf of our comrades. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 30, 1884 P.4

The Slovanska Lipa society are to have a dance New Years Eve., at the beautiful new Opera House. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 30, 1884 P.4

The German Ladies Aid Society sent about fifty well filled baskets to the needy on Christmas day, and half a cord of wood to each of a number of destitute families. That is a practical illustration of "Good Will on Earth" which will do more good and make more converts than many sermons. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, December 30, 1884 P.4


A SUCCESSOR TO "OLD ABE." The rebel cannon captured by the 14th. Wis. Regt. has from some time been in custody of the G.A.R. Post of this city. Since its stay here it has been kept in a shed located on the premises of the editor of the Times. There nothing distinguished has happened until last Thursday when a large eagle in pursuit of some crows lighted upon the ground in the vicinity and was fiercely pursued by some little boys playing in the neighborhood when it flew to the cannon and perching there defied its assailants. They were reinforced at this juncture by Messrs. A. Recheygl and C. Cone who succeeded in driving the bird into a corner made him a captive after a severe struggle. He is a splendid specimen of his species but is evidently a run-away as a short leather strap is attached to his leg. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, June 30, 1885 P.3

A cemetery association has been organized at Niles under the name of the J.O. Tyler Cemetery Association. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, July 14, 1885 P.2

The Rankin Guards went into camp on Saturday last at Klingholz farm for a little practice in camp and guard duty before going to Appleton. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, July 28, 1885 P.3

Kiel news: The Sons of Herman organized a lodge here lately. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, October 20, 1885 P.2

On receipt of the news of the death of Gen. McClellan the Grand Army boys set their flag at half mast. Many of them served under "Little Mac." Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, November 3, 1885 P.4


To-morrow the State Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic will meet in Milwaukee. It will be a gathering of more than usual interest. Over two hundred Posts will be represented. The delegates from the Post in this city are Messrs. W.I. Besant and Jos. Miller with Chas. Spindler and Jere Cox as alternates. Comander H.C. Buhse, Past Commanders J.S. Anderson, E. Cone, J. Cumberlidge and C.E. Estabrook will attend as members of the encampment. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, February 2, 1886 P.3 ________________ Capt. Emil Baensch of the Rankin Guards was elected treasurer for the ensuing year at the recent meeting of the officers' association of the Wis. National Guard. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, February 2, 1886 P.3

Knights of Labor The Knights of Labor was at Manitowoc last week and arranged to form an assembly in that city. The Knights of Labor within a year will be the most powerful organization in the world if they continue to increase in numbers as rapidly in the future as they have in the past. Manitowoc Co. Chronicle (Two Rivers), Mar. 2, 1886

A reunion of the 14th Wis. Reg. has been called to meet at Fond du Lac on the 15th, 16th and 17th of June next. This is the first reunion ever called of that regiment and we hope it will be a success. This call will interest some of the old boys' of Capt. Waldo's Comapny which went from this city. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, March 16, 1886 P.3

The march of the serenaders around town on Friday evening and the drill of the Rankin Guards with torch lights were incidents enjoyed by a great many people. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, September 14, 1886 P.1

CONGRATULATIONS. Scarecely had the excitement over the fire subsided on Friday evening when Bieling's Band followed by a number of citzens, many bearing torches moved up 8th street and then to fifth where it halted in front of Mr. Estabrook's house. The company by this time had increased to two or three hundred. After the band ceased playing, Wisconsin's next attorney general appeared and briefly but with evident feeling thanked his fellow citizens for the compliment. Speeches by Messrs. J. Schuette, Sedgwick, Forest and Baensch followed and after more music the serenaders withdrew. Manitowoc Lake Shore Times, Tuesday, September 14, 1886 P.1


South Side Ladies Aid Society South Side Ladies Aid Society to Give an Entertainment for the Poor. THURSDAY, NOV. 24, THE DATE Ladies Here Labored Faithfully to Make the Affair a Success and Should Be Given a Rousing Benefit. The South Side Ladies' Aid society will give an entertainment and dance at Turner opera house on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 24. The proceeds will be devoted to the relief of the poor and, as the object is a worthy one, citizens should see that they are given a rousing benefit. The ladies have spent much time and labored conscientiously in the preparation of a program, which is excellent. About twenty-five of the leading young people are to assist and from present indications the entertainment will be a success. Bielings orchestra has been engaged to furnish the music, which will add much to the pleasure of the evening. A special feature of the program is the "Cake Walk" given by the members of the Darktown club. This will be participated in by ten young people well known to our citizens, but whose names for the present are withheld. The walk will create no end of amusement and the most graceful couple will be presented with a large cake. After the cake walk the floor will be cleared and lovers of dancing will be given an opportunity to trip the light fantastic. The entire evening promises to be one of rare enjoyment. The program is as follows: Selection, Bieling's Orchestra. Piano Solo, Miss Bertha Klingholz. Trio, Cornet, Trombone, and Piano, Mr. E. Sohrweide, Mr. H. Sidher, Mrs. Gust Alter. Vocal Solo (Soprano), Burt Kress. Reading, Miss Erna Wagner. Vocal Solo (Bariton), Mr. Schmitz. Vocal Solor (Soprano), Miss Matlida Schmidt Voca Trio, Miss. Leuhr, Miss Ada Locke, Miss L. Morrison. Male Quartete, Aaron Torrison, Clyde Sedgwick, A.S. Grahm, E.J. Onstad. Cake Walk, Members of Darktown Club. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Nov. 18, 1898


TABITHA SOCIETY The Tabitha society of the Norwegian Lutheran church held a social at the home of George Olson last evening. About $20 was netted and the proceeds will be used to place windows in the new church. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Wednesday, January 18, 1899 P. 4

Clio Club "LOVE", THE THEME. Clio Club Met With Mrs. Oscar Alter This Afternoon. The Clio Club met this afternoon at the pleasant home of Mrs. Oscar Alter, 818 York street, and had a very enjoyable time. The club is making a study of Shakespeare's plays and its members are at present deeply interested in the great love romance "Othello". Although Shakespeare is the main subject of study, there is a paper read by one of the members at each meeting and the member is allowed to choose her own subject. Miss Jennie Barnes had the paper today and her subject was "Byron". It was a well written paper and treated of the life and characteristics of the great poet. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Jan. 27, 1899

Rahr Guards The Rahr Guards at a meeting last night appointed a committee to rent new quarters. They have an offer from the Schreihart Brewing Co. which will no doubt be accepted. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Jan. 27, 1899

Epworth League The Epworth League will hold a "Spider Web" social at the home of Miss Lillian Clark on North Eighth street to-morrow evening. An enjoyable time is promised and everybody is cordially invited to attend. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Feb. 2, 1899

Rahr Guards WILL YOU BE THERE? Rahr Guards to Hold Their Annual Mask Ball Tomorrow Evening. The mask ball to be given by the Rahr Guards at Turner Hall to-morrow evening promises to surpass anything of the kind ever given in the city. The committee on arrangements have left no detail unattended to and present indications point to a large attendance. The hall is to be decorated and every effort will be made to give those who attend an evening of genuine pleasure. Beilings orchestra is to furnish the music and four prizes are to the hung up for the different costumes. The admission has been placed within reach of all, and if you are looking for a good time, don't fail to be present. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Feb. 3, 1899

Baensch Guards MORE BLUE COATS. The Baensch Guards Enlarging Their Membership. There was a meeting of the Baensch Guards at Turner hall last evening. E.J. Onstad made application for membership which was referred to the membership committee. Four new members were taken in. The remainder of the time was devoted to drilling. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Feb. 4, 1899

Humane Society Attendance at the Meeting of Humane Society Very Light.The annual meeting of the Humane society held at the city hall last evening was not largely attended. The slim crowd present indicates a lack of interest in the good work being accomplished by the organization and it is to be regretted. The report of the secretary shows some sixty members on the roll and the treasurer reported a cash balance of $80 in the treasury. The officer of the society reported that during the past year he had assisted in the prosecution of three cases, looked after fifteen cases of cruelty to animals and two of cruelty to children. A motion to have the dues of the members paid voluntarily instead of b??ing a collector was carried unanimously. Hereafter member may pay their dues at C. Lie?enow & Son's store on the North side or at F.C. Buerstatte's store on the South side. The meeting then adjourned subject to the call of the secretary. New officers were not elected owing to the small attendance. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Feb. 11, 1899

Baensch Guards E.J. O?sted and Jas. Hempton were admitted to the ranks of the Banesch guards last evening and the oath of allegiance will be administered at the next regular meeting. The drill last night was well attended and much interest was manifested by the members of the company. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Feb. 17, 1899

Rahr Guards The Rahr Guards have purchased a new carpet for their club rooms. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Mar. 16, 1899

Lake Shore Mandolin/Guitar Club Lake Shore Mandolin and Guitar Club A Thing of the Past. The Lake Shore Mandolin and Guitar Club, an organization which has been a credit to the city for more than two years past, is no more. The club disbanded Monday evening, March 20, and the affairs were all settled up at that time. The club was organized in 1897 and was compose of fourteen members. In a short time it held rank with the leading musical organizations of the city and their service was in demand at parties and private gatherings of all kinds. During the past few weeks interest has flagged and it was thought best to disband. Manitowoc will not be without a mandolin club however. An organization was perfected Wednesday evening, and the National Mandolin club will hereafter take the place of the Lake Shore club. The new club is comporised of Ed. Juul Jr., John Wagner, Al Hintz, and Gus. Heise, and are open for all engagements. Their prices are reasonable and they will at all times endeavor to furnish first class music for social gatherings. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Apr. 7, 1899

Press club At a meeting of the newspaper men held last night at the office of Judge Baensch, steps were taken for the formation of a Press Club. Every newspaper published in the city was represented and the club now has fifteen members. The primary object of the organization is to promote sociability among the members and to develope a more fraternal feeling. United in this way the press of the city will be better able to entertain visitors and be of more influence in looking after the best interest of the city. Judge Baensch was chosen president and K.L. Zander secretary until such time as a constitution shall be adopted. A committee consisting of John Nagel, E.H. Wade and A.C. Schmidt, was appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws. The club will meet again next Thursday evening at the office of Judge Baensch. Manitowoc Daily Herald, May 5, 1899

Freier Saengerbund At a special meeting of the Freier Saengerbund held Wednesday evening the following delegates were elected to attend the Ost Wisconsin Sangerfest: W. Christiansen, H. Schmitz, R. Groll, E. Stock; A. Simmet. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Apr. 29, 1899


DRAMATIC INCIDENT IN WAR DAY TALK Judge Anderson Stirs His Audience With Sight of Battle Scarred Flag INTERESTING STORY OF CITY IN WAR TIME Dramatic incident marked the paper on "Manitowoc in Civil War Days" presented before the County Historical society at one of the most successful meetings the society has held at the library Monday night. Judge Anderson exhibited to the meeting the battle scarred and tattered flag which was carried in the war by Co. A. Fifth Wisconsin, the first company to be sent from Manitowoc county for service in the Union army. Faded and marked by evidences of usage, with patches to cover the holes which had been made by bullets and shots which had torn it, the flag stirred the audience to enthusiasm and was greeted by a burst of patriot applause that made the room ring. An interesting history attaches to the flag which has been in the possession of Judge Anderson since 1876. The flag was presented to Co. A. by ladies of the village, before the company departed for the front, Mrs. Collins, wife of the president of the village heading the delegation which presented the flag to the company while it was at drill at what is now Union Park on the North Side. The company, after receiving the regimental colors when it entered service, was unable to carry the flag in action, and it was wrapped about the body of one of the officers who led the company to a charge. While on one of its campaigns, Co. A. lost the flag to the Confederates, the flag being taken from the body of the officer wearing it when he was wounded in the field. A year later Pennsylvania troops recaptured the flag in an engagement with the "Rebs" and at the close of the war the flag was taken to Philadelphia where it was retained until 1876 when it was forwarded to Judge Anderson in this city. The flag bore the inscription "Manitowoc County Guard" which made its return possible. Judge Anderson recited these facts in inspiring manner and the audience was held by a strong interest. Opening with a review of the conditions in the village at the time of the war, the paper proved a most interesting one, and the audience of fifty who attended, the largest the society has entertained at its meetings gave the closest attention. The war spirit was aroused here by news of the firing of the Fort Sumter in April 17, 1862. With no railway lines, no telegraph and the only means of communication the stage and Goodrich boats, war news was slow in reaching the village but when the message was received, a mass meeting was hastily called at the old court house and the same night there was organized the first company, Co. A. The company was organized upon motion of the late P.P. Smith, with Temple Clark as captain. The company left for the front and a Sunday, being transported on the steamer Comet. Co. A. represented the flower of the young manhood of Manitowoc when it departed for the front, the average age of the company being 24 years there being but four married men in the command said the speaker. Of the 104 men who made up the company, only thirty-six returned after the war and today there are but two survivors in this city. Judge Anderson and Frank Stirn. There are several others in the county however. Manitowoc county responded to the call to arms for the war with a total of 73 more men that its quot. With a total of 3987 voters in the county. Manitowoc's enlistment for the war was 2467, a record equaled by but few counties maintained Judge Anderson who in this connection paid a full measure of honor to the women who remained at home and whose sacrifice and work made possible the great showing of the county. Of the six first companies the county sent to the front 72 men were killed in action. David Woodcock was the first member of Co. A to meet his death on the field, being killed at Williamsburg in which three others lost their lives. Promotion was won by many local soldiers the county being credited with one major general, Edward Solumbu. Twenty two won the title of captain, two of brigadier general, one adjutant general one lieutenant colonel and three quartermasters said Judge Anderson, who gave the names of the men. Speaking for an hour and a half, Judge Anderson had the undivided attention of his audience throughout in concluding Mr. Anderson referred to the old saying "History repeats itself" but voiced the hope that centuries might pass before another struggle such as the civil war should devastate our now united country. Judge Anderson's talk was delivered in a sincere, impressive manner that made it the more attractive and the attendance of many civil war veterans added to interest the occasion. Following Judge Anderson's talk there was informal discussion of the subject and several civil war veterans spoke. Carl G. Schmidt recalled that while the Ninth Wisconsin of which he was a member was camped in Kansas the soldiers unearthed an old print shop and set to work about to get out a paper which they called "The German Warrior." Mr. Schmidt was the editor and as paper was a scarcity i n that day and especially in that vicinity, tissue paper was used for printing and it was necessary to place the paper and a suggestion was offered that it be framed and presented to the public library. Dr. Louis Falge presided and introduced Judge Anderson. There was an audience of forty to fifty present. The next meeting of the society will be held March 24 and at that time the principal paper will be on "The History of Medicine and the Medical Profession in Manitowoc County." One of the interesting features of Judge Anderson's paper was his reference to rebel sympathizers throughout the North and his statement that a branch of the organization which was known as Knights of the Golden Circle, existed in Manitowoc county during war days and Judge Anderson said the names of members of the organization were a part of the government's secret records at Washington. Judge Anderson is in possession of some of the names but he said that children and grandchildren of these men were present residents of the city and it would be unfair to them to make public the names. The speaker declared that so prominent was the local branch that Confederate spies came here to confer with its members. The organization was maintained throughout the war and its existence in many sections of the North was a constant menace to the federal troops. There was another organization known as the Union League which, however, was loyal to the federal government and which devoted its efforts chiefly to guarding the community against the Knights of the Golden Circle and aiding the Union troops. Henry Sibree was prominent as a leader of this society. Upon Judge Anderson's return from the war in 1864 he was attached to the provo marshal's staff under Capt. Guylers and later Capt. Borcherdt and was engaged in running down deserters and in other work for the Union. Judge Anderson told several dramatic incidents of his career while serving in that capacity, of the capture of a camp of five deserters in the Cooperstown woods an later in a mill at Meeme, where the men were manufacturing shingles from timber stolen from government lands. Judge Anderson said these latter facts were not included in the public records at Madison and Washington but are nevertheless interesting and his audience was attentive throughout. The Union League of which Judge Anderson spoke, is still extant in organization bearing that name in New York, the society being the outgrowth of the civil war. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Tuesday, February 14, 1911 P. 1


HENRY SCHMIDT AGAIN HEADS WALKER POST Veterans Of War In Annual Election of Officers Henry Schmidt was reelected as commander of H.M. Walker post, G.A.R., in the election of officers for the year held in the new quarter of the post at the courthouse yesterday. The other officers are; Sr. Vice Commander: August Wilkowsky. Jr. Vice Commander, Henry Scherer. Adjutent, F.C. Buerstatte. Surgeon, Aug. Dueno. Chaplain, J.S. Anderson. Quartermaster, Frank Stirn. Officer at Day. R.C. Berndt. Officer at Guard, August Meyer. Delegates in state encampment August Wilkowsky, Henry Scherer, alternates, Nic Schauss and August Meyer. Manitowoc Daily Herald | Wednesday, December 08, 1915 | Page 8


TWO RESIGN FROM CO. FAIR COMMITTEE C.E. Brady and Albert Schuette Give Business Reasons Two members of the committee of ten in charge of the county fair have resigned, Charles Brady and Albert Schuette having tendered their resignation because of business. President Frazier of the Citizen's association, has named Arthur J. Wyseman to succeed Mr. Brady, but no appointment has yet been made of a successor to Mr. Schuette. The association committee, which is headed by John Kellner as president may continue with but nine members this year it is said. The committee has retained the same membership since its organization, practically, and has been in charge of the fair for four years. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Wednesday, February 23, 1916 P.8

CO. H., WITH 66 OF 68 MEN PASSES SATISFACTORY INSPECTION BY CAPT. RICHARDSON Company H passed a satisfactory inspection last night when Capt. Richardson, a former Wisconsin man attached to the war department, put the company through the paces. Sixty-six of sixty-eight men of the command reported for inspection, two being absent from the city. The company made an excellent showing and officers are confident that the command will gain in rank the coming year. Capt. Abel was in command and put the company through close order, extended and signal work. The guns and equipment of the company were in excellent shape. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Thursday, February 24, 1916 P.8

Now Two Rivers is organizing a drum corps. Manitowoc leads, others follow. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Wednesday, March 8, 1916 P.3

Two Rivers has organized a Mandolin orchestra under leadership of Edgar Wilsman. The Orcestra has ten members enlisted. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Friday, April 21, 1916 P.3

Arrangements have been completed for the floral festival to be given by the Eagles at the Orpheum Saturday, April 29. The event will be something new in the line of a novelty dance. Henry Levenhagen having charge of the floral decorations of which there will be a profusion. Music will be furnished by the Sextette orchestra. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Friday, April 21, 1916 P.3

EAGLES MAY PLACE MARKERS GRAVES OF DEAD Manitowoc aerie of Eagles, No. 707, may mark the graves of deceased members of the order in local cemeteries having under consideration purchase of markers of handsome bronze design with steel rods attached, to be imedded at the head of the grave. Standing out in bold relief is the lettering, "F.O.E.L.T.J.E.," designating name and principles of the order. The number of the aerie is also provided. The marker has a hold for a flag which may be placed in it on Memorial day, annually. In event that the markers are secured they will be put in place this summer. Sheboygan aerie has already adopted the plan. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Tuesday, May 23, 1916 P.1

The Lakeside Country club opened for the year at the club house last night. Quite a number of new members joined this year. Manitowoc Daily Herald, Wednesday, May 31, 1916 P.2