All of these men are not necessarily from Manitowoc county, but this is where they enlisted. This information was kindly provided by the Manitowoc County Veterans Service Office, from the Roster of Wisconsin Troops in the Spanish American War. ********* A BIT OF HISTORY: According to word received here the Selia bill, which provides pensions for disabled Spanish War Veterans from $12 to $30 per month, has passed the house at Washington by a vote of 294 to 18. This is the first pension measure passed providing relief for disabled veterans of the war with Spain except those disabled in line of duty. There are many veterans in Manitowoc county eligible to pension. Manitowoc Herald News, Manitowoc, Wis. March 8, 1920 P. 3 ********* RETURN OF COMPANY H FROM SPANISH AMERICAN WAR Bands playing, flags flying, the entire city of Manitowoc in holiday attire, with the streets along the line of march crowded with thousands of the home folks-this was the scene, when Company H, of the old Wisconsin National Guard returned from service in the Spanish-American war back in 1898. The date was September 18, and the above picture was taken from the corner of South Eighth and Jay streets, looking north. The soldier boys came back in command of First Lieutenant Norman A. Knudson, who was acting captain, having charge of the company when Captain William Abel was taken seriously ill just as the company was about to embark on transport at Charleston, S.C. When the boys arrived at the depot here on that bright September afternoon they were met by bands and the parade moved to the Turner Hall, where a big reception and dinner awaited them. Marching at the head of the soldier boys was a familiar figure in Manitowoc in those days, Henry Ladwig, now deceased, a tall youth who impersonated "Uncle San," because of his tall, erect stature. The Company H that saw service in the Spanish-American war was organized in the late eighties. In 1893 William Abel succeeded to the command of the company and when war was declared against Spain in April, 1898, company H was summoned to service with the rest of the units of the guard in Wiscons (sic) and mobilized at Camp Harvey, Milwuakee. The company was recruited in to 84 men and on May 12, 1898, they were mustered into the service of the United States for a term of two years. Off For War The company then proceeded to Camp Thomas at Chickamauga where they remained for two months and on July 5 proceeded to Charleston, S.C. July 14 Captain Abel was taken ill and when the unit sailed July 20 for Porto Rico Lieut. Knudson was in command of the company with Lieut. August F. Stahl next in command. The sergeants were Henry Kliner, Emil Stahl, James Chadek, Frank Rosinsky, Frank Mulvaney and Charles Richards and the Corporals-Charles M. Krumm, Jos. Hruby, Theo. Mahnke, Albert C. Stahl, Gustave Torrison, Charles Fiedl, John M. Taylor, K.E. Ellingboe, Joe Nyhan, Benj. Krause, Fred Althen and Henry R. O'Donnell. On July 27 the boys disembarded at Ponce, Porto Rico. They did duty there for several weeks, and although within sound of firing, never were in actual combat. In September the company, with other units, embarked for the United States and landed at Jersey City on September 15. They were transported by rail and arrived in Manitowoc three days later. Two months furlough was granted the members of the command and on November 16, 1898 Company H was mustered out of the service of the United States. Reorganization Steps were at once taken to reorganize the company in the Wisconsin National guard, the company retained the title of Company H, Second Regiment Wisconsin National guard and Norman A. Knudson, who had led the old company through the Porto Rican campign became its first captain. He was succeeded by Charles M. Krumm and later by Richard Buerstatte, and still later by Walter Abel, son of Captain Wm. Abl. Four members of the war company died in the period that the company was in the service of the government. They were Herbert Colville and Fred Engel, who died in a Charleston hospital; Wm. Hayne, who died at sea, and Fred C. Schwalbe, who died in a Chickamougua hospital. To many old time citizens of Manitowoc, the picture shown above will recall memories of 32 years ago, and the thrill of the day when "the boys" came back. Manitowoc Herald News, Friday, January 31, 1930 P. 3 (NOTE: ALL THE RANKS HAVE BEEN SPLIT INTO THE A-L AND M-Z PAGES COMPANY H, 2nd Regt. MANITOWOC Captain - William Abel First Lieutenant - Alfred N. Knudson First Sergeant - Henry Kliner Sergeant - James Chadek Corporals: Althen, Fred M. Ellingboe, Knudt E. Friedl, Charles G. Hruby, Joseph Krause, Benjamin Krumm, Charles M. Musician - Frederick W. Block Privates: Allen, Irvin Allen, Theodore Allen, William Amann, George B. Anderson, Nils J. Ball, William C. Beck, Edward Berndt, Albert C. Bonn, William E. Bonnin, Frank D. Buenger, Charles Byram, Charles C. Cegelski, Stephen/Wisconsin/Private Co. K 1/Reg. Wis. Inf./Spanish American War/ Sept. 2, 1880/March 27, 1961 Christensen, Andrew Churney, Logic Danielson, Ole Discher, Herman F. Dickey, Jay A. - 1876-1951 - buried in Evergreen Douglas, John H. - 1882 - 1954 - buried in Evergreen Dueno, George End, Joseph W. Fleischer, Henry C. Fox, George - 1878-1964 - buried in Evergreen Friedl, John Frisch, Henry Funck, Henry J. Georgenson, Martin Golembiewski, William Grall, William C. Grosstueck, Walter Grunn, John Guhin, Patrick H. Hackett, Albert Harris, William C. Haseloff, Fred Hayn, William (G.A.R. hand written card: Mustered in as William Hayn, mustered out William Heyn, Co. H. 2nd rgt., born Manitowoc.) Haynes, Wesley Heingarten, Charles L.B. Hempton, James A. Herzog, Daniel W. Jackett, Anton Kadletz, Frank Kawalle, Emil Kennedy, Thomas J. Klein, Henry A. Klenke, William H. Klotz, Charles Knop, Gustav L. Koeppe, Frank E. Kohler, Carl J. Ladenberger, Wileg Levenhagen, Walter Liebert, Fred J. DEATHS: Priv. Herbert C. Coville of Oconomowoc, aged 20 years, died at Charleston, S.C., July 19, 1898, of typhoid fever. Buried at Oconomowoc. Priv. Fred Engel of Manitowoc, aged 23 years, died at Charleston, S.C., Aug. 1, 1898, of typhoid fever. Buried at Manitowoc. Priv. William Heyn of Manitowoc, aged 29 years, died on board hospital ship Lampasas, July 28, 1898, of typhoid fever. Buried at sea.