Veterans of the Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War lasted briefly from April to August of 1898 over Cuba. The outcome of the war was that the United States got Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands.

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.
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



Second Lieutenant - August F. Stahl

Quartermaster Sergeant - Emil Stahl
Sergeant - Frank Rosinsky
Sergeant - Frank M. Mulvaney
Sergeant - Charles J. Richards

Mahnke, Theodore
Nyhan, Joseph E.
O'Connell, Henry R.
Stahl, Albert C.
Taylor, John M.
Tronson, Gustav

Artificer - Nicholas Ording
Wagoner - Charles H. Schumacher
Musician - Adolph Petska

McClenan, John
McDonald, Perry
Mallman, Nicholas
Mechan, James
Murphy, James

Nelson, Oscar T.

Nicholson, Romulus E.
Pvt. 45 US Vol. Inf/Sp. Am War
d. July 12, 1942
Cemetery: Forest View, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, WI
Plot #: 14-1
Robert E. Nicholson 6?, of Manitowoc Rapids, died Sunday afternoon at the 
Veterans hospital at Wood, Wis. where he had been the past two and one half 
months. He had been in poor health the past five months.
Funeral services will be held in Two Rivers, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock 
from the Klein & Stangel, Inc. funeral home. Interment will be in Forest View 
Mr. Nicholson was born in Volin?, Mich.; on Sept 2?, 187?. He served in the 
Spanish American war. He followed the trade of ?????maker and came to Manitowoc 
to work in the shipyards during the last war.
In 1919 he married ??ez Thayer Robertson who died in 1929.
Survivors are three sons, Robert, George and Eugene at home; three daughters, 
Juanita at home, Audrey of Manitowoc and Mrs. Edward ??t?y of Oconto Falls; one 
stepson, Sgt. Alfred Robertson, with the American forces in Australia and two 
He was a member of the Manitowoc Odd Fellows Lodge.
The body may be viewed at the funeral home until the time of the services 
Manitowoc Herald Times, Monday, July 13, 1942 P. 2

Orth, George

Paegelow, Fred
Pearson, Claud
Peppard, Thomas

Pilon, Joseph D.
Pvt. 2 Wis Inf/Sp. Am War
Jan. 20, 1878/June 5, 1949
Cemetery: Calvary, Two Rivers, WI
Joseph D. Pilon, 71, former county board member and last survivor of the Spanish-
American war veterans in Two Rivers, died Sunday at his home 1111 Harbor street, 
in Two Rivers.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke Catholic church in 
Two Rivers with burial in Calvary cemetery there.
He was born in Two Rivers in 1878, the son of the late Capt. and Mrs. Oliver Pilon. 
When a young man he engaged in commercial fishing at Two Rivers with his brother and 
later joined the coast guard.
In 1898 he enlisted in Company H of the Second Wisconsin infantry in Manitowoc, and 
saw service in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American war. In 1902 he married Miss 
Anna Wallo. He joined the police department as a patrolman and in 1907 became a mail 
When the United States entered the first World War, Mr. Pilon left his post office 
job and became employed at the Aluminum Goods Manufacturing company, remaining there 
through the war, after which he left that firm and took employment at the Hamilton 
Manufacturing company. He retired from his job there when he was 53 years old because 
of ill health.
In the late twenties, Mr. Pilon was elected to the county board of supervisors, repre-
senting the first ward, Two Rivers. He served one term at that time and in 1947 was 
elected again to the county board. His term, which he was not able to complete because 
of ill health, ended in April. At that time a nephew, George Pilon, was elected to 
succeed him on the county board.
Mr. Pilon was a long-time member of Camp Lawton United Spanich War Veterans, Manitowoc, 
serving in various official capacities during his membership.
Surviving are his wife; three sons, Elmer of Two Rivers, Oliver of Cleveland, Ohio, and 
Raymond of Castroville, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Edgar Schultz of Two Rivers; a brother, 
Wilbur of Everett, Wash., and a sister, Mrs. Chris Anderson of Seattle, Wash. Also 
surviving are three grandchildren.
The body may be viewed at the Klein and Stangel Inc., funeral home, Two Rivers, where 
the rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Manitowoc Herald Times, Monday, June 6, 1949 P.2

Ratsack, George
Rauber, John F.
Rosinsky, Henry H.
Rudebeck, Adolph
Rudie, Holsten G.

Scherer, Edward
Schmidt, Otto
Schneider, Bernheart

Shaw,Clyde H. 
Pvt. Troop B, 1st Reg. Cavalry/Sp. Am. War
May 27, 1883-July 12, 1965
Cemetery:  Evergreen, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Clyde H. Shaw, 82, of St. Mary Home, Manitowoc, died Monday at Holy Family 
Hospital, Manitowoc, after a two weeks’ illness.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. James Episcopal Church, 
Manitowoc, the Rev. Richard J. Brown of St. Peter Episcopal Church, Sheboygan 
Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery with graveside rites 
by Drews-Bleser Americn Legion Post 88.
Mr. Shaw was born May 27, 1883, at Black Creek, Outagamie County, son of the 
late John and Hattie Van Scotten Shaw. April 26, 1907, he married Harriet 
Babcock at St. Paul, Minn., and the couple observed its golden wedding anniv-
ersary in 1957. The couple lived at Stillwater and Minneapolis before moving 
to Manitowoc in 1918. Mr. Shaw was bridge tender for the Soo Line Railroad 
until 1953 when he retired. His wife him in death in 1959. 
He enlisted as a private in Troop B, First Regimental Cavalry, Jan. 17, 1902, 
and served the Philippines and saw service in Taal, Batangas Province and 
Lyngayan Province, and was discharged from military service Jan. 16, 1905, at 
Fort Clark, Texas.
He was affiliated with the H. W. Lawton Camp of the Spanish American War Veterans, 
serving as adjutant of the camp for many years and served as commander of the 
state Spanish-American War organization during 1961-62. 
He was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of 
Surviving are three sons, Donald and Malcolm of Manitowoc, and Clyde Jr., of Fond 
Du Lac: four daughters, Mrs. William (Phyllis) Tadych, of Fond du Lac, Mrs. George 
(Marion) Wagner and Mrs. Reinhold (Ruth) Wagner and Mr. Lester (Barbara) Block, 
of Manitowoc; a half-sister, Miss Melba Shaw, of Milwaukee; 20 grandchildren and 
27 great grandchildren. A son and daughter also preceded him in death.
Friends may call at Urbanek and Schlei Funeral Home, Manitowoc, after 3 p.m. 
Wednesday until 10:30 a.m. Thursday and then at the church. Odd Fellows memorial 
services will be conducted at 730 p.m. Wednesday.
Manitowoc Herald Times, July 13, 1965  P.3
[d. 07-12-1965/age 82 yrs.]

Shimek, Louis, Jr.

Simmet, Louis
June 24, 1875-May 7, 1961
Cemetery:  Evergreen, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Louis Simmet, 85, one of the four remaining Manitowoc County veterans of the 
Spanish American War, died Sunday morning at Park Lawn Home. He formerly 
resided at 315 S. 19th St., had resided a year at Shady Lane Home and was 
transferred to Park Lawn Home a week ago.
Funeral services for Mr. Simmet will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pfeffer Funeral 
Home, Manitowoc. The Rev. Donald Olson will officiate and burial will be in 
Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Simmet was born in Austria June 24, 1875, son of the late George and Theresa 
Wasalak Simmet. He came to the United States when 15, settling in Manitowoc 
County. He married Ida Jackson in June of 1900. She died in 1926, and in May of 
1929 he married Mrs. Anna Trochlell. She died in August of 1948.
Mr. Simmet, in his early manhood, was engaged as a cigar maker. He had been 
employed by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Inc., and Mirro Aluminum Co., retiring from 
the latter industrial firm in 1930.
One of the organizers of Manitowoc Marine Band, Mr. Simmet remained with the 
group for 40 years. As a Spanish American War veteran, he volunteered for 
service April 28, 1898, and served with the Second Infantry Band of Company H. 
He also served in the Puerto Rican campaign and was a member of Camp Lawton Post.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edwin Johnsrud, and a stepdaughter, Miss Violet 
Trochlell, of Manitowoc; a brother, Joseph, of Park Falls, Wis.; three sisters, 
Mrs. John Esterl, of Park Falls, Mrs. Fred Gohrman, of Marshfield, Wis., and 
Mrs. Max Multerer, of New Plymouth, Idaho; two grandchildren and two great 
Friends may call at the funeral home. Graveside military rites will be Drews-
Bleser Post, American Legion.
Manitowoc Herald Times, May 8, 1961  P.13

Skalivoda, John
Smith, Claude
Steffen, Arthur F.
Steffen, William

Walsh, James C.
Walsworth, George
White, Charles
Wigen, Edward
Woerfel, Arthur
Woerfel, Hubert F.

Ziarnik, Joseph

Priv. Fred C. Schwalbe of Collins, Manitowoc county, aged 26
years, died at Chickamauga, July 27, 1898, of typhoid fever.
Buried at Collins.