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1891 NE-KS Interstate GAR Reunion

from the Red Cloud Chief, 18 Sept 1891
from the
Red Cloud Chief, 25 Sept 1891

Roster of attendence from the McCook Times, 23 Oct 1891
Thanks to NSGS Ancestree, Angela Fitzgibbons and Bob Ray.



A Glorious Time and a Big Crowd Present.


     The attendance at Camp Sheridan this week has been good, although not as large as expected by some, but larger than was looked for by others. Compared with other reunions of the kind it was fully up to the average, to say the least, and many think the attendence was much larger than the average. Much disappointment has been expressed on account of the failure of many prominent speakers who were billed for the occasion, and there is a faint suspicion on the part of some that the bill of fare, so to speak, was gotten up to insure a large attendance of visitors, without any expectation on the part of the committee that it would be fulfilled. However quite a number of those who promised to be present failed to put in an appearance and other speakers had to be arranged for, causing much vexation on the part of the management. But not withstanding these little drawbacks, it will be conceded by all, the Nebraska and Kansas interstate reunion was a success and will reflect credit for the citizens of Red Cloud, and the committee that spared no pains to make the occasion one of the best of the kind ever held in southern Nebraska. Up to Thursday evening nearly four hundred of the old soldiers had registered, Iowa taking the lead with 114, followed by Illinois 95, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin coming next in the order named. A noticeable feature so far has been the good order that has prevailed and the almost total absence of men under the influence of liquor, making the presence of a police force almost unnecessary. No doubt however, the prevailing good order has been largely due to the presence and vigilance of those on the police duty, and much credit is due them for their services on the camp ground and in the city. Another noticable feature during the nights of the reunion was the comparative good order and quiet throughout the camp after the close of the campfire.

     Joe has found his mule and kept him at home, or the said venerable and illustrious mule is dead, which may account for his conspicuous absence at this reunion. Let him R. I. P. which means "rest in peace," or words to that effect.

     Of the five hundred soldiers who registered their names, 126 enlisted in Iowa, 96 in Illinois, 85 in Ohio, 52 in Indiana, all others states about 140.

     In the Band contest for prizes the Daisy Stroddard band took first prize, Superior Cornet Band, second. Of martial bands, Bottom's martial band of Ruskin Nuckolls county, took first prize, and the Red Cloud drumcorps second.

     We have no criticism to make on the above awards, for the contest was well contested, but many who witnessed it think the Superior band was entitled to the first prize. In addition to the bands above mentioned the small band composed of Stephen Gangbin and five sons, of Cowles, deserve special mention. THE CHIEF join with the citizens of Red Cloud, in expressing their thanks to all these bands, and hope they will favor us with their presence and music on future occasions.

     Camp Sheridan is perhaps second to none in the advantages and conveniences it affords for a successful reunion, being situated adjacent to the city on the west and within easy reach of the B. & M. Depot on the south, and street railway to the camp from both city and depot.

     The entrance to the grounds is through a large and tastefully decorated archway with "WELCOME" on a banner overhead and a great profusion of samples of agricultural products on either side.

     This camp is regularly laid off and covered with commodious and comfortable tents, and has an abundant supply of the best and purest water furnished from wells conveniently located by the committee for that purpose.

     Too much credit cannot be given to the committee of arrnagements for the thorough and completeness with which they performed their difficult duties, everything being done with a view to the comfort and convenience of those who attend. While there were on the grounds the vaious stands for profit and amusements, no fakirs were allowed, and nothing seriously objectionable in the way of sport was to be seen.

     The afternoon was Friday was given up to the ladies of the W. R. C. who deserve special and favorable mention for the variety of their exercises, and the satisfactory manner in which they were rendered. The want of time forbids our giving such a report of their proceedings and exercises as they justly merit, but we will mention at random a few of the many things that deserve a more extended notice.

    The music by the Miss Josie Igou club, was just what the citizens of Red Cloud expected, very fine.

     Addresses were given by Mrs. M. R. Wickens, national senior vice president Mrs. Clara Junkermann of Kansas, Mrs. Kate McMakin of Nebraska, and others, all of which were entertaining and instructive, and the recitations by a "Soldier's daughter" as published in the program, was given very effectively by Miss Nellie West of Red Cloud.

     The campfire in the evening was interrupted by fears of a storm which seemed to be gathering in the west, but which, fortunately, did not materialize.

    Thus closed one of the most pleasant and successful reunions ever held in this district, and second to none we have ever attended.

     We have heard none speak of it except in terms of praise, and THE CHIEF feels warranted in pronouncing it a success.

     The parade Thursday afternoon was quite imposing. It was started from the camp grounds, came north on Seward, east on 5th avenue, north on Webster where the procession was received by Gens. Bowen, Teeter and others and then marched back to the grounds.

     Although many of the prominent speakers who had been billed to speak at the reunion failed to get here, there were present a good array of public speakers, of whom Hon. A. S. Paddock, Paul Vandevoert , and Capt. C. R. Adams of Superior made the principal speeches, the latter named gentleman, according to the remarks we have heard having delivered the most polished address of the series.

     Among the campfire celebreties (sic), the irrepressible Sergeant Cole, from the "State of Franklin" was on hand with his usual amount of fun and humor and actually told a few campfire stories that many of his hearers had never heard before - or hardly ever.


  Word received this week from Pennsylvania announces the death of Miss Beulah Strohm, daugher of Mrs. W. H. Strohm of this city. She died very suddenly while en route home to Red Cloud. Her many friends have the sympathy of the people of this city.

  Mr. P. W. Shea, traveling salesman for the Kennard grocery company, has moved back to Red Cloud, and is located in the Garber dwelling on south Steward street. We are plased to hear of his return to the city.



  Go to Deyo for machine oil.

  Go to Deyo for school supplies.

  Will Gross was in Red Cloud, this week.

  Gospel Hymns No. 6 for sale at Cottings.

  Mrs. J. H. Ferman was in the city this week.

  Deyo will sell you wall paper cheaper than ever this fall.

  Mr. Alyea was attending the state lair last week.

  Cotting is the leader in tablets and other school supplies.

  THE CHIEF is delayed this week on account of the reunion.

  Miss Mattie Croxton of Guide Rock, was in the city this week.

  The street car line and hacks did a good business this week..

   A Republican league was organized in Garfield township this week.

  Jas. McClintoc called this week and squared for the G. F. W. thanks.

  A. H. Carpenter adds his name to the Great Family Weekly.

  J. L. Miller the harness man has a full line of rubber and leather belting. C him.

  H. S. Holcomb and mother left this week for Godfrey, Oklahoma, for a short visit.

  Rev. Walker of Burr Oak, was sleeping on a plank at J. H. Smith's this week.

Joseph Noble and F. M. Beach add their names to the Great Family Weekly this week. Thanks.

  There will be the usual services at Congregational church next Sunday with preaching by the Pastor.

   J. E. Kelly, register of the land office at Bloomington, was treading on Red Cloud soil this week.

   Mr. Walters an old friend of C. B. Crone's was in the city this week. It had been 14 years since they met.

  Judge Byrun and Editor Crane of Bloomington invaded our sanctum this week. They were taking in the reunion.

   Remember that Cozad & Co., will not be undersold on furniture, carpets, wall paper &c. at Taylor's old stand.

   Call on T. E. Penman for fine jewelry watches and clocks, silverware, specs, etc. Cotting's drug store.

J. B. McGrew, cashier of the state bank at Franklin, and J. S. Ray postmaster at Naponee, was in the city this week.

   Another carload of furniture just arrived at Cozad & Co's. See them for low prices they will surprise you on Chamber Suits.

  B. F. Boynton, wife and daughter, of Rock Falls, Illinois, were in the city this week. Mr. B. owns a farm in this county.

   We hear it remarked by many from home and abroad that the present reunion is the best they have ever seen at any time or place.

   Go to T. E. Penman for fine watch clock and jewelry repairing. Artistic letter and monogram engraving. Cotting's drug store.

   W. C. Schenck, of Denver, Col., accompanied by his better half is visiting this week with his parents in this city, and attending the reunion.

   After years of experience we make the intelligent care of the dead a speciality and are prepared to attend all calls in the city or country. - F. V. Taylor, funeral director.

   Mrs. Clara Junkermann, department president of Kansas, addressed the W. R. C. ladies on Friday. Also Mrs. Wheeler, department inspecting and instituting officers and several others.

  Geo. Ducker of Joliet, Ill., one of the most thorough dry goods men in the west, was in Red Cloud this week, looking after his Red Cloud business. We are always pleased to see our Illinois friends.

  Judge Gaslin, says of Beale, the independent candidate for district judge "that he has not enough sense to practice before any court." Do the people want such material in such an important place.

A. Calmus has opened a bakery and restaurant in the room just north of Murray's fair store. His son Charley, who by the way, is one of the very best bakers, will do his baking. THE CHIEF wishes them a hearty support, to which they are entitled.

  F. V. Taylor never has charged anything for attending funerals. He carries the largest stock and guarentees satisfaction. Remember he will duplicate any price offered by others, on undertaking goods.


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1891 NE-KS Interstate GAR Reunion

from the Red Cloud Chief, 25 Sept 1891

Inter-State Reunion.

     It will not be over-stating the matter in the least to say that the inter-state reunion held in Red Cloud last week was a success. Good will and harmony prevailed throughout, and a general good time and a hearty and endearing fellowship obtained among the veterans and their friends, with nothing to break their felicity of intercourse nor mar the success of the varied and entertaining program. The reunion committee to whom the success of the encampment is largely due, is deserving of great credit, and commander J. L. Miller and adjutant Chas. Wiener deserve special mention for the efficiency with which their respective duties were peformed (sic). It was the verdict of many soldiers that Camp Phil Sheridan was the best appointed camp for a reunion they had ever visited. Certainly with its four or five hundred tents, immense pavillion pleasure hall, booths and other conveniences, electric lights, and street railway, and a level virgin sod for a floor, and its nearness to the business center of the city, with furnished fuel and feed, and with the weather cut and dried for the occasion, it presented attractions that elicited favorble comments from the thousands in attendance.

     As the realities of the war are gradually receeding (sic) in the vista of the past and victorious ranks of the boys in blue are being daily thinned by the ravages of time, these gatherings are gaining a standing and character commensurate with the memories they revive, and the deeds they eulogize. It will be impossible for us to give even a synopsis of the various programs or the names of the many who participated therein, but must confine our report to salient features only. The principal speakers were Senator A. S. Paddock, Congressman W. A. McKeighan, Paul Vandervcort and Capt. C. E. Adams, of Superior. Among the participatns and camp fire orators from abroad were Gen. A. H. Bowen and Gen. Dilworth of Hastings, Colonel Gage of Franklin, who presided so acceptabley over all meetings in the pavillion. Dept . Com. Jos. Teeter, Col. O. H. Couter of Topeka, and Capt. Church, of Kansas, Sen. Vice-Com, of this reunion. The parts undertaken by the Women's Relief Corps of this city were material to the success of the reunion. "The Tennessee Scout" produced four evenings in the opera hall, was under the auspices of the S. of V. and lead by Capt. Dobbs of Garnet, Kansas, supported by an able corps of home actors. The music for the occasion was furnished principally by the Superior cornet band, the Daisy Stoddard band, Bottom's martial band, and Cozad's Red Cloud drum Corps, each of which will be more fully noticed in connections with the band contest. Vocal music was furnished by the Josie Igou club and individual singers from home and abroad. The Gangbin band of Cowles, consisting of father and five sons, the youngest being only ten years of age, enlivened many an interim of waiting with their lively strains. The grand parade, Thurdays was participated in by all the dignitaries and organizations of the reunion and the city, including the Red Cloud fire department in uniform, and citizens in teams and a foot.

     The Program for Friday afaternoon was ably carried out by the officers and members of the W. R. C.

     The livelist (sic) entertainment, however, was furnished by the band contests Friday morning. First came the Daisy Stoddard Band of Republican City, consisting of eight memebers, three girls and five boys. One-half the members belonging to the Stoddard family, two girls Mirtie and Daisy, and two boys Bode and Ralph. Ethel and Budd Gillespie, Fred Hunt, Tuba & C. H. Dorty, bass drummer, comprise the list.

     Their first selection was the "Dream of Peace" by Ripley, and their second alternating with the Superior Cornet Band, was "Facination" Baritone solo by Barnhouse, the solo being carried by the leader. Both selections were rendered in faultless time and with beautiful expression, and with the ease and vigor and confidence characteristic of this band.

     The Superior cornet band followed. This band consists of twelve members in uniform, with F. A. Scherinzer leaders, and Harry Graves, Henry Vollbehr, C. Stevenson, H. C. Volts, C. B. Edenfield, John Hopper, Chas. Pasons, Walt Eastman, Walter Stevenson, Will Foster and R. G. Wright members. Their first selection was the "Helena Waltzes," by Pettee and the second the "Kanawah Overture," by Barnhouse. The Superior boys presented a fine appearance and were expert in marching. Their first formation, an ellipse, made against the ...? by placing part of their number with backs to the audience. By crowding the platform, their second formation was semicircular and perfect.

      The Daisy Band received the heartiest applause and finally the award of first prize from the judges. Next came the Martial Band Contest, each band to render three selections in succession.

    First came Bottom's martial band of Ruskin, consisting of five members in uniform with John Bottom leader and his two brothers and nephew F. N. Bottom, R. C. Bottom, N. E. Bottom and L. E. Speace members. The father Mr. J. C. Bottom is their color bearer. Their selections were the "Whipporwill," "Pretty Maid," and "British Quickstep" rendered in artistic style and all parts in perfect harmony, the fifeing being exceptionally fine.

     Lastly came the Red Cloud drum corps of eight members, with L. A. Haskins leader, and six brothers and a nephew members as follows: William, Harry, David, Charley, Simeon and Arthur Cozad and Henry Cozad Jr. Their selections were, "The Picnic," "Our Girls are Larsie (?) Yet" and "Yankee Doodle" with change of time. Their playing was fine throughout and their drumming was superlatively so, and in the last selection so much enthusiasm and skill were displayed that the audience was carried by storm. However a few points were scored against them by the judges, out side of the music proper and Bottom's Martial Band was awarded the first pirze (sic). Bottom's Band also took the first prize in this reunion held in Superior, last year. Henry Cozad Sr., the father of the Cozad boys, took first premium as Tenor drummer in Chicago in 1861. After short exercises Friday evening the encampment broke up and thus ended the third annual reunion.


   From a clipping from a Denver paper, we learn that Albert Robinson, a brother of C. D. Robinson cashier of the Blue Hill bank, was shot and killed while playing a social game of cards at Denver this week. He was a married man, 29 years old, but has no children. His father and mother live in Hastings, Nebraska, and a brother, C. D. Robinson, is cashier of a bank at Blue Hill, Neb. A coroner's inquest will be held at 10 o'clock this morning and the funeral will probably occur Wednesday. Howells, Bowles and Hayden were taken into custody, but were released on bond of $300 each.


   In our last issue we omitted to state that the citizens committee of the reunion did their work well. We also stated that "there was a faint suspicion in the minds of some, that the committee had placed names on the program of parties who were not expected to be present" this was an unintended thrust, as all who had been advertised promised to be present. If the statement should go uncorrected it would be a manifest injustice to the committee who worked diligently for the success of the reunion.


   The Webster county fair promises to be the best ever held in Webster county. President Alyea, informs us that the prospect is good for a rousing good time. Every indication points to a large diplay of home grown products, while the stock department it is said will be replete with many fine herds. The speed program will be worth your time to come and see. Do your level best and show your loyalty to your country, by supporting and aiding the fair.


   On last Sabbath afternoon, Mr. Harry Conover was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Mary Earner, a very estimable young lady of this city. Quite a large number of friends were present at the cermony (sic). And at 6 p.m. the happy young couple departed for McCook, their future home. THE CHIEF extend its congratulations.


   Mr. John Gilbert arrived Tuesday, with his household goods and stock. He has a car of very fine horses. He has purchased 80 acres of the Burtis farm and will make Red Cloud his future home. He comes from Saline county. THE CHIEF welcomes him to this county.


   Mrs. A. G. Willis and Mrs. G. W. Lindsey have arrived home from Hot Springs, Dakota, where they have been visiting for a few weeks.


   Frank P. Hadley has accepted a position on the B. & M. Frank is a number one young man and a hard worker.


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