In 1872 the family located near Ord, Nebraska, where Mr. Babcock's father was engaged in partnership with Peter F. Mortensen in the real estate business, and who also served as Mr. Mortensen's deputy in the State Treasurer's office. Everett C. received a common and high school education and attended Alfred University for one year. He prepared himself for his profession as an accountant in a business college, and was employed by the Union Fire Insurance Company of Lincoln as chief bookkeeper prior to his appointment as Deputy State Treasurer.
ERNEST H. PHELPS, Major of the Second Regiment of the Nebraska National Guard and chief clerk in the Adjutant General's office at Lincoln, was born on a farm at Wataga, Illinois, son of A. N. Phelps. His ancestors emigrated from England to America in 1630. Mr. Phelps received a common school education and by vocation is a railway agent and lumber dealer. He is a member of the republican party and in official capacity has served as City Clerk and as a member and secretary of the Board of Education. His residence is Schuyler, Nebraska.
THE NEBRASKA NATIONAL GUARD.
The Nebraska Guard is made up of about 116 officers and 1,968 soldiers. Since its organization in 1881, the guard has annually gone into camp for military training during a period of six to ten days. The Guard is supported by an average appropriation of $33,250.00 every other year. In 1887 the Second Regiment and the Milford Cavalry troop were formed, while a little later the guard was organized into a brigade for future existence. The embryo of what is now the Nebraska National Guard was made up of the pioneer companies, which served as a protection against the Indians in the early seventies. Those who have served as Adjutant General are: S. J. Alexander, 1879; E. P. Roggen, 1883; John C. Bonnell, 1885; C. N. Baird, 1886; A. V. Cole, 1887: Victor Vifquain, 1891; J. D. Gage, 1893; P. H. Barry, 1895; J. N. Kilian, 1901; L. W. Colby, 1901; J. H. Culver, 1903. The Commanders of the Brigade since its organization have been: Brigadier General, L. W. Colby, 1887-1896; Brigadier General, C. J. Bills, 18961898; Brigadier General, P. H. Barry, 1901. Those who have been Commanders of the First Regiment are: Colonel, L. W. Colby, 1881-1887; Colonel, O. H. Phillips, 1887-1890; Colonel, J. P. Bratt, 1890-1898; Colonel, J. N. Kilian, 1900-1901; Colonel, H. L. Archer, 1901-1903; Colonel, V. C. Talbot, 1903; Colonel, J. A. Storch, 1904. The Second Regiment Commanders have been: Colonel, Franklin Sweet, 1887-1890; Colonel, C. J. Bills, 18901896; Colonel, Wm. Bischof, Jr., 1896-1898. Colonel, A. E. Campbell, 1889-1900; Colonel, Wm. Hayward, 1901-1903; Colonel, J. W. McDonnell, 1903. As late as 1891 the Nebraska National Guard was called out in full force to defend the northern state border line against the Sioux Indians, who were located at the South Dakota Pine Ridge Agency. After nearly two weeks service in the dead of winter they were released, the Indians having been subdued by United States troops. During the Spanish-American War the First, Second and Third regiments, together with a cavalry troop, were sent from this state. The First Regiment started for San Francisco and the Philippines, May 16, 1898, having been mustered into service six days previous at Lincoln. Of the 1,376 men enrolled, the regiment had lost sixty-four men at the time it was mustered out at San Francisco, August 23, 1899. The Second Regiment were not called to the seat of war, but remained at Chickamauga Park, Georgia, during their service, which began on May 10, 1898 and ended October 24th of the same year. Twenty-seven men died of disease and accident. The Third Regiment left old Fort Omaha, where they were mustered in July 13, 1898, for Jacksonville, Florida, whence they sailed to Havana December 30, 1898. They were located at Havana until the next spring, when they returned to the United States, and were mustered out at Augusta, Georgia, May 11, 1899. Thirty of this regiment died of disease. The officers of the Nebraska regiments were as follows:
Colonel, John P. Bratt; Lieutenant Colonel, George P. Colton; Majors, John M. Stotsenberg, Harry B. Mulford, Fred A. Williams; Adjutant, Frank D. Eager; Quartermaster, Lincoln Wilson; Surgeon, Frank D. Snyder; First Assistant Surgeon, Charles L. Mullins; Second Assistant Surgeon, Robert P. Jensen; Chaplain James Mailley.
Colonel, Charles J. Bills; Lieutenant Colonel, Emil Olson; Majors, William S. Mapes, Ernest H. Tracy; Adjutant, Willard S. Harding; Quartermaster, Frank H. Myers; Surgeon, Maurice A. Hoover; First Assistant Surgeon, Michael A. Rebert; Second Assistant Surgeon, James G. Marron; Chaplain, Joseph G. Tate.
Colonel, William J. Bryan; Lieutenant Colonel, Victor Vifquain; Majors, John H. McClay, Conrad F. Scharrmann; Adjutant, First Lieutenant Chas. F. Beck; Quartermaster, First Lieutenant, Wm. F. Schwind; Surgeon, Major, Ole Grothan; First Assistant Surgeon, Ralph J. Irwin; Second Assistant Surgeon, Albert P. Fitzsimmons; Chaplain, Captain Lidward F. Jorden.
Present Officers, Nebraska National Guard.
The Governor's Staff: Jacob H. Culver, George E. Jenkins, Charles J. Bills, Carroll D. Evans, John A. Ehrhardt, Clarendon E. Adams, Clarence J. Miles, Jacob S. Dew, Samuel M. Melick, Joseph W. Thomas, Herbert P. Shumway, Charles W. Kaley, Joseph J. Langer, Leroy W. Garoutte.
First Infantry.--Field and Staff.
Joseph A. Storch, Colonel, Fullerton; Warren R. McLaughlin, Lieutenant Colonel, Beatrice; Charles M. Richards, Major, Omaha; George Lyon, jr., Major, Nelson; Fred Gegner, Major, Madison; George H. Holdeman, Captain, Adjutant, York; Arundle H. Hull, Captain, Quartermaster, Fremont; Otis E. Davis, Captain, Commissary, York; Frank S. Nicholson, Major, Surgeon, St. Paul; James B. Hungate, Captain, Assistant Surgeon, Weeping Water; Emile C. Underburg, First Lieutenant, Assistant Surgeon, Stanton. Non-commissioned staff: James H. Duncanson, Sergeant Major, South Omaha; John F. Steele, Quartermaster Sergeant, Geneva; Harry Pritchard, Chief Musician, Wisner.
Second Infantry.--Field and Staff.
John W. McDonnell, Colonel, Fairbury; Fred J. Bolshaw, Lieutenant Colonel, Lincoln; John C. Hartigan, Major, Fairbury; Oliver G. Osborne, Major, Omaha; Ernest H. Phelps, Major, Schuyler; H. Elton Clapp, Captain, Adjutant, Fairbury; Elwin E. Culver, Captain, Quartermaster, Sutton; Leonard E. Hurtz, Captain Commissary, Lincoln; Addison E. Knickerbocker, Captain, Chaplain, Nebraska City; Clifford W. Walden, Major, Surgeon, Beatrice. Non-commissioned staff: William C. Ramsey, Commissary Sergeant, Plattsmouth; George W. Gregg, Chief Musician, Osceola.
United States Military Posts In Nebraska.
National troops are stationed at three points in Nebraska: Fort Crook in the vicinity of Omaha; Fort Niobrara, near Valentine, and Fort Robinson, near Crawford. These forts are fitted out with all the modern appointments of a military post.
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