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Flowers For Soldier Dead



Grand Army Post Corps Visit Cemeteries and Bedeck the Graves of Comrades


Afternoon Services at Hanscom Park Attended by Crowds of Friends of the Veterans


Parade Participated In by Webster Zouaves and High School Cadets—Stirring Oration by Attorney T. J, Mahoney


The floral tributes of love in remembrance of the heroes of the late war who sleep in the cemeteries, from the various Grand Army of the Republic Posts and Women's Relief Corps and the Garfield Circle, were strewn upon the graves yesterday, after which the national salute was fired at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 10 o'clock.



About forty of the wives, sisters and mothers of the dead heroes, representing Garfield Circle No. 11, visited

Forest Lawn Cemetery, where the memorial services were conducted by Mrs. Clara Elliott, president, assisted by Mrs. Susan A. Anthony, Mrs. Gertie Hubbard and other officers and  members of the circle.


The unknown dead whose last resting place is the deep sea or some far away mound on the battle field were remembered with flowers and the, services at the grave selected to represent the un­marked graves were especially touching. Sacred and patriotic songs were sung by the gravesides.


The roll of dead of local posts Grand Army men has been augmented by thirteen since last Memorial Day, it comprises:


Custer Post:

James Steel,  Company K, First Nebraska Infantry, died January 2

P. O. Hawes, Company F., Fourteenth Kentucky Infantry, died May 3

James H. Day, Company B, Second Colorado Infantry, died August 21



Crook Post:

David. Kimmel, Company K, Tenth Missouri Infantry, died July 14

S. L.  Boyd. Company G, Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, died Novemher 23

Silas Garner, Company B, Second West Virginia Cavalry, died December 1

James C. Betts, Company K, Forty-seventh Wisconsin Infantry, died April 21

John A. MacMurphy, First New York Mounted Rifles, died March 14

George S. Kennedy, Company H., One Hundred and  Ninth Colored Infantry, died October 13

Frank E. Weir (colored), died May 27

Hezkiah G. Perkins, died May 27



Grant Post:

Charles G. Colllns, Company B, Fourth  Illinois Infantry,   Fourth Illinois Cavalry, died November 8

James K. Morris, Company  G,   Eleventh Ohio Infantry


The  deaths  reported by the  Nebraska Commandery of the military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States since last Memorial day are:


Brevet Major General Nathan Kimball, Ogden, Utah

Brigadier General Milton Montgomery, Lincoln

Senator A. S. Paddock, Beatrice

Lieutenant Colonel Rollin M. Strong, Omaha

Brevet Brigadier General W, W. Lowe, Omaha

Captain John S, Carson, Lincoln


The graves of the departed members of the Emmet Monument Association were decorated in the morning at the various cemeteries by a committee composed of:


T. F. O’Brien

Peter O’Malley

James Leary

Thomas Pallon

M. J. McMahan


The departed members now number twenty-seven buried as follows:


St. Marys:

John Sweeney

William McNarama

Patrick Hinchey

Patrick Foley

David Sweeney

Richard Norris



Holy Sepuichre:

Phillip Dowling

William Freeman

Robert Rickerty

Bernard McCaffery

Timothy Conway

Peter Murphy

John Kelley

Eugene Dowers

General George O’Brien

General John O’Neill

Partick Pendergrast

Michael Lavin

James O’Boyle

Henry Lucas

M. A. McNamara

Thomas Kennedy

Martin Kennedy

David Hagerty



Prospect Hill:

P. F. Murphy




Forest Lawn:

John Groves


The Woodmen of the World and Bohemian Turners held joint memorial services at the Bohemian Cemetery, where the graves of:


Vaclay Sip

Antonette Dolejs


Were strewn with flowers.


Columbus Camp, Martha Grove and Woodmen Circle unveiled a monument over the graves of two members. 


Following a parade addresses were made by John T. Yates and S. A. Branek.


The Memorial Day Parade started promptly from Seventeenth and Farnam Streets, under command of Major R. S. Wilcox, Marshal of the Day, assisted by Dr. R. M. Stone.  The order and membership of the parade as it started was this:


Platoon of police under command of Sergeant Whalen

Major Wilcox and Dr. Stone, Marshals

Seventh Ward Military Band, twenty-seven pieces, George Green, leader.

High School Cadets, four companies strong, under command of Lieutenant Campbell, U.S.A., as acting Major.

Webster Zouaves, Captain G. W. Sues

The procession moved to Woolworth Avenue, where it was joined by the Grand Army of the Republic and Sons of Veterans Camps, which had been holding services at the various cemeteries.

At Twenty-ninth and Woolworth, the escorting procession picked up the Grand Army Body, consisting of:

U. S. Grant Post, under command of S. T. Josselyn

George A. Custer Post, under command of E. W. Johnson

George Crook Post, under command of Major J. B. Furay


The procession then entered Hanscom Park for the ritual services.


The weather was perfect.  The sky was clear; the air was comfortably cool and invigorating, and hundreds of people thronged the part long previous to the arrival of the procession.


The High School Cadets and the Webster Zouaves formed a square at the grave of the unknown dead, where the members of the Grand Army of the Republic, the ladies of the Woman’s Relief Corps, and other bodies congregated, The Seventh Ward Military Band under the leadership of Prof. George Green played softly, “Nearer, My God To Thee”.


The Kountze Memorial Glee Club, under the direction of Prof. Lee G. Kratz, sang "Peaceful O, Heroes Sleep,"


The ladies of the Woman's Relief Corps, through Mesdames Hugh, Jeffcoat, Hull, Ogden, Potter, Henderson, Drake, Eastman, Walker and Snyder, performed the ritual service of the order, followed by the Grand Army of the Republic ritual service by J. B. Furay, commander, and Chaplain T. J. Mackay.


The children of the Woman's Relief Corps ladies then strewed the graves of the unknown dead with roses, and Joseph Hensman, chief trumpeter of General Lowe's staff, sounded taps.


Chaplain Mackay pronounced the benediction, after which hundreds of voices joined in singing “America.”


Marching to the speaker's stand, the band again played a patriotic air, and Lafayettte Anderson, chairman of the memorial committee, introduced T. J. Mahoney, orator of the day.


Mr. Mahoney was in splendid voice, and his words fell distinctly upon the ears of the vast multitude. He referred at the outset to the obliteration of the imaginary line between the two armies in the civil conflict, and spoke feelingly of the annual

Memorial Day, and the motives by which it was inspired.  He said the present war with Spain afforded an example of the patriotism of our people, and should the demand be made, old veterans of the civil war would be willing to go again.


Our Flag, the speaker said, had floated over a great deal of territory, and in the last few weeks its territory has been broadened.  Uncle Sam has had a good deal to do with making international law, and the Monroe Doctrine was not the last chapter.


The new chapter will read to  the effect that no European or other country will be allowed to maintain anything anywhere near Uncle Sam's territory which is offensive to the cause of human liberty.  That chapter may have to be written in blood, as the first part of it has already been written, but it will prevail.


At the conclusion of the speech, the speaker was heartily cheered, and was the recipient of a handsome nosegay by Mrs. Deakin, in behalf of the ladies of the Woman's Relief Corps, of the Crook post. Miss Gertrude Sawhill also presented Rev. Mackay with a  floral tribute.


General Manderson followed Mr. Mahoney with a few .cheering words, and was in turn followed by Mayor Moores, who responded briefly.


Omaha World Herald – May 31, 1898