Flowers For Soldier Dead
Army Post Corps Visit Cemeteries and Bedeck the Graves
Services at Hanscom
Park Attended by Crowds of Friends of the Veterans
Participated In by Webster Zouaves and High School Cadets—Stirring Oration by
Attorney T. J, Mahoney
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.
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.
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.
roll of dead of local posts Grand Army men has been augmented by thirteen since
last Memorial Day, it comprises:
Steel, Company K, First Nebraska Infantry,
died January 2
O. Hawes, Company F., Fourteenth Kentucky Infantry, died May 3
H. Day, Company B, Second
Colorado Infantry, died August 21
Kimmel, Company K, Tenth Missouri Infantry, died July 14
L. Boyd. Company G, Twenty-first Pennsylvania
Cavalry, died Novemher 23
Garner, Company B, Second West Virginia Cavalry, died December 1
C. Betts, Company K, Forty-seventh Wisconsin Infantry, died April 21
A. MacMurphy, First New York Mounted Rifles, died March 14
S. Kennedy, Company H., One Hundred and Ninth Colored Infantry, died October 13
E. Weir (colored), died May 27
G. Perkins, died May 27
G. Colllns, Company B, Fourth Illinois
Infantry, Fourth Illinois Cavalry, died
James K. Morris, Company
G, Eleventh Ohio Infantry
reported by the Nebraska
Commandery of the military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States since
last Memorial day are:
Major General Nathan Kimball, Ogden, Utah
General Milton Montgomery, Lincoln
A. S. Paddock, Beatrice
Colonel Rollin M. Strong, Omaha
Brigadier General W, W. Lowe, Omaha
John S, Carson, Lincoln
graves of the departed members of the Emmet Monument Association were decorated
the morning at the various cemeteries by a committee composed of:
departed members now number twenty-seven buried as follows:
Woodmen of the World and Bohemian Turners held joint memorial services at the
where the graves of:
strewn with flowers.
Camp, Martha Grove and Woodmen
Circle unveiled a monument over the graves
of two members.
a parade addresses were made by John T. Yates and S. A. Branek.
Memorial Day Parade started promptly from Seventeenth and Farnam Streets, under
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:
of police under command of Sergeant Whalen
Wilcox and Dr. Stone, Marshals
Ward Military Band, twenty-seven pieces, George Green, leader.
School Cadets, four companies strong, under command of Lieutenant Campbell,
U.S.A., as acting Major.
Zouaves, Captain G. W. Sues
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
Twenty-ninth and Woolworth, the escorting procession picked up the Grand Army
S. Grant Post, under command of S. T. Josselyn
A. Custer Post, under command of E. W. Johnson
Crook Post, under command of Major J. B. Furay
procession then entered Hanscom
Park for the ritual
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
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
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,"
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.
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
Mackay pronounced the benediction, after which hundreds of voices joined in
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.
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
Day, and the motives by which it was inspired.
He said the present war with
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.
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.
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.
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.
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