Submitted by Bev Witmer, January 31, 2013
Journal”, Muscatine Iowa, Saturday September 12, 1903 pg 1
Hundreds of Soldiers are Coming
Monday the annual encampment of
the 54th Regiment occurs
Tented city on the outskirts of
Muscatine will be inhabited
Friday Area Big Day
A. B. Cummins will be present and review the troops
Photos of Col. H. H. Carghlan of Ottumwa, Commander and Capt. D. A.
Emery of Ottumwa,
Adjutant of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment, Iowa
Trouble Each Company in the Guard Has Been
Called on to Quell
Including Company C Roster of the Last Named
| Resplendent in gold lace, brass buttons and the
accoutrements of war a colonel, adjutant of the regiment, four
majors and other officers will take command of Camp J. B. Dougherty,
Fifty-fourth regiment, Iowa National Guard, next Monday morning
where the white tents of the regiment are being erected today on the
outskirts of the city to the northeast. As heretofore stated in the
Journal, the first company will arrive at 8:10 o’clock Monday
morning and a few hours later the entire regiment will have reached
this city, according to travel orders heretofore printed in this
newspaper as was the routine to be observed by the soldiers in the
daily camp life.
The climax to the encampment will come
Friday when Governor A. H. Cummins will review the troops. On this
day it is expected thousands of strangers will be in Muscatine,
arrangements having been made for a special rate on the Rock Island
|History of the Fifty-Fourth.
regiments of the state none stand higher than the fifty-fourth. When
at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war the guard regiments
throughout the country were ordered out, none answered the call with
more willingness nor more bravely started upon the long trip to
Jacksonville, Fla. where the regiment was assigned. The record of
the regiment in active service at the call of the state, aside from
the service rendered during the late war, is as follows:
|1879. Company A, Fairfield, Captain W. A. Daggett, ordered to guard
jail and protect prisoner threatened by mob.
1883. Company E,
Centerville, Captain J. T. Conner, ordered out to disperse mob and
protect railroad property.
1884. Company B, Davenport,
Captain E. I. Cameron; Company C, Muscatine, Captain F. Welker;
warned to be ready for duty, in anticipation of violence from
striking miners at What Cheer, Keokuk county.
E, Centerville, Captain J. T. Conner; ordered by sheriff of
Appanoose county to disperse mob organized to lynch prisoner.
1887, August 9. Company C, Muscatine, Captain C. F. Garlock;
ordered to oust proprietors of saloon, established contrary to
law, adjoining camp of first brigade.
Trouble at Muchakinock.
| During the trouble in May, 1894, when the
workmen from neighboring mines, who were on strike, concentrated at
Evans to force the white miners out, in order that the entire force
might unite in an attack on the colored miners at Muchakinock, the
governor was appealed to for assistance. The Evans miners refused to
go out and the strikers annoyed them as they passed to and from
their work. Adjutant General Prime went in person to the scene of
disorder, and by his cool judgment and decision averted what might
have been a bloody battle, for the colored miners would not have
hesitated to defend themselves. On May 30, 1894, General Prime
called out Companies A, H and F. of the third regiment. Under
command of Major Loper they were placed at Evans to protect the
working miners. Companies G and K of the fifty-fourth, then the
second regiment, were also called out, and were stationed at
Muchakinock. General Prime said if the miners at Evans and
Muchakinock wanted to work he would see they were not disturbed. He
was as good as his word. The appearance of the troops at once
restored order, not a gun was fired, and what, with less judicious
management, might have resulted in a deadly conflict, was settled
without bloodshed. In addition to the service rendered by the second
regiment to the state, every regiment of the Iowa National Guard has
at some time or other, since its organization been called out and
rendered efficient service on occasions similar to those in which
the second regiment was used.
|The coming of the encampment has brought to the front the
local company who will act as hosts during the next week. Below is
the entire roster of the company:
|Captain – Harry Kern.
Lieutenant – C. U. Frack.
Second Lieutenant – F. E. Norwood.
1st Sergeant – George Luckhardt.
Quartermaster Sergeant – Chas.
Sergeants – Drew Davidson, Homer Junkin, Albert Keonig,
Corporals – Edwin Stuart, Henry Ficken, Chas. Kulp,
Jack Kennifick, Alfred Wagner, Roy Brown.
Musicians – Wm. Tiecke,
Privates – Harry Asthalter, Fay Bennison, Fred Bast,
John Beard, Tom Brannon, E. H. Dreier, Henry F. Edson, V.
Fuller, C. J. Fifer, W. J. Fayle, I. J. Frack, George Howe, Earl S.
Hudler, Jas. B. Hill, Harry Holmes, J. A. Kennefick, Fred Kopp,
W. C. Kautz, Harry Kautz John Mamerer, Ben G. Lily, A. L.
Madden, Matthew Murran, Howard Parsons, C. W. Richards, A. W.
Schmidt, W. Scholten, J. Schumaker, M. Thompson, T.
Wiggim, A. Weidlein, A. Zueg.
|Requested to Decorate.
|Merchants are earnestly requested to decorate their
places of business with flags and bunting during the coming
week. A good royal welcome will be given the visiting
soldiers, and the help of the merchants is earnestly
desired. Considerable comment has been caused by the fact
that on Friday we will have as our guest the governor of
Iowa, who will review the troops with his staff in person.
It is desired that all business houses close the doors that
day and make it a holiday for all.