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COMPANY D
Source: NMHS Newsletter, May 1987, as excerpted from The Whistles of Our Forefathers by William E. Billings, 1950.

It was about midnight, Monday, April 25, 1898, that the Water Works whistle sent out a call that touched more homes than had ever been reached by a fire call.  That was when Company D of the Indiana National Guard was called into service for the Spanish-American War.  The call had been expected for several days, and arrangements were made that a long blast on the whistle should announce its arrival.  A little before midnight the call came, and John Colclesser, engineer, pulled the cord that set the signal going, bringing dread and sadness into several hundred homes about North Manchester.  Marked activity followed and early in the forenoon the company, under command of Captain B. F. Clemens, headed by the North Manchester band, marched to the Big Four station, there to take the train for Indianapolis.  On the following Thursday, The Journal said “fully eight thousand people were at the station to extend good wished and bid “fair”well to the war going soldiers.

 The Saturday evening before there had been a public meeting at the opera house to pledge unqualified support to the cause and to the Company.  Charles A. Sala called this meeting, but no speakers had been secured, so brief talks were made by John W. Winesburg, D. W. Krisher and Jerome Wellman.  On Sunday members of Company D acted as escort to the Grand Army of the Republic to the Lutheran Church.  Monday evening the ladies of the Woman’s Relief Corps served a grand supper, the appetites of the young soldiers having been whetted by a strenuous drill on Main Street.

 Fortune favored Company D, for fully loyal though its members were, they were not called to leave the United States.  In camp for some time as Company D of the 157th Indiana at St. Petersburg, Florida, the men were used to guard the water supply, a matter of considerable importance at that time.  Then one day the call came to “Board Ship,” but about the time the men were all aboard the Captain’s horse fell off the boat and the company was ordered to disembark.  Before the horse could be dried and another call issued, peace had been declared and the war was over.



Source: RECORD OF INDIANA VOLUNTEERS IN THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 1898-1899 (Indianapolis, 1900)
 
COMPANY D was organized at North Manchester, Wabash County, on July 28, 1897, and was assigned as Company D, 3d Infantry, Indiana National Guard. This listing for COMPANY D shows Name and Rank, Residence, Date of Enrollment 1898, Date of Mustering Out. Extracted and compiled by John Knarr.
 
Clemans, Benjamin F., Captain.               N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Dunbar, John T., First Lieutenant             N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Spurgeon, Chs. O., Second Lieutenant   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Steele, Roscoe, First Sergeant                 Liberty Mills                        Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Olinger, Charles H., Qtrmaster Sgt.          N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Holderman, Clement M., Sergeant          N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Clemans, Louis L., Sergeant                    N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Abbott, Dayton F., Sergeant                     N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Kester, Fern E., Sergeant                         N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Townsend, Harry E., Corporal                 N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Snideman, Clora J., Corporal                   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Bell, Oliver C., Corporal                          N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hite, Charles C., Corporal                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hidy, George E., Corporal                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Johnson, Charles J., Corporal                   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Sandoz, Fred H., Musician                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Oren, Eli, Musician                                   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Frazee, Ulysses G., Artificer                     N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Crill, Gussie L., Wagoner                         N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
--Mustered out as Private

Abbott, Albert A., Private                        N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Baer, William E., Private                          N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Biege, Winnie W., Private                        Rolling Prairie                     Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Blickenstaff, Leonard E. Private               N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Buckingham, Levi D., Private                   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Butterbaugh, James M., Private                Roann                                Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Butterbaugh, Samuel H., Private               Roann                                Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Calhoun, Zerah A., Private                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Coble, George W., Private                       Servia                                Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Coblentz, Herbert W., Private                  N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Cogan, Charles D., Private                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Cook, Marshall A., Private                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Cook, Floyd W., Private                          S. Whitley                          Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Clark, Wade, Private                                N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Doll, Charles F., Private                            S. Whitley                          Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Dunbar, Charles F., Private                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Enyeart, Abb, Private                                Liberty Mills                       Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Enyeart, Charles W., Private                      N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Ellwood, Clyde, Private                             N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Evans, William M., Private                         Muncie                             Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Fager, Oliver P., Private                             S. Whitley                        Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Fisher, William H., Private                          S. Whitley                        Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Flook, Edward, Private                              N. Manchester                 Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Forst, Charles F., Private                           S. Whitley                         Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Grossnickle, Melvin, Private                       N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Halderman, Charles J., Private                    Indianapolis                      Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hammon, Henry F., Private                        Bluffton                            Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Haupert, Christian P., Private                     Urbana                             Apr 26-Died Aug 27, 1898
Hayes, Orville S., Private                           S. Whitley                         Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hevel, Charley, Private                              Servia                                Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hesse, Frederick H., Private                      Roann                                Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hidy, Levi B., Private                                 N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hoff, John E., Private                                 N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Hower, Esta D., Private                             N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Johnson, Charley, Private                           S. Whitley                           Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Keller, Samuel M., Private                         Disko                                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Kerr, Ora O., Private                                 N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
King, Dory A., Private                                N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Kissenger, John R., Private                        Liberty Mills                       Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Koontz, Herbert L., Private                       Kinzie                                 Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Koontz, Lester A., Private                         Kinzie                                 Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Laven, Charles T., Private                          Muncie                                 Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Marshall, Eugene A., Private                      N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Middleton, Arthur H., Private                     Servia                                    Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Noftzger, Fred C., Private                          N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Ogden, Allen W., Private                            Laketon                                Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Overly, Macy, Private                                 Wabash                                Apr 26-Died July 29, 1898
Ray, Harvey M., Private                              N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Rantz, Otto M., Private                                Roann                                   Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Ramey, Thomas J., Private                           Urbana                                 Apr 26-
--Transferred to Co. I, June 29, 1898
Reelhorn, Elmer E., Private                          N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Riegle, Rolla R., Private                                S. Whitley                            Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Roush, Frank R., Private                               S. Whitley                            Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Sheller, Ernest L., Private                              N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Singer, Ernest J., Private                                Liberty Mills                        Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Smith, Howard F., Private                             Roann                                   Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Spacy, Orlan, Private                                     N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
--Mustered Out as Wagoner
Spurgeon, Albert, Private                               N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Steele, Lee C., Private                                   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Taylor, Berdell, Private                                  N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Toomire, Charles L., Private                         S. Whitley                            Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Ulrey, Lamoin, Private                                   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Ulrey, Charles, Private                                   N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
Warvel, Frank B., Private                              N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
West, Edwin, Private                                      N. Manchester                  Apr 26-Nov 1, 1898
 
Andereck, William, Recruit                           N. Manchester                  June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Aughenbaugh, Edd O., Recruit                   N. Manchester                  June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Argerbright, Harry, Recruit                           N. Manchester                June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Baker, William Edward, Recruit                  Roann                               June 29-Nov 1, 1898
Brown, William J., Recruit                             Roann                             June 27-Nov 1, 1898
Bell, Frank E., Recruit                                    N. Manchester               June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Criswell, Harry, Recruit                                  Liberty Mills                   June 28-Nov 1, 1898
Coblentz, Clarence L., Recruit                     Liberty Mills                      June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Coble, William, Jr., Recruit                            Servia                              June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Clevenger, Joseph C., Recruit                     N. Manchester                  June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Darnell, James D., Recruit                             N. Manchester                  June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Finkenbiner, John S., Recruit                      N. Manchester                  June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Grossnickle, Jacob L., Recruit                      N. Manchester                  June 27-Nov 1, 1898
Halderman, Verne, Recruit                          Roann                                 June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Hippensteel, Jacob, Recruit                         Servia                                 June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Hippensteel, James W., Recruit                 Servia                                    June 25-Nov 1, 1898
Howe, William H., Recruit                             N. Manchester                  June 29-Nov 1, 1898
Isleye, Grant, Recruit                                     Liberty Mills                        June 23-Nov 1, 1898
Jones, Neil L., Recruit                                     Roann                             June 23-Nov 1, 1898
Lockridge, Bruce, Recruit                              Roann                               June 27-Nov 1, 1898
Marshall, Lew, Recruit                                   Laketon                            June 28-Nov 1, 1898
Sexton, Tral G., Recruit                                  N. Manchester                 June 27-Nov 1, 1898
Sprinkle, Melvin D., Recruit                         Makin                                 June 25-Nov 1, 1898
Shock, Barnett, Recruit                                  N. Manchester                  June 22-Nov 1, 1898
Toomire, Phillip E., Recruit                           N. Manchester                  June 22-Nov 1, 1898



Source: North Manchester Journal, November 3, 1898

AT HOME TO STAY.
Company D, 157th Regiment, Mustered Out of the Service and Become Private Citizens.


At last after many annoying delays Col. Studebaker's regiment has been mustered out of the service. Seven companies were paid off at Indianapolis Tuesday and the men at once began to scatter for their homes. The other companies were to be paid off yesterday and today. Among those turned loose Tuesday was Company D, of this city, and the boys lost no time in getting out of the city. The first detachment arrived here about midnight on a special train on the Big Four and others have been coming in on almost every train since.

The boys seem real glad that they are out of the service inasmuch as there is no prospect of their ever having any fighting to do. They were in camp at Indianapolis three weeks instead of a few days as was expected when they went back on Oct. 10. This was caused by numerous delays in making out the discharge papers and settling up the regimental and company accounts. Capt. Clemans and Lieutenants Dunbar and Spurgeon were not discharged, being held a few days to close up all the business. They will be at home the latter part of the week. Col. Studebaker was not in camp with the regiment being confined to his home in South Bend with typhoid fever, from which he is now just recovering.

Last Sunday being the last Sabbath in camp the religious services by Chaplain Medbury were very impressive. Lieut. Col. May also made a farewell address to the regiment which was very touching and full of the best of advice. We regret very much that lack of space forbids its publication. Before leaving camp Colonel Studebaker sent to each soldier a button with the name of the regiment upon it and a tiger head to represent the nickname, "Studebaker's Tigers." Upon the button is a figure with four points for the "Fourth" Army Corps, there is a white portion for the official color of the Second Division, and a blue field for the Third Brigade. Colonel Studebaker also presented to every man a cabinet photograph.