from The Webster Times, September 2, 1892    (Volume XXXIV # 27), 

For Washington

  The local G. A. R. Post, with their many friends, will leave Webster for the great national G. A. R. Encampment at Washington on Saturday night September 17, by boat train and will arrive in Washington the Sunday following about 8 o’clock p.m., giving all a good chance to get rested, and to look over the city Monday, also to be ready for the great parade Tuesday, September 20th.  The rate from Webster to Washington and return will be $9.22.  tickets can be secured of the committee, E. B. Wakefield or J. E. Marcy, one week previous to the start, until 8 p.m. , Saturday, September 17th.

 Tickets are stop over and are good for 30 days, any and all citizens desirous of taking advantage of this trip  can find sleeping accommodations with the Post, if they so desire, to a limited extent for $2.25, with the privilege of staying from one to ten days; in other words, the round trip from Webster and return , including lodgings will be $11.47.  All those contemplating going with the G. A. R. boys on this excursion, will apply to Quartermaster Marcy at once, at No. 41 Main street for lodgings, so that he can arrange for the same.

 It may be of interest to say to those thinking of going to Washington, that all of the public buildings are open every day free for the public inspection of all, such as the Capitol, White House, Patent Office, Agricultural Department, U. S. Post Office, Treasury Building, Pension Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Soldiers Home,  Corcoran Arts Gallery, National Museum, Smithsonian Museum, State, War, and Navy Department, Washington Monument, the Home and tomb of Washington at mount Vernon, ect.

from The Webster Times, September 16, 1892     (Volume XXXIV # 29), 

On To Washington

  The following members of Nathaniel Lyon Post, No. 61. G. A. R. have arranged to attend the National Encampment at Washington, D. C., leaving on the boat train Saturday evening, September 17th.

William Batten, J. O. Bowers, Chas. Brantigam, Albert L. Brown, John M. Clarke, James Commons, Monroe H. Corbin,  R. L. Day, Albert Frissell, Dexter F. Gleason, George S. Googins, Albert A. Gould, L. R. Thayer, Patrick Healy, Francis Greenwood, William R. Griffin, John A. Haskell, Christian Holly, George H. Jacobs, Tolman Jennings, Michael Lanigan, Joseph E. Marcy, John McGinnis, Patrick Moore, E. P. Morton,  Hyland N. Perry,  G. W. Phetteplace, Hiram J. Raymond,  Michael Reynolds, James H. Rowell, S. W. Russell, Michael Schofield, Orrin E. Smith, Andrew S. Snow, Ezra Spencer, Frank J. Underwood,  Elias B. Wakefield, Thomas Whalen, Chauncy C. Wilcox, Henry J. Woodell.

 The following Sons of Veterans will go: Henry H. Steinberg, Frank Jordan, Louis Clarke and Arthur Carpenter.

 The members of Chas. Devens Post No. 27, of Oxford and friends who will join the Webster Post are as follows: F. E. Horne,  Emory Humes, Mr. Perrin, A. B. Yeomans, William McGinnis, Amos Foster, and his brother of Millbury, John Toomey, John Humphrey, Sanford Johnson, Frank Rice.

The following citizens will accompany the post of Webster: C. Edgar Powers, A. E. Houghton, Will Klebart, J. A. Fitts, Frank Abbott, Herbert A. Rowell,, John B. Prescott, Wyman E. Phetteplace and James A. Crawford, Dr. E. K. Robbius of Eastford Conn. , and Sanford Mason of Boston will also join the party.  Miss Minnie Smith, president of the local camp of the Daughters of Veterans will accompany the veterans.  Mrs. John M. Clark will go with friends.

 The Post, Sons of Veterans and their friends will parade the streets from Carney’s Corner headed by the Germania Band, before train time.  Red fire, fire works and torches will be burned in their honor.

from The Webster Times, March 3, 1893     (Volume XXXV # 1), 

  The Nathaniel Lyon Love-Feast

 The camp fire of Post 61, G. A. R. on Tuesday evening, proved a very interesting event, and some 75 Comrades, Sons of Veterans and guests enjoyed a profitable and delightful evening together.  The occasion was a sort of experience meeting of the comrades and friends who made the journey to Washington to the National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic last September.

 The occasion was enlivened by the travelers reminiscences of the trip.  The adjutant had provided the luxurious T. D., the soldiers delight, with the pride of Virginia tobacco for consumption, while cigars were in plenty for the more fastidious smoker.  And after the curling smoke the Commander Henry Heald began to unfold the eloquence of the sojourn  at the national capital.  Comrade E. P. Morton opened the oratorical efforts with an interesting sketch of his pilgrimage, telling of his journey from Washington to Virginia .

 Remarks followed from Comrades Raymond, Greenwood ,, Clarke, Heald, Brautigam, and Bracken.  The effort of the evening was the remarks of Comrade Bracken, who referred to the grand review at the close of the war when the great army of the Union was marching through the capitol on the way home on the dispersal of the victorious veterans.  He contrasted this review they had so recently witnessed with that of the battle scarred heroes of the great conflict as they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue , and the lessons it should teach them.  

He also spoke thoughts suggested by a visit to the national cemetery at Arlington Heights, the ancestral home of Robert E. Lee, and the glorious promise of the perpetuity of the Union, saying that no nation, creed or hostile force could halt the natural advance of America .  Equally interesting were the remarks of Comrade Schofield who furnished statistics published by the encampment authorities..

 Messrs. C. Edgar Powers, John Prescott, and John Fitts, who accompanied the party, gave interesting and amusing details of the trip, while Comrade Hiram Raymond sang several songs in his inimitable way.  A quartette composed of E. P. Morton, E. D. Clemans, George Hincliffe and James Bracken enlivened the hours with selections.  After song and story had gone the rounds until near eleven, the call came to fall in for rations, which were served in the adjoining room, and comprised doughnuts, cheese, fruit and coffee, and was heartily enjoyed.  The rest of the evening was passed in games of cards, ect., until the hour of midnight struck from steeple and belfry.


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