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A Cavalry Reunion

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Parent Issue
Day
11
Month
August
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Co. D, Fifth Michigan Cavalry held a very pleasant and snccessfnl reunión at Whitiuore LaKe yesterday, members being present from Flushiug, Holly, Northville, Green Oak ana other places besides niany frorn all parts of the county. Thert3 was a good attendance not only oí members of the corupauy, bnt also of other veterans from the neighboihood of Whitiuore T-ake. In the morniug the veterans assembled at the home of Coiurade Rane, where they spent several pleasant hours in reuéwing old acquaintances and telliug stories of war time days. After dinner at the Steveus house the exercises were held there, Hou. George S. Wheeler presiding. The porgrain opened with the singing of America by the entire audieuue, after vvhich W. K. Childs, of Aun Arbor, delivered a stirring address, whioh was well recieved. He was followed by Wm. W. Wedemeyer, of this city, who made a very happy, logical and forceful address which was well received by those nroseut. Then íollowed a number of very interesting impromptu talks. Mrs. J. Willard Babbitt spoke in a pleasing way of the work oí' ihe W. R C. Corurade Lowden read a paper, the substance of which will be given in these columns tomorrow. Oaptain Quackeubnsh, of the 3d Michigan Oavalry, was present and was enthusiastically greeted by his comrades of the 5th when he made a few very appropriate remarks praising their work in the war. Aruong the most interesting impromptu addressses was that of O. O. Douglass, of Green Oak, who made a very stirring ta)k. Mr. Douglass is well known to mauy Aun Arbor citizens, havirig sent a number of children to the university. His father was a first cousin of Stephen A. Douglass, and the old veteran remembers very well his being carried as a bby upon the back of the great democratie leader. Captain Shnouds, who is a universal favorite with the old boys of Co. D, spoke earnestly of the duty and the destiny of the republio, and took ground in favor of the expansión policy of the administraron. Prof. F. W. JRane, of iSew Hampsnire College, sou of Comrade Raue, of Co. D, was called upon and made a very neat talk, praising the work of the G. A. R. and emphasizing the lascing infloence it has forgood. After other short talks by membern of the coiupauy, secretary Henry M. White read a large number of letters from those who wtre unable to be present at the reunión. All these letters breathed the spirit of patriotism and loyalty, and were eagevly listenea to bv the comrades present. The veterans were very enthusiastic vhenever the uame of Gen. Alger was uentioned. They seut the ex-secreury a very cordial greeting and adopted esolutious corumending his career as a ïitizen and soldier. Gen. Alger was jt one time colonel of the 5th Cavalry, iud was very much beloved by his men. It was decided to hold the nest reanion at Northville. The following were selected offlcers of the organizatioii or the ensning year: President, James K. Lowden ; vice president, Eli K. Siroonds; secretary. Henry M. White; treastirer, E. K. Starkweather. After thu election of officers all were invited over to the home of Comrade Rane, where a uice lunch was served. Af ter sorne time spent iu further story telling and conversation, the comrades dispersad to their homes with the feeling that the reunión had been in every respect a most pleasant and successful one.