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United Spanish War Veterans, Egbert Camp No. 10 (Toledo)

 

MSS-028

Size: 2 linear feet

Provenance:  Mildred K. (Mrs. Jared) Beard of Toledo donated this collection to the University of Toledo Libraries about 1976. 

Access: open

Collection Summary: Collection spans the entire history of this Spanish-American War veterans' organization. Includes minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and memorabilia. 

Subjects:  War, Soldiers, and Veterans

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Processing Note:

 

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Processed by: Paul Gifford, August 1986

 

Reformatted by:  Arjun Sabharwal, September 2009; last updated: June, 2014

 

 

 

Introduction

 

The records of Egbert Camp No. 10, United Spanish War Veterans, document the activities of a Spanish-American War veterans organization from its inception to its demise. Included are minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and memorabilia of Egbert Camp No. 10, and communications from the state and national organizations. The minute book of an East Toledo lodge, General Bates Camp No. 64, is also included. These materials form a good source for veterans' activities in Toledo, especially for those during the 1910s.

 

 

Historical Sketch

 

The United Spanish War Veterans was comprised of veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States between 1898 and 1902. The national organization resulted in 1904 from the amalgamation of four veterans' associations. In Toledo, a local association was organized on May 17, 1901. The organizers named their group the Egbert Command of the Spanish War Veterans, in honor of General Harry C. Egbert. By 1904 the local organization was known as Egbert Camp and was affiliated with the national organization.

 

The United Spanish War Veterans drew more members from Ohio than from any other state. Egbert Camp in Toledo, with those in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, was one of the largest and most active in the state. There were, for a time, enough veterans in Toledo to form another "camp." On June 9, 1909, veterans living in East Toledo formed General Bates Camp No. 64. By 1953, however, the latter group had disbanded. Ladles' auxiliaries for both groups were also organized.

 

Meetings of the local organizations were held every two weeks. Routine activities in their earlier years consisted of planning banquets, dances and Memorial Day  celebrations, admitting new members, and electing officers and delegates to conventions. In the 1910s, Egbert Camp also had a band. As time progressed, memorials for deceased

members took on greater prominence in the organizations' activities.

 

By 1970, few members remained. Statewide membership declined rapidly---between 1970 and 1971, 22.2 percent died. Already by the 1950s, the Auxiliary United Spanish War Veterans was playing a greater role in the state and national organizations. Egbert Camp No. 10 was apparently inactive by 1972.

 

Scope and Content Note

 

Most of the material in this collection dealing with activities of Egbert Camp No. 10 dates from the first two decades of this century. The local organization kept minutes faithfully from 1901 to 1916. These document routine activities, such as admittance of new members, reports of committees, and election of officers and delegates. Resolutions are mainly condolences sent to survivors of deceased members. Membership is well documented. The early roster book lists members, including their addresses, occupations, service record and rank, birthplace, age, and name of nearest relative. Later lists, from the 1930s and 1940s, record payment of dues, dates of death and obituaries for each deceased member, and information regarding transferred and dropped members.

 

Information regarding many of the organization's political activities, such as lobbying for veteran's' benefits and participation in patriotic affairs, can be found in the correspondence files, covering the  years from 1906 to 1922, and in the general orders and proceedings of the state and national organizations. The correspondence files also include a number of letters written by members serving in Europe during World War I. Frank Auth, Quartermaster of Egbert Camp during much of the 1910s, was the chief correspondent on behalf of the Toledo organization.

 

Worthy of mention also are a number of regalia, banner, a gavel (for the Military Order of the Serpent, an independent, contemporary organization), various Insignia, and an early Philippine flag. Although the collection lacks minutes and correspondence for the later years of both Egbert and General Bates Camps, its content is comprehensive enough for the researcher to realize a good picture of the history of Spanish- American War veterans' organizations in Toledo.

Folder List

 

Box

Folder

Description

1

 

United Spanish War Veterans Egbert Camp No. 10 (Toledo)

 

1

Constitution and by-laws

 

 2*

National Army Charter, 2 October 1901

 

3

Minutes

     

17 May 1901 - 24 June 1913

     

8 July 1913 - 27 June 1916

 

4

Resolutions, 1910 - 1918, n.d.

   

Membership

 

5

 

Roster

     

Members lost by death, A-S

 

6

 

Members lost by death, T-Z

 

7

 

Members dropped and transferred

   

Correspondence

 

8

 

1906-1916

 

9

 

1917-1918

 

10

 

1919-1922

 

11

 

Miscellaneous

   

General Bates Camp No. 64 (East Toledo)

 

12

 

Minutes, 9 June 1909 - December 18, 1917

     

Miscellaneous

   

Department of Ohio

 

13

 

General Orders and special orders, 1910-1918, 1955, 1964-1972

 

14

 

Annual encampments - Proceedings 1953-1971

   

National

 

15

 

General orders and special orders, 1912-1919

 

16*

 

Charter, 18 April 1904

 

17

 

Encampments - Proceedings, 1967, 1971-1972

   

General

 

18

 

Programs

 

19

 

National Auxiliary

       

2

 

Rules and regulations

     

1907

     

1910

Box

Folder

Description

       

2

 

Constitution, rules and regulations

     

1920

     

1929

     

1936

     

1941

     

1951

   

Book of Ceremonies

     

1909

     

1913-1916

     

1913-1929

     

1938

     

1944

       
   

Ritual

 
     

1902

     

1907

     

1912

     

Amendments, 1915

     

1929

   

Insignia

 
   

Miscellaneous

     

Military Order of the Serpent gavel

     

Egbert Camp No. 10 banner

 

*

 

Philippine flag

 

*=oversize cabinet, drawer 1

^=oversize area

**=locked cabinet

 

 

Last Updated: 6/19/14