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Frederick L. Shelters, Hughes

1886 "Boone Iowa PHIPPS OPERA HOUSE - Population 10,000  - seats 800. Twelve complete sets of scenery.  Stage 30x 47. Lighted by electricity.  First-class attractions only.  Five surrounding towns to draw from.  N.W. Iowa Circuit, comprising eight of the best show towns in the northern part of the State. Address :  FRED L. SHLETERS, Manager, Boone, Ia."

In 1888 Fred L. Shelters was manager of the Phipps' Opera House in Boone, Iowa.  Lew and Lottie Waters Novelty Co opened Oct 22 to S.R.O., and remained all week. 

History of the 52nd Iowa Fred L. Shelters.     Residence Boone, nativity Iowa.  Appointed Chief Musician May 16, 1898.  Mustered May 25, 1898.  Reduced to Principal Musician Aug. 1, 1898.  Mustered out Oct. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa

On April 23, 1898, the company was called into service in the Spanish War, pursuant to the call of President McKinley for, volunteers. At that time the officers of the organization were: Capt. E. A. Ringland, 1st Lt. F. D. Wheeler, 2nd Lt. A. R. Crary. On April 26th, pursuant to the call, the company left Boone for Camp McKinley at Des Moines. Between the 23rd and 26th of April the newspapers announced that the curfew whistle would sound one hour before the company left and that the people would meet on Eighth and Story streets to bid the company farewell. the wailings of the old waterworks whistle (the curfew) never heralded a more solemn occasion than on the morning of April 26, 1898, when it warned of the departure of the company for the war. An immense crowd gathered at Eighth and Story streets where a platform had been erected. A notable speech was then made by Hon. D. R. Hindman, a veteran of the Civil War. the veterans of that war were out in great numbers and acted as escort. As the company wheeled into columns of 4s and marched towards the Milwaukee depot, the school children of the city lined the Way on either side and sang the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Camp McKinley was located on the State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, and the company while there was quartered in a barn. Enlisted men slept in the cow barn on cotton ticks filled with straw, on the dirt floors. the 4th Regiment, Iowa National Guard, of which Company I Was a part, was under the command of Col. Wm. B. Humphrey of Sioux City, the Lt. Col. was I. R. Kirk of Mason City, and the majors were S, J. Parker of Hampton, W,. A. Kirk of Sioux City, and Otto Hile of Boone, the other companies in the regiment were: A of Mason City; B of Perry; . C of Webster City; D of Hampton; E of Hull; F of Algona; G of Ft, Dodge; H of Sioux City; K of Emmetsburgh; L of Sioux  City and M of Cherokee. While at Camp McKinley we were ordered to increase enlisted men from fifty to one hundred, Corporal t. J. Mahonoy was sent back to enlist fifty recruits. Upon arrival at Camp Thomas we were again ordered to increase, and t. J. Mahoney returned to Iowa and enlisted tip to our company standard of 15( men. the writer was assignee as Drill Sergeant, and spent the rest of his enlistment training these recruits. the regiment remained a Camp McKinley until the latter part of May. On May 25th it was mustered into the United States Service and the name was changed to the Fifty-second Iowa Infantry Volunteers, there were forty-eight infantry regiments from Iowa in the Civil War and it was decided that in the Spanish War the "numbers should start where they left off in the Civil War, and the Iowa regiments were named the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, Fifty-first and Fifty-second. On May 30th the regiment arrived at Camp Thomas at Chickamauga, Georgia, and was brigaded with, the First Maine Infantry Volunteers and the First Mississippi Infantry Volunteers. the brigade was a par) of the Second Division, third Army Corps. A heavy drill schedule was put into effect and general intensive training for service at the front was given the regiment became noted for its proficiency in drill. On the occasion of a review held at Camp Thomas in which some fifty thousand troops took part the newspaper correspondents seemed to be Unanimous in awarding the first place for proficiency to the Fifty-second Iowa. the regiment was included in a provisional division for an expedition to Porto Rico, to be commanded by General Wade It was ordered to Newport News to embark for Porto Rico, heavy baggage Was packed and    Was in readiness for the movement when the peace protocol was signed. Later, unsanitary conditions of the camp, the poor quality of water and food poorly prepared by inexperienced cooks had their effect on the health of the regiment, typhoid" : fever 'Was prevalent and almost every man in the regiment was affected by malaria, thirty-nine of the regiment died, three of whom were members of Company I. the first was Eddie Nelson, a Pilot Mound boy. He died at Camp Thomas. Later, and after the regiment was furloughed home, Wm. Banfield and Wm.  Ohge, both of Boone, passed away the health condition's in the regiment became alarming. Most of the men were sick, the hospitals were inadequate and such as they were, they were swamped with patients, When almost fifty of Company I were on sick list, Governor Shaw and Senator Dolliver arrived at Camp Dolliver with a train of twelve sleeping cars and several medical personnel. We loaded all sick, including Capt. Ringland and 1st Sergeant Charles Otis, for home or hospital care in their home towns. 1st. Lt. Frank Wheeler and 2nd Lt. A. R. Crary continued to command until we were on furlough at Camp McKinley. Harley Wilson replaced 1st. Sergeant Otis permanently, Our quarters were one-man tents for Commissioned officers four-man tents for noncommissioned officers and eight-man size for enlisted men, all with rough board floors. Our only baths were on a cleared smooth rock area, centered around a standard fire hydrant with a 50 foot hose, nozzle pointed skyward. the War Department decided that a change of camp was important and the regiment was ordered back to Camp McKinley, arriving there in September of 1898, and the men were permitted to go to their homes for a short furlough. While they were home President McKinley made a speech at Boone, and the company acted as a guard Home surroundings and healthful conditions at Camp McKinley had the expected effect to revive the health of the regiment, and by October the condition of the men except typhoid patients was generally good. About this time another order affecting the fortunes of the regiment came, the . Colonel was directed to proceed with the regiment to San Francisco for the purpose of embarking for service in the Philippines, the order directed him to go to Omaha to arrange for transportation and he had arranged for this to San Francisco when the order directing the regiment to be sent to the Philippines was revoked and instead the regiment was ordered mustered out. this was done October 30, 1898. Upon its return to Boone on that date the Company received a great ovation and a banquet was given by the city to the members. It was held in the old Butler House. the company, recruited toi war strength, had a large number of men from other counties, the following Boone County men were members: Charles Otis, E. B. Cordell, M. E. Sargent, C. B. Sherman, M. P. McCracken, R. B. Cantlm, J.J. Peters, Milton Logan, t. J. Mahoney, S. M. Bass, R. L. Houghton, Montrose Conley, M. F. Barrett,.F. J. Hartman,. W. L. Goodwin, L. 0. Mesnard, G. S. Matt, J. L. Harris, F. W. Behreris, L. H. Clark, Stephen Koppenhaver, W. t. Mayfield, Hans C. Brown, D. J. Conn, George F. Cronin, J. F. BUttolph, Win, Busby, Abraham L. Davis, W. H. Davis, C. J. Davis, Silas Denning, Daniel Hanson, J. W. Hatfield, Joseph Hebson, R. G. Hendershott, F. N. Lattdaker, Wm. Watson, Gust Nobens, Harry Rogers, H. C. Ebersole, L. L. Rinehart, Wm. H. : Smith, Bert SpragUe, Harry C. White, Will .C. Watts, Gilbert Sellers, Bret L. Harrington, C. E. Hedlund, C. C. Hitchings, Grant C. Brown, A. J. Wolf, C. A. Peterson, Arnold SWitzer, George F. Pickerai; also Eddie Nelson, Wm. Banfield, and Wm. Ohge, all of whom died in service, and the following later deceased: H. B. Wilson, Frank CroUse, Walter Harmes, Wm. F. ; Sack, Frank Becker, and A. R. Crary. the. late. Fred Shelters was the leader of the regimental band of the Fifty-second Regiment. In addition to the foregoing members of the company, John Reid, Jr., former sheriff and deputy clerk of the court, was a member of the same regiment but his service was in Company Frank Porter Of Ogden enlisted in the company but transferred at Camp McKinley to the Fiftieth Iowa infantry-and his service was in that regiment. Included among other Boone men who served in the Spanish war Were H. H .Canfield, Dr. A. B. Deering, and Dr. Fred Welsh. H. H. Canfield served n the Signal Corps, while Dr. Deering and Dr. Welsh both served in the medical department.

In 1900 Des Moines, Iowa, Fred is a musician, born Dec 1866, married one year to Susa.  Susa's had no children, but Gladias, May 1893 Iowa is with them.  (the 1905 census has a Gladis YODER after Susie and F. L.)

1901 "The old Wonderland Theatre at Des Moines is to be reopened under the management of Fred Shelters, who has been managing a vaudeville show on the road with considerable success."

In 1910 Des Moines,  Fred is a manager for a delivery company,  He's been married to Susie E. 12 years, and they have a niece Gladys E. Swinney 17 , a lodger, and a father-in-law Jacob Peters, 86, Ohio.

1914 "The Yuma band has been reorganized for the winter and a capable leader and instructor has been secured by the employment of W.F. Shelter, a capable musician who has had charge of many bands in various parts of the country."

In 1915 the Hughes post office was moved southwest of Abarr to the farmstead of Fred Shelters, the second postmaster, where it remained until it closed in 1954. 

Fred was only the postmaster until 1919, when the Otta's took over - so he must have moved to Yuma at that time.  Fred L. Shelters was secretary of the Yuma Commercial club in 1921.

1915 "Miss Gladys Sweeney, who had been a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Shelter, twenty-eight miles south of Yuma, left Monday evening for her home at Sioux City, Iowa."

1915 "Mr. Shelters, director of the Yuma band, does first-class piano tuning; he also gives violin instruction.  Special attention to children.  Leave orders with the Ritchey Hardware Company."

Frederick proved up two quarters in 3, 3S 48W in 1918.

In 1920 Fred L, and Susie E. both 53 born in Iowa, are in Yuma County, where he is a real estate agent.

Susie is living on North Main Street in Yuma in 1930 and 1940, widowed.

Fred Laverne Shelters -1866-1922 Spanish-American War Vet. C.M 52 - Iowa and Susie (Peters) Shelters 1864-1940 are buried in Linwood Park, Boone County, Iowa.  Fred's parents and three sisters are buried there, too.

Henry County, Illinois

Last Sunday afternoon at the Sharon church was held the funeral service for B. Frank Brooks, who passed away Wednesday, April 18, 1915. Rev. F. E. Shult, of Geneseo , officiated. Mr. Brooks was born in Portland township, Whiteside county, Aug. 17, 1837, and spent his entire life time in the town of his nativity having been one of the successful farmers residing in the southern part of this county.
his home at the time, of his birth and for several years afterwards was in the log cabin erected by his father upon his arrival in the county in the years of 1835. He attended the district school in Portland and afterwards served as a member of the school board for the greater part of his life.

Mr. Books was united in marriage to Miss Mary Lanphere April 19, 1859, and to this union were born six children, five of whom survive, as follows: Frederic, residing in Sharon, E. B. of Atkinson, Cora who resides at home, H. C. Who resides in Erie, and F. R. who resides in Atkinson. Mrs. Brooks died April 5, 1886. August 28, 1889, Mr. Brooks was united in marriage to Electa L. Brown, who with one son, Marion, survive. A brother, Marion Brooks, of Ogden, Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs. Jacob Shelters and Mrs. James Parks, of Boone, Iowa are also left to mourn the loss of their brother.


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