|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1899, Philippines|
Memorial Service Over the Remains of Charles Wilseck.
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Crowded to Its Doors by the Many Sympathizing Friends of the Deceased and His Sorrowing Relatives;Salute Fired Over the Grave;A Brief Sketch of the Dead Hero.
The memorial services held yesterday afternoon over all that was mortal of the late Private Charles Wilseck were most impressive, and the large auditorium of the Presbyterian church was crowded to the doors. Every pew was occupied and many persons were compelled to listen to the solemn services from the outer corridors and steps of the church.
The large gathering of friends of the dead soldier and others was a fitting tribute of the affection felt for the young hero, who, at his country's call, volunteered his services and gave up his life while in the performance of those duties, being stricken down by disease while thousands of miles away from home and loving parents.
The funeral services were carried out with full military honors. At 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the casket, which rested in state at Armory hall, was escorted to the Presbyterian church by Company G as guard of honor, followed by other military organizations, including members of the G. A. R., Regular Army and Navy Union, and the V. U. U. The governor's staff was present in uniform, and followed the casket to its last resting place. Wilseck's comrades in arms were there in force to pay their last tribute and to bear testimony to the affection and respect felt by them for the dead soldier boy.
At the church the casket rested near the altar, draped in the national colors and almost buried beneath the beautiful floral offerings. Among these were designs presented by his former comrades of Company G, First Wyoming Volunteers; senior class of the High School; Women's Relief Corps; Presbyterian Aid; Wyoming Volunteer Aid; Rebekah Lodge, Joe Dillman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Rich, Mr. and Mrs. Cowhick, Anna and Nellie Morley, Sam Earhart, Mr. and Mrs. Beck, Mr. and Mrs. Guy, Mr. and Mrs. Buechner, Mrs. Fosdick, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dillman, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gordon, Miss Jessie Artist, Judge W. P. Carroll, and others.
At the close of the services, the remains were taken to the city cemetery. The funeral cortege was most imposing. At the head marched Company G; then came the hearse with its escort of six members of the company with which the deceased served through the Filipino campaign acting as pall bearers. These were Max Idelman, Jr., Cory Dudley, Tom Ryder, Frank Bruner, Tim Williams, Frank Cahill, Leslie Brookhart, and George Clause. Next came the mourners, followed by the governor's staff, other local organizations and civilians.
The day was beautiful and many friends followed the remains to the city cemetery, where the last sad rites were held over the body of the dead volunteer. The grave was beautifully decorated in the national colors by Mrs. Buechner, Mrs. Rich and Gussie Buechner. As the casket was reverently lowered, a salute was fired over the grave and as the report died away in the distance, the sadly sweet notes of "taps," the soldiers good-night, lingered long and tenderly on the soft, spring breezes and echoed faintly from the distant hills. As they died away the coffin sank from view, and the closing chapter in the life of a young patriot had been written.
A BRIEF SKETCH.
Charlie Wilseck was but a boy when he enlisted, at that time being a member of the class of 1900 in the Cheyenne High School, but soon endeared himself to his comrades by his frank and jovial manner, his joyousness, and light-hearted gaiety, cheering others by the stoicism with which he endured the hardships of a rigorous campaign.
In May, 1898, he left Cheyenne with the Wyoming Battalion for San Francisco, where on June 27 it embarked on board the U. S. S. Ohio for Manila, arriving there on the 31 of July. The Wyomings did not disembark for several days owing to a typhoon which was raging on the bay at that time. On reaching Camp Dewey they were assigned to outpost duty, and took a prominent part in the capture of Manila on Aug 13.
Through all the rigors of the campaign against the insurgents Wilseck bore his part like a true soldier, participating in all engagements. In April, 1899, Wilseck was taken sick with dysentery and was sent to the second reserve hospital in Malate, a suburb of Manila. From this he recovered and was sent to the convalescent hospital at Corregidor Island in May. Shortly afterwards he contracted typhoid fever, and on July 2 died, attended only by his brother Will, a member of the Colorado regiment.
EXPRESSIONS FROM THE CLASS OF '00.
"When our country called for volunteers to uphold the Stars and Stripes on a foreign shore, and to battle for humanity, our classmate, Charles Wilseck, was quick to respond and when he left our midst, though we realized we were losing one whose place could not be filled, we cheered him, bade him God-speed and prayed that he might be returned unscathed from the field of battle. But God, in his superior mercy, saw fit to answer our prayers in a manner which only He, in His wisdom, can comprehend, and called our classmate to his eternal rest.
"In this hour of renewed sorrow, we, his classmates, desire to express our heartfelt sympathy to his griefstricken family, hoping they may find consolation in the thought that:"
‘To die for one's country is sweet.'
© Wyoming Tribune no. 360 March 21, 1900 page 4
Obituary located by Jerry, July 2014.
Odd Fellows Cemetery
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