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Chaplains' Report 1890

We have erected a new chapel on the grounds at the cost of $10,000, which sum was paid from the post fund. Service is held twice a week by the Protestant chaplain, and Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings by the Roman Catholic chaplain. We also have services semi-monthly in the German language by ministers from Milwaukee. The chapel is also used by other denominations and the Woman's Christian Union from time to time.

Report of chaplain, Rev. E. Purdon Wright.
I received a special order dated April 7, 1890, appointing me chaplain, vice Rev. Dean Richmond Babbitt, LL.D., to take effect from April 9, 1890, and now I beg leave to submit a report of duties performed by me up to the present date:

April 13, 1890, service in the chapel at 8:30 a.m.; April 13, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; April 20, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; April 27, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; May 4, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; May 11, 1890, service in the chapel at 8:30 a.m.; May 11, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; May 15, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; May 18, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; April 25, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; June 1, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; June 8, 1890, service in the chapel at 8:30 a.m.; June 8, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; June 15, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; June 22, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.; June 29, 1890, service in the chapel at 3 p.m.

Attended the following funerals, viz:
April 18, 1890, August Richter, Company F, Twelfth Regiment Illinois Volunteers.
April 19, 1890, David Colston, Company G, First Regiment Maryland Volunteers.
June 4, 1890, Charles Schneider, U. S. Marines.
June 5, 1890, Samuel F. Stokes, Company B, Forty-first Regiment U. S. C. Volunteers.
June 27, 1890, Frederick Theas, Company H, Seventh Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers.

Attended memorial services on Decoration Day. Been present every Thursday afternoon to visit the hospital and any of the soldiers desiring the services of the chaplain.

Report of Roman Catholic chaplain, Rev. V. Putten.

I have the honor to submit the following report of my work as a chaplain of the Northwestern Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1890.

Catholic services were held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, also on holy days and the eves of them, and on a few other occasions. The attendance upon these services was very good, although not quite so large as the preceding year; some of the more infirm find it rather difficult to go to the chapel in bad weather.

The number of communions distributed during the year was about 4,200. The sacrament of penance was administered every Saturday and on the eves of feasts, from about 3:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m.

Visits to the hospital were made twice a week and whenever requested. The convalescent and insane wards were also visited from time to time as occasion required it.

I have been called upon to officiate at forty-eight funeral services. On these occasions it is customary to give a brief instruction. I have also endeavored to promote the cause of temperance in various ways, especially by administering the total or partial abstinence pledge.

I take this opportunity to express by sincere gratitude for the constant courtesy and kindness I have received from all the officers and employees with whom I have come in contact.

Secretary's Report of the German Ministers' Conference of Milwaukee.

I have the honor to present the following report of our work in the Home, as ministers of the Gospel, for the time April 1 to June 30, instant.

We have preached there every other Sunday at 4 p.m., in the months of April, May, and June.

The following ministers preached there in the second quarter of the year, ending June 30: April 13, H. Nott; April 27, J. Schafer; May 11, H. Noehren; May 25, H. Uphoff; June 8, W. Koch; June 22, H. L. Dietz.

The attendance is not as large as could be expected, considering the number of Germans that are at the Home; but those who come come regularly are very attentive. We have done the work nearly five years without any compensation, which proves that we are convinced that the work we are doing is a necessary and a good one. Now and then we are visiting the sick in the hospital and distributing Christian literature among them.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

Annual Report of Northwestern Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, for the Year Ending June 30, 1890.

Northwestern Branch,
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers,
Milwaukee, July 30, 1890




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