Sergeant John H. Laabs, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard

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Description Albumen print mounted on cream white card stock of Quartermaster Sergeant John H. Laabs, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard.

Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1899
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 20697
Notes Full standing outdoor view of Quartermaster Sergeant John H. Laabs, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He is wearing the full field gear of fatigue blouse; trousers; leggings; campaign hat; cartridge belt; canteen; haversack and pack. He stands in front of a house and holds a non-comissioned officer's sword in his hand. Image taken upon his return from Puerto Rico after Spanish-American War. He has grown a full beard, as many of the men did during the war.

John H. Laabs was born in Oshkosh in 1874. He attended local schools and then worked for his father, Ferdinand Laabs, in the family flour mill, Relinance Flour Mill. He and his brother, Otto Laabs, owned the mill together from 1899-1901, when John sold his share to his brother. He lived in Oklahoma briefly, but returned to Oshkosh and operated a dry goods store. For three years he was deputy clerk in the courthouse. He became Clerk of Courts in 1910 and served until his death in 1920. He enlisted in Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard around 1893. He rose to the rank of sergeant and in 1898 was the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant and served in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War. He became Captain of Company B. He did not serve during World War I, but became a captain in the Wisconsin State Guard. He married Laura Schneider on on November 8, 1905.
Object ID P2004.6.4
Object Name cabinet card
People Laabs, John H.
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4.25" x 6.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Title Sergeant John H. Laabs, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard
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