THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
Sergeant John H. Laabs, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard

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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray card stock of Quartermaster Sergeant John H. Laabs, and friends.
Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Full outdoor view of three soldiers: at center is Quartermaster Sergeant John H. Laabs, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard. He is wearing fatigue blouse; trousers; leggings; campaign hat; and is crouching while smoking a long stemmed pipe. The unidentified soldier at left is also a non-commissioned officer and wears an insignia stripe on his touser leg. He is wearing a pull-over fatigue shirt; campaign hat; eyeglasses leggings; and is smoking a pipe. He holds a letter in his hand as if he is reading. The third unidentified soldier on right is similarly dressed to Laabs. Taken in Milwaukee at Camp Harvey in April 1898.

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 P2004.6.6
Object Name cabinet card
People Laabs, John H.
Place Milwaukee, WI
Print size 5.5" x 6.5"
Subjects Male
Soldiers
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Group Photographs
Smoking
Tobacco pipes
Reading
Letters
Eyeglasses
Title Sergeant John H. Laabs, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard
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