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Admin/Biog History Reverend Edward H. Smith was born December 14, 1842 in Cheshire, England. He studied theology at New College; pastored a Congregational Church in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire; imigrated to the US two years later; did his postgraduate work at Yale; pastored New England Congregational Church of Chicago in 1873(?); pastored church in Morrison, IL for seven years; pastored a church in Michigan City, IN for seven years: came to Oshkosh in 1886 and pastored the 1st Congregational Church for 27 years; appointed Chaplain of 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in 1892 and served in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War; created a national controversey by stating that "Good beer is better than bad water", in reference to the diseased water that affected US troops in Georgia; Author that published five books; married Jane Gray Woodward on April 23, 1872 and had one surviving child, Albert Fletcher Smith; wife died June 2, 1919; married Florence Mabel Williams, April 17, 1927; he died in 1931 at the age of 89.
Lorna Hooper was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin May 28, 1889, the daughter of Jessie Jack and Benjamin Foss Hooper. She married Dr. Louis Marshall Warfield of Milwaukee on April 25, 1914 in Oshkosh. After their marriage the couple lived in Milwaukee.
Collection Spanish American War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation June 18, 1898
Abstract Letter to Lorna Hooper from Reverend Edward H. Smith, Chaplain, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, written while at Guanica, Puerto Rico while onboard the transport ship "Le Grande Duchesse" on regimental letterhead.

Second Regimant of Infantry
Wisconsin National Guard

Porto Rico July 27, 1898
My dear Lorna:
I have not forgotten your kind gift of a silver nail file, which came to me several weeks ago. I should have written to thank you for it long before now but for the fact that I have been very busy with my regimental duties.
It was very good of you to think of one in such a pleasant way, and I will send you a soldier's button, which has been worn on my own blouse, as a small token of my appreciation.
I am writing this on board "La Grande Duchesse", the transport that brought us from Charleston, [South Carolina], which is now anchored in the Juamica harbor, at Porto Rico. We are expecting orders to go to San Juan, where it is probable that a fight will take place. You will hear of us through the papers, and I am sure you will be interested in our campaign. With kindest regards to all at home.
Very truly, Your friend, Edward H. Smith
Event Spanish American War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.7.2.2
Object Name Letter
People Warfield, Lorna Hooper
Smith, Edward Henry
Hooper, Lorna
Subjects Spanish American War
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Title Letter
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