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Banquet of Second Engineers Band


The Indian Magazine
Volume 1, No. 12 — July 1, 1919

Portrait of 2nd Engineers Band

The Second Engineers Band went "over the top," surrounding and taking possession of everything in sight, on Wednesday, June 11. The occasion was a banquet given by the members of the band at the K. of C. garden, at Engers.

In the forenoon, two teams of the band, the "Boiler­makers" and the "Adagies," fought for supremacy of the diamond, the victory being won by the "Boiler­makers." In the afternoon a number of the men enjoyed a dip in the Rhine.

The main event was, of course, in the evening, when the banquet was staged. All assembled and were seated promptly at 7 o'clock at one long table in the large beer garden overlooking the Rhine. Several Germans catered to the men in first class style.

Among the guests of the evening were Col. S. C. Godfrey, commanding officer; Lieut. Col. E. R. Covell, of G-3, formerly commanding the regiment, and officers and enlisted men of Headquarters Detachment.

The committee, all band men, are due much praise and the thanks of all present for the fine way in which everything was planned and carried out, in spite of prevailing conditions in regard to food, etc. H. J. Schaettgen, who had charge of the serving, deserves a share of the credit; also Mess Sergeant H . W. Martin, who arranged the following excellent menu: Tomato soup, cold roast beef, pickles, lettuce salad, new onions, Vienna meat loaf, apple sauce, browned potatoes, creamed corn, sliced cucumbers, cheese, martin biscuits, preserves, radishes, ice cream, cake, bread, coffee, wines, beer, butter, cigars, cigarettes, candy.

Impromptu speeches were made by Colonel Godfrey and Lieutenant Colonel Covell. Musical selections were rendered by Taylor and Arthur, harmonica and guitar; Pistacchio and Capursi, mandolin and guitar, and Morenzoni, accordion. Lieutenant Krulee, leader of the band, acted as master of ceremonies.

The events and the place go to make it one of the most pleasant happenings in the history of the band, and one never to be forgotten by anyone present.

Knights of Columbus Garden at Engers, Germany 1919
Portrait of 2nd Engineers Band
-M. E. Thompson.
Cpl. Milton E. Thompson was from Rushford, NY
 

Shortly after hostilities ceased the 57th Pioneer Infantry Band was assigned to the Second Engineers and reported soon after the Regiment reached the Rhine.

The two known portraits of the 2nd Engineers Band, which were taken on the Rhine River in Germany, portrayed over forty members. Just thirty-seven were listed in the Roster of the 2nd Engineers as being band members. They were all designated as Company "H." They hailed from Tennessee, Massachusetts, Vermont, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Illinois, New Hampshire and New York. None of the thirty-seven were with the 2nd Engineers until after the war ended.

 
Ake, Harry; Alexander, La.; H; 3rd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Arthur, James E.; Gulfport, Miss.; H; 1st Class Musc.; Rhine.
Barberi, Garibaldi; Barre. Vt.; H; 1st Class Musc.: Rhine.
Barberi, Mario; Barre, Vt.; H; 2nd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Bardosi, Arterizio, Barre. Vt.; H; 2nd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Bardosi, Joseph; Barre. Vt.; H; 2nd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Cadek, Ottaker; Chattanooga, Tenn.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Capursi, Peitro C.; Montpeilier, Vt.; H; 1st Class Musc.; Rhine.
Chichonski, Frank V.; Philadelphia, Pa.; H; 3rd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Desimone, Charles, Allston, Mass.; H; 2nd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Farrell, John H.; Bakersfield, Vt.; H; 2nd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Goodrich, Archie L.; Burlington, Vt.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Jackson, Raymond H., Amesbury, Mass.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Jacobs, Reed E.; Bradford, Vt.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Larson, Charles G.; Proctor, Vt.; H; Band Sgt.; Rhine.
Lessor, Harold A.; Burlington, Vt.; H; Band Sgt.; Rhine.
Lindburger, Ernest; New York City; H; 3rd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Lousi, Thomas; Barre, Vt.; H; 3rd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Magone, Joseph; Boston, Mass.; H; Musc.; Rhine.
Minkler, Wilbur J.; Proctor, Vt.; H; Band Sgt.; Rhine.
Montin, Alfred C,; Address unknown; H; Asst. Band Leader; Rhine.
Petzi, Carmine; E. Weymonth, Mass.; H; Est Class Musc.; Rhine.
Pierce, Allen C.; Gartford, Vt.; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Pile, Harold B.; Llainfield, Vt.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Pollard, James R.; Rutland, Vt.; H; 2nd class Musc.; Rhine.
Provencal, Ralph J.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; H; Asst.; Band Leader; Rhine.
Robinson, Ernest H.; Boston, Mass.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Russell, George W.; Center Strafford, N. H.; H; Band Sgt.; Rhine.
Schaettgen, Harry J.; Chicago; Ill.; H; 3rd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Selligman, Michael; Boston, Mass.; H; 2nd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Story, Fred D.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; H; 2nd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Sullivan, Joseph; Roslandale, Mass.; H; 1st Class Musc.; Rhine.
Switzer, Carl W., Brookline, Mass.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Taylor, George; Burlington, Vt.; H; 1st Class Musc.; Rhine.
Thompson, Milton E.; Rushford, N. Y.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
Wheeler, Howard H.; Poultney, Vt.; H; 3rd Class Musc.; Rhine.
Zambelle, Hercules; Proctor, Vt.; H; Band Cpl.; Rhine.
 
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