Sergeant Edward H. Prise 1876-1949

Edward achieved the rank of Sergeant in the army.  He was a corporal when he served 3 years in Cuba during the Spanish American War in 1899.  This bio will be updated as I learn more.  If you can fill in any blanks please let me know in the comments field at the bottom of this post.  Below are links to images of and about Edward, letters Edward wrote & received, and additional information we know about Edward.

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Click on a link to view the image: (some images can be further enlarged by clicking on them once they open)

Pic of him later in life      Pic of his gravesite

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RELATIONS:

Cousin to Rosalie Bauwens

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BIRTH & DEATH:  (courtesy of http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com)

  • Birth: 01 Aug 1876
  • Death: 22 Feb 1949
  • Buried: 25 Feb 1949
  • Burial: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

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Published in the East St. Louis Journal February 23, 1949: (courtesy of http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com)

Edward Prise Dies at Age 72.  Edward H. Prise, 72, who lived with his daughter, Mrs. Edwina Yates, apartment 27C, Samuel Gompers Homes, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Veteran’s hospital, Jefferson Barracks, where he had been a patient three days. He had been ill for a year. Mr. Prise, a retired moulder for the Wescott Valve Co., East St. Louis, was born in St. Louis and had lived in East St. Louis 55 years. Prise served in Cuba during the Spanish American War, and was a charter member of the Nelson A. Miles camp of the Spanish War Veterans. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday in the Robbins Chapel with burial in the National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks. In addition to his daughter Mrs. Edwina Yates, he is survived by two sons, Clarence and Virgil Prise, both of East St. Louis and five grandchildren.

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Published in the East St. Louis Journal February 24, 1949: (courtesy of http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com)

Rites Friday for Edward H. Prise Funeral services for Edward H. Prise, 72, apartment 27C, Samuel Gompers Homes, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Robbins Chapel, with burial in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks. Mr. Prise, Spanish-American War veteran and retired moulder for Wescott Valve Co., East. St. Louis, died Tuesday night in the Veterans’ Hospital, Jefferson Barracks, where he had been a patient three days. He had been ill for a year. Prise was born in St. Louis and had lived here 55 years. He was a charter member of the Spanish American War Veterans, Nelson A. Miles camp.

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MILITARY SERVICE: (courtesy of http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com)

  • Regiment: Co. K& L, 8th U.S. Cavalry
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Enlisted: 03 Aug 1897
  • Discharged: 02 Aug 1906

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FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE: (courtesy of Betty Joe “Aunt Chicken” Hilkey)

  1. Letter dated August 1, 1899 from Edward to his cousin Rosalie.  He sent it to her while he was a solider in the Spanish American War and stationed in Cuba.  It details the plague of yellow fever, a forbidden love, and a severe disdain for islands as well as the army.
  2. Letter dated August 28, 1899 from Edward to his cousin Rosalie.  It details the boredom of service, hopes of returning to the states, and hints at a recent mysterious murder back home.

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MORE INFO ONLINE:

  1. Nelson A. Miles Camp Charter Member
  2. Letter of Eighth Cavalry Association soliciting E.H. Prise to join the Association (1930)  (courtesy of http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com)
  3. Letter sent to Prise’s daughter regarding his death (1949) (courtesy of http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com)

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