Manitowoc in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Salomon Brothers in the Civil War
Residents of Manitowoc
Distinguished for service in the Civil War
Charles E. Salomon
Brigadier General US Army
Major General US Army
Governor of Wisconsin 1862-1864
Sergt. Co. I 1st MO. Engrs. US Army
Erected 1927 by the People of Manitowoc and the Salomon Unit of the Steuben Society. Panel donated by Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry.
Location. 44° 5.322′ N, 87° 39.477′ W. Marker is in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Marker is at the intersection of South 8th Street (U.S. 10) and Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on South 8th Street. Touch for map. Set on the South East corner of Washington & South 8th Streets, facing North. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 S. 8th St.,, Manitowoc WI 54220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Legion Memorial Tree (a few steps from this marker); Manitowoc County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Manitowoc National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); W. Stephani Block Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Alf Muchin & Sons Furniture Store; Anderson Electric Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); I.O.O.F. Block (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manitowoc.
Also see . . . Find A Grave memorials for the four Salomon brothers. (Submitted on April 27, 2014, by Kent Salomon of Manitowoc,, Wisconsin.)
The Salomon unit of the Steuben Society formed a committee to raise funds for a memorial to the four Salomon brothers. The committee consisted of W.H. Luehr, Emil Baensch, J.C. Schmidtman, and Henry Detjen who served as the treasurer. The public announcement was made in the newspaper on March 26th of the newly formed fundraising committee. The plea from the committee to the community was that “the historical value of the memorial will be manifoldly increased by giving everybody in the community the opportunity to have a part in it.”
The site selection for the monument would be one for a few discussions. Possible locations that were suggested were on the grounds of the Roosevelt school, formerly named the First Ward school where Edward had previously taught in 1850 before it was moved to the corner of South 8th and Hamilton streets, and later renamed the Southside High and then later the Lincoln school. Others thought that a public park would be a proper location and then the county board had voted and unanimously granted the use of the Courthouse Square as a suitable location. “The site for the monument had not been decided on and the selection would be influenced by the size of the funds raised, but it will be placed in a location where tourists passing through Manitowoc will become familiar with the four Manitowoc brothers who served the Union with distinction in the war of the rebellion.”
News of this effort must have traveled fast as donations were not limited to Manitowoc residents but also came from Madison, St. Louis, Denver, and San Francisco. In a letter dated April 2nd, Dr. Louis H. Kahlenberg, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and one time a resident of Two Rivers writes, “Dear Mr. Leuhr: I am receipt of your kind letter announcing that
A year and a half after the campaign began it was time for the dedication ceremonies. The final decision was made to place the
W.H. Luehr, president of the Stueben Society presided over the event. He opened with a brief sketch of the lives which they were there to honor and introduced the members of the Salomon family in attendance which were Herman Salomon’s daughters, Clara and Serena. The tablet was draped by a silk American flag and ceremoniously unveiled by young Marie Tietgen, a 5th generation relative of the Salomon family. She then placed a wreath on the monument and was then presented with a bouquet of flowers by the members of the Steuben Society. Marie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Tietgen of Milwaukee.
Governor Fred R. Zimmerman was invited to come to Manitowoc and speak at the dedication. He began “Let me first congratulate you on the most fitting place you have chosen for this memorial. On this site, in the old courthouse, Frederick Salomon served as register of deeds; three blocks south of here stands the homestead of his parents; and one block to the eastward his brother, Edward, served as teacher in the First Ward school.” Governor Zimmerman went on to deliver the principal address where he extolled the virtues and service records of the four brothers and held out their careers as models for the emulation of our youth. His closed his remarks with: “The four Salomon brothers deserve to have their names enrolled on the same page of the Book of Fame whereupon are inscribed those of Steuben, Herkimer, Muchlenberg, Schurz, and Sigel. This memorial should become a shrine where patriotic Americans, particularly those of German ancestry, may come for inspiration in future years, and renew their devotion to the high ideals of liberty and unselfish public service which are the glory of our country, and the best guarantee of its place of honor among the nations of the world.”
The ceremony was concluded with the singing of “America” by the Frier Saengerbund along with those in attendance.
— Submitted June 24, 2012, by Kent Salomon of Manitowoc,, Wisconsin.
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