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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- January 08, 1861
    Great Massmeeting of German Republicans to Be Held in the Hall of the German House

    All German Republicans, who, in these times of intended compromise and "great concessions," still adhere to the principles of the Republican party as embodied in the Chicago platform, are requested to meet Tuesday, January 8, the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, in the hall of the German House. This meeting is being held in order to give the German Republicans an opportunity to express their opinions on the present national crisis.

    Caspar Butz, Anthony C. Hesing, Ernst Pruessing....

    All German Republicans, who, in these times of intended compromise and "great concessions," still adhere to the principles of the Republican party as embodied in the Chicago platform, are requested ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- January 19, 1861
    South Side Union Club Organized

    A well attended meeting was held in the Archer Road Hall, the owner of which is Mr. Adam Sohn.

    Mr. John Koch called the meeting to order. Mr. F. Schlund addressed the assembly and pointed out that in serious times like the present it is necessary to forget all local and party differences or interests and to keep in view that which is most important to America, namely, the preservation of the Union.

    "History teaches us that victories have been won only by concentrating the united efforts of patriots upon one and the same object," declared Mr. Schlund. "Thus Germany once accomplished great things, and only thus did Garibaldi recently attain the unity of Italy.

    "The Union of our adopted country will also be preserved if all men, regardless of their political, social, or religious affiliations, unite in defending our 2United States."

    He recommended that the resolutions accepted January 14, at the organization of a Union Club at the Metropolitan Hall, be adopted by those present as fundamental paragraphs of the constitution of a club. A committee was then elected to frame a constitution and to submit it to prospective members for adoption.

    The report of the committee was accepted after some minor details had been altered.

    Then the constitution of the Union Club of the South Side was submitted for signatures, and the following persons were elected officers: F. Schlund, president; John F. Koch, secretary; Ludwig Bachale, treasurer.....

    Adjournment followed.

    A well attended meeting was held in the Archer Road Hall, the owner of which is Mr. Adam Sohn. Mr. John Koch called the meeting to order. Mr. F. Schlund ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- January 23, 1861
    Resolutions of the Seward Club of the Seventh Ward

    The following resolutions were adopted by the Seward Club in a meeting which Was held Saturday evening:

    Whereas, We American citizens, members of the Seward Club will do all in our power to help maintain the unity and concord of the United States, in view of the difficult and dangerous situation in which our adopted fatherland now finds itself, and

    whereas, We offer to the just Government of the United States our assistance and every means at our disposal; for since the Democrats of Illinois blame the Republicans for the present disturbances in the country, and have openly and emphatically stated that they will place every possible obstacle in the way of the Republican Administration; therefore be it

    Resolved, That we shall fearlessly oppose the Democratic party and shall not 2permit ourselves to be intimidated in any way or by any means,

    That we appeal to all citizens of German descent to unite with us and aid in maintaining our constitutional rights,

    That these resolutions shall be published in all local newspapers.

    H. Hett, President,

    G. Scheef, Secretary.

    The following resolutions were adopted by the Seward Club in a meeting which Was held Saturday evening: Whereas, We American citizens, members of the Seward Club will do all in ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- February 19, 1861
    Seventh Ward Seward Club

    The following resolutions were unanimously adopted in a meeting which the Seventh Ward Club and the Seward Club held Saturday evening, February 16, 1861.

    Whereas, Several Chicago meat packers and grain merchants are doing everything they possibly can during the current week to support the compromisers in the Senate and the House of Representatives, by stating that nineteen twentieths of the Republicans of Chicago are in favor of compromise; therefore be it

    Resolved, That we consider honesty to be a prime virtue in business as well as in politics, and that we deem it a great injustice that those gentlemen want to barter free territories to slavery, and that they approve of such bartering because now they probably are not able to buy as much pork and flour as they were wont; further

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    That those gentlemen are guilty of an infamous lie when they claim that they represent nineteen twentieths of the Republican party of Chicago; for in the Seventh Ward alone there are more than twelve hundred Germans who are affiliated with the Republican party, and thus far we have not heard of a single one among them who approves of such an ignominious compromise as the Kellogg Compromise; further

    That we are firmly resolved to a bide by the Chicago platform and to oppose any and every compromise which cedes even an inch of free territory to slavery, and will hand over those of our representatives who barter free territories to slavery to the scorn and contempt of the present and future generations.

    The gentlemen speak of a dictatorship which the Tribune is trying to exercise over them, but to which they will not submit. And they wax angry, very angry, indeed. Poor Tribune, you had better tremble--for didn't you adhere to and defend the principles of the Republican Party?

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    However, the gentlemen referred to apparently do not know that the Rebels have insulted our flag and stolen our forts, our ships, our money, and our weapons--that they have heaped shame upon our flag and humiliated it in the sight of the world; these acts seem to be of no consequence to these men whose sole honor and distinction seems to consist of making money. The Southerners have long had the privilege of making and ridiculing the North, of tarring and feathering the opponents of slavery, and as a reward for such acts we are to donate the free territories to them; for they are our dear, dear brothers of the South! Do you not notice a trace of dictatorship in their conduct? Therefore, be it further

    Resolved, That we declare the proposed compromise of Mr. Kellogg treason to the Republican party and openly comdemn it.

    In conclusion we would say that these resolutions will be published in the English language and German language newspapers, and a copy will be sent to each of our congressmen. We ask all German Republican clubs of Chicago 4to voice their opinions on this matter.

    H. Hett, President; C. Scheef, Secretary; Seward Club Philipp Wetzel, President; E. Kaeseburg, Secretary; Seventh Ward Club

    The following resolutions were unanimously adopted in a meeting which the Seventh Ward Club and the Seward Club held Saturday evening, February 16, 1861. Whereas, Several Chicago meat packers and ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- February 27, 1861
    Resolutions of the Seward Club

    The following resolutions were passed in a meeting held by the Seward Club, February 23, 1861:

    Whereas, An amendment to the present charter of the city of Chicago was adopted by the Illinois State Legislature at Springfield, abolishing the Board of Sewers, Streets, and Water, and replacing it with a Board of Public Works consisting of three commissioners who are to be elected by the voters of Chicago next spring; therefore be it

    Resolved, That we, as German-Republican citizens of the North Side, consider it necessary that a citizen of German descent be elected to this Board to represent the interest of Germans and to protect the rights and the welfare of the working class; further

    That we will exert our influence only in behalf of a man who possesses the necessary qualifications and ability; further 2That we appeal to all German-Republican clubs of the city to co-operate with us in our endeavors to gain our objective when the next municipal election is held.

    The following resolutions were passed in a meeting held by the Seward Club, February 23, 1861: Whereas, An amendment to the present charter of the city of Chicago was adopted ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- October 23, 1867
    Bulletin from Republican Headquarters

    The Republican headquarters at 76 La Salle Street announces that the several candidates met and appointed members to various campaign committees. Committees were set up in each of Chicago's fifteen wards. [Names of Germans who were appointed to each ward committee are omitted in translation.] The County Campaign Committee meets at the headquarters every day after ten o'clock. The local committees are asked to confer with the County Committee as often as is necessary.

    A. C. Hesing, Chairman,

    H. S. Taylor, Secretary.

    The Republican headquarters at 76 La Salle Street announces that the several candidates met and appointed members to various campaign committees. Committees were set up in each of Chicago's fifteen ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- March 28, 1868
    Second Ward Grant Club

    Many Republican citizens of the Second Ward met in Saint George's Hall, 226 South Clark Street, on Saturday evening.

    Mr. August Kopsel acted as chairman, and explained the purpose of the meeting to the assembly, namely, to organize a Grant Club.

    It was decided that A. Neuhaus, Philipp Becker, Joseph Keller, C. N. Hawley, and William F. Naulty should serve as a committee on permanent organization and report at this session.

    While the committee was deliberating, Captain N. T. Gassette and Alderman DeWolf addressed the meeting, emphasizing the necessity of organizing in every ward, to win the coming election.

    Thereupon the committee returned and reported the following as officers of the club:

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    President, A. Kopsel; vice-presidents, C. W. Hawley, Joseph Kellogg, Calvin DeWolf, C. Herrick, and George Lafflin; secretary, Henry Speer; treasurer, Philipp Becker; executive committee, G. Carter, C. B. Farwell, C. W. Schell, Joseph Butler, Hugh Reed, John Schroeder, Dr. David Dodge, Arthur Dixon, August Neuhaus, Dr. D. C. Blake, Jacob Koch, Dr. Leslie, and Charles Gay.

    The report of the committee was adopted unanimously.

    Mr. John Lyle King, Mr. A. C. Hesing, Mr. E. S. Solomon, and Mr. C. W. Hawley made eloquent speeches in behalf of the candidacy of General Grant for the presidency of the United States.

    Adjournment followed.

    Many Republican citizens of the Second Ward met in Saint George's Hall, 226 South Clark Street, on Saturday evening. Mr. August Kopsel acted as chairman, and explained the purpose of ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- March 28, 1868
    Third Ward Grant Club

    A number of citizens of the Third Ward organized a Grant Club last evening.

    The following officers were elected:

    President: Charles Wicker

    Vice President: G. H. Ham

    Secretary-Treasurer: Joseph Pollack.

    Executive Committee: Joseph Doktor, George Einbecker, Frederick Schneider, Charles Stoll, Albert Reines, Joseph Pollack, Patrick Wagner....

    Mr. E. S. Solomon, Mr. H. M. Sheppard, and Mr. Lyle King gave addresses.

    A number of citizens of the Third Ward organized a Grant Club last evening. The following officers were elected: President: Charles Wicker Vice President: G. H. Ham Secretary-Treasurer: Joseph Pollack. ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- March 28, 1868
    Seventh Ward Grant Club

    In a well-attended meeting of Republicans, held last night at Hammell's Hall, a Grant Club was organized. The following officers were elected:

    President: J. B. Ballantyne,

    Vice-presidents: John McClemand, Francis Pasdelopf, C. F. Tegtmeyer, John DeGroot, C. P. Feeney, and Alderman Max Schuler.

    Secretary: R. P. Kennedy.

    Treasurer: Charles Lodding.

    Mr. Feeney, Mr. Pasdelopf, and Mr. Schuler were elected to serve as a committee on resolutions for the purpose of setting forth the purposes of the Club. They will report at the next meeting.

    The Club will convene every Tuesday and Saturday evening until election.

    In a well-attended meeting of Republicans, held last night at Hammell's Hall, a Grant Club was organized. The following officers were elected: President: J. B. Ballantyne, Vice-presidents: John McClemand, Francis ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- April 02, 1868
    Thirteenth Ward Grant Club

    The Republican citizens of the Thirteenth Ward met in Folz Hall yesterday and organized a Grant Club.

    The following officers were elected:

    President: C. B. Dyer.

    Vice-Presidents: A. C. Coventry, J. Korth, Charles Charlston.

    Secretary: A. B. Reynolds.

    Treasurer: P. A. Hoyne.

    Executive Committee: H. A. Kaufmann, S. Hawley, G. Oertel,

    J. M. Stark, H. Lamparter, G. Sturz, A. Clarke, E. Shipman.

    Committee on resolutions: C. B. Dyer, A. G. Coventry, S. Hawley.

    S. Hawley, P. A. Hoyne, H. A. Kaufmann, Charles Loeding, J. L. King, 2 General Solomon, and others spoke.

    Adjournment followed.

    The Republican citizens of the Thirteenth Ward met in Folz Hall yesterday and organized a Grant Club. The following officers were elected: President: C. B. Dyer. Vice-Presidents: A. C. Coventry, ...

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