Spanish-American War Veterans
“Remember the Maine!” became the rallying cry for the United States after the Maine exploded in the harbor at Havana, Cuba on February 15, 1898. Although responsibility for the Maine’s destruction has not been established with certainty, the sinking of the Maine was a prelude to the Spanish-American War later in 1898.
Clark Cole, son of Jesse Cole (a Civil War Chaplain) volunteered for duty in Company G of the 52nd Iowa Infantry. They trained in Fort Dodge, at Camp McKinley in Des Moines and at Camp Thomas in Chickamauga Park, Georgia. They were selected as part of a provisional division to proceed to Puerto Rico but those plans were soon rescinded. The regiment’s overall health declined due to typhoid, malaria and yellow jaundice and they returned to Iowa afater about 3 1/2 months in Georgia. Clark, who was born in 1873 in Wisconsin, passed away in 1919 and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Ireton’s other Spanish-American War War veteran, Dr. A.L. Craik came to Ireton after his military service and established a veterinary practice. Born in Castana, Monona County, Iowa on October 6, 1879, he served the community for more than 25 years before his death in 1943.