Sheboygan Throwback: Soldiers return from the Spanish-American War
MANITOWOC - In 1898, the United States was in a 10-week conflict against Spain following an internal explosion on the USS Maine in the Havana harbor in Cuba, according to Wikipedia. The main issue in the conflict was Cuban independence.
The Treaty of Paris in 1898 settled the dispute with favorable treatment to the United States. Cuba became under control of the United States and ceded control of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippine Islands. The conflict also sparked debate about expansionism.
In this 1898 image, the Williams House in Manitowoc was the backdrop for the parade of soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War, according to the Manitowoc County Historical Society. This large, three-story brick structure was constructed in 1867 and replaced an original frame building from 1850 that was destroyed by fire in 1866.
An advertisement in the 1868 city directory boasted, “The wants of the Traveling public will receive prompt attention and no pains will be spared to give perfect satisfaction.”
The Italianate-style building featured a double-bracketed cornice and arched hood ornamentation above double sash windows on the second and third floors. A large stable was connected to the hotel.
The Williams House building was torn down in the 1920s to be replaced by the Kresge Building in 1929.
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