Spanish American War Veterans were organized into what were called Camps. The Saranac Lake Camp was #124, it was organized in the spring of 1932 and called The Lieutenant John H. Shelley Camp, 124.  The 1898 war between Spain and the United States was largely fomented by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst.


Elbert E. Bellows Co; B 22nd Regiment, New York Infantry

Orville Leslie Dyer

Roger R. Hickok of St. Armand

Eugene Knapp

Frank Knapp of St. Armand

Fred Knapp of St. Armand

Fletcher Mace Co. G 21st Infantry Regiment, 5th Army Corps

Phillip McCann Co. C 21st Regiment U. S. Infantry

CPL William J. Melvin 27th Infantry

Fred Noyes of St. Armand

Herbert Williams

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Friday, May 25, 1962

Fletcher Mace Is Honored As Spanish War Veteran

About sixty people gathered to do honor to Fletcher Mace at the Veterans Club Wednesday night. As far as we know, Fletcher Mace is the only surviving Spanish-American War veteran in the North Country.

Born in Clintonville in 1877, he came to Saranac Lake when he was 13. In 1909, he married Gladys Brown, a native of Saranac Lake.

Justice of the Peace, Paul Dupree acted as toastmaster. Out of "Enterprise" 1898 vintage, Mr. Dupree noted that Fletcher Mace had won two Silver Trophies in Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, one for figure skating, and one for speed skating. Later in 1898 he enlisted for Army service in Plattsburgh. Assigned to the 21st Infantry Regiment %th Army Corps. serving under General Shafter. July 17, 1898 saw Fletcher on San Juan Hill - one of the most famous battles in history. In May 1899 he left for the Philippines where he served for two years. In 1901 he was discharged and returned to Saranac Lake. He worked for the William Mullen Supply Company until his retirement 7 years ago at age 78. The Maces have one son, Dermott, who is married and they have two children.

Also present was His Honor, the Mayor of Saranac Lake, Alton B. Anderson, who spoke briefly. The party broke up after all those present sang a few old-time songs.

The Malone Farmer April-June 1933 - can't read date


The officers and members of Lieutenant John H. Shelley Camp, 124 Spanish-American war veterans, held an enjoyable meeting In the parlors of the Malone armory last week, the event being in honor of the first anniversary of the camp, which has its headquarters in Saranac Lake. Nine members of the camp are residents of Malone and vicinity.

The officers of Shelley Camp who had charge of the meeting are as follows, and all were present except Chaplain W. E. Riddle who was ill and unable to attend.

Commander—E. E. Bellows. Sr. Vice-Commander — E. H Williams. Jr. Vice-Commander—W. A. Hennigar. Adjutant—P. W. Moe. Quartermaster—F. J. Knapp. Patriotin Instructor—A. E. Page. Historian—J. W. Genaway. Surgeon—Dr. P. V. Dalphin. Chaplain—-W. E. Riddle. Officer of Day—F. Mace. Ofllcer of Guard—F. C. Norris. Sgt. Major—M. E. Monaghan. Q. M. Sgt—Eugene Knapp.

Seven new members joined the camp which raises the total membership to twenty-six, a gain of 100 percent since the camp was organized.

Following the business session brief talks were given by Lieut. P. F. Dalphin, Capt. John W. Genaway, Lieut. Fred C. Norris, Sheriff Mark E. Monaghan, and others, all expressing the pleasure of the meeting and commending the spirit of interest manifested in the camp and its rapidly growing membership.

It was planned to hold a meeting of the camp in Malone occasionally to accommodate the Malone members.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Friday, December 5, 1952

10 Years ago today

Roger Hickok was elected commander of the J. H. Shelley camp of the Spanish War Veterans.