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The text that follows is reproduced from (the report of the) Thirty-First Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12th, 1900.

 p132  Bard P. Schenck
No. 3234. Class of 1887.
Died, March 10, 1900, at Mochudi, Bechuanaland, Africa, aged 35.

Bard Pendleton Schenck was born in Maryland thirty-five years ago and was appointed to the West Point Military Academy from New York in 1883. He was graduated with the rank of Second Lieutenant four years later and was stationed at Fort Abraham Lincoln, N. D., for several years. He was wholly retired from the army in July, 1896, and went to South Africa about three years ago on business. At the outbreak of the war​a his army training led him to enlist in the British army for active service.

James Punnett, of 43 West Fifty-fifth street, an old friend of the Schenck family, when seen yesterday, said he had heard no more particulars of Lieutenant Schenck's death, but understood that the young American had died from fever contracted in the field, and that he had been in the hospital for some time. Mr. Punnett was the law partner of Lieutenant Schenck's brother, N. Pendleton Schenck, until the latter's death two years ago. Two sisters and two brothers reside in this city, but their home at 60 West Twelfth street has been closed for some time.

The Schenck family was prominent in Brooklyn a few years ago. The Lieutenant's father was the Rev. Dr. Noah Hunt Schenck, who was rector of St. Ann's Protestant Episcopal Church on the Heights from 1869 until his death, January 4, 1885. In 1871 he was one of the three delegates from the Evangelical Alliance sent to St. Petersburg to petition the Czar in behalf of Russian dissenters.

Dr. Schenck's wife was a sister of the late Senator George Pendleton of Ohio, who was Minister to Germany under President Cleveland's first administration. She has been dead several years. The two brothers of the South African soldier are Spotswood D. Schenck and Emil Schenck, a musician.

New York Times.

Thayer's Note:

a The Boer War.

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