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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

Eugene Jaccardº Spencer​1

(Ap'd Mo.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1878, to June 13, 1882, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 13, 1882.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Bayard, N. M., Oct. 20, 1882, to July 9, 1883; as Acting Regimental Adjutant, Jan. 6 to Mar. 24, 1883, and as Adjutant of Battalion in the field, Mar. 27 to Apr. 23, 1883; with

(Transferred, June 7, 1883,
to rank as Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1882)

Battalion of Engineers, at Willet's Point, N. Y., July 19, 1883, to Jan. 7,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 19, 1884)

1886, being on detached service at Creedmoor, N. Y., Sep. 5 to Oct. 1, 1884; as Engineer Officer of the Department of Arizona, Feb. 1 to  p358 Oct. 29, 1886; as Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stickney, Nov. 8, 1886, to Aug. 19, 1887; as Recorder of Board of Engineer Officers on bridge across the Ohio near junction of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, May 27 to June 25, 1887; at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology, Aug. 29, 1887, to Aug. 28, 1889; and as Assistant to Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Abbot, Sep. 9, 1889, to Aug. 10, 1890.

Resigned, Aug. 10, 1890.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Electrical Engineer and Manufacturer's Agent, St. Louis, Mo. — With Thomson-Houston Electric Co., and its successor, The General Electric Co., from date of resignation (1890) to March 1,  p355 1894. — In charge of Exhibits and Contracts of the General Electric Co., at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. — Since 1893, Western Engineer and Agent of The Safety Insulated Wire and Cable Co.

Military History. —

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, June 20, 1898)

Served: At St. Louis, Mo., on Board of Examiners for officers' commissions, to July 9. — At Washington, D. C., July 10‑16. — At St. Louis in charge of regimental recruiting service, and in command of recruiting camp at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. — At Jefferson Barracks, on duty with regiment, Aug. 20 to Sept. 10, 1898. — On D. S. preceding regiment to camp at Lexington, Ky., Sept. 10‑15.

(Resigned — Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, Sept. 15, 1898)

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Consulting Engineer, St. Louis, Mo.; Vice-President Granite City and St. Louis Railway Co.; President Texarkana Light & Traction Co.; Grand Marshal, Civic Parade, at dedication of Louisiana Purchase Exposition, May 31, 1903; President of the Engineers' Club of St. Louis; President of the Mercantile Club of St. Louis; Colonel, 1st Regiment of Infantry, National Guard of Missouri, since July 7, 1906. — Residence, St. Louis, Mo.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born July 31, 1859)

Military History. —

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, March 19, 1884

Resigned, Aug. 10, 1890

Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, June 20, 1898

Honorably Discharged, Sept. 15, 1898

Colonel, 1st Infantry, National Guard, Missouri, July 7, 1906

Brigadier-General, National Guard of Missouri, Feb. 12, 1913

Placed on Supernumerary List by Circular No. 8 of 1914, Department of Militia Affairs, U. S. A.

Colonel of Engineers, National Army, Dec. 20, 1917

Organized at Camp Grant and sent to the front reinforcements for 18th Engineers (Standard Railway Construction), 560 men, and for 19th Engineers (Locomotive Shop Troops), 460 men; organized, trained and forwarded the 36th Engineers (Railway Transportation); Provisional Railway Reinforcement Regiment of Engineers, 4000 men; organized, trained and accompanied as Commander to Europe the 52nd Engineers, (Standard Railway and Bridge Construction Regiment); engaged in reconstruction of Pontanezen Barracks and Rest Camps of the Brest Command; transferred with the Regiment to Base Section No. 2, Bordeaux, where Regiment was occupied in the construction of Warehouses, Yards, Barracks, etc., at St. Sulpice Reserve Storage Station; at St. Loubes Ordnance Dock, Sorting, Storage and Forwarding Station, and other Railroad, Dock and Hospital construction throughout this Base, and in Base No. 6 at Marseilles; Chief of Staff, Base Section No. 2, Aug. 17 to Nov. 5, 1918;

Civil History. — Consulting Engineer, St. Louis, Mo.; President Webster Park Realty Co.; Residence, 215 Oakwood Ave., Webster Park, St. Louis Co., Mo.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1920]

Military History. —

First Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 19, 1884.

Resigned, Aug. 10, 1890.

Colonel, Engineers, National Army, Dec. 20, 1917.

Assistant Section Engineer and Section Engineer to departure with his command for the United States May 29, 1919; arrived Newport News, June 13, 1919; at Camp Grant, Ill., mustered out his command; on leave of absence July to Aug.; assigned to command of Sixth Engineers at Camp Grant.

Honorably Discharged, Oct., 1919.

Colonel of Engineers, Reserve, to Jan. 8, 1929; Colonel, Auxiliary Reserve, Jan. 8, 1929, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services in positions of great responsibility. As colonel, 32nd Engineers, he constructed, in large part, the storage camp at St. Sulpice, Bordeaux, the receiving barracks of Genicourt, the new port at Talmont, the munitions depot at St. Loubes, France. As chief engineer of Base Section No. 2, Bordeaux, France, his duties included the construction and maintenance of roads and buildings, supervision of forests and posts. His high professional skill, unremitting energy, and devotion to duty contributed markedly to the success of the American Expeditionary Forces."

Decoration: Officier de la Legion d'Honneur.

Civil History: — Consulting Engineer, St. Louis, Mo.; President, Ornamental Lighting Manufacturing & Sales Co., with office at 1177 Arcade Building, St. Louis, Mo.

Address: 1177 Arcade Bldg., St. Louis, Mo.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

1st Lt. C. E., Mar. 19, 1884.

Resigned, Aug. 10, 1890.

Colonel of Engineers, Reserve, to Jan. 8, 1929;

Colonel, Auxiliary Reserve, Jan. 8, 1929, to Sept. 22, 1938.

Died, Sept. 22, 1938, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo.: Aged 79.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1940.º

Buried, Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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