This record was transcribed by Penny Bennett Casey from the "Pensions and Increase of Pensions", which pertained to the Bill that was approved in 1917 for pension benefits for the Indian War Veterans.

Pension Committee Ė February 26,1923

Calendar No. 1207, 67th Congress, 4th Session, Senate Report No. 1217

H.R. 10388

Rose G. Bingman, 1818 East Mallon Avenue, Spokane, Spokane County, Wash., is the widow of John J. Bingman, who served during certain Indian wars in Captain Randallís Company B., Second Idaho Volunteers, in 1877.  (I.W.W. Orig. 15637)

The soldierís and widowís claims under the act of March 4, 1917, were rejected on the ground that the official records of the United States afford no evidence of alleged soldierís service in company E. Idaho Mounted Volunteers, in 1877, and his name is not borne on the rolls of any organization of Idaho Volunteers on file in the archives of said State.

Service as above cited is pensionable, and the only qu4estion involved is whether the soldier actually rendered service as alleged.  Soldier claimed that he served in Company E, Idaho Volunteers from June 15 to August 25, 1877, his wife (claimant) stated that he served in the war against the Nez Perce Indians in Idaho in 1877 under Capt. D.B. Randall.  Captain Randallsí company was Company B, not E, as alleged by the soldier.

In support of the bill there have been filed the sworn statements of F.A. Fenn, J.G. Rowton, and J.B. Morris, as follows:

 

I am a citizen of the United States of the age of 68 years and a pensioner under the act of March 4, 1917; I was personally well acquainted with John Jacob Bingman in his lifetime; I was a member of Capt. D.B. Randallís company of volunteers during the Nez Perce Indian war of 1877, and for a short time served as commissary sergeant of said company in the campaign of 1877; I know personally that John Jacob Bingman served in Capt. D.B. Randallís Company in that war, but as to whether he was regularly enrolled in that company I can not say; I know that John Jacob Bingman performed duty regularly with that company, and that he received rations like any other member of the company while I acted as commissary sergeant.

                                                                      April 4, 1922

                                                                      F.A. Fenn

 

I am a citizen of the United States of the age of 71 years and a pensioner under the act of March 4, 1917; I was a resident of Idaho County, Idaho, in the summer of 1877 and participated as a volunteer in Capt. D.B Randallís company in the Nez Perce Indian war of 1877;  I was acquainted with John Jacob Bingman in his lifetime and personally know that said John Jacob Bingman took an  active part as a volunteer with me in that war; said John Jacob Bingman served in said war as a volunteer with men who were enrolled in Capt. D.B. Randallís company of volunteers, but as to whether he was so enrolled I can not say.

                                                                      April 1, 1922

                                                                      J.G. Rowton

 

To whom it may concern:

I hereby certify that I am a physician and surgeon; that I was practicing my profession in Idaho County, Idaho, in the year of 1877, and that I was regimental surgeon for the volunteers and belonged to Capt.. D.B. Randallís company, and that I personally know that John Jacob Bingman resided in Idaho County and that he also belonged to Captain Randallís company, and that he did active service all through the Nez Perce Indian war and is as much entitled to pension as any person who devoted their time and energy to protect our citizens and country.

                                                                      March 25, 1922

                                                                      J.B. Morris, M.D.

 

With the papers is a repot from the Bureau of Pensions showing that Witnesses F.A. Fenn and J.B. Morris are pensioned for service rendered in Captain Randallís Company B, Second Idaho Volunteers in 1877.  Joshua G. Rowton is pensioned under the act of March 4, 1917, for service in Company F., Nineteenth Kansas Cavalry, during the campaign against the Cheyenne and Kiowa Indians.  His name is not borne on the official muster roll of Captain Randallís company, but it is found upon an unauthenticated typewritten list.

Sufficient evidence has been filed showing that the claimant is the soldierís legal widow.  She was married to him February 14, 1888, and lived with him until his death, December 12, 1917. 

Claimant is 67 years of age.  Evidence filed in support of the bill indicates that she has no property, but receives about $200 per year from the sale of property which she did own.  Medical evidence shows that she is suffering with infirmities due to old age and can only do light housework.

In view of all the facts it is believed that this committee should hold that the claimantís husband served over 30 days in Capt. D. B. Randallís Company B, Second Idaho Volunteers, during the Nez Perce Indian war in 1877, and that her name be placed on the pension roll as the widow of an Indian war survivor at the rate of $12 per month, and it is so recommended.

 

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