Pvt. Frank L. Johnson

1895 Register of Enlistments
Frank L. Johnson enlisted on February 18, 1895 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was born in New Haven about 1873. His occupation is recorded as "Hostter". He is described as having brown eyes, black hair, a brown complexion and standing 5' 7 1/2". He was assigned to the 25th Infantry, Company G. He was discharged February 1898 at Fort Missoula with the rank of Private. His character was rated "good".

[A "hostler" is a hired hand on a farm or ranch. Could the record which lists "hostter" be a typo? Here's another person with the same situation]

"The only reference to the bicycle corps that I found in the National Archives files of the soldiers was a 1910 pension application from Frank Johnson, who had “the piles & rheumatism… received by riding a bicycle from Fort Missoula Montana to Saint Louis Missouri.” Frank Johnson, "Declaration for Original Invalid Pension," 18 May 1910, State of New York, County of New York, National Archives Building, Washington, DC"
- Pedaling On the Periphery, p. 311 , Alexandra V. Koelle
(Western Historical Quarterly 41, Autumn 2010)

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