Sterling Price Camp History
In 1971 Camp Adjutant Courtney Shands submitted the following roster to Earl F. Harvey, Lt. Commander-in-Chief of Alexandria, Virginia. The roster is interesting in that it provides the residential addresses of the members, and on several occasions their professional titles.
William Crowdus......Pershing Ave.
Governor J. M. Dalton.....Jefferson City, Mo.
Dr. O. P. Hampton....Washington Ave Col. D. H. Hundley........University City, Mo.
Lorraine F. Jones.......Kirkwood, Mo. M. A. Jones...........................Kirkwood, Mo.
C. J. Murphy..............Sappington, Mo. A. W. Moise................Webster Groves, Mo.
John C. Mosby III......Ballwin, Mo. G. L. Fuhri..............................Ferguson, Mo.
Fred Niemeyer...........University City, Mo. Brian Smith.......Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo.
Capt. Clinton A. Murphy..Sappington, Mo. J. B. Peters.....................McPherson Avenue
Courtney Shands.....Westmoreland Avenue Charles Via...........................Kirkwood, Mo.
Vance Cherbonnier...Florissant, Mo. The Florissant Valley Historical Society
James T. Pettus........Manchester, Mo. Robert E. Orten....................Kirkwood, Mo.
John McDermott...Durango, Colorado John Albury Bryan...................Benton Place
Judge Ivan Lee Holt Jr.....University City, Mo. J. H. Cunningham.................Julia Dent Drive
Dr. Sterling Price........N. Ballas Road
No reports were found for 1972, but in 1973 A. Welborne Moise was elected Camp Commander, Dr. Philip Brumbaugh became Treasurer, and Courtney Shands Jr. stayed on as Adjutant. One death was reported that year with the passing of G. L. Fuhri. Mr. Moise’s grand-father was one of the most prominent ex-Confederates in the State. He had served as Missouri Division Commander of the United Confederate Veterans, and had served as vice-President of the Higginsville Confederate Veterans Home. In 1862 he had enlisted in Company E, 1st Maryland Battalion of Cavalry. At the end of the war he was commanding Companies D & H of the 24th Georgia Infantry. Lt. Moise passed away in St. Louis on 1 December 1920. Membership for 1973 included:
Dr. Philip Brumbaugh
John A. Bryan
J. H. Cunningham
William K. Gardner Jr. Judge Ivan L. Holt Jr. Col. D. H. Hundley
Lorraine F. Jones Jr. M. Alexander Jones Maury F. Jones
John J. McDermott A. W. Moise R. M. Morriss
John C. Mosby III C. J. Murphy Capt. Clinton Murphy
Fred Niemeyer Courtney Shands Jr. Courtney Shands III
In 1974 Charles Via was elected Camp Commander. At that time there were
three “Real Sons” in the Camp; Lorraine F. Jones, Reuben M. Morris, and
Fred Niemeyer. Dr. Alexander C. Nivin is listed as an “Honorary” member,
and there are 24 members in the Camp.
No reports were found for 1975, but in 1976 Charles Via was still serving as Camp Commander, and Dr. Philip Brumbaugh was Adjutant. William K. Gardner Jr. had been elected Treasurer, and the membership was as follows:
John A. Bryan
T. C. Carlin Jr.
J. D. Cooper J. Hunter Cunningham Judge Ivan Holt
Col. D. H. Hundley M. Alexander Jones Maury F. Jones
I. A. Long John J. McDermott A. Welborne Moise
Reuben M. Morris (Real Son) Clint J. Murphy Capt. C. A. Murphy
Fred Niemeyer (Real Son) Dr. Alex C. Nivin (Honorary) Courtney Shands Jr.
Courtney Shands III Don Shomburg (Honorary) Jimmy D. Woods II
Noble k. Wyatt
In 1977 Charles Via was still Commander, and Phil Brumbaugh was Adjutant.
Compatriot J. Hunter Cunningham passed away in March of that year, and
there were 25 camp members on the roster. No new members were listed for
In June of 1978 Noble K. Wyatt of Godfrey, Illinois was elected Camp
Commander, and Jimmy D. Woods II served as Adjutant. There were 24 members
listed on the roster. Commander Wyatt was very actively involved with many
projects in the area, including the preservation of the Alton, Illinois
Confederate Cemetery. Through his efforts there became a greater community
awareness of our Confederate heritage. His biography lists his many accomplishments
while in office. By 1987, Charles Via had been a member of Sterling Price
Camp #145 for 42 years. That year he had commented that although the core
membership was dedicated and hard working, that new members were very hard
to come by. This was not a new problem, nor would it go away in the future.
Meetings were held on a rather irregular basis, and attendance was low.
Real Son, Reuben M. Morris passed away the previous year leaving Fred Niemeyer
as the only Real Son left in the Camp.
Commander Wyatt, and Adjutant Woods retained their offices in 1979, and
there was a significant increase in Camp activities that year. In January
they joined with the United Daughters of the Confederacy to celebrate the
birthdays of Generals Lee and Jackson. In June they got together again
to celebrate President Davis’ birthday at the Soldiers Memorial in downtown
St. Louis. They also worked on the preservation of the Confederate
Cemetery at Alton, Illinois. The Camp became actively involved with several
re-enactment groups in the St. Louis area and joined them in several memorial
services. Commander Wyatt had the body of General Bushrod Johnson moved
from an obscure cemetery in Illinois to Nashville, where his wife was interred.
The Camp grew to 30 members in 1979.