Ed M. Prutzman Post #72
Three Rivers, Saint Joseph County, Michigan
Organized September 7, 1882
This Post was named to honor Eward M. Prutzman of Three Rivers. He enlisted in the 25th Michigan Infantry as Sergeant Major September 11, 1862 at age 20. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company I, on February 6, 1863. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on March 1, 1863 he was commissioned Adjutant on June 17, 1863. He was acting Assistant Adjutant General, First Brigade, Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps in August 1863. He was killed in action at Resaca, Georgia on May 14, 1864.
This Post was Mustered with 20 Charter Members
The first Post Commander was M. H. Bumphrey who served in Company K, 96th New York Infantry, enlisting on September 19, 1863.
The Post met at the Post Hall (Armitage Block) on St. Joseph Street. In 1887 the Post Hall is on Main Street. In 1893 the Post Hall is back on St. Joseph Street. In 1894 they met at Kelsey's Hall and the Pruetzman Building on St. Joseph Street. In 1896 the G.A.R. Hall is on St. Joseph Street, but by 1910 it is at 109 Penn. Street. In 1918 they are meeting in the G.A.R. Hall on Portage Avenue.
The last Post Commander was J. D. Wolf. His membership was not reported in the customary fashion, but it is probably that he is the Joseph D. Wolf listed in the 1890 Veterans Census. He served in Company D, 7th Pennsylvania, enlisting on October 7, 1861. He was discharged as Sergeant on August 23, 1865.
The final Report was filed December 31 1926 with 11 Members. The Post was disbanded in 1930.