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  • Alvin Reyes Gubisch (1918 - 1966)
    I was told he never finished high school, didn't like to read, and was a bum/alcoholic. There may have been some truth to that, but when his sister, my aunt Else, passed on, I inherited a few documents...
  • Arthur Williams Gubisch (1873 - 1952)
    Arrived in the U.S. in 1888 at the age of twelve. It is so far undetermined which port he arrived in or who his parents are. U.S. Census show he enlisted twice in the U.S. Infantry, the first time on J...

Research, notes on Arthur W. Gubisch; including his history, descendants, etc. Arthur's U.S. military records states he was born (1873) in Glogan, Germany. (Today, no such city exists but I have found a Glogau, Silesia. Silesia later became part of Germany, then Communist Russia, and then Poland. Further research to be had.)

He emigrated to the United States 1888 where he received U.S. citizenship. Cities where he lived included Chicago (Illinois), Crooks (Nebraska), and San Francisco (California). Prior to enlisting in the U.S. Infantry, he was an accountant. He enlisted twice in the U.S. Infantry. So far am unable to determine his first assignment.

His second tour of duty placed him in the Philippines fighting the Spanish American war and the Philippine American war.

After the war, the U.S. Government instituted an Assimilation Program to rebuild the Philippines' government and educational infrastructure, patterned after the U.S. own system. Hundreds of U.S. teachers and professionals were hired and sent to the Philippines as part of this program on a ship called Thomas. They came to be called The Thomasites. Arthur Williams Gubisch, along with many other discharged soldiers, remained in the Philippines after the war and joined with the Thomasites in the Assimilation Program. Documented in several documents, including the Report of the U.S. Philippine Commission to the Secretary of War, 1900-1912, Parts 1-2, Arthur Williams Gubisch is appointed November 1901 as a Teacher, earning $1000 Mexican assigned to San Pedro, Tunisan, Laguna in September 1, 1902. His home address at the time of assignation is Manila. Noted is that "Many of the persons whose residence is set down as Manila are discharged soldiers who were taken into the service in this city."

It is possible he attended the University of South Dakota. He is recorded is list of correspondence with Joseph Mauck, President of Univrsity. Reference: http://www.usd.edu/library/upload/Mauck.pdf

Feel free to contact me if you might have any information... vidda@sbcglobal.net

Reference: Thomasite article, http://angkangpilipino.com/page/6/