Wide Awakes in Waupun
Waupun Times, August 1, 1860
AT A MEETING of the Republican Club, held at Dodge Hall last Wednesday evening a Wide-Awake Company was formed. Sixty-four names were enrolled, and considerable enthusiasm was manifested. The regulations of the Janesville Wide-Awakes were read, and, after being amended, were adopted. They are as follows:
1st--This is a branch of the Waupun Republican Club, and shall be known as the "Wide Awake Club."
2d--Any person who has attained to the age of eighteen years, who will aid and support the Republican candidates, and furnish himself with the style of uniform adopted by this Club, may become a member thereof.
3d--Every person shall, before he is recognized as a member of this Club, sign these articles.
4th--The officers of this Club shall be a Captain, 1st, 2d, 3d and 4th Lieutenants, and Treasurer. The Captain shall have command of the Club at all times; in his absence the Lieutenants shall have command in the order of their rank.
5th--Every member of this club shall attend all the meetings whether regular or special; and when on duty or in attendance at the meetings, shall obey the officers in command, and shall at all times perform such duties as shall be required of him by the officers in command.
6th--It is the object of this club--
1st. To act as a political police.
The following officers were then elected:
Captain--Hans C. Heg.
L. B. Hills was elected Corresponding Secretary of the club. The officers were authorized to obtain uniforms, and a resolution was passed requesting members to pay one dollar to the treasurer for the purpose of procuring the same. The uniform, it was decided, should consist of a cap, cape, and torch. On Thursday evening there was a drill meeting at Wirt's Ware-house, which was well attended. Several new names were added to the roll-call. Another drill-meeting is called for this evening, at the same place. Let every Republican who has the good of the cause and the fame of our village at heart be in attendance. Such as deem themselves too old to join the Wide-Awakes, are not debarred the privilege of uniforming a substitute. There are many who wish to join, but lack the means, offering a good field for political philanthropists. Our young Republican friends in the country, who reside sufficiently near town to attend the meetings are cordially invited to join.