The Skirmishers

The Hillsdale Skirmishers, who believed a military education was the best training one could secure, was organized as the 19th century turned into the 20th century by Stanley Bryan, a Hillsdale High School student.The Skirmisher.

 Michigan SKirmishers in camp at Baw beese lake - 1904

Michigan SKirmishers in camp at Baw beese lake - 1904

 Michigan skirmishers in camp at baw beese lake - 1905

Michigan skirmishers in camp at baw beese lake - 1905

Familiar names in the group included Harold Stock, Jason Robards, Sr., Tom Walworth, Thomas Sawyer, F.A. Rothlisberger and Hume Woodard.

 Michigan skirmishers mess tent at clear lake, IN encampment. cooks: Joe stone & charles busch - 1906

Michigan skirmishers mess tent at clear lake, IN encampment. cooks: Joe stone & charles busch - 1906

 1st Battalion michigan skirmishers, company a-hillsdale, company b-reading. exhibition drill at the hillsdale county fair - 1906

1st Battalion michigan skirmishers, company a-hillsdale, company b-reading. exhibition drill at the hillsdale county fair - 1906


On May 31, 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt made a train stop in Hillsdale.  Since the Secret Service was in its early days of presidential protection, Hillsdale's Skirmishers were given the task of protecting the president and securing the site around the train, a task which proved a bit overwhelming for the young men.


Carol A. Lackey