The War Years
  • Spanish American War

Pvt. Joseph S. Decker, Co. I, 71st Regt., a resident of Tottenville, was the only Staten Islander killed in the war with Spain.   A grand parade in his honor took place in February 1899.  His body lay in state in the former Edgewater Village Hall Stapleton.  Interment took place at Bethel Cemetery, Tottenville, where in 1912, a ceremony and monument unveiling was held.