Philip H. Greenan, Former Adjutant General, is Called
Philip H. Green, age 73, chief clerk of the state board of equalization and former Montana adjutant general, died last evening at 6:50 o'clock in St. John's Hospital where he had been a patient since early Saturday morning when he was taken suddenly ill.He had been in poor health for some time but remained at his duties until his last illness.
He was adjutant general from March 1909, to January 1921, serving through the hectic days of the First World War. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War and a prominent figure in Montana politics over a span of 42 years.
Born in Ireland in 1869, Greenan came to America with relatives when he was 12 years old.He obtained his first job in a rubber factory in Millville, Mass., and three years later came West to work at the Leadville, Colo., smelters.After three years, he went to Denver, and in 1888 came to Montana to work in the smelter in Anaconda.
His first active military experience came 10 years later when Montana troops, including Company K of Anaconda--his own group, was sent to the Philippines in the Spanish American War. He saw active service with his regiment all through the war in the Philippines, receiving a wound in the right side at the battle of Caloocan. In January 1899, he was made first lieutenant, and July of the same year was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred to Company L of which he was in command, when he was mustered out of the service in San Francisco.
Greenan's first public service came in 1900 with his election as clerk of court in Anaconda.After four years he returned to work at the smelter until 1909 when Gov. Edwin L. Norris appointed him adjutant general, a post he filled 12 years.Greenan was responsible for mobilizing the national guard when the United States entered the First World War, and with maintaining the state's quota of men for the American expeditionary forces.
In 1921, he was succeeded by Col Charles L. Sheridan, now state highway patrol supervisor.
From 1928 until his death, Greenan was in charge of gasoline tax collections and chief clerk for the state board of equalization.
Survivors include his widow, Bridget Dorian Greenan, whom he married November 1899, one son, Philip Gregory Greenan, Great Falls attorney and former Cascade county prosecutor.Another child, named De Wette after the skillful Boer general, died in infancy; a sister, Mrs. John McCabe of County Monoghan, Ireland; a niece, Mrs. Frank Eschenbacher of Butte, and three grandchildren.
Colonel Greenan has been a resident of Helena since his appointment to adjutant general's office in 1909. During those years he has been active in social, religious, and political work.
He enjoys a wide circle of friends, both in this city and throughout Montana and was recognized as an able and forceful leader.In his position as chief clerk of the board of equalization, he widened his field of personal friendships through fair and consistent dealings.
He was a charter memeber of the Anaconda council, Knights of Columbus and a fourth degree member of that order in Montana.He was also a member of the Woodmen of the World, Veterans of Foreign Wars-Helena chapter, and an honorary member of the American Legion.He was a member of the Holy Name society of St. Helena's Cathedral parish.