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Soldiers’ Memorial,
Jones Park, East St. Louis, Illinois

Below are
--abstracts from two newspaper articles with images of the Soldiers' Memorial,
--names of the 98 men from the area who died during World War I, plus five whose names were added at a later date [total 103],
--descriptive comments about the men whose names are inscribed on the monument, and
--photographs of the monument.

Article abstracts by Lawrence Kritis, photographs by Raymond Kritis.

East St. Louis Daily Journal, November 11, 1924

Monument located at head of Victory Drive in Jones Park, dedicated on the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice

Parade started at 2:30 at 10th and State Streets moved east on State Street to 25th Street, north to Victory Drive Sixth Infantry Band of Jefferson Barracks

Ceremony Plan

Monument unveiling at 3:30 by Virginia Lucille Johnson and Master Charles Ashton

Ceremony director, Mrs. C. H. Niederfeld of the Women’s Relief Corps

Assistants: Mrs. Florence Jamison Miller of Monticello, Mrs. William Bahrenburg of Belleville, past president of the WRC.

Principal Addressees: Rev. Joseph M. Lonergan of Durand , Ill., national chaplain of the American Legion, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell of Shelbyville, past national chaplain of the American Legion.

Memorial funds raised by the legion and auxiliaries

Musical program: 6th Infantry Band Chorus of 400 from public schools, musical director Miss Julia Kelsey High School Band

Invocation: Rabbi Jacob R. Mazur

Monument presented by Helen R. Warner, general chairman of the memorial committee

Responded by Kevin Kane, attorney

Benediction by Rev. J. J. Downey of St. Joseph’s Church

Speakers Platform: Speakers, guests of honor, members of committee, Mayor M. M. Stephens, City officials, Representatives of the Park Board, Business and Professional Women’s Club, sponsor of memorial idea

Monument was a dream since the 1st anniversary of signing of armistice

Patriotic organizations outlined plans for exercises

Committee in charge arranged speakers and parade

G.A.R. took interest

Spanish-American War Veterans

Women of all of the war organization auxiliaries

Miss Cecil Townsend, secretary of the Red Cross and other officers of the chapter

Members of the Lions, Rotary and Optimist clubs, and others

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East St. Louis Daily Journal, November 12, 1924

Parade twenty minutes long, Order of Procession:

In total, 600 marched in parade, 200 in automobiles
1,500 assembled in park waiting for parade
Gold star mothers had seats of honor

Ceremony

Monument revealed By Virginia Lucille Johnson and Master Charles Ashton

Women of various war organizations attired in white and arms laden with flowers placed flowers at base after reveal for those who fell in the following battles:

Sixth Infantry Band played Star Spangled Banner, with chorus

Rabbi Jacob R. Mazur offered prayer

Speech by Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell, “The Price of Peace” cut short by a drizzle, then downpour.

Program then dispensed without following speakers getting chance to talk: Rev. Joseph Lonergan of Duran, III; Mayor M. M. Stephens; Kevin Kane Miss Helen Warner; Rev. J. J. Downey of St. Joseph’s Church

Dinner that night at Y.W.C.A. with guests of committees in charge of celebration, Miss Warner presided.

Memorial Description

Built by Walter P. Tisch Monument Works, Belleville, locally represented by H. L. Becker of 1131 Cleveland Avenue

Each side of upper shaft dedicated to a war: World War, Spanish American War, Civil War, American Revolution

Monument centered in grass plot at intersection of three boulevards

Lower shaft inscribed with names of men who died in the World War, names compiled by Miss Warner

Top of upper shaft represented the United States standard, made of Barre granite, 17 feet tall

Surmounted with a granite eagle with a three and a half foot wing span

Names of 103 WWI soldiers inscribed on base of Monument

Click Soldiers’ Name for More Information

If you have additional information on the men below, please contact Lawrence Kritis, or the SCCGS.

CHAS. J. ADLER
ARTHUR H. AITKEN
WM. G. ALLEN
ED. J. BARTHELENEY
PAUL BETHARD
CLYDE BOISMENUE
JAMES J. BORDERS
AMBROSE BOULDEN
JOS. BOWEN
MARTIN F. BOWLES
PAT. F. BRODERICK
LOUIS D. BROWN
AUG. . BURKHOUSE
MITCH. J. BUTLER
JAMES R. BUXTON
EARNEY BYRMER
BYRON CARMICHAEL
ELMER CLEVENGER
THOS. COOK
DAN. COWLEY
FRANK DODSON
JOHN H. DORMAN JR. updated April 2016.
GEO. E. DOUARD
JOHN F. DULLEA
FRED EASTLICK
ED. F. ELLIS
EVAN B. EVANS
ALFRED A. FOEHNER
WALTER W. GATES
FRANK L. GILL
JOHN J. GOLIERD
WM. T. GOODWIN
WILLIE F. GRADY
RUSSELL GRAY
HENRY J. GRIFFIN
M. A. HALLIHAN
ROBERT HARDY
HARRY HAWK
CHAS. J. HAYS
NORMAN L. HAZEL
JOHN W. HERMAN
OSCAR HESTER
BENJ. F HICE
WM. HILLIARD
CHAS. HIRBE
JAMES HODGES
RICH. C. HOWELL
PETER E. HURST
GEO. A. JOHNSON
GEO. KAEMMERER
AND. KARWELAT
WM. P. KILKEARY
HERSCHEL KIRBY
ED. M. KIRCHOFF
JAMES H. KLEBER
CONRAD KLEE
LAWRENCE LAWLER
ARTIE LEDBETTER
LOREN LENCE
HY. W. LONGUST
HENRY LOVE
JOS. T. LYNCH
HOMER I. MACE
WM. V. MACURDY
RAY J. MANESS
RALPH McCUTCHEON
JAMES E. MILES
MILTON C. MOSER
ABE MUCHNECK
NICK MUFFRA
RHEUMA MURRAY
CHAS. NEIMAN
LEO P. O'BRIEN
JOSEPH A. O'LEARY
CLYDE PENDLETON
MONYON E. POTEAT
EMMETT PRATT
BERNARD W. PRUES
EARL H. PYKIET
CHAS. H. RAUSCH
HENRY RUFF
LOUIS J. SCHAUB
JOHN H. SCHMIDT
HERMAN SC[HMIDT]
CHAS. E. SCHROEN
CHAS. E. SHEPARD
FRANK M. SMITH
ADOLF SMOLIK
LEE SOMERS
ADOLPH W. STAAB
MAX SUMNER
JOS. THOMAS
LEE THOMAS
LEO J. TOWNSEND
MARCEL VALENTIN
WILLIAM VOGEL
MICHAEL J. WALSH
ARTHUR V WAYNE
ELMER P. WESSEL
WM. E. WHEELER
HARRY WORKMAN
CHAS. YOUNGHOUSE
ANDY ZIGALUK
Monument showing Revolutionary War and Civil War Inscription Monument showing Spanish American War and WWI Inscription
Monument showing
Revolutionary War and
Civil War Inscription (64 Kb)
Monument showing
World War and
Spanish American War
Inscription (44 Kb)


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