Veteran’s MEMORIAL Park- history tear down

July 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm 1 comment

park 1937
Original photo of arial view 1937 courtesy Dan Brady

Part One : https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/veterans-memorial-park-a-neglected-disgrace-again/

Part Two:
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/veterans-memorial-park-the-name-game/

Part Three:
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/veterans-memorial-park-the-englishman-commeth/

Thanks to the research of fellow blogger Dan Brady and his interest in the “civil war statue and fountain ” we know what happened to George Wickens “Pride”.

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/search?q=Washington+Park

The fountain was still a feature in 1908
washingtonfountain

However roll on a couple of decades and this :

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/history-mystery-one-mans-tourism-anothers-flower-bed/

tear down

and they were so “proud” of what they had done-

after

The poor old soldier went on being “spruced up” through the 50’s – in 1951 and 1959- and some bright spark painted him –

civil war collage and not to be outdone local vandals decided that since someone had already stolen the rifle he should be holding something so literally a “babe in arms”

Rebel-article

ED NOTE – Please read Dan Brady’s posts on the Park and the soldier for the rest of the story.

Needless to say eventually we were left with “nothing but a flower bed”. But in 1964 the Veterans Council started to take an interest…….

You can also find the story of the disappearing and appearing monuments on Dan’s blog
http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/06/honor-roll-in-washington-park-june-1964.html
VP6 Daughters of Union Veterans monument

Sadly now, in a forlorn little “public square of “memory” , is an urn which once stood near to where the fountain once stood, – erected by the Daughters of the Union in 1930- it stands still today a little unkempt but someone cared to plant flowers. The little urn is the only remembrance left of a civil war and of General Quincy Adams Gilmore ( yes! son of the same family who first gave part of their acreage to a little settlement on the river for a public square and whose homestead is now Lakeview Park) is only remembered in letters posted upon this blog
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/civil-war-letters-fannie-gilmore-lorain/

Sorry George !

PART 5 TO BE CONTINUED

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