Veteran’s MEMORIAL Park- history tear down
July 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm
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/
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”.
The fountain was still a feature in 1908
However roll on a couple of decades and this :
and they were so “proud” of what they had done-
The poor old soldier went on being “spruced up” through the 50’s – in 1951 and 1959- and some bright spark painted him –
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”
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
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
Sorry George !
PART 5 TO BE CONTINUED
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