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HISTORICAL MARKERS OF SPRINGFIELD & GREENE COUNTY, MISSOURI

MARKER NUMBER TWELVE

GRANT BEACH PARK WORLD WAR I MONUMENT


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Grant Beach Park is located in north Springfield, bordered by Douglas Avenue on the east and between Calhoun and Hovey Streets. In its northwest portion, there proudly stands a handsome brown granite monument. Guarded by large trees and kept company by the 1930's pavilion, the monument gives silent testimony to the valor of the Springfield casualties of World War I. On the south side of the monument is a marker with text reading as follows:

"IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF SPRINGFIELD WHO DIED IN SERVICE IN THE WORLD WAR IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY. ERECTED BY BUSINESS WOMEN'S CLUB, KIWANIS CLUB, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, LIONS CLUB, ROTARY CLUB, AND UNIVERSITY CLUB."

The effort to prepare the monument had been spearheaded by Dr. E. M. Shepard, Professor of Geology at Drury College, and 1924 president of the University Club. On November 12, 1924 -- the 6th anniversary of the signing of the armistice of the Great War -- more than one thousand men, women and children gathered in the park to celebrate the event and dedicate the monument. Included were veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish American War and the recent World War.

At 11:00 a.m., the ceremonies began at the stone obelisk. Captain John Crockett, chaplain of the American Legion Post, gave the opening prayer. Major J. L. Heckenlively explained the significance of the occasion. During the playing of the national anthem, the monument was unveiled by Captain Harry D. Durst, Spanish American War veteran and later mayor of Springfield. He spoke of the spirit of brotherly love which should come out of the war experience. He deplored ethnic and racial prejudices and stressed the importance of tolerance. Finally, taps was sounded and the ceremony ended under the direction of Captain Lewis Eslick of the National Guard.

The following names are inscribed on the monument:

1. W. A. ANDERSON 2. L. ATKINS 3. H. F. BALLINGER
4. F. BROCKHORST 5. R. BRANSON 6. F. BRAZEAL
7. H. M. BROWN 8. J. C. PATRICK 9. W. CANTRELL
10. W. R. CONKLIN 11. F. S. DAKE 12. M. G. DAY
13. J. DRYDEN 14. R. DURHAM 15. A. FERGUSON
16. H. C. FOWLER 17. D. GANER 18. A. L. GLIDEWELL
19. J. M. GOAD 20. J. A. GOODWIN 21. H. E. GRAFTON
22. F. GRIFFITH 23. L. W. HAINLINE 24. D. M. HANSELL
25. W. E. HAYWARD 26. W. HOYLE 27. E. F. IRBY
28. R. W. JAY 29. J. W. JEWELL 30. M. C. JOHNSTON
31. H. L. JONES 32. J. E. KERMICK 33. R. LAMB
34. I. LILE 35. O. McPHERSON 36. C. R. MARTIN
37. H. N. MARTIN 38. C. D. MAYERS 39. C. R. MIZZEL
40. T. E. NEE 41. A. O'BRIEN 42. J. H. PALMER
43. M. E. PATTERSON 44. D. PYETT 45. C. PYLES
46. P. E. RICHARDSON 47. L. A. ROBINSON 48. A. SAUERWEIN, JR.
49. J. SAWYER 50. G. SCHAEFFER 51. J. A. SCOTT
52. W. E. SHERIDAN 53. J. L. SQUIBB 54. W. H. TIMMONS
55. C. L. THOMPSON 56. C. A. WAGNER, JR. 57. A. T. WALSH
58. L. T. WASSON 59. E. H. WEAVER 60. W. H. WILBY, JR.
61. C. J. WILLIS 62. L. W. WILSON 63. C. BROCK
64. P. S. KILLINGSWORTH 65. C. T. FINDAY 66. W. E. CLINGAN

—Prepared by Jesse Wade

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