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Fred Lynch

A younger face on World War memorial

Posted Friday, May 27, 2011, at 7:30 AM

The World War I memorial at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson, Mo. has stood since its dedication in 1925. The undated photo from a post card, at left, is shown with a picture taken in 2011 of the soldier statue.

Here is a picture of the memorial and courthouse taken in 2011.

Oct. 7, 1920 Southeast Missourian

County Court Contracts for Memorial Statue

The county court has let the contract for erecting the memorial to the World War veterans to John H. Sander of the Jackson Marble Works for the contract price of $2200.

The plans submitted call for a statue of marble about twelve feet in height, representing a soldier in full uniform and holding his rifle before him "at ease."

Mr. Sander will have the statue made in Eastern marble works, and will guarantee a good piece of workmanship.

The pedestal upon which the statue will rest in the yard of the court house will very likely be made here, and will bear on the front side a bronze plate, bearing the names of the soldiers and sailors who lost their lives in the World War.

Plans and specifications of the monument as submitted to the court include a complete drawing of the statue, and from that it can be seen that it will be really artistic and a thing of beauty.

May 24, 1922 Southeast Missourian

Still the statue which is to adorn the public square as a memorial to the soldier and sailor dead from Cape Girardeau County who gave their lives in the service during the World War, reposes in the original packing at the Sander Marble Works. It is a beautiful piece of work, made out of white marble, and technically correct, representing a soldier standing and holding his rifle "at rest." Every detail is carried out perfectly, the life-size figure wearing the regulation uniform and steel helmet.

The statue has been here for more than six months, and the contractor is anxious to erect the same. Since it is almost impossible to procure a complete list of the names of the boys who made the supreme sacrifice, it has been suggested that the inscription on the memorial be simply "In Memory of The Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Who Gave Their Life in The World War," or some similar wording. The erection of the memorial should be no longer delayed.

Nov. 26, 1924 Southeast Missourian

The concrete foundation for the world war soldiers' memorial has been completed and is now ready for the erection of the statue and the bronze plate to be placed on the base thereof. The monument will stand about the center of the southeast quarter of the court house lawn, and near it will be the unsightly old cannon of ante-bellum vintage.

June 1, 1925 Southeast Missourian

Dedication of Memorial Drew Large Gathering

Favored by splendid weather, the dedicatory ceremonies over the soldiers' memorial in the front of the court house took place last Saturday afternoon as per schedule. The addresses by Prof. R.S. Douglass and by Congressman Ralph Bailey were good and well received. The music by the Cape Girardeau Community band under the leadership of Dr. C.E. Schuchert, the service of the Cape Girardeau Boy Scout troop under the command of Captain Nielsen, and the drill by the detachment of National Guard, all joined to make the occasion what it should have been.

A most beautiful part of the ceremonial was the presentation of the splendid wreaths by Mrs. Frank Fenwick of Perryville, state treasurer of the Auxiliary of the American Legion. One floral piece, given by the Jackson business men and representing a United States flag made of flowers, was presented to the American Legion. Another piece, donated by Mrs. O.L. Obermiller, was presented to the gold star mothers, of which about twelve had appeared, and one large wreath was donated by the American Legion and placed at the foot of the memorial shaft.

Editor's Note:

The plaque on the monument reads:

In memory of those from Cape Girardeau County who gave their lives in defense of liberty in The World War.


Benjamin H. Thompson

Clarence Altenthal

Cleveland Baker

Charles A. Grass

Jesse Fitzgerald

Clark A. Joernes

Arthur F. Graden

Randall Mattingly

William B. Snider

Ben Z. Wunderlich

Birdie A. Walker

Louis Friedhoff

Wilton Davidson

Julien Dearmont

Ralph G. Medley

Frank Spradling

Clyde Underwood

John R. Pearson

Roy W. King

John Neal

Florence Baker

Ellis Caldwell

Richard Tucker

Arthur Winters

Joseph F. Koch

Charles H. Poe

Fred Guy Smith

Harry J. Jones

Louis K. Juden

Ben F. Eggers

Arthur Knight

Henry Stedham

Cephus Estes

Louise Wasem

Charles Reed

E.S. Taylor

Harry Crumb

Ezra Taylor

Fred Howard

George Lacy


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  • These side-by-side pics totally amaze me, in a, well---"strange" sort of way?

    So fitting, that the statues' facial-features have perfectly-aged as well, along with it's years of standing-guard.

    Yet this War is all but forgotten, in todays' "modern" history books. Not unlike World War Two, Korea, Vietnam. But it's OK. Forget about 'em.

    Because I'LL always have my Grandparents/Parents/Uncles/My Own-memoirs, to prove otherwise...

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 10:19 AM
  • When I shot the statue and dug into its history last fall, it never dawned on me that it looked like that originally.


    The visage and the memory of that war are fading away.

    In 1969, I shot three vets from three wars in a hospital room; they had served in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.


    It's hard to accept that my generation of Vietnam War vets now resembles those "old men."

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 10:59 AM
  • Oh, Christ! I forgot the Spanish-American War.

    See what I mean? It's just so easy to forget the past, once it's "proof" is gone.

    True, KSTEINHOFF---but it's equally-hard to look at TODAYS'-troops, and admit that you were once "them", only in a different-place, different-time.

    We can only hope they'll continue to be received as deserved, for the duration of this War...

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 1:25 PM
  • wasn't World War I suppose to be the War to end all wars ?

    -- Posted by Rick* on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 1:54 PM
  • Yeah, it was, but apparently the last-one out forgot to turn-off the lights, so to speak...!

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Fri, May 27, 2011, at 2:00 PM
  • World War I was the overture to World War II. We seem to have learned very litrtle since.

    -- Posted by voyager on Tue, May 31, 2011, at 9:53 PM