"Dedicated in grateful tribute to the living and dead who through their valiant efforts and bitter sacrifice have made and kept America great"
Thousands pass by this memorial on summer days, largely due to the fact it is located in Sterns Park, a large public access area to Lake Michigan. It's likely than only a very small percentage of the guests cooking hot dogs just yards from this flag and monument will ever pause to think of why they have unhindered access to travel to the shore. And it's a sure bet that only one or two in each several thousand will ever stop at this memorial, or the two others nearby from other conflicts, in order to learn the names of the fallen.
Pap William Post 15 GAR Memorial
Lakeside Cemetery Ludington, Mason County, Michigan
This is another memorial that thousands see every day, but few ever bother to actually notice. The GAR statue and burial area is very well kept, as is a highlight of this history cemetery. It sits on the east side of the main road that leads to Ludington State Park and Hamlin Dam, one of the most popular recreation areas in the Michigan State Park system.
The statue itself is very typical of Michigan GAR presentations.
Mason County World War I Memorial
War Memorial Park Ludington, Mason County, Michigan
"Erected by the grateful people of Mason County in memory of these our heroes, who gave their lives for our country and in honor of our soldiers and sailors in the World War
Unveiled May 30, 1926"
This 80 year old monument is in need of refurbishment. It is very difficult to discern the names of "Our Heroes" and without some attention, they will be lost - known only to the ardent historians of this county. I've transcribed the tablet;
John Benjamin Adam Frank F. Allen John Albert Andersen Frederic Chris Bertelsen John F. Borski Russell Clayton Boxell Louis Brozzo Eric Carlson Gordon Chadwich Carl Christensen Alvin R. Drabenstott Dezerie A. Duplessis Edwin Harold Ewing Anton Frye Edwin Glynn August Gorski Joseph Hall John Hanson Floyd James Herrington R. D. Keith Cosmer Leveaux Walter Loxen Frank Lukaszewicz Joseph F. Maluski Isadore Mayette Marion Michael Otto Miney Francis Joseph O'Dean Hans Christian Petersen William Przybysz Walter Rives Albert Sheppard Samuel Shinnock Samuel Henry Shunk Wilbur Nelson Sims Louis Stump Harold L. Sweet William F. Vogel Emil B. VonSprecken Lester Vorac Charles Winner August T. Ziolkowski Joseph Zopel
S.D. Haight GAR Post 348 Memorial
Scottville Cemetery, US-10 Scottville, Mason County, Michigan
"Erected by S D Haight Post No 348 & S D Haigh Corp 123 Scottville"
This memorial is located in the Scottville Cemetery at the western edge of Scottville on US-10. The five lane highway leaves the casual viewer with only a quick glimpse into our history. Those who wish to stop should expect a difficult entry and departure, and are advised to be VERY careful.
I've tried to research the background of S.D. Haight to learn how he came to be honored by this post. The only thing I found was that he may have been a Township Clerk and Justice of The Peace in Ovid Township, Clinton County in 1867 and 1868. He was also mentioned in a Manistee newspaper in 1877 for catching 1,800 Grayling, along with a few friends.
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