THE STAMFORD MONUMENT.
Cost $54,000; Paid by Subscription.
It is claimed that only one town in the United States erected a permanent memorial to soldiers of the World War equal to Stamford's in artistic worth and actual cost, previous to this one, unveiled in St. John's Park, Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1920. The names of about 4,325 Stamford soldiers in the Indian, Colonial, Revolutionary, War of 1812, Mexican, Civil, Spanish and World Wars appear classified on four bronze plates that surround the sur-base. Following the general architecture of the Grecian "Choragic" monument of Lysicrates, with Ionic columns substituted for Corinthian, the structure is of white marble with white granite base, and is 38 feet in height, from the base to the top of the globe upheld by three eagles cut in stone. A dedicatory inscription encircles the cornice, and between the columns are chiselled the names of the chief battles in American history. Four large bronze tripods, with lamps and reflectors for illuminating at night, are stationed around the structure.
At the dedication, which was attended by probably 30,000 people, the principal oration was pronounced by General Clarence R. Edwards, the noted Commander of the 26th ("Yankee") division in the war, he being introduced by Congressman Merritt. The members of the various committees, appointed and headed by Mayor John J. Treat, that brought the monument to completion are: Walter G. Austin, Dr. F. H. Barnes, Clarence W. Bell, J. Howard Bogardus, Charles H. Crandall, Walter D. Daskam, W. Judson Delap, Edward N. Fast, Samuel Gordon, Frederick B. Hendrie, Robert R. Hirsch, Joseph J. Horne, Walter E. Houghton, William F. Joyce, William H. Judd, Thomas F. Keegan, Charles H. Lounsbury, Maxwell C. Maxwell, Schuyler Merritt, John G. Moore, James V. O'Meara, Dr. Samuel Pierson, A. N. Phillips, Jr., John B. Quinn, Edward Sawyer, Edward E. Scovill, Abram Spelke, Edward Y. Weber and Robert Whittaker. The architect was George A. Freeman of Stamford, designer of the Grant memorial at West Point, etc.