If you haven’t taken an up-close look at the war memorial near the entrance of Mission Point Lighthouse, today is a great time to do it.
Erected by Cherry Center Grange No. 1850, this war memorial is “in honor of the boys and girls of Peninsula Town who served in World War One and Two,” notes one of the plaques on the memorial. Old Mission Peninsula resident Jim Hilt restored the memorial some years ago.
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I’ve included photos of the memorial below, and you’ll see names of all the folks who went off to war while their families kept the home fires burning on the Old Mission Peninsula. Andrus, Boursaw, Dohm, Lardie, Buchan, Johnson, Carroll, DeVol, Gore, Kroupa, Lardie, Tompkins and Manigold are just a few of the names listed on the memorial. Not only did they serve in the military, but these are the families who laid the foundation of the Old Mission Peninsula that we live on today.
On a personal level, my husband Tim and I are honored to have our own family listed on the memorial, including his dad Tug Boursaw (WWII), my dad Walter Johnson (WWII), my uncle Guy Johnson (WWII), and my grandma Stella Johnson’s first husband, Frank Edgecomb (WWI).
Do you have friends and relatives listed on the memorial? Tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this story.
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