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Old Mission War Memorial | Mary Johnson Photo

While perusing my mom’s slides (I’m about 2 percent of the way through her thousands of slides), I came across a couple marked “Memorial Day 1951.” These slides were taken at the Old Mission War Memorial out by Mission Point Lighthouse, during some sort of Memorial Day event. There’s a flag guard, and people are dressed up. I think I see an American Legion flag, and of course, the American flag.

The quality’s not great, but I tried to sharpen things as much as I could after I ran it through my slide adapter – a somewhat complicated process involving a little box from Jumbl that converts the slides to images and puts them onto a SanDisk card, which I then put into my camera, send to my computer, then to Adobe Lightroom, where I do what I can with them, resize them and upload them to the Gazette website.

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I don’t recognize anyone at the event, but if you spot someone you know (or if YOU are in there), let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this story. (Apologies for the ghostly appearance of some of these folks.)

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Old Mission War Memorial | Mary Johnson Photo

If Google is correct, Memorial Day fell on Monday, May 28, in 1951. And the way mom has the slides marked, I’m guessing these were taken ON that day.

I’m not sure when this war memorial was installed (anyone know?), but I do know it was organized by Cherry Center Grange No. 1850. On one of the plaques, it notes that the memorial is “in honor of the boys and girls of Peninsula Town who served in World War One and Two.”

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).

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Old Mission War Memorial | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission War Memorial | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission War Memorial | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission War Memorial | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission War Memorial | Jane Boursaw Photo

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Such living history! I’m so curious about the young girl toddler, in arms, in the forefront of the pic…..who is she….born most likely in 1950…..

  2. On the first picture of the memorial, that is Joan Schavey (my sister), Mary Schavey (my mom) and me, Janet Schavey. My dad, Lorrie Schavey helped build that memorial. We have home movies of the dedication ceremony. Thanks for the memories.??

  3. Nice to see the names of Gary’s uncles, Everett (Eb) and Elmer Warren. His dad, Keith, was somewhat younger, so he stayed home to help run the farm.

  4. I was looking thru the names on the memorial and what struck me was that there are so many names I’m familiar with (even if I don’t know them). With the mobility of today’s society, it’s nice that so many families have “stuck around.” “The more things change, ….”

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