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Madison County During World War I




Doughboy, Alton, Illinois



"The Americans are soldiers, and they are conquerors;

and liberty or humanity will not perish from the earth

as long as such boys and men live."


Colonel Andrew F. Rodgers, Upper Alton

Civil War and Mexican War Veteran

Alton Evening Telegraph, July 22, 1918





Photo Info:


Doughboy Memorial Statue

Located at VFW Hall, North Alby Street, Alton, IL


Photo taken March 31, 2011

Property of Beverly Bauser


Alton's Doughboy statue, built to honor those who fought in World War I, was originally located in the intersection of Henry and Fifth streets. Erected by the East End Improvement Association, the memorial was the centerpiece of the city's Armistice Day ceremonies for many years. When traffic problems increased, the city moved the monument to Riverside Park in 1942. The statue was vandalized on a couple of occasions, and later was repaired and moved to the VFW grounds on North Alby.





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