WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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tion of a skating pond, was designed by architect Arthur Alexander, himself a veteran who was wounded in France. Six English elms were planted for the six soldiers who died. On May 24, 1919, a "Welcome Home" celebration drew more than 4,000 of the town's then 6,000-plus residents, a remarkable turnout. Students from Wellesley College paraded through town, and the school's president, Ellen Pendleton, read the poem "Welcome," which was written by resident Katharine Lee Bates, who also wrote the words to "America the Beautiful." It remains to be seen how many residents will attend the rededica- tion of Memorial Grove this year, but at the very least, the efforts of the Celebrations Committee have put the World War I veterans back into a spotlight that slowly moved elsewhere after 1919. Not only did most of the trees at Memorial Grove wither, but a cere- monial plaque for Ingraham and two Wellesley High School graduates who had lived outside town and died in the war was misplaced. The class of 1919 placed a plaque that memorialized Ingraham, Karl McKenney, and Francis Whitney in the high school, which was then located in the current spot of Wellesley Middle School. The plaque was lost 20 years later, but eventually discovered in a closet. It was rededicated at the cur- rent high school in 2012. The plaque placed in Memorial Grove this spring will feature a QR code (matrix barcode) that will enable visitors to view a video history of the park and the town's history of honoring the veterans. JoAnn and Pete couldn't be happier that their efforts to honor the veterans is finally nearing culmination. Although JoAnn's research met a lot of dead-ends, it also provided moments of wonder. One day, a member of the Schofield family stopped by the Jones home and gave JoAnn a medal that his ancestor, Otho Schofield, had received from the King of Italy for bravery. Schofield, a well-known Wellesley doctor who would have an elementary school named after him, served in World War I and later led the medical detachment of the Massachusetts National Guard 110th Calvary. The relative had heard about JoAnn's research and the work to honor the veterans. JoAnn didn't want to keep the medal; she intended to return it to the family if a place for public viewing couldn't be found in town. But the relative's willingness to entrust her with the medal illustrated that the bravery, sacrifice, and valor of those who fought in World War I were still held in high regard, and never really forgotten. …their efforts to honor the veterans is finally nearing culmination. P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y C E L E B R A T I O N S C O M M I T T E E & A M E R I C A N L E G I O N P O S T 7 2 left: Colonial marchers from the 2017 Veteran's Day Parade; right: Gen. Gavin Chapter 82nd Airborne Association, 2017 Veteran's Day Parade Honoring the Fallen W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 64

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