Happy September! It's hard to believe that fall and cooler weather is right around the corner. It seems like summer just started. Over the summer, the Morton Grove Historical Society was busy having the Doughboy monument restored.
Here is some background on the Doughboy monument for those not familiar: The monument has been an iconic site on Miller's Mill Road (now present-day Lincoln Avenue) in Morton Grove since 1921. When the first Morton Grove Days carnival was held by the Women's War Working Circle in 1920, they raised funds to commission the statue and purchase the land the Doughboy statue sits upon today. The Women's War Working Circle were a group of volunteers who worked with the Red Cross to support soldiers during WWI.
The land was a park from 1921 to 1952 when the Morton Grove Public Library was constructed behind the statue. The Doughboy was dedicated on July 31st, 1921 by the Women's War Working Circle to those from Morton Grove who fought in WWI from the U.S.' entry in 1917 through the end of the war in 1918.. Below are a few photos from the 1921 dedication.
As the decades passed by, the statue began to show its age. The concrete base was also in need of restoration. We had a restoration company restore the statue and the base. Here is a picture of the fully restored statue above.
On Sunday, September 24th, Morton Grove's iconic Doughboy statue will be rededicated on Lincoln Avenue followed by a tour of the Society's new exhibit, "Illinois & Morton Grove in the Great War - What Happened Before the Doughboy Arrived" at the John & Mary Helen Slater Education Center at 6148 Dempster Street. Please bring family, friends and your neighbors. We will see you then!
Want to learn about Morton Grove's agricultural past? Come visit the Morton Grove Historical Society's Haupt-Yehl Farmhouse. We will be open during the Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 PM through Saturday, October 14th. Also, the Farmers Market now has extended hours from 8 AM to 1 PM!
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