Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Honor Roll Project - Freeport, NY

As part of Heather Wilkinson Rojo's Honor Roll Project, I have transcribed this Honor Roll in Freeport, NY to make the names visible to search engines like Google and Mocavo so that family researchers may find them. Please consider finding the Honor Roll(s) in your town or village and transcribing them on your blog or website. And even if you don't have a blog or website, see the Honor Roll Project for instructions on how you can submit a transcription.

Seeing all these different concepts for memorials in villages in my area has been so interesting and I have been really intrigued by this memorial in Freeport since seeing images online a few months ago. This memorial is actually part of the village's public library. And, according to a comment left below by librarian, archivist and public historian, Regina Feeney, it is the first war memorial library in New York State.



The names of some famous battlefields are engraved along the top of the building, plaques are attached to its outer walls and one of its windows is dedicated to Gold Star Mothers.







DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM

REVOLUTIONARY WAR
1775-1788

WAR OF 1812

MEXICAN WAR
1846-1848

CIVIL WAR
1861-1865

SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
1898-1899

WORLD WAR I
1917-1918

WORLD WAR II
1941-1945

KOREAN WAR
1950-1958


DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM

THIS MEMORIAL 
IS GRATEFULLY DEDICATED TO
THE BRAVE SONS OF FREEPORT
WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY
IN TIME OF NATIONAL PERIL

THEY GAVE THEIR FULL DEVOTION
SO THAT ALL AMERICANS MAY
CONTINUE TO LIVE PROUDLY AS
FREE MEN

MAY THEIR SACRIFICES
AND VALIANT DEEDS LIVE IN
THE HEARTS AND MEMORIES OF
ALL MEN AND WITH GOD'S MERCY
MAY THOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
EVER KEEP OUR NATION SECURE


IN HONOR OF OUR
GOLD STAR MOTHERS

In front of this window is the Honor Roll.



Another feature that makes this memorial stand out to me is that it is the first I have visited which even mentions the wars before World War I and lists names from the Civil War and Spanish American War on its Honor Roll.

The memorial does not indicate if these are residents who served or are residents who were killed in action, although it does make reference to "their supreme sacrifice."


CIVIL WAR
1861-1865

Treadwell Bedell
William T. Golder
John Hutchinson
Benjamin F. Losee
William R. Mead
Dandridge B. P. Mott
Joseph Mott
Enoch Mulliner
Elijah K. Raynor
William Seaman
Cornell L. Simonson
Asa Smith
Vanderveer Smith

SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
1898-1899

Charles Gombert
Asa L. Johnson
Charles A. Scott

WORLD WAR I
1917-1919

Thomas Willis Benham
Emile C. Berard
Theodore de Kruijff
William F. Downs
William E. Ensko
Charles Gantt
Charles P. Gould
Mabel Pauline Guest
E. Stanly Hart
Harold C. Hubert
John Intellisano
Charles Jordano
Harold Earl Maxon
Henry T. Mohr
Henry Morrison
James C. Rich
Arthur J. Smith
William Clinton Story
John J. Thurston
James E. Vetal
Osbourne Wells
Walter Whittaker
Townsend C. Young

WORLD WAR II
1941-1945

Onorado W. Agnitti
Norman E. Andersen
John E. Berdich
Robert H. Bergman
Saul W. Berson
Daniel C. Binneweg
Robert W. Bliss
Robert W. Boyle
Thomas E. Brittingham
A. Leslie Brown
Aubrey E. Burch
Frank D. Buwen
Donald J. Campbell
Kenneth M. Clay
James Collins
Richard Crouse
Oscar De Loney
Robert B. Eastman
Paul G. Eberius
Berking T. Edds
Ira I. Edelman
Melford Elderd
Roger J. Ellison
George E. Gardiner
John Gildea
A. Theodore Goldsmith
Warren Gollender
Andrew G. Holmes
Donald L. Jackson
Charles M. Kearns, Jr.
Daniel Kelleher
Fred R. Licence
Ralph G. Licence
Frederick F. Madden
Robert J. Maher
Charles O. Martin
Wilbur F. McGinley
Henry J. Meyer
Nicholas L. Mileo
Frank A. Muldowney, Jr.
Patrick J. Muro
Paul T. Murphy
John W. Neuendorfer
William C. Pendleton
Richard Perlman
Arthur F. Polley
Carman J. Preziosi
Irvin Reich
Alva W. Rodriguez
Mortimer R. Salmon
John A. Schlegel
Alvin R. Schumacher
George A. Schutte
William A. Serby
Walter G. Sheard
Jerome J. Simandl
Warren H. Stevens
M. Blaine Taylor, Jr.
Arthur E. Temple
Bayard D. Tewksbury
E. Lee Theuman
John J. Vetter
John C. Viebrock
Walter J. Wascher, Jr.
Harold C. Wilson, Jr.

KOREAN WAR
1950-1955

Ronald A. Canfield
Wilbur L. Bond
Clifford H. Craw
Felix Garland
Norbert Francis Holter
Edward C. Koenke, Jr.
Robert E. McAllister

VIETNAM WAR
1961-1975

Roger O. Clemens
Michael P. Donlon
Charles H. Emery
Gerald H. Faulkner, Jr.
Richard F. LaBarbera
Kevin Bernard McGovern
Dennis Patrick Molese
Thomas Lawrence Morano
Don Brown Parsons, Jr.
Viesturs Reikmanis
Victor Joseph Ruggero, Jr.
Bruce N. Sweeney
Gary W. Thornlow
Ronald E. Tuitt
Robert Michael Wainz

Also on the grounds of the library is this plaque to one of the men listed under World War I.


This tree was planted and dedicated Sept. 1st, 1919 by the Freeport Fire Department in Memory of Henry Theodore Mohr, a member of the Department and one of the first Freeport soldiers of The American Expeditionary Force killed in action in the World War.

Regina Feeney, the historian I mentioned above, along with a man by the name of Don Schultz, wrote the biographies of the men on these memorials in addition to other Freeporters who are not named. Follow this link and look for the .pdf files under each conflict to see the biographies.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Monthly Genealogy Progress - March


March was a far more productive month in terms of my genealogy goals than January and February, thank goodness!

In addition to posting for the Honor Roll Project and completing two hours of indexing on Family Search, I have almost completed my new public tree on Ancestry up to my second great-grandparents. For this project, I am making sure that I have documentation attached or referenced for all the facts attached to these ancestors and making sure that I have downloaded all of the available documentation from Ancestry in an organized fashion, meaning that all of this documentation is downloaded right away into an appropriate folder and recorded in my research logs in Evernote. I'm trying not to do any analysis of new documents for lines I am not currently researching, but as you probably know, that can be difficult when new information is right in front of you.

It is nice to see that as I revisit some of these ancestors and find new documentation (via hints, not new research), I find that I analyze and see so much more potential in these documents than I did before. It's great to read and take classes and watch webinars, but the true reward for me is in the new way of thinking and finding that I'm doing it automatically.

Last week, I finally made it to the Family History Center in Plainview to download some documents but they were having trouble with their firewall and I could not use ArkivDigital while I was there. I have no problem paying to access ArkivDigital, but right now I only want to look up a couple of dates and that isn't worth $42 to me. So, I'll have to wait until I'm ready to really dig into my Swedish lines and spend the time on the site to make it worth the price.



And after procrastinating for over a month since my package of archival tissue arrived, I finally got serious about rescanning my grandfather's three photo albums from about 1912-1917. I have completed the first album and started on the second.

In addition to working on my stated goals for the year, I also did a bit of research on one of Donald's Irish lines. I'm familiar with the issues that come with researching common names, but doing that in an urban center like New York City during a peak immigration period is something new for me. What a challenge that is going to be when I get serious about it!

This month I'll be getting ready to head to Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau (formerly Buckingham), Quebec on May 4th. I can't wait to finally get to the cemetery there!  I'm not sure about this month, but hopefully, I'll have more to post about in May after this trip.