Century-old Ti — St. Mary’s memorializes soldiers

This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

The wife of Corporal George J. Lester, who died from a shell wound at 5 a.m. Aug. 4, 1918 in France, voiced her grief in poetry.

“Yea, the dreadful message came, Wife took it at the door, Corporal George J. Lester killed in action Aug. 4th, That was all it had, no more,” she wrote, in the poem, published Aug. 29, 1918 in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

“In the house, dry-eyed and peaceful, Grief and pride the story told, People passing paid a tribute, When the blue star turned to gold,” the poem continues.

“Not for self but all for justice, And for honor true and bright, It was for these he gave his heart’s blood, when he perished in the fight.”

Lester’s name is among six names engraved in Gothic lettering on the side of a memorial pedestal placed at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Ticonderoga on Feb. 8, 1921.

The six men were members of St. Mary’s that were killed in World War I, the Sentinel reported on Feb. 10, 1921.

The other five names were Eugene Clements, killed in battle in France on Aug. 15, 1918, Joseph Deligecco, Patrick McAuliff, Joseph T. McNulty and Sherry G. Wells.

“The memorial, a product of Murphy Brothers of Rutland, Vt., and a gift of the Rosary Society of St. Mary’s parish, supports a life-size statue of the sacred heart,” the Sentinel reported. “The pedestal is made from pure white marble, stands forty-five inches high and is thirty inches square at the base.”

In other Feb. 10, 1921 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Harvey Hogle of South Ticonderoga brought a load of hay to Herbert Shattuck of Graphite.

Silver Bay defeated Hague 26–15 in basketball.

On Feb. 8, the Ticonderoga adult basketball team defeated the Glens Falls All Stars 37–36 in overtime.

“It was about the best game seen this season on the Ticonderoga basketball scene.”

On Feb. 6, the Whitehall High School basketball team defeated Ticonderoga 19–13.

“The Ticonderoga boys were in the lead most of the time, but in the last six minutes Whitehall took the lead, making two baskets in the last minute.”

Click here to read the most recent previous post in the series.

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