Greetings all! Summer is in full force now with hot, humid days and warm nights! The Red Sox are in first place in the American League East, and a four game series with the New York Yankees is about to start. Just what you would hope for in July!
The Easton VFW George F. Schindler Post 2547 has been dedicating squares in memory of the three Easton men who were killed 100 years ago in World War One. On June 10th, a marker was dedicated in memory of 1st Lt. George S. Shephard at 77 Center Street. July 15th was chosen to honor Pvt. George F. Schindler at the intersection of Williams and Jenny Lind Street, near his home. Tomorrow, July 29th, the Post will conduct the third dedication with a ceremony to honor the memory of Oliver Ames, Jr. who was killed in France on July 29, 1918, three weeks after the birth of his daughter Olivia was born to Oliver's wife, the former Caroline Lee Fessenden, whom he had married in October 1917. Oliver was killed by a sniper's bullet while covering his commanding officer, Major "Wild Bill" Donovan when he came under fire. School children in a nearby village decorate his grave each year at the Oise Aisne Cemetery as they pause to remember his heroic actions. Oliver Ames, Jr. was the son of Oliver Ames and Elise West, and grandson of Frederick Lothrop Ames of Langwater. He grew up at "Sheep Pasture" so it is very appropriate to memorialize him at his childhood estate.
I encourage you to attend the ceremony at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 29th at the upper entrance to Sheep Pasture to learn more about him. A handout of a letter written to Oliver's parents by Major William Donovan will be available that details more about the extraordinary circumstances surrounding Oliver's death. Light refreshments will follow with thanks to the NRT.
Photo courtesy of https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19839/oliver-ames