OOSI Sculpture

Spirit of the American Doughboy

11/11/1927 / E. M. Viquesney / Fostoria

Spirit of the American Doughboy of Fostoria Fountain Cemetery 1.jpg

This monument depicts a World War I soldier striding forward holding a rifle at waist-height in his proper left hand with a grenade help high above his head in his proper right hand.

The statue once stood on the grounds of the old Fostoria High School where it was dedicated November 11, 1927. In 1969, the Doughboy and its pedestal were moved by moving contractor Ludwig Berwick to Fountain Cemetery and placed inside a circular stone area containing flowers. Damages were repaired, the bayonet was replaced, and the Doughboy was rededicated May 30, 1969. The Doughboy received reasonable maintenance at the cemetery, but the years of exposure to the elements took their toll and a major restoration fundraising campaign was undertaken in 1995 to obtain donations of citizens and of Veteran, Fraternal Civic and other organizations. The restoration was performed under the supervision of Tom Podner, McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Laboratory, Oberlin, Ohio.
The sculpture was re-dedicated on November 11, 1996. One of the highlights of the restoration project was the participation of Albert Thomas, who had served in the European trenches during the war, and was Fostoria’s only surviving World War veteran. He was 100 years old at the time he attended the re-dedication. He had served at Chateau-Thierry France, near Ypres, Belgium, and in the Battle of the Argonne Forest.

The inscription on the plaque on the bases reads:
1917 (Crossed flags) 1918
“LEST WE FORGET”
DEDICATED
TO THE SACRED MEMORY
OF ALL THE BOYS OF
FOSTORIA AND VICINITY
WHO SERVED IN
THE WORLD WAR
AND TO THOSE WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
FOR
LIBERTY AND HUMANITY
PRESENTED BY
THE SERVICE STAR LEGION WAR MOTHERS
1927

Location: Fostoria Fountain Cemetery, Van Buren Street | Previous Location: Old Fostoria High School

County

: Hancock County

Citation

: E. M. Viquesney, “Spirit of the American Doughboy,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed August 17, 2018, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1549.

Dublin Core

Title

Spirit of the American Doughboy

Description

This monument depicts a World War I soldier striding forward holding a rifle at waist-height in his proper left hand with a grenade help high above his head in his proper right hand.

The statue once stood on the grounds of the old Fostoria High School where it was dedicated November 11, 1927. In 1969, the Doughboy and its pedestal were moved by moving contractor Ludwig Berwick to Fountain Cemetery and placed inside a circular stone area containing flowers. Damages were repaired, the bayonet was replaced, and the Doughboy was rededicated May 30, 1969. The Doughboy received reasonable maintenance at the cemetery, but the years of exposure to the elements took their toll and a major restoration fundraising campaign was undertaken in 1995 to obtain donations of citizens and of Veteran, Fraternal Civic and other organizations. The restoration was performed under the supervision of Tom Podner, McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Laboratory, Oberlin, Ohio.
The sculpture was re-dedicated on November 11, 1996. One of the highlights of the restoration project was the participation of Albert Thomas, who had served in the European trenches during the war, and was Fostoria’s only surviving World War veteran. He was 100 years old at the time he attended the re-dedication. He had served at Chateau-Thierry France, near Ypres, Belgium, and in the Battle of the Argonne Forest.

The inscription on the plaque on the bases reads:
1917 (Crossed flags) 1918
“LEST WE FORGET”
DEDICATED
TO THE SACRED MEMORY
OF ALL THE BOYS OF
FOSTORIA AND VICINITY
WHO SERVED IN
THE WORLD WAR
AND TO THOSE WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
FOR
LIBERTY AND HUMANITY
PRESENTED BY
THE SERVICE STAR LEGION WAR MOTHERS
1927

Creator

Date

11/11/1927

Subject

Source

https://siris-artinventories.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?uri=full=3100001~!299197!0

Type

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Previous

Old Fostoria High School

Location Site

Fostoria Fountain Cemetery

Location Street

Van Buren Street

Installation Date

November 11, 1927