THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL AND THE

CHARLIE JONES PARK

by Alan Dodd

During World War II women in Gaylordsville, headed by Nora Hastings, formed the Gaylordsville Knitting Club. The women got patterns from the Red Cross, bought yarn and made socks, sweaters and other knitted items for the soldiers. They raised money to buy yarn, and at the end of the war, had money left in their treasury.

Mrs. Hastings had the idea of a monument for the men and women in Gaylordsville who served in WW II. A suitable stone was found in Squash Hollow. Art Sega furnished a crane and tracks to move the stone on. It was placed on a small park that at the time was between the north and south entrances from Route 7 to Route 55.

As the Knitting Club had discontinued, Mrs. Hastings asked the Fire Department to take charge of a suitable service there every Memorial Day. When the state changed the entrance to Route 55, the park was removed and the stone was temporarily placed on the north end of the Firemens' Field and was later moved to its present location across from the post office.

Charlie Jones took charge of the Memorial Day services from the first one, and continued to do so for many years until he was no longer able. Thus the park is named in his memory.

The parade has been held every year but one since the monument was placed. One year when I was Chief, it rained so hard I called off the parade and three of us marched the wreath from the firehouse to the monument.

The Schaghticoke Band has been good in furnishing music for our parade, coming early to play for us and then going to New Milford and playing in their own parade. One year we had no music. At that time the church had speakers in the steeple to play Christmas carols. We got a band record and marched to music from the church steeple.

I am glad the stone now has a permanent place and that the park is a well-deserved memory of Charlie Jones. I hope it stays there forever.

 

Ó 1999 Alan Dodd