source: Transcribed from "Daughters of
the American Revolution Magazine, Volume 56. July 1922, No.
7", pages 408 & 409 - Published Monthly for the Society by
J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, Penna.
Waucoma Chapter (Waucoma, Iowa).
The unveiling of the bronze memorial tablet erected to
the memory of our soldiers who died overseas, took place on
Sunday, October 23, 1921.
The native boulder estimated to weight about three
tons, whose flat surface was well adapted to the placing of
the bronze tablet, was secured from a nearby farm and placed
on the lot given by the Cemetery Association to the Daughters.
The tablet -- 16 by 20 inches -- is of standard bronze,
and beside the inscription, bears the insignia of the Society.
The securing of this memorial is due to the untiring
efforts of the Chapter Regent, Mrs. Etta L. T. Burnside and
the chairman of the Memorial Committee, Mrs. Dolly G. Webster.
At two o'clock the Daughters, preceded by the band,
left the Red Cross room and marched to the cemetery.
The unveiling brought out a large and patriotic
attendance and attested to the high honors paid by the people
of Waucoma and vicinity to the memory of our soldier dead.
The ceremonies were brief and impressive.
Music by the band.
Invocation by Rev. W. H. Gifford.
Singing of "America" by the Chapter.
To the strains of "Nearer My God to Thee" by the band,
the flag was removed from the boulder by Miss Helen Fox,
daughter of Doctor Fox, and held during the remainder of the
exercises by Miss Helene Bright, daughter of the Vice Regent,
Mrs. Nellie Bright.
The beautiful bronze table bears the following
Dedicated to Those Who Died
Captain Walter H. Fox
Medical Corps, Base
Red Cross Balkan
Commission, Northern Serbia.
LeVerne A. Belding
26th Division, Signal
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Sergeant Lester L.
Company D, 102nd
Infantry, 26th Division,
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Erected by Waucoma
of the American
Those illustrious men of the Revolutionary period by
their wisdom, patriotism and sacrifices established and
transmitted to us this system of free government, the richest
inheritance ever bequeathed to the sons and daughters of men.
To safeguard this priceless inheritance, Dr. W.H. Fox,
LeVerne A. Belding and Lester L. Slagle gave their service and
The Chapter Regent, Mrs. Etta L.T. Burnside paid a
tribute to the three soliders whose names appear on the table
of the first of its kind to be erected in Iowa, and in
presenting the tablet to the town said:
"This beautiful memorial for our soldier dead I am sure
will inspire all who see it, and to the Honorable Mayor and
the village of Waucoma I commit it with reverence."
In his speech of acceptance, B. A. Webster, Mayor pro
tem., accepted the gift in behalf of the people of Waucoma and
thanked the Daughters of the American Revolution for placing
the memorial, that in years to come future generations may
know that when the call came our boys were ready.
Rev. W. H. Gifford, pastor of the Congregational
Church, was then presented and gave an inspiring address.
He paid a loving tribute to the young men who offered
their all upon their country's altar, and said in closing:
"So long as this granite rock shall endure, so long
shall the story of what these men suffered and accomplished be
told to their praise."
The Recessional was given by the Chaplain and the
response by the Chapter.
The "Star Spangled Banner", by the band, closed the
Addie M. Potter, Historian.