This is a cross-post from Lowell Historical Society Board member Eileen Loucraft’s blog LowellDoughboys.
The Lowell Doughboy Statue is located at the intersection of Fletcher and Willie Streets in Lowell, MA. It was dedicated June 3, 1923 in an impressive ceremony attended by thousands of people. The square is located in front of the current Lowell Firefighters club. They have an impressive mural which gives the statue a unique look. This location used to house the Marine Club, The Broadway Social Club and Butler Volunteer Firemen. It was the Broadway Social Club who was responsible for purchasing and dedicating this monument.
The monument honors 36 acre men who gave their lives during World War One. Imagine 36 men from one small neighborhood paid the ultimate price. This shows the impact this war had on the city of Lowell.South Side –“TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE”April JosephMurray Stephen AMcDermott James CToner William HGearin George EMitchell William JMichalopoulous AthenasiosRoy Charles JTheodorou ChristosWilber William FAlix ArmandChaput PhilipEast Side – “LEST WE FORGET”Connolly John LFlannery Edward JCranna JohnRicard Leo AManning Thomas MQuinn Edward FKelley DuncanGeorgulias EfstrafiosLyons John AWorthy JosephFletcher Carl EMuraswsky, JosephWest side – “LEST WE FORGET”Wallace CharlesTrainor John JWarren John MRyan John HMansour GeorgeMacheras EliasMcCellen James WO’Brien John AMacLean A StewartO’Donoghue Michael TLongtin Charles JAyotte Arthur J
At the statue dedication Major Edward L. Logan, Mayor John J. Donovan and Congressman John Jacob Rogers spoke. I think the Congressman said it best,
“Let this statue be always a beacon star which will help you to strive onward that the lives of those it honors may not have died in vain.”
Also known as Connolly Square named for Private John Leo Connolly, Co. M 101st Regiment killed in action – 23 Oct., 1918 at Belieu Bois, France. Born 3 Aug., 1893, at Lowell, son of Michael and Bridget (Brown) Connolly (both born in Ireland); brother of Rev. Edward B. Connolly, O.M.I., of Colorado Springs, Colo., Frank, Henry J., Raymond, and Mary (wife of Fred Provencher). His occupation was a shipper at the Baker Chocolate Company, Boston.