Wilton World War I Memorial (ND)

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Information

Title

Wilton World War I Memorial (ND)

Date

dedicated May 30, 1921

Description

The Wilton World War I Memorial takes the form of a ten-foot-tall rubble masonry obelisk featuring irregular river rocks set in mortar atop a cement base. Found in the Riverview Cemetery, just west of Wilton along 318th Ave NW, the memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1921.

The square concrete base is 50” on each side. The rock base atop the concrete base is 40” on each side. The monument is 10’ 2” tall, including top cap.

A marble plaque inset into the memorial features an engraved American Legion emblem above the engraved words: “In Memory Of Those Who Served Their Country." Below that is engraved “Louis Ousley Post 163 Wilton - North Dakota."

A marker on the ground in front of the memorial reads: “In Memory of Louis Ousley Killed In Action February 2nd, 1918. Somewhere in France he died for Democracy.” Ously was the first North Dakotan killed in World War I.

For more information about those commemorated, including some of those pictured at the 1921 dedication, see: 

http://markerickson.com/Family_History/Frank_Erickson/r11-1.html

Location

Riverview Cemetery
along 318th Ave NW
Wilton, Mclean County, North Dakota

Contributing Institution

Mark Erickson; Michael and Nick Boutrous; Mark and Tami Henninger; and Mark Jon Erickson