World War Veteran
Park, named after Giffordís grandchildren is found at the corner of Villa and
Prairie Street. It was here that Mrs. Clayton Evelien chose to honor the
soldiers of the First World War, by having a Doughboy monument built in the
park. Her intention was to raise small contributions of no less than five
dollars from each contributor. Over 7,500 residents donated over $2,100, more
than enough to build the monument that still stands today. The balance of the
donations was used to build historic monuments in Lordís Park, Giffordís
Park and Wing Park.
Editors note: In the rush to get this post card printed, the company no
doubt made another clerical error. This statue is not in Gifford Park, but
in Davidson Park, about two blocks away.