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NJ WWI Related Locations

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Doughboy - Palisades Parkloupe
Police Station, Central & Broad
Palisades Park
USA 07650

This monument consists of a bronze WWI soldier in uniform holding a rifle in his left hand & a grenade in his right hand.  He wears a helmet, shirt, belt with packs, pants & boots.

It appears this statue was recently moved from its original granite base to the current polished black stone, 3-tiered base. 

The original bronze honor roll plaque has been restored and mounted on a separate, nearby stone pillar. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Doughboy - Robbinsvilleloupe
Routes 33 & 526

This World War I doughboy statue is fabricated from concrete - one of four in the state of NJ using that material.  The 7' figure stands atop a 10' tall, square pedestal inscribed with the names of 15 men from Washington Township, NJ who served in The Great War. 

The land for the memorial was donated by resident & Civil War veteran, John Yard in 1919.  The monument was purchased from LL Manning & Son, a Plainfield, NJ monument company.  It was unveiled on October 16, 1920 with more than 1,000 people in attendance. 

Narrative adapted from Cathy Zahn, "Nearly a Century Old, but Doughboy's Message of Patriotism is Timeless," Robbinsville Sun website.

Photo Credit:  Sheena Chi

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Doughboy - Wanaqueloupe
Wanaque Borough Hall, 579 Ringwood Ave
USA 07465
Gaetano Federici

This version of a doughboy was sculpted by Italian-American sculptor Gaetano Federici who emigrated to the United States and settled in Paterson.

The memorial consists of a statue of a World War I soldier mounted on a rectangular base. The base is flanked by four steles commemorating other wars. The soldier is painted bronze and stands with a rifle, butt end down in his left hand. At his side, he holds a grenade in his clenched right fist. The sculpture is mounted on a square base with a commemorative plaque on the front. It was originally dedicated on Memorial Day 1926 on the grounds of the community house in Midvale.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000307.

Photo courtesy of: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

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Doughboy WWI Monument - Highlandsloupe
Highland Avenue & Portland Road (Rt. 36 East)
USA 07732

A World War I soldier stands at parade rest. Both hands clutch the barrel of his rifle, the butt of which rests on  the ground.  He wears a helmet, shirt, pants and boots and leans his right leg against a stump.  He stands atop a granite, multi-tiered base.  The front of the base contains a plaque honoring the veterans of Highlands.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000175.

Photos courtesy of:
Full monument - RC & Historical Marker Database
Detail - NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Dr. John Taylor House - Boontonloupe
210 Main Street
USA 07005
Purchased 1921

Dr. John Taylor lived in this house and practiced medicine here. The Colonial Revival design of the house reflects a reaction against the ostentatious residences of the Victorian era.

The house was purchased by the Town of Boonton in 1921 as a memorial to World War I veterans. It served as the Town Hall until 1965 and is now the home of American Legion Post 124 and the Boonton Historical Society.

Narrative adapted from Morris County Heritage Commission website.

Image courtesy of: Dan Beards, Morris County Heritage Commission

DuPont Ammunition Plant - Pompton Lakesloupe
Pompton Lakes
USA 07442

DuPont Company owned & operated gunpowder manufacturing operations in Pompton Lakes beginning in 1902.  With the onset of World War I, DuPont was producing huge quantities of powder in 1917, increasing employees to 7,500. 

Production included:blasting caps, detonating fuses, boosters, primer and an unknown quantity of hand and rifle grenades.

A housing boom occurred, with many homeowners converting residences to rooming houses for workers.  DuPont built a dormitory colony near the current site of Pompton Lakes High School.  The impact was dramatic, and Pompton Lakes became known as a 'company town.' 

The current Pompton Lakes Salvation Army building is an extension of one of the dormitories.

Narrative adapted from Federal Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Photo courtesy of:  DuPont Company 

DuPont Powder Company - Carneys Pointloupe
Carneys Point Township
USA 08069

DuPont's Powder Company located on Carneys Point, NJ existed since 1892.  With the World War I defense boom, DuPont had expanded the plant to 67 times its prewar capacity and employed 25,000 workers by 1917. The town of Carneys Point largely developed in the prewar and war era to provide housing for plant employees.

Narrative adapted from DuPont Company website. 

Photo courtesy of:  DuPont Company

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Farley Memorial - Califonloupe
Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 443 Route 513
USA 07830

This marble sculpture, located within the Presbyterian Church cemetery, was erected in memory of Peter V. Farley who died in battle on September 26, 1918.  The monument consists of a uniformed WWI doughboy, standing at rest, holding the barrel of a rifle with both hands, the butt resting at his feet.  The figure is placed on an attenuated granite base. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000235.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Company - Kearnyloupe
Kearny Point
USA 07032

Federal Shipbuilding was located at Kearny Point, NJ, immediately north of the confluence of the Hackensack & Passaic Rivers at the head of Newark Bay.  It is approximately 3 miles from present-day Newark Liberty Airport.

A subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation, it was incorporated July 24, 1917 to construct steel ocean-going vessels. Its World War I output was cargo ships produced for the Emergency Fleet Corporation to carry supplies to the European theater of war.

The Federal Shipbuilding Yard at Kearny was built quickly, and 30 vessels of 10,000 ton capacity were constructed in a short time.  The first keel was laid at the Federal yard on November 14, 1917. The first vessel, Liberty, was launched at Federal Shipbuilding June 19, 1918, and delivered to the Shipping Board on October 5, 1918.  The War ended a few weeks later. 

Narrative adapted from Global Security website. 

Photos courtesy of:
Aerial view, 1945 - US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics
Federal Shipbuilding workers - Howard Liberman, Library of Congress

First Congregational Church Nave Window - Montclairloupe
40 S. Fullerton Avenue
USA 07042

The stained glass nave windows of Montclair, NJ's First Congregational Church were created with the church's construction in 1920 as a memorial to the nine church members who died in World War I. 

Photo courtesy of:  First Congregational Church


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