PA Monuments - Venango County

  • Oil City Doughboy


Photos: Seth Gaines, Rockville, MD.

In front of VFW Post 464 at 2 Relief Street.

The plaque on the fence reads:

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
OUR COMRADES OF THE WORLD WAR
WHO ENTERED THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY
FROM OIL CITY AND VICINITY

SPONSORED BY
FRANCIS B. PRITCHARD POST No. 464
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
OF THE UNITED STATES
NOVEMBER 11, 1938

(The actual dedication date was July 4, 1939. See explanation under the photo below.)

This is the only "Spirit of the American Doughboy" known to be paired with Viquesney's WWII statue, "The Spirit of the Fighting Yank", and thus the only pair of Viquesney statues displayed together that cover both WWI and WWII (a Viquesney Doughboy and a G.I. statue occur together at Fort Worth, Texas, but the latter is by a different sculptor, Giordano Grassi, and was placed in 1980). Although the Doughboy is missing its bayonet, both sculptures appear to be well maintained.

The Oil City Doughboy was scheduled to be dedicated on November 11, 1938, and a plaque had been engraved reflecting that date. But although both the statue and plaque were delivered to the site well in advance, due to a delay in the construction and landscaping of the original mound where the Doughboy was to stand, the dedication was postponed until July 4, 1939.

As the Great Depression wore on through the late 1930s, the Post was able to secure its Doughboy for a total price of $702.50, nearly $300 less than its original price of $1,000 in 1921.

 


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