Showing posts with label world war I. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world war I. Show all posts

Sunday, November 11, 2018

In the News: the Yankee Division and the MA role in WW I

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"New England’s largest infantry unit. A lifesaving war dog. A German attack on Cape Cod. 
These all contributed to the unique role Massachusetts played in World War I, which ended 100 years ago on Sunday. 
World War I, also known as the Great War, is often overshadowed by other historic wars. It was shorter, claimed fewer lives and the United States involvement was less extreme compared to other war efforts. 
The end of World War I was once known as “Armistice Day,” which was observed each year on Nov. 11. That changed, however, in the 1950s when President Dwight Eisenhower decided the day should include the recognition of World War II veterans, giving it the name still used today - Veterans Day."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Today's Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 1:30 PM on the Town Common and be followed by a reception at the Senior Center. 

Parking around the Town Common should be reserved for the older veterans. Parking at Horace Mann and the High School is also a short walk away. Parking alternatives can be found at the Charter School and the Public Library (closed today).

the Veterans Walkway in the rain on Saturday
the Veterans Walkway in the rain on Saturday
Bricks can still be purchased. The Brick order form can be found online
Make checks payable to Franklin VFW Post 3402

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Franklin Historical Museum: 100th Anniversary of the end of WW I

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Many men from Franklin fought, not all made it home. 

The Franklin Historical Museum display honors those men, and features one in particular, Edward Leslie Grant.

Franklin Historical Museum: 100th Anniversary of the end of WW I (FHM photo)
Franklin Historical Museum: 100th Anniversary of the end of WW I (FHM photo)

The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street.  The museum is open 

  • Saturdays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 
  • Sundays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
  • and Thursday evenings 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (except Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb).

Handicap access is available at the back of the building.  Come by and discover Franklin's history, where our story began.

You can also visit the Historical Museum on the web at   

or on Facebook at

Friday, November 7, 2014

Annual Military Exhibit to open at Franklin Historical Museum

The annual Military Exhibit, honoring those who served, will open at the Franklin Historical Museum on Sunday, November 9th. 
This year, we recognize the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. 
Although the US did not enter the war until 1917, the focus of the exhibit will be the more than 400 Franklin men and women who served in the Great War. Much research was done to find wartime articles from the pages of the Franklin Sentinel, Franklin’s semi-weekly newspaper at the time. Included are stories of hometown boys injured and killed in battle, copies of letters written home from the trenches, and details of the support and sacrifices made by those on the home front. 
The story of Franklin native Eddie L. Grant, the only professional baseball player killed in WWI, is told as part of the exhibit. Grant had retired from baseball and was well past the age of being drafted, but enlisted in September of 1917 at the age of 34. Dean College (then called Dean Academy) recognized their brave former student by naming their athletic field in his honor. 
Many items were donated and loaned to the museum for this exhibit. The Cargill family donated photographs of father and grandfather W. Milton Cargill who served in the Naval Military Band. Copies of musical scores written by Cargill during the War are on display. 
The ceremonial helmet of Michael Kearney was donated for display by his grandson Chris Kearney. Many will know the name Michael Kearney as the owner of Kearney’s Drug Store, which served the town for many years on Main Street. 
These items as well as numerous other photos, uniforms, and WWI memorabilia will be on display. In addition the Museum’s collection of other historical military uniforms that honor all of our local heroes will be exhibited. 
The Franklin Historical Museum is open Sundays 1:00-4:00pm, Thursdays 5:00pm-8:00pm (except Dec. thru Feb.), and Saturdays 10:00am-1:00PM. The Museum is located at 80 West Central Street.

Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum

Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum

Friday, February 19, 2010

Doughboy playing at snowboy

The morning after the snow storm, the Town Common was freshly coated with snow glistening in the sunrise.

From the backside

Friday, May 1, 2009

Monument: World War I

The WW I "doughboy" has been cleaned up. The bronze looks brand new.

Monuments: World War I

Actually since this photo was taken, the small trees directly behind the monument have already been removed as the preparation for the new monument to be unveiled on Memorial Day continue.

If you haven't visited the monuments on the Town Common, please consider doing so.