The 100th anniversary of the Doughboy statue was recognized during an event Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Henryetta Library. Marcus Whitworth of the Henryetta Historical Society (left), which hosted the ceremony, welcomed attendees, gave a brief history of the Doughboy, which was originally located in the middle of Henryetta’s Main Street. VFW Post 539 Commander Bill Goodner (right) recognized the many soldiers who gave of themselves to fight in the military. The local posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, along with veterans and enlisted personnel, joined together in 1923 to raise funds to purchase a “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue as a memorial to local men who died in World War I. More than $1,400 was raised and the bronze statue was ordered. Scheduled to arrive in Henryetta for the Armistice celebration on November 11, 1923, it did not arrive until November 26, 1923.
November 29, 2023
A Fitting Tribute