There are a lot of World War One memorials in Evanston! As I continued my research, I found more and more information. In fact, I found enough information to write a third blog post about Evanston. and about the outcome of the war in Evanston. Watch this space next week.
Evanston Township High School
|The memorial elms on the new campus of Evanstson Township High School which opened in 1924. Photo: History of ETHS, 1883-1958 by M.C. Davis|
The Memorial ElmsIn 1924, when the new campus of Evanston Township High School opened its new buildings at 1600 Dodge Ave, The Evanston Garden Club planted 80 Elm trees High School as a memorial to the students who lost their lives in World War One. The Club maintained the Elms until 1951. The rows of trees grew and thrived, unfortunately, they were killed by Dutch Elm disease, and were no longer there when I attended the high school in the 1960.
The Oliver Baty Cunningham AwardAn award honoring the World War One service of Oliver B. Cunningham was established at Evanston High School by his father Frank Cunningham. The award, the highest award given to an outstanding male member of the graduating class is still given today. It is given to a student who ranks first in his class in all around qualities, including intellectual ability, capacity for leadership, sense of responsibility and distinguished service to school and community. Cunningham's portrait hangs outside the library at the high school. He is also remembered in a stained glass window at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Evanston.
Cunningham graduated cum laude from Yale University, where was awarded the Francis Brown Memorial Prize, given to the member of each Junior Class at Yale "who most closely approached the standards of intellectual ability, high manhood, capacity for leadership, and service to the university."
Captain Cunningham was buried in France, near the place of his death. He received both the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star Medal, which was awarded posthumously. After his death, his father established the Oliver Baty Cunningham Publication Fund at Yale University Press was established, which continues to publish today.
|Oliver B. Cunningham as a young man|
|Lt. Oliver B. Cunningham|
|The Memorial boulder on the north end of the Northwestern Campus. Photo: P. Noznick|
The second memorial on the campus is a plaque located in the lobby of the Alice Milar Chapel.
|The bronze plaque memorializing Northwestern students who lost their lives in the Civil War and World War One. Photo: P. Noznick|| |