Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Memorial Day past

Memorial Day 1950
P.J. Caul Park
photo courtesy of Bob Mikush, used with permission

The above photo is from the Memorial Day 1950 ceremony at the dedication of the doughboy statue in Ambridge's P.J. Caul Park, located on the corner of Merchant and 11th Streets. While the back of the photo says "Memorial Day 1950," so far, I have found nothing that might support that identification except the inscription on the plate under the statue.

[Update May 30, 2016: Although at the time I wrote this post, I thought the ceremony might be the dedication of the doughboy statue, I was wrong. The doughboy statue was not new in 1950; it was dedicated on Memorial Day 1930 at its original location near the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge. You can see a photo of it at its first location and read about the 1930 dedication ceremony in the May 30, 2016, blog post "Ambridge's doughboy statue dedication, Memorial Day 1930." The original base also had a plate. Perhaps the ceremony shown in the photo above was for the dedication of the new bronze plate on the statue's base? Or was the ceremony perhaps related to the statue's move to the park?]

Bronze plate under the statue in P.J. Caul Park,
March 22, 2014

The complete inscription says:
For God and county, we associate yourselves together for the following purposes: to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred per cent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in the Great War; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Dedicated in memory of the departed ones by Canady Hull Post No. 341, the American Legion of Ambridge, Penna.
May 30, 1950

The white building in the upper left of the black and white photo is the A&P that was located between 11th and Sherman Streets. Behind it, you can see the top of the H.J. Heinz building on Sherman Street. The old National Electric factory that once ran from 11th to 14th Streets can be seen on the right hand side.

The photo below shows the statue in March, 2014.

Doughboy statue,
P.J. Caul Park,
March 22, 2014

You can still see the side of the old A&P building, now the Trinity School for Ministry, in the photo, to the right of the statue.


  1. I remember the statue of the soldier well - I gave him the name of "Lieutenant", long before I wore my first pair of combat boots!!

  2. john domansky jd
    for many yrs that open area on 10th st was for pickup football games 1940s, there was an honor roll board, large solid, w/names etc, it was there for many years, it may be there yet, not back to ambridge in about 2008. the gas station on corner 10th across from the penn zoil station had a phone line setup to ring when a call came in, at night they forgot to shut it off & pranksters would call & let it ring for a long time, to the dismay of people around there, they also had a pit oil change area. lived behind there in 1954 b4 i left for chicago area & new life, in dec 54. lived upstairs of the Belchek family for almost a year. mom went to osborne to live & work in home she had worked since the late 30s. she rode bus to osborne from 14th & merchant, later on a busdriver my friend john mosura would drive her. JM a 1950 AHS grad. had 2 bros stan & frank &had lived on 14th between church & merchant, then moved near AW S got married (helen)& lived on 10th hill up from duss, he was a fixture in the VFW,