Friday, February 5, 2010

Lest we forget

The veterans memorial in Argo Park is dedicated to those servicemen from Globeville who lost their lives in service to their country. Two of those men, Martin Clements and John Wysowatcky, were killed in the last weeks of World War I. Martha Kulik Birch remembered, “We all came down in the hallway at Garden Place School and Smitty [John] Wysowatcky and Albert Metzger were standing in their uniforms with their big hats, and we gave them a concert before they left for war. We sang, ‘Tenting tonight, tenting tonight, tenting on the old camp ground.’ Before it ended, Smitty was killed with only two more weeks until the armistice. His mother said she knew something was wrong, even before they got the official notice, because a bird came in the house and flew all around the upper part of the ceiling and went out. John used to light the chandelier in the church before services. It was an omen.”
Martin John Clements was born in 1893, enlisted in the army in May, 1917 and attained the rank of sergeant with the Medical Corps of Field Artillery of the American Expeditionary Forces. He died August 23, 1918 as a result of wounds received in action near Chateau Terra.
John Wysowatcky was also born in 1893 and enlisted in the army in April, 1917. Serving in the infantry with the American Expeditionary Forces, he was killed in action in Argonne Forest, October 23, 1918 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery.
Photo, top, Veterans Memorial, Mary Lou Egan
Middle photo, Martin John Clements, from Globeville Veterans Club booklet
Bottom photo, John Wysowatcky from Globeville Veterans Club booklet


Jess said...

Might you be willing to post (or point me to the proper place to find) information on the Globeville extension library where the rec center is now? I can't seem to find any information about when it closed, why and when it was renovated. Although, visually, it bears all the horrifying marks of 70's construction styles.

Thank you1

Mary Lou Egan said...

will do - Globeville has had a tough time keeping a library.