The Saint Albans Museum is currently searching for information about the impact of World War I on our community. In 2017, we plan to highlight some of the artifacts and other material from our collections and archives related to ‘The Great War.’ There will be a series of articles and excerpts published on our website and social media as well.
SAM is also looking to members of the community to share stories and objects (photographs, newspaper clippings, war records, letters) from family members who served or participated in the war effort.
One of the best sources we have on file on an article entitled “Men in a Day” by Marquis James from the July 1928 issue of American Legion Monthly magazine (courtesy of Peter Regan.) It tells the story of the students and residents who formed Machine Gun Company, First Infantry, Vermont National Guard. Their headquarters were located in a room above what was then Cloverdale’s store on Main Street. Their commander was Captain Edward F. Smith, who served as the assistant to the Vice-President of his family’s company – the Central Vermont Railway.
We will share their story over the coming weeks and months. Do you have any information about these local men, mentioned in the article, who served?
Howard M Clarke
Simon H Maloney
Charles E Shanon
Donald R. Hyde
Joseph L. Hyde
Contact us today if you can help.