A veterans memorial was dedicated in the town of Middlefield Sunday.
The event was held outside of Old Schoolhouse No. 1 in the Hamlet of Middlefield, and drew a sizable crowd, filling the area’s parking to capacity.
The Town of Middlefield Historical Association raised about $2,000 for the memorial, which consists of an inscribed black stone. All of the money came from individual donations from local residents. Tied in with the memorial effort is a veterans book, which aims to chronicle every veteran that was ever born or lived part of their lives in Middlefield.
Attending the dedication were American Legion, Clark F. Simmons, Post 579, Cooperstown; American Legion, Whitman-Hull Snyder, Post 1360, Cherry Valley; American Legion, Post 1566, Milford; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Walter P. Eggleston, Post 7128, Cooperstown; Woman’s Auxillary, VFW, Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston, Post 7128, Cooperstown; La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (40 & 8), Rep. Christopher Gibson, Assemblyman Peter Lopez, and numerous veterans, their families and spectators. There were also vendors, food and music provided by the Small Town Big Band.
The first person to speak at the dedication was former Middlefield Historical Association President Jan Bartow, who explained how the memorial came to be.
The idea originated with Francis Morton, a member of the Middlefield Historical Association. In February 2011 she wrote a letter to her fellow historical association members suggesting that a monument in honor of veterans be erected in Middlefield. The letter also said that she would be willing to make the first donation.
“We told her we’d be glad to (participate),” Bartow said .
Bartow also introduced the three Middlefield WWII veterans attending the ceremony: Andrew Kubis, Douglas Olmstead and Homer Osterhoudt.
Middlefield’s fourth WWII veteran, Claude Wilson, was unable to make it to the event. WWII veterans Howdie Cornish of Milford and Ivan Winner of Oneonta also attended the dedication.