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Bloomingdale in Parke County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Winning School of Parke County Indiana
American Legion Oratorical Contest 1954

Penn Township School
 
Winning School of Parke County Indiana Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Al Wolf, March 21, 2009
1. Winning School of Parke County Indiana Marker
This is one of three items on a brick Memorial of the old Penn Township School which lies at the end of the old school sidewalk - up a slight hill.
 
Inscription.
1809 (Relief of Lincoln) 1865

The Gettysburg Address

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last
 
From Street - - Memorial & Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Al Wolf, March 21, 2009
2. From Street - - Memorial & Markers
 
full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Abraham Lincoln

To the Winning School of the Parke County Indiana American Legion Oratorical Contest 1954
 
Erected 1954 by Fellenzer Post # 48 American Legion.
 
Location. 39° 49.832′ N, 87° 15.2′ W. Marker is in Bloomingdale, Indiana, in Parke County. Marker is on Bank Street east of County Route N100W, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomingdale IN 47832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dennis Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Underground Railroad Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boyhood home of J. G. "Uncle Joe" Cannon. (approx. 1.4 miles away); Parke County Veterans (approx. 4.1 miles away); Turkey Run (approx. 4.5 miles away); Juliet V. Strauss (approx. 4.5 miles away); Parke County Museum (approx. 4.8 miles away); Korea (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bloomingdale.
 
Cornor Stone Photo, Click for full size
By Al Wolf, March 21, 2009
3. Cornor Stone
In the middle of the Memorial is laid this cornor stone dated September 29, 1922 - and - A. L. 5922.
 
 
Construction Plaque - - Dated 1922 Photo, Click for full size
By Al Wolf, March 21, 2009
4. Construction Plaque - - Dated 1922
The inscription reads:
1922
Penn Township
Trustee
Wm. (William) H. Floyd
Advisory Board
Cecil H. Davies, Pres., C. W. Pearson, Sect., Herman Allee - Contractor L. E. Wickersham - Architect J. T. Boswell
 
 
Penn Township School - Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Al Wolf, March 21, 2009
5. Penn Township School - Memorial
It appears that the memorial is built from the old bricks from the now non-existant school that sat on this location. All of the above markers are set in the front at about chest high. There seems to be seats as part of the memorial - just below of the markers. (The Memorial is showing signs of extreem weathering - needing some repair work. But, all in all it is in excellent shape to be easily repaired to like new condition.) The Memorial is at the end of the old school sidewalk that yet exist in part from the street to the Memorial.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 663 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 22, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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