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Litchfield in Hillsdale County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wayside Memorial Park

 
 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
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Inscription.  In 1945-46 the Litchfield Garden Club created this park on land donated by the Litchfield Dairy Association. The club's Memorial Committee, composed of Jessie Bowersox, Martha Beauchampet and Pauline Kropschot, used landscaping and green space to beautify the space, which had been used as a trash dump. The focal point was a stone memorial honoring ten local men who died in World War II. The Committee designated the adjacet one-mile section of M-99 as Memorial Mile.

On September 8, 1946, the Litchfield Garden Club dedicated this park and its World War Il memorial. Norman Isott designed the memorial, which Yunker Memorials, Inc. produced using crab orchard stone. The approximately seven hundred people attending the ceremony included family members of the men honored on the memorial. That same year, the National Council of the Federated Garden Clubs of North America gave the Litchfield Garden Club an Outstanding Achievement Award for the project.
 
Erected 2016 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2282.)
 
Topics and series.

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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 42° 2.031′ N, 84° 44.117′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Michigan, in Hillsdale County. Marker is on Homer Road (Michigan Route 99) 0.4 miles north of Cronk Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Litchfield MI 49252, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Litchfield World War II Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robert Benjamin (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rose Hartwick Thorpe (approx. 1.4 miles away); Congregational Church of Litchfield (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mosherville Church / Mosherville School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Grand Army Of The Republic Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Grosvenor House (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Litchfield.
 
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
3. Wayside Memorial Park Marker
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
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By TeamOHE, December 25, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 25, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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