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Palo Alto in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Hostess House War and Veterans Memorial

 
 
Veterans and War Memorial Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
1. Veterans and War Memorial Plaques
Inscription.  
[Several veterans memorials are located at the base of the flagstaff in front of the Hostess House.]

Side A:
1861 – 1865
McKinley Post
Number 187
Dept. of Calif. And Nev.
Grand Army
of the Republic
Veterans of the Civil War
Organized in Palo Alto
January 21st 1905
There are at this date fourteen living members whose average age is seventy-five years.
This plaque was dedicated and placed
in position on Decoration Day
May 30th 1918
One country and one flag
Chas. H. Lewis, Post Adjt. • Orrin W. Dunn, Quartermaster
Chas. M. Fitzgerald, Post Commander

Side B:
Native Sons of the Golden West
This flagstaff was erected by Palo Alto Parlor Number 216, Native Sons of the Golden West
Assisted by patriotic citizens of Palo Alto.
Dedicated and deeded to the City of Palo Alto
Oct. 28 1908
Committee
E.A. Hettinger – Chairman • George Williams – Secretary • A.T. Lund • I.P Vandervort

Side C:
Native Daughters of
McKinley Post - Grand Army of the Republic image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
2. McKinley Post - Grand Army of the Republic
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the Golden West

El Camino Parlor
* Number 144 *
Native Daughters
of the Golden West
Instituted June 21
1904 * Palo Alto
* California "
Spread the Golden Gates Wide Open
to thy Daughters of the West
seeking entrance at the portal
of our order grand and blest


Side D:
1875 - 1909
California Pioneers of Santa Clara County
J.Z. Anderson, Pres. • L.J. Watkins, 1st V. Pres. • Mrs. P. Herold, 2nd V. Pres. • A.R. Woodhams, 3rd V. Pres. • W.D.J. Hamby, Sec’y. • E.J. Wilcox, Treas. • Archie McDonald • Sam L. Palmer • L.D. Stephens • Wm. E. Riebsam • W.J Estes, Auditor’s

Plaque Near Flagpole:
Servicemen and Servicewomen Memorial
This memorial is dedicated
to all the men and women
who served in the Armed Forces
of the United States of America

Erected by the Palo Alto
United Veterans Council
May 30th, 1983

 
Erected 1909 by Palo Alto Chapter GAR, Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West, Pioneers of Santa Clara County and Palo Alto Veterans Council.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWar, World I
Native Sons of the Golden West Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
3. Native Sons of the Golden West Plaque
. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1790.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 37° 26.584′ N, 122° 9.922′ W. Marker was in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker was at the intersection of Mitchell Lane and University Avenue on Mitchell Lane. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 27 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto CA 94301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Hostess House (a few steps from this marker); History of Tower Well (approx. ¼ mile away); San Francisquito Creek Watershed (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named San Francisquito Creek Watershed (approx. 0.4 miles away); El Palo Alto (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early People of the Creek (approx. 0.4 miles away); Electronics Research Laboratory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Portola Journey's End (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palo Alto.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Design
It is interesting to note that, although created over a span of at least a decade, the NSGW, GAR and NDGW plaques are all of the same design with a frame of six-pointed stars and vertical stripes.

The California Pioneers plaque is also notable as
Native Daughters of the Golden West Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
4. Native Daughters of the Golden West Plaque
it is made of wood.
    — Submitted May 29, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California.
 
California Pioneers of Santa Clara County Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
5. California Pioneers of Santa Clara County Plaque
Servicemen and Servicewomen Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2012
6. Servicemen and Servicewomen Memorial Plaque
The Hostess House War and Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
7. The Hostess House War and Veterans Memorial
The memorial with all the plaques has been removed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 754 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 31, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   7. submitted on May 25, 2021, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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