Farmington in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Yodkins-Morin Memorial Park
Dedicated to two valiant men who gave their lives
saving others during the raging flood of August 1955
Charles J. Yodkins, Sr
A Farmington Police Officer
Joseph J. Morin, Jr
A Private Citizen
August 19, 1955
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. A significant historical year for this entry is 1955.
Location. 41° 45.283′ N, 72° 52.722′ W. Marker is in Farmington, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Farmington Avenue (Connecticut Route 4) and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling south on Farmington Avenue. Located in Yodkins-Morin Memorial Park, a narrow strip of green, alongside the Farmington River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmington CT 06032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Suburban Park 1895-1905 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Water Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away); Unionville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Unionville Veterans Monument (approx. half Unionville Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Farmington (approx. 0.7 miles away); Farmington Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); An Industrial History of Unionville, 1780-1880 (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington.
Regarding Yodkins-Morin Memorial Park. Charles Yodkins Sr., 43, a police officer and volunteer firefighter in Farmington, rescued several people in Unionville on Aug. 19. When he heard of a stranded family in River Glen, he knocked on the door of Joseph "Jackie" Morin, 22, a University of Connecticut student, looking for a boat. Morin offered his, and insisted on coming to help. They were trying to get the Frey family on board when the boat overturned in the Farmington River. Yodkins, Morin and the entire Frey family - Robert Carl Frey, 57; his wife, Mildred Barrows Frey, 55; and their daughter Mildred Ruth Frey, 16 - were drowned. A memorial dedicated to Yodkins and Morin is located at the former site of the River Glen neighborhood.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,153 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.