Attica in Fountain County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Spirit of the American Doughboy
Francis M. Dodge
Wilbert M. Allen
and other citizens
in grateful recognition
of the patriotic service
men and women
during the World War
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Spirit of the American Doughboy - E. M. Viquesney series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 40° 17.515′ N, 87° 14.981′ W. Marker is in Attica, Indiana, in Fountain County. Marker is on South Perry Street, on the left when traveling south. Doughboy statue sits in front of the Attica Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 South Perry Street, Attica IN 47918, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Attica’s Carnegie Library (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John Evans (a few steps from this marker); Italianate Style House (within shouting distance of this marker); Attica & Covington Canal Skirmish (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Devon Theater (about 700 feet away); The Old Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Attica.
More about this marker. Known as the “Doughboy Statue.” It is by the sculptor E. M. Viquesney (1876–1946) and is approx 7 feet high on a 7 foot base and was dedicated November 11, 1927.
Regarding The Spirit of the American Doughboy. It is a World War I infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man’s Land. He holds a rifle in one hand and a grenade in the other.
Attica, Indiana Fountain Warren Democrat newspaper October 20, 1927:: proclaimed “The Bronze Doughboy Statue and Bronze Inscription Tablet Completed - - Work Being Pushed on Base and Pedestal. ... ... The bronze tablet bearing the inscription for the memorial arrived here Monday by express from Cincinnati, Ohio, and the committee here on Tuesday received a letter from the Doughboy sculptor stating that the bronze doughboy for the memorial will be shipped this week. ...”
Fountain Warren Democrat newspaper November 17, 1927:: “Impressive Services Characterize Unveiling” a front page article tells about “A
“The National Car Coupler Band (local company) marched from the down town district to the park playing a patriotic air. On reaching the (library) park they formed a circle around the memorial and played another patriotic selection while the people continued to gather.”
The memorial has been pronounced a real work of art by the area. The sculptor who visualized and designed “The Spirit Of the American Doughboy” is Ernest M. Viquesney of Spencer, Indiana. The Vaughan-Taylor Monument Co. Of Lafayette built the concrete foundation, the Bedford stone bases and pedestal on which the doughboy rests, and erected the entire memorial in the Library Park.
Also see . . .
1. The Inventories of American Sculpture Catalog Entry for this Marker. There are over 100 identical "The Spirit of the American Doughboy" statues around the Country. According to the entry, there exists Attica Tribune news clipping discussing dedication of memorial. (Submitted on November 17, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Attica, IN, Doughboy. This website also contains information on all known Viquesney Doughboys (there are about 140 of them throughout the U.S.); however the link refers only to the one at Attica, IN. (Submitted on December 2, 2007, by Les Kopel of Oxnard, California.)
3. "The History behind the Doughboy" ::. (Courtesy:: Karen Gardnerl in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Area Historical Society publication.) Originally published in 1991 this link gives a good history and other links - well worth the search and read. (Submitted on May 22, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Who are "Doughboy" Searchers??::. This web site gives more detailed history, photos, and items. Also examples of other Viquesney works of Historical Art. (Submitted on May 23, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Additional keywords. Military Service Fountain County Indiana
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 5,448 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 26, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 6, 7. submitted on May 29, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 8. submitted on May 26, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 9. submitted on June 19, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.