Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bovina Honors Hereos

In the June 9, 1916 issue of the Delaware Express, it was reported that Bovina only had five veterans in town and only two of them were fit enough to place flags on graves of their fallen comrades. These veterans were all veterans of the Civil War. Within 3 years, Bovina and the U.S. had gone through The Great War, meaning more veterans of combat. The May 31, 1919 issue of the Delaware Express reported a party given for Bovina's returned World War I soldiers:

"On Friday night, May 30th, there was held at the parsonage of the U.P. Church, a very largely attended and well conducted party for the returned Bovina soldiers. Although there were just nine soldiers present because there have been so many that have not yet come back and so many others who have come back but who are outside of town, yet this in no way dampened the fervor of the party. The soldiers were all formally presented to the crowd of guests and the guests responded with cheers and handclapping.

"Certain interesting contests followed. Prizes were given to the winners. Mrs. Harold Robeson won first prize for the ladies and Robert G. Thompson and Briceland Davis tied for the first place among the gentlemen. First class refreshments were served after the midnight hour arrived. It was a crowd of late but happy home-goers that left the parsonage at about 1:30 A.M. The party was a success in every way."

During the Second World War, a roll of honor was erected between the old fire house and what is now the Bovina Museum. To see a picture of this roll and an alphabetical index of the names, go to Thanks to Ed Davidson for providing the image and index.

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