|The Memorial to the U. S. 35th Division and the Men of the State of Missouri. The monument was erected in 1922 and is located south of the village of Cheppy, France on the D19, between Varennes en Argonne and Montfaucon.|
Background on the Memorial
In 1921, the Missouri Memorial Commission, received $25,000 from the state to develop a memorial to soldiers who died in France during WWI. They found two possible locations and used a former officer of the French Army to negotiate for the sites. Neither of the proposed sites was their first choice. Their first choice were actually the Argonne Cemetery, but the War Department denied their request. At the time, it was recommended that all monuments be located on battlefields rather than in cemeteries. The two proposed sites were located near battlefields where many Missourians lost their lives.
Hahn’s Other Works
|The Doughboy Statue located at Overton Park in Memphis, Tennessee|
In 1915, Hahn won a commission to sculpt a public drinking fountain. According to the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Mrs. Margaret Kincaid of Louisiana, Missouri, bequeathed funds for a drinking fountain in "some park in St. Louis" with the stipulation that the competition be open only to women. Hahn’s winning design featured two nude girls being sprayed by four frog fountain figures. This caused an uproar with the Women's Protective League who demanded that the girls wear clothing. A newspaper cartoon actually featured the fountain design with the girls wearing raincoats. As a result, the custodians of the funds demanded a revision. Hahn's new design, which was inspired by old Italian well heads, featuressix very young children dancing around the fountain base carrying a garland. She also designed the two concrete benches nearby which are supported by elves.
|Margret R. Kincaind Fountain. Located in Downtown St. Louis, Lucas Ave. at N.13th St. Dimensions: 3’x 2’x 2’ Materials: Bronze and granite|
Missouri’s War Monument to Rise Beside a Country Road in France, St. Louis Post Dispatch,
June 25, 1922.
Letters From the People, St. Louis Post Dispatch, September 16, 1962.
Nancy Coonsman Hahn www.askart.com.