Nancy Coonsman Hahn (1887-1976) studied sculpture at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and won many commissions for large memorials and public fountains. One such commission was to sculpt a memorial to Missouri soldiers who died in France during WWI. This commission was unique because the memorial was to be located in France. According to an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on June 25, 1922, the memorial was to be erected on the historic highway between Cheppy and Varennes on a triangular piece of land about half a mile from Cheppy. This location was significant because it was “connected with some of the most stirring annals of the Thirty-Fifth Division." This Division along with the Eighty-Ninth Division contained the bulk of Missouri troops that participated in the War.
|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.|