Volunteers from the Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution prepare in October 2023 to clean the stone for a World War I monument in Carlsborg. The group looks to restore the stone this year. Pictured, from left, are Wanda Bean, Judy Nordstrom, Ginny Wagner, Mona Kinder, Darlene Cook, Kristine Konopaski, Pam Grider, Sharlyn Tompkins and Amira-Lee Salavati. Participants not pictured include Judy Tordini and Lindsey Christianson. (Michael Trebert Chapter/Daughters of the American Revolution)

Volunteers from the Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution prepare in October 2023 to clean the stone for a World War I monument in Carlsborg. The group looks to restore the stone this year. Pictured, from left, are Wanda Bean, Judy Nordstrom, Ginny Wagner, Mona Kinder, Darlene Cook, Kristine Konopaski, Pam Grider, Sharlyn Tompkins and Amira-Lee Salavati. Participants not pictured include Judy Tordini and Lindsey Christianson. (Michael Trebert Chapter/Daughters of the American Revolution)

Organization seeks soldiers’ names for WWI monument

SEQUIM — A monument was placed in front of a public school on Carlsborg Road in 1924 with a bronze plaque and a message.

“In memory of the Clallam County boys who fought and died in the World War,” it read. “And of their heroic mothers. Erected by T. Benoit, 1924.”

World War I had ended six years earlier and the memories were still fresh. Many in the county could have known them personally.

“Maybe that is why Mr. Benoit did not include their names on the plaque,” wrote the Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Today, the stone monument sits without a plaque in front of Carlsborg Family Church — the former school property.

Priscilla Hudson of Sequim Prairie Garden Club brought this forgotten monument to the attention of the Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

“The three pillars of DAR service are historic preservation, education and patriotism,” said Judy Tordini, regent of the chapter.

“This kind of project touches on them all.”

Last October, 11 members of chapter took the initial step to restore the monument by cleaning the stone on which the plaque was placed.

The chapter hopes to add a new plaque this year, which will include the original wording as well as the names of the Clallam County men who lost their lives in World War I.

One of the names to be added is Clyde A. Rhodefer of Sequim. He is the great-uncle of Anita Reynolds, the vice regent of the Michael Trebert Chapter.

Reynolds is eager to see the monument restored.

“We believe this is the only monument in Clallam County created specifically in memory of the local men who died in World War I,” she said.

Sandy Frykholm, the chapter’s historian, wants to be sure they collect all the names that should be included.

“We hope to find the names of all Clallam County military personnel who died in World War I,” she said. “They are the men Mr. Benoit wanted to honor with this monument.”

The chapter also would like to identify living relatives of those men, so they can share their relatives’ stories.

Family members would be invited to attend the re-dedication of the monument.

“Because this is the 100th year since the monument was placed, we would like to hold the re-dedication before the end of 2024,” Frykholm said.

The chapter hopes to collect all names for the monument by the end of May to allow time for the creation of a new plaque.

Those who have more information about World War I soldiers from Clallam County who died in the war can contact Frykholm at 360-461-6897 or by email at sandralfrykholm@olypen.com.

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