News From Terre Haute, Indiana

History

July 8, 2012

HISTORICAL TREASURE: Roll of Honor

TERRE HAUTE — From time to time, the Vigo County Historical Museum has received calls asking if we have information about an artifact which hung on a wall, opposite the office, on the first floor of Wiley High School from the early 1940s until, as far as we know, the demolition of the school in 1970. Those of us who walked those hallowed halls, passed it every day, probably without notice or a thought of its significance.

This mystery piece, which many asked about, is the “Roll of Honor, Wiley High School, For Those in the Service of Our Country” — a listing of Wiley students who served during World War II.

Ralph Llewellyn, who recently donated the memorial plaque to the Historical Society, filled in part of the solution to the mystery. After the demolition of Wiley, it was found in what is believed to be Maple Avenue School by Carl Froderman and Llewellyn. To save the plaque, it wqas moved to a barn on the Llewellyn property where it remained for more than 30 years.

A large piece, 9-feet-by-5.5-feet, the Roll of Honor is made up of three large sections. The center section is the tallest, formerly topped with a brass eagle. All the letters were brass, and rows of brackets are filled with names of Wiley students who served during World War II. While in fairly good condition, the glass covering is missing as is the brass eagle and some letters. A few names have been removed, but hundreds are still intact.

The Wiley Honor Roll is not currently on display at the Vigo County Historical Museum, but is a part of Terre Haute’s history which deserves to be shown to the public. The Historical Society would welcome memories from anyone with recollections of the plaque and contributions to restore it to its former condition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
History
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity