OOS Sculpture

Victory Shaft

1919 / Creator Unknown / Mount Gilead

Victory Shaft View 1

A tall stone obelisk that commemorates the citizens of Morrow County who served in World War I. Morrow County was awarded the monument by the Ohio War Savings Committee for purchasing more War Savings Stamps per capita than any other county in Ohio between June 1 and Sept 1 of 1919.

Morrow County had previously won a contest in 1918 for selling the most saving stamps of any county in the United States.

The obelisk stands in the middle of the intersection of Main and High Streets in Mount Gilead, the county seat and has become a symbol of the Mount Gilead community.

Location: Mount Gilead town square, Intersection of Main and High Streets

County

: Morrow

Citation

: “Victory Shaft,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed April 20, 2021, http://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1841.

Dublin Core

Title

Victory Shaft

Description

A tall stone obelisk that commemorates the citizens of Morrow County who served in World War I. Morrow County was awarded the monument by the Ohio War Savings Committee for purchasing more War Savings Stamps per capita than any other county in Ohio between June 1 and Sept 1 of 1919.

Morrow County had previously won a contest in 1918 for selling the most saving stamps of any county in the United States.

The obelisk stands in the middle of the intersection of Main and High Streets in Mount Gilead, the county seat and has become a symbol of the Mount Gilead community.

Date

1919

Source

https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/news/25042/victory-shaft-celebration-planned
https://www.mountgilead.net/index.html

Contributor

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

Awarded by

Provider Entity

Ohio War Savings Committee

Location Site

Location Street

Intersection of Main and High Streets

Location Type

Installation Date

1919

Materials

Inscription

East side inscription: "Dedicated / In honor of all Morrow county men and women who wore the uniform of their country and served under the colors during the World War of 1917 - 1918 and to the memory of those who relinquished all that liberty might not perish."
North side inscription: "Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. / Lincoln."
South side inscription: "The shaft was donated by the Ohio War Savings Committee to the County of Morrow as an award to her citizens who, in aid of the government, purchased more War Savings Stamps per capita than any other county in the state."

South side plaque: "The award of this shaft recognizes Morrow County as having maintained the highest record of all counties in the United States in per capita sales of War Savings Stamps during the years of the World War 1918 and 1919."
West side inscription: '"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."' [followed by an honor roll of 29 names]