“All Gave Some; Some Gave All”

Hartland’s commitment to service in American Military Forces traces back to some of its early settlers who served before moving to Hartland and has continued throughout every major war, conflict or defense in the history of the United States.

 

Revolutionary War

Known Veterans who settled in Hartland:

John Spearin |1764-1830 | Fullers Corner Cemetery

John Whiting III |1759-1846 | Fullers Corner Cemetery

Uzziel Withee, Sr |1765-1862 | Ireland Cemetery

Dr. John Warren (1755-1815), original land proprietor of Hartland, was also a decorated Revolutionary War Veteran

 

War of 1812

Known Veterans who settled in Hartland:

Isaiah Elliott |1792-1860 | Ireland Cemetery

William Harvey II |1777-1853 | Ireland Cemetery

Thomas Marsh, Sr |1776-1870 | Fullers Corner Cemetery

Edward Page, Jr |1780-1855 | Ireland Cemetery

Samuel Pennell |1788-1866 | Fullers Corner Cemetery

Thomas Tripp |1789-1885 | Ireland Cemetery

Uriah Spearin  |1792-1865 | Fullers Corner Cemetery

Jonas Wheeler |1789-1866 | Nevens Cemetery

 

Civil War

The Civil War involved upwards of 100 young men with direct roots to Hartland with nearly a dozen of them never returning home alive. There were also numerous men from other towns who enlisted in Hartland; some to capture the enlistment bounty being offered. Several native residents who had moved away before the war began served in the Civil War throughout other parts of the country. A number of men who had lived and enlisted in other towns moved to Hartland following the war where many of them remained the rest of their lives.

Hartland in The Civil War Report (pending)

 

Maine’s overall commitment and sacrifice to The Civil War was as great as any Union State with upwards of 80,000 men serving in various military branches over the course of the war. Estimates of some 9,000 men from Maine died during the war with thousands more wounded or inflicted with diseases which would plague them for the rest of their lives. A compilation of these individual units from Maine including their known muster history, service record and mortality is presented below as a reference to the regiments noted above which the men of Hartland served with during the war.

Maine in The Civil War Report (pending)

 

A general timeline of major battles and related events of The Civil War, as compiled by the National Park Service, is included below as a cross reference to the involvement of various regiments noted above which the men of Hartland served with during the course of the war.

Timeline of The Civil War

 

Although no local chapter in Hartland was ever established, the gravestones of Civil War Veterans interred in Hartland were memorialized with bronze “GAR 32” markers placed by the Grand Army of the Republic Goodwin Post No. 32 of St. Albans which was formally organized on February 8, 1881 by R. L. Howard. It began with 15 members with Calvin Bigelow named as its first Post Commander. The post was named in honor of St. Albans native George W. Goodwin who enlisted with the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment, Company F on August 29, 1862 and died in service at Falmouth, Virginia on December 30, 1862 at the age of 23. (Photo courtesy of St. Albans Historical Society)

Members of G.A.R. Goodwin Post No. 32 at Camp Benson Annual Reunion in Newport

 

The Spanish-American War included 2 enlisted men from Hartland. Close to 2 dozen men who registered in Hartland were engaged in World War I. More than 100 men and women registered in Hartland to serve in World War II followed by a large contingency who served in the Korean War and Vietnam War. The commitment by Hartland citizens and their descendants living in other towns and states to serve their country continued through modern day conflicts with many enlisted in active service today.

 

~ National Observances ~

The exact origin of Memorial Day remains unclear with the U. S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs recognizing some 25 places claiming to have originated the holiday in the United States as far back as 1861. Regardless of its origin, honoring and mourning the military personnel who died while serving existed before the end of the Civil War and eventually became a Federal Holiday. (Compiled from Wikipedia Article)

It is unknown when Memorial Day, often referred to early as Decoration Day, was first celebrated in Hartland but the earliest known reference found so far comes from the 1903 Town Report; “Article 33 – To see what sum of money the town will vote to raise for Memorial Day Services.”

Memorial Day at Warren Square – 1919

 

Hartland Memorial Day Parade – 1946

 

Hartland Memorial Day Parade – 1959

 

Hartland Memorial Day Parade – 1969

 

Hartland Memorial Day – 2020 (Covid-19 Protocol)

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military include Armed Forces Day, an unofficial U. S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the Armed Forces, and Veterans Day which honors those who have served in the Armed Forces.

 

~ Hartland American Legion ~

The American Legion is an organization of United States War Veterans made up of State, U. S. Territory and Overseas Departments and in turn made up of local Posts. The organization was formed on March 15, 1919 in Paris, France by Officers and Men of the American Expeditionary Forces and was chartered on September 16, 1919 by the United States Congress. (Compiled from Wikipedia Article)

The Steeves-McCormack American Legion Post #141 of Hartland has served the needs and interests of Veterans since their inception in 1930 and faithfully continue with their mission today. They have been active organizers and participants of local Veteran observances and every year hundreds of American Flags are placed on Veteran gravestones in Hartland by members of the Post.

An application for a Post of The American Legion in Hartland was signed by local World War I Veterans on May 23, 1930. They requested to be known as Christopher G. Linn Post #141. Christopher G. Linn (1888-1926) was born and raised in Hartland and served in World War I with the 28th Army Infantry. Christopher is a son of Robert Wilson Linn, Sr and a grandson of Archibald Linn. The Legion’s first home was located in the Village but the exact location is currently unknown however they are referenced in several Town Reports from the time.

Hartland American Legion Post Application – 1930 (Courtesy of John Hikel)

On October 11, 1937 the American Legion Post #141 Women’s Auxiliary was organized and chartered with 15 Charter Members. Crystal (McPheters) Goforth, wife of Legion Charter Member Vincent Goforth, was the first elected President. Along with assisting the local Hartland Legion Post, their many other projects included sponsoring girls to attend Dirigo State, gathering Christmas gifts for local needy children, making Memorial Wreaths, assisting Veterans at Togus Hospital and honoring Hartland’s Veterans.

One of the many fund raising events organized by the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary over the years was a “Gala Nite & Cabaret” held at the Hartland Opera House on May 13, 1938. The entire original program of the evening’s event may be seen on the link below:

American Legion Gala Program May 13, 1938

In the Fall of 1950, the new Hartland Consolidated School was completed and all Hartland Elementary Grade classes were moved to the new school. The former schoolhouse on Pleasant Street was purchased later that year from the town by the Hartland American Legion.

Former Hartland American Legion Hall – Pleasant Street – 1970

In 1951, the Legion’s name was changed by members to Steeves-McCormack American Legion Post #141 in honor of two of Hartland’s men who were Killed In Action in World War II; Norman Steeves & Donlin McCormack. Following almost a century of use as a schoolhouse then as an American Legion Hall, the building was razed in 2003 and is currently a vacant lot.

Former Steeves-McCormack American Legion Hartland Post #141 Hall – Pleasant Street – 1984

 

~ World War I & World War II Hartland Honor Roll  ~

In 1949, an Honor Roll for World War I & World War II Veterans of Hartland was unveiled at the Bandstand in Warren Square. It is to be noted the Honor Roll Listing was based specifically on those who physically registered in Hartland for service and did not include any men or women who registered in another town or state.

Veterans of the Military Branches lead the Honor Roll Ceremony procession down Academy Street to Warren Square

 

Hartland Boy Scout Troop await the Honor Roll Ceremony

 

Hartland Minutemen arriving at Honor Roll Ceremony

 

Hartland Minutemen in front of Baptist Church at Honor Roll Ceremony

 

Preceding the Honor Roll Dedication Ceremony, a Gold Star Presentation was conducted for members of the families of Donlin McCormack, Arthur Sherburne, Norman Steeves and Clarence Walker who were Killed in Action during World War II. Absent was the family of Rendall Phinney who had moved from the area by this time.

(L-R): Charlotte Gordan (former fiancee’ of Clarence Walker), Vivian Sherburne (Mother of Arthur Sherburne), Elsie McCormack (Mother of Donlin McCormack) & Nina Steeves (Aunt of Norman Steeves)

 

Citizens on Commercial Street awaiting the Honor Roll Ceremony

 

Honor Roll Ceremony Opening

 

Honor Roll Ceremony Opening

 

Honor Roll Unveiled

 

Honor Roll

 

Veterans from Military Branches behind Honor Roll

 

Citizens in front of the Honor Roll

 

Honor Roll

 

Close-up of Honor Roll

 

The top of the Honor Roll was donated to the Hartland Historical Society who in turn returned it to the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department.

Hartland Volunteer Fire Department Emblem from the Honor Roll

 

~ Veteran Granite Monument ~

Unfortunately, the wooden Honor Roll was unable to withstand the forces of nature and had badly deteriorated by the early 1960s and was removed. In its place, a granite monument was later set at the Bandstand as a tribute to all the men and women of Hartland who served.

Veteran Monument at Warren Square – 1995

 

~ Veteran Memorial Granite Benches ~

Two new granite Veteran Memorial Benches were added at the Bandstand. The benches were donated by the Galen Cole Foundation and the Cole Land Transportation Museum of Bangor. Several businesses and individuals donated to the effort including: Elmer & Beatrice Littlefield – Project Coordinators; E. W. Littlefield & Sons – Equipment & Materials; Hammond Lumber of Skowhegan – Insulation; Haley Construction – Crushed Stone & Concrete; Dave Bowden & Crew – Placing & Finishing Concrete; Edwin W. Littlefield & Christopher Littlefield – Time and Labor.

Town Manager Peggy Morgan, Elmer Littlefield, Chris Littlefield & Dwayne Littlefield (Photo by Brenda Seekins)

 

~ Veterans Memorial Flag Display ~

In 2018, Steeves-McCormack American Legion Post #141 began privately raising funds to construct a Veterans Memorial Flag Display on Pleasant Street. Plans for the display featured the American flag with 6 additional flags honoring all branches of the Military including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines as well as an Honor Roll and memorial benches. Most of the funds needed had been raised by late 2019 and the bulk of the required materials were purchased. Construction on the new display began in the Spring of 2020 with volunteer labor by numerous residents and the support of local businesses and groups.

Construction of Veterans Memorial Flag Display – May 2020

 

Construction of Veterans Memorial Flag Display – June 2020

 

Construction of Veterans Memorial Flag Display – June 2020

 

Construction of Veterans Memorial Flag Display – July 2020

 

Construction of Veterans Memorial Flag Display – July 2020

 

Construction of Veterans Memorial Flag Display – August 2020

 

On September 5, 2020, the Steeves-McCormack American Legion Post #141 Veterans Memorial Flag Display was ceremoniously dedicated as Hayden Park in honor of Korean War Veteran Durwood L. Hayden (1935-2020) who served as Legion Post #141 Commander for 30 years.

Hayden Veteran Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony – September 5, 2020

 

Hayden Veteran Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony – Honor Roll & Memorial Bench – September 5, 2020

 

Unlike the old Warren Square Honor Roll, which only included the men and women who physically registered for service in Hartland, the new Honor Roll also includes those who resided in Hartland during their lifetime or following their service but registered in another town or state.

Hayden Veteran Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony – Honor Roll (Front) – September 5, 2020

 

Hayden Veteran Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony – Honor Roll (Back) – September 5, 2020

 

Hayden Veteran Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony – Memorial Bench – September 5, 2020

 

Hayden Veteran Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony – Veterans Group Photo – September 5, 2020

 

Hayden Veteran Memorial Park – 2020