The Lowell Sun did an article on May 31, 1941 of the surviving Gold Star Mother's who were still alive. The following sketches of the women were placed in the records of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It was written by Major Winfred C. MacBrayne, World war veteran and prominent member of the organization. The tribute follows:
MRS. WINNIFRED A. BRICK
of 187 A street
. She is 70 years of age and is in good health and very active in the work of the Legion auxiliary. Her son, George Brick, enlisted in Lowell
and he died at St. Nazaire, France
. He was 25 years of age and was a member of the 4th
Pioneer Infantry. He served in Major Colby T. Kittredge’s unit.
MRS. ANNIE CONSTANTINEAU
of 48 London street
is 81 years of age, but she is young in spirit and unusually active for her years. Her son, Leo Constantineau was 23 years of age at the time of his death at Portsmouth, Virginia
. He was in a regular army unit and was to sail for Europe
when stricken with the flu.
MRS. MARY A. DUGAN
is 70 years of age and lives at St. Patick's home on Cross street
. She gave her only son, Joseph Bernard Dugan, who was 22 years of age when claimed by death during his service in the United States
MRS. DOLLIE I. FLETCHER
of 95 Butterfleld street is the oldest of Lowell
's Gold Star Mothers. She is
85 years of age. At the present time she is ill and confined at the home of Mrs. Evelyn Lovejoy 636 Rogers
street. Her son, Carl E. Fletcher, served in the United Slates quartermaster corps. He died during the war at the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C.
MRS. MARTHA HUMPHREYS
of 743 Bridge St.
is 73 years old. She enjoys good health and was for many years active in Lowell
's patriotic societies. Her son, Roy Liewellyn Humphreys was 39 years of age when he died at Camp Devens
. He served with the 103rd Ordinance and was a sergeant. He is buried in Lowell
MRS. EFFIE KITTREDGE
lives in North Billerica
, but has always been a resident of Lowell
. She is 75 years of age and looks half that. She is full of life and very active in Legion affairs. Her son was Capt. Paul E. Kittredge who was 28 years old when he was killed by shell fire in the Argonne
, on Oct. 23, 1918
. He was buried in the Meuse-Argonne cemetery. Kittredge park, at Nesmith and Andover
streets, was named in his memory. Kittredge was a young man of fine character and a valiant soldier.
MRS. MARGARET A. LAVOIE
OF 178 Woburn street
is the mother of Corp. Leo J. Lavoie who was killed in action in the Argonne
. He was 20 years of age. Mrs. Lavoie has reason to have special pride in the service of her son for he received a posthumous decoration, being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in the face of the enemy. Commanding his squad on a special mission on the morning of Oct. 9, 1918
, he proceeded against an enemy machine gun nest which was holding up the advance. He put the enemy out of commission and returned without the loss of a man. The same afternoon he again went out with his detail on another hazardous mission and was killed. This young hero had previously been wounded in action and after recovery had been recommended for duty back home, but he asked to be sent back to the front and served with distinction up to the time of his death. He served in the Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne offensives.
MRS. JOSEPHINE LYONS
of 105 Beech street
is another Gold Star mother who has been active in Legion Auxiliary affairs for the past 24 years. Her son, Frank Lyons, a boy of 22 years, was killed in action at Chateau-Thierry
. This was during the great offensive in which the 26th
Division (Yankee) played such an important part, attacking strong German forces and forcing the enemy to retreat beyond the Vesie river. Young Lyons served in Company M, 101st
Infantry, and was killed with hundreds of his comrades in this important battle.
MRS. SARAH McCLENNAN
is 71 years of age and lives alone at 30 Rock street
. She is full of life and always attends the Gold Star mother’s affairs. Her son was James William McClennan and he was 22 years old when he lost his life on the battlefield in France
. He was wounded on April 6, 1916
and died the following day. This young man could not wait for the United States
to enter the war but went to Canada
and enlisted and saw several months’ service on the Somme
with a Canadian regiment. He had attended St. Patrick’s school in Lowell
and was a real soldier.
MRS. ELLEN McEVOY
is 68 years of age and lives at 83 Hampshire street
. Her son, George Francis Steward, was 25 years old when he died at Camp Pike, Arkansas
. His regiment had received orders to begin his journey to France
when he was stricken with the flue, and he was buried with military honors in St. Patrick’s cemetery, this city. He was a sergeant at the time and his appointment to the rank of lieutenant arrived just after he died.
MRS. MARGARET McNAMARA
lives at 846 Lakeview avenue
. She is 72 years of age and is in fairly good health, but does not get out very often. Her son, Edmund McNamara was 24 years old when he was killed in action on the Somme
sector in France
. He was another of those Lowell
boys who did not wait until the United States
entered the war. He enlisted in a Highland
artillery regiment in the English army and saw several months of action before being killed.
MRS. AUGUSTA E. McOSKER
is 73 years of age and lives at 73 Hawthorne street
. She too, has been active for many years in Legion Auxiliary work, and is a real patriot. She gave her son, Arthur R. McOsker, a valiant soldier, who was killed in action in France
while serving with the 101st
infrantry. He was a popular hero, and the surviving members of his outfit tell many stories of his courage on the battlefield.
MRS. MARY P. O'BRIEN
is 70 years of'age and lives at 94 Wilder street
. She enjoys good health. Her son, John A. O'Brien, was 24 years of age when he died at Camp Traverse
, in Texas
. His promotion to sergeant came the day he passed away, a victim of the flu. He was a young man of great talents and fine promise and was highly regarded by his superior officers in|the Quartermaster Corps.
MRS. MARCELLA O'DONNELL
is 75 years of age, and lives at 54 Manchester street
. She is at presently confined at home by illness. She has every reason to be proud of the service record of her son, John Joseph O’Donnell, who was 20 years of age when killed in action. He enlisted in the U.S.
navy as a member of the crew of the U.S. Manley, which was on duty chasing enemy submarines off Queenstown. In sea battle action, this warship was torpedoed and this Lowell
boy was among those who lost their lives.
MRS. MATHILDA PALM
is 77 years of age and lives at 806 Stevens street
. She was unable to participate in the Memorial day exercise because of her health. Her son, Albert Palm was 21 years old when he died in camp while serving with the U.S.
infantry. This young man was well known in this section of the city and served his country with great credit.
MRS. SOPHIE PICKERING
lives at 59 Hastings street
and is prominent in the Highlands
church circles. Her son Frederick Durant Pickering was 21 years of age when he died while serving with the U.S. Tank Corps. He was a brilliant young man in school and would have made a fine record had he lived, but he was one of those typically patriotic young Americans who gave all he had for his country.
MRS. FLORENCE POIRIER
is 76 years of age and lives a 100 Commonwealth avenue, South Lowell
. She is an invalid and has not been out of the house for several years. This mother never recovered from the shock of her son’s death. He was Charles Roy Poirier, aged 20 years, and he was killed in action in the great offensive in the Argonne
forest, when the American forces fought in action in the wilderness for several weeks, finally defeating a strong German army, and capturing thousands of prisoners.
MRS. EFFIE B. QUESSY
is 73 years of age and lives at 401 Westford street
. Both of her sons enlisted in Battery F, 201nd Field Artillery which went out of Lowell
. Ralph Quessy, aged 18 was killed in action in the Argonne
forest. He was a fine soldier and was recommended for bravery by his regimental commander. Randall Quessy, his brother, barely escaped being killed the same day, but he came back with his outfit and now lives in Cambridge
MRS. ELLEN QUINN
is 79 years of age and has been confined for some time in a Lowell
hospital. She is full of animation although not able to leave her bed and walk. She is proud to be the mother of one of the Lowell
soldier boys who gave his life for his country. He was Corp. Edward Quinn, aged 22, and was killed in action in France
MRS. HELEN RENAULD
is 74 years of age and lives at 15 Howard street
. She is very spry for her age and enjoys good health. Her son, Alfred J. Renauld, was 27 years of age and served in the aviation section. He died on a transport while on his way to France
MRS. MELANIE RICARD
is 70 years of age and lives at 420 Fletcher street
. Her son, Leo Ricard, was 23 years of age and was in the Coast Artillery serving at Fort Andrews
, where he died during the war. Another son, Eugene G. Ricard also served in France
with distinction as a sergeant in Battery
F. He served the past year as commander of the Yankee Division Veterans association and died a few weeks ago.
MRS. DORA RIVET
is 70 years of age and lives at 835 Chelmsford street
. She is the mother of Major Douglas Rivet who was killed in action in France
while in command of his battalion of infantry. Major Rivet served several years in Company C of the Sixth Massachusetts Infantry and passed with his rank an examination for a commission in the regular army several years before the war. He was a real soldier in looks as well as performance. He won promotion to the rank of captain and then major and served with distinction on several battle fronts in France
with the First Division.
MRS. CATHERINE SKOCZOLEK
is 60 years old and is the youngest of the Gold Star mothers. Her son Joseph Morawski enlisted when he was only 16 years of age. He was 17 years of age when he was killed in action at Verdun, France
. He served with Company F, 104th
Division. He was the youngest Lowell
boy to give his life for his country. He was a fine looking, athletic young man and he performed valiant service on the battlefields of France
. His mother lives at 248 Chelmsford street
. She has received citations from both the French and American army commands which attest the valor of her boy.
MRS. ANNIE GEARIN
is 73 years of age and lives at 48 Bartlett street
. Her son, Sergeant George Edward Gearin was 21 when he died while serving at Camp Gordon
. He attended the Immaculate Conception and the Lowell Textile schools and was a youth of great promise.
MRS. MARY MANNING
is 75 year of age and lives at 57 Rock street
. She is an invalid and her heart was in the Memorial day observance even though she did not join with the other Gold Star mothers. She has every reason to be proud of her son, Thomas Manning who was killed in action in France
on Oct. 25, 1917
while serving with Company M of the 101st
Infantry. His body was later brought back to this country and he is buried in St. Patrick’s cemetery.