On its front (eastern) side, facing the main road, is inscribed the "Eli Wentworth Post, No. 89, G.A.R.", while its associated W.R.C., Eli Wentworth, No. 47, is honored with their name on the north face. The John H. Varney Camp, No. 3, S. of V., the town's Sons of Union Veterans group, has their name on the south side. On the back of the memorial is written "twenty seven unknown graves", in memory of those townsmen who did not return from the war.
[NOTE: With better weather soon arriving, I will visit this monument and take photos to include here. The surrounding area is much different than it was when the postcard image was taken - S.Dow]
The Farmington News, on Friday,13 Nov 1908, ran an article about the monument dedication on pg 2, which included the following:
It was designed by George I. Jordan, a local member of the G.A.R., who had raised the needed funds for its construction ($2000.) during the three years prior to the dedication day.
The dedication ceremony was attended by some 2000 people, with the Eli Wentworth Post, No. 89, being in charge of the service. The A.O.U.W. Hall was used for the headquarters during the day, and for a luncheon banquet provided by the Woman's Relief Corps. A parade marched through the town on Main Street, ending at the park, where a quick ceremony was held. On account of the cold weather, most of the exercises were held in the neighboring church.
At 4 o'clock, with the services ended, the procession of people made a return march to the Hall, for the remaining day's entertainment.