One of Portland’s more obscure memorials, this made in 1925 and framing the east side of the “front doors” of Jefferson High School. The bronze shows a young soldier loosing himself of his weapons and gas mask and rising upward, being drawn away by death personified as a beautiful woman. Below his companions, in helmets and gas masks huddle waiting for their own deaths.

The inscription reads, “Dedicated to the Jefferson High School students who served in the world war. In memorium.” And then a list of seven names of students.

Plaques are by designer Avard Fairbanks. More about him later.


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