The Soldiers’ Monument committee first met on September 14, 1905. At that meeting they invited the President of the York Historical Society and the York Village Improvement Association Mr. Bryan Lathrop to serve in an advisory capacity to find a location for the new monument. By the March 31, 1906 committee meeting he had made arrangements with the Hon E.O. Emerson to “…convey the lot to the town to be used as the Soldiers’ Monument lot and that the Soldiers’ Monument be erected on the lot.”  - From The Soldiers' Monument by Michael Dow, 2018

Soldiers' Memorial Property Deed

Deed Transcription

Know all Men by these Presents, That

I Edward O. Emerson of Titusville in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania In consideration of One Dollar and all other valuable considerations paid by the Inhabitants of the Town of York in the county of York in the State of Maine the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant bargain, sell and convey unto the said Inhabitants of said town of York, their successors Heirs and Assigns forever a certain triangular piece or parcel of land situated in said town of York at York Village and bounded and described as follows, to wit: South-westerly by the road or highway leading from York Village Post Office to “York Harbor,” so called, Northerly by the road or highway leading from said York Village Post Office to “Long Beach” and Easterly and South-easterly by the road or way leading from said Long Beach road or highway to the aforementioned road or highway leading to “York Harbor” – Being the same formerly owned by my father Charles O. Emerson, late of York deceased, and upon which there stood the Law office of my said father. And is also the same parcel of land on which a Soldiers Monument has been erected, the dedicatory exercise being held on the 30th day of May A.D. 1906. Address by General Joshua L. Chamberlain.

To Have and to Hold, the aforegranted and bargained premises, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereof to the said inhabitants, their successors Heirs and Assigns, to their use and behoof forever. And I do covenant with the said Grantees their successors Heirs and Assigns, that I am lawfully seized in fee of the premises; that they are free of all incumbrances; that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said Grantee to hold as aforesaid; and that I and my Heirs, shall and will Warrant and Defend the same to the said Grantees, their successors Heirs and Assigns forever, against the lawful claims and demands of all persons. 

To Witness Whereof, I the said Edward O. Emerson and Lucy H. Emerson wife of the said Edward O. Emerson joining in this deed as Grantor and relinquishing and conveying all rights by decent and all other rights in the above described premises.

have hereunto set our hands and seals this Eleventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and six

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presents of

Samuel W. Junkins

Edward O. Emerson (seal)

Lucy H. Emerson (seal)

State of Maine York, ss. – August 11, 1906. Personally appeared the above named Edward O. Emerson and acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act and deed.

Before me, Samuel W. Junkins Justice of the peace

Recorded according to the original received August 20, 1906 at 4h 40min P.M.

Attest: Howard Brackett Register.