This memorial is dedicated to the local boy who is believed to have been the youngest American soldier killed in the First World War, Albert "Scotty" Scott. Scotty was just a few weeks into his freshman year at Brookline High School when he lied to a recruiter about his age (15 at the time) and enlisted as a private in the infantry. He was killed in action at age 16 on July 23, 1918 during an advance by the 26th Yankee Division north of Château-Thierry. Scotty had worked as a newsboy and after his death his fellow newsboys raised $2,000 for a plaque in his honor. Brookline native Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson, a Brookline sculptor known for her war memorials, was chosen to create the Scotty memorial, which was dedicated in 1921. A year later his body was disinterred from France and he was buried locally.
The Ogden World War I Doughboy is located in the Veterans Section of the Ogden City Cemetery and was sculpted by American sculptor Gilbert P. Risvold. It was dedicated in the 1920s at an old American Legion Post and was moved to its current location after World War II. After many years of neglect and vandalism, the statue was restored and rededicated on November 10, 2018, in honor of the centennial of the end of World War I. Of interesting note: the statue has become a local legend among the youth of the Ogden community -- legend has it that if you drive around the statue at midnight, its head will turn to follow you!
From the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:
Liberty Row was dedicated on Memorial Day 1919 to honor Cleveland-area soldiers who had died during World War I. The memorial consisted of a series of oak trees planted from Gordon Park on Lake Erie into Shaker Heights. The trees stretched along the then newly renamed Liberty Blvd. (formerly the Lower East Blvd., and after 1981, part of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr.) through Gordon, Rockefeller, and Wade parks, up Ambler Dr. into Cleveland Heights, and then along North Park into Shaker Heights. A round bronze plaque bearing the name of a dead serviceman was placed in front of each tree. A number of the trees remained standing (particularly along North Park) into the 2010s and new plantings were replacing lost trees along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in 2017. However, a number of the name plaques had been destroyed or stolen by vandals over the years.
The Berea memorial on the Berea Triangle, along East Bridge Street, lists residents who served during the Great War.