Undated photograph showing the dedication of
the Sixth Ward Honor Roll on Burden Avenue just south of the
South End Tavern and near the approach to the Menands Bridge.
The monument has been gone for many years. Currently
that site is the home of a Hess Gas Station recently rebranded
The Sixth Ward Honor Roll listed the names of 339 men from that
ward who were serving in World War II.
HONOR ROLL WHEN DEDICATED HAD
ADDITIONAL NAMES ADDED TO THE MONUMENT
Subsequent to the dedication of the Monument, more
names were added to include additional Sixth Ward men serving
in the Armed Forces.
While the large “374” on the monument
indicates 374 names were listed, there were only 370 names with
four blank lines for the letter “N”. Whether additional
names were ever added is unknown.
South End Tavern
Popular South Troy restaurant which opened in
1934 and closed June 2013 after almost 80 years in business.
The building with its “Ladies Entrance” sign was
designated a historic site by the Troy City Council. The “Ladies
Entrance” sign has been acquired by the Rensselaer County
Historical Society in Troy.
In the above photo you can just about see the
gas station which occupies the former site of the Sixth Ward
To read more about the South End Tavern see the
story ONE BLOCK ON BURDEN AVENUE, SOUTH TROY under LOCAL HISTORY
on the TIGS website.
Intersection of Burden Avenue and
The flag pole and large stone directional monument
at this intersection, just past the South End Tavern, is also
long gone. Today the large wall in the background photograph
is the scene of a painting of the Burden Water Wheel. Land behind
the wall was the property of the former St. Joseph’s Infant
Painting on Wall - Burden Avenue
and Mill Street
Hess Gas Station, now rebranded
The above Gas Station was built on the land where
the World War II Honor Roll for Ward 6 was originally located.
As the monument was constructed out of wood and over the years
it disintegrated and was eventually torn down.
The wooded area directly behind the gas station
was the location of one of the 3 gate houses for the Henry Burden
Estate. This particular gatehouse which was long occupied by
the McCarthy Family, employees of the Burdens. Located near
the living quarters were also several brick carriage and horse
buildings. A short distance away was the site of the famous
Burden Water Wheel.
Burden Water Wheel
To read more about the discovery of this photograph
of the famous Burden Water Wheel see the story DAVE’S
GRILL, SOUTH TROY under LOCAL HISTORY on the TIGS website.
Photographs of three of the soldiers whose names
are on the Memorial are shown below:
Thomas Jubic, was one of the three Jubic brothers
listed on the Memorial. The Jubic family lived on Kelly Street
in South Troy and for many years operated The Snuggery Inn located
at the corner of Kelly Street and Cross Street.
Left: Thomas McGrath –
Right: Jack Ryan
The above photograph
was taken in Miami, Florida. McGrath lived at 741 Burden Avenue.
Jack Ryan was from the Ninth Ward according to the note on the
James Weston, Jr.
James Weston, Jr. was killed in the Pacific Theater
in 1944 at the Battle of Peleiiu and was buried in a military
cemetery in the Pacific.
War Department Notification
After his mother died in 1948 his body was brought home by his
father and he is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Troy.
The funeral service and interment was covered
October 15, 1948 Troy newspaper.
LISTING OF NAMES
ON SIXTH WARD
WORLD WAR II –