Clipped From The Galveston Daily News
APLaserphoto NYC's William Worth monument is photographed Fort Worth, NYC unable to agree on monument plan FORT \VORTH, Texas (AP) — Officials in this city named for Maj. William Jenkins Worth have run aground in their negotiations to restore a dilapidated monument marking his New York City burial site. Leaders in the two cities cannot reach agreement on which comes first — restoring the monument of placing a historical marker at the site. Bill Turner, a Fort Worth businessman and student of Worth's life, likens the war hero's markerless monument to "an American battleship without Old Glory flying." The 51-foot monument honoring Worth is hard to miss. Turner said, but passers-by are given little information about the man buried beneath it. "It gives no idea where he fits in history," Turner said. "Anybody walking by — they don't know if he was in the Vietnam War, the Spanish-American War, World War II. World War I or the Civil War." But Paul Gunther of New York's Municipal Art Society thinks the monument needs to be repaired before a marker is placed at the site. Erecting a new marker at the run-down monument, he said, is like 'gilding a pigsty." Worth, who was born in 1794 in Hudson, N.Y., was seriously wounded in the War of 1812. He was promoted to major for bravery and later became the first commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His students included Robert E. Lee. m I Worth returned to the battlefield and in 1842 was responsible for ending the Seminole War in Florida. He fought in the Mexican War of 1846-48 and led the conquest of Mexico Ci ty. Shortly after he died of cholera in 1849, an outpost on the banks of the Trinity River was named Fort Worth in his honor although Worth had never visited the area. Earlier this year, New York City officials began an adopt-a- monument program that tries to locate groups to pay for restoration, and targeted 20 statues near ruin, including the William Jenkins Worth Monument. Repairs for the monument, near the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, were estimated at §150,000. Turner helped create a trust fund for the repairs and, in June, he delivered a check for $1,000. But a letter arrived later suggesting that $1,000 doesn't get much done in the way of a marker and asking for design specifications.