From reader BHC:

In the early 1980s, there was an old stone bench somewhere on Stone Hill, dedicated to the memory of man with a German name who had died circa 1917. As I remember it, the story was that the bench commemorated an instructor in German at Williams. After the US entered World War I, he was treated as a pariah by the Williams community, and he committed suicide as a result.

Don’t know if the story is entirely accurate, but Google found the following in a reference to Stone Hill:

“A gravel road leads through a fence to a stone bench, placed there by local citizens in memory of a resident as an apology for treating him badly during World War I because he was of German ancestry.”

Do any readers know the full story? Writing the history of Williams and Williamstown during World War I would make for a great senior thesis.

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