Delavan Civil War monument nears restoration goal
DELAVAN--Two years ago, while researching a memorial project marking the 10th anniversary of September 11, Ken Wargo came across a crumbling memorial in Delavan's Spring Grove Cemetery marking another tragic event in American history: the Civil War. The monument, dedicated in 1870, was black with mold, was separating from its base, and the star-shaped walkway was breaking apart.
“How can we propose a new memorial if we can't take care of the one we already have?” Wargo wondered. It was a question he asked others, too, and soon he found himself chairman of a committee to restore the monument.
The cost was $20,000, but through fundraisers sponsored by groups as varied as schools and historical societies, the committee has raised $18,000 so far.
In a release from the committee, Wargo noted the project is at 90 percent of its goal, “putting completing within a short range.”
For more information on the project, the history of the monument and more, visit www.delavanmonument.com.