OREGON – Black Hawk is getting some help from an old friend.
E.D. Etnyre & Co., an asphalt machinery company with roots dating back to 1898, is donating $100,000 to help restore the crumbling icon.
“As two of the community’s oldest residents, both the Eternal Indian and E.D. Etnyre and Co. have called the community of Oregon home for over 100 years; without either, the community would just not be the same,” said Robin Etnyre, the company’s corporate communication specialist.
The donation “shows the connection E.D. Etnyre has to the community of Oregon and to the Black Hawk statue,” said Jan Stilson, head of the Black Hawk Restoration Team. “They were present when it was constructed in 1910. They were very supportive then and are very supportive now. It sets an example for other businesses and corporations.”
Team members said last week that they need to raise about $300,000 as the private portion for a matching state grant. The total cost of the repairs is estimated at $600,000.
Over the years, despite numerous repair efforts, time and the elements have taken their toll and parts of the statue have crumbled and fallen off.
The Oregon Together: Black Hawk Restoration Team was formed several months ago to complete the ongoing restoration efforts begun more than a decade ago by the Friends of the Black Hawk Statue.
Make checks payable to Oregon Together: Black Hawk Restoration and drop them off or send them to Stillman Bank, 1445 state Route 2 N., Oregon IL 61061.
Contact Jan Stilson at 815-668-1339 or email@example.com for more information.