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Oak Hill Cemetery memorial proposed

Friday, October 30, 2009

Louis Hausmann of Cherokee (pictured) has proposed carving a military memorial statue in this large burr oak tree trunk at Cherokee's Oak Hill Cemetery to pay tribute to our military veterans. The City has approved the project and a private fund-raiser is now under way to cover the costs of the chain-saw carving project. Photo contributed
Modest fund-raiser now under way to finance project

A Cherokee man is working to create a memorial military tribute at the Cherokee Oak Hill Cemetery from the remaining trunk of a huge tree that had died and was in the process of being taken down.

Louis Hausmann has been given the OK by the City to proceed with plans to carve the image of a military soldier in the tree to pay tribute to our military veterans.

Hausmann will raise the funds privately and the project - estimated at about $3,000 - will be completed at no cost to the City.

Hausmann said he already has received some donations and asks that anyone interested in donating to the cause to send their checks to City Hall, made out to the Cherokee Community Foundation - Åttention Cemetery Tree Carving. The donations are tax deductible, said Hausmann.

If the donations exceed the goal, the monies would be kept in the Foundation for future Oak Hill Cemetery projects, such as a public cemetery registry, or be returned to the donors if they so desire.

The carving will be done by Jeff Klatt, nationally acclaimed chain saw artist from Storm Lake. Klatt prefers working off an actual model rather than a drawing, and Hausmann said building a model is now the task at hand.

Hausmann also has submitted a couple drawings that are under consideration for the project, and they accompany this story.

For more information, contact Hausmann at 225-5576, or 228-7646 after 5 p.m.

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