Drawing completes fundraising for new
Abraham Lincoln statue
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[November 12, 2014]
LINCOLN - The Abraham Lincoln Statue
Committee held the final fund raiser Saturday to help fund the
life-sized statue that will be placed on the grounds of the Logan
County Courthouse in downtown Lincoln. The raffle was for a child
sized carousel horse painted to resemble Abe Lincolnís favorite
horse, Old Bob, which he rode while traveling the central Illinois
The winning raffle ticket was drawn from a top hat at the
National Rent-to-Own Store. Judy Morrow was the winner.
The mini-horse was painted by Statue Committee member John Sutton.
Sutton kept the original brown coat and black mane of Old Bob but
added a red, white, and blue motif to honor President Lincoln.
Sculptor David Seagraves will finish the Lincoln statue by the end
of December, after which it will be stored at his studio in Mount
Morris until the dedication ceremony scheduled for next spring. The
statue is life sized, about 6 feet 4 inches tall, and will be placed
on a concrete pedestal that will be ground level so visitors to
Lincoln can pose next to it and get a sense of Mr. Lincolnís height.
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Money from this final fund raiser will be set aside for
maintenance of the statue, to craft a sign for it, and replace
the patina which has to be done every ten years to keep the
bronze statue from turning green. Committee member Wanda Lee
Rohlfs said that over $1000 had been raised since the raffle
started last July. The money will also be used to maintain the
Civil War soldier, located on the northeast corner of the