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Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • Rough Riders want Teddy statue

  • Former members of the Roosevelt Military Academy made a presentation at the Aledo City Council's Committee as a Whole meeting Monday night. Three of the members, Jack Gwynne, Ronn Jutkins and Bob Kramer along with a native of Aledo, Tara Sipes, spoke on behalf of a Teddy Roosevelt statue that would like to see pro...
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  • Former members of the Roosevelt Military Academy made a presentation at the Aledo City Council's Committee as a Whole meeting Monday night. Three of the members, Jack Gwynne, Ronn Jutkins and Bob Kramer along with a native of Aledo, Tara Sipes, spoke on behalf of a Teddy Roosevelt statue that would like to see prominently displayed in Aledo.
    "A lot of people will support the Rough Riders," said Gwynne.
    The RMA grads appeared last fall to first speak to the council about the statue and were asked for some more specifics on the matter.
    The former cadets are proposing a statue the duplicate of Fredrick Remington's "Bronco Buster." believing Remington's ideas captured the Olds west more successfully than any other sculptor for it's appeal to a wide range of people.
    The bronze statue will be build by The Large Art Company from Baltimore, MD. Other providers include F & R Bronze company, Tulsa, OK. World Bronzes, La Crescenta, Ca and Bronze Works in Joplin, Mo.
    The base wool be five feet wide, nine feet long and six feet tall. The statue is eight fee six install setting on a bronze base that is  seven feet two inches long and three to five feet wide. The weight is about 900 pounds.
    The total height of the memorial would be about 15 feet.
    Gwynne said the RMA would like the statue to be placed in a prominent location, perhaps in Central Park.
    "You only have one decision to make," said Jutkins, whether you want it or not and where t will go."
    Bob Kramer spoke briefly about the tree planted by Edith Roosevelt in 1940 marking Teddy Roosevelt's birthday and future plans for it.
    Sipes spoke about the future of the old grounds of the Roosevelt Military Academy. Sipes spoke about the academy as a part of the city's history that has been swell under the rug. "We should, as a city recognize that."
    Sipes spoke about options for the old structures. "There is a lot of Mercer County History there. Preservation is the best option." Other options include demolition and salvage. She noted that she will be looking for different grants to clean up the grounds.
    Gwynne told the board the RMA members were realists in regards to the future of the RMA campus. "We appreciate the opportunity to talk to you."
    Gwynne explained that the RMA graduates would be back August 17-19 for a reunion and to spend a day touring the city. "We have additional artifacts coming to the museum for preservation. On Aug. 18 they will have a brief dedication at the Armed Forces Memorial.
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