Ouabache memorial proposed

    A lasting memorial to workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is the initial goal of the Friends of Ouabache State Park, according to an announcement.
    At a meeting of the Ouabache Friends group held June 19, the organization decided to pursue placement of a statue at the park in Wells County to honor those who helped build the park more than 80 years ago.
The initial project of the group, which first began meeting in March of this year, is to raise funds to place a 6-foot bronze statue at a prominent place on the park grounds.
    The statue would commemorate the contributions of local people who were a part of the CCC project at the park.
    The statue, when realized, will be the 59th such memorial to be placed around the United States at other sites with CCC history, the announcement said.
    The state park’s history dates back to the efforts of the CCC project. The park is currently marking its 50th year under the label of Ouabache State Park.
    It was in 1962 when the Indiana Department of Natural Resources renamed the park with the Ouabache name, which is a French word meaning Wabash.
    With a project now selected, the Ouabache Friends will be focusing on fundraising to attain the goal, according to the announcement.
    Yearly membership rates for Friends of Ouabache are $5 for students; $10 for senior citizens; $20 for a single adult; $30 for a family membership; $50 for a non-profit organization, and $100 for a corporate membership.
    Those wishing to become members of the group or to assist in the CCC project may send checks to Ouabache State Park at 4930 East State Road 201, Bluffton, IN 46714. Checks should be made payable to the Wells County Foundation with “Friends of Ouabache” in the memo, the announcement said.
    The Friends have a website at OuabacheFriends.org. and also are featured on Facebook at “Friends of Ouabache State Park.”
    For further information contact the Ouabache office, 824-0926, or Friends chairman Myra Myrtle, 273-1686.
    Representatives of Friends of Ouabache will be at the park on June 28 when the Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Friends group will be distributing free water.
    The next meeting of the group, which is open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at the Ouabache State Park Lodge, beginning at 6:30 p.m.