Gasconade County Courthouse gets new statue of Charles D. Eitzen
By staff writer
A new statue of Charles D. Eitzen was placed in the rotunda at the Gasconade County Courthouse in Hermann last Friday morning.
The life-size bronze statue of the county benefactor, who in 1896 donated $50,000 to build a new courthouse in Hermann, is in a temporary place on the premises. The Gasconade County Commission could decide on another, permanent location for the statue, sculpted by Dee Jay Bawden of Provo, Utah.
Eitzen was a businessman and civic leader who was generous with his money when it came time to bequeath his assets.
The Bayer statue is the third bronze work of art that recognizes famous Hermann men, and all three have been donated by Dave and Nancy Fagerness of Hermann.
A bronze statue of George Bayer, Hermann’s founding father, was set in the courtyard just outside the County Archives & Records Center on Schiller Street in July of last year.
Bayer acquired the land on behalf of the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia in 1837 and was the settlement agent for the earliest years.
Dave and Nancy Fagerness commissioned sculptor Dee Jay Bawden, of Provo, Utah, to create a life-sized statue of Hermann’s founder, George Bayer.
Bawden was also the sculptor of the “Arminius” statue, in the Market Street parkway near the entrance to the Christopher “Kit” Bond Bridge. The Arminius statue took two years to create. The Bayer statue was finished in about 10 months, says Bawden. Arminius is Hermann’s namesake.