The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

June 3, 2013

Home, sweet home

Chief Wapello returns to courthouse after months of restoration

OTTUMWA — Chief Wapello will spend his summer vacation on the first floor of the Wapello County Courthouse.

Nearly one year since he was ripped from his perch atop the courthouse during a high-powered storm, the 119-year-old, 450-pound statue returned home Monday afternoon from a months-long restoration in Omaha, Neb.

During his time at Jensen Conservation Services Inc., Chief Wapello's internal armature was replaced with stainless steel and a number of parts that were damaged or bent from his fall were straightened out, including his moccasins, hands, feathers, face and one of his legs. Rob Jensen, director of Jensen Conservation, previously told the Courier that once the statue was turned over, he also found that the back of the chief's arm, his arrows and his bow had all caved in from the impact.

"It was a mess," Jensen said Monday. "It took some time but he turned out really well. I really do believe that he'll stand on top of your building for a very long time."

The armature runs from the chief's head through his leg and 3 feet into the courthouse. When the 75-mph winds began blasting the statue on June 16, it was more than the armature could take and it snapped, knocking the chief onto the roof of the courthouse.

But, said Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker, that sudden snap means part of the old, rusted armature is still stuck in the sleeve on top of the courthouse and will have to be removed before the new armature can slide into the sleeve in a month.

"He was on tour before, so people can see a tremendous difference," Parker said. "The color is not much different from what it was in the beginning, but it is different after weather for 50 years."

Text Only
Wapello County
  • 0728 OTT ribs in eldon BBQ dinner with a hundred friends

    ELDON --- This year's Eldon Rib Cook-off was won by three BBQ chefs --- and about 150 hungry visitors. "I was down here last year, too," said Dwayne Yates from Floris, who was biting into his third smoked rib. "I never had a bad one yet." That's what

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0617 OTT Wapello Co Fair color photo -L -M Come one, come all to the Wapello County Fair

    ELDON — The Wapello County Fair is just around the corner, kicking off with entries being welcomed at Wapello Hall and the Iowa Agricultural Hall from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, entries for competition will be received from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Siegel, Rubel face off in forum OTTUMWA — For Steve Siegel, a political campaign is nothing new. For Tom Rubel, being the candidate is a first. Now they want the same job. Siegel and Rubel are seeking the Democratic nomination for SD 41, the Iowa Senate district which includes Ottu

    May 29, 2014

  • 0530 OTT Oak tatters picture color Oak leaves left in tatters

    OTTUMWA — Trees throughout Iowa have been terrorized by the likes of Emerald Ash Borer and other dangers in the past months and now oak trees throughout Iowa are in a little bit of more trouble because of a disease called oak tatters. Thankfully, tho

    May 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Help fight hunger OTTUMWA — The groups began with a question: How to better help Wapello County residents who don't have enough decent food. Next week, they'll decide if they've found any answers. The food security project, Growing Wapello Together, had small groups m

    May 28, 2014

  • Attempted murder trial set for July KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County man accused of attempted murder could head to trial in a remarkably short time. Dimitrious Royal has a trial date of July 15. If that date is when the trial actually begins, it would take place just more than 11 weeks

    May 28, 2014

  • Agency aces assessment OTTUMWA — A local agency had a lot riding on the outcome of an independent review. They nailed it. "The credential we just received was to show we are a quality [organization]," said Bryan Dunn, executive director of Sieda Community Action. "It's som

    May 27, 2014

  • County backs bike rides OTTUMWA — Bike rides in Wapello County just received a personal push of goodwill from Wapello County Board of Supervisors. Tuesday, supervisors signed a resolution of support for three area bike rides to be conducted in June. The rides include the H

    May 27, 2014

  • 0527 OTT EMS week color photo -L -M ORHC celebrates EMS Week OTTUMWA — During National EMS week, May 18-24, Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC) celebrated its staff, the community EMS providers and the importance of being prepared in emergency situations through education. The ambulance service at ORHC, also

    May 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moving into the future OTTUMWA — Wapello County Supervisor Greg Kenning joked after the board approved upgrading the county’s servers Tuesday. “You can put away your quills.” Jokes asides, Wapello County will now have more opportunity to maximize its server resources. The

    May 20, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National