Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ronald P. Anders
1943 to 1973
Ronald P. Anders Memorial Pure Water Fountain was constructed by the Chippewa Falls Jaycees and Jaycettes from 1973-1976 and the 397th Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve.
The Purest Water in the world is found in Chippewa Falls and the creation of this fountain was originally begun by the local Jaycees chapter to recognize and promote our pure water. After the tragic death of Ronald P. Anders, a Jaycees member, it was felt that the fountain should honor both the pure water of Chippewa Falls and the young man who gave his life to further improve our community.
Although he was a native of Cornell, Wisconsin, Ron Anders lived and worked in Chippewa Falls where he became a Jaycee member in 1970. Ron was quiet of manner, hard working, and took the initiative to get things done as he gave of himself to his adopted community. Perhaps someone told him that he would have an opportunity to give of himself. Ron Anders
On October 13, 1973, Ron Anders died giving to others. He was working on a Jaycee community project at the Chippewa Island when he drowned.
What did Ron Anders get in return for what he gave? Unquestionably, not enough – nothing could be worth his life. But he died doing something for others and undoubtedly few of us will ever share such an honor.
Location. 44° 56.651′ N, 91° 23.818′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker can be reached from Bridgewater Avenue west of Jefferson Avenue (Wisconsin Highway 124), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northern Wisconsin State Fair (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chippewa Valley Electric Railway Co. Irvine Park Drive Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memory of All Veterans (approx. ¼ mile away); Sokup's Market (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of Old Abe (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Irvine (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
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The Jaycee Creed
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth's great treasure lies in human personality;
And that service to humanity is the best work of life.
[– C. William Brownfield]
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.