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Owens earns Eagle Scout Award

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:20 p.m. CDT
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Ryan Owens

TISKILWA — Ryan Owens was honored March 29 at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, held at the Museum on Main in Tiskilwa. A senior at Princeton High School, Owens is the son of Scott and Sandra Owens of Tiskilwa.

Scouting has been a part of Owens’ life for many years and raising his level of participation to Eagle Scout was no small project. Owens was required to complete a project which would benefit his community. The project he chose was to relocate the Indian Rock, which Bob and Mick Bowers wanted to donate to the Museum on Main to preserve the Indian heritage of the community of Tiskilwa.

Owens and his family researched the authenticity of the rock and what it could have been used for. They even drove to Dickson Mounds to gather more insight, and the experts there believe the rock was used by the Indians to crush berries for juice. Bob Bowers discovered the rock about 30 years ago on the Russell farm west of Tiskilwa, and before Clare Russell moved out of the area, she gave it to Bob and his wife, Mick.

“To some people, it’s just a rock, but to us, it’s something to be respected; something that’s priceless. We are happy to be a part of its preservation,” Mick Bowers said.

Owens planned and presented a project design to the historical society board for approval; organized the moving of the rock to the museum; and landscaped the area with additional rocks, stepping stones and native prairie plants. An interpretive plaque is part of the display at the museum.

During Owens’ address at the ceremony, he thanked the many people who had a part in making this project possible, including his parents, uncle, grandfather, neighbors, friends, Ed Waca and Delmar Beams, the TCA and those who made donations to cover expenses. And of course, he thanked the Bowerses for donating this priceless artifact to the museum.

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