Monument Fund Off to Good Start
Bill Williams Monument fund raising
Williams, AZ -- Bob Talarsky, Bill Williams Monument committee member, reported this week that several
contributions have been received and deposited into the Bill Williams Monument Fund.
The Williams Viking Monument Project formally kicked-off in the March 15, Mountain Man edition of the Williams
News. The article related the projected costs and a time table for the project. Local artist Bill Pettit believes
$3500 will cover the cost of materials and necessary expenses. Mr. Pettit has agreed to donate his time and efforts
in seeing the sculpture is completed. To date Bill has created a clay prototype plus ordered various materials which
will be necessary during the preliminary stages of the project.
Contributions to date total $1650.
In the project budget submitted to Monument Committee, one of the main expenses will be for bronze. The eight foot
statue will require 1000 pounds of bronze, , which when shipped to Flagstaff (Foundry Location) is projected to
cost $1095. The monument committee hopes to be able to place the order for the bronze as soon as possible since the
price will probably increase in the next few months.
All donations will be gladly accepted and deposited into the First National Account for the. project. A donation of
S100 entitles the donator to a ceramic bronze-tone replica of the monument prototype (16" in height). A donation of
$200 or more entities the person to a name spot On the final brass plaque which will be a part of the monument
If a donator chooses to be anonymous he should state so at the time the donation is placed. All donations are tax
Original prototype of Bill Williams monument by B.R. (Bill)Pettit sits at teller's window.
B. R. (Bill) Pettit artist and sculptor of the Bill Williams monument is featured in this 1979 news article.
Williams Grand Canyon News, March 22, 1979
Photo caption: Bill Williams Monument Committee member John Wamble II is shown handing over a few more
donation checks to be deposited in the Monument Fund account at the First National Bank. Bank teller
Arminda Jaramillo receives the check. Last week saw $600 added to the fund.
Source: NAU microfiche archives