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Sun June 16, 2013
Trail of Governors
An historic event took place at the State Capitol in Pierre on Friday afternoon. Governor Dennis Daugaard and all former living South Dakota governors were together in the Capitol rotunda. They attended the unveiling of three new statues for the Trail of Governors.
“It’s a moment in history, frozen,” says Treeby. “It’s a fun piece and people will slow down and stop and spend time with Bill. If it’s just a portrait where they’re standing there it’s easy to walk by,” says Leuning. Bill Janklow’s son Russell likes the statue, but doesn’t think his father would necessarily approve of the honor. “I don’t know if he’d be very happy with today’s ceremony. I think it’d be fifty-fifty whether he’d show. I’d probably be speaking here on his behalf. If he was alive he probably wouldn’t show up for something like this, but the fact we’ve got all the living governors here for this, I think that’s something he would be very impressed with as well. He was good friends with a lot of these people and we’ve got a lot of history here today,” says Janklow. The Statues of Bill Janklow, Harvey Wollman and Frank Farrar will join the first three statues of former Governors Arthur Mellette, Harlan Bushfield and Walter Dale Miller unveiled in 2012. Rick Jensen, Trail of Governors board president, says the board changed their original schedule for commissioning statues after last year’s unveiling ceremonies. “We saw Governor Miller and how his family came and how much that meant to have it during a governor’s lifetime that we wanted to change it a little bit this year to get all of the living governors, except for Governor Mike Rounds who is scheduled for next year. But we thought that’d be great to have all of the living governors and have that this year,” says Jensen. Following the unveiling ceremonies, Frank Farrar and Harvey Wollman stood next to their statues, posing for pictures with their families. The two men seemed both amused and humbled to be face-to-face with the bronze likenesses of their younger selves as governor. “You know, we didn’t ask for this. It sort of came as a surprise and we were just told they were going to do it. And usually they don’t do these things until after we’re buried, so that’s what makes it a little uneasy,” says Wollman. “The other part of it is, I was Governor thirty-five years ago. I was forty-three years old and now I’m not [laughs]. And so I told the sculptor I’d kind of like to look the I did when I was younger and he said, well, I’ll do my best. Anyway, it feels really good. It’s a wonderful honor,” he says. “How’d they make a guy like me look nice? [The sculptors] must be great people. They did a lot of work. I don’t know why anyone would want a statue of me, but it is a great honor,” says Farrar. In 2014, statues of former Governors George Mickelson and Mike Rounds are scheduled to be added to the Trail of Governors.