MT. VERNON - It's official. Mt. Vernon City Park received a Colorado blue spruce tree three or four years ago, but on Dec. 1, 2002, the "Christmas Tree" was officially dedicated in memory of Herb Bauer by Wilma Bauer and a small group of family and friends.
Three spruce trees were planted in the Bauer's yard in 1985, and became crowded in the late 1990s. Encouragement from friends Gene and Nadine Emery and cooperation with the City of Mt. Vernon and its maintenance crew made it possible for the middle tree to be transplanted at Phil Boyd Memorial Park. Since its transplanting, the spruce tree has increased in height to about 25 feet.
Gene Emery and Merle Brown also located a large Grant County granite stone, which with a joint effort of Bauer family members and the city crew, was recently set in concrete at the park and will bear a plaque dedicating the "Christmas Tree" in memory of Herbert Bauer.
Herbert Bauer was a staff sergeant in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He moved to Mt. Vernon in 1946 and was a dedicated community volunteer, member of the Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon American Legion Post and John Day Elks Lodge. He also served as a 4-H leader and Boy Scout master. He died in 1985, but his memory lives on.