Hebe, also known as The Davis Memorial Fountain, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in May. It was dedicated May 20, 1915.
“The Warren County Genealogical Association agreed last year to do a lasting landmarks keepsake in its honor,” said Chris Keathley, who is editor of the Warren County Genealogical Association Bulletin, a newsletter published twice a year for its members.
This is the fourth in a series of keepsakes by the association with the first three being Warren County Courthouse, First United Methodist Church and The Birthing Tree.
Each keepsake is $18 with the proceeds to benefit the organization. All four keepsakes are available.
Hebe was given to the city for its Court Square park by Laura Davis Worley, who made the gift as a memorial to her parents after Mary Cunningham suggested a fountain would be ideal as a water source for birds. Wishing to give a fountain that would be artistic and beautiful as well as useful, the statue of Thorwaldsen’s Hebe was chosen.
In Greek mythology, Hebe was the Goddess of Youth and the fair daughter of Jupiter and Juno and was originally the cup bearer to the gods, but was superseded by Ganymede. Then she was employed to harness her mother’s peacocks. She married Hercules.
Worley stated, “As I give this fountain to commemorate incidents of unselfish devotion in the lives of my parents, I am glad it is Thorwaldsen’s beautiful Hebe who stands above their names.”
The keepsakes can be purchased at Southern Museum & Galleries of Photography, Culture & History. The museum is located at 210 East Main Street in historic downtown McMinnville. The spring/ summer 2015 bulletin is scheduled to be available the middle of May.