- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - A woman has bequeathed $100,000 for the upkeep of a fountain named in honor of her husband, a Mount Pleasant mayor who was fatally shot in a 1986 City Council meeting.

Mayor Edd King died and two council members were seriously wounded after authorities said Ralph Davis walked into the council chambers as a meeting was ending and began shooting.

City officials said Davis complained about a sewer backing up into his basement and was unhappy with officials’ explanations about widespread sewer problems in the community. Davis was sentenced to life in prison and died in 1999.

Before King died, he had wanted the City Council to replace a deteriorating fountain in a Mount Pleasant park.

“On his desk the night he died was an agenda for the next year, and a new fountain for Central Park was on it,” said King’s niece, Mary Hassenfritz. “He had been traveling to other towns to find a fountain that would fit our city park.”

Officials raised $85,000 to install a new fountain and dedicated it in his honor in 1988.

“It was very important to my aunt and to the city, I think, to get the money to build it and maintain it,” said Michael Hammond, a nephew of the Kings.

King’s wife, Viola, died this July and left $100,000 to maintain the fountain, The Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1yLwbFm ) reported.

“With this money, we know this fountain will stand and represent his legacy for many generations to come,” Hassenfritz said.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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