BY DENISE MORAN Special to The Courier News
SOUTH ELGIN -- They left their mark on many souls for the short time they were on Earth.
Due to efforts by families, businesses, and village officials, the parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members and friends of deceased South Elgin children and two deceased village police officers now have a place in town where they can remember their loved ones.
On Sept. 29, village officials dedicated the "Footprints in Time" plaza at the southeast corner of State and LaFox streets.The plaza is next to a busy intersection, but Village Administrator Larry Jones feels it is the best location.
"Kids are all about noise, from their first cries to playing games in the house," he said. "This is a place that bustles with activity. This is a special place to celebrate the lives of children."
The brick pavers in the plaza are inscribed with the name, date of birth, and the day of death for Nicholas Garcia, Olaf Hansen, Alice Hargis, Meara Hargrave, Matthew Hodges, Kaitlyn Hulfachor, Andrew Nelson Isham, Grace Elizabeth Isham, Donna Moore, Dillon Pierzchalski, Chase Rumachik and Cal Sutter.
According to Kim Wascher, superintendent of the South Elgin parks and recreation, the pavers honor children born from the early 1900s to recent years. One of the children, Olaf Hansen, was born in 1911 and died at the age of 16 in 1927.
The focal point of the plaza is a bronze statue of a little girl leapfrogging over a little boy. The statue, which is 5 feet tall by 4 feet wide, was made by The Randolph Rose Collection, Yonkers, N.Y.