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John Wagers Recognition Garden to be dedicated Friday

2007. 09. 12.

CALDWELL – Albertson College of Idaho (ACI) and the family of alumnus John Wagers ('57) will dedicate a recognition garden on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The Wagers Recognition Garden is located behind Strahorn Hall on the CofI campus.

John's wife Mary, who is also a College of Idaho (as CofI was formerly known) graduate, was involved in the design and planning of the garden and is certain it is something John would have enjoyed.

"He made a comment to me before died," Mary said. "He said, 'When I'm gone, maybe you could do something at the college in my memory.' I think he would like the garden very much."

Wagers, who died in 2006, was the longtime owner of The Idaho Candy Company, which he and Mary purchased in 1984. In 1991, Wagers was named Idaho Small Business Person of the Year by Pres. George H.W. Bush at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

His son, Dave, joined the company that same year. Under John and Dave's leadership, the sales volume at the company tripled and its product line increased from 3,500 to more than 6,000, including the popular Idaho Spud Bars.

John Wagers was president of the CofI Alumni Board, was a member of the Board of Trustees for 12 years, and was active on the Building and Grounds Committee.

The idyllic garden includes granite slabs engraved with the names of alumni and others over the past several decades. Formerly, these alumni had stone plaques placed at the base of trees along the Margaret Sinclair Walkway on campus.

Recently, the roots of the trees began to press against the plaques, and the plaques needed to be removed. Family members who wish to pick up the plaques can contact the CofI physical plant at 459-5551.


PLEASE NOTE: The media is invited to attend the John Wagers Recognition Garden dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. on the CofI campus. For more information, please call Jennifer Oxley at 459-5811.