Elmer George Uggen was a musician, composer, conductor, educator, and music store owner who entertained American troops abroad during World War I with his score for the play “War is Hell.” He left a mark in Northwest Minnesota with the original words and music for “Crookstonian,” a march used as the official anthem of Crookston.
Cast bronze Amida Buddha figure shows evidence of blackish red paint and gilding [this is a National Bureau of Standards color]. The figure is seated cross-legged on a hexagonal base with the left upturned palm in the lap and the right hand resting on the right knee with fingers touching the ground. The head of the figure has Asian features with elongated ear lobes and topknot typical of Buddha representations. The statue is marked "Bronze/ 19th Century/ John Bradstreet/ Collection". The sculpture was acquired by Samuel A. Trubshaw as a collector for John S. Bradstreet & Co., Minneapolis, Minn.