This plot of land is what remains of East Lake Okabnea and is dedicated to the memory of Benona Pierce St. John and his son Clair Hovey St. John
Benona P. St. John (1867-1949) was the model of the 19th century gentleman who valued character and integrity above all. He was an entrepreneur. The architect of the Heron Lake Game Laws, which became the model for Minnesota State Game Laws. An ardent conservationist in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt, the owner of many gran elevators, and an innovator in soy beans, hybrid corn, and other crops.
Clair H. St. John (1898-1963) shared his fathers philosophy and was an innovative Worthington grain man. Grain elevator owner-operator and grain products manufacturer who pioneered in truck delivery to farms and small towns. The use of science in agriculture. And grain drying, he also engaged in generally unheralded philanthropies as well as joining his father in making gifts of property and property rights to the City of Worthington.
This monument was provided through the joint efforts of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed district and Robert, Richard and Charles, the sons of Clair St. John.