Homepage of "Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, & Other Highlights of Lincoln, IL"

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A Long-Range Plan to Brand the First Lincoln Namesake City as the Second City of Abraham Lincoln Statues

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in Lincoln, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln and the Historic Postville Courthouse,
including a William Maxwell connection to the Postville Courthouse

About Henry Ford and the Postville Courthouse, the Story of the Postville Courthouse Replica,
Tantivy, & the Postville Park Neighborhood in the
Route 66 Era


The Rise of Abraham Lincoln and His History and Heritage in His First Namesake Town,
also the founding of Lincoln College, the plot to steal Lincoln's body, and memories of Lincoln College and the Rustic Tavern-Inn

Introduction to the Social & Economic History of Lincoln, Illinois,
including poetry by William Childress & commentary by Federal Judge Bob Goebel & Illinois Appellate Court Judge Jim Knecht

"Social Consciousness in William Maxwell's Writings Based on Lincoln, Illinois" (an article published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, winter 2005-06

Peeking Behind the Wizard's Screen: William Maxwell's Literary Art as Revealed by a Study of the Black Characters in Billie Dyer and Other Stories

Introduction to the Railroad & Route 66 Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois

The Living Railroad Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois: on Track as a Symbol of the "Usable Past"


Route 66 Overview Map of Lincoln with 42 Sites, Descriptions, & Photos

The Hensons of Business Route 66

The Wilsons of Business
Route 66
including the Wilson Grocery & Shell Station

Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Lincoln Memorial Park
(former Chautauqua site),
the Historic Cemeteries, & Nearby Sites

Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Salt Creek & Cemetery Hill,
the highway bridges, GM&O bridge, Madigan State Park, the old dam (with photos & Leigh's memoir of "shooting the rapids" over the old dam), & the Ernie Edwards' Pig-Hip Restaurant Museum in Broadwell

The Historic Logan County Courthouse, Past & Present

Route 66 Map with 51 Sites in the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District,
including locations of historical markers
(on the National Register of Historic Places)

Vintage Scenes of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District

The Foley House:  A Monument to Civic Leadership
(on the National Register of Historic Places)

Agriculture in
the Route 66 Era

Arts & Entertainment Heritage,
including the Lincoln Theatre Roy Rogers' Riders Club of the 1950s

Business Heritage

Cars, Trucks & Gas Stations of the Route 66 Era

including the hometown churches of Author William Maxwell & Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

Factories, Past and Present

Food Stores of
the Route 66 Era


Hospitals, Past and Present

Hotels & Restaurants of the Railroad & Route 66 Eras

Lincoln Developmental Center
(Lincoln State School & Colony in the Route 66 era), plus
debunking the myth of Lincoln, Illinois, choosing the Asylum over the University of Illinois

Mining Coal, Limestone, & Sand & Gravel; Lincoln Lakes; & Utilities


Museums & Parks, including the Lincoln College Museum and its Abraham Lincoln Collection, plus the Heritage-in-Flight Museum

with Distinction

News Media in the Route 66 Era

The Odd Fellows' Children's Home


Memories of the 1900 Lincoln Community High School,
including Fred Blanford's dramatic account of the lost marble fountain of youth

A Tribute to the Historians and Advocates of Lincoln, Illinois

Watering Holes of the Route 66 Era

The Historic 1953 Centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois

The Festive 2003 Sesqui-centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois,
including photos of LCHS Class of 1960 dignitaries & the Blanfords

Why Did the State Police Raid Lincoln, Illinois, on October 11, 1950?

The Gambling Raids in Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois,
During the Late Route 66 Era (1950-1960)


Pages in this section tell about Leigh Henson's Lincoln years, moving away, revisits, and career:

About Lincoln, Illinois;
This Web Site; & Me

A Tribute to Lincolnite Edward Darold Henson: World War II U.S. Army Veteran of the Battles for Normandy and the Hedgerows; Brittany and Brest; and the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge)

For Remembrance, Understanding, & Fun: Lincoln Community High School Mid-20th-Century Alums' Internet Community
(a Web site and email exchange devoted to collaborative memoir and the sharing of photos related to Lincoln, Illinois)

Leigh Henson's Pilgrimage to Lincoln, Illinois, on
July 12, 2001

Leigh Henson's Review of Dr. Burkhardt's William Maxwell Biography

Leigh Henson's Review of Ernie Edwards' biography, Pig-Hips on Route 66, by William Kaszynski

Leigh Henson's Review of Jan Schumacher's Glimpses of Lincoln, Illinois

Teach Local Authors: Considering the Literature of Lincoln, Illinois

Web Site About
Leigh Henson's Professional Life


Pages in this section are about the writing, memorabilia, and Web sites of other Lincolnites:

A Tribute to Bill and Phyllis Stigall:
Exemplary Faculty of Lincoln College at Mid-Twentieth Century

A Tribute to the Krotzes of Lincoln, Illinois

A Tribute to Robert Wilson (LCHS '46): Author of Young in Illinois, Movies Editor of December Magazine, Friend and Colleague of December Press Publisher Curt Johnson, and Correspondent with William Maxwell

Brad Dye (LCHS '60): His Lincoln, Illinois, Web Site,
including photos of many churches

Dave Armbrust's Memorabilia of Lincoln, Illinois

J. Richard
(JR) Fikuart
(LCHS '65):
he Fikuarts of Lincoln, Illinois, including their connections to the William Maxwell family and three generations of family fun at Lincoln Lakes

Jerry Gibson (LCHS '60): Lincoln, Illinois, Memoirs & Other Stories

Dave Johnson (LCHS '56): His Web Site for the Lincoln Community High School Class of 1956

Sportswriter David Kindred: Memoir of His Grandmother Lena & Her West Side Tavern on Sangamon Street in the Route 66 Era

Judge Jim Knecht
(LCHS '62): Memoir and Short Story, "Other People's Money," Set in Hickey's Billiards on Chicago Street in the Route 66 Era

William A. "Bill" Krueger (LCHS '52): Information for His Books About Murders in Lincoln

Norm Schroeder (LCHS '60): Short Stories

Stan Stringer Writes About His Family, Mark Holland, and Lincoln, Illinois

Thomas Walsh: Anecdotes Relating to This Legendary Attorney from Lincoln by Attorney Fred Blanford & Judge Jim Knecht

Leon Zeter (LCHS '53): His Web Site for the
Lincoln Community High School Class of 1953
including announcements of LCHS class reunions

(Post yours there.)


Highway Sign of
the Times:

The Route 66
Association of Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society

Illinois Tourism Site:
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  "superior achievement: serves as a model for the profession and reaches a greater public"

link to homepage

Marquee Lights of the Lincoln Theater, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois

 You can go home again. Email Leigh Henson at DLHenson@missouristate.edu.


35.  A Tribute to the Historians and Advocates of Lincoln, Illinois

     It is not difficult to identify the founding fathers and the historians who have written about the city of Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln's connections to this community he named.  On the other hand, it is nearly impossible to identify all advocates of Lincoln, Illinois, without unintentional omissions.  Thus, on this page I mention some of the prominent Lincolnites that others have identified, but my focus is on the historians.  Here, I discuss the historians in the order they lived, although some were contemporaries.

     Before I present the historians, here is some information about some of the prominent advocates of Lincoln, Illinois:

     One group of distinguished Lincolnites was identified in the celebration of the centennial of Lincoln, Illinois, in 1953.  The celebration included an enactment of the city's history titled Lincoln, 'Tis of Thee, a pageant with a cast of 400 or so performed at the Logan County Fairgrounds four nights in succession.  Each performance concluded with the Hall of Fame:  a portrayal of twenty-one men and women, living and deceased, regarded as among the most important people in the city's history.

     The following identifications for the Hall of Fame are from an article in the Lincoln Evening Courier titled "Lincoln, 'Tis of Thee Wins Crowd's Acclaim as History of City, County Reviewed" (Lincoln Evening Courier, September 2, pp. 1 and 2).  In the list that follows, the person playing the honoree is given in parentheses:  "Col. Robert B. Latham (William McCormick), Gov. Richard Oglesby (James Taylor), John Gillett (John R. Parker), Abram Mayfied [Lincoln's first mayor] (Frank Metelko), A.H. Bogardus [international trap-shooting champion] (Hugh Knochel), Stephen A. Foley (Floyd Durst), Capt. D.H. Harts (D.H. Harts, Jr.), Judge Lawrence B. Stringer (Dr. D.M. Barringer), Virgil Hickox (James T. Hickey), Caroline Chamberlain Lutz (Mrs. Marion Sparks).

     Dr. Katherine Miller [first local female physician and school board president] (Mrs. Robert Langellier), Ella Owsley Brainerd (Mrs. Jennie Gasprich), Dr. William Dyer (William Perkins), Leslie Atlass (Bill Gossett), William Maxwell (Tom Fitzsimmons), Reinhold Niebuhr (Ray Gimbel), D.F. Nickols (Franklin Nichols), Agnes Rourke Garretson (Mrs. Harry Huffman), Silas Beason (N.L. Gordon), Col. Crowe (a Marine sergeant from Springfield)."  In a Courier edition a few days later, W.C. Handlin's name was added, making him the twenty-first member of the Hall of Fame.

     Many on the preceding list are mentioned in this Web site, as are others from the second half of the 20th Century.  Paul Gleason's Lincoln, Illinois:  A Pictorial History, cites Latham, Handlin, Stringer, and Gillett as among those "making a difference in Lincoln."  Others named by Gleason are Larry B. Shroyer, Miss Ida Webster (librarian for more than 55 years], Earl C. Hargrove (founder of Lincoln Christian College), E.H. Lukenbill, Lester "Tiny" Sheridan (father of tourism in Lincoln), and Earl and Edward Madigan.  Certainly Bob Madigan has now earned his own distinction as a major contributor to Lincoln's progress.

     Most of the rest of this page is devoted to the historians of Lincoln, Illinois, and their supporters.

Lawrence B. Stringer (1866-1942)

     In 1911 Lawrence B. Stringer published his two-volume, encyclopedic Logan County Illinois:  A Record of its Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement.  On the title page of that work, he quotes President Woodrow Wilson:  "Local history is the ultimate substance of national history."

     Below is the page honoring Judge Stringer in the 1953 Centennial book titled The Namesake Town.  Click on the thumbnail image of the page below to access a readable size:

35.1:  Biographical Sketch and Tribute to Judge Stringer Written by D.H. Harts, Jr., in
The Namesake Town:  A Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois

    Note:  In scanning printed material, I have taken pains to provide clarity in both photos and text (a new trick being learned by an old dog).  Some flaws, such as the lack of square alignment in the Gullett's ad, above are in the original.

     Stan Stringer, who has contributed material to this Web site wrote briefly about seeing Judge Stringer: 

"I noticed the mention to Judge Stringer.  He wasn't related, but he only lived a block away (northwest corner of Hamilton and Delavan street intersection).  I met him once, but I was no more than six at the time."

     Judge Stringer's 1911 History of Logan County has a chapter on Abraham Lincoln: http://findinglincolnillinois.com/alincolnheritageimages/stringersabrahamlincoln1911.pdf

A Connection Between Lawrence Stringer's Work and the Work of William Maxwell    

     In several of his publications, William Maxwell refers to Stringer's History of Logan County 1911 as a source.  Maxwell writes of Stringer's book that it "is overburdened with statistics" ("Billie Dyer," in Billie Dyer and Other Stories, p. 14).  Yet, recording facts is part of the historian's job.  Historians and other students of history want as many facts as they can get in order to analyze them and form the most credible interpretations of their significance.  Such writers of "creative nonfiction" as Mr. Maxwell choose to work with fewer facts as they "connect the dots" to form and express their truths of human nature and life.  Let's just hope the facts selected by authors of "creative nonfiction" are accurate and ample enough to warrant the "universal" truths implied through their stories.  (I'm sure it was a creative writer who first expressed the notion of not letting the facts get in the way of a good story.) 

     On the page about William Maxwell I created for this Web site, I refer to a couple of examples where Maxwell's information is somewhat inaccurate, but these instances are probably unintentional.  See 5. Social Class, Race, and the Question of Universality in William Maxwell's Writings Set in Lincoln, Illinois.

Banquet for Judge Stringer on His 75th Birthday (probably in the Hotel Lincoln)

35.2:  Judge Stringer's Colleagues Help Him Celebrate His 75th Birthday

(Photo from The Namesake Town:  A Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois, p. 34)

James T. Hickey (1922-1996)

    James T. Hickey was a widely recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln. As indicated in the tribute below, he had been a protégé of Lawrence Stringer.  Mr. Hickey lived in rural Elkhart, Illinois, near the site of Governor Ogelsby's Oglehurst, and the historic cemetery on top of Elkhart Hill.

     Mr. Hickey was one of my favorite teachers.  I was a student in his course on the life of Abraham Lincoln at Lincoln College, which I attended my freshman year (1960-61).  He was a most affable teacher who spoke in a relaxed, charming, and authoritative manner about every aspect of Lincoln's life and times. 

    Hickey "was educated at Lakeside Grade School, Elkhart High School, Lincoln College, and Western Illinois State Teachers' College. . . .  He married the former Miss Betty Brooker of Mt. Pulaski and the couple are parents of three-year-old daughter, Julia Nan.  Beside the time spent pursuing his historical interests, Hickey farms a 360-acre farm near Elkhart, 160 acres of which has been handed down through two generations of the family.  His ancestors were here 105 years ago, before the City of Lincoln was founded.  . . .  Mr. Hickey had a large collection of historical pictures, documents, and information relating mostly to Lincoln and the Logan County area" ("James T. Hickey Well-Known County Historian," Lincoln Evening Courier, centennial edition, August 26, 1953, p. 12). 

     Mr. Hickey's great-grandfather, William Hickey, accompanied Lord Scully on his excursions to buy farmland in North American.  James Hickey donated his great-grandfather's rifle to the Lincoln College Museum, and a photo of that antique firearm appears at 29. Museums & Parks, Including the Lincoln College Museum. 

     Below is a page from the Lincoln College newsletter with information about James Hickey.  Click on the page to access a readable size.

     The rest of the above article is as follows:  ". . . of the research and informational assistance he so generously gave to Lincoln scholars over the years.  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mark E. Neely, Jr., once said that 'James T. Hickey is the greatest Lincoln curator of his generation'" (p. 6).

35.3:  From Material Sent by Ron Keller, Curator of the Lincoln Museum at Lincoln College

     One of Mr. Hickey's publications tells the history of the lot that Abraham Lincoln owned in Lincoln, Illinois, on Pulaski Street, across from the Logan County Courthouse.  In 3. The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln and the Founding of Lincoln, Illinois, I summarize that article titled "Abraham Lincoln's Lot in Lincoln, Illinois," first published in the spring 1953.  I am happy that my little library contains an autographed copy of The Collected Writings of James T. Hickey from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 1953-1984.

     James Hickey was an officer of the Logan County Historical Society and appeared in the centennial celebrations of several towns in that county.  In the 1953 centennial celebration of Lincoln, Illinois, he played the role of founding father Virgil Hickox in the re-enactment ceremony of Abraham Lincoln's christening of Lincoln, Illinois.  He also read (and probably helped write) the "letter to posterity" at the ceremony to bury the time capsule in Centennial Park at the conclusion of the centennial celebration.  More information about these activities, including a photo of James Hickey as Virgil Hickox, is presented at 37. The 1953 Historic Centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois.

Raymond N. and Florence Dooley

     Raymond N. Dooley authored and edited several works of history.  Mr. Dooley, a native of Bloomington, Illinois, was president of Lincoln College from 1948 until about 1971.  Before coming to Lincoln, Mr. Dooley had worked as "Director of Student Personnel Services of Illinois Wesleyan University" in Bloomington (Lincoln Evening Courier, centennial edition, section six, August 26, 1953, p. 8).  His wife, Florence Adams Dooley, worked at Lincoln College as a guidance counselor.

     At this time, I am unsure of the full extent of Raymond Dooley's publications about Lincoln, Illinois, and Abraham Lincoln.  I do know Mr. Dooley edited The Namesake Town:  A Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois; and authored an article titled "Lincoln and His Namesake Town," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, spring, 1959, pp. 130-145.  Dooley, as president of the Lincoln, Illinois, centennial celebration of 1953, most likely did some work on the 144-page centennial edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, published on August 26, 1953.  Unfortunately, a number of articles in that material do not have authors attributed.

Biographical Sketch of Raymond N. Dooley (adapted from his obituary in The Pantagraph, February 21, 1991)

     "Mr. Dooley was born July 19, 1909, in Bloomington, IL. . .  He married Lovilla Frederick August 8, 1934, in Chicago.  After her death in 1944, he married Florence Adams in Monticello on April 2, 1947.  He was survived by two sons and a daughter:  William Paul of Kent, CT; Raymond W. of Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and Virginia of Taos, NM.

·  1931, Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, IL

·  1934, Master of Arts from Harvard University

     "Before he completed his work for his degrees, Mr. Dooley had a number of part-time jobs, including touring the Chautauqua circuit as a semi-professional actor.  He was a part-time assistant in the reading room of the Library of Congress and worked in news and advertising at The Pantagraph."

·  1934-1943, "admissions counselor for Stephens College, Columbia, MO, working in New England, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C."

·  1943-1948, director of student personnel and admission at Illinois Wesleyan University

·  1948-1971, 15th president of Lincoln College.  "During the Dooley era, the student body grew from 100 to 700, and the campus with only three building grew to have a dozen and an athletic field."

     Mr. Dooley's memberships included the influential and prestigious North Central Association (and he was a commissioner of the NCA), Illinois Commission on Higher Education (chairman, 1958), the Harvard Club, Civil War Round Table, Illinois State Historical Society (president, 1970-71), Illinois State Historical Library (board of directors, 1956-1969; chairman, 1965-1969), president of the centennial celebration of Lincoln, IL, and Lincoln Rotary, and Lincoln's First Presbyterian Church (elder).

     "A Civil War and [Abraham] Lincoln expert, Mr. Dooley wrote numerous articles and gave many lectures on Lincoln's life.  In 1956, he was one of seven panelists trying to stump one of the contestants on the '$64,000 Challenge' television quiz show."

35.4: Raymond N. Dooley in the
Beginning of His Presidency at Lincoln College

(Photo in Lincoln the Namesake College, p.123)

35.5:  Florence Adams Dooley as
Guidance Counselor at Lincoln College

(Photo in 1961 Lynxite, dedicated to her)

Obituary of Florence Dooley

(Pantagraph.com, Wednesday, November 15, 2006 12:22 AM CST)

LINCOLN - Florence Adams Dooley of East River Road, Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of Green Valley, Ariz., and Lincoln, died after a brief hospitalization on Sunday (Nov. 12, 2006) at age 93.

     She was born on Oct. 14, 1913, in Piatt County, to Calvin Wesley Adams and his wife, Celia. When Celia Adams died, Calvin Adams, following her wish, married her cousin Flora, and the family moved to Monticello, where Mr. Adams owned and operated farm machinery and automobile dealerships.

     Florence Adams attended the University of Illinois, where she was a member of the class of 1935 and Chi Omega Sorority. She sang the leading role in a university production of "Carmen" and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1936. After graduation she worked in the fashion industry in Champaign, before finding her real niche in academia.

     In 1943, she went to work for Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as an admissions counselor, then moved to the admissions department of De Pauw University in Greencastle, Ind.,  her father's alma mater. Her job involved a good deal of travel, and during a business trip she met Raymond Nelson Dooley, who had worked in admissions and risen to Director of Student Services at his alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

    Florence Adams and Raymond Dooley, a widower with three young children, were married on April 2, 1947. The following year, they moved to Lincoln, where he became president of Lincoln College, a private liberal arts junior college. Later, speaking of his family, Mr. Dooley said that "Florence and Lincoln were the saving of our lives." The same could be said of the Dooleys' effect on the school. Raymond Dooley raised money and built new buildings and acquired a statewide reputation as a Lincoln scholar and educator; while his wife served the college as director of admissions and found time between entertaining dignitaries like Carl Sandburg and Alben Barkley (the original Veep) to sing with the Community Chorus and play an active role in the local Presbyterian Church. She received an honorary doctorate from Lincoln where a classroom building on campus has been named for her and her husband.

     When the Dooleys retired in 1971, they moved to Green Valley, Ariz., where Mrs. Dooley remained active in the American Association of University Women, the local chapter of Chi Omega and PEO. When Mr. Dooley's health began to fail, they moved to Tucson, where he died in 1991.

     Mrs. Dooley leaves three children, William Paul Dooley of Kent, Conn.; Raymond Weith Dooley of Belgrade, Serbia; and Virginia Susan Dooley of Taos, N.M.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. Contributions in her memory may be made to Lincoln College, Lincoln. Copyright © 2006, Pantagraph Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

Raymond Dooley and Ethel Welch's The Namesake Town: A Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois

35.6: Cover of The Namesake Town: A Centennial History of
Lincoln, Illinois

35.7:  Raymond Dooley Addressing Readers of the Centennial History of
Lincoln, Illinois

35.8: Interview with
Harriet Dyer Brummel, p. 33.

Click the above thumbnail images for full-sized, readable versions.

Memoir of Mrs. Dooley 

     In high school I had become curious about English as a result of the teaching of Mr. Jack Bass.  At Lincoln College during my freshman year, the teaching of Mrs. Florence Molen increased my interest in the study of English.  By the spring semester of 1961, I had decided that for my sophomore year I would  transfer to Illinois State (Normal) University, where I could earn a bachelor's degree in my favorite subject.  In the spring of 1961, I talked to Mrs. Dooley about my plan and requested my transcript be sent to Illinois State as part of the application process.  Mrs. Dooley was very supportive, although my transfer meant one less student paying tuition and fees at Lincoln College.

35.9:  Raymond Dooley, Florence Dooley, and Friends,
Including Mrs. David Hanger, the Hartses, and Burnses

     (Photo from Lincoln, the Namesake College:  A Centennial History of Lincoln College, Lincoln, Illinois, 1865-1965, p. 98)

     The above photo appears in a chapter titled "Raymond Dooley and Lincoln's Leap Forward" in Lincoln, the Namesake College.  The caption says, "President Raymond Dooley offered a brave new world to Lincoln College.  With him on his immediate right are Mrs. Dooley, Mrs. David Hanger, Dean and Mrs. Elva Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. David Harts, Reverend and Mrs. John Burns" (p. 98).  The four people on the far side of Mr. Dooley are unnamed, and I do not recognize any of them, even when looking at the photo with a magnifying glass, a favorite technique of mine.

Lincoln the Student by Merrell Gage

35.10:  Mr. Dooley Presenting Honorary Doctorate to the Great Gospel Singer, Mahalia Jackson

(Photo from Lincoln,
the Namesake College,
p. 120)

     At left is distinguished Historian Ralph Newman of Chicago, who sponsored Ms Jackson for this award.  (Punctuation note:  "Ms" with a period is an abbreviation for manuscript.)

35.11:  Dedication of Statue
Lincoln the Student,
May 27, 1961

(Photo from Lincoln,
 the Namesake College,
p. 113)

     Caption:  "President Dooley accepts the statue, while degrees went to John E. Stipp, Merrell Gage, and E.B. Long"

     Note: For an example of Ms. Jackson's evocative voice, access http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlxAFq_9Mak. One more (Newport Jazz Festival) to show the range and passion (letting her hair down): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzB3RVal_Iw.

     Photo 35.11 shows President Dooley accepting and dedicating the famous Sculptor Merrell Gage's larger-than-life statue titled Lincoln the Student, which is located on the southeast corner of the campus (near the intersection of Keokuk and Ottawa Streets).  In this ceremony, President Dooley said:

     "The statue, like any great work of art will be visited, enjoyed, and loved by all, from infants who will climb upon its knee to oldsters who come to pay the revered respects of their own generation.  The status will forever symbolize the ideals of simplicity and service forever embodied in the name of Abraham Lincoln" (Lindstrom and Carruthers, Lincoln:  the Namesake College, p. 114).

     The reference above to infants climbing the knee of Lincoln the Student, reminds me of a story I heard about Raymond Dooley when I attended Lincoln College as a freshman (1960-61).  I cannot recall who told the story, and perhaps it is apocryphal.  When Mr. Dooley was a student at Harvard University, he had allegedly traveled to Washington, D.C.  While there, he had visited the Lincoln Memorial late one night and was so moved by the spirit that he found a way to climb up into Lincoln's lap

35.12: Undated Picture Postcard Photo of Lincoln, the Student

     Access Carl Volkmann's article on Lincoln the Student in Illinois Heritage magazine. [Note: this article says that Mr. Lincoln's train taking him as President-elect to Washington, D.C., stopped briefly in his first namesake city, where he gave a few remarks. Fact is the train taking him to D.C. did not go through Lincoln, Illinois, because it went directly from Springfield to Indiana. Yet, Lincoln as President-elect did travel by train to Chicago in November of 1860, and the train did stop in Lincoln, where he spoke briefly. Lincoln was then traveling to Chicago to meet his Vice President-elect, Hannibal Hamlin, and to discuss possible members of the Cabinet.]

     Another Lincoln statue owned and exhibited by Lincoln College is a life-size standing white plaster Lincoln statue in the foyer of its Meyer-Evans Student Center. This statue titled Lincoln the Lawyer is exhibited in a glass case and is a copy of Lorado Taft's bronze statue, dedicated in 1927 and located in Carle Park at Urbana, Illinois. This statue depicts Lincoln in a frock coat, hands resting on a table behind him, as he would have appeared to citizens of Urbana when he practiced law there on the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

     A full-length statue of Lincoln was installed at the new Lincoln Center, which will house the College's Lincoln Heritage Museum. This statue by Andrew Jumonville of Bloomington, Illinois, depicts Lincoln with a book to correspond with the theme of Lincoln's fondness for self-education through reading as also seen in Gage's Lincoln the Student.

     Note: My book titled The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned discusses the other statues of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, Illinois--including the proposed statue to commemorate his "monster" 1858 political rally and speech--, as well as such other Lincoln-related topics such as busts, paintings, drawings, historic sites and their historical markers, celebrations, festivals, and re-enactments.

     See also my proposal: The Lincoln Statues of His First Namesake City and a Long-Range Plan to Brand It as the Second City of Lincoln Statues.

35.13:  Business Card of Raymond Dooley

35.14:  Back of Dooley's Business Card

     The above business card, yellowed after about forty years, was stapled to a copy of The Magnetism of Lincoln by Lloyd Ostendorf, allegedly the greatest scholar of Lincoln photographs and author of Lincoln's Photographs:  A Complete Collection -- the definitive source. 

     The Magnetism of Lincoln, a twenty-page booklet which highlights certain photos of Lincoln, was published by Lincoln College (no date).  The booklet was occasioned by an "Abraham Lincoln Memorial Lecture."  Apparently the booklet was published at the expense of Lincoln College and reflects President Dooley's interest in Abraham Lincoln and in promoting Lincoln College's connection to the Great Man.  The handwritten note on the business card suggests Mr. Dooley sent complimentary copies of the booklet to friends and colleagues.  I have no translation or other information about the oriental language(s) on the back of the card.

     During the administration of Raymond Dooley at Lincoln College (1948-1971), Lloyd Ostendorf was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

A Connection Between Raymond Dooley and William Maxwell

     In "Billie Dyer," William Maxwell alludes to Raymond Dooley.  Billie Dyer had spent his childhood in Lincoln, Illinois, had served in World War I, and had become a prominent black physician.  Dr. Dyer had been honored during the centennial celebration of Lincoln, Illinois, in 1953, as a member of "the Hall of Fame" (see above on this page).  Maxwell writes that two years after the centennial Dr. Dyer revisited Lincoln, attending a banquet of the Lincoln College Alumni Association, "where he was given a citation for outstanding accomplishments in the field of medicine" ("Billie Dyer," in Billie Dyer and Other Stories, p. 5).  At that time, Dyer and the college president visited ("Billie Dyer," p. 5). 

     Maxwell describes a conversation he had many years later with the college president about Dr. Dyer's visit and refers to the college president as "a childhood friend of mine. 'What did you talk about?' I asked. . . , regretting the fact that so far as I knew I had never laid eyes on William Dyer.  My friend couldn't remember. It was too long ago. 'What was he like?' I persisted, and my friend, thinking carefully, said, "'Except for the color of his skin he could have been your uncle or mine'" (p. 5).

     Raymond N. Dooley was the President of Lincoln College at that time and so had to be the unnamed person Maxwell refers to.  Most likely Maxwell had met Raymond Dooley around 1921 or 1922 when Maxwell visited (and possibly lived with) his Aunt Edith Blinn Young and her M.D. husband in Bloomington, Illinois, where Raymond Dooley had grown up.  William Maxwell had spent time with his aunt in Bloomington before his father moved the family to Chicago, where the senior Maxwell was transferred as a result of a promotion.

     Note:  Evidence indicates that William Maxwell and the Dooleys continued to communicate.  The collected papers of William Maxwell contain, for example, a personal letter that Mrs. Dooley wrote to William Maxwell on April 6, 1991, in which she describes the life and love she and her husband shared.  The letter seems to be a response to condolences that Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell had sent to the Dooley family. 

     In addition to the letter, the Maxwell papers include obituaries of Raymond Dooley that Mrs. Dooley had sent to the Maxwells.  Among these papers are two articles about Mr. Dooley from the Lincoln Courier, one dated February 21, 1991.  Mr. Maxwell's papers are being sent to the Rare Book & Special Collections Library of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, by his daughters in New York City.

Larry B. and Halcyone Shroyer

     Larry B. Shroyer was a talented reporter, photographer, and civic leader in Lincoln, Illinois, for most of the 20th Century.  Mr. Shroyer's historical writing is featured in Paul Beaver's Logan County History 1982.  A major contribution of Mr. Shroyer to Beaver's publication is titled "I Remember the '20s and Before" (pp. 8-14).  That essay discusses pre-WW I, WW I, the flu epidemic of 1918, Home Guards of the WW I era, the KKK, "natural disasters," and a variety of other developments in the social and political history of Lincoln and Logan County.  Another of Mr. Shroyer's contributions to Beaver's book is a summary of the history of the City of Lincoln (pp. 50-51).

     The following summary comes from the Shroyers' autobiographical sketch in Paul Beaver's History of Logan County 1982:    "Lawrence B. 'Larry' Shroyer and Halcyone Merry Shroyer were born in Lincoln at the turn of the century.  He was born October 4, 1900, a son of Alonzo D. and Effie Richardson Shroyer.  She was born August 26, 1900, a daughter of Professor Herbert O. and Maude Tandy Merry.  They attended local schools and were married November 16, 1921, in Bloomington" (p. 522).

35.15:  Halcyone and Larry Shroyer

(Photo in Beaver,
Logan County History 1982, p. 523)

35.16:  Larry B. Shroyer as Photographer

(Photo in Gleason, Lincoln, Illinois: 
A Pictorial History
, p. 95)

   "Starting as a carrier in 1911 on the old Morning Star, Larry became a pressman but in 1920 shifted careers and became a 'cub' reporter.  Shroyer spent more than 60 years in the newspaper, advertising, radio and television field, serving major central Illinois and metropolitan newspapers, radio and television stations. He had a stint as editor-share holder of the Evening Star; a member of Gordon and Shroyer, Inc., commercial printers; eight years as editor-sports-writer-photographer of the Lincoln Courier.  For 18 years news director of radio station WPRC, Shroyer devoted much of his career as a 'free lance' reporter-photographer" (p. 523).

     In addition to his diverse career, Larry Shroyer provided civic leadership.  Mrs. Shroyer, a member of the D.A.R., was her husband's partner in much his public service (Beaver, p. 523).  He served in the National Guard during World War I.  He was City Collector of Assessments and a member of the County Board, 1938-39.  He was active in Red Cross and Cancer organizations.  "During World War II he was press representative of various War Defense Agencies and a member of the County Airport Commission, builders of the Logan County Airport. The Shroyers organized the first Red Cross Blood Bank in the county during World War II" (p. 523).

     "In 1951 he was appointed director-coordinator of the Lincoln-Logan County Civil Defense, a post which he filled for 26 1/2 years.  He was also active on the state and national levels of Civil Defense.  Major projects developed included county wide radio net in law enforcement, fire and emergency services; siren warning system and established the Logan County Safety and Emergency Control Complex and the city-county-wide ambulance and rescue services" (p. 523). 

Paul J. and Sue Beaver

   The publications of Paul J. Beaver, Jr., have concerned local history and Abraham Lincoln in Illinois. Mr. Beaver published his master's thesis titled "William Scully and the Scully Estates of Logan County, Illinois" (OCLC:  14050241), and it was also available in soft cover. He wrote "Lincoln's Political Rise in Logan County, Central Illinois" as an address delivered to an international conference in 1986, and this work was published in Redlands, CA, by the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

     Paul J. Beaver was professor emeritus of history at Lincoln College. He was also the curator of the Lincoln Museum there. A native of rural Middletown, Illinois, he grew up on his family's farm, which was founded in 1853--the same year as the founding of the First Lincoln Namesake Town. Mr. Beaver graduated from Middletown High School, attended Lincoln College, and earned his master's degree in history from Illinois State University. His wife, Sue, also graduated from Illinois State and taught in the Mt. Pulaski school system. Their daughters attended schools in Lincoln, Illinois (Logan County History 1982, p. 181).

35.17:  Paul Beaver (right), Raymond Dooley (left), and Students (1970)

     The above photo (vertical line caused by book center crease) is from the 1970 Lincoln College yearbook titled Lincoln College, Lincoln, Illinois, 1970 (by then the title Lynxite had been dropped).  The caption reads, "President Dooley accepts a World War I scrap book from Mr. Paul Beaver, curator of the Lincoln Museum. Students Kenneth Lanning and Domina Frankovic are on hand as Mr. Beaver discusses the significance of the record of Lincoln's participation in the Great War" (p. 19).

History of Logan County 1982, edited by Paul Beaver

     Paul Beaver fulfilled a major contribution to the history of Logan County and Lincoln, Illinois, with the publication Logan County History 1982, which was published by the Logan County Heritage Foundation and printed by Taylor Publishing Company of Dallas, TX.  In this one-volume, encyclopedic work (727 pages), Mr. Beaver coordinated the work of several dozen citizens, who solicited material from countless family members and other locals. This book, including Mr. Beaver's essay titled "I Remember the '50s" (pp. 19-20), features local citizen-historians writing about decades well remembered and family history. Many church histories and histories of rural families appear throughout.

35.18: Cover of History of Logan County 1982

     Besides Mr. Beaver's essays in Logan County History 1982, examples of other local historians and their essays contained in this work are Sanford Patterson, "I Remember the '30s," "Will Coal Mining Return to Logan County," and "The Prohibition Era"; Mary Lou Fink (Lincoln Community High School, Class of 1947), "I Remember the '40s"; Sandra Heinzel Crews (Lincoln Community High School, Class of 1965), "The Sixties:  Decade of Change"; Sara L. Harris (Lincoln Community High School, Class of 1977), "I Remember the '70s"; Gloria Dowson Harper, "Courtship in Logan County"; Sue Cause, "Logan Newspaper Update"; Emil McElhaney, "Storms and Weather Disasters in Logan County"; Henry Mayes and Paul Beaver, "Logan County Sports 1920-1982"; Emily P. Gordon, "Logan County Genealogical Society"; Dwight F. Zimmerman, "Logan County Board"; Tom Oas, "Logan County Health Department"; Paul E. Gleason, "Presidential Visits to Logan County"; and Mildred Stuckel, "Molloy's Cafe."

Key Personnel in the Development of Mr. Beaver's Logan County History 1982

35.19: History of Logan County 1982, p. 357.

35.20:  History of Logan County 1982, p. 358.

     Paul Beaver wrote the foreword to Lincoln, Illinois: A Pictorial History (1998) by Paul E. Gleason. In this foreword, Mr. Beaver acknowledges the contributions of many, including Richard Sumrall, Director of the Lincoln Public Library, and David Shroyer, son of Larry Shroyer (cited above), who allowed the use of his father's collection of photographs.

     In 2000, Paul J. Beaver collaborated with Paul E. Gleason in the publication of Logan County, Illinois: A Pictorial History. In 2003, Paul Beaver published William Scully and the Scully Estates of Logan County, Illinois. Access a link to a PDF of the front cover, title page, table of contents, preface, page one, and the back cover, which includes a summary of his career.

     In 2008 Paul Beaver, professor emeritus of history at Lincoln College, received the Courier's Citizen of the Year award: http://www.lincolncourier.com/homepage/x1621229021/Paul-Beaver-gets-icing-for-his-cake.

     Paul Beaver and I became friends as we communicated about local history and collaborated on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration at Lincoln, Illinois, in 2008. I was saddened by his passing at the end of February 2019. Obituary for Paul J. Beaver, Jr.: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lincolncourier/obituary.aspx?n=paul-james-beaver&pid=191684509&fhid=10030.

Les "Tiny" and Jackie Sheridan (advocates of Lincoln, Illinois)

35.21:  Memorial Page in Paul Beaver, Logan County History 1982, p. 655.

Paul E. and Cheryl Gleason

     Like his colleague, Paul Beaver, Paul E. Gleason is a teacher, historian, and author.  Paul is a member of the Lincoln Community High School Class of 1956.  His wife, Sheryl, has worked in the library of Lincoln College and has collaborated with her husband on many historical projects. 

     The following information about the Gleasons comes from Paul Beaver's History of Logan County 1982.  Mr. Gleason attended public schools in Lincoln, Illinois, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Illinois State University.  His master's thesis was written on John Dean Gillett, who was one of the founders and owners of Lincoln, Illinois, and was known as "the Cattle King of America." 

     Mr. Gleason's "additional educational activities included studies at the University of Illinois in the field of agricultural history and in the area of Illinois history at Sangamon State University.  Courses on Logan County history were taken at Lincoln College.  [He] and his wife have attended American Revolutionary workshops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the summer.  There they were able to gain a more in-depth understanding of the Revolutionary era culture and way of life in order that such information can be utilized in their jobs of working with students.  Religious history course were studies at Lincoln Christian College. . ." (p. 302).

     Besides the books described below, Mr. Gleason's publications include The Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois, 1953-1978 (1978) and A Celebration of Logan County--1839-1989 (1989).  He has researched a book about "forgotten Logan County and Lincoln stories" (back inside panel of book jacket of Lincoln:  A Pictorial History).





35.22:  Paul E. Gleason




35.23:  Cheryl A. Gleason


     (Photos from Beaver, Logan County History 1982, p. 302).

     "Throughout their thousands of miles of travel in the United States and the development of their slide, tape, news, and Presidential library, the Gleasons have been able to establish or build collections which are used in their work where they seek to encourage those persons whom they are contact with to seek out their past heritage which has enabled them to live in the present and to hope for their future" (Beaver, p. 302).

     Mr. Gleason is also active in community service:  he has worked as a member of the Logan County Board as well as serving as Logan County Historian for the Board.  He is president of the Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation (community Action).  He has chaired the Logan County Historic Preservation Commission and the Elkhart Historic Society and served on the boards of the Middletown, Knapp, Chestnut, Becker Historical Society, the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Board of Logan County, and the Illinois Route 66 Association of Illinois (back inside panel of book jacket of Lincoln:  A Pictorial History).

Lincoln, Illinois:  A Pictorial History (1998) by Paul E. Gleason

     With the cooperation and support of the State Bank of Lincoln and the G. Bradley Publishing Company of St. Louis, Paul E. Gleason authored Lincoln, Illinois:  A Pictorial History, a coffee-table-sized book of 200 pages, including hundreds of photographs.  Many of the sections and photo captions are rich in historical information. 

     This book is composed of the following sections (in order presented):  early history, Postville, the establishment of Lincoln (1852-1865), Civil War, Logan County Courthouse, transportation, industry, Lincoln Garment Company, mining, Lehn and Fink, Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Stetson China Company, Lincoln Glass Factory, business, agriculture 1850-1900, William Scully, early banking, State Bank of Lincoln, Gullett and Sons, hotels, hangouts, general businesses, auto dealers, government, making a difference in Lincoln (community leaders), Madigan, Presidential visits, Lincoln and the wars, the day Lincoln was "attacked," churches, education, Lincoln High School, Lincoln College, Lincoln Christian College, sports, and his name was Michael, Lincoln College sports, LCC sports, a local legend (sports figures with national reputations), entertainment, Chautauqua, 1953 Lincoln centennial, Logan County Fair, Lincoln Lakes, bands and the sounds of music, theaters, Christmas, railsplitting festival, art fair, serving others, Prohibition, fire department, Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln State School and Colony, hospitals, I.O.O.F. Orphans' Home, homes of Lincoln, balloon festival, new development, postscript--Lincoln today, acknowledgements, sources for further reading, and publication staff.

Concluding Material in Lincoln:  A Pictorial History

     The pages below from Mr. Gleason's Lincoln:  A Pictorial History are presented because they identify sources that some readers will find useful for additional information.

35.24: Lincoln:  A Pictorial History, p. 196.

35.25: Lincoln:  A Pictorial History, p. 197.


Logan County, Illinois:  A Pictorial History (2000), Co-authored with Paul Beaver

     In Logan County, Illinois:  A Pictorial History (2000) by Paul Gleason and Paul Beaver, the authors present a six-page overview and devote most of this book to depicting the life and times in rural communities of this central Illinois county.  The numerous photos of this work, accompanied by detailed captions, show the evolution of farming technology and of life on the prairie farms and farming communities of this county. 

     Here are the topics and parts of this book:  Atlanta, Beason, Broadwell, Burtonview, Chestnut, Cornland, Elkhart, Emden, the [19]50s in Logan County, Hartsburg, Lake Fork, Latham, Lawndale, Middletown, Mount Pulaski, New Holland, San Jose, Lincoln, epilogue, acknowledgements and dedication, index.

Concluding Material in Logan County, Illinois:  A Pictorial History

     The pages below from Logan County, Illinois:  A Pictorial History  are presented because they identify sources that some readers will find useful for additional information.

35.26 Logan County, Illinois:  A Pictorial History, p. 196.

35.27 Logan County, Illinois:  A Pictorial History, p. 197.


     The books of Mr. Gleason and Mr. Beaver published by the G. Bradley Publishing Company are essential to an understanding of central Illinois.  These works are copyrighted with all rights reserved. 

     Material used in this Web site from these publications is with permission from the G. Bradley Publishing Company, 461 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, MO 63131.  Call 1-800-966-5120 to inquire about purchasing Lincoln, Illinois:  A Pictorial History (1998) (200 pages of rare photos and text) or Logan County Pictorial History (2000) (also 200 pages of rare photos and text).  Visit http://gbradleypublishing.com/.

Corporate Support for Lincoln:  A Pictorial History and Logan County Pictorial History

35.28 Board of State Bank of Lincoln (Founded, 1904)

(Photo in Lincoln:  A Pictorial History and Logan County Pictorial History)

Jerry and Nancy Lawrence Gehlbach and Our Times

     Paul Beaver's Logan County History 1982 includes a sketch of the Gerald and Nancy Lawrence Gehlbach family written by Mrs. Gehlbach (pp. 294).  Her husband and I were on the Lincoln Community High School yearbook (Lincolnite) staff in 1958-59.  He was a senior; I, a junior.

     Mrs. Gehlbach was born in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago, and met Gerald in 1960 while they were students at the University of Illinois.  There, Mr. Gehlbach earned a master's degree in animal science, and Mrs. Gehlbach earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education.  In Logan County History 1982, Mrs. Gehlbach describes the vigorous life of a family that is equally at home in the country and in contemporary Lincoln, Illinois.  Her family autobiographical sketch tells about her husband's business accomplishments in agriculture, their active church participation, their two sons' exemplary achievements in school, and various leisure-time activities.  Mrs. Gehlbach says she is "most grateful for the friends I have made in the community. . . " (p. 295). 

     In the fall of 1996, Mrs. Gehlbach wrote and edited the first issue of Our Times, a quarterly publication whose mission is "to publish well-researched, interesting articles about the people, history, and culture of Logan County, Illinois" (Our Times 1.1, fall, 1996, p. 2).  Since the beginning of this publication, Mrs. Gehlbach has been its principal researcher and writer, and her articles have covered diverse aspects of community history, as indicated by the titles in her publications listed below. 

     She draws upon information carefully selected from local historical publications, and her special writing strategy is to find and interview the people who were closely involved in the places and events that she writes about.  She concisely presents the experiences, wit, and wisdom of these people, who literally made local history.  Their stories would remain untold without Mrs. Gehlbach's skill and devotion to her craft, and her good work continually delights and instructs readers of all ages.

35.29:  Nameplate of Our Times


35.30:  Masthead of Our Times

Nancy Lawrence Gehlbach's Articles

     "Cars. . . and Drivers." Our Times 3.4, winter, 1998. (story of the attempt  to manufacture the Lincoln automobile and the Lincoln Speedway race track).

     "Chautauqua Summers." Our Times 3.2, summer, 1998. (history of the largest Chautauqua organization in Illinois, circa 1900-1937)

     "Come Fly with Me!" Our Times 5.1, spring, 2000. (history of flying in central Illinois and the Logan County Airport)

     "Factories of Yesteryear." Our Times 7.3, fall, 2002.

     "Factories to Remember."  Our Times 7.1, winter, 2002.

     "Farm Life in Logan County." Our Times 2.2, summer, 1997.

     "First Do No Harm." Our Times 4.3, fall, 1999. (history of medicine and hospitals in Lincoln, Illinois, and Logan County)

     "God's People in Logan County." Our Times 2.1, spring, 1997. (diverse religions in Lincoln, Illinois)

     "Home, Sweet Home." Our Times 6.4, winter, 2001. (history of the Illinois Odd Fellows' Children's Home)

     "Keeping in Touch." Our Times 6.2, summer, 2001. (history of the mail, telephone, and telegraph)

     "Let's Eat Out." Our Times 6.1, spring, 2002. (history of restaurants)

     "Let’s Play." Our Times 7.1, spring, 2002. (history of parks)

     "Light, Giving, and Joy! Our Times 2.4, winter, 1997. (Christmases in Logan County and Lincoln, Illinois)

     "Lincoln State School: A Little History of a Big Place." Our Times 5.4, winter, 2001.

     "Milk and Eggs." Our Times 5.2, summer, 2000. (history of Sieb's Hatcheries, Inc.)

     "Pity Our Beautiful Trees." Our Times vol. 7, issue 1, spring 2002. (history of the American Dutch elm disease)

     "Read All About It." Our Times 7.2, summer, 2000. (history of newspapers)

     "Riding the Rails." Our Times 3.3, fall, 1998. (history of the interurban, streetcar, and steam trains)

     "Saturday Night in Logan County." Our Times 1.2, winter, 1996.

     "They Also Serve. . . " Our Times 4.4, winter, 1999. (emphasis on citizens' roles in WW II)

     "To Market, to Market. . . " Our Times 6.3, fall, 2001: (history of grocery stores and fish and meat markets)

     "Water Works." Our Times 4.2, summer, 1999. (history of Lincoln Sand and Gravel Company and the Lincoln Lakes recreation)

     "What Did We Do for Fun? Saturday Night in Logan County." Our Times 1.2. winter, 1996.

     "Whatever Happened to the Country Schools?" Our Times 1.1, fall, 1996.

     "What's on the Radio?" Our Times 5.3, fall, 2000. (history of public and college radio stations)

     "When Coal Was King." Our Times 2.3, fall, 1997.

Businesses Supporting Our Times


Willie Aughton and Darold Henson: 
Octogenarian Witnesses to Most of the Twentieth Century History of Lincoln, Illinois

     Throughout this Web site, I have included information offered by these gentlemen during informal, "all too brief" conversation.  With Willie, this talk was mostly in the summer of 2002.  With Darold, it has been throughout my lifetime, but still "all too brief."

Willie Aughton

Darold Henson, a Veteran of WW II and the Battle of the Bulge, in Normandy Hat


     Email comments, corrections, questions, or suggestions. 
Also please email me if this Web site helps you decide to visit Lincoln, Illinois: dlhenson@missouristate.edu

"The Past Is But the Prelude"

The founding fathers of this town asked their attorney, Abraham Lincoln, for permission to name this new community after him, and he agreed.  On the first day lots were publicly sold--August 27, 1853--, Abraham Lincoln, near the site of the train depot, used watermelon juice to christen the town as Lincoln, Illinois.  It thus became the first town named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous.