1860 photo taken 4 days after Mr. Lincoln visited Lincoln, Illinois, for the last time. Info at 3 below.

This President grew;
His town does too.
Link to Lincoln:
Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership

Site Map

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, IL

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 the Founding of Lincoln, Illinois,
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:
Enjoy Illinois




February, 2001
Revised July, 2001

Dear Fellow LCHS Alum, 

  Welcome to this Web site, For Remembrance, Understanding, & Fun:  An LCHS Alums' Internet Community of Nostalgic Angels.  Most importantly, let me invite you to participate in the fulfillment of its purposes.  How?  Please take a couple of minutes to read on.

    We spent our most formative years in Central Illinois, going to the same schools and sharing a variety of experiences.  I often think of you and our times together with much pleasure.  I have memories of many, many interesting experiences and adventures.  I am sure many of you also take pleasure in remembering those times. The immediate purpose of this Web site, then, is to evoke memories and stimulate reflection. 

    The years together were short, but the experiences bonded us, and we will always be interested in one another.  Thus, another purpose of this Web site is to provide a forum for sharing information about our lives, including life stories.  By life stories, I mean factual descriptions of personal experiences and people of significance to you.

    For this purpose, this Web site offers two sections (pages) where your information could be presented (in addition to the "reply to all" function of the group email).  One is the directory & contributions page (link below), which could present contact information, such as mailing and emailing addresses and phone numbers, as well as family information:  who are your spouses, children, and grandchildren?  What have been your careers?  Publishing this kind of information, however, poses somewhat of a dilemma for me (the Internet vs. privacy), as I explain on the directory & contributions page.  The directory could also serve to honor the memory of those who predecease us.  Please tell me what you believe should be posted to honor them, for I have little information at present.  Information for this page could be mailed to me at P.O. Box 3127 GSS, Springfield, MO 65808, or emailed to me at dlhenson@missouristate.edu.  The other method of contributing is to post to the guestbook (link below), which could be useful for news and discussions.  

    The directory and contributions page could also be used to present other kinds of information, for example, anecdotes about classmates and teachers and memoirs of challenging experiences and accomplishments (or other experiences).   Of course, some of your memoirs would relate to family and career experiences.  What stories can you tell based on your jobs/careers?  What stories can you tell based on your hobbies and other leisure-time activities?  What stories can you tell about growing up in Lincoln?   For those who continued to live in Lincoln, what remained the same, and what changed?  For others, where have you lived, and what can you tell about adjustments to the local culture you had to make?

    Some of you have considered writing about your lives, because it is natural to want to express and record experiences so that children and grandchildren can know what life was like for you.  There will not be a better time to do it.  Also, you will get the attention of the younger readers by having your stories published on the Internet.  Here's the process I suggest:  compose in a word processing program, save the draft, and revise to your satisfaction.  Then, copy and paste the material to your email program and send it (you can also compose in email programs and save drafts for revisions).  When I receive your emailed material, I will process it and publish it with a link to your name on the directory and contributions page.

    (If you are hesitant to write because I became an English teacher, "forget about it."  Here, I'm your classmate, and I only want to facilitate contributions, not edit or judge them.  I'm sure I speak for all of your readers in saying we just want to "hear your voice.")  

    The Internet presents a revolutionary opportunity for us to renew and reinvent ourselves as a community for those who are interested.  The most immediate function and result of these Internet activities is the creation of a newsletter through the guestbook feature and the "reply to all" function of the group email.   It is now feasible for us to have a newsletter, which in its traditional printed and mailed format typically requires prohibitive amounts of time and expense for each issue.  Another  result of this Web site, through material on the directory and contributions page, will be a "collective memoir," a new and distinct kind of creation for us to share with one another and others.  

     Our Internet group of mid-20th Century LCHS alums forms a representative sampling of a most unusual generation of Americans. Our autobiographical sketches and collective memoir may be of interest to historians, sociologists, and literary/communications specialists, and here's why:  enough time has elapsed for historians to complete a significant body of work on how our parents' generation survived the Depression and won WW II.  Our generation, however, has not been thrust onto the stage of history so dramatically.  For this reason and because we are just now entering "the golden years," historians are just beginning to tell our story.  (See the links & things page for links relating to our generation.) 

    As they do, what will they say?  What will they even call us?  Do you know that some historians include us in our parents' generation, the "Silent Generation" (1930-1945)?  It's not entirely logical that we should be so classified.  Also, we don't exactly belong to the "Baby Boomer" generation because we were not born after the war's end.  Then who are we?  If we are "WWII-Time Babies," we are rather small in number and perhaps especially difficult to define.  What does it mean to be a "WWII-Time Baby"?  In what ways are we or are we not a hybrid of the more conspicuous generations that preceded and followed us?  The material generated through our Internet communication (this Web site and related emails) will provide significant insight into the values and personal and career-related experiences of our generation.

    Our class, however,  includes people who are coming to computers and the Internet hesitantly or who avoid this technology altogether.  My own experience with computers is another story (both @!&# and ;-).  For eighteen years, I have worked with and played with (wrestled) computers for communication, and computer hassles are ongoing.  Every Web site requires maintenance.  During development of these pages, I checked and re-checked the features and functions, including links.  At times everything worked, but I have no control over the servers that publish these pages, and Internet companies seem to make "improvements" accompanied by adverse effects.  So, if something does not work, try it another time.  If the problem continues, please let me know, and I'll see whether I can fix it.  I do believe this project will be worth while if only a few enjoy what they find here.      

    Perhaps you know of a classmate who is not into computers but who would be interested in this project and want to contribute by regular mail.  If so, please do what you can to encourage participation and pass along my regular mail address.  I will transcribe mailed contributions and publish them by using hyperlinks related to classmates' names on the directory & contributions page.

     I borrow an apt literary quotation, one of the favorites of a professor friend of mine, Dr. Russ Rutter of Illinois State University:   "Few things are impossible to diligence and skill."  Dr. Samuel Johnson

    If you choose not to write, please re-visit this site from time to time to view the exhibits and see whether there are (new) contributions.  Feel free to send your comments and suggestions. 

    I look forward to hearing from you and posting your material on this Web site:


Leigh Henson
Lincoln Community High School, Class of 1960
Central Junior High School, 1956
Jefferson School, 1954

     Notes on Web site design and function:

    The 1960s photos and guestbook pages have background images (watermarks), taking probably about a minute longer to load than the rest of the page, at least until your computer is used to visiting those pages.  

    I've included 1960s Lincolnite photos of seniors, administration, faculty, and staff, to honor all.  Additionally, on the mementos page, I've published our last issue of The Railsplitter because some readers may not have their own copies.  I've nearly exhausted the 15 MB of free space allowed by one source (Yahoo! Geocities) and have begun using another source of free server space (Tripod-Lycos).  So, if you have an appropriate photo (photocopied version) or other photocopied item to accompany your submission, there will probably be room for it.  Just let me know what you have in mind.