Homepage of "Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, & Other
Highlights of Lincoln, IL"
A Long-Range Plan to Brand the First Lincoln
Namesake City as the Second City of Abraham Lincoln Statues
Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in Lincoln, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln and the Historic Postville
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
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
Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Lincoln Memorial
(former Chautauqua site),
the Historic Cemeteries, & Nearby Sites
Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Salt Creek &
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 &
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
The Foley House: A
Monument to Civic Leadership
(on the National Register of
the Route 66 Era
Arts & Entertainment Heritage,
the Lincoln Theatre Roy Rogers' Riders Club of the
Cars, Trucks & Gas Stations of the Route 66 Era
Churches, 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
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
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
Watering Holes of the Route 66 Era
The Historic 1953 Centennial Celebration of
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,
During the Late Route 66 Era (1950-1960)
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
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
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
Web Site About
Leigh Henson's Professional Life
in this section are about the writing, memorabilia, and Web sites of
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
including photos of many churches
Dave Armbrust's Memorabilia of Lincoln, Illinois
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
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 Route 66
Association of Illinois
State Historical Society
Marquee Lights of the Lincoln Theatre, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois
The Beheaded, Buried Statue of Abraham Lincoln at
Civil War U.S. Army Captain Adam H. Bogardus--Star
Sharpshooter of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show--Fired Away Inside His Home at
Lincoln, Illinois, Yard, and Shooting Gallery in the Lincoln House Hotel.
10-14: Full text online for Henson's article titled “Classical
Rhetoric as a Lens for Reading the Key Speeches of Lincoln’s Political Rise,
Former Lincolnite Publishes 8th Book--An Important
Contribution to US Religious History.
A Native Son of the Land of Lincoln "Digs" His Roots
in the Illinois Ozarks.
Artifact from the Rustic
Tavern Rediscovered--a Site Associated with an 1876 Lincoln
Overview and Pictorial Supplement to Article on
Lincoln's Political Rhetoric in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln
Author proudly adds The Campaigner by John McClarey to
his collection of Lincolniana.
and annotations added in connection with rediscovered, historical photo of
original site of the fabled Routes 4/66 ghost bridge near Lincoln, IL,
also rediscovered photos of circa 1940 Route 66 bridge (12.18, 19), and new photos
of its substructure (12.23, 24).
August 10, 2010:
Mike Stephens writes about the origin of Tom's
Lodge, Lonnie and Mae's pilfering monkey, and other roadhouses on
old Route 121. Tom's Lodge was originally Hutton's Lodge,
arguably Al Capone's most-favorite roadhouse in all of Logan Conunty.
Tom's Lodge is perhaps the only roadhouse still in operation in
Logan County since before the days of Prohibition.
August 8, 2010:
Tracy Jackson and Dave
Armbrust's discovery of the Little Iron Abe on the street curbs of
Lincoln, Illinois (direct link to the full story on
"Factories, Past and Present," in this Web site). The last paragraph
of that story has a link to a PDF of engineering drawings from the
Lincoln Foundry catalog.
July 17, 2010:
A Genealogy of Hoblits in Logan County,
Illinois: 1840s--1985 (PDF).
various photos and articles from the Hoblit
family album of Jill Gibson Scott (PDF)
July 14, 2010:
Letter from Dr. Thomas Schwartz
(PDF), Illinois State Historian, indicating the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library has recently entered the "Final Report on the 2008 Re-Enactment of Mr. Lincoln's 1858
Political Rally and Speech in Lincoln, Illinois" into its
collection of materials relating to the Illinois celebration of the
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. See entry below of July 1 for a link
to this report.
July 3, 2010:
Jerry Gibson, LCHS Noble Class of 1960,
Recalls the Pittsburg Plate Glass Factory in Lincoln.
July 1, 2010:
Final Report on the 2008 Re-Enactment of Mr. Lincoln's 1858
Political Rally and Speech in Lincoln, Illinois (PDF).
This PDF document is a compilation of various materials that give a
graphic depiction of the re-enactment, which was the primary
celebratory event sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission of Lincoln, Illinois. This document includes the original
re-enactment proposal published in the Lincoln Courier, the
promotional flier for the event that was widely distributed
throughout Logan County, the program for the event, several
newspaper articles, various
photos, links to related materials, and the complete play script. This event was endorsed by the Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the national Abraham
Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Feel free to print this document,
and I recommend a laser color printer.
March 5, 2010:
"An Abe Story with Legs Longer Than His: 'Abe in Lincoln Church'
Question Revisited," LincolnDailyNews.com,
Also, published in the printed edition of the Lincoln Courier,
Saturday, March 6, 2010. This article resulted from research
prompted by the 1941 Courier article titled "Honor Lincoln
with Tablet Dedication" (link below).
March 2, 2010: Re-publication of "Honor Lincoln with Tablet Dedication,"
Lincoln Evening Courier, July 21, 1941 (PDF), an article discovered and kindly provided by Mr. Bill Donath,
president of and researcher at the Logan County Genealogical &
Historical Society. This 1941 article tells of the dedication of a
bronze plaque installed on the front of the (1904) Lincoln Christian
Church on July 19, 1941, to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's alleged
practicing of law in the 1857 building that soon after became the
first Lincoln Christian Church (plaque whereabouts now unknown). That building was used for circuit
court proceedings while the Logan County Courthouse was being
rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in April 1857. The 1941 Courier
article includes the full text of Judge Lawrence B. Stringer's
address, which cites an obscure reminiscence by Jacob Hoke Beidler,
M.D., telling of Mr. Lincoln's substituting on the bench for Judge
David Davis during the fall 1857 term of the court. Also,
biography and photos of Judge Stringer:
February 10, 2010: Leigh Henson's
article "The Question of Whether Abe Practiced Law in the Lincoln Christian Church 99%
the article published at LincolnDailyNews.com.
January 23, 2010: Carolyn Wyse Miller
recalls her family's restaurant businesses at
the former Wilsons' corner on Fifth Street (on Business
Rte. 66 kitty-corner from the Postville Park).
October 18, 2009:
Questions Probed About the Chimneys on the
Original Postville Courthouse (constructed, 1840) and Its Replica
(constructed, 1953), including a previously unpublished
1929 photo by Charles M. Stringer that verifies the historical
accuracy of the impressive, two-story exterior stone fireplace
October 2, 2009:
Twenty-first Century Treasure from the Gold
Mine of the Lincoln Heritage (a proposal to develop the
Lincoln heritage of the first Lincoln namesake city and Logan
County, IL, PDF). Publication of
this proposal in the Lincoln Courier,
Nov. 7, 2009 (PDF)
September 24, 2009:
Invitation to join the Facebook group titled
"The Pulse of Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois" (PDF).
"This group is an experiment in collective brainstorming for
improving present conditions and future prospects for Logan County,
Illinois, and its seat, Lincoln--the first Lincoln namesake city
(founded, 1853). Improvement can be of any kind: economic,
political, social, educational, cultural, recreational, etc. This
online group is a forum in which both present and former residents
are invited to contribute." Access this group:
September 9, 2009: Access
on date and circumstance of a photo of the Lincoln Christian Church
(special thanks to Mr. David Doolin).
May 24, 2009: Lincolnite historian
Bill Donath announces the publication of his second book:
Logan County, Illinois' Civil War Dead, Monument Dedication and
History. It contains information on 438 Logan County men who
died during the Civil War; the 322 listed on the Logan County
Courthouse monument and 116 more found during his research for the
book. General Richard J. Oglesby's oration at the dedication is
included as well as articles from the 1867 Lincoln Herald
that follow plans for the monument. Articles from the 1869 Lincoln Herald follow the preparation for the dedication itself.
Cost of the book is $20 with $5 of that going to the monument fund.
Mr. Donath's first book, Logan County During The Civil War, The
Early Years, As Reported in the Lincoln Herald, is a collection
of articles that explain the effect the Civil War had on the many
facets of daily life in the county. Both books are available at the
Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society, 114 North Chicago
Street, Lincoln, Illinois 62656, phone: (217) 732-3200.
April 22, 2009:
Article in the Pekin Daily Times
(4-16-09) about Henson's article in
the Lincoln Bicentennial issue of the Journal of the Illinois
State Historical Society.
April 8, 2009:
research on the fatal crash of Captain Ernest
Capen's experimental aircraft just north of Lincoln on
November 15, 1929.
March 30, 2009:
Leigh Henson's review of the special Lincoln
Bicentennial issue of the Journal of
the Illinois State Historical Society. This double,
book-length issue (213 pages) includes his article titled "Lincoln
at Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln Rallies Logan County, Illinois, in His
First Namesake Town on October 16, 1858." Also, access
the cover of this issue, the table of
contents, the editor's page, the first two pages of "Lincoln at
Lincoln," biographical sketches of the authors, and more information
about the Society, including membership application form
(PDF: view at 150% for best readability).
March 8, 2009:
Henson proudly displays
the award he received from Main Street
Lincoln, IL, with special gratitude to Paul Beaver and
Wanda Lee Rohlfs.
March 5, 2009: Link to
Google video publication of
the re-enactment of
Abraham Lincoln's political rally and speech in his first namesake
town on October 16, 1858,
the day after the last Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Alton. This
re-enactment was held at the original site (west lawn of the Logan
County Courthouse) on October 16, 2008 (the sesquicentennial
anniversary of the rally).
Another video version
of this event, showing more scenes and providing more production
information, is available at Main Street Lincoln, 109 South Kickapoo
Street, Lincoln, Illinois.
This event was produced by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission of Lincoln, Illinois.
March 5, 2009: Link to publication
of Leigh Henson's article on
the Capone-Coonhound Johnny story in the
online edition of the Lincoln Courier.
March 2, 2009: Explanation of newly
added material to this community history Web site:
Capone's Best Tourist Guide in Central, IL"
(PDF). Access the newly added material: "John
'Coonhound Johnny' Schwenoha's Roadhouse on Route 66."
Scroll down that page for new info and photos of Coonhound Johnny
and his dogs, one of his dog tags, his hunting companions, the J & J Tavern, and Hutton's Lodge, a roadhouse where Coonhound
Johnny took Al Capone for refreshments and entertainment.
February 8, 2009: "Lincoln
at 100 at Lincoln: The Abraham Lincoln Centennial Celebration (1909) in His
First Namesake Town." A study of the
planners, honorees, other special guests, and speakers at this event provides insight into
the social structure, local Abraham Lincoln heritage, and other cultural elements of this small Midwestern town at the
beginning of the 20th century. Access
a one-page summary of this chapter (PDF) that appeared in the Lincoln
Courier on Feb. 14, 2009.
This summary is suitable for printing.
Schedule of Events for the Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Birthday Observance at Postville Courthouse State Historic Site
(Feb. 7, 2009) (PDF). Courtesy of Ms. Shirley R. Bartelmay, Coordinator of
the Postville Courthouse State Historic Site.
12, 2009: For Leigh
Henson's tribute titled "A Footnote to Paul Beaver's Award as the
Courier's Citizen of the Year for 2008" (PDF), access
Announcements on the Web page of the
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, Illinois.
January 5, 2009: For information about Abe's centennial birthday celebration (1909) in
his first namesake town, access
Announcements on the Web page of the
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, Illinois.
October 29, 2008:
Proposal for Lincoln statue in his first
namesake city (PDF)
October 3, 2008:
2nd Annual Car Show at The Mill on 66!
(barbeque, drawing, Mill tour)
by John Updike for The New Yorker
September 11, 2008: "The First Lincoln
Namesake City Deserves an Official Web Site Worthy of Its Name."
this essay online at
at the Lincoln
a PDF of the Courier's publication of it--with editorial support (good readability at
150%). PDF courtesy of Shelly Connelly and
September 8, 2008:
the Intimate Edge: Thoughts on William Maxwell" (PDF) by
Marilyn J. Hollman, Ph.D., a talk invited by the Friends of William
Maxwell on the occasion of his 100th birthday celebration in the
rotunda of the Logan County Courthouse on August 16, 2008. The text
of her talk published here is courtesy of Dr. Hollman. Email her at
email@example.com. Also, the
Courier's article "You
Should Know Maxwell" and the
Courier's report on the Maxwell 100th
birthday celebration, including a photo of Dr. Hollman.
Central Illinois costume rental stores:
period clothing for the historic Abe Lincoln rally-speech
re-enactment on the Logan County Courthouse lawn on 10-16-08. (PDF,
courtesy of Richard Sumrall).
September 6, 2008: Brochure (revised
Lincoln: A Self-Guided Tour (PDF), provided by the Friends of William Maxwell
for the 100th anniversary of his birth on August 16, 2008.
City of Lincoln, Illinois: Your Virtual
Resource for the City of Lincoln developed by Debra
September 28, 2008:
Junior Texas Ranger Remembers: A Memoir of Growing up in the 1950s"
Lincoln, IL) (PDF) by Norm Dobbs. Please consider
responding to Norm at
Bevan Alvey's Memoir of Alvey's Drugstore and
Tribute to Sgt. Carson Culleton.
Lincoln, IL, and the Lope
(external site with magnificent photos--some with humor, no April
1939 Lincoln Courier article on first blacks in
Old Union Cemetery grave stone of Aaron Dyer,
black Underground Railroad conductor. New
as of 3-12-08:
1908 photo: Chautauqua
auditorium with ladies.
A pageant of Logan Co. history presented by the
LCHS Class of 1936
(PDF) (compliments of Linda Emmons Willhite) (To get a readable printout
of these pages from Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, access file>print, and in
the print preview window, choose "Fit on Page.").
The black characters in William Maxwell's last
Photos of the original Sheers buggy and carriage
80+ photos of Lincoln, IL, from 1903. New
as of 1-10-08: See link above to
Info & photos relating to the original Chautauqua
tent at Lincoln, IL.
January 3, 2008:
Leigh Henson's critique of the Wikipedia article
on Lincoln, Illinois
(or, one example of why many educated people don't like Wikipedia).
The Springfield, IL,
Journal's account of Abraham Lincoln's speech in Lincoln, IL, on
Chicago Tribune's satire of Douglas speaking in a
circus tent in Lincoln, IL, on 9-4-1858.
Judge David Davis and S.C. Parks urge Mr. Lincoln
to speak in Lincoln, IL.
The Bloomington Pantagraph's editorial encouraging
readers to attend Mr. Lincoln's speech in Lincoln, IL, on 10-16-1858.
The Pantagraph's brief account of that speech.
Lincoln, Illinois, miscellany of memorabilia. New as of 12-1-07:
Proposal for re-enactment of Abe's
first namesake town "monster" rally and speech of 10-16-1858.
New as of 11-13-07:
Lincoln-related historical marker mystery in the first
namesake town. New as of 11-9-07:
The Lincoln, IL, "little brother" of the great
Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.
November 8, 2007: Stones of
WWI veterans in Old Union Cemetery
Holy Cross Cemetery.
October 24, 2007:
origin of Old Union Cemetery.
October 1, 2007:
Pig-Hip monument christening photo from Geoff Ladd.
October 1, 2007: "Church's
Connection to Abraham Lincoln Questioned," [Bloomington]
September 29, 2007: "Abe's
Stint in Church Remains Uncertain," The [Lincoln]
Courier lead story.
September 27, 2007:
Lincoln Link," Illinois Times
commentary on the question of whether Abraham Lincoln practiced law in
the Christian Church of Lincoln, Illinois.
September 11, 2007:
Leigh Henson's essay "Did Abraham Lincoln Practice Law in the Christian
Church of Lincoln, Illinois?"
September 23, 2007:
It all started at Lincoln Lakes.
August 21, 2007:
Tribune's account of Abraham Lincoln's ignored speech in Lincoln, IL, the day
after the last Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
August 20, 2007:
Former Lincolnite Debbie Ross--and self-professed
life-long "Lincolnite at Heart"--sings the National Anthem at Barack
Obama's Presidential candidacy announcement (YouTube).
The Debbie Ross Band Web page.
Photos of the Debbie Ross Band at the 2007
Illinois State Fair
taken by her cousin, Ulysses G. Reed, Jr. Springfieldian
Rick Dunham as Elvis Himselvis.
The Elvis Himselvis Web page.
August, 2007: Video of Lincoln's
sesquicentennial parade (8-30-2003) featuring the LCHS noble Class of
The first Lincoln namesake town's brief claim to
rock 'n roll fame.
The Hotel Lincoln site: a monument to lost
opportunities for the usable past.
July 22, 2007:
Photo of William Maxwell's boyhood home in 1903.
July 6, 2007:
Jan Schumacher's Lincoln Courier article about
this Web site (6-30-07).
July 4, 2007:
Early history of the
Lincoln Elks Country Club by William K. Maxwell, Sr.; photo of
original Country Club; and photos of player Tom McGrath and golf pro Eward Hoblit.
July 4, 2007:
Bill Gossett, LCHS Class of 1941, remembers gambling at the Elks Club
at mid-20th century.
July 2, 2007:
The Latham Building: An Example of Lincoln's
June 29, 2007:
Mary L. (May) Wilson, LCHS Class of 1948,
remembers the Logan Co. Farm.
June 27, 2007:
Rare, early-20th-century snow storm scene on
June 19, 2007: Pantagraph story on
Mill renovation progress, including photos and video:
June 15, 2007:
Another touching story of Lincolnite connections
from the Internet.
June 12, 2007:
Rte. 66 icon Ernie Edwards' 90th birthday
July 1, 2007:
A. Lincoln's acquisition of his only lot in his
first namesake town reveals a fresh example of his character.
May 27, 2007:
Jerry Gibson's donation of a rare 1953 Lincoln
May 27, 2007:
The James McCarthy family's historic buildings in downtown Lincoln.
May 23, 2007:
Leigh Henson's review of Jan Schumacher's
of Lincoln, Illinois: An Inside Look at Abraham Lincoln's Namesake City
Nestled Along Route 66.
Memorabilia of Lincoln, Illinois.
A Mystery of Old Union Cemetery Solved by Pat
1876 Map Showing State Street, not Union Street,
as the Dividing Line Between Postville and Lincoln.
April 25, 2007):
Picture postcard image of Illinois Kickapoo
Indians and photo of Kickapoo Indian arrowheads.
April 25, 2007:
Very rare picture postcard image of the Illinois
April 21, 2007:
Lincoln, IL, Route 66 picture postcard by Robert
Jerry Gibson's essay on
Route 66 and the Culture of Lincoln, Illinois.
March 6, 2007: more added near bottom of page:
colorful, old-time business ad cards
provided by LCHS Class of '60 alum Dave Armbrust.
Leigh Henson's review of Ernie Edwards'
biography, Pig-Hips on Route 66,
by William Kaszynski.
adventures of bootlegger Coonhound Johnny and Al Capone as told by Route
66 Pig-Hip Restaurant icon Ernie Edwards.
information and photos relating to the John Henry Kirks, who owned the original Postville Courthouse,
1910-1913. Also recently added to this page: information
about the first Logan County jail that was constructed northeast of the
Postville Courthouse, an 1886 drawing of the Postville Courthouse, and
information about Judge T.T. Beach, who bought this historic building
from the J.H. Kirks in 1913.
January 2007: Special report:
how the author and his wife survived without power
for 13 days during the great ice storm of 1-07.
A Tribute to Bill and Phyllis Stigall,
Exemplary Faculty of Lincoln College at Mid-Twentieth Century.
Stories of Hoblit-Wilson
Clan Picnics in Postville Park During the Route 66 Era
Lincoln, Illinois, in the Early Twentieth Century.
Stories of Hoblit-Wilson
Clan Picnics in Postville Park During the Route 66 Era
Lincoln, Illinois, in the Early Twentieth Century
Efforts to Preserve Part of the Mill
Restaurant on Old Rte. 66 and Memories of the Mill from the
Summary of Henson's article titled "Social
Consciousness in William Maxwell's Writings Based on Lincoln,
Henson's Review of Dr. Burkhardt's William
Maxwell Biography for the Journal of Illinois History
1948 Photo of Interurban Cars, the Freight
House, and the Power Substation at the South End of Chicago
Street (with notes by Mike Fortney of the Illinois
Traction Society and Richard Leonard, Ph.D.)
Darold Henson, Fisherman and Lincoln
Courier Man of the Month
Charlie Rose's Interview
with William Maxwell at age 87, 3-1-95 (external link).
There, advance the horizontal scroll bar to 33:00 minutes into
Judge Lawrence Stringer's "Abraham
Lincoln" (in Lincoln & Logan Co., IL) (1911, PDF, 24 pp., 2.03
Lee Walker Remembers Lincoln in the 1970s
The Gus Marcucci Story
Newly Discovered Charles Stringer Photos
of the Broadway Street Fire of 1932
Jon Diers Rescues Jim McCubbin at Lincoln
Info about Killer Curve on Rte. 66
Photos of the Rustic Tavern in the Route
Photos of Chautauqua Public Buildings and
Private Cabins; also Judge Stringer's "Lincoln
Chautauqua" (1911, PDF)
The Genius Patient of the Lincoln Asylum
for Feeble-Minded Children
Gravestone Photos of Bootlegger Coonhound
Johnny and His Best-Known Customer, William Keepers Maxwell, Sr.
Photos and information relating to Dr.
info and ITS locomotive photo from Dr. Richard Leonard on
the railroad history
A Tribute to Lincolnite Darold Henson
Focusing on His WW II Experiences in Europe
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