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
Lights of the Lincoln Theater, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois
Henry Ford and the Postville Courthouse, the Story of the Postville
Courthouse Replica, Tantivy, and the Postville Park Neighborhood in the Route 66 Era
"What we, or at any rate what I, refer to confidently as
memory -- meaning a moment, a scene, a fact that has been subject to a
fixative and thereby rescued from oblivion -- is really a form of storytelling
that goes on continually in the mind and often changes with the telling."
William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980),
Maxwell's above cautionary quote about the creative nature of memoir applies
to both personal and community history. As on many "pages" of this Web site,
this chapter presents both kinds of memoir:
of the Postville Courthouse in 1929
of the Postville Courthouse block in 1946
of the 1953 construction and dedication of the Postville Courthouse replica
a noble dream of historic restoration on the Postville Courthouse block
· Memoir of
the Postville Park neighborhood in the Route 66 era.
Sale of the Postville Courthouse in 1929
According to Professor Paul Beaver in History
of Logan County 1982, Mrs. T. T. Beach sold the original Postville
Courthouse to Henry Ford in 1929 without understanding it would be removed
from the community. Some time before that, her late husband, Judge Timothy T.
Beach, had offered the property to the county, city, and civic
organizations; but these entities were not willing or not able to accept the
expense. According to a Courier article,
Beach's offer to the local governing bodies was not made public ("Postville
Court House Being Restored Following Years of Patient, Hopeful Waiting,"
Courier, 8-26-53, p. 2).
In thinking the
courthouse would remain in Lincoln, had Mrs. Beach been misled, or did she
simply misunderstand? When she discovered that Mr. Ford intended to
remove the courthouse, she had seller's remorse: she "offered to
refund the money which she had received" (Beaver, p. 13).
Historian Raymond Dooley,
former president of Lincoln College, explains that "because of the then
(1929) current agricultural depression, only a very few citizens were
interested in restoring the dilapidated structure" ("Lincoln and His
Namesake Town," p. 143).
"Henry Ford, with a
chauffeur, drove into Lincoln [unannounced] on Labor Day, Sept. 1 ,
and met with Mayor
David Clark, Judge Stringer, Mr. Nickols, Mrs. Allyne V. Nugent, publisher of the Lincoln
Courier, and Larry Shroyer, a freelance newsman, in the Commercial
Hotel. Ford's argument was that the old courthouse, if taken to Dearborn,
would have a lasting setting and one in which millions of people would be
able to visit.
meeting with Ford, Judge Stringer reportedly noted, "Why, Mr. Ford, Route 66
passes right by this site and a million people a year will pass here and see
it and many of them will stop and enjoy this historic shrine!" (Dooley, "Lincoln and His Namesake Town," p. 143).
"No definite response was
made by Ford and he left for home" (Beaver, p. 13). Later, "Mr.
Nickols said he did not know at the time Mr. Ford had the deed in his
pocket. . . ." Mr. Ford allegedly paid $8,000 for this property
(Dooley, "Lincoln and His Namesake Town," pp. 144-145).
According to "Postville Courthouse Being Restored. . . ," Henry Ford bought
the Postville property prior to his Labor Day visit -- on August 18, 1929.
At the time of purchase, Mr. Ford kept the transaction secret. D.F. Nickols and associates were not the only ones who were unaware of the
date of the sale. On August 19, -- the day after the sale --, "an
appointment had been made with Mrs. Beach by an American Legion committee
and Mrs. Nugent for the express purpose of buying this same property."
George Zeter and Charles Pomrenke were officers of the Legion. Their
plan was to gain an option on the property and then conduct a campaign for
general public contributions.
2.1: Left to
right: Lincoln Mayor David W. Clark, D. F. Nickols, Henry Ford, and Judge
Lawrence Stringer in Front of the Commercial Hotel, Labor Day, 1929
The photo is from Raymond Dooley, "Lincoln and
His Namesake Town," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society,
spring, 1959, p. 144. Photo was most likely taken by Larry Shroyer. He is known
to have been among this group, according to Paul Beaver, History of Logan
County Illinois 1982, p. 13.
Contrast the "cat that ate the canary" grin on Mr.
Ford's face with the body English of frustration shown by the Mayor and the
Judge on this fateful day. Twentieth-century "robber baron" or philanthopist?
If Mr. Ford had already bought the property, had he used "secret agents?"
If so, did any Lincolnites "aid and abet" these outsiders? Did Ford visit Lincoln on Labor Day weekend mainly to inspect
his trophy? Why did he agree to meet with the local
officials? Was he just trying to appear reasonable and avoid bad press
and public reaction? In any case, he had
succeeded in fooling all of the people some of the time, to paraphrase
Abraham Lincoln, with apologies.
See the link in
Sources Cited below to "Anecdote on the Dismantling of the Original
Postville Courthouse." This is a rare eye-witness account provided by Lincolnite
Stan Stringer, whose father photographed the original Postville Courthouse
for Mr. Ford's moving crew to help them reassemble the structure carefully
and accurately in Dearborn, Michigan.
Repurchase of the Postville Courthouse
Block in 1946
the 1953 construction of the Postville Courthouse replica, a drama played
out concerning the repurchase of the courthouse block. On December 31,
1932, Lincolnites Jesse E. Ranney and his wife, Helen J. Ranney, purchased
the Postville Courthouse block from Henry Ford. Mr. Ranney's intention
was to hold this property "until he [Mr. Ranney] was assured it would not be
used for commercial purposes" ("Postville Court House Being Restored
Following Years of Patient, Hopeful Waiting," The Lincoln Evening Courier,
p. 2). While living in Lincoln, Mr. Ranney had been "an engineer at
the power plant of the Central Illinois Electric and Gas Company." He
later moved to Taylorville, Illinois, and then to Detroit.
Note: Late in 2005
I read the description of the Postville Courthouse on the Web site of the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA). That account said Henry Ford
donated the block where the original Postville Courthouse stood back to the
community, but that account contradicted the above information, so I wrote
to the IHPA to say its Web site had questionable information. I received a
reply that said the IHPA would investigate, and later I received the
From: Paula_Cross@ihpa.state.il.us [mailto:Paula_Cross@ihpa.state.il.us]
Sent: Mon 3/20/2006 8:53 AM
To: Henson, D Leigh
Subject: Postville Courthouse
Dear Mr. Henson,
Our historian has researched the story
on the Ford-related transfer of the Postville Courthouse property. He
checked with the Henry Ford Museum archives and was informed that they
had no papers relating to this transaction. Nothing was found at the
Lincoln public library and the county historical society does not have
any information. The deed records at the county recorder's office in
Lincoln did not have any additional information other than what appears
in the abstract.
This leaves the unsubstantiated (but
also uncontradicted) statement in a 1929 newspaper putting Ford's
purchase price at about $8,000 as the only sign that Ford did not pay
the $1.00 mentioned in the deed. This also leaves open the question of
what Ford sold the property for in 1932 (the abstract says $10.00).
If you have any other additional
information we would certainly appreciate hearing about it. Since the
question seems to be unresolved, we are editing our web site information
to only refer to the transfer of the property with no suggestion of
donation or sale.
Historic Sites Division
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
It is unclear exactly who initiated negotiations
between Mr. Ranney and Lincoln citizens and when.
Judge Stringer seemed to be the leader when Ford had visited in 1929.
Judge Stringer died in 1942. In February of 1943, Mr. D.F. Nickols
became engaged in a lengthy, challenging process of communicating with Mr. Ranney in efforts to
buy the historic property. Mr. Nickols wrote Mr. Ranney that interested Lincoln citizens lacked enough
money to meet Mr. Ranney's asking price, which the Courier article
does not specify. Mr. Nickols had also lined up "another interested party"
and urged Mr. Ranney to sell to that source. Mr. Ranney, however,
wrote to say this other interested party had disappointed him. The identity
of the other interested party is unidentified.
D.F. Nickols continued his
efforts in Lincoln to find the right people and the necessary money. With the help of Attorney Dean Gillett Hill, a financial plan was devised. "Franklin Nickols, son of D.F. Nickols, who was in Detroit, the-then home of
Mr. Ranney, opened the final negotiations, assuring Mr. Ranney that the site
would be dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln."
In May of 1946, D.F.
Nickols, as a trustee, received the abstract and title to the Postville
Courthouse block after enough money had been contributed by Hill, David
Harts, Jr., Miller and Miller, and Allyne V. Nugent, Courier
publisher. There was also a mortgage. Again, the Courier
article does not indicate the purchase price. Surely Mrs. Nugent knew
the price and probably wrote the 1953 article describing the transaction. By all appearances, the humility that accompanies much public service prevented her from
announcing the price.
The Logan County
Historical Society generated additional local interest in constructing a
Postville Courthouse replica. After D.F. Nickols' death in 1951, E.H. Lukenbill and other citizens, including James Hickey and
John Gehlbach, convinced Governor William G. Stratton and other state
officials to support the construction. In April of 1953, the deed was
transferred to the State of Illinois ("Postville Courthouse Being Restored.
. . ").
(Photo from Dooley, The Namesake Town, p. 80)
D.F. Nickols, Sr.
(1880-1951), was another one of those "larger than life" Lincolnites: "He
began his teaching career in the rural schools of Logan County; from 1905 to
1916 he was county superintendent of schools; and he ended his teaching
career as superintendent of Lincoln city schools, from 1919 to 1942.
From 1918 until the time
of his death he served as manager of the Illinois Pupils Reading Circle. He was for many years a student of the life of Abraham Lincoln and he did a
great deal of research along that line. He was co-author of the book, Mentor Graham, the Man Who Taught Abraham
His interest in the history of Lincoln and Logan County
led to the formation of Logan County Historical Society and at the time of
his death he was its president and also one of the vice-presidents of the
Illinois State Historical Society" (Dooley, ed., The Namesake Town,
D.F. Nickols Bringing History to Life
(Photo from Dooley, ed., The Namesake Town: A
Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois, p. 27)
Daniel F. Nickols, Jr.,
summarized his family's history in Paul Beaver's Logan County History 1982,
p. 444, observing that "the Nickols family has always been interested in
music, the arts, and education; hanging in their library is a quotation from
Henry Ward Beecher, 'A library is not a luxury but a necessity of life.'"
See Sources Cited
below for a link to an online biography of D.F. Nickols.
Memoir of the 1953 Construction &
Dedication of the Postville Courthouse Replica
The Postville Courthouse
site was just a block south of my parents' newly constructed home at Seventh
and Monroe Streets, to which we moved in 1948 from a rental house on Third
Street. In 1948 I was six years old and often played on the vacant lot
at the Postville Courthouse site before, during, and after construction of
the courthouse replica. Before the replica was built, while playing
with friends Walter Shawgo and Larry Van Bibber on the Postville Courthouse
site, I argued with them over the
ownership of this property. One of these guys claimed that some of his
relatives had owned the Postville Courthouse. I could not believe that
claim, and more than once we had words and wrestled on the grass exactly
where the courthouse was reconstructed. Walter was bigger than I, but I do
not remember he ever hurt me.
In looking back after 50 years, I could not remember exactly which one of
these two playmates claimed that his relatives had owned this property.
Then, in 2003 I received an email message from Larry's older brother, Lester, who
said the Postville site
had been owned by his maternal grandparents, John and Ruby Kirk, and Lester
provided copies of warranty deeds to verify this ownership.
Stonemasons Erect the Fireplace Chimney During Postville Courthouse Reconstruction
(Photo from Beaver, History of Logan
County, 1982, p. 84).
Lester wrote, "The three
warranty deeds cover all the years from August 11, 1910, when my grandfather
purchased it from David and Rachel Andrew for $1,350 to January 21, 1913,
when my grandparents, John H. Kirk and Ruby C. Kirk, sold it to Timothy T.
Beach, a former judge, and Grace A. Beach for $2,000. Mr. and Mrs. Beach
owned the old courthouse until they sold it to Henry Ford and Clara J. Ford,
founders of the Ford Motor Company, for $8,500 on September 6, 1929. I
believe it is proper to mention that my grandparents used the old Postville
Courthouse as a residence and that their two oldest children, William and
Travis Kirk, were born at home in the upstairs room now used to represent
Leigh continues: I well remember the reconstruction that occurred in 1953,
when I was nearly eleven. Toward the completion, the construction crew had left
scrap wood piled at the side and back, with a sign that said scraps were
free for the taking. I got my red wagon from home, went to the courthouse,
filled the wagon from first one pile then another next to it, and returned
Later that day during the
dinner hour, a construction foreman knocked on my parents' door to say the
wood which I had piled in our front yard was not scrap and had to be
returned. I had erroneously helped
myself to more than the scrap, and no one doubted it was an honest mistake. Growing up with the legend of honest Abe had stamped my values. If I
had wanted to steal the wood, I would have hidden it in the back yard (or
behind the Kirks' house or the Van Bibbers' house or the Newtons', etc.).
I remember the dedication
of the Postville Courthouse replica. Classes at Jefferson School
went to the ceremony, walking just one block west from the school. I
was in Principal Miss Bernadine Jones's sixth grade class in the 1953-54
school year. I remember that after we had been there a while, Governor
Stratton's limo pulled up on the west side (Madison Street), and the
Governor walked through the crowd to the podium located near the southwest
corner of the building. I do not remember anything he said. It
seems I recall that after the ceremony we had to return to class. In
these recollections, I was uncertain whether the dedication was in 1953 or
Then, while researching the 1953
Centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois, in the
Lincoln Evening Courier, I discovered that the dedication of the
Postville Courthouse replica occurred during the Centennial Celebration on
Thursday, September 3, 1953 ("Last of Memorial Links Dedicated in Postville
Thursday," Lincoln Evening Courier, September, 3, 1953, p. 1). The dedication occurred during the first week of school after summer
Courier article says that the ceremonies began at 11:00 a.m. after a
concert by the Lincoln State School Band, directed by George Treatch. The Governor had not arrived when the program began. Msgr. Leo P. Henkel of St. Mary's delivered the invocation,
and N.L. Gordon presided. Mayor Alois Feldman spoke, followed by Raymond Dooley, President of Lincoln
College and President of the Centennial Corporation. Mr. Dooley attributed
his own interest in Abraham Lincoln to the late D.F. Nickols [d. 1951]. E.H.
Lukenbill spoke next, introducing the guests and telling the audience he
"would talk until the arrival of the Illinois chief executive."
Local dignitaries in
attendance were Allyne Nugent, Courier publisher; James Hickey,
Lincoln historian; D.H. Harts, philanthropist and benefactor of Lincoln
College; and John Gehlbach, civic leader and philanthropist.
Governor Stratton arrived
at approximately 11:45 a.m. The Governor said that the courthouse
represented the "second phase" of Lincoln's life, in which he "got inside
the processes of government." The Governor also remarked on how the
city of Lincoln is "still full of energy" and ought not to be described as
"100 years old, but 100 years young."
Stratton said that his father several times had taken him as a kid to see
the original Postville Courthouse.
2.5: Dapper Governor William G. Stratton Lights a Fire in
the Fireplace of the Postville Courthouse Replica (paper fuel, no logs in
(Courier photo, 9-3-1953, p. 1)
of the photo is reduced because it was obtained first as a laser printer
printout from microfilm copy of the newspaper; that printout was then
scanned for use in the Web page.
Mr. Stratton noted that
he was ten minutes late because as he arrived by car from Springfield, he
had taken the time to "travel over completed portions of the additional two
lanes on Route 66 south of Lincoln: 'I just couldn't resist that,' he said,
adding he hopes 'the construction men find no additional cracks because of
The benediction was given
by the Reverend Paul Brockhaus,
pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church" (Courier, 9-3-53, p. 1).
The Governor claimed he
was only ten minutes late. The Courier article says the
dedication ceremony began at 11:00, but that the governor did not arrive
until 11:45. Apparently the lure of the Mother Road was so powerful
that the Governor thought it was more important to get his kicks on Route 66
than show up on time to dedicate a shrine in memory of our county's greatest
President. And then when he got there, he did the timeless political
thing of minimizing the indiscretion by saying he was ten minutes late
instead of the actual 45 minutes tardiness. The next day's Courier
offers no hint of criticism of the governor -- the paper's owners were devout Republicans
[one source I read said they were "belligerent" Republicans].
fact, the next day's Courier presented "A Little Editorial" written
by Mrs. Nugent, who was very complimentary of the Governor: "For the
entire community we are taking this opportunity to express gratitude that
Governor Stratton's father implanted in his son 'Bill' an appreciation
of and for all things and events pertaining to Abraham Lincoln."
"For the community we also feel it is befitting that we should go on record
to express the widespread appreciation for Governor Stratton's astute
foresight to hold and hold dearly for Lincoln, the State of Illinois, and
the nation, the Postville courthouse where Abraham Lincoln as a young
unknown attorney practiced law, thereby establishing another "Lincoln
Shrine' that other fathers and other sons may visit and be inspired" (Lincoln
Evening Courier, 9-4-53, p. 1).
At the dedication
ceremony, E.H. Lukenbill, who had the task of speaking till
the Governor arrived, was probably the least inconvenienced by the
governor's delinquent arrival, given Lukenbill's fondness for telling stories about Abraham Lincoln. For 42
years, from 1916 to 1959, Lukenbill served as the beloved superintendent of
schools for Logan County (Beaver, p. 631). He was locally famous for
his knowledge of the life of Lincoln and the history of Logan County. He often visited schools unannounced, but teachers did not mind: they
were happy when he accepted their invitations to talk to classes about
I assume Mr. Stratton was
at the fireplace after the ceremony. If so, by then, my Jefferson
School classmates and I were on our way back to school, walking on the
sidewalk next to Business Route 66. I confess I had not listened
closely enough to understand that the lure of the great road had delayed the
Governor's arrival, prolonged the ceremony, and thus happily delayed our
return to the classroom.
Photos of various group scenes in the city's
Celebration show that E.H. Lukenbill had grown facial hair for the occasion,
like other loyal members of the Brothers of the Brush. Yet, Lukenbill was
playfully disrespected by this very group whose cause he
championed. A photo in the Courier of August 17, 1953, p. 1,
shows Lukenbill in full beard being tried before the Brothers in the
infamous, dreaded Kangaroo Court.
The caption of the photo
reads, "The prisoner is none other than E.H. Lukenbill, president of
the Logan County Historical Society, county school superintendent, Lincoln
authority, and Centennial enthusiast extraordinary [sic]. He's up
before the Kangaroo Court for, of all things, violation of the rules of the
Brothers of the Brush [specific violation not given -- trumped up charges, no
The session was held
Saturday on Broadway in front of the courthouse where the Brothers have a
permanent jail erected [bold
mine]. Making certain Lukenbill doesn't get away are, left to right, Centennial cop Bob Lunt,
Chief John Bauman, between whom Lukenbill stands, and Patrolman 'Red'
Emmons. Judges are Chief Justice Don Shay, left, and Houser Crain."
This account does
not say if Lukenbill received the typical sentence of being dunked in the horse
trough. I speculate that he was spared that indignity, but those
were wild and wooly times, so who knows.
Somewhere in the
Centennial Edition of the Courier, I read that E.H. was so proud of
his role in the Centennial Celebration that he planned to have postcards printed with a
photo showing him in his old-fashioned style clothes and beard.
2.6: E.H. Lukenbill: Dedicated
Member of the Brothers of the Brush
(Portrait cropped from photo of Centennial dignitaries in Gleason,
Lincoln, p. 174).
2.7: E.H. Lukenbill's
(Photo in Gleason,
Lincoln: A Pictorial History, p. 96. In 1959, Daris Knauer
presents him with school bell memento.)
Summary of E.H. Lukenbill's Career
Graduate, Valparaiso University of Indiana
· Graduate of Lincoln College,
where he became interested in the life and lore of Abraham Lincoln
· Taught at Emden: grades
seven, eight, and nine; became principal at Emden and continued teaching
· 1914: appointed assist to
D.F. Nickols, Logan County Superintendent of Schools
· 1918-19: elected to ten
consecutive terms as Logan County Superintendent of Schools (Paul
Beaver, Logan County History 1982, p. 631)
Post-retirement career with the United States Department of Education in
E.H. Lukenbill rests in Old Union Cemetery, Lincoln, Illinois.
Stan Stringer Remembers E.H.
Lukenbill (email message sent March
Fred Blanford's mention of E. H. Lukenbill brought to mind two incidents
related to Mr. Lukenbill (I think he was on the board for the school
system). I don't know if they are on in the same or different people.
The first incident was in the fifth grade at Monroe elementary during the
1944-45 school year. Our teacher was Dorothy Peifer, and Mr. Lukenbill
visited our class. American history was introduced in the fifth grade,
and I can still visualize some of the text and pictures. After observing our
class, Mr. Lukenbill was asked by Miss Peifer if he had anything he wished
to say. He told us about his trip to Boston. He described his visit to
the Granary Burying Ground, in which the parents of Benjamin Franklin
and James Otis with other revolution patriots are buried. On the
blackboard Mr. Lukenbill drew the layout of the cemetery, and we, of
course, were thrilled with his narration to the point of copying his
drawing. Several years ago I visited the Granary Burying Ground. I tried
to recall the sketch and follow it, but time melted my recollection,
except for the original thrill of hearing the story of his visit.
In 1963 I was transferred to Washington, D.C. My office at
that time was near the Mall and on occasion I would go to the cafeteria at
the Department of Education building for lunch. On several occasions I
saw a man that looked like Mr. Lukenbill in the cafeteria. His hair was
still dark, and to my eye, he looked almost as I remembered him, but my
gut reaction was this was impossible. He had to be dead.
A few months
later, my brother, Charles Stringer and sister-in-law Ann nee Waddell
visited us. We took our tour of the museums, and for lunch we went to the
Education Building cafeteria. The same man was having lunch while we were
there. Ann and Chuck both agreed that the man looked like Mr. Lukenbill. Finally, Ann, who has never met a stranger, said, "I going over and ask
She went over to his
table, introduced herself and asked him if he was Mr. Lukenbill, and
indeed it was. Briefly, he told her that after he concluded his education
career in Lincoln he thought it would be nice to top off his career at the
Soon after that my
office was moved to Virginia, and I never again had occasion to lunch at
the Education building cafeteria. Perhaps others from Lincoln remember a
classroom visit by Mr. Lukenbill.
A Noble Dream of Historic Restoration on the Postville Courthouse Block
This chapter in the story of the Postville Courthouse block concerns
property owned by John Dean Gillett Hill. As indicated above, he was a key
player in the repurchase of the Postville Courthouse block. John Dean
Gillett Hill was a grandson of John D. Gillett, one of the three
founders of the city of Lincoln, Illinois.
Raymond Dooley's The
Namesake Town: A Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois, says
that during the city of Lincoln's Centennial, "announcement is
hereby made of the gift of Tan-Tivy by Mr. John Dean Gillett-Hill to Logan
County to be removed from its present location and placed in the memorial
group at Postville" (p. 73).
legend, John D. Gillett had
proposed to his wife, Lemira, when both were guests of the Godfrey Wright
family, who then owned this structure. Later Mr. Gillett bought this property as a gift for his wife.
traces to a romantic origin: "John D. Gillett and Lemira Parke were
ardent equestrians and one day a turned saddle on Lemira's horse caused her
to be thrown only to be lifted unhurt by Mr. Gillett.
of this romantic incident experience by her parents Mrs. Hill [mother of
John Dean Gillett Hill], herself an excellent horsewoman, named the romantic log
cabin 'Tantivy,' which means (a hunting call to signal 'Full Chase'). Also
in memory to her Father and Mother Mrs. Hill had the musical notes of a
famous hunting song inscribed on one wall of the cabin while the words 'A
goodly record for time to show of a syllable spoken so long ago' grace the
wall over the fireplace.
2.8: Tantivy, South of Lincoln, One of the Oldest Structures in Logan County
(Photo from Lincoln Evening Courier,
Section Eight, August 26, 1953, p. 7)
Many famous guests have enjoyed Tantivy and it is now destined to become
part of a famous group for the enjoyment of all" ("Famous Logan County
Names Connected with Tantivy," Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial
Edition, Section Eight, August 26, 1953, p. 7).
Why Tantivy was not
relocated to the Postville Courthouse block and has apparently been lost is
a mystery to me. Perhaps a knowledgeable reader of this Web site will
write me with an explanation, but I suspect few know "the rest of the
John Dean Gillett Hill was one
of the two best friends of William Maxwell's father and is favorably
described in Maxwell's short nonfiction narrative titled "My Father's
Friends' (1984). Mr. Hill, an officer in the Logan County Title
in a distinctive house in one of Lincoln's traditional neighborhoods. For a description and artistic drawing of this house, see
Neighborhoods with Distinction.
The Fate of Tantivy Lodge Is Discovered
above call for more information about Tantivy Lodge prompted Mr. Bob Olson
to send the following message. Demonstrating the remarkable power of the
Internet to make connections between people and between the past and the
present, his message tells the fate of one of Logan County's most historic
I have been reading and enjoying your Lincoln, IL website and feel
that I can shed a little light on what happened to Tantivy Lodge, near
Tantivy Lodge was dismantled in an organized fashion in the early
1950s. It is likely that this work was done by Jim Hickey, and he may have
been assisted by Donald Stanfield (Mr. Stanfield is still living near
Lincoln). Mr. Stanfield lived just one hundred yards away from Tantivy in
the 1950s and 1960s. The logs were numbered according to a plan & stacked
and covered on a farm owned by Mr. John Dean Gillett Hill just east of
Broadwell. However, then the plan to remove it to Lincoln petered out,
probably because of lack of funds.
The tenants on this farm (named Leathers) obtained a new chain saw
about 1960, something that was much a novelty in those days. In their early
sawing enthusiasm, they sawed most of the Tantivy logs to bits. This was
apparently one of a series of events that greatly upset Mr. Hill and led to
their loss of tenancy about 1961.
My father, Robert F. Olson, was the next tenant on this farm and
later the farm manager for Mr. Hill's widow and her sister-in-law Lemira
Hunt. My brother still farms this ground today, and my dad has owned the Tantivy site since 1969 (actually, Tantivy probably was moved at least once
during the time it stood as nearly as we can surmise).
My dad has an oil painting of Tantivy and a few other relics. He
could probably tell you much more than I can if you would like to talk with
Again, your site is very interesting and you should be commended
Bob Olson, LCHS Class of 1977, Springfield, IL
the Postville Park Neighborhood in the Route 66 Era
My father, Darold
Henson, was born at home at 548 Fifth Street
(becoming part of Business Route 66 in 1926) and grew up there just six
blocks from Postville Park. My Uncle Gilbert (Gib) Wilson was born at home
on Washington Street near Fifth Street in 1928. Both grew up playing
on and near Route 66 and in Postville Park. They both recall that in
late summer months trucks loaded with watermelons came into town on Stringer
Avenue/Washington Street adjacent to Postville Park. Boys, lurking in the
park, waited for trucks to stop at Washington Street and Fifth, and the older fellas would
sneak up behind a truck and retrieve a prize or two, sometimes just tossing
them into the park. Younger guys, of whom my father claimed to belong, could
then also enjoy the spoils (without guilt?).
Had "Dear Old Abe" been
around in Postville Park during the Route 66 era, what would he have done
when the "older boys" pilfered watermelons from passing trucks? Mr. Lincoln apparently enjoyed watermelon on August 27, 1853, when he
christened the city in his name. Surely if the Revered One [Fred Blanford's nickname for him] had been there, he would not have stolen even one
melon himself. But would he have partaken of the spoils as Darold says
he did? Or would the young athletic "Honest Abe" have tried to stop the
thieves by wrestling them to the ground? Would he have gone to get
Sheriff Deskins? Or scolded the rascals? Or just sat quietly under the shade
of a walnut tree as a passive, amused witness to the foibles of human
Many Lincolnites had fun in Postville Park, and some
folks worked in nearby businesses. My grandparents, Harrison Franklin Wilson and Blanch Hoblit Wilson, built their grocery store at the northeast corner of Fifth
and Washington Streets in 1922, diagonally across from Postville Park. They
also built their home behind this corner on Washington Street. In 1935 they
moved the store one lot east on Fifth Street and built a gas station where
the store had stood. More information about these Route 66-era businesses,
including photos, appears at
10. The Wilsons of Business
In the following
image, I have labeled many of the key places of historic significance on
Fifth Street (Business Route 66) in Lincoln as well as places of personal
significance mentioned in this memoir. The image is an enlarged and
cropped section of an aerial photo taken of the west side of Lincoln.
Courthouse Historic Site: at the Center of the World of the
Henson and Wilson Families in the Route 66 Era
(Photo adapted from Gleason, Lincoln: A Pictorial History,
opposite title page.
The photo is undated, but most likely is from the early 1960s.)
All of the locations on the above photo with identifications in white print
are cited in other places in this Web site except for the Sixth Street water
tower. This water tower was a prominent historic landmark throughout
much of the 20th Century in Lincoln.
The Sixth Street water tower dates to the 19th Century. According to
Stringer, "a parcel of land, 40 by 153 feet, on Sixth Street was purchased,
it being the highest point of land in the city, and work on the erection of
a tower on that location began Mary 14, 1886. . . . The tower is 100
feet high, 16 feet in diameter, is made of 25 rings of wrought iron, and has
a capacity of 150,000 gallons of water" (p. 580). For all of its venerable
antiquity, I find no photo of the great water tower.
The Wilson children and grandchildren often played in
Postville Park, where many family picnics were also held during the 1920s
through early 1960s, spanning the Route 66 era. In her 1979 autobiographical
sketch, my maternal Grandmother Blanch Hoblit Wilson describes Postville
Park: "Postville Park was near [diagonally across from their grocery
store, gas station, and home], so neighborhood children played there. It was shady and pleasant but [had] no play equipment. In 1924 many
beautiful old trees were felled by the December ice storm and were replaced. One year the Jefferson PTA placed swings, slides, etc., which were greatly
appreciated. Also there were picnic tables placed by the city so many
travelers stopped to eat the lunch they brought or bought buns, meat,
cookies, etc., at our store." All photos below were taken in or near Postville Park. Several of these photos the show businesses along Business Route 66.
2.10: Jane Wilson, age 3, and Lois Wilson, age 1, in Postville Park
In the background is the house of the Wilsons' neighbors, the Minkes. Fifth Street ran between the Park and the Minkes' house. Jane
and Lois are holding dolls, and third sits in front of them.
2.11: Left to right: Mariann, Jane, Gilbert, and Lois Wilson
about 1938 with the Sanders Gas Station and Midway Grill on Business Route
66 in the Background
This photo was taken from the Minkes' front yard.
The Minkes' house was
just to the right of the house shown in 2.10. Their house was on the
northwest corner of the intersection of Washington and Fifth Streets. This
structure is visible in 2.22 and 2.23 below. Mr. Minke, a harness maker, owned and operated cabins across the street
from Postville Park, and gypsies sometimes stayed in them or in tents set up
nearby. For the story of the gypsies and the Wilsons, see
10. The Wilsons of Business
Photo 2.11 shows the
intersection of Washington and Fifth Streets in the background. In the photo, Fifth
Street, at the left, was also Business Route 66, which extended east toward
the business district, where it continued on Logan Street. In photo
2.11, the arrow at the left shows the Midway Grill across the street from V.
Goodman's Trucking Company and the Wilson Grocery. Willie Aughton says
the Midway Grill had an open barbecue pit. In photo 2.11, the back of an old unidentified
truck can be seen on Fifth Street.
Photo 2.11 shows the Fifth Street Illico
Service Station. According to Lois
Wilson Leesman, this station was constructed in 1925 by Herb Beach. A car, unidentified make, is at the
pumps. My Uncle Gib Wilson says Bob Sanders operated this station for
the Illico Company during the late1920s and early 1930s.
In 2.12, Bob Sanders
stands in front of the Fifth Street Illico Service Station. Gib Wilson says the Illico
Company required its gas station attendants to step forward on the driveway
and wait there to greet approaching customers.
2.12: Bob Sanders and Illico
Gas Station on Business Route 66 in 1929
Gleason and Beaver's
Logan County Pictorial History, p. 191)
Contemporary View of the Building in 2.12
(Leigh Henson photo, Christmas Eve, 2002)
The caption of photo
2.12, published in Gleason and Beaver's Logan County History, in
part reads "Bob Sanders is outside the filling station which is now owned by
Dick Logan. The date of the photo is 1929. To the left of
Sanders one can observe the oil pit [also a neighborhood dog]. An addition and other changes
have been made to the building. "Today no gas pumps
exist. During 1999, the gas pumps were removed along with ten
underground storage tanks" (Gleason and Beaver, Logan County Pictorial
History, p. 191). In 2002 this building housed the Dick Logan AutoCare Center, which provided
tune-ups, battery replacement, and repair for tires, exhaust systems,
cooling systems, and brakes. Just before World War II, Gib's father, my
Grandfather Harrison Wilson, offered Sanders the opportunity to operate the
Wilson Shell Service Station directly across the street from the Illico
Service Station. Mr. Sanders did run
the Wilson Service Station until at about the age of 38 he was one of the older
draftees into the Army. The Wilson Shell Station was closed during the
war. In about 1946, the Wilson Station property was the
site of Morrow's Used Car lot before once again being used as a service
station. Gib and his brother-in-law, Loren Wood, ran the Wilson
Station in the early 1950s. [Loren Wood made history when he participated in
the great fire-hose battle at the conclusion of the Lincoln centennial
celebration, but that's another story.] Information and photos of the Wilson gas station
and grocery store are located at 10.
The Wilsons of Business
Bob Sanders lived next door to the Harrison Wilsons on Washington Street. I
recall the many hunting dogs in Mr. Sanders' backyard kennels, just on the
other side of the Wilsons' driveway.
Harrison Franklin Wilson and
Grandson Leigh Relax in Postville Park (@ 1945)
2.15: Leigh in First Car
Provided by Granddad
In photo 2.14 my haircut
looks as if a bowl had placed on my head. I recall getting haircuts in
those days from Barber Charles Leckrone, whose shop was
on the south side of Business Route 66 on Fifth Street in the block between the Postville
Courthouse and Jefferson School. I recall Mr. Leckrone's hair-pulling
clippers and generous application of Wildroot Cream Oil Charley, but I do
not recall he used a bowl. His great skill only created that effect. Photo 2.15 left
background shows the Wilson Gas Station and Grocery Store. Right
background shows the Sanders Station (now Logan's). Make and model of
my first car are unknown.
Leigh Admiring Uncle Gib's Bicycle
with Sanders Gas Station in Background at Right
2.17: The Sanders
Gas Station (now Logan's) and Goodman's (arrow) in Background (@ 1945)
The business that
preceded Goodman's Trucking (arrow in 2.17 pointing to Goodman's) on the
same location was the Johnson brothers' Postville Garage, shown below, in a
photo sent by Dave Johnson, LCHS Class of 1956. Red Crown gasoline was
produced by the Standard Oil Company.
2.18: Postville Garage at
the Corner of Fifth (Business Route 66) and Jefferson Streets
The priceless vintage photo
above was provided by Dave Johnson, LCHS Class of 1956. In an email message
of 12-14-2002, Dave wrote, "The picture enclosed is of the
Postville Garage taken in 1924. The garage was owned by my father and his
brother. They operated the garage from 1922-1929. The advent of the
depression caused them to sell the business which eventually became the
Goodman Garage. During our years in Lincoln you may recognize the business
as Goodman Transfer which was located on Fifth Street just west of the
restored Postville Courthouse. The individuals in the picture (l-r) are my
dad, Nels Johnson; Uncle Ed Johnson; and an unidentified employee."
Custom-Built 1919 Hudson Wrecker on Fifth Street in Front of Postville Park
(Photo provided by Dave Johnson, LCHS Class of 1956)
From Pekin, Illinois, Dave Johnson writes,
"The wrecker in the picture was 'built' by my dad from a 1919 Hudson touring
car (notice the soft top). The background of the picture is probably of the
park on Fifth Street. I think it might still be called Postville Park. Just think, we could have been born in Postville, Illinois, if it hadn't
been for that guy who sprinkled watermelon juice all around."
Fifth Street appears to be paved with brick, the same pavement remaining
today on Cobblestone Avenue just above Cemetery Hill, as seen in
Route 66 Map
& Photos Showing Lincoln Memorial Park (Former Chautauqua Site), the Historic Cemeteries, & Nearby Sites.
Hoblit-Wilson Clan Picnics in Postville
Park During the Route 66 Era
The Route 66 era was a
time with a slower pace. It was also a time when the extended family
flourished. These conditions allowed for larger, more frequent family
gatherings, including reunions and picnics. For the Hoblits and
Wilsons, Postville Park was the preferred gathering
2.20: Members of the Hoblit and Wilson Clans Gather in Postville Park in the
Front row, l. to r.: Judy
Hoblit, Blanch Hoblit Wilson, Mariann Wilson, and Harrison Wilson
Middle row, l. to r.: Eleanor
Hoblit Gibson, Ted Gibson, unidentified girlfriend of Ron Hoblit, Ida Yenter Hoblit, Jane Wilson Henson
Back, l. to r.: George Hoblit,
Helen Hoblit, and Ron Hoblit
2.21: Postville Park Picnic in
Left to right: Mariann Wilson
Wood, Loren Wood, Jane Wilson Henson, Harrison Wilson, Ted Gibson, Joyce
Morrow, Jerry Gibson, Lois Wilson Leesman, and Marvin Leesman. The picnic was a semi-formal
ritual. Notice Uncle Marvin's classy apparel: white shirt, tie,
and black-and-white oxfords -- shoes as neat as the governor's in photo 2.5
above. Lemonade was the strongest beverage
next two photos are part of the Hoblit-Wilson family albums. These
particular copies were provided by Jerry Gibson.
Hoblit-Wilson Postville Park Picnic, Scene 1
Every picture tells a story, but first the cast, which spans four
generations. From left, front to back: Harrison Franklin Wilson, Lois Wilson
Leesman, Marvin Leesman, Ted Gibson, Ida Yenter Hoblit, Jerry Gibson,
Eleanor Hoblit Gibson, Parlee Webb Henson, Ruth Webb Henson. From right,
front to back: Joyce Morrow, Mariann Wilson Wood, Loren Wood, unidentified,
Judy Hoblit Newberry, Leigh Henson, Jane Henson, Linda Henson, Edward Darold
Most likely the person taking this photo and the one below was Blanch Hoblit
Wilson. Too bad she did not have someone else take one of these photos so
that she could be included in the scene.
Now the story: first, note the flowers on the table--an example of a
semi-formal atmosphere. But some of the cast tempered that formality, for
example, Darold has a sporty cap, leaving his more formal fedora at home.
Yet the greatest informality was typically instigated by Ted Gibson and
intended to involve Marvin Leesman. The photo shows Ted holding out part of
a sandwich toward Marvin. Ted is smiling because he is up to mischief, and
his sidekick, Marvin, knows it. But Marvin is looking down because he
realizes this is not really a good time and place for joking around (his
mother-in-law is taking the picture and is watching him). Directly across
the table, Loren Wood is observing the disruption. In the foreground at
left, Harrison Wilson turns away from the camera and takes in the action.
Most of the women, however, are looking at the camera, appearing to ignore
these antics. But Lois has a knowing smile, as does Judy Hoblit, who seems
to be looking at Ted, not the camera. Is Jerry looking at the camera, or is
he watching his dad?
Hoblit-Wilson Postville Park Picnic, Scene 2
Finishing the meal: the chocolate cake in left foreground has been mostly
consumed. New cast members not seen in preceding photo: fifth from left in
dark glasses, Patriarch John James Hoblit; at the right, in front is Gilbert
"Gib" Wilson, and fourth at right is Helen "Peggy" Hoblit. Jerry Gibson,
seventh at left, appears to lift his glass as a toast.
2.24: Three Generations of the Wilson Family
Play Croquet in Postville Park, Mid 1950s
Croquet, a most genteel pastime, was the favorite participant sport of Harrison Wilson, and he taught
all interested family members how to play. (He also enjoyed table tennis in
his basement.) Above left to right are
Kevin Leesman, Harrison Wilson, Lois (Wilson) Leesman, Loren Wood, Mariann
(Wilson) Wood, Dean
Wood, Keith Leesman, and Jane (Wilson) Henson.
The view in
photo 2.24 looks south. Gib Wilson reports that the house in the
background at the left (corner of Fourth and Washington) was
the site of the Spanish Gables Restaurant, owned by Ernie Edwards, who later
owned the world-famous Pig-Hip Restaurant on Route 66 in Broadwell,
Illinois, seven miles south of Lincoln. Before the Pig-Hip,
Mr. Edwards also operated the Tiz-It Restaurant at the intersection of the
Route 66 beltline and Fifth Street Road soon after the beltline was
constructed in approximately 1940. Later the Coady Shell Gas Station
was located at that site. The Pig-Hip Restaurant in Broadwell is
closed, but the building remains and continues to attract many Route 66
enthusiasts. As of the summer of 2003, the Pig-Hip in Broadwell,
Illinois, is a Route 66
of 2002, I was riding on Washington Street with my dad and stepmother as we
passed the house that had been the Spanish Gables Restaurant. This house is plain, but I noticed the small porch roof is composed of red
tile -- apparently a remnant of the Spanish Gables.
shows a brick fireplace in the left background. The park had numerous
picnic tables, the drinking fountain shown above, and swings. The
Lincoln State School & Colony was just a few blocks south of Postville Park,
so relatives often took patients to this park for a pleasant afternoon away
from the institution. Houses in the background of photo 2.24 are on Fourth
Street. Some of the houses on this street and others on this old
Postville square have original interior log framework dating to the 1830s.
2.25: Snowing at Postville
Park on Christmas Eve of 2002
(Photo by Leigh Henson)
photo 2.25 looks south toward houses on Fourth Street in the background. In
2.25, Fifth Street is in the foreground with Washington Street at the left.
Beaver, Paul J. History of Logan County
Illinois 1982. The Logan County Heritage Foundation. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1982.
Dooley, Raymond. "Lincoln and His Namesake Town," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, spring, 1959, p. 144.
___________, ed. The Namesake Town: A
Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois. Lincoln, IL: Feldman's Print Shop, 1953.
"Famous Logan County Names Connected with
Tantivy." Lincoln Evening Courier. Centennial Edition, Section
Eight, August 26, 1953, p. 7.
Gleason, Paul, and Paul Beaver. Logan County Pictorial History.
St. Louis, MO: G. Bradley publishing Co., 2000. Material from this book is copyrighted
with all rights reserved. Mr. Gleason and Mr. Beaver's material used in this Web site from
this book 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: 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
"Last of Memorial Links Dedicated in Postville Thursday." Lincoln
Evening Courier. September 3, 1953, p. 1. Note: My
interpretation of this title is that the Postville Courthouse was the last historic site associated with Abraham Lincoln in central Illinois to be dedicated, following the shrines of New Salem, the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, and the city of
Maxwell, William. "My Father's Friends."
All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories. NY: Vintage Books, Inc., 1995. Maxwell's works are
available at www.amazon.com and
Nickols, D.F. online biography:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~illogan/bios/nickolsdaniel.htm Note: this page attributes the biographical
information to Lawrence B. Skinner, but the last name is Stringer.
"Postville Courthouse Being Restored Following
Years of Patient, Hopeful Waiting." The Lincoln Evening Courier. Centennial Edition,
Wednesday, August 26, 1953, p. 2.
Anecdote on the Dismantling of the
Original Postville Courthouse, February 12, 2002:
"Twenty Homes Featured on Local Tour."
Wilson, Gilbert (Gib). Autobiography.
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