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

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in Lincoln, Illinois

1.
Abraham Lincoln and the Historic Postville Courthouse,
including a William Maxwell connection to the Postville Courthouse

2.
About Henry Ford and the Postville Courthouse, the Story of the Postville Courthouse Replica,
Tantivy, & the Postville Park Neighborhood in the
Route 66 Era


3.

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

4. 
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

5.
"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
)

5.a.
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

6.
Introduction to the Railroad & Route 66 Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois

7.
The Living Railroad Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois: on Track as a Symbol of the "Usable Past"


8.

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

9.
The Hensons of Business Route 66

10.
The Wilsons of Business
Route 66
,
including the Wilson Grocery & Shell Station

11.
Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Lincoln Memorial Park
(former Chautauqua site),
the Historic Cemeteries, & Nearby Sites

12.
Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Salt Creek & Cemetery Hill,
including
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

13.
The Historic Logan County Courthouse, Past & Present


14.
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)

15.
Vintage Scenes of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District

16.
The Foley House:  A Monument to Civic Leadership
(on the National Register of Historic Places)

17.
Agriculture in
the Route 66 Era


18.
Arts & Entertainment Heritage,
including the Lincoln Theatre Roy Rogers' Riders Club of the 1950s

19.
Business Heritage

20.
Cars, Trucks & Gas Stations of the Route 66 Era

21.
Churches,
including the hometown churches of Author William Maxwell & Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

22.
Factories, Past and Present

23.
Food Stores of
the Route 66 Era


24.
Government

25.
Hospitals, Past and Present

26.
Hotels & Restaurants of the Railroad & Route 66 Eras


27.
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

28
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Mining Coal, Limestone, & Sand & Gravel; Lincoln Lakes; & Utilities


29.

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

30.
Neighborhoods
with Distinction

31.
News Media in the Route 66 Era

32.
The Odd Fellows' Children's Home

33.
Schools

34.
Memories of the 1900 Lincoln Community High School,
including Fred Blanford's dramatic account of the lost marble fountain of youth

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

36.
Watering Holes of the Route 66 Era

37.
The Historic 1953 Centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois

38.
The Festive 2003 Sesqui-centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois,
including photos of LCHS Class of 1960 dignitaries & the Blanfords

39.
Why Did the State Police Raid Lincoln, Illinois, on October 11, 1950?

40.
The Gambling Raids in Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois,
During the Late Route 66 Era (1950-1960)

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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

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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):
T
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.)
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Highway Sign of
the Times:
1926-1960

The Route 66
Association of Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society

Illinois Tourism Site:
Enjoy Illinois

 

 

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April 24, 2004: Awarded "Best Web Site of the Year" by the Illinois State Historical Society  
  "superior achievement: serves as a model for the profession and reaches a greater public"

 

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

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

33. Schools

      "The past is forever being swept away in the interest of neatness and order.  It is unforgivable, or at least I don't intend to forgive it."

                                                            
William Maxwell, Ancestors (1971), p. 244.

     Maxwell is an alum of the District 27 system. Maxwell's family moved to Chicago after his freshman year at Lincoln High. Henson graduated from District 27 in 1956 and is a member of the Lincoln Community High School Noble Class of 1960. In 2013 the Board of District 27 honored Henson as one of its "Most Distinguished Alumni."

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     In 2002, Lincoln is building a new grade school and a new junior high.  This community has always provided modern facilities, including renovations and new facilities in every neighborhood.  The early schools began a tradition of developing this high-quality public educational system.

33.1:  Very Rare Picture Postcard of
the Grade and High Schools of Lincoln, Illinois, in the Route 66 Era (1947)

     The above images appear on a picture postcard for sale on eBay, June 30, 2003, with a minimum bid of $29.95.  The publisher is unknown.  The title is inaccurate because not all of the schools were public:   the school at the bottom right is St. Patrick's Grade School (Roman Catholic).  The school identifications are as follows:

     Top row (left to right):  Jefferson Grade School, Central Grade School and Junior High, Monroe Grade School.  Center (left to right):  Washington Grade School, Lincoln Community High School, Adams Grade School. Bottom (left to right):  Madison Grade School and St. Pat's.

     In 1854, only one year after its formation, Lincoln, Illinois, built its first public school on the south side of the block between the Logan County Courthouse and Scully Park (formerly Washington Park).  Even before that, the first school in Postville was constructed in 1842 (Dooley, ed.  The Namesake Town, p. 45).  Public (and private) schools in Lincoln have included the following:

·  1869, Central School, 7th St., $60,000, with 3rd floor to be used for the high school

·  1881, Lincoln Business College

·  1885, Washington School, same site as 1854 building, $8,475

·  1888, Jefferson School, 5th St., $9,750

·  1895, Madison School, 4th St., $14,000

·  1898, Adams, North Kankakee, and Monroe School, Delavan St., total for both, @$8,000

·  1900, High School, Broadway St., @$50,000, including lot

·  1915, Central School, 8th St., $75,000

·  1925, Jefferson School addition attached to front of 1888 building, cost unknown

·  1925 High school connecting to the 1900 building on Broadway, $150,000

(Dooley, ed., The Namesake Town, pp. 45-46, and Gleason, Lincoln:  A Pictorial History, pp. 110-112.  Between these two sources there are pictures of all of the above schools except for Monroe School.)

     Today Lincoln has five elementary schools, one junior high, one high school, and an extension campus of Heartland Community College.  The community has welcomed and supported private schools and colleges, including Lincoln College and Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.  Additional information about all of these institutions will be found at their respective Web sites, listed at the bottom of this page. 
 

33.2:  Enduring Landmark: Square, Red-Brick Chimney of 1869 Central School
(DLH photo, 7-02)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33.3:  Picture Postcard of 1869 Central School

What a striking monument, with plaque, this chimney remnant would make! Note: the town ignored my advice as usual.
 

    A new Central School to replace the 1915 structure is being built on the site of the 1869 building.  At the top left corner of the building shown above, the top of the chimney is barely noticeable, while the boiler room is clearly visible.  Both remain as of summer, 2002.

     The third floor of the 1869 building was used for high school classes, as William Maxwell alludes:  "My Aunt Annette [Blinn] had mysterious fainting spells which they thought were caused by her heart.  At that time the high school was on the third floor of a building that also housed the elementary school, and rather than have her climb the stairs she was tutored at home, which added to her sense of isolation."  (Maxwell, Ancestors, p. 221).
 


The Question of Preservation vs. Demolition of Historic Schools

     Many American schools have highly distinctive features of historic significance (in both design and construction).   Sometimes the architecture of American schools was designed to reflect democratic ideals.  Educated people world wide have always acknowledged the ancient Greeks as the originators of Western civilization, and so many schools are designed with features associated with that civilization (neo-classical style).

     In Lincoln, Illinois, the most historic existing educational buildings are University Hall of Lincoln College, the building that was Adams School (now used by Lincoln College as an art education facility and studio), Central School, and Lincoln Junior High School (the latter two, both in Lincoln Elementary Public School District Number 27).  Central School and Lincoln Junior High School possess historic significance, each with its own distinctive design and construction. 

     Many citizens of Lincoln, Illinois, value historic structures.  The navigation panel in the left margin of every page in this Web site shows many such buildings.  They are

·  effective in meeting contemporary needs, often different from their original purposes,

·  instructive of past building designs and construction methods,

·  symbolic of American ideals that unite past, present, and future, and

·  artistically pleasing for their distinctive visual features, built with high-quality materials and remarkable skill.

     In what ways could Central School and the Lincoln Junior High School buildings find productive new uses and thus be spared the wrecking ball?  County and city offices?  YMCA?  Museum?  Tourism office?  Library extension?  Private offices or even apartments?  (Even a flea market would be better than oblivion.)  The world waits and watches.


33.4:  Adams Grade School, Built in 1898

      (Photo from Gleason, Lincoln, Illinois: A Pictorial History, p. 111. )
 


33.5:  Adams School Building Owned by Lincoln College and Used for Art Instruction

(Photo by Fred Blanford, 5-02)

33.6:  Demolition of Jefferson School

(The 1925 section is in ruins; the standing section was the original 1888 building.)

(Jane Henson photo of December, 1966)
 


Two Historic School Buildings in Lincoln Headed for Demolition


33.7:  Picture Postcard of 1925 Lincoln Community High School, Now Lincoln Junior High School


33.8:  1915 Central School

     (Attended by black Poet Langston Hughes, Author-Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and white Novelist William Maxwell) (Leigh Henson photo 12-01)
 

     Central School is the setting for part of William Maxwell's short story titled "Love," which presents a portrait of the fifth-grade teacher named Miss Vera Brown.  All of the boys are completely infatuated with her:  "As she called the roll, her voice was as gentle as the expression in her beautiful dark-brown eyes. She reminded me of pansies. . . .  We meant to have her for our teacher forever.  We intended to pass right up through sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and on into high school taking her with us.  But that isn't what happened.  One day there was a substitute teacher.  We expected our real teacher to be back the next day but she wasn't.  Week after week passed and the substitute continued to sit at Miss Brown's desk, calling on us to recite and giving our tests and handing them back with grades on them, and we went on acting the way we had when Miss Brown was there because we didn't want her to come back and find we hadn't been nice to the substitute" (p.146).  Miss Brown would never return.

     In the sixth grade, the narrator and his friend, Benny, rode their bikes southwest of town, past the cemeteries and the Chautauqua grounds to visit the bed-ridden Miss Brown.  They found her gravely ill.  In a few weeks she was dead, and in the Lincoln Evening Courier the narrator read about her passing from tuberculosis (p. 147).  The final paragraph indicates she was buried in Old Union Cemetery.

     Besides "Love," William Maxwell's All the Days and Nights contains eleven other short stories (creative memoirs) about interesting people and relationships that reveal much about life in Lincoln, Illinois, and the Midwest.

     Jim Knecht, LCHS Class of 1962,  emailed me in December, 2002, to say his mother had been a classmate of William Maxwell at Central School:

     "Thanks for the info regarding citations to read about Maxwell.  At a recent seminar for judges that I told Bob [Goebel] about I met and became friendly with a literature professor from Pomona and somehow  Maxwell came up -- I kept referring to him as Billy Maxwell because that is what my mother always called him.  The professor (who was one of the instructors at the seminar ) was astonished that I would refer to such a dignified  New York gentleman as Billy until I explained that my mother had attended grade school with him.

     I was introduced to Maxwell in the late 1950's because my mother was an avid reader and purchased several of Maxwell's novels and then sent them to him to be inscribed.  I have THE CHATEAU and THE OLD MAN AT THE RAILROAD CROSSING AND OTHER TALES with an inscription to her and his signature.  This summer as she was approaching her death, she told me "I think I must have been in love with him because I can still see him in profile across the classroom -- rosy cheeks and thin red lips and dark hair -- he was a handsome boy." 

     Respond to Jim at j.knecht@gte.net.
 


33.9:  Central School Christmas Tree Ornament

33.10:  Central School Faculty in 1950

(Photo in Beaver, History of Logan County 1982, p. 33).

     Left to right:  Ray Hitchcock, Harry Jackson, Miss Mattie Anderson (in hat), Lee Stoltz, Robert Taylor, Miss McGough, Mrs. Brandt (suggests Jane Browne Poertner) or Carolyn Acton (suggests John Swingle), Corrine Rethaber, Mrs. Small, Miss Ida Henry, and Miss Bessie Evans. 

    In response to my emailing this photo to about 150 LCHS alums of mid-20th Century, identifications came by email from Jane Browne Poertner, John Swingle, Gwen Lisk Koda, Fred Blanford, and Diane Farmer.
 

Memories of Miss Mattie Anderson,
Mathematics Teacher and Character Builder of Generations of Lincolnites

Leigh Henson wrote from Springfield, Missouri:    

     The following description was part of my message when I emailed the photo of the Central School teachers to 150 LCHS alums:  "In the faculty photo, what was the occasion for the corsages?  The subjects don't seem formally arranged for the pic, more like an impromptu photo op.  Note the lady, third figure from the left, behind a gentleman whose face is familiar but whose name escapes me.  She appears to be Miss Mattie Anderson, legendary math teacher whose no-nonsense pedagogy helped to shape the character of several generations of Lincolnites.  She's not with the other ladies:  a chance happening or intentional alignment with the men?  Was this "secondary" position of standing somewhat behind the men a minor compromise she was willing to pay to associate herself with them, or was she a bit camera shy?  Probably not shy, given the most forceful personality she expressed daily in the classroom.  Her countenance expresses about as much of a smile as I ever remember.  Is she wearing a white necktie?  And, oh, the power statement of that elegant, wide-brimmed black hat! 

Leigh Henson recalls Mattie Anderson:

--  the first day I walked into Miss Anderson's room.  I was so frightened all I could do was look down.  I remember the hardwood floor inside the doorway.

-- the flower and plant pots on the window sill behind Miss Anderson's desk and the day one of them crashed to the floor as students filed through the cloak room, and the one who got the blame was not the one who brushed against the pot and made it fall  (both parties are members of this list).

--  Miss Anderson's BBQ in the crock pot at the front of the room.  Students of each period suffered having to work math problems while being tantalized by the appetizing aroma, but only the homeroom (?) got to dine.

--  Gary Newman ("Little Beaver") driving Miss Anderson crazy by being the caboose and laughing at her attempts to scold him into working harder.

     Mattie Anderson was an eminent female educator of her day (perhaps even a bit of a feminist by temperament and example, if not a card-carrying member).  The hat is most curious.  For "important" meetings, female teachers used to dress in Sunday best.  This awareness occurred to me in my first year of teaching at Pekin Community High School (1964-65).  A teachers' institute was held in the fall of that academic year in Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse at Bradley University in Peoria.  I'm not sure if the institute were a Tazewell County Institute or more inclusive (probably Tri-County --Tazewell, Peoria, and Woodford).  There were hundreds and hundreds of teachers, maybe thousands.  Anyway, I recall almost all of the women wore hats, and I was surprised and amused.  Oh, so quaint and long ago!" 

     Respond to Leigh at DLHenson@missouristate.edu.

     Others have emailed their remembrances of Miss Anderson:

Linda Henson Nelson Perry wrote from Pasco, Washington:

      Have enjoyed the pictures -- Ms. Mattie Anderson does not look so intimidating now that I am older -- But memories of her still hold fear!!  I think I had her the last year she taught.  That was when I was in seventh grade.  And we were still in Central School.  We moved to the new junior high (old high school) when I was in eighth grade.  Yes, yes, Mattie Anderson -- she terrified me!!  I remember she had long crooked fingers with long red fingernails.  When she called on us it was generally -- you!!  (She did not always remember our name) with her finger pointing at -- (we were not sure who) -- so no one responded -- which set her off!!  I just wanted to melt into the floor.  I usually sat as low in my seat as I could hiding behind whoever was in front of me.  I spent the whole year hanging on at the end of the second train, for dear life.  She made it quite clear if you were in the third train you weren't worth much.  And she had little time for them.  I worked so hard not be a them!!!! 

Gwen Lisk Koda wrote from Montgomery, Alabama:

     "I could tell a hundred stories about Mattie Anderson.  You already told the train story.  I had the dubious honor of sitting in first seat, first train.  I say dubious honor, since this "teacher's pet" position meant that the slightest mistake on my part brought the wrath of the Lord down on my head.  I'm not sure if I was already a whiz in math or if she made me one.  I know I was so afraid of her, I was ready to commit hara kiri if I missed a problem on any paper I turned in. 

     Do you remember when she would kick you off the train and make you find a seat somewhere behind the caboose?  She did that to the whole first train one day.  Most of us had to sit on the floor, since there were only two or three seats behind Nelson Griffin, who happened to be in the caboose that day.  My old boyfriend Vic Loesche got to sit in the hand car (a desk not attached to any others).  Didn't have anything to do with his grades.  It was because she considered him to be a trouble maker and wanted him close enough so that she could lean over the desk and whack the hell out of him with her yardstick.  The same yardstick she used to slip down the neck of her dress to scratch her back.  Ha. ha.  You described her very well though. 

     She was one scary lady, but whether you were first train, caboose, or handcar, you left the eighth grade knowing arithmetic.  I remember a journalist making a sardonic comparison about President John Kennedy.   He said Truman proved you could have a bad president, Eisenhower proved you didn't even need a president, and Kennedy was a by-God-you'd-better-be-president type of president.   Well, I think Mr. Baker proved we could have a bad teacher, Ms. Henry proved we didn't even need a teacher (she slept through most classes) and Ms. Anderson was a by-God-you'd-better-be-a-teacher type of teacher. 

     Do you remember Mr. Baker?  He used to hit kids on the head with books, and during study period, he used to draw cartoon pictures of students with guns to their heads and ropes around their necks.  Yikes.  Well, I don't know if you can even post this since I named names, but I'll sign my name to it and take the heat if there is any. Gwen (Lisk) Koda.  

Sylvia Handlin Husted  wrote:   

     "I read the information on Mattie Anderson and just had to comment.  Mattie had a sister, Bessie, who taught a first/second combo grade at Adams school, and I was one of her little students.  Everyone was scared of her, but she really knew how to make us want to learn.  I was the last one of our family and had it pointed out to me numerous times that I had to keep up with my brother and sister.

    Mattie never taught me math.  I was either fortunate or unfortunate to have had another teacher for that subject in Junior High.  Nevertheless, I can still add two and two which means that my Lincoln Elementary career was a success math or otherwise.     Your e-mail brought back lots of memories that I didn't know were still "there".   I really had fun reading it."  

Stan Stringer wrote from the Washington, D.C., area:  (Stan had attended the LCHS Class of 1952 reunion in the summer of 2002.  His report included another story about Miss Mattie Anderson.)

      "The Saturday afternoon visit to the old Central Junior High School was fun. Surprisingly, the building hadn't changed a lot, but the basketball/tennis courts behind the school are gone. Sacrificed to construction of a new building. As I understand it, the old school will be razed, and construction will continue to complete a new junior high school.

     In the rooms the student desks were gone and room numbers had changed. Nonetheless, each room provoked old memories for the visitors, probably none so much as old room N. Room N, Mattie Anderson's home room.

     A  few months ago, Mattie Anderson was mentioned, and several of our group recalled Mattie and her rule by intimidation. Well, I'm sure she wouldn't have agreed with this assessment, but this seemed to be the consensus of our collected memories.

     I happened to mention Mattie to my brother Charles S. Stringer, LCHS class of 1940, and he recollected how Mattie would give a test and walk the aisles and talk while her students were trying to concentrate on the test. I can't attest to this: I didn't have her for a class, only home room.

     Indeed, Mattie, if nothing else, was a legend. I had heard stories about her, and as my year in seventh grade neared an end, there was a sudden trepidation, would I be assigned to room N for the next year? I yearned for vacation, but each day brought the moment I dreaded nearer. Finally, the last day and Nell Henry handed out our report cards. I opened mine to first look at my room assignment. It was room N. I don't recall my blood turning to ice water, but I may have had a chill. Over the summer I forgot this, but as the end of August approached, it all came back. Swallowing hard, I resolved to obey the rules, keep my mouth shut (if possible), make the best of it and report for duty.

     The first day seemed okay. She specified some rules and not making noise while she was out of the room was one of them. Indeed, having a teacher for home room is probably easier than for a subject. You only had to arrive on time, keep your desk in order and your mouth shut. She'd only find out how stupid, disobedient, or lazy you were when she was teaching.

     I only recall one disciple episode, but first I must describe where I sat in the classroom. My desk was in the middle of the room, and it was in line with the room's door and the door to the girls' toilet. So that when the girls' door opened I could see it open. It was Mattie and Bessie Evans habit to visit the girls' room just before home room period, but after the girls had exited the john.

     For some reason Mattie was inordinately delayed. Talking started and it grew more boisterous. The door opened, and Mattie crossed the hall then hesitated. Now I had to make a choice, either warn my classmates or clasp my hands and say nothing. If I warned, I'd likely be the focus of the Mattie wrath. Anyway, she had already seen what was happening. Sorry, classmates I opted for self-preservation.

     The Mattie wrath poured forth like a lava only to be topped with "and you Stanley Stringer you needn't sit there like a little tin god." I had followed my original resolve. I followed the rules, kept my mouth shut and still I got it. For the nostalgic, attached is a picture of room N.

     Only one more Mattie episode comes to mind. One afternoon we had an assembly in the high school gym. The assembly was to see a magician. The act proceeded well, and at one point the magician asked for a volunteer. Our classmate, Richard Underwood, volunteered.

     For lack of a better description the magician had a knife in a frame, somewhat like a guillotine. The magician asked Richard to put his hand into the frame. Richard inserted his right hand, and Mattie responded loud enough for our class to hear but not Richard, "Use your left." I guess Mattie was caught up in the act and expected a real danger.

     In talking to Richard at the reunion, I reminded him of this event. He said he didn't remember it, but he confessed that liked participating on stage when a volunteer was called for.

     After our visit to Central we walked over to the LCHS we remember. It's now the junior high, but eventually destined for destruction. The old building, which Fred B recently circulated a picture of is gone, and with it Room 316 and the library. The water fountain on the first floor was of carved marble. A beautiful piece, if one stopped to look, given by one of the early classes, 1907 or there about. The 1926 building will also pass, but we saw it one more time.  

Dorothea (Rich) Costa wrote from Eugene, Oregon:

     I am finally inspired to jump in on these conversations.  Thanks for the picture of Miss Anderson and her old classroom.  I'm a little younger than you and Fred (Jayne and I were good friends, Fred) so Miss Anderson was beginning to have health problems when I had her for 8th grade math and homeroom.  I was one of those very quiet, studious types and did well in math, so she liked me.  Still I was scared silly by her.  The math classroom was divided into "trains."  I was on the fast train, but I pitied those more challenged by math who were on the slow train.  They knew they were on the slow train.  Miss Anderson's hands and fingers had become quite arthritic.  She would sit at her desk in the front of the room and watch while we worked on math.  If she became irritated with someone's behavior, she would point her finger and say, "You!"  Since her fingers were bent and gnarled, we were never sure who had offended her so we all jumped.  

     We had a student in our class who was older, having been retained a few times.  He was just waiting out his time until he could drop out of school.  He walked into class one morning with his jeans hanging low on his hips, which was becoming the tough, cool thing to do.  She marched him into the cloakroom.  When they emerged his pants were high on his waist and his buckle cinched.  No one ever said a word or asked and he never wore his pants like that again.

     Still you knew she had a heart of gold.  I became very ill with scarlet fever.  She would call my Mom periodically to see how I was doing.  At the end of the year we got our reward.  She would make a big kettle of her barbecued beef, letting it simmer in the classroom all day.  The smell was wonderful.  By afternoon we were all treated to her BBQ'd beef sandwiches and so glad we had endured the year with her.  

   Thanks for reviving those memories.  My family (I'm sister to Rosemary Rich Parker) lived just catty-corner to the old Central School.  We spent many weekends and summer days playing at the Central playground.

     I'm now a middle school teacher myself and have to laugh at the boys with their low hung jeans.  Wish I could get away with the intimidation Miss Anderson had, but, alas, I don't have her "gift."  

Dorothy Miller Duncanson, LCHS Class of 1947, wrote from Pekin, IL, in January, 2004:

     While playing around on the computer, I found your site with pictures of Central Junior High, Lincoln Community High School and other Lincoln schools

     What interested me most were the entries regarding Martha "Mattie" Anderson.  A few years ago I took a class for seniors at Bradley University geared to "writing your story".  I chose to describe my first couple of years after moving to Lincoln from a much smaller village.  Following is a couple of paragraphs from my attempt.

     "There is one person in this period of my life who had a profound effect on me. To be precise, she scared me to death.  Martha Anderson was our math teacher, and we girls seemed to think that she preferred boys and scorned us with her blistering tongue.  I know that I was so frightened of her that I begged my parents to enroll me in the Lutheran school with my friend Lorraine.  Never mind that I was not a Lutheran, I just wanted out of there. 

     My grades were in the B and C range in her class, but I know I got a very good basic background in math which I have been able to use all my life.  I can add a column of figures accurately, do lots of things in my head that others need a calculator for, and I certainly learned the value of keeping my personal math affairs in order.  Most of this was learned from Mattie.  This name, by the way was what we called her behind her back, never within her hearing distance.  Miss Anderson had a pointing finger that was not quite straight and when she pointed in one direction, at least five people would cower in fright.

     I remember names of other teachers too.  The Misses Henry, Dauber, Gehlbach and Hodnett and Mr. Craven are some who come to mind.  All dedicated to their profession, they managed to fill my head with knowledge even though I played around a lot.  I didn't always do my reading assignments and was not always prepared for English, but I always, always, had my math assignments done."

     On another note, both my sons were students at Pekin High School while you were there.  I don't think either were in your class.  Tom graduated in 1972 and is now teaching at Millikin and Alan graduated in "74 and is an Engineer with Raytheon in Indianapolis. 

     Sorry this is so long but the references to Miss Anderson just pulled at my heartstrings and I had to share my memories too.
 

     Dorothy Miller Duncanson, LCHS Class of 1947
 

Stan Stringer's Memories of the Old Monroe School and Neighborhood

     Stan Stringer grew up on Pekin Street, less than a block from the old Monroe School and behind the Logan County Jail block. 

33.11:  Pekin Street Behind the Logan County Jail in the 1950s

(Photo by Mike Hamilton from top of City Hall.  House identifications by Stan Stringer.)

     The above photo shows the block of Pekin Street where Lincolnite-Writer Stan Stringer's family home was located.  Stan has identified several residences in the above photo.  Washington-Monroe School is at the right.  The water tower in the right background was that of Lehn and Fink.  The dual smokestacks of Gullett's greenhouse are in the background at the left.  (The chapter titled 22. Factories, Past and Present includes another version of this photo with text identifications of these and other industrial features.)

     Stan had attended the old Monroe School, and his family moved from Lincoln before the (new) Washington-Monroe School was built some time in the early-to-mid 1950s.

     In February, 2003, Stan emailed Fred and Leigh as a brief note on the builder of his family home:

     "The houses at 912 and 914 Pekin were originally built by Adam Bogardus.  If you don't recognize the name, he was a Captain in the Union army, but his fame came from being the world champion skeet shooter.  Dad said that when he first started gardening there, he found bullet casings in the ground.
In the 1890's or early 1900's he had a shooting galley on Chicago St.  He had toured with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.  He's buried in Elkhart. Check Google for "Adam Bogardus."  Mom said that when they bought 912, 914 was also for sale.  I asked my Mom why they didn't buy it.  She said it wasn't in as good of shape as ours at that time.

     [Leigh's note:  As Stan says, Adam Bogardus is buried in the cemetery on Elkhart Hill -- a third luminary Lincolnite figure of the 19th-Century to be buried there, the other two being Governor Richard Oglesby and John D. Gillett.] 

     Stan continues,

     I once saw a picture of  914 and it looked a lot like 912 does.  As I said before, the 914 was owned by Carl and Eva Koch.  Carl migrated from Germany when he was 18.  He learned the carpentry trade.  He put in beautiful hardwood floors and altered the front.  When I was about 6 or so, he was finishing up on it.  As you can see he must have altered it a lot as you can't easily recognize how similar they were.  Carl became a partner in the Spellman company."

     In April, 2002, Stan emailed Leigh to offer some memories about the old Monroe School neighborhood:

     "The Monroe School was in the same block as the Washington-Monroe School.  A diagram is attached of the block with Monroe school as it stood when I lived in Lincoln.

33.12:  Stan Stringer's Diagram of the Pre-1950s Monroe School Block

     "A is the new building [pre-1950s 'new']; B is the old building; C is the baseball diamond and backstop described below; D is a backstop and diamond built for a youth league; and E is where the basket hoop stood after the diamond (D) was constructed.

33.13:  Monroe School, Third Grade (@1943)

     The picture shows the back of Monroe School.  The building immediately behind the students is the older structure, built in 1898, and behind it is an addition of an unknown date.

Stan Stringer wrote in the fall of 2002:

     I was glad we attended the mixer on the 4th. It was a chance to recall faces I hadn't seen in better than 50 years. I'm told the Monroe grade school picture you circulated was taken in the third grade. This makes sense; our teacher was a newly graduated Miss Ellen Sprich. Perhaps, she wanted to remember her first class.

     My original identifications were corrected by classmates, and they are as follows:

     Sitting: Florence Simpson, Rose Marie Turner, Tommy Tucker, Joyce Semple, Patricia Davis, and Charles Dutz.

     Kneeling: Unidentified boy, Judith Malerich, Stan Stringer, Marilyn Bangert, Joyce Hum, Marilyn Heidbreder, and Jewel Schauer.

     Standing: Edward Lee, Bill Coombs, Ray Goff, Sidney Green, Burnell Comstock, Joe Patterson, Jim Follis, Dick Goff and Maxine Ramlow.

     From the picture only eight were present at the reunion, three are deceased, three were traced by the reunion committee but did not attend, and seven apparently were not among the class of '52 graduates.
 

Stan Stringer's Memoir of the Old Monroe School Playground and Neighborhood

     I lived less than a block away from the school, and consequently spent a lot of time playing or watching one kind of ball or another there. 

     One of the improvised ball games we played was 'screen ball.'  The screen was a backstop made of rabbit wire attached to a pipe frame, and one of the rites of passage for small fry was to climb the backstop and sit on the top bar.  This led to wires being broken and bent, so that a baseball would on occasion pass through an opening.  Obviously, no one climbed the backstop if school authorities were still around.

     The screen ball was played as follows:  The teams were one player each, and the game was played for nine innings. 

     The batter would stand on the pitcher’s rubber (a flat stone buried in the dirt) facing the backstop, and the pitcher stood at home plate (a piece of concrete buried in the dirt) with his back to the backstop. 

     There was no catcher so the pitcher had to throw easy pitches, which could be caught by the batter barehanded if it was not suitable for hitting.  Because the distance was so short, the batter had to soft tap the ball toward the screen.  Outs were made by:  the batter striking out (foul balls were foul tips and balls hit to either side of the backstop were fouls), catching a fly ball, fielding a ground ball before it hit the screen, and any ball that went over the screen without hitting the top bar was an out. 

     A single was any hit ball that reached the screen without being fielded.  Doubles were balls that hit the screen’s end upright posts.  Triples were balls that hit the top bar.  Home runs were hits that went through an opening in the screen (as the screen got older and more wires were broken in the backstop, home runs became more frequent).  Errors were unsuccessfully fielded balls that hit the screen.  A 'fair ball' that never reached the screen was an out.  With these rules everything else was just like baseball.

     A session of screen ball usually involved three people.  The two people (teams) playing and the third person kept the scorecard.  Scorekeeper was a fun job.  Each team had its line up on the card.  Usually our fantasy lineups were current major league teams.  A session involved each person taking a turn at scorekeeper and each 'team' played the other two 'teams' once or twice for a total of 3 or 6 games. 

     Afterward, we’d run through the statistics.  This was always good for a laugh.  The stats only partially resembled those of the real life players.

     The Monroe school grounds were good for pick-up games of softball, baseball, football (tackle and touch) and basketball.  One group of former Monroe students fashioned a team they called the 'Monroe Maulers.'  Later the team improved with players picked up from elsewhere in town.  This team later became the 'Tibbs Maulers,' when Mr. Tibbs of the Tibbs' Ice Cream Parlor sponsored the team in the town’s recreational league.  The next year a business that installed gutters and other metal work run by a Mr. Pluth sponsored the team and renamed it, the 'Pluth Tinners.'  Other teams in the league were sponsored by more substantive organizations (e.g., the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, etc.).  Those teams included a fair number of WW II vets, and they, generally, were physically more mature."

     In February, 2003, Stan wrote to fred, who forwarded to Leigh and others:

     "I lived at 912 Pekin Street and our house stands out clearly in the picture [33.10 above]. The open space across is part of the block that held the Sheriff's residence and the jail. The Washington-Monroe School was built after I left Lincoln. It stands where the baseball diamond stood. I've already told how it was a rite of passage for the younger set to climb the backstop and sit on the top bar. In the summer, several of us played screen ball. I've already shared the rules with everyone.

     Years ago, one of the sheriffs brought in sheep to graze in that half block across from us. There were maybe 30 sheep. I got to know the sheriff's son, and we'd sometimes go into the corral and chase the sheep. Envisioning ourselves as cowboys, but we never caught one. We'd think we had 'em cornered at one end, and as we closed in they'd race by us.  The jail was fascinating. It was constructed of large light yellow blocks as I remember. It had a metal roof. One summer I made an especially good slingshot. That year I was getting more rambunctious. At twilight I'd sit on the curb and shoot at the roof of the jail. I used small rocks, and when they hit the metal they'd make a zinging sound. Lucky for me no one  noticed."

     Write to Stan at sstringer@cox.net.

     Fred Blanford (1941--2008) had replied with an observation about the old stone-block county jail:

     "Some of the blocks from the old jail 'went' various places while some were retained for the monument created on the grounds. I know the American Legion post got one. At one time Fricke's had one in their parking lot -- not sure it has remained. In retrospect--I might have liked to have a 'piece of history' but have no idea where I might have put it." 

     Leigh suggests the front yard, where all driving by on Union Street could have enjoyed seeing it.

The "New" Washington-Monroe School, Constructed in the Early 1950s

33.14:  Postcard with Photo of Washington-Monroe School

     The date of the picture postcard above is unknown, but probably some time in the mid 1950s.  Despite the black and white image, the sky must have been blue with the thin, high, white cirrus clouds.  The wind is from the east.  All looks well with the kids coming and going (no playground fights evident here).

1925 Lincoln Community High School Building
 

33.15:  Neo-Classical Architecture of the 1925 Lincoln Community High School Front Entrance       (Fred Blanford photo, 5-02)

 

33.16:  Guiding Principle:
 "To Reveal Truth and Beauty"

(Fred Blanford photo, 5-02)

    33.17:  Enlarged View of Columns

(Fred Blanford photo, 5-02)


33.18:  Neo-classical Ornamentation and Inscription:
"To Develop Intelligence and Skill" on East Side of Structure

(Fred Blanford photo, 5-02)

     The photo above shows the east wall of the 1925 LCHS red-brick building on Kankakee Street.  Across the street was the Methodist Church. 

     Joe Miller emailed the following account of his experience with traffic congestion in this block of Kankakee Street next to the school: 

     "Thanks, Fred!  Your interesting message reminded me of a (true) car incident involving John Mayberry and myself.  Do you remember how cars parked on both sides of the street between the old high school and the First Methodist Church, where we had band practice?  There was barely room for two moving cars to pass. 

     Well, John's mom was delivering him and his big baritone saxophone precisely at the time I was driving my dad's car the other direction, looking for a parking place.  Not sure whether our two cars would scrape, I stopped to let Mrs. Mayberry through, and just at that moment John got out and pulled out his sax in its huge case.  You guessed it, the sax got caught between the two cars. Boy, did I have a tough time explaining the big dent in the side of his car to my dad!  Amazingly, though, later I pulled the dent out pretty well by getting the door wet and attaching a bathroom plunger to it. -Joe"

     Write to Joe at millerj@indiana.edu.
 

Truth Is Not Always Beautiful

     Dave Johnson, LCHS Class of 1956, emailed on August 11, 2003:  "I received an email from Eleanor Gunderman (Wilmert) alerting me to the fact that our Dear Ol' L.C.H.S. was coming down.  I thought I would send this picture, taken today, for the benefit of our out of town classmates.  I must admit that a special feeling came over me as I prepared to take this picture.  It is hard to explain.  I was almost wishing that I would have waited until it was completely down before viewing the site.  There were a number of people sitting in lawn chairs watching the destruction.  I think they might have been having similar feelings."

33.19:  Demolition of the 1925 LCHS Building

(Photo by Dave Johnson, LCHS Class of 1956, August 11, 2003)

     Respond to Dave at dbjohnso@dpc.net.

     The following report by Fred Blanford brilliantly expresses the profound grief of many present and former Lincolnites: 

     "When I was a quite young lad I enjoyed puzzles.  One day my granddaddy posed a question to me:

     'What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs  in the afternoon and three legs in the evening?'

     I, of course, had no idea.  He informed me 'man.'  With my puzzlement he explained--a baby crawls on "all fours" while adults walk upright on two legs--then with age come to use a cane (the third 'leg')--thus the answer to the question.

     Stupid question and/or answer??  It suggests LIFE (and its seasons) has a periodicity that can be likened to a 'day' -- a circadian rhythm if you will.

     Youth is the spring (or morning) of life.  Later the summer arrives (afternoon). When in one's forties (the old age of youth) it may not yet be apparent.  When one reaches the fifties (the youth of old age) this rhythm  becomes more recognizable.  No matter that many will live for decades more (80's and 90's are not unheard of) they will still have to recognize that many age mates are no longer with them as winter (evening/night)  approaches/arrives for us all.

     Why email such sober/somber thoughts to this group?  For those not current Lincoln residents--you have not witnessed the passing of a friend.  Other emails have detailed the destruction of "the" building but none have dealt with the "passing."  In your many years--you have spent much time in your homes.  You have spent time at your places of employment. Now--think.  Other than work and home--how many places did you spend as much time as you did in the now gone school?

     As if it wasn't bad enough that you spent so much time there--these were your "formative" years.  You had passionate feelings, you formed lifelong friendships, you experienced lifelong hurts, you acquired "feelings" that would stay with you until your last breath.  If you think about it--I believe few will have more intense feelings (excluding home and work) about any other 'place' they have ever been.

     It is now gone.  Lincoln no longer has a place dedicated to "Reveal Truth And Beauty."  It no longer has a building with the mission to 'Develop Intelligence And Skill.'  The Lincoln Schools are now 'McDonaldized.'  They will forthwith be 'generic schools.'

     Going back to my original thought--the school has lived through its morning, (spring -- on four legs when my momma and daddy attended there), its afternoon (summer -- when we attended there), its evening (autumn--when it was demoted to Junior High) and has now come to (winter) its demise.   It was depressing enough to know that it was 'so old' that nothing could be done to rehab the place (think about that when you next talk to your doctor) but it got worse when no architectural features (think in terms of  memory of you and where you've been) were worth the money it would take to save them.

     This last weekend I had a visit from Mike Hamilton--a friend that predated the HS experience.  He (camera as always at hand) was here and did  witness the final day of the building.  He brought with him for me some of the "old" postcards from when Lincoln was a proud little community that maintained (and enjoyed) its unique character.  Some duplicate pics already reproduced on Leigh' s site.  I may send along
others to this "group" or I may not.  Leigh has been very good about including my contributions on his site and it provides a more organized, easier "delivery system" for such content.

     I am attaching two pics for your consideration.  I apologize for the download time this will cause but I wanted to be sure you could put "your youth" side-by-side with "the present."

     Until we connect again -- Do Take Care.                       fred

     Leigh's note:  The first pic fred refers to revisits 33.18 above.  The second by Mike Hamilton was emailed to 250+ LCHS alums on August 16, 2003, following one of the darkest weeks in the history of LCHS.

33.20:  Life-Long Photojournalist Mike Hamilton's Last Photo of
the 1925 Red-Brick Neo-Classical LCHS
 


Lincoln's Only School on Route 66

     The first Jefferson School, constructed in 1888, was located two blocks east of the old Postville Courthouse and on the same street, Fifth Street, which has always been a main street.  Whether by coincidence or design, all other Lincoln schools, except for the high school on Broadway, were located on streets with less traffic.

     The 1888 Jefferson School was set back on the north half of the block.  The 1925 structure was located in front of and attached to the 1888 structure. 

     One memorable feature of Jefferson School was its large bell.  The bell housing is visible in the photo of the 1888 Jefferson school (33.21), and the bell housing is again visible in front of the chimney of the 1925 addition (33.22).  Students in Principal Bernadine Jones's class enjoyed the privilege of being allowed to ring the bell from time to time.  As I recall, she specified a specific number of rings (six?).  Too many rings meant indefinite suspension of the privilege.

     The bell currently is on display in the foyer of the contemporary Jefferson School and can be seen through the door window.  A vintage wall clock is also on display there.

     The flag pole reminds me of the time in which the flag became entangled in the rope, and Benny Birk was enlisted to climb the pole and untangle things.  Benny was a macho guy and easily accomplished the assignment.

    The photo below at the right also shows a dog lying in front of the door.  The boy's best friend faithfully waits for its Huck Finn companion to be paroled.  This part of town had plenty of free-roaming, large canines.  More than once I felt their teeth on my ankles when they chased me on my bike, especially in the neighborhood closest to the Logan County fairgrounds -- called Podunk, the roughest part of town. 


33.21:  Jefferson School (1888)

(Photo in Gleason, p. 111)
 


33.22:  Jefferson School (1925)

     (The porch roof reflects the "craftsman" architectural style popular then. Photo in Beaver, p. 33.)

33.23:  1888 Jefferson School Bell That Until 2012 Had Been
Encased and Enshrined in the Foyer of Today's Jefferson School

(Photo by Leigh Henson 8-03 taken in the Jefferson School foyer after the janitor let me in the back door)

     Note: in 2012 the historic Jefferson School bell might have been lost to the general public except for the happy convergence of coincidence and the unselfish steps taken by several true Lincolnites at heart. Here is a blog post with a comments thread that explains:  http://www.humzoo.com/stevenheinzel/blog/.
 

Memoir of Jefferson School

     Jefferson School was located in my family's neighborhood.  My Grandfather Harrison Franklin Wilson attended the 1888 Jefferson School.  His parents lived on Ninth Street between College and State Streets (the unsavory area that William Maxwell describes as "below the intersection" of Elm and Ninth Streets; see 5. Social Class, Race, and the Question of Universality in the Writing of William Maxwell Set in Lincoln, Illinois.  My sister and I attended Jefferson School as did our parents and most of our aunts and uncles.  All of my family lived either on the north side of Fifth Street (or a couple of blocks north of it), so we did not have to worry about the traffic of crossing Business Route 66 on our way to school.

33.24:  Jefferson School Third Grade Class in 1951;
Class Is Facing Fifth Street, Business Route 66

     Some time in the early 1950s, signal lights on metal yellow poles were installed at Fifth and Adams Streets so that school patrol officers could stop traffic to let students cross from the south side of Fifth to get to school safely.  In Miss Jones's sixth grade class, Jeff "Pete" Franz (front row above, third from left) was elected captain of the school patrol; I was first lieutenant; and Tom Kurtz (fourth row, last on right) was second lieutenant.  We proudly wore the white harness-like belt and took care not to activate the signals too soon so approaching trucks would not have to hit their brakes suddenly (well, usually our timing was respectable).  Leigh Henson is in row three, second from left.
 

33.25:  Jefferson School Play on
Stage in Basement Meeting Room

(Photo provided by Thomas Kurtz)
 

33.26:  Principal-Teacher
Bernadine Jones and Charges

(Jane Henson photo)
 


Private Religious Education in Lincoln, Illinois

     Today private religious education in Lincoln is available at a Baptist academy, Carroll Catholic, and Zion Lutheran. ("Excellence is the Goal," Lincoln/Logan County brochure, p. 24). 

     In the Route 66 era, Catholic children attended St. Patrick's Grade School.  At this time, there were two Roman Catholic churches in Lincoln:  St. Mary's and St. Patrick's.  A fire destroyed St. Mary's Church on December 9, 1976.  A history of the Catholic Church in Lincoln and of St. Patrick's Grade School is given in Paul Beaver's Logan County History 1982, p. 60. 
 

33.27:  St. Patrick's Grade School, Built in 1906

(Photo in Beaver, p. 60.)
 

The Kate Coogan Memorial Library in St. Patrick's Grade School

33.28:  Patrons of the Kate Coogan Memorial Library

(Photo from Lincoln Evening Courier, 9-15-1953, p. 7)

      The quality of the above image suffers because it was made as a laser printout from a microfilm copy of the newspaper.

     The caption for the above photo reads, "This quartet of industrious readers is busy in the new Kate Coogan Memorial Library at St. Patrick's school.  Funds for the Library were provided in the will of the late Miss Margaret Coogan as a memorial to her sister.  The library is in a large room on the second floor of the school.  In addition to the books a record player also is provided with a listening range from first to eighth grade.  In the photograph are, left to right, David Coogan, a grand nephew, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Coogan; Marcia Coogan, great grand niece, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Coogan; James Richmond, great grand nephew, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Richmond; and Marjorie [sic] Coogan, grand niece, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Coogan."

     Note:  Fred Blanford married Marge Coogan, both LCHS Class of 1959. 
 


Private Higher Education in Lincoln, Illinois

     This community is home to two colleges:  the Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, affiliated with the Christian Church, and Lincoln College, an independent, private two-year liberal arts institution.
 

Lincoln Christian College and Seminary

     This institution originated in 1944 as Lincoln Bible Institute (LBI), holding "its first classes at Lincoln College University Hall" (Gleason, Lincoln:  A Pictorial History, p. 126).  Pastor Earl C. Hargrove of the Christian Church (LCC) of Lincoln, Illinois, was the founder, and Dean Charles Mills was a key partner in the conception and early development.  Later in 1944, LBI moved to a building it bought on Logan Street that was previously home to the Lincoln Business College.  LBI remained there until 1951, when it moved to its permanent 35-acre campus east of Lincoln on Route 10 (Gleason, p. 126). 

     In 1962, with continued growth, the College offered an undergraduate program, while the Seminary focused on a graduate curriculum to prepare ministers.  The Web site of the Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (address below under Sources Cited) explains the missions and curriculums of the institution.

33.29:  Original Building of LBI

(Photo in Gleason, Lincoln, A Pictorial History, p. 126).
 

33.29:  Traditional College Pennant of LCC
 

33.30:  Lincoln Christian College Campus Scene from 1963:
Between Chapel and the Library
 

Lincoln College

     Lincoln College was founded February 12, 1865, on Abraham Lincoln's last living birthday. Brief information about the development of Lincoln College appears at 3. The Transformation 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.

     Lincoln College is home to a museum that houses a collection of Lincoln memorabilia.  A brief description of  this museum appears at 29. Museums & Parks.

     For more complete information about Lincoln College and its museum, visit the College's Web site (address below under Sources Cited).
 



33.31:  Early 20th-Century Picture Postcard Showing Chapel-Administration Building (left) and University Hall
 

     The Chapel-Administration Building, shown on the left side of the above picture postcard, housed the Lincoln Museum.  This building burned in January, 1969, but much of the Lincoln collection was saved.

Sources Cited

     Beaver, Paul J. History of Logan County Illinois 1982.  The Logan County Heritage Foundation. Dallas, TX:  Taylor Publishing Company, 1982.

     Dooley, Raymond, ed.  The Namesake Town:  A Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois. Lincoln, IL: Feldman's Print Shop, 1953.

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

     Lincoln Community High School District 404: http://www.lchs.k12.il.us/pages/LCHS.

     Lincoln Elementary School District 27, with links to its schools: http://www.lincoln27.com/.

     Lincolnites, 1958 and 1959. [The Lincolnite is the yearbook of Lincoln Community High School.]

     Maxwell, William.  Ancestors:  A Family History.  NY:  Vintage Books, 1971.
    
     __________ .  "Love" in All the Days and Nights:  The Collected Stories. New York:  Vintage Books, 1965.  William Maxwell's works are available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.

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Also please email me if this Web site helps you decide to visit Lincoln, Illinois: DLHenson@missouristate.edu.
 

"The Past Is But the Prelude"

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