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
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April 24, 2004: Awarded "Best Web Site of the Year" by the Illinois State Historical
achievement: serves as a model for the profession and reaches a greater
of the Lincoln Theater, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois
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."
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
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
the Grade and High Schools of Lincoln, Illinois, in the Route 66 Era (1947)
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:
(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,
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,
1925 High school connecting to the 1900 building on Broadway,
(Dooley, ed., The Namesake Town, pp. 45-46, and Gleason,
Lincoln: A Pictorial History, pp. 110-112. Between these
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
(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.
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).
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
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
· effective in meeting contemporary needs, often different from their
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
33.4: Adams Grade School, Built in 1898
(Photo from Gleason, Lincoln, Illinois: A Pictorial History, p. 111. )
Adams School Building Owned by Lincoln College and Used for Art
(Photo by Fred Blanford, 5-02)
Demolition of Jefferson School
(The 1925 section
is in ruins; the standing section was the original 1888 building.)
(Jane Henson photo of December, 1966)
School Buildings in Lincoln Headed for Demolition
33.7: Picture Postcard of 1925 Lincoln Community High School,
Now Lincoln Junior High School
(Attended by black
Poet Langston Hughes, Author-Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and white
Novelist William Maxwell) (Leigh Henson photo 12-01)
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
33.9: Central School
Christmas Tree Ornament
33.10: Central School
Faculty in 1950
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
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!
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
have emailed their remembrances of Miss Anderson:
Linda Henson Nelson Perry
wrote from Pasco, Washington:
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
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:
attended the LCHS Class of 1952 reunion in the summer of 2002. His
report included another story about Miss Mattie Anderson.)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.]
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.
Stan Stringer's Diagram of the Pre-1950s Monroe School Block
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)
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.
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
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
Stan Stringer's Memoir of the
Old Monroe School Playground and Neighborhood
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.
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.
screen ball was played as follows: The teams were one player each, and the
game was played for nine innings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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
Write to Stan at
(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
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
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Truth Is Not
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)
Dave at email@example.com.
The following report by
Fred Blanford brilliantly expresses the profound grief of many present and
"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
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.
Life-Long Photojournalist Mike Hamilton's Last Photo of
the 1925 Red-Brick Neo-Classical LCHS
Only School on Route 66
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
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
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.
1888 Jefferson School Bell That Until 2012 Had Been
Encased and Enshrined in the Foyer of Today's
(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:
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.
School Play on
Stage in Basement Meeting Room
(Photo provided by Thomas Kurtz)
Bernadine Jones and Charges
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.
St. Patrick's Grade School, Built in 1906
(Photo in Beaver, p. 60.)
The Kate Coogan Memorial Library
in St. Patrick's Grade School
Patrons of the Kate Coogan Memorial Library
(Photo from Lincoln Evening Courier, 9-15-1953, p.
quality of the above image suffers because it was made as a laser printout
from a microfilm copy of the newspaper.
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."
Blanford married Marge Coogan, both LCHS Class of 1959.
Private Higher Education in
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
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
Building of LBI
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 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
Museums & Parks.
For more complete information
about Lincoln College and its museum, visit the College's Web site (address
below under Sources Cited).
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.
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
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).
High School District 404:
Lincoln Elementary School
District 27, with links to its schools:
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
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