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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

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

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


The Rise of Abraham Lincoln and 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 Lincoln, Illinois,
including poetry by William Childress & commentary by Federal Judge Bob Goebel & Illinois Appellate Court Judge Jim Knecht

"Social Consciousness in William Maxwell's Writings Based on Lincoln, Illinois" (an article published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, winter 2005-06

Peeking Behind the Wizard's Screen: William Maxwell's Literary Art as Revealed by a Study of the Black Characters in Billie Dyer and Other Stories

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

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


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

The Hensons of Business Route 66

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

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

Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Salt Creek & Cemetery Hill,
the highway bridges, GM&O bridge, Madigan State Park, the old dam (with photos & Leigh's memoir of "shooting the rapids" over the old dam), & the Ernie Edwards' Pig-Hip Restaurant Museum in Broadwell

The Historic Logan County Courthouse, Past & Present

Route 66 Map with 51 Sites in the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District,
including locations of historical markers
(on the National Register of Historic Places)

Vintage Scenes of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District

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

Agriculture in
the Route 66 Era

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

Business Heritage

Cars, Trucks & Gas Stations of the Route 66 Era

including the hometown churches of Author William Maxwell & Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

Factories, Past and Present

Food Stores of
the Route 66 Era


Hospitals, Past and Present

Hotels & Restaurants of the Railroad & Route 66 Eras

Lincoln Developmental Center
(Lincoln State School & Colony in the Route 66 era), plus
debunking the myth of Lincoln, Illinois, choosing the Asylum over the University of Illinois

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


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

with Distinction

News Media in the Route 66 Era

The Odd Fellows' Children's Home


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

A Tribute to the Historians and Advocates of Lincoln, Illinois

Watering Holes of the Route 66 Era

The Historic 1953 Centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois

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

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

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


Pages in this section tell about Leigh Henson's Lincoln years, moving away, revisits, and career:

About Lincoln, Illinois;
This Web Site; & Me

A Tribute to Lincolnite Edward Darold Henson: World War II U.S. Army Veteran of the Battles for Normandy and the Hedgerows; Brittany and Brest; and the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge)

For Remembrance, Understanding, & Fun: Lincoln Community High School Mid-20th-Century Alums' Internet Community
(a Web site and email exchange devoted to collaborative memoir and the sharing of photos related to Lincoln, Illinois)

Leigh Henson's Pilgrimage to Lincoln, Illinois, on
July 12, 2001

Leigh Henson's Review of Dr. Burkhardt's William Maxwell Biography

Leigh Henson's Review of Ernie Edwards' biography, Pig-Hips on Route 66, by William Kaszynski

Leigh Henson's Review of Jan Schumacher's Glimpses of Lincoln, Illinois

Teach Local Authors: Considering the Literature of Lincoln, Illinois

Web Site About
Leigh Henson's Professional Life


Pages in this section are about the writing, memorabilia, and Web sites of other Lincolnites:

A Tribute to Bill and Phyllis Stigall:
Exemplary Faculty of Lincoln College at Mid-Twentieth Century

A Tribute to the Krotzes of Lincoln, Illinois

A Tribute to Robert Wilson (LCHS '46): Author of Young in Illinois, Movies Editor of December Magazine, Friend and Colleague of December Press Publisher Curt Johnson, and Correspondent with William Maxwell

Brad Dye (LCHS '60): His Lincoln, Illinois, Web Site,
including photos of many churches

Dave Armbrust's Memorabilia of Lincoln, Illinois

J. Richard
(JR) Fikuart
(LCHS '65):
he Fikuarts of Lincoln, Illinois, including their connections to the William Maxwell family and three generations of family fun at Lincoln Lakes

Jerry Gibson (LCHS '60): Lincoln, Illinois, Memoirs & Other Stories

Dave Johnson (LCHS '56): His Web Site for the Lincoln Community High School Class of 1956

Sportswriter David Kindred: Memoir of His Grandmother Lena & Her West Side Tavern on Sangamon Street in the Route 66 Era

Judge Jim Knecht
(LCHS '62): Memoir and Short Story, "Other People's Money," Set in Hickey's Billiards on Chicago Street in the Route 66 Era

William A. "Bill" Krueger (LCHS '52): Information for His Books About Murders in Lincoln

Norm Schroeder (LCHS '60): Short Stories

Stan Stringer Writes About His Family, Mark Holland, and Lincoln, Illinois

Thomas Walsh: Anecdotes Relating to This Legendary Attorney from Lincoln by Attorney Fred Blanford & Judge Jim Knecht

Leon Zeter (LCHS '53): His Web Site for the
Lincoln Community High School Class of 1953
including announcements of LCHS class reunions

(Post yours there.)


Highway Sign of
the Times:

The Route 66
Association of Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society

Illinois Tourism Site:
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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

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

     During the Routes 4 and 66 era, Lincoln, Illinois, had many more car dealers and repair shops than today.  The 1953 Centennial Edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier contains ads for the following car and truck-related businesses: 

   Barrick Transfer and Beverage
   B. & R. Garage
   Diers Motor Sales (DeSoto and Plymouth)
   Fred Langenbahn Truck Lines
   Harold Thomas (International-Harvester)
   Hoagland Transfer
   Illico Independent Oil Company
   Langellier's (Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury)
   Logan Motor Sales (Oldsmobile)
   McMullen Motors (Pontiac-Cadillac)

   Melrose Motors--Chait Brothers (Packard,  Aero-Willys, Kaiser, and Henry J)
   Pemberton (Dodge and Plymouth)
   Row (Hudson)
   Sandel's Service
   Schroeder (Nash:  Ambassador, Statesman,
   Star Service Station
   Yellow and Lincoln Cab Co.
   Wilbur G. Colburn (livestock hauling)

20.1:  Langellier's Showroom in
First Year of Business, Located in the IOOF Building on McLean Street

(Fish, Illustrated Lincoln, 1916)

20.2:  Sheer's Carriage and Auto Repair Shop, Later Sheer's Auto Supply

(Fish, Illustrated Lincoln, 1916)

     15. Vintage Scenes of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District contains a photo of the exterior of Langellier's first facility in the IOOF Building on McLean St.

20.3:  Langellier's Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury Dealership in 1953

(Photo in Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Five, August 26, 1953, p. 16)

     Note the interurban tracks in the center of Chicago Street, which was paved brick at that time.  The light color at the edge of the tracks appears to be concrete patching. 

20.4: Sheers Auto Supply in the Early 1960s

(Photo from Beaver and Gleason, Logan County Pictorial History, p. 190)

     Stan Stringer, who has contributed stories about his memories of Lincoln, emailed this observation in March, 2002:

     "Did you ever hear of Gene Sheer?  He owned the Sheer Machine Shop.  I'm told it originally repaired buggies, wagons and farm equipment, but when automobiles displaced buggies, they worked on cars.  I only met him after his wife died and he had retired. At that time, he entertained children in the neighborhood by telling stories and cutting paper stars from waxed paper.  I thought of writing about him for the Lincoln Daily News, but I doubt if there would be much to the story.  He was one of the Lincoln curmudgeons I mentioned to you."

20.5:  Sheer's Ad
Showing Wreck Before Repair

20.6:  Sheer's Ad
Showing Complete Repair

     The photos above are from Sheer's nearly one half page ad in the centennial edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Eight, August 26, 1953, p. 4.

     The Sheer's ad offered a prize of "$5.00 cash to the first person identifying the name of the manufacturer of the above 1929 automobile which was completely rebuilt in our shop 23 years ago.  Only answers by mail will be accepted."  The ad also presents a photo of its "employees of 1869 when the Sheer Shop was located where the Postoffice [sic] now stands."

     "Our skilled mechanics have helped us build an enviable reputation throughout central Illinois for careful, expert repairs on automobiles, trucks, tractors, and damaged items of every type and description.  Adding to our reputation is Sheer's promptness and fair charges.  The thousands of wrecked or broken down autos and trucks that have passed through our workshop to emerge as good as new are visible testimonials to the quality of our service and the guaranteed parts we use."

Original Sheers Business and Location

     The following photos show Sheers operation before the auto replaced horse-pulled wagons and carriages. Sheers was then at the location of the present-day postoffice on the southeast corner of Broadway and McLean Streets. Click on each image for a larger version in a new window. Then, click again for an even larger version.

     When you view the largest possible image of the second photo, you will be able to read the signs and see buggies and sleds. The large, round sign on the side of the building toward the rear advertises the Carter White Lead Company. For info on manufacturer, see In the largest version of the second photo, you can also barely see the cannon on the courthouse lawn. You will not see any parking meters. Today, there are about four parking meters in front of the post office, the previous front footage of Sheers. Undated photos courtesy of the late Fred Blanford.

20.7--8: Sheers in Horse and Buggy Days

Vehicles from the Peak of the Route 66 Era (1953-1954)

20.9: 1954 Hudson from Lincoln Evening Courier Ad of
Row Motors, 116 Hamilton Street, October 1, 1953, p. 6.

20.10:  Nash Ambassador

     From ad of Schroeder Nash Sales, 404 17th Street in Lincoln Evening Courier, October 30, 1953, p. 5.

20.11:  Studebaker Starlight
Five-Passenger Coupe

     From ad of Mel Wiggers Auto Sales, Corner of Fifth and Logan [Business Route 66], Lincoln Evening Courier, October, 1953.

20.12: Ambulances Are
Now Much Improved in Function If Not in Design

     From the ad of Wright's Funeral Home in the Centennial Edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, Section Seven, August 26, 1953, p. 2.

20.13:  Packard

     From the ad of Melrose Motors--Chait Brothers--in the Centennial Edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, Section Eight, August 26, 1953, p. 5.

20.14:  Henry J

     From the ad of Melrose Motors--Chait Brothers--in the Centennial Edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, Section Eight, August 26, 1953, p. 5.

20.15: Plymouth

     From ad of Pemberton Motor Co., 214 N. Chicago St., in Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Two, August 26, 1953, p.10.

20.16:  Cadillac Photo from Courier Ad

From ad for McMullan Motors in Lincoln Evening Courier,
Centennial Edition, Section One, August 26, 1953, p. 5.

20.17:  Sandel's at the Farm Service Station

     From ad for Sandel's Service, Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Four, August 26, 1953, p. 16.  Note:  Sandel's was also a dealer for Evinrude outboard marine motors.

20.18:  GMC Pickup Truck

     From ad for Hoagland Transfer, Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Seven, August 26, 1953, p. 15.


20.19:  1950s Squad Car, Citizen, Cop, and
Other Cars on the Square --  at the Intersection of Pulaski and Kickapoo Streets

(Photo by Mike Hamilton and sent by Fred Blanford)

     The above photo also shows storefronts on Broadway Street in the background.  On the courthouse lawn are the Civil War statue monument and the Indian mother statue with drinking fountain (over top of Chevy convertible).

Note:  Months after this Web site was published, I was browsing microfilm of the Courier from around 1954, and I came upon an item that may explain the photo of 20.17.  The item said that when the traffic lights were first installed at Pulaski and Kickapoo, cops were on duty to be sure drivers saw and heeded the new lights.

     Fred Blanford offers the following account, 2-9-03, when he emailed the above photo to 160+ alums of Lincoln Community High School:

     "This scan of a Mike Hamilton pic again reflects law enforcement/safety measures of the 50's here in our 'home' community.  Some detail is lost from the original scan when it is 'compressed' for email.

     Without the compression -- the license (M4147) on the Hudson squad car -- as well as the open vent (center of windshield just behind hood -- a/c 50's style) are clearly visible.  The Chevy ragtop license is 277 360, and it appears there may have been a non-standard hood ornament on the Chevy.  Does this sporty car ring a bell with any participants?

     Modern times -- required the parking meters (barely visible on the left but visible on the other side of the street) be removed as they were clearly a discrimination against poor people (that lacked the penny for 12 minutes) or a profiling of those parkers that didn't have any American currency.  The corner has also been hi-teched with the installation of a "traffic control device" (a stop light) for further security/safety -- to free up "Barney F." for other duties.

     While (most of) the buildings fronting on Broadway remain (the top floor was lopped off 2/3 of the Landauer building) -- the occupants of the same stretch of real estate cannot duplicate the "vibrancy/vitality/whatever" of the businesses -- Lincoln Savings & Loan (gone--defunct--does not exist
now) -- Spurgeons -- gone from Lincoln even if it lives on in other communities -- Landauers -- gone --Schoens -- gone -- Montgomery Ward -- gone from here and I am unsure of its national presence -- but makes little difference -- Lincoln's Sears and JCPenneys -- that co-existed with the MW store back then are also gone.

     When I went to Champaign in '59 to further my tour as a youth (school was always better than working for a living), I discovered a "store" in Urbana that was unique in my experience to that time.  It was named "Huey's."  My recollection is that it was one or more "quonset huts" joined together and occupied as a retail outlet for all sorts of things.  It was a real "homegrown" affair.  I recall two large plain painted signs displayed on the outside of the establishment:  One said -- "If it ain't on the shelve s-- it's on the floor." The other, "If Huey ain't got it -- you don't need it."

     I believe after his success in Champaign-Urbana -- Huey moved to Arkansas -- changed his name to Sam and went national/international.  Your old home town has been Wal-Martized -- and apparently -- If Sam ain't got it -- you don't need it.  A corollary to that rule includes -- "and IT was probably made in China."

     As time goes on -- I do "see" what is happening -- I do "understand" the economics behind the changes -- I'm just not sure I can "see" where all of this is going.  In the modern times of sound bites and photo ops -- the bumper sticker and tee shirt are major forms of communication.  I am reminded of the one -- "Life is uncertain -- eat dessert first."  Query -- Did we eat the dessert and will our kids and grandkids have any left for them?

     Until I have time for another modern photo of Lincoln security--take care."  fred

Business Route 66 Gas Stations (and One Tire Store) in Lincoln, Illinois

20.20: Gilbert (Gib) Wilson at His Shell Station, Business Route 66,
Fifth and Washington Streets, 1953

(Photo provided by Gib Wilson)

Click this link to access a list of gas-service stations from the 1941 city directory.

20.21: Wayne Perry's Standard at
Logan and Broadway Streets (Business 66)

(Photo provided by D.D. Welch and
caption by Norm Schroeder)

20.22: Jim's Phillips 66 at Logan and Broadway
(Business 66)

(Photo provided by D.D. Welch and
caption by Norm Schroeder)

20.23:  B&B Tire on 100 North Logan Street (Business Route 66)

(Photo provided by D.D. Welch.  Note the same '59 Ford in other photos by Mr. Welch.  His wheels?)

More Downtown Scenes

20.24:  Shell Station on Pulaski Street in 1955

(Photo provided by Fred Blanford)

     Fred says the station was owned by Mitchell, Cecil, and Hudkins.

     The photo has several noteworthy features, including brick pavement.  The truck at the right has "Lincoln Laundry" on its rear doors.  In the background, several landmark buildings of the railway and Route 66 eras are apparent.  At the far left, a very small part can be seen of the Howard (Commercial) Hotel.  Immediately next to the right is the old ITS (interurban) depot.  Spellman's office building is next to the right, and farther to the right is the Spellman elevator.

     One irony of the picture is it shows the gas station and the interurban depot together.  The gas station is doing business, but the depot was not used by the interurban at that time, as the sign above the two windows on the second story appears to include the name of Spellman.  The automobile was the main reason for the decline and fall the interurban. 

     Fred writes, "The Hudson pickup [below] and the preceding photo of the Shell station have a connection, as Fred Blanford explains in an email of 10-20-02.  I quote him below (unedited in order to preserve the distinct flavor of his style):

     The previous pic was of the Shell station on the corner of Pulaski and S. Chicago.  As noted, the Commercial Hotel has since burned.  On the North end of the Commercial Hotel was the Commercial Restaurant (?) or whatever -- that had a side entrance in common with the Hotel Lobby.  The eating establishment was operated by Slim Cole for many years. (Daughters Linda & Anita were classes about 61 and 64 respectively) Just to the North of the entrance for the eating establishment -- was a small
cubby hole sort of storefront that was operated as the dispatching office for one of Lincoln's two cab companies.  Next store North was for a time the site of my Uncle & Aunt's appliance store.  A door or two North of that--John Pelc's Schwinn shop.

     Them being relations is how I happen to have the attached pic.  Leigh said go to your old boxes and root around -- so I have been.  The truck in the pic was instrumental in moving the LBI (now known as LCC -- but not meant to be confused with Lincoln Correctional Center or Logan Correctional Center --  both in Lincoln) from its original home in the 100 block of North Logan Street (they had 12 students at that time) to its new home just East of town on Rte 10.  I got to "help" with that move. I wasn't big enough to do much toting --, but I loved riding in the back of the truck between buildings.

     Trying to get guesses out or you folks is kinda like pulling teeth -- so I won't pose the question -- just provide the answer.  That is a Hudson pickup truck -- pre-war naturally.  Now there is a retro name for you.  If you ever watch b&w films on TV --, you will occasionally see the cops in their (kinda Tucker shaped) Hudsons chasing the bad guys.  In the newer old films -- Nash squad cars replaced the streamlined Hudsons.  One thing about the old cars--they weren't generic in their shapes like the new
models--think SUV."

20.25:  Pre-WW II Hudson Pickup Truck

(Photo provided by Fred Blanford)

20:26:  Pulaski Street on the Square in 1941

(Photo in Paul Beaver and Paul Gleason, Logan County Pictorial History, p. 193)

     This scene is just two block east of the one of 20.24.  The above photo shows remarkable contrasts -- the truck (apparently a ten-wheeler) among the cars; the car behind the truck older than most of the other cars;  and simultaneously two styles of streetlights on the square.  The building to the right of Sears occupies the lot once owned by Abraham Lincoln.  To its right is the Arcade Building.

20.27: Dell Rogers' Deep Rock at Pekin and Kickapoo Streets

(Photo provided by D.D. Welch and Norm Schroeder)

20.28:  Clapper's on Kickapoo Street in Mid 1950s

     Photo by Mike Hamilton and emailed by Fred Blanford.  Clapper's offered tires for your car, tv's and appliances for your house.  Notice the reflection of the Lincoln Theater in Clapper's large, plate-glass window.  Can you identify the businesses to the left (on the other side of the alley)?

20.29:  Night View of Clapper's Appliances and Tires on Kickapoo Street in the 1950s

(Photo provided by Fred Blanford)

Car Businesses of Routes 10 & 121 on Seventeenth Street--Woodlawn Road

20.30:  Route-66 Era Auto Business in a Spanish-Style Building at 404 17th Street

     Elm Street "north ended" at Seventeenth Street, and Schroeder Nash was located on the north side of Seventeenth and Elm.  This business was adjacent to the old LCHS football, track, and baseball fields.

     Mary Baldin Moore, who provided the above photo, wrote the following history:  "I am attaching a picture of Turner's Garage (operated by Ed Turner) taken in 1970, shortly before it closed.  It had formerly been Schroeder Nash Sales, I believe, in the middle or late 1950's.  (This is a snapshot given to me by Ray Turner, Ed's son, who worked with his father in the garage). 

     As a side note, this building is now painted a couple of shades of purple with chartreuse trim, the old house on the corner of the property is a mustardy yellow with burgundy trim, another building is chartreuse with orange trim and an orange door, and a garage has a large flag painted on the side.  This is all the result of the homeowners in the area blocking the owners from selling the property for commercial use.... they maintained the area should remain residential, stating that these buildings could be painted up and would be perfectly OK.  The owners complied!!!!  This happened several years ago, and the colors have mellowed some."

     Note:  I spotted a story in (February 11, 2003) that said these buildings would soon be demolished.  Mary Baldin Moore captured the picture below just prior to demolition.

20.31:  Spanish Architecture in Psychedelic Decor:
A Timely Last Photo Provided by Mary Baldin Moore, 2-27-03


Gasing up Across the Street from Schroeder Nash Sales

20.32: Shell Station at Elm and 17th Streets, 1955

(Photo provided by Fred Blanford)

     Fred writes, "I don't know that I have seen any pics that really give the full flavor of 17th Street.  It was a scant two lanes -- and -- wasn't parking allowed along the way -- at least by the football field?  The attached pic is of the Shell Station that was located on the corner of Elm & 17th -- just opposite the ticket office main gate for the football field.  This was still operating when we were there -- as I seem to recall stopping for an occasional coke to take with on the long walk back to the HS after running cross-country practice.  Of course -- you had to pay a deposit on the bottle.

     To the right in the background -- the building where "Lee's Drive-In Liquors" was later established.  Did Tony Rufogales ever run this as a deli before Leo Bennis had the drivein?  The far end of this block
(corner of North College and 17th) would have been Steve Vlahovich's drive-in.  Large lemonades from there were great.  Another collector of artifacts here in Lincoln (I don't have room for everything) has the old (painted white) wooden barrel from Steve's which spouted root beer -- if memory serves."

     Gwen Lisk Koda, in email correspondence to 150+ LCHS alums (10-28-02), reports that the owner of the station had a parakeet trained to say, "Buy Shell or go to hell!" 

     The precocious bird also could say, "Pretty girl, give me a kiss."  Gwen recalls one of her friends did try to give the bird a kiss and was badly bitten on the lip.  Gwen has made me promise not to reveal the identity of the embarrassed victim.

The Rods of Larry "Jughead" Malerich, LCHS Class of 1959

20.33: Jug's 1937 Ford Coupe

20.34: Jug's 1934 Ford Coupe

     In an email of April, 2004, to 270+ LCHS alums, Fred Blanford writes,

     "In Jug's case, he represented the wave of the future.  He had two vehicles--one for normal transportation--the left photo--a 1937 Ford Coupe while the right photo represented the "off-road" vehicle of the 50's--a car modified for drag racing.  Jug informs me it was a 1934 Ford Coupe.  Off-road vehicles are very BIG today.  He informs "they" were very successful in the good old days.  They is meant to include his "partner" in the drag adventure--Ron Koester--forgive if I have misspelled the name.  Ron was from one of the outlying communities--like NewHollandMiddletown or HartsburgEmden.  Allegiances were very localized in the 50's--not world-wide as they are today.  The difference of a few miles was a lifetime. Ron ended up married to the girl that sat behind me in Spanish 1--Luanne Lohrenz (again forgive any spelling errors) with whom he had a very full life.

     In any case--THC--the history channel has oft times described the American "Love Affair With
The Auto."  While trite in concept--reflection will reveal the truth of the statement.  Even in the 50's we all loved "our cars."  To this day the Americans are in an ongoing affair with the wheeled beasts.  Jug (and his two vehicles--one driver--multi-function vehicles) was just a precursor of things to come."

     Gentle readers, I mean no disrespect by including the following images, but their type was part of the Route 66 era.  Also, if you think these images are politically incorrect, why, you must not have seen the kinds of calendars that adorned the walls in the back rooms of repair shops.  So, actually, what you see here is not exactly Norman Rockwell, but it was semi-respectable calendar art for its time.


20.36: 1949 Captain's Daughter

20.37: 1946 Billy Devorss Calendar

(20.34-35 offered on but not purchased by the author)

Sources Suggested

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

   "Transportation Notes for 1980" lists "iron" bridges demolished and others remaining, pp. 30-31.

   Photos of Wright Brothers airplane landing near Mt. Pulaski, 1910; "last horsedrawn cab with Bill Madigan. First motorized cab with Thomas (Sas) Madigan"; covered bridge over Salt Creek, early 1900s; "last Illinois Terminal Railroad System--Chicago Street, 1962"; bridge identified as "Eminence n. 18 SW 1/4 Sec. 9 Sugar Creek 'Gilbert Bridge,'" p. 30.

   "1935 tractor-trailer Merritt Stoll, driver" (Photo is related to article on Armour's Creameries, and photo shows load of chickens)

Gehlbach, Nancy Lawrence.  "Cars. . . and Drivers."  Our Times. vol. 3, no. 4, winter, 1998.
     Prairie Years Press. 121 N. Kickapoo Street, Lincoln, IL 62656:

   Sections on "The Lincoln Speedway," "The Lincoln Automobile," Recollections of Bob Graue, Maxine Amberg [Seggelke], Marge Coogan Blanford and Fred Blanford

Gleason, Paul E. Lincoln, Illinois:  A Pictorial History.  St. Louis, MO:  G. Bradley Publishing, 1998:

   Photo of Logan County Sheriff's car (Ford) (1953 or '54)

   Photo of midget racing cars, p. 144

   Various photos of street scenes showing cars of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s

Gleason, Paul E., and Paul J. Beaver, Logan County, Illinois: A Pictorial History.  St. Louis, MO: 
     G. Bradley Publishing, 2000:

   Photos of McCormick and Fink auto dealers, pp. 96-97

   1960s photo of Sheer's Auto Supply, p. 190

   Photo of Bob Sanders and service station, 1929

     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:  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

Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Wednesday, August 27, 1953:

   Photo of Mrs. Belle Schott with her 1920 Ford sedan, which she had owned and driven for 33 years, section 3, p. 4.

   "Illico Oil Company Organized in 1904," Section Five, p. 2.

     Email comments, corrections, questions, or suggestions. 
Also please email me if this Web site helps you decide to visit Lincoln, Illinois:

"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.