Homepage of "Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, & Other
Highlights of Lincoln, IL"
A Long-Range Plan to Brand the First Lincoln
Namesake City as the Second City of Abraham Lincoln Statues
Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in Lincoln, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln and the Historic Postville
including a William Maxwell connection to the Postville Courthouse
About Henry Ford and the Postville Courthouse,
the Story of the Postville Courthouse Replica,
Tantivy, & the Postville Park
Neighborhood in the
Route 66 Era
The Rise of Abraham Lincoln and His History and
Heritage in His First Namesake Town,
also the founding of Lincoln College, the plot to steal Lincoln's
body, and memories of Lincoln College and the Rustic Tavern-Inn
Introduction to the Social & Economic History of
including poetry by William Childress & commentary by Federal Judge
Bob Goebel & Illinois Appellate Court Judge Jim Knecht
"Social Consciousness in William Maxwell's
Writings Based on Lincoln, Illinois" (an article published in the
Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, winter 2005-06)
Peeking Behind the Wizard's Screen: William
Maxwell's Literary Art as Revealed by a Study of the Black Characters in
Billie Dyer and Other Stories
Introduction to the Railroad & Route 66 Heritage
of Lincoln, Illinois
The Living Railroad Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois:
on Track as a Symbol of the "Usable Past"
Route 66 Overview Map of Lincoln with 42 Sites,
Descriptions, & Photos
The Hensons of Business Route 66
The Wilsons of Business
Route 66, including the Wilson Grocery & Shell
Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Lincoln Memorial
(former Chautauqua site),
the Historic Cemeteries, & Nearby Sites
Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Salt Creek &
the highway bridges, GM&O bridge, Madigan State Park, the old dam (with
photos & Leigh's memoir of "shooting the rapids" over the old dam), &
the Ernie Edwards' Pig-Hip Restaurant Museum in Broadwell
The Historic Logan County Courthouse, Past &
Route 66 Map with 51 Sites in the Business &
Courthouse Square Historic District,
including locations of historical markers
(on the National Register of Historic Places)
Vintage Scenes of the Business & Courthouse Square
The Foley House: A
Monument to Civic Leadership
(on the National Register of
the Route 66 Era
Arts & Entertainment Heritage,
the Lincoln Theatre Roy Rogers' Riders Club of the
Cars, Trucks & Gas Stations of the Route 66 Era
Churches, including the hometown
churches of Author William Maxwell & Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr
Factories, Past and Present
Food Stores of
the Route 66 Era
Hospitals, Past and Present
Hotels & Restaurants of the Railroad & Route 66
Lincoln Developmental Center
(Lincoln State School & Colony in
the Route 66 era), plus
debunking the myth of
Lincoln, Illinois, choosing the Asylum over the University of Illinois
Mining Coal, Limestone, & Sand & Gravel; Lincoln Lakes; & Utilities
Museums & Parks, including the Lincoln College
Museum and its Abraham Lincoln Collection, plus the Heritage-in-Flight
News Media in the Route 66 Era
The Odd Fellows' Children's Home
Memories of the 1900 Lincoln Community High School,
including Fred Blanford's dramatic account of the lost marble
fountain of youth
A Tribute to the Historians and Advocates of
Watering Holes of the Route 66 Era
The Historic 1953 Centennial Celebration of
The Festive 2003 Sesqui-centennial Celebration of
Lincoln, Illinois, including photos of LCHS Class of 1960
dignitaries & the Blanfords
Why Did the State Police Raid Lincoln, Illinois,
on October 11, 1950?
The Gambling Raids in Lincoln and Logan County,
During the Late Route 66 Era (1950-1960)
in this section tell about Leigh Henson's Lincoln years, moving away,
revisits, and career:
About Lincoln, Illinois;
This Web Site; & Me
A Tribute to Lincolnite Edward Darold
Henson: World War II U.S. Army Veteran of the Battles for Normandy and
the Hedgerows; Brittany and Brest; and the Ardennes (Battle of the
For Remembrance, Understanding, & Fun: Lincoln
Community High School Mid-20th-Century Alums' Internet Community
(a Web site and
email exchange devoted to collaborative memoir and the sharing of photos
related to Lincoln, Illinois)
Leigh Henson's Pilgrimage to Lincoln, Illinois, on
July 12, 2001
Review of Dr. Burkhardt's William Maxwell Biography
Leigh Henson's Review of Ernie Edwards' biography,
Pig-Hips on Route 66, by William Kaszynski
Leigh Henson's Review of Jan Schumacher's
Glimpses of Lincoln, Illinois
Teach Local Authors: Considering the Literature of
Web Site About
Leigh Henson's Professional Life
in this section are about the writing, memorabilia, and Web sites of
A Tribute to Bill and Phyllis Stigall:
Exemplary Faculty of Lincoln College at Mid-Twentieth Century
A Tribute to the Krotzes of Lincoln, Illinois
A Tribute to Robert Wilson (LCHS '46): Author of
Young in Illinois, Movies Editor of December Magazine,
Friend and Colleague of December Press Publisher Curt Johnson, and
Correspondent with William Maxwell
Brad Dye (LCHS '60): His Lincoln, Illinois, Web
including photos of many churches
Dave Armbrust's Memorabilia of Lincoln, Illinois
Fikuarts of Lincoln, Illinois, including their
connections to the William Maxwell family and three generations of
family fun at Lincoln Lakes
Jerry Gibson (LCHS '60): Lincoln, Illinois,
Memoirs & Other Stories
Dave Johnson (LCHS '56): His Web Site for the
Lincoln Community High School Class of 1956
Sportswriter David Kindred: Memoir of His
Grandmother Lena & Her West Side Tavern on Sangamon Street in the Route
Judge Jim Knecht
(LCHS '62): Memoir and Short Story, "Other People's Money," Set in
Hickey's Billiards on Chicago Street in the Route 66 Era
William A. "Bill" Krueger (LCHS '52): Information
for His Books About Murders in Lincoln
Norm Schroeder (LCHS '60): Short Stories
Stan Stringer Writes About His Family, Mark
Holland, and Lincoln, Illinois
Thomas Walsh: Anecdotes Relating to This Legendary
Attorney from Lincoln by Attorney Fred Blanford & Judge Jim Knecht
Leon Zeter (LCHS '53): His Web Site for the
Lincoln Community High School Class of 1953,
including announcements of LCHS class reunions
(Post yours there.)
Highway Sign of
The Route 66
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achievement: serves as a model for the profession and reaches a greater
of the Lincoln Theater, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois
A Tribute to the Historians and Advocates of Lincoln, Illinois
It is not difficult to
identify the founding fathers and the historians who have written about the city
of Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln's connections to this community he named. On
the other hand, it is nearly impossible to identify all advocates of
Lincoln, Illinois, without unintentional omissions. Thus, on this page
I mention some of the prominent Lincolnites that others have identified, but
my focus is on the historians. Here, I discuss the historians in the order
they lived, although some were contemporaries.
Before I present the
historians, here is some information about some of the prominent advocates of
One group of
distinguished Lincolnites was identified in the celebration of the
centennial of Lincoln, Illinois, in 1953. The celebration included an
enactment of the city's history titled Lincoln, 'Tis of Thee, a
pageant with a cast of 400 or so performed at the Logan County Fairgrounds
four nights in
succession. Each performance concluded with the Hall of Fame: a
portrayal of twenty-one men and women, living and deceased, regarded as among
the most important people in the city's history.
identifications for the Hall of Fame are from an article in the Lincoln
Evening Courier titled "Lincoln, 'Tis of Thee Wins Crowd's Acclaim
as History of City, County Reviewed" (Lincoln Evening Courier,
September 2, pp. 1 and 2). In the list that follows, the person playing the honoree is given in parentheses:
"Col. Robert B. Latham (William McCormick), Gov. Richard Oglesby (James
Taylor), John Gillett (John R. Parker), Abram Mayfied [Lincoln's first
mayor] (Frank Metelko), A.H. Bogardus [international trap-shooting champion]
(Hugh Knochel), Stephen A. Foley (Floyd Durst), Capt. D.H. Harts (D.H.
Harts, Jr.), Judge Lawrence B. Stringer (Dr. D.M. Barringer), Virgil Hickox
(James T. Hickey), Caroline Chamberlain Lutz (Mrs. Marion Sparks).
Dr. Katherine Miller
[first local female physician and school board president] (Mrs. Robert
Langellier), Ella Owsley Brainerd (Mrs. Jennie Gasprich), Dr. William Dyer
(William Perkins), Leslie Atlass (Bill Gossett), William Maxwell (Tom
Fitzsimmons), Reinhold Niebuhr (Ray Gimbel), D.F. Nickols (Franklin
Nichols), Agnes Rourke Garretson (Mrs. Harry Huffman), Silas Beason (N.L.
Gordon), Col. Crowe (a Marine sergeant from Springfield)." In a
Courier edition a few days later, W.C. Handlin's name was added, making
him the twenty-first member of the Hall of Fame.
Many on the preceding
list are mentioned in this Web site, as are others from the second
half of the 20th Century. Paul Gleason's Lincoln, Illinois: A Pictorial
History, cites Latham, Handlin, Stringer, and Gillett as among those
"making a difference in Lincoln." Others named by Gleason are Larry B. Shroyer,
Miss Ida Webster (librarian for more than 55 years], Earl C. Hargrove
(founder of Lincoln Christian College), E.H. Lukenbill, Lester "Tiny" Sheridan
(father of tourism in Lincoln), and
Earl and Edward Madigan. Certainly Bob Madigan has now earned his own
distinction as a major contributor to Lincoln's progress.
Most of the rest of this page is devoted to the historians of Lincoln, Illinois, and
In 1911 Lawrence B. Stringer published his
two-volume, encyclopedic Logan County Illinois: A Record of its
Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement. On the title
page of that work, he quotes President Woodrow Wilson: "Local history
is the ultimate substance of national history."
Below is the page honoring Judge Stringer in the 1953 Centennial book titled
The Namesake Town. Click on the thumbnail image of the page
below to access a readable size:
Biographical Sketch and Tribute to Judge Stringer Written by D.H. Harts,
Dooley's The Namesake Town: A Centennial
History of Lincoln, Illinois
Note: In scanning printed material, I have taken
pains to provide clarity in both photos and text (a new trick being learned
by an old dog). Some flaws, such as the lack of square alignment in
the Gullett's ad, above are in the original.
Stan Stringer, who has contributed material to this Web site wrote briefly
about seeing Judge Stringer:
A Connection Between
Lawrence Stringer's Work and the Work of William Maxwell
of his publications, William Maxwell refers to Stringer's History of
Logan County 1911 as a source. Maxwell writes of Stringer's book
that it "is overburdened with statistics" ("Billie Dyer," in Billie Dyer
and Other Stories, p. 14). Yet, recording facts is part of the
historian's job. Historians and other students of history want as many
facts as they can get in order to analyze them and form the most credible
interpretations of their significance. Such writers of "creative
nonfiction" as Mr. Maxwell choose to work with fewer facts as they "connect
the dots" to form and express their truths of human nature and life.
Let's just hope the facts selected by authors of "creative nonfiction" are
accurate and ample enough to warrant the "universal" truths implied through
their stories. (I'm sure it was a creative writer who first expressed
the notion of not letting the facts get in the way of a good story.)
On the page
about William Maxwell I created for this Web site, I refer to a couple of
examples where Maxwell's information is somewhat inaccurate, but these
instances are probably unintentional. See
5. Social Class, Race,
and the Question of Universality in William Maxwell's Writings Set
Banquet for Judge Stringer on
His 75th Birthday (probably in the Hotel Lincoln)
Judge Stringer's Colleagues Help Him Celebrate His 75th Birthday
(Photo from The Namesake Town: A Centennial
History of Lincoln, Illinois, p. 34)
James T. Hickey was a widely
recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln. As indicated in the tribute below,
he had been a protégé of Lawrence Stringer. Mr. Hickey lived in rural
Elkhart, Illinois, near the site of Governor Ogelsby's Oglehurst, and the
historic cemetery on top of Elkhart Hill.
Mr. Hickey was one of my
favorite teachers. I was a student in his course on the life of
Abraham Lincoln at Lincoln College, which I attended my freshman year
(1960-61). He was a most affable teacher who spoke in a relaxed,
charming, and authoritative manner about every aspect of Lincoln's life and
Hickey "was educated at
Lakeside Grade School, Elkhart High School, Lincoln College, and Western
Illinois State Teachers' College. . . . He married the former Miss
Betty Brooker of Mt. Pulaski and the couple are parents of three-year-old
daughter, Julia Nan. Beside the time spent pursuing his historical
interests, Hickey farms a 360-acre farm near Elkhart, 160 acres of which has
been handed down through two generations of the family. His ancestors
were here 105 years ago, before the City of Lincoln was founded. . . .
Mr. Hickey had a large collection of historical pictures, documents, and
information relating mostly to Lincoln and the Logan County area" ("James T.
Hickey Well-Known County Historian," Lincoln Evening Courier,
centennial edition, August 26, 1953, p. 12).
great-grandfather, William Hickey, accompanied Lord Scully on his excursions
to buy farmland in North American. James Hickey donated his
great-grandfather's rifle to the Lincoln College Museum, and a photo of that
antique firearm appears at 29. Museums & Parks, Including the Lincoln College Museum.
Below is a page from the Lincoln College newsletter with information about
James Hickey. Click on the page to access a readable size.
The rest of
the above article is as follows: ". . . of the research and informational assistance he so
generously gave to Lincoln scholars over the years. Pulitzer
Prize-winning historian Mark E. Neely, Jr., once said that 'James T. Hickey
is the greatest Lincoln curator of his generation'" (p. 6).
From Material Sent by Ron Keller, Curator of the Lincoln Museum at Lincoln
One of Mr.
Hickey's publications tells the history of the lot that Abraham Lincoln
owned in Lincoln, Illinois, on Pulaski Street, across from the Logan County
3. The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln and the Founding of Lincoln, Illinois,
I summarize that article titled "Abraham Lincoln's Lot in Lincoln,
Illinois," first published in the spring 1953. I am happy that my
little library contains an autographed copy of The Collected Writings of
James T. Hickey from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society,
Hickey was an officer of the Logan County Historical Society and appeared in
the centennial celebrations of several towns in that county. In the
1953 centennial celebration of Lincoln, Illinois, he played the role of
founding father Virgil Hickox in the re-enactment ceremony of Abraham
Lincoln's christening of Lincoln, Illinois. He also read (and probably
helped write) the "letter to posterity" at the ceremony to bury the time
capsule in Centennial Park at the conclusion of the centennial celebration.
More information about these activities, including a photo of James Hickey
as Virgil Hickox, is presented at
37. The 1953
Centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois.
and Florence Dooley
Raymond N. Dooley
authored and edited several works of history. Mr. Dooley, a native of
Bloomington, Illinois, was president of Lincoln College from 1948 until
about 1971. Before coming to Lincoln, Mr. Dooley had worked as
"Director of Student Personnel Services of Illinois Wesleyan University" in
Bloomington (Lincoln Evening Courier, centennial edition, section
six, August 26, 1953, p. 8). His wife, Florence Adams Dooley, worked at Lincoln
College as a guidance counselor.
At this time, I am unsure of the full extent of Raymond Dooley's
publications about Lincoln, Illinois, and Abraham Lincoln. I do know
Mr. Dooley edited The Namesake Town: A Centennial History of Lincoln,
Illinois; and authored an article titled "Lincoln and His Namesake Town," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society,
spring, 1959, pp. 130-145. Dooley, as president of the Lincoln, Illinois, centennial
celebration of 1953, most likely did some work on the 144-page centennial
edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, published on August 26, 1953.
Unfortunately, a number of articles in that material do not have authors
Biographical Sketch of Raymond
N. Dooley (adapted from
his obituary in The Pantagraph, February 21, 1991)
"Mr. Dooley was born July 19, 1909, in Bloomington, IL. . . He married Lovilla Frederick August 8, 1934, in Chicago. After her death in 1944,
he married Florence Adams in Monticello on April 2, 1947. He was
survived by two sons and a daughter: William Paul of Kent, CT; Raymond
W. of Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and Virginia of Taos, NM.
· 1931, Bachelor of Arts from
Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, IL
· 1934, Master of Arts from
he completed his work for his degrees, Mr. Dooley had a number of part-time
jobs, including touring the Chautauqua circuit as a semi-professional actor.
He was a part-time assistant in the reading room of the Library of Congress
and worked in news and advertising at The Pantagraph."
· 1934-1943, "admissions counselor
for Stephens College, Columbia, MO, working in New England, New York, New
Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C."
· 1943-1948, director of student
personnel and admission at Illinois Wesleyan University
· 1948-1971, 15th president of
Lincoln College. "During the Dooley era, the student body grew from
100 to 700, and the campus with only three building grew to have a dozen and
an athletic field."
Dooley's memberships included the influential and prestigious North Central Association (and
he was a commissioner of the NCA), Illinois Commission on Higher Education (chairman, 1958),
the Harvard Club, Civil War Round Table, Illinois State Historical Society
(president, 1970-71), Illinois State Historical Library (board of directors,
1956-1969; chairman, 1965-1969), president of the centennial celebration of
Lincoln, IL, and Lincoln Rotary, and Lincoln's First Presbyterian Church
"A Civil War and
[Abraham] Lincoln expert, Mr. Dooley wrote numerous articles and gave many
lectures on Lincoln's life. In 1956, he was one of seven panelists
trying to stump one of the contestants on the '$64,000 Challenge' television
Raymond N. Dooley in the
Beginning of His Presidency at Lincoln College
(Photo in Lincoln the Namesake College, p.123)
Florence Adams Dooley as
Guidance Counselor at Lincoln College
(Photo in 1961 Lynxite, dedicated to her)
Obituary of Florence Dooley
(Pantagraph.com, Wednesday, November 15, 2006 12:22 AM CST)
Florence Adams Dooley of East River Road, Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of
Green Valley, Ariz., and Lincoln, died after a brief hospitalization on
Sunday (Nov. 12, 2006) at age 93.
She was born on Oct. 14, 1913, in Piatt County, to
Calvin Wesley Adams and his wife, Celia. When Celia Adams died, Calvin
Adams, following her wish, married her cousin Flora, and the family moved to
Monticello, where Mr. Adams owned and operated farm machinery and automobile
Florence Adams attended the University of Illinois,
where she was a member of the class of 1935 and Chi Omega Sorority. She sang
the leading role in a university production of "Carmen" and she received her
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1936. After graduation she worked in the fashion
industry in Champaign, before finding her real niche in academia.
In 1943, she went to work for Coe College in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, as an admissions counselor, then moved to the admissions
department of De Pauw University in Greencastle, Ind., her father's
alma mater. Her job involved a good deal of travel, and during a business
trip she met Raymond Nelson Dooley, who had worked in admissions and risen
to Director of Student Services at his alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan
University in Bloomington.
Florence Adams and Raymond Dooley, a widower with three young
children, were married on April 2, 1947. The following year, they moved to
Lincoln, where he became president of Lincoln College, a private liberal
arts junior college. Later, speaking of his family, Mr. Dooley said that
"Florence and Lincoln were the saving of our lives." The same could be said
of the Dooleys' effect on the school. Raymond Dooley raised money and built
new buildings and acquired a statewide reputation as a Lincoln scholar and
educator; while his wife served the college as director of admissions and
found time between entertaining dignitaries like Carl Sandburg and Alben
Barkley (the original Veep) to sing with the Community Chorus and play an
active role in the local Presbyterian Church. She received an honorary
doctorate from Lincoln where a classroom building on campus has been named
for her and her husband.
When the Dooleys retired in 1971, they moved to Green
Valley, Ariz., where Mrs. Dooley remained active in the American Association
of University Women, the local chapter of Chi Omega and PEO. When Mr.
Dooley's health began to fail, they moved to Tucson, where he died in 1991.
Mrs. Dooley leaves three children, William Paul Dooley
of Kent, Conn.; Raymond Weith Dooley of Belgrade, Serbia; and Virginia Susan
Dooley of Taos, N.M.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. Contributions in her
memory may be made to Lincoln College, Lincoln. Copyright ©
2006, Pantagraph Publishing Co. All rights reserved.
Raymond Dooley and Ethel
Welch's The Namesake Town: A Centennial History of Lincoln, Illinois
of The Namesake Town: A Centennial History of
Raymond Dooley Addressing Readers of the Centennial History of
Harriet Dyer Brummel, p. 33.
|Click the above thumbnail images for full-sized, readable
Memoir of Mrs. Dooley
In high school I had
become curious about English as a result of the teaching of Mr. Jack Bass.
At Lincoln College during my freshman year, the teaching of Mrs. Florence Molen
increased my interest in the study of English. By the spring semester
of 1961, I had decided that for my sophomore year I would transfer to
Illinois State (Normal) University, where I could earn a bachelor's degree
in my favorite subject. In the spring of 1961, I talked to Mrs. Dooley
about my plan and requested my transcript be sent to Illinois State as part of the application process. Mrs.
Dooley was very supportive, although my transfer meant one less student
paying tuition and fees at Lincoln College.
Raymond Dooley, Florence Dooley, and Friends,
Including Mrs. David Hanger, the Hartses, and Burnses
(Photo from Lincoln, the Namesake College:
Centennial History of Lincoln College,
Lincoln, Illinois, 1865-1965, p. 98)
photo appears in a chapter titled "Raymond Dooley and Lincoln's Leap
Forward" in Lincoln, the Namesake College. The caption says, "President Raymond Dooley offered a brave
new world to Lincoln College. With him on his immediate right are Mrs.
Dooley, Mrs. David Hanger, Dean and Mrs. Elva Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. David
Harts, Reverend and Mrs. John Burns" (p. 98). The four people on the far side
of Mr. Dooley are unnamed, and I do not recognize any of them, even when
looking at the photo with a magnifying glass, a favorite technique of mine.
Lincoln the Student by Merrell Gage
Mr. Dooley Presenting Honorary Doctorate to the Great Gospel Singer, Mahalia Jackson
(Photo from Lincoln,
the Namesake College, p. 120)
At left is
distinguished Historian Ralph Newman of Chicago, who sponsored Ms Jackson
for this award. (Punctuation note: "Ms" with a period is
an abbreviation for manuscript.)
Dedication of Statue
Lincoln the Student, May 27, 1961
(Photo from Lincoln,
the Namesake College, p. 113)
"President Dooley accepts the statue, while degrees went to John E. Stipp,
Merrell Gage, and E.B. Long"
For an example of Ms. Jackson's evocative voice, access
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlxAFq_9Mak. One more (Newport Jazz
Festival) to show the range and passion (letting her hair down):
shows President Dooley accepting and dedicating the famous Sculptor Merrell Gage's
titled Lincoln the Student, which is located on the southeast corner
of the campus (near the intersection of Keokuk and Ottawa Streets). In
this ceremony, President Dooley said:
like any great work of art will be visited, enjoyed, and loved by all, from
infants who will climb upon its knee to oldsters who come to pay the revered
respects of their own generation. The status will forever symbolize
the ideals of simplicity and service forever embodied in the name of Abraham
Lincoln" (Lindstrom and Carruthers, Lincoln: the Namesake
College, p. 114).
reference above to infants climbing the knee of Lincoln the Student,
reminds me of a story I heard about Raymond Dooley when I attended Lincoln
College as a freshman (1960-61). I cannot recall who told the story, and perhaps it is
apocryphal. When Mr. Dooley was a student at Harvard University, he
had allegedly traveled to Washington, D.C. While there, he had visited
the Lincoln Memorial late one night and was so moved by the spirit that he
found a way to climb up into Lincoln's lap
35.12: Undated Picture Postcard
Photo of Lincoln, the Student
Carl Volkmann's article
on Lincoln the Student in Illinois Heritage magazine. [Note:
this article says that Mr. Lincoln's train taking him as President-elect to
Washington, D.C., stopped briefly in his first namesake city, where he gave
a few remarks. Fact is the train taking him to D.C. did not go through
Lincoln, Illinois, because it went directly from Springfield to Indiana.
Yet, Lincoln as President-elect did travel by train to Chicago in November
of 1860, and the train did stop in Lincoln, where he spoke briefly. Lincoln
was then traveling to Chicago to meet his Vice President-elect, Hannibal
Hamlin, and to discuss possible members of the Cabinet.]
Lincoln statue owned and exhibited by Lincoln College is a life-size
standing white plaster Lincoln statue in the foyer of its Meyer-Evans
Student Center. This statue titled Lincoln the Lawyer is exhibited
in a glass case and is a copy of Lorado Taft's bronze statue, dedicated in
1927 and located in Carle Park at Urbana, Illinois. This statue depicts
Lincoln in a frock coat, hands resting on a table behind him, as he would
have appeared to citizens of Urbana when he practiced law there on the
Eighth Judicial Circuit.
A full-length statue of Lincoln was installed at the new Lincoln
Center, which will house the College's Lincoln Heritage Museum. This statue
by Andrew Jumonville of Bloomington, Illinois, depicts Lincoln
with a book to correspond with the theme of Lincoln's fondness for
self-education through reading as also seen in Gage's Lincoln the
Note: My book titled
Town Abraham Lincoln Warned discusses the other statues of
Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, Illinois--including the proposed statue to
commemorate his "monster" 1858 political rally and speech--, as well as such
other Lincoln-related topics such as busts, paintings, drawings, historic
sites and their historical markers, celebrations, festivals, and
See also my proposal: The
Lincoln Statues of His First Namesake City and a Long-Range Plan to Brand It
as the Second City of Lincoln Statues.
Business Card of Raymond Dooley
Back of Dooley's Business Card
The above business card,
yellowed after about forty years, was stapled to a copy of The Magnetism
of Lincoln by Lloyd Ostendorf, allegedly the greatest scholar of Lincoln
photographs and author of Lincoln's Photographs: A Complete
Collection -- the definitive source.
The Magnetism of
Lincoln, a twenty-page booklet which highlights certain photos of
Lincoln, was published by Lincoln College (no date). The
booklet was occasioned by an "Abraham Lincoln Memorial Lecture."
Apparently the booklet was published at the expense of Lincoln College and
reflects President Dooley's interest in Abraham Lincoln and in promoting
Lincoln College's connection to the Great Man. The handwritten note on
the business card suggests Mr. Dooley sent complimentary copies of the
booklet to friends and colleagues. I have no translation or other
information about the oriental language(s) on the back of the card.
During the administration of Raymond Dooley at Lincoln College (1948-1971),
Lloyd Ostendorf was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Connection Between Raymond Dooley and William Maxwell
In "Billie Dyer,"
alludes to Raymond Dooley. Billie Dyer had spent his childhood
in Lincoln, Illinois, had served in World War I, and had become a prominent
black physician. Dr. Dyer had been honored during the centennial
celebration of Lincoln, Illinois, in 1953, as a member of "the Hall of Fame"
(see above on this page). Maxwell
writes that two years after the centennial Dr. Dyer revisited Lincoln,
attending a banquet
of the Lincoln College Alumni Association, "where he was given a citation
for outstanding accomplishments in the field of medicine" ("Billie Dyer,"
in Billie Dyer and Other Stories, p.
5). At that time, Dyer and the college president visited ("Billie
Dyer," p. 5).
Maxwell describes a
conversation he had many years later with the college president about Dr. Dyer's visit
and refers to the college president as "a childhood friend of mine. 'What did you
talk about?' I asked. . . , regretting the fact that so far as I
knew I had never laid eyes on William Dyer. My friend couldn't
remember. It was too long ago. 'What was he like?' I persisted, and my
friend, thinking carefully, said, "'Except for the color of his skin he
could have been your uncle or mine'" (p. 5).
Raymond N. Dooley was the
President of Lincoln College at that time and so had to be the unnamed
person Maxwell refers to. Most likely Maxwell had met Raymond Dooley
around 1921 or 1922 when Maxwell visited (and possibly lived with) his Aunt
Edith Blinn Young and her M.D. husband in Bloomington, Illinois, where Raymond
Dooley had grown up. William Maxwell had spent time with his aunt in
Bloomington before his father moved the family to Chicago, where the senior
Maxwell was transferred as a result of a promotion.
Note: Evidence indicates that William Maxwell and the Dooleys
continued to communicate. The collected papers
of William Maxwell contain, for example, a personal letter that Mrs. Dooley
wrote to William Maxwell on April 6, 1991, in which she describes the life
and love she and her husband shared. The letter seems to be a response
to condolences that Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell had sent to the Dooley family.
In addition to the
letter, the Maxwell papers include obituaries of Raymond Dooley that Mrs.
Dooley had sent to the Maxwells. Among these papers are two articles
about Mr. Dooley from the Lincoln Courier, one dated February 21,
1991. Mr. Maxwell's papers are being sent to the Rare Book & Special
Collections Library of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, by his
daughters in New York City.
and Halcyone Shroyer
Larry B. Shroyer was a talented reporter, photographer, and civic leader in
Lincoln, Illinois, for most of the 20th Century. Mr. Shroyer's
historical writing is featured in Paul Beaver's Logan County History 1982.
A major contribution of Mr. Shroyer to Beaver's publication is titled "I
Remember the '20s and Before" (pp. 8-14). That essay discusses pre-WW I, WW I,
the flu epidemic of 1918, Home Guards of the WW I era, the KKK, "natural disasters,"
and a variety of other developments in the social and political history of
Lincoln and Logan County. Another of Mr. Shroyer's contributions to
Beaver's book is a summary of the history of the City of Lincoln (pp.
The following summary comes
from the Shroyers' autobiographical sketch in Paul Beaver's History of Logan County
1982: "Lawrence B. 'Larry' Shroyer and Halcyone Merry Shroyer were born in Lincoln at the turn
of the century. He was born October 4, 1900, a son of Alonzo D. and
Effie Richardson Shroyer. She was born August 26, 1900, a daughter of
Professor Herbert O. and Maude Tandy Merry. They attended local
schools and were married November 16, 1921, in Bloomington" (p. 522).
35.15: Halcyone and Larry
(Photo in Beaver,
Logan County History 1982, p. 523)
Larry B. Shroyer as Photographer
(Photo in Gleason, Lincoln, Illinois:
A Pictorial History, p. 95)
"Starting as a carrier in 1911 on the
old Morning Star, Larry became a pressman but in 1920 shifted careers and
became a 'cub' reporter. Shroyer spent more
than 60 years in the newspaper, advertising, radio and television field,
serving major central Illinois and metropolitan newspapers, radio and
television stations. He had a stint as editor-share holder of the
Evening Star; a member of Gordon and Shroyer, Inc., commercial printers;
eight years as editor-sports-writer-photographer of the Lincoln Courier. For 18 years
news director of radio station WPRC, Shroyer devoted much of his career as a
'free lance' reporter-photographer" (p. 523).
In addition to his
diverse career, Larry Shroyer provided civic leadership. Mrs. Shroyer,
a member of the D.A.R., was her husband's partner in much his public service
(Beaver, p. 523). He served in the National Guard during World War I.
He was City Collector of Assessments and a
member of the County Board, 1938-39. He was active in Red Cross and
Cancer organizations. "During World War II he was press representative
of various War Defense Agencies and a member of the County Airport
Commission, builders of the Logan County Airport. The Shroyers organized the
first Red Cross Blood Bank in the county during World War II" (p. 523).
"In 1951 he was appointed
director-coordinator of the Lincoln-Logan County Civil Defense, a post which
he filled for 26 1/2 years. He was also active on the state and
national levels of Civil Defense. Major projects developed included
county wide radio net in law enforcement, fire and emergency services; siren
warning system and established the Logan County Safety and Emergency Control
Complex and the city-county-wide ambulance and rescue services" (p. 523).
and Sue Beaver
The publications of Paul J. Beaver,
concerned local history and Abraham Lincoln in Illinois. Mr.
Beaver published his master's thesis titled "William Scully and the Scully
Estates of Logan County, Illinois" (OCLC: 14050241), and it was also
available in soft cover. He wrote
"Lincoln's Political Rise in Logan County, Central Illinois" as an address
delivered to an international conference in 1986, and this work was
published in Redlands, CA, by the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.
Paul J. Beaver was professor emeritus of history at Lincoln College. He was also the curator of the Lincoln
Museum there. A native of rural Middletown, Illinois,
he grew up on his family's farm, which was founded in 1853--the same year as
the founding of the First Lincoln Namesake Town. Mr. Beaver
graduated from Middletown High School, attended Lincoln College, and earned
his master's degree in history from Illinois State University. His wife, Sue,
also graduated from Illinois State and taught in the Mt. Pulaski school
system. Their daughters attended schools in Lincoln, Illinois (Logan
County History 1982, p. 181).
35.17: Paul Beaver
(right), Raymond Dooley (left), and Students (1970)
The above photo (vertical line caused by book center crease) is from the
1970 Lincoln College yearbook titled Lincoln College, Lincoln, Illinois,
1970 (by then the title Lynxite had been dropped). The
caption reads, "President Dooley accepts a World War I scrap book from Mr.
Paul Beaver, curator of the Lincoln Museum. Students Kenneth Lanning
and Domina Frankovic are on hand as Mr. Beaver discusses the significance of
the record of Lincoln's participation in the Great War" (p. 19).
History of Logan County 1982,
edited by Paul Beaver
Paul Beaver fulfilled a major contribution to the history of Logan County
and Lincoln, Illinois, with the publication Logan County History 1982,
which was published by the Logan County Heritage Foundation and printed by
Taylor Publishing Company of Dallas, TX. In this one-volume,
encyclopedic work (727 pages), Mr. Beaver coordinated the work of several
dozen citizens, who solicited material from countless family members and other locals. This book, including Mr. Beaver's essay titled "I Remember the
'50s" (pp. 19-20), features local citizen-historians writing
about decades well remembered and family history. Many church
histories and histories of rural families appear throughout.
35.18: Cover of History of Logan County 1982
Besides Mr. Beaver's essays in Logan County History 1982, examples of
other local historians and their essays contained in this work are Sanford
Patterson, "I Remember the '30s," "Will Coal Mining Return to Logan County,"
and "The Prohibition Era"; Mary Lou Fink (Lincoln Community High School,
Class of 1947), "I Remember the '40s"; Sandra Heinzel Crews (Lincoln
Community High School, Class of 1965), "The Sixties: Decade of
Change"; Sara L. Harris (Lincoln Community High School, Class of 1977), "I
Remember the '70s"; Gloria Dowson Harper, "Courtship in Logan County"; Sue
Cause, "Logan Newspaper Update"; Emil McElhaney, "Storms and Weather
Disasters in Logan County"; Henry Mayes and Paul Beaver, "Logan County
Sports 1920-1982"; Emily P. Gordon, "Logan County Genealogical Society";
Dwight F. Zimmerman, "Logan County Board"; Tom Oas, "Logan County Health
Department"; Paul E. Gleason, "Presidential Visits to Logan County"; and
Mildred Stuckel, "Molloy's Cafe."
Key Personnel in the
Development of Mr. Beaver's Logan County History 1982
35.19: History of Logan County 1982,
35.20: History of Logan County 1982,
Paul Beaver wrote the
foreword to Lincoln, Illinois: A Pictorial History (1998) by
Paul E. Gleason. In this foreword, Mr. Beaver acknowledges the
contributions of many, including Richard Sumrall, Director of the Lincoln
Public Library, and David Shroyer, son of Larry Shroyer (cited above),
who allowed the use of his father's collection of photographs.
In 2000, Paul J. Beaver
collaborated with Paul E. Gleason in the publication of Logan County,
Illinois: A Pictorial History. In 2003, Paul Beaver published
William Scully and the Scully Estates of Logan County, Illinois. Access
a link to a PDF of
the front cover, title page, table of contents, preface, page one, and the
back cover, which includes a summary of his career.
In 2008 Paul Beaver, professor
emeritus of history at Lincoln College, received the Courier's
the Year award:
Paul Beaver and I became
friends as we communicated about local history and collaborated on the
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration at Lincoln, Illinois, in 2008. I
was saddened by his passing at the end of February 2019. Obituary for Paul
J. Beaver, Jr.:
and Jackie Sheridan (advocates of Lincoln, Illinois)
Memorial Page in Paul Beaver, Logan County History 1982,
and Cheryl Gleason
Like his colleague, Paul
Beaver, Paul E. Gleason is a teacher, historian, and author. Paul is a
member of the Lincoln Community High School Class of 1956. His wife,
Sheryl, has worked in the library of Lincoln College and has collaborated
with her husband on many historical projects.
The following information
about the Gleasons comes from Paul Beaver's History of Logan County 1982.
Mr. Gleason attended public schools in Lincoln, Illinois, and earned bachelor's and
master's degrees in history from Illinois State University. His
master's thesis was written on John Dean Gillett, who was one of the
founders and owners of Lincoln, Illinois, and was known as "the Cattle King
Mr. Gleason's "additional
educational activities included studies at the University of Illinois in the
field of agricultural history and in the area of Illinois history at
Sangamon State University. Courses on Logan County history were taken
at Lincoln College. [He] and his wife have attended American
Revolutionary workshops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the summer.
There they were able to gain a more in-depth understanding of the
Revolutionary era culture and way of life in order that such information can
be utilized in their jobs of working with students. Religious history
course were studies at Lincoln Christian College. . ." (p. 302).
Besides the books described below, Mr. Gleason's publications include The
Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois, 1953-1978 (1978) and A Celebration
of Logan County--1839-1989 (1989). He has researched a book
about "forgotten Logan County and Lincoln stories" (back inside panel of
book jacket of Lincoln: A Pictorial History).
Paul E. Gleason
Cheryl A. Gleason
(Photos from Beaver,
Logan County History 1982, p. 302).
thousands of miles of travel in the United States and the development of
their slide, tape, news, and Presidential library, the Gleasons have
been able to establish or build collections which are used in their work
where they seek to encourage those persons whom they are contact with to
seek out their past heritage which has enabled them to live in the present
and to hope for their future" (Beaver, p. 302).
Mr. Gleason is also
active in community service: he has worked as a member of the Logan
County Board as well as serving as Logan County Historian for the Board. He is
president of the Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation
(community Action). He has chaired the Logan County Historic
Preservation Commission and the Elkhart Historic Society and served on the
boards of the Middletown, Knapp, Chestnut, Becker Historical Society, the
Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, the Abraham Lincoln
Tourism Board of Logan County, and the Illinois Route 66 Association of
Illinois (back inside panel of book jacket of Lincoln: A Pictorial
Lincoln, Illinois: A Pictorial History (1998) by Paul E. Gleason
With the cooperation and
support of the State Bank of Lincoln and the G. Bradley Publishing Company
of St. Louis, Paul E. Gleason authored Lincoln, Illinois: A
Pictorial History, a coffee-table-sized book of 200 pages, including
hundreds of photographs. Many of the sections and photo captions are rich
in historical information.
This book is composed of
the following sections (in order presented): early history, Postville,
the establishment of Lincoln (1852-1865), Civil War, Logan County
Courthouse, transportation, industry, Lincoln Garment Company, mining, Lehn
and Fink, Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Stetson China Company, Lincoln Glass
Factory, business, agriculture 1850-1900, William Scully, early banking,
State Bank of Lincoln, Gullett and Sons, hotels, hangouts, general
businesses, auto dealers, government, making a difference in Lincoln
(community leaders), Madigan, Presidential visits, Lincoln and the wars, the
day Lincoln was "attacked," churches, education, Lincoln High School,
Lincoln College, Lincoln Christian College, sports, and his name was
Michael, Lincoln College sports, LCC sports, a local legend (sports figures
with national reputations), entertainment, Chautauqua, 1953 Lincoln
centennial, Logan County Fair, Lincoln Lakes, bands and the sounds of music,
theaters, Christmas, railsplitting festival, art fair, serving others,
Prohibition, fire department, Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln State School
and Colony, hospitals, I.O.O.F. Orphans' Home, homes of Lincoln, balloon
festival, new development, postscript--Lincoln today, acknowledgements,
sources for further reading, and publication staff.
Concluding Material in
Lincoln: A Pictorial History
The pages below from Mr. Gleason's Lincoln:
A Pictorial History are presented because they identify sources that
some readers will find useful for additional information.
35.24: Lincoln: A Pictorial History,
35.25: Lincoln: A Pictorial History,
Logan County, Illinois: A Pictorial History (2000), Co-authored
with Paul Beaver
In Logan County,
Illinois: A Pictorial History (2000) by Paul Gleason and Paul
Beaver, the authors present a six-page overview and
devote most of this book to depicting the life and times in rural
communities of this central Illinois county. The numerous photos of
this work, accompanied by detailed captions, show the evolution of farming
technology and of life on the prairie farms and farming communities of this
Here are the topics and parts of this
book: Atlanta, Beason, Broadwell, Burtonview, Chestnut, Cornland,
Elkhart, Emden, the 50s in Logan County, Hartsburg, Lake Fork, Latham,
Lawndale, Middletown, Mount Pulaski, New Holland, San Jose, Lincoln,
epilogue, acknowledgements and dedication, index.
Concluding Material in Logan
County, Illinois: A Pictorial History
The pages below from Logan
County, Illinois: A Pictorial History are presented because
they identify sources that some readers will find useful for additional
35.26 Logan County, Illinois: A Pictorial History,
35.27 Logan County, Illinois: A Pictorial History,
The books of Mr. Gleason
and Mr. Beaver published by the G. Bradley Publishing Company are essential
to an understanding of central Illinois. These works are copyrighted with all rights
Material used in this Web
site from these publications 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
Corporate Support for Lincoln: A Pictorial History and Logan County
of State Bank of Lincoln (Founded, 1904)
in Lincoln: A Pictorial History and Logan County Pictorial
Jerry and Nancy
Lawrence Gehlbach and Our Times
Paul Beaver's Logan
County History 1982 includes a sketch of the Gerald and Nancy
Lawrence Gehlbach family written by Mrs. Gehlbach (pp. 294). Her
husband and I were on the Lincoln Community High School yearbook (Lincolnite)
staff in 1958-59. He was a senior; I, a junior.
Mrs. Gehlbach was born in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago, and met Gerald in
1960 while they were students at the University of Illinois. There,
Mr. Gehlbach earned a master's degree in animal science, and Mrs. Gehlbach earned a
bachelor's degree in elementary education. In Logan County History 1982,
Mrs. Gehlbach describes the vigorous life of a family that is equally at
home in the country and in contemporary Lincoln, Illinois. Her family
autobiographical sketch tells about her husband's business accomplishments in
agriculture, their active
church participation, their two sons' exemplary achievements in school, and various
leisure-time activities. Mrs. Gehlbach says she is "most grateful for
the friends I have made in the community. . . " (p. 295).
In the fall of 1996, Mrs.
Gehlbach wrote and edited the first issue of Our Times, a quarterly publication
whose mission is "to publish well-researched, interesting articles about the
people, history, and culture of Logan County, Illinois" (Our Times
1.1, fall, 1996, p. 2). Since the beginning of this publication, Mrs.
Gehlbach has been its principal researcher and writer, and her articles have covered diverse
aspects of community history, as indicated by the titles in her publications
She draws upon information carefully selected from local
historical publications, and her special writing strategy is to find and
interview the people who were closely involved in the places and events that
she writes about. She concisely presents the experiences, wit, and
wisdom of these people, who literally made local history. Their
stories would remain untold without Mrs. Gehlbach's skill and devotion to
her craft, and her good work continually delights and instructs readers of
35.29: Nameplate of
35.30: Masthead of
Nancy Lawrence Gehlbach's
"Cars. . .
and Drivers." Our Times 3.4, winter, 1998. (story of the attempt to manufacture the Lincoln
automobile and the Lincoln Speedway race track).
Our Times 3.2, summer, 1998. (history of the largest Chautauqua organization in Illinois, circa 1900-1937)
"Come Fly with Me!"
Our Times 5.1, spring, 2000. (history of flying in central Illinois and the Logan County Airport)
Yesteryear." Our Times 7.3, fall, 2002.
Remember." Our Times 7.1, winter, 2002.
"Farm Life in Logan
County." Our Times 2.2, summer, 1997.
"First Do No Harm."
Our Times 4.3, fall, 1999. (history of medicine and hospitals in Lincoln, Illinois, and Logan County)
"God's People in Logan
County." Our Times 2.1, spring, 1997. (diverse religions in Lincoln, Illinois)
"Home, Sweet Home."
Our Times 6.4, winter, 2001. (history of the Illinois Odd Fellows' Children's Home)
"Keeping in Touch."
Our Times 6.2, summer, 2001. (history of the mail, telephone, and telegraph)
"Let's Eat Out." Our
Times 6.1, spring, 2002. (history of restaurants)
"Let’s Play." Our
Times 7.1, spring, 2002. (history of parks)
"Light, Giving, and Joy! Our
Times 2.4, winter, 1997. (Christmases in Logan County and Lincoln, Illinois)
"Lincoln State School: A Little History
of a Big Place." Our Times 5.4, winter, 2001.
"Milk and Eggs." Our Times
5.2, summer, 2000. (history of Sieb's Hatcheries, Inc.)
"Pity Our Beautiful Trees." Our
Times vol. 7, issue 1, spring 2002. (history of the American Dutch elm disease)
"Read All About It." Our Times
7.2, summer, 2000. (history of newspapers)
"Riding the Rails." Our Times
3.3, fall, 1998. (history of the interurban, streetcar, and steam trains)
"Saturday Night in Logan County."
Our Times 1.2, winter, 1996.
"They Also Serve. . . " Our Times
4.4, winter, 1999. (emphasis on citizens' roles in WW II)
"To Market, to Market. . . " Our
Times 6.3, fall, 2001: (history of grocery stores and fish and meat markets)
"Water Works." Our Times 4.2,
summer, 1999. (history of Lincoln Sand and Gravel Company and the Lincoln Lakes recreation)
"What Did We Do for Fun? Saturday
Night in Logan County." Our Times 1.2. winter, 1996.
"Whatever Happened to the Country
Schools?" Our Times 1.1, fall, 1996.
"What's on the Radio?" Our Times
5.3, fall, 2000. (history of public and college radio stations)
"When Coal Was King." Our Times
2.3, fall, 1997.
Businesses Supporting Our Times
Willie Aughton and Darold Henson:
Octogenarian Witnesses to Most of the Twentieth Century History of Lincoln,
Throughout this Web site, I have included information offered by these
gentlemen during informal, "all too brief" conversation. With Willie,
this talk was mostly in the summer of 2002. With Darold, it has been
throughout my lifetime, but still "all too brief."
Henson, a Veteran of WW II and the Battle of the Bulge, in Normandy Hat
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