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
Association of Illinois
State Historical Society
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
Lights of the Lincoln Theater, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois
31. The News Media
in the Route 66 Era
"Small-town people manage to endure the inexorable proximity of their lives
only by deceiving themselves into thinking that nobody knows what they
couldn't not know. I am in favor of this."
--William Maxwell, Ancestors (1971),
From 1856, just three years after its founding, to the
present, Lincoln, Illinois, has had several newspapers; and during part of
the Route 66 era, there was also a local radio station. Additionally,
both Lincoln College and Lincoln Christian College have had their own radio
stations. News media can help citizens understand one another and their
community by providing news, editorials, "letters to the editor," and
advertising. News media can hinder understanding by censoring and
failing to provide a public forum for various ideas. Generally, local
news media in Lincoln have contributed greatly to its economic and civic
Historian/Judge Lawrence B. Stringer identified dozens of weekly and daily newspapers in Lincoln and
Logan County in the second half of the 19th Century ("The Press,"
History of Logan County 1911, pp. 482-488). The granddaddy of the
present Courier was the Lincoln Herald, first published in
1856 (Gehlbach, "Read All About It," p. 1). "By 1915, various
newspapers had come together to form The Lincoln Courier-Herald,"
which emerged as the Lincoln Evening Courier from 1921 until 1956. It was called the Lincoln Daily Courier from 1956 to 1968 and then
the Courier since 1992 (Gehlbach, "Read All About It," pp. 1-3). From 1968 to 1987, the Lincoln Shopper printed "free wants ads for
individuals. People also loved the detailed articles about weddings
and reunions" (Gehlbach, "Read All About It," p. 8).
Throughout the Route 66 era, the Lincoln Evening Courier had continuous ownership: "In
1918, the Courier-Herald Publishing Company, which also published
weekly and semi-weekly newspapers, was purchased by Carpenter and Company, a
national advertising firm. Following the death of Willard E.
Carpenter, his widow Allyne V. Carpenter became publisher and continued
until the 1968 sale. When she and John L. Nugent were married [early
1930s], the couple became co-publishers of the paper and leaders in
the Lincoln-Logan County community" (advertisement in Beaver,
History of Logan County 1982, p. 614).
The Lincoln Evening Courier was first published at 117 North Kickapoo
Street, the site of Abe's Carmelcorn (Gehlbach, "Read All About It,"
p. 1). North Kickapoo was the location of this publication when
William Maxwell was a paper boy. He describes his paper boy experience in
Ancestors (p. 136) and in "What Every Boy Should Know." I discuss
that experience at
of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District,
which includes a link to a contemporary photo of this structure provided by
From 1923 to 1939 the Lincoln Evening Courier was published in the
IOOF Building at 112 South McLean Street, just south of the post office. A period photo of the IOOF building appears on
of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District.
"In the fall of 1939, the publishing company moved
into newly remodeled headquarters at the corner of McLean and Pulaski
Sts. Mrs. Nugent was instrumental in the design and layout of the
building. Some of the fixtures and wood were from the Lincoln National
Bank, which had been closed. Over the building's main entrance was
inscribed the paper's slogan -- "Decrevimus" -- a Latin verb meaning 'we have
declared'" (Beaver, p. 614).
31.1: Home of the Lincoln Evening Courier,
Corner of Pulaski and McLean Streets
(Photo from 1953 Centennial Edition of the Courier,
August 26, 1953, Section Seven, p. 13)
had designed every corner of the news newspaper plant, including her elegant
office with its chandeliers and its mock fireplace given her by some of her
employees" (Gehlbach, "Read All About It, p. 2).
31.2: Office of Lincoln
Evening Courier Publisher Allyne V. Nugent
(Lincoln Evening Courier,
Logan County Centennial Edition, Wednesday, October 1939, p. 5)
Courier had a mission statement before mission statements were cool:
our mission to bring the world to your doorstep--for either a hurried
glance, a leisurely perusal, or a concentrated study. We shall
chronicle who was born, who died and who was married. We will predict
the weather, provide results of sports contests and in various other ways
offer a varied reading menu for your information and entertainment.
Nor will we
relent in assisting the development of Logan County in civic, economic,
educational, religious, social and cultural progress in the day before us. In this way, we shall do our part to promote better life and better living
for the people of this great community" (Courier, Centennial
Edition, Section Seven, August 26, 1953, p. 13).
companies also have unwritten policies. The Courier's unwritten
policy may have been not to print selected local bad news. I cite an
example seen in Our Times, summer, 2002:
Getchel was circulation manager at the Courier and took sports
photographs. One time, Mrs. Nugent sent him out to take pictures of a
scandalous incident at a small public facility. 'I brought
the photos and laid them out on her desk,' he says.' They never made the
paper, but before the day was over, there was a new [supervisor at the
facility]'" (Gehlbach, "Read All About It," p. 3).
Courier policy has changed: According to former Editor Jeff Nelson: "The
editor's function, he says, is 'to bring the news to the people as fairly as
possible--news that may be good or bad, that we feel is important to the
community--no matter how it's received'" (Gehlbach, "Read All About It,"
policy aside, the Nugents
were among the "larger than life" Lincolnites. "A tiny woman, she
always wore a hat and suit and very high heels, and she and her husband both
used cigarette holders. She was 'very dependable,' remembers Billie
generous, too, holding baby showers for employees and buying an entire
layette--complete with hand-sewn slips from he Philippines--at Marshall
Field's for Billie's first baby. (It turned out to be a boy.)"
was a snappy dresser with an English accent. He wore French cuffs and
later had a black lens in his glasses after losing the sight in one eye.
The walls of his office were covered with photographs of the couple and the
celebrities they had met on their trips to London on the ocean liner
Queen Elizabeth" (Gehlbach, "Read All About It," pp. 2-3).
"In 1945 the
Lincoln Evening Courier was named 'America's Foremost Small Town
Daily Newspaper' by the New York Museum of Science and Industry, the first
time one of its annual business awards had gone to a newspaper. The
honor brought with it a display in the museum at Rockefeller Center in New
York, a radio program dramatizing the lives of publishers Allyne and John
Nugent, and a write-up in Time magazine" (Gehlbach, "Read All About
It," p. 1).
31.3: Nugents Receive Award for
America's Foremost Small Town Daily Newspaper
Our Times, vol. 7, issue 2, p. 1;
originally published in Lincoln Evening Courier, January 4, 1946)
of the New York Museum of Science and Industry presents the award.
31.4: John Nugent
Holds the Centennial Edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, August
(Photo from Beaver, History of
Logan County 1982, p. 21).
right: Mr. Larry Shroyer, Mayor Alois Feldman, and Mr. Nugent. The setting is the rotunda of the Logan County Courthouse, home of the
"white Lincoln" statue.
The 1953 Centennial
Edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier
The Courier published special editions for the 1939 Centennial
Celebration of the founding of Logan County, Illinois, and for the 1953
Centennial Celebration of the founding and christening of Lincoln, Illinois. The
1953 Centennial Edition of the Courier consists of a regular daily
section plus eight sections devoted to articles and photos about the city's
history. This edition, also with many advertisements--some a full
page--, contains 144 pages and includes no fewer than 12 pictures of Abraham Lincoln. It is a major source of local history. Several places in this Web site
use information from this source and other editions of the Courier.
Here are the headlines of
each section of the centennial edition:
· Regular daily section: "Poised for Lincoln
· "Logan County and Abraham Lincoln Are Synonymous"
· "Kickapoo Indians Were Once Masters of this Region"
· "Community Showed Progress Just Two Years Following its Humble
· "City's Public Schools Show Effort of It's [sic] Citizens"
· "White Man's 'Medicine' in Logan County Since 1836"
· "Postville Rich in Tradition"
· "Lawrence B. Stringer Was Endeared to All in Logan County During
His Lifetime" and a second
headline reading "Early Records and Stories
Indicate Spirited Sale of Lots Prior to Naming Town"
· "City of Lincoln 100 Years Old"
The paper printed
congratulatory letters from President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Governor
William G. Stratton. Even comic-strip heroes expressed their excitement:
31.5: Dagwood and Blondie Respond to their
Invitation to the Lincoln, Illinois, Centennial Celebration
(Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Two, August 26, 1953, p. 8)
The 1953 Centennial
Edition of the Courier includes a couple of short articles on the
history of local newspapers:
Newspaper Stirs Old Memories," section 7, p. 8. This articles
describes the operation of the Volksblatt-Rundschau Print Shop. The
press was run by a steam engine in a back room. Otherwise, the article
notes that this operation was essentially the same as Gutenberg's invention
of printing. In his early career, Centennial Mayor Alois Feldman had worked
"F.B. Mills Was Herald
Publisher," section 7, p. 10. This six-paragraph article says that
Mills' family was from Ohio, that he was a Civil War veteran, and the he had
worked for the Atlanta, Illinois, paper knows as the Argus before
moving to Lincoln and publishing the Herald.
"Read All About It," an
issue of Our Times, is the most complete history of newspapers in
Lincoln. This issue describes the activities of the key Lincoln-area
newspaper professionals, with interviews from some, and other contributors,
including Hazel Alberts, Paul Ayars, Bob Ball, Bob Borowiak,
Doug Brickey, Billie Baldwin Cheek, Bill Coombs, Bill Danley, Dick Eimer,
James Fetgatter, Clem Garton, Delbert Geskey, Jack Getchel, Ken Goodrich,
Charlie Hamilton, Grant Heatherwick (Middletown Ledger), Dick Huston,
William Joy, Pat Kirby, Bertha Koller, Jean Martin, Bill Martinie, Matt
Mason, Jean McCue, Frances Eisele Montgomery, Mabel Musick, the Nugents,
Jeff Nelson, Harry Salmons, Betty Reiners Schmidt, Larry Shroyer, Dan
Tackett, Ken Theobald, Orville Werth, Lena Wertheim, Lisa Carlin Whitson,
Harry and Margaret Wible (Mt. Pulaski Times-News), and Bob Wilson.
For newspaper coverage of
the 1950s gambling scandals of Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois, including
reports on the Good Government Movement by short-lived Kickapoo Press, see
Update on the Radio
Station of Lincoln College
The following information appears below with the permission of
John Malone [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wed 2/8/2006 9:24 PM
Subject: your website
I found your
website on Lincoln, Illinois, a couple of years ago when I began working
there. I joined the staff of Lincoln College in August 2004 to take over
their struggling broadcasting program.
enjoyed your site, and it made me further appreciate the rich history of
Noticing that you
place the end of WLNX Radio at 1998, I wanted to write to correct you
on a couple of points. From 1998 until 2004, the station did operate, but in
a sporadic fashion. They were absent a broadcast program but did operate the
station when they felt like doing so.
I was hired in
August 2004 to rebuild the very antiquated facilities and to recruit a bona
fide program. Since then, we did go back to being on the air 24/7, playing
syndicated non commercial classical music via satellite. We will launch a
student operated full time station next week, playing mainstream rock and
classic rock music targeted towards 18-25 year olds.
We have many students now who
have decided to come to Lincoln College because of the radio program, and we
are very proud of what we have accomplished.
There are plans to launch a
website, and when it is completed, I will let you know.
My background is in commercial
radio, and this is my first position as an instructor. For the previous 6
years before joining Lincoln College, I was Program Director of WMBD Radio
in Peoria, Illinois. Overall, I have 18 years commercial radio experience.
Hope this helps you current on
the latest developments, and if you have any questions, feel free to get a
hold of me at the school. 217-732-3155 ex. 288, or
centennial Courier offers a lot of history of nearly every aspect of
business, industry, education, and culture in Lincoln, but does not present
its own history. Nor does it say anything about WPRC, the longest-running
commercial radio station of this city.
Below is a chronology of
radio history of Lincoln as condensed from "What's on the Radio," the fall,
2000, edition of Our Times as written by Sam Redding and Nancy
· 1924: WBBM
broadcasts from Les Atlass's home on Park Place before he moved to the
Chicago area and broadcast there on
February 24, 1925, from the Broadmoor Hotel on the north side. While
in Lincoln, Atlass's broadcasts featured local musicians, including the
Harry Ryan Orchestra, and a stage play from the Lincoln Theater (Gehlbach,
"We Broadcast Better Music," pp. 3 and 9).
Harry Leslie "Les" Atlass's father, Frank, had immigrated to the
US from Europe in 1971
and had entered the family poultry business in Indiana, later establishing
his own poultry businesses first in Decatur and then in Lincoln. "By
1900, he claimed to operate the 'largest produce house in central Illinois'"
(Tubbs, p. 162). This business success enabled the father to provide a
good education for his son older son, Les, who had attended the Lake Forest
Academy in suburban Chicago. By 1911, Les and his younger brother,
Ralph, "began experimenting with a crystal radio set in the basement of
their parents' home. . . . At that time radio was nothing more than
the transmission and reception of coded messages" (Tubbs, p. 162).
35.6: Undated Photo of Les Atlass
(Photo in Tubbs, p. 164)
35.7: Frank Atlass Home at 325 Logan Street (Business Route 66)
(Photo in Tubbs, p. 165.
Click photo for larger image.)
Notes on the Atlass
Home on Logan Street: This structure was drawn by Artist
David Alan Badger, and his description reads, "Colonial Revival -- 1880 to
1955. . . identifying features. . . a front facing gambrel roof with cross
gambrel. . . Palladian window & an enclosed oval in the front gable. . . pedimented at the entry, wraparound porch . . . paired, classic columns that
rest upon stone piers. . . " (no page numbers used in The Badger
Collection Featuring Lincoln of Illinois).
Mr. Badger says that Les
and Ralph Atlass experimented with amateur broadcasting from the attic; Mr.
Tubbs says the broadcasting was from the basement (Tubbs, p. 165). Access
Badger's drawing of the Atlass house at 325 Logan St.
The Frank Atlass home
is just one of many
remaining historic houses that people enjoy seeing when they drive through Lincoln's traditional neighborhoods.
Historic houses of various styles may be observed -- Craftsman, Greek Revival,
Italianate, Second Empire, Spanish, Tudor, and Victorian.
* * * * *
serving in the Navy as a Signal Corps officer in World War I, Les Atlass
returned to Lincoln, married Harriet Marks on June 26, 1917, and in the
early 1920s had begun to run his father's poultry operations. "He
[Les] and his wife moved into their new home at . . . Park Place in Lincoln"
(Tubbs, p. 162). Mr. William B. Tubbs, the author of "'We Broadcast
Better Music': WBBM Goes on the Air in
Lincoln, Illinois," lived for more than eleven years in the house that was
formerly the Les Atlass home on Park Place.
From that location in the
early 1920s, Les Atlass with license 9DFC used amateur radio equipment in
place of the telephone for personal and business communication with his
father, who had moved to Chicago (Tubbs, p. 163). Like the more
powerful licensed broadcasters, Atlass also began to announce election
results to locals. The increased power of Atlass's new equipment,
however, resulted in reception far beyond Lincoln and Logan County, and
listeners to commercial stations sometimes complained of interference from
amateur stations. Atlass, Byron Mowry, Richard Purinton, and other
local amateur radio buffs formed the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club "in order to
keep better informed about the various regulations that they must follow"
(Tubbs, p. 166).
35.8: Adaptation of Mr. Tubbs' Drawing of
the Les and Harriet Atlass Home on Park Place
(Drawing in Tubbs, p. 167)
35.9: Ryan Orchestra
(Photo in Tubbs, p. 169)
Members of the Harry Ryan
Orchestra were, from left to right: Paul R. Moore, Vernon Brown, N.
Rice, Jerry J. Ryan, and Harry J. Ryan (Tubbs, p. 169).
The Les Atlass home is
just one of many
remaining historic houses that people enjoy seeing when they drive through Lincoln's traditional neighborhoods. Historic houses of various styles may be observed--Craftsman, Greek Revival,
Italianate, Second Empire, Spanish, Tudor, and Victorian.
"On Wednesday, February
6, 1924, one day short of the one-year anniversary of Purinton's first voice
transmission from 9CXT, WBBM (call letters that were assigned by the Radio
Service Division of the Bureau of Navigation, which fell under the
jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce) went on the air from the
Atlasses' home on Park Place, with Purinton as the announcer.
Broadcasting on a wavelength of 226 meters, he announced several times
on the 200-watt station during the first broadcast, 'We Broadcast Better
Music.' The station was licensed to the Frank Atlass Produce Company:
'The Home of the Egg.' Between the musical selections presented by
Ryan's Orchestra, among others, the announcer offered three dozen eggs to
the first person from each state to respond that they had heard the
In the first batch of telegrams, the most distant
response was from New Orleans. By morning, replies had been received
from fifteen states. Atlass spent much of the next day sending out
eggs. Newspapers in Lincoln, Springfield, Bloomington, Decatur, and
Middletown all reported the event" (Tubbs, p. 167).
WBBM broadcasts from
Lincoln featured local talent, and Atlass experimented with broadcasting
from remote locations. For an account of the broadcasting schedules of
the early days, remote broadcasting locations, names of the local talent,
and listeners' responses, click on 31.10 to access the page of Mr. Tubbs'
article with that information.
In February of 1924,
Atlass sold the Frank Atlass Produce Company to Armour & Company but
continued to broadcast from Lincoln until May, when Atlass dismantled the
station and moved to Chicago to be near his parents.
35.10: Page 170 of the
Tubbs' Article Describing the Earliest Days of Broadcasting WBBM from
The Atlass home on
Park Place was sold to William E. Hodnett on May 22, 1924. "From the
remainder of 1924 and early 1925, Atlass broadcast from the basement of his
parents' home at 7421 Sheridan Road in Chicago" (Tubbs, pp. 171 and 172). For additional
information about WBBM's history in Chicago, see the rest of Mr. Tubbs'
article (bibliographical information below in Sources Cited).
· 1951: WPRC (Prairie Radio Corporation)
begins. Owned by Ray F. Knochel, Lee N. Hamm, M.D. [who delivered this
writer], John H. Deal, begins from its location on the Route 66 beltline
just west of the Lincoln State School & Colony.
· 1967--1975: WLCC (Lincoln Christian
1974--present: WLNX (Lincoln College)
· 1996: WPRC changed to WVAX
· 1998: WVAX changed to WLLM
"What's on the Radio," an
issue of Our Times, is the most complete history of radio in Lincoln.
This edition describes the activities of the key Lincoln radio
professionals, with interviews from some, and other contributors, including
Walt Abel, Jim Ash, H. Leslie Atlass, Ralph
Atlass, Jeff Benjamin, Steve Berger, Bill Brady, Carol Hoffmann Brainard,
Judy Busby, Tom Campbell, Pastor Mark Carnahan, Dave Copeland, Jim Crowell,
Brayton Danner, Vaughn De Leath, Jerry Dellinger, Saunders Devine, Dee Ebel,
Roy Frankenhoff, Rev. Daryl Gehlbach, Vernon Gehlbach, Art Gimbel, Ron Jarrett,
Larry Jones, Lloyd Kirby, Alan Kline, Dennis Knauer, Earl "Whoople"
Layman, Mickey Lee, Jan Hoepfner Loeffelholz, Beck Logeman, Mary Lotta, Sam
Madonia, Keith Mason, Marian "Mimi" Gordon McCann, Robert Miller, Ruth Hill
Neal, Pastor Arthur Neitzel, John O'Donnell, Richard Purinton, Paul Rankin,
Alton Rich, Jerry Schnacke, Larry Shroyer, Don "Chuckles" Thompson, Bill
Tubbs, Bob Verderber, Gene Warfel, Ken Watson, Randy Whitehead, Betty
Loeffler Williams, and Patty Wilson.
Covers Adlai Stevenson
Arriving in Lincoln by Train
Left to Right: Mayor Alois Feldman, Mr. Stevenson, and Earl "Whoople"
Our Times, fall, 2000; source, Larry Shroyer photographic collection in
the Lincoln Public Library)
31.12: Judy Busby
and Earl Layman
on WPRC's Viewpoint
(Photo from Our Times, fall, 2000 as provided by Judy Busby)
31.13: WPRC Building as WLLM in December, 2002
Badger, David Alan. The Badger
Collection Featuring Lincoln of Illinois. Privately published,
1987. Mr. Badger's material is copyrighted with all rights reserved.
Use of his material in this Web site is with his permission. Please
visit his Web site at
Beaver, Paul. History of Logan County 1982. Dallas, TX:
Taylor Publishing Co., 1982.
Dick's Five and Dime, Main Street,
Branson, Missouri: "Truly the last great "dime store" where nothing much is a dime, but with 50,000 items on
hand you will find lots you need or can't resist. This store packed up my childhood and put it on
display - little glass figurines, paper dolls, soaps and lotions of a bygone day, embroidery,
horehound candy; if it is in your memory, it's at Dick's. " Information located through
Gehlbach, Nancy Lawrence. "Read All About It."
Our Times, vol. 7, issue 2, summer, 2000. Sam Redding, publisher. Prairie Years Press, 121 N. Kickapoo Street, Lincoln, Illinois 621656
___________ . "What's on the Radio?" Our
Times, vol. 5, issue 3, fall, 200. Sam Redding, publisher. Prairie Years Press, 121 N. Kickapoo Street, Lincoln,
Lincoln Evening Courier, [Lincoln,
Edition, August 26, 1953.
Lincoln Evening Courier, Logan County
Centennial Edition, Wednesday, October, 1939.
Maxwell, William. Ancestors: A
Family History. NY: Vintage Books, 1971. William Maxwell's works are available at
Stringer, Lawrence B. History of Logan County
Illinois 1911. Reprinted UNIGRAPHIC, INC., Evansville, IN: 1978.
Tubbs, William B. "'We Broadcast Better Music': WBBM Goes on the Air
in Lincoln, Illinois." Illinois Historical Journal vol. 89, no.
3 (autumn, 1996), pp. 161-174.
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