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Cavalry Cup Runners Up. Medals - Red Cross. Should you ever have occasion to see National Lampoon's Vacation -- watch for Logan County landmarks. Each Cameo measures 70mm from top to bottom Title - A. Nursing Council Epaulettes The front of these epaulettes reads S.
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A number of thrill shows have come to the Lincoln Speedway, but in its history it has had only one major accident "Lincoln Speedway Thrilling Racing Fans Since ," section four, p. The Gehlbach article has other information about the history of cars in Lincoln.
An article, "The Lincoln Automobile," describes an attempt even to manufacture a car in Lincoln, Illinois, in the first decade of the 20th Century. Jim "Crickett" Levi and Machine.
Photo from Gleason, Lincoln: The caption notes that Mr. Hot Rod 77 at the Lincoln Speedway. The above photo appears in "Cars. Courtesy of Glen Bradley. After my parents moved to 7th Street in , I discovered that Fred Schaub across the street on the corner of Seventh and Adams Streets had a two-car garage in which there always seemed to be one or two midget autos in various stages of repair. The midgets were truly a curiosity for us neighborhood kids.
I remember seeing shop lights in the Schaubs' doorless garage way after dark as mechanical work was ongoing. The cars' continuous state of disassembly always bothered me.
Like all other families on the west side of Lincoln during the Route 66 era of the 's, we heard the ferocious roar of the Lincoln Speedway late into the evening and saw the speedway lights illuminate the northern horizon. People came from near and far to see the races. Some of my relatives from southern Illinois timed their visits to my Grandmother Ruth Henson's house on Fifth Street so they could attend the races. To my knowledge, no one in my immediate family visited the track.
In my family, the prevailing wisdom was that the races were not wholesome entertainment: Also, beer was served there, and no one in my immediate family admitted to drinking it. When I was in high school, my friend, Tom Culnan, and I were curious about "the races. We parked just outside the speedway grounds on the east side, climbed on top of the cab, and were amazed at the action. Site of Werth Standard Gas Station. Building intact housing another business.
Photo at the right is from advertisement in the Lincoln Courier Centennial Edition, August 26, 8. Logan County Fairgrounds, Route 66 Beltline. Annual fair held in the first week of August the week before the Illinois State Fair.
The Logan County Fair is world famous for harness racing. Also featured are exhibitions of farm equipment, livestock, produce, cooking, and crafts. These fairgrounds are the site of various other recreational and cultural activities from flea markets to festivals. Logan County Fair Button. This evening I was doing some cooking -- more properly -- canning.
I was doing some projects for the Logan County Fair which is due to arrive in a week or so. It's kinda like -- if you live in Bean Blossom Ark -- you join the volunteer FD and you play cards at the station with other like-minded folk. Canning is a solitary activity can be anyway unless you join canning bees with a lot of down time -- waiting while the cooker cooks, waiting for the lids to ping, waiting for the dishwasher to cycle through.
During this time the mind can string together many random thoughts. To this day, I don't feel the fair has been properly visited until I have had my corn dog they sure aren't as good as the Pronto Pups -- encased in a different batter than the corn meal things today , order of very salty fries and a lemon shakeup. The tastes and smells of the fair are unique. The other day while driving in Bloomington -- I happened to see a sign for a local eatery there that was advertising somebody's BarBQ joint -- but the hook was "open pit.
I had the sensations of the sight, the sound, the smell and the taste. Quite something when you recall as I believe I do that they were down toward the North end of the track near the livestock pens.
They weren't just fair time folks though. They had an establishment on the East side of town just off Rte I don't recall they were open all winter -- but I do remember I ate from there many times other than just fair time.
If I said there was no BBQ available now that was near as good -- I might be impugning some local establishment. Let me just say -- I haven't had ribs or pulled pork like that in years. I am not disclosing what entries I will have for the fair. If I should get some sort of ribbon -- then I'll have something to talk about -- new pleasant memories.
If the judges don't smile on me there IS an old girl network that judges the food entries at the fair that has a glass ceiling in place to keep male competitors from getting too successful then I will have to satisfy myself with the old ones.
Fred emailed me the above photo after the Logan County Fair -- one year after he had sent the message quoted above. Humble as he is, Fred did not request Web site publication of his photo, but I have taken the liberty of providing it here as a token of my gratitude to him for his invaluable contributions to Mr. Fred's post about the Logan County Fair touches on one of my "favorite things" about the Land of Lincoln -- fairs, county and state --, and nothing more fun to read and write than stream-of-consciousness reflection.
It seems there was one particular fellow who worked there who delighted in serving me. He was most affable, and I suspected he was especially delighted because he would then be able to report the incident to my dad with whom he worked during their day jobs. One of his offspring subscribes to this list. Crowded but not one recognizable face. Packed with folks who seemed to be from some other planet.
The next day I visited an aunt and uncle and mentioned having gone to the fair. They said their younger daughter's high school class was having a reunion that weekend, and it probably had spilled over to the fairgrounds. His name is Brenton Coffey, now in his 80s. His seeing eye dog passed away many years ago. I always slip him a ten spot and decline the candy.
He is a most friendly, gentle, Christian soul at peace with a world that has challenged him in ways we cannot even imagine. PS -- I paid my dimes and played the cranes too. In retrospect -- do you realize how BIG a dime was back then? I suspect the same company besides the machines inside WalMart and Krogers now makes poker machines.
He was a good friend of WG Colburn who "ran" the fair for so many years. Vic Gibson was named for his Uncle Vic -- and always had a box of seats available from his uncle -- saw many of the afternoon and evening shows with VicG. After I was legal -- enjoyed getting served at the tent -- went with friends -- did the "hammer and ring the bell" thing often.
As with all real estate -- location, location, location -- the nervous little hammer guy could not have made the fortune he did anywhere else on the grounds. That may have even been the summer I "worked" policing up pop bottles from the grandstand at the County Fair after the afternoon and evening shows. Royce Lovelace had the Grandstand concession for pop selling -- I wasn't "old enough" to be responsible for the selling of the pop in the Grandstand -- besides probably not big enough to lug the metal dispensing tray through the stands.
Combining the Carnival of the Centennial with the County Fair -- it was, indeed a very magical summer. I vaguely remember where I was on December 7, , when Pearl Harbor occurred, but I precisely remember where I was on August 6, , when I heard the first A-bomb was dropped. My Dad had taken me to the harness races at the Logan County Fair. Between races the race announcer came on the loud speaker and announced an "atomic bomb" had been dropped on Japan. Nothing more was said by the announcer.
I asked, "what's an atomic bomb? Dad knew what an atom was, but that was all he could explain. As for the harness races, they went on and nothing more was said about the coming of the atomic age at the fair. There was one thing more, we all seemed to feel this would end the war and that was a good thing.
In recent years, well meaning people have argued that the U. My impression of that time, tells me that Americans would have been very angry had this been done. So when I hear discussions about Hiroshima and the first atomic bomb, they've always been mitigated by a corresponding memory of the Logan County Fair and the harness races.
Respond to Stan at sstringer cox. I couldn't let this one go without adding a comment. I too used to stand in the beer tent and wonder what it was like to order a beer instead of a coke. When I turned 21 it didn't seem to matter anymore. The man who served me and you was also watching me.
Come to think of it, I always thought your Dad was watching me too. Fathers, in those days, had networks much faster than the internet. It was nice to know that many people cared. Well, yours truly would stand up and play the piano for most of the show. I got down there OK, but pulled a muscle in my leg and couldn't get back up. I don't think I missed a beat but that was the last time I tried to imitate the rock pianists of the day.
The band members helped me off the stand afterwards but joked about it for a long time. If I were to try that today, they would have to carry me out on a stretcher. I didn't live far so I could walk there several times a day. It's true that one can never go back and I really don't wish to but it's nice to remember once in a while. Respond to Lynn at Lynn jazzisforever. So, in hopes of keeping the conversation going, I will look back to the fair a bit, too. But for me to do so is far more traumatic in a sense than most of you, I suspect, experienced.
For me, the Logan County Fair in a very real way shaped my entire adult career, now over -- what? My encounters with the fair extended primarily from about -- hadn't we all just finished our freshman year at the old high school?
But those eight or nine years of the fair -- well, forgive a personal memory or two. The summer of '57 was when my dad told me to get out of the house and get a job. I dawdled, not wanting to, and not knowing what to do. Then came the fair and I was still without a job. But I happened to be near the stage that evening that WPRC, you remember the radio station -- is it still playing records? Shall we say that the trappings of radio, and that contest, of course, caught my eye.
It was old Earle Layman at his best. The next week I rode my bicycle to the radio station and told a laughing Ray Knochel, big, gruff Ray, that I had come for a job.
After he quit laughing and gave me a "tryout," he actually hired me. And I did a thousand things at that radio station, always before or after school, for the next four years. And each year for those four years I got to be on that stage in my white jacket and weird looking bow tie with Earle Layman -- and, of course, with all of those Logan County queen contestants. About the third day standing at the south end of the grandstand taking tickets, one of those who came through my gate was Ken Goodrich, who we all knew as the Courier editor.
I had met him through the radio station and he stopped and asked how I'd like to work at the newspaper. He said to think about it and call him Monday. Well, when Ken Goodrich told you to do something, you did it. I called him and within a week was a Courier reporter--a job I kept until I was offered a better one at the Decatur Herald ; that was in But back at the fair the Courier sponsored something like a Good Citizen night on the stage of the fair -- so every year I still got to put on my white jacket and weird tie and play sidekick to Ken Goodrich.
What fun it was! I was hooked on radio and newspaper work by then -- so after a few years when I decided to go to graduate school, it was into journalism -- newspapers, and the rest of media stuff, like radio and television. From there, it was into a career teaching those very things all my life. Funny now, I look back and wonder what I might actually have done all these years had it not been for those incredible little twists and turns that all seem to have happened at the Logan County Fair.
Memories of the fair. We all have them, all very different, I suspect. What fun it would be to be there again. Thank you all for writing about the fair. Joe this past year moved to FL, so I do not have an email address for him, but I'll find him again. William Keepers Maxwell, Jr. Area of distinctive, historic private residences. He is also a major American author of novels and short stories.
William Maxwell lived in Lincoln on Ninth Street from to during his childhood. Maxwell died from the Spanish influenza in early January of , the house on Ninth Street became a painful reminder of Mr. Maxwell's profound loss, so he built a new house at the time of his second marriage. William Maxwell's father and stepmother purchased another house on Park Place when they retired to Lincoln in the early s.
They include eleven short stories creative memoirs ; they are contained in All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories and listed here: A Family History These works feature autobiographical childhood experiences and refer to the three residences in Lincoln owned by his father, mother, and stepmother and other residences owned by grandparents and aunts and uncles, including the owners of the McGrath Sand and Gravel Company. More information about houses in Lincoln associated with the Maxwell family appears at In , a plaque was placed on the front lawn of the house on Ninth Street that was formerly the childhood home of William Maxwell.
Below is the text on the plaque:. Source of plaque text: In present-day Lincoln  it is fashionable to live clear out in the country, surrounded by cornfields" So Long, See You Tomorrow , p. Wilsons Corner, Business Route Grocery store and home of my maternal grandparents, the Harrison F.
Wilsons, constructed in The grocery store was moved east one lot in to allow for construction of a gas station. The grocery store was demolished in the early s. The life of Wilsons' Corner almost exactly matches the first life of Route 66 The gas station building was subsumed within existing structure of Al's Main Event Restaurant.
The Wilsons' house was sold and relocated two blocks to Seventh Street. This area is within the proposed historic district. The photo at the right shows the Wilson Grocery in , the year after its construction. The photo also shows glass containers of oil to the left of the pump. Postville Courthouse, Business Route More extensive information appears on the 1. Abraham Lincoln and the Postville Courthouse within proposed historic district.
Polling Place 6, Business Route This building had been one of more than cottages at the Lincoln Chautauqua, so it became an example of the "usable past" when it served as a polling place for decades.
Presently it is in Postville Park, but its use there is unclear. Perhaps it's there just for the sake of preserving a little bit of local history--certainly a worthy cause. Jefferson School, Business Route Midth Century building demolished. Historic bell located in front foyer of contemporary building. Former Knochel Grocery, Business Route Fifth and College Sts. For many years was a laundromat. Originally site of J. Heaton Grocery, where my Grandfather Harrison Wilson worked before he owned his own grocery store at the corner of Fifth and Washington Streets, "kitty corner" from Postville Park.
Fifth and Union Sts. Type of Sign at Fifth and Union. Schools for more information about Central School. Maxwell lived in Lincoln from his birth in until , when the family moved to Chicago, except for his younger brother, Blinn, who remained with his Grandmother Maxwell.
Hughes lived in Lincoln only about a year while he finished eighth grade at Central School in In , in response to an invitation to visit Lincoln during its centennial celebration, he wrote the letter below to his English teacher, Ethel Welch, tracing the beginning of his poetry writing to his experience at Central School. Unfortunately, at this time I am hard at working meeting a deadline on a new book which I must turn over to the publishers early in September.
But Lincoln holds a very warm spot in my heart for, as you know, it was there that I wrote my first poem. So, for Courier readers, some of whom were perhaps my classmates, I would like to say that I can never forget Lincoln, Illinois, because in a sense my writing career began there in the eighth grade when I was elected class poet. I had never dreamed of writing a poem before. But with helpful guidance of Miss Ethel Welch, I wrote one that was well received at our graduation exercises.
And from that time on I kept right on writing poetry through high school in Cleveland, until the present. And since that time, I have published a dozen more volumes of poetry or prose. But I might never have been a writer had I not gotten off to such an encouraging start at our school in Lincoln, and had I not had the kindly interest and encouragement of Miss Welch, Miss Laura Armstrong, and Miss Frances Dyer, all of whom still correspond with me and whom I count among the most prized of my friends.
Hughes is often described as "the poet laureate of the Negro people. Of his several books, his latest is "The First in Negroes. Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. Presently used as Lincoln Junior High School. Lincoln Avenue area near Lincoln College. Lincoln College founded February 12, , on the last birthday of Abraham Lincoln. For a brief history of Lincoln College, see 3.
Lincoln College houses a museum with many holdings related to Abraham Lincoln. For information on the Foley house, see A dramatic aerial photo of these facilities appears in Paul Gleason's Lincoln: Bradley Publishing, , pp. Skilled tradesmen "from families who had spent years in the English pottery trade" were hired for supervision and training of local workers.
Prior to a disastrous fire in , "white ware only was produced. More information about the former Stetson China Company is given at That page shows several Stetson plates commemorating anniversary celebrations of the city of Lincoln and Lincoln College. Giant shale pile demolished.
Part of the ice plant remains 8. The Route 4 pavement background is dissected blocked by Business The Route 4 pavement then continues on the other south side of Business This break in the Route 4 pavement is shown on the above map. The pavement of original Route 4 photo 8. This width was common to Route 4: Despite a few cracks, most of this road is free of potholes, indicating superior concrete.
This location is just north of where this street connects to North Kickapoo St. Leigh Henson photo, Remnant of "The Ice Plant" s. This facility "had a storage capacity of 3, tons, a supply which not only can answer all Lincoln's demands but fulfills the needs of 13 other towns. Octogenarian Willie Aughton indicates this building also housed the Schlitz distributorship during the Route 66 era. Off Business 55 north near railroad tracks. Open Saturday and Sunday 9 a.
More information at Used as another business. Logan County Courthouse Historic District. For another Web page about downtown historic Lincoln, see "Walking the Path of Abraham Lincoln" for descriptions and map on the tourism page of lincolndailynews. To Fifth Street gravel pits. Site of secretive swimming and fishing fun of several generations of youth on property marked "No Trespassing. The work was responsible for the digging of the Deer Creek gravel pits, 5th Street gravel pits, and several others" Larry Shroyer in Beaver's History of Logan County , p.
The Deer Creek gravel pit was where the body of Clarence Smith had been found after he killed Lloyd Wilson and then committed suicide: It was lying face down across the dredging bucket. Cletus, the son of the murderer, is also a playmate of William Maxwell. This murder affects Maxwell's relationship with Cletus and leaves a haunting, life-long scar on Maxwell's conscience.
I suggest the best answer would come from your own reading of So Long, See You Tomorrow , which is readily available at amazon. The gravel pit shown below was on the south side of Fifth Street Road. In this pit was still private property with no trespassing signs. Immediately across the r oad was another gravel pit associated with public property named something like the Lincoln Trails Park.
These pits were dug to provide gravel to construct Fifth Street Road, and this type of pit is thus called a "borrow pit," as are the ponds dug to obtain the soil used in constructing interstate overpasses.
The north Fifth Street pit was not as wide and deep as the south pit. Generations of local teens, including my friends and I, swam in the south pit despite its owner's efforts to prohibit trespassing. My dad and I used to fish in the north pit. Also, when I was a teenager my neighbor, Walter Ruwe, West Lincoln Township Road Commissioner, used to take a couple of my friends and me to the north pit area when he let us ride with him on the Caterpillar road grader he used for maintaining Fifth Street Road.
Fifth Street Gravel Pit, The light-brown shore seen in the upper right was a sandy beach. Postville Park, Business Route Public park where Abraham Lincoln socialized during visits as a traveling lawyer riding the 8th Circuit Court in the s. Within proposed historic district. More information appears at 1. Abraham Lincoln and the Postville Courthouse. Logan Service Station, Business Route Fifth and Stringer Avenue.
Site of historic well is visible. All within proposed historic district. The historic well is being restored. Lincoln Community High School. Agriculture in the Route 66 Era. Just off Route For a brief history, see The former Mill restaurant building is located at the intersection of Stringer Avenue and First Street on the former Business Route 66, just north of the old State School site. This intersection is historic because Route 4, the immediate predecessor of Route 66, used Stringer Avenue from the south up to this point and then turned right east on First Street toward downtown Lincoln.
Stringer Avenue seamlessly transitions into Washington Street at First. Route 66 then turned right east on Fifth Street toward downtown Lincoln, past my H. Wilson grandparents' Shell gas station and grocery store, the Postville Courthouse site, Jefferson School attended by three generations of my family , my Grandmother Ruth Henson's home, and Knochel's grocery at Fifth and College Street.
The Mill is located at S. See the location at Mapquest: The Mill in Photos by Leigh Henson. Lincoln Courier , p. A movement is now underway to restore the front part of the Mill as a Route 66 historic site and museum see links below. Hallie's Lunch Box, now closed, was owned and operated by a grandson of the Huffmans, who made the original Schnitzel of the Mill.
Hallie's was located on the square in downtown Lincoln at S. Tourism Director Geoff Ladd: History of the Mill and the Schnitzel. Our Times was published by. Prairie Years Press N. Kickapoo Street Lincoln, IL A white Dutch building trimmed in blue, it featured a lighted revolving windmill and a Dutch blue interior, waitresses dressed in white dresses and blue-trimmed aprons, and enameled furniture with Dutch pictures.
Travelers driving by on Route 4 could purchase toasted sandwiches any hour of the day or night. In fact, when Albert and Blossom Huffman bought the restaurant in , it still had two serving windows on the front of the building. Albert built on a barroom of knotty pine, added an Army barracks from Camp Ellis to the rear for a dance hall, and painted the building barn red. A delicatessen with curb service took the place of the dance hall for a number of years, after which the building became a dance hall again.
Albert's daughter-in-law Eleanor worked at the Mill from until the late '80s. The old windmill had come down; her husband, George, put up a new one, also lighted and revolving--only to have a storm destroy it. Super League Chinese Taipei. Primera Division Crimea Championship Croatia. Elitedivisionen East Asian Cup Ecuador. Premier League El Salvador.
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