about communities research Abe room LCGHS meetings LC WWI COLLECTION 1919 contact copyright

[Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society]     [Mt. Pulaski Courthouse]      [Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, 1834-1860]      Elkhart  Historical Society                                   Logan Co. Cemetery Listings

< click on Membership Form above >


Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society honors Paul Beaver and Violet Scully for contributions to Logan County and Illinois <-- click here

[March 13, 2019]   LINCOLN - In 2017 the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society had the opportunity to nominate two people from our community whom they felt had shaped the history of Illinois. This was to be a nomination that would bring to the forefront two of our finest people during the Illinois Bicentennial celebrations in 2018.  According to LCG&HS President Diane Osborn the Society members gave this a great deal of thought. They considered naming Abraham Lincoln but opted not to for a couple of reasons. They felt that while Lincoln was an integral part of Logan County history, he was not a Logan County native. Furthermore, the society felt that there would be many other communities who would also recognize Lincoln. This local organization wanted the opportunity to recognize that there were others who had a very positive impact on our county.

          114 N Chicago St., Lincoln  62656
Hours:       Tue, Thur, Fri: 11 am to 4 pm 2nd & 4th Sat: 10 am to 1 pm

LCGHS  Membership  Forms <-- click here 
2018 memberships:
 Cost is $15 for single; $20 for two persons at same address.  Send or stop by LCGHS.  Donations are always welcomed.

click here for access to 18-page Spring 2018 issue of R&B

Most meetings are on the 3rd Mondays of each month (except for December) at 6:30 pm, with
the speaker being first on the agenda. We look forward to seeing you. 

Keller to speak at LCGHS meeting July 15

      Abraham Lincoln was not an, "Aw Shucks kind of guy” according to Ron Keller, who spoke about his book, "Lincoln in the Illinois Legislature” this week to members and guests of the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society.  Keller said Lincoln, who served in the Illinois Legislature from 1834-1846, had developed political ambitions during a time when the population of Illinois was rapidly expanding and Illinois was becoming known as the Capital of the Midwest.
      As a native, Lincoln utilized the political power of Sangamon County and in 1839 had the state capital moved from Vandalia to Springfield. At that time he was the leader of the "Long Nine,” with all members of the group being six foot or over in height.
     Accomplishments during Lincoln’s tenure included forging the separation of Logan County from Sangamon County, creation of the Illinois-Michigan canal, and opposing the separation of Chicago from the State of Illinois. Lincoln also supported teacher certification and was the only member of the legislature in 1837 who was listed in favor of protesting against slavery.  During the Panic of 1837 Keller said Lincoln advocated the continuation of internal improvements and became known for building opportunities for the common man, stating, "Lincoln never forgot the people.”

For complete article, go to --> New Herald News - Keller LCGHS Talk
May 20  Cheryl Baker of Emden on her Postcard Collection
Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society hears how postcards show us our history ... "“Postcards are a unique way to study history,” Baker said. Postcards not only contain messages, but the cards themselves tell a story." -  
<-- click above
June 17  Lecture: Lawyer Abraham Lincoln Circuit Markers ...
Chuck McCue talked about the DAR monuments on the 1850's Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit.
McCue presented a program on the Lincoln Circuit markers in Logan County during the 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, meeting of the Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society. 
Granite stones bearing the words, "Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way As He Rode the Circuit," were placed at each courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, including those at Postville and in Mt. Pulaski.  go to --> http://newherald.news/marking-the-th-judicial-circuit-p9977-103.htm

Lincoln Daily News report
  McCue documents Abraham Lincoln Eighth Judicial Circuit historical markers <-- go to

For more,  go to -->  Mount Pulaski & the Lincoln Court in the Logan Co. Seat at Mount Pulaski 1836 – 1855

1 May, 2017 Lin. Courier: The Mill Starts A New Life
As a Rte. 66 Museum of Yesteryears
1 May, 2017 Lin. Daily News:  Slideshow  <-- click here

2017 Spring Issue
<-- click here
May, 2017 LDN: Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society recognized Logan County law practices

  LCGHS announces arrival
 of "Days Gone By"
... available at the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, 114 N. Chicago St. Books may be purchased Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. & 2nd Saturday of the month (10 - 1). Cost of the book is $38 each. 217-732-3200. 
 The One Room Logan County School House


It is with great sadness that LCGHS announces the passing of our Vice-President and Program Chairperson, Carol Farmer. 

Funeral arrangements for our friend Carol Farmer. <-- click here for obituary
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Visitation 9 AM to 11 AM at Holland in Barry Bennett funeral home in Lincoln Illinois. Service is at 11 AM at the funeral home.

Burial following their service at Walnut Hill cemetery in Williamsville, Illinois. 
Our sincerest sympathy and prayers to Larry and family.

memberships:  Cost is $15 for single; $20 for two persons at same address. 
 Send or stop by LCGHS.  Donations are always welcomed.

< click here for the membership form >

25 June, 2019                "6-25-19"             The "One and Only Cornland" celebrates Zip Code Day

The "One and Only Cornland"

celebrates Zip Code Day

Tuesday night in the little town named "Cornland" located in the southwest corner of Logan County, residents gathered to celebrate Zip Code Day. Why you might wonder? Because the zip code in this tiny community has the zip code 62519 or as the date indicated 6-25-19, hence the proclamation "Zip Code Day."

Local resident Kelley Tierney, who resides with her husband, Bob, in the former Methodist Church building in the town, was the mastermind behind "Zip Code Day" but she will be the first to say it was a team effort. Tierney's vibrant personality and creative mind made her the perfect person to carry out the dream of gathering folks on this once-in-a-lifetime day. You see, this day will only come around once in a hundred years.




"It is beyond our wildest dreams," said Tierney of the crowd of people who gathered Tuesday evening around the little post office. "I'm telling you what, who knew when you say to somebody, "You want to have a little something for Zip Code Day and everybody says, "What's Zip Code Day?" And then to have a turnout like this." 

The population of Cornland is currently estimated at 73 residents. Yes, Tierney counted the residents herself. After Tierney checked the signup sheet for the Zip Code Day photo she counted 78 names signed up. Impressive turnout.

Both local current residents and former residents who made the trek to the little town were treated to two photo opportunities, one that was taken in front of the post office and another by the "One and Only Cornland" sign located at the entrance into town off Illinois State Route 54. An interesting side note about the sign at the edge of town: The original sign was damaged and stolen some time ago and then one day this new, beautiful sign showed up in its place.

Residents still do not know who painted the new sign but they are so thankful that someone thought enough of their town to replace the sign that disappeared. 

Providentially, people pull off the highway all the time to take their picture with the "One and Only Cornland" sign. 

"One and Only" is pretty self-explanatory and yes, it's true. There is not another Cornland in the entire United States of America, according to the local residents. The town of Cornland was surveyed in August of 1871 by Joshua Day and as the founder of the town, legend has it that he proclaimed, "I've never seen land that will grow better corn and therewith it should be named Cornland." 

Tuesday night brought about a reunion of sorts on the street in front of the post office and even founder Joshua Day was represented. Direct descendants of Joshua Day attended Zip Code Day and they are some pretty recognizable Logan County names.

The direct descendants of Hardin Cherry are front row: Mary Thomas George and Vera Thomas.   Back row: Melissa Cherry Beal, Julie Cherry Cooper, Laura Cherry Hanner, Becky Cherry Simko and Jean Meadows Guffey.

The Joshua Day descendants in attendance are all great-granddaughters of Hardin Cherry. Those granddaughters who gathered in Cornland included sisters Mary Thomas George and Vera Thomas of Lincoln, Cherry cousins Melissa Beal, Julie Cooper, Laura Hanner and Becky Simko, and Jean Hannah Meadows Guffey. Guffey traveled the farthest on Tuesday, coming all the way from southern Missouri for the event. Guffey's mom, Vera Meadows, worked at the Cornland Post Office for a number of years.

Cornland residents Sam Koehl and his sister Lillian Koehl hold up the commemorative postcards by the highway sign.

Left to right: Kelby Ford, Gayla Hughes, Lisa Mikuleza, Debbie Greenwood, Barb Hodel and Anna Krug. 

Kelby Ford is the current rural carrier for Cornland and his grandfather owned and operated Ford’s Store that once housed the post office. Gayla Hughes and Lisa Mikuleza work in the Riverton Post Office and helped with Zip Code Day. Debbie Greenwood is the current postmaster of Cornland. Barb Hodel worked for 20 years in the Cornland post office with former postmaster Barbara Harlean Veech. Anna Krug succeeded Veech as postmaster and worked in Cornland for 10 years.

The current postmaster of Cornland is Debbie Greenwood. Greenwood has worked in Cornland for three years. She was on hand Tuesday night overseeing the selling of the four different designed Cornland commemorative postcards.

The post office also created a special commemorative cancellation stamp just for Cornland. Customers can get mail cancelled with the special stamp for thirty days after 6-25-19. In fact, the post office has already gotten mail from ten different states of people sending mail to Cornland to get the stamp cancelled.

T-shirt orders are also still being taken by Tierney. 

The crowd hung around Cornland for a good hour and a half after the 6 p.m. photo op on Tuesday night, as folks enjoyed snacks and reminisced about Cornland history. 

Mary George and Vera Thomas both vividly remembered when the post office used to be located in the back of Ford’s Store in Cornland. Ford's Store was located just next to the building that houses the current post office the two said. "You went through the grocery part to the post office in the back," said George. Customers could buy stamps and pick up their mail from the post office boxes in the back of the store. George even recalled their post office box was number 34. "You went three this way and four that way and then it came open," said George, demonstrating the turns in mid-air. "Those were the good old days," she added.

The current post office was built in the mid 70s, residents concluded.

As the event came to an end, Tierney smiled and gazed around at the last of the long-time Cornland couples hanging around and taking pictures. 

“It just goes to show you, you don’t need much of an excuse to have a party, do you?” laughed Tierney.

Leroy and Bev Ramthun (51 years of marriage).

By the way those royal couples of Cornland who boast decades of togetherness in the tiny town are pretty impressive. The longest married couple residing in Cornland is Joe and Kay Hickey, with 57 years of marriage. Coming in second is Leroy and Bev Ramthun with 51 years of marriage. Although Leroy is a life-long resident of the town. Meanwhile, Tierney and her husband, Bob, call themselves the "newbies" of the town with 28 years of married life in Cornland.



That's it from the "One and Only Cornland" for now. Stay tuned in 2021 when the community celebrates 150 years.


[For more photos, sponsors, reporter] <-- click here

4 May, 2016 Lincoln Daily News:  Historical Society recognizes the Logan County Bar  (founded in 1862)

Robert Sullivan, Commander of American Legion Post 263, and Casey Lore, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1756 each received a copy of the book,
Generosity, The Story of Logan County During The Great War, for their respective organizations. The books were donated by Bill Donath, author of the book, as a commemoration of 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.

Logan Co. Cemetery Listings