15 July, 2013 LDN:
Bill Detmers: Be
Careful Crossing the Hard Road
Jack Burke, curator
Heritage in Flight Museum at the Logan County
Airport, discussed the in-door and out-door displays
that have been acquired since the early 1980's that
reveal both military and commercial aviation history -
military memorabilia and artifacts from all conflicts
dating back to WWI. Many local contributors
(veterans and their families) have made the museum ever
more personable with exploits recorded for all to read.
Some of the outside static displays noted: F-4B
"Phantom" II, T-33A "Shooting Star", C-45 "Expeditor",
UH-1H "Iroquois" Huey and several military vehicles
including a WWII ambulance whose interior has been
completely preserved. The museum building is
currently open only on Saturdays, 10 - 2. Jack
also discussed the current two-year refurbishing plans
made possible with a recent $112,000 grant from the
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources.
H. Bogardus - Historians from
Mt. Pulaski and Elkhart came together to present a biography
and stories of mid-to-late
resident Adam Henry Bogardus, a Civil War officer, local legend,
inventor and world-renowned sharpshooter. Gillette Ransom discussed the Logan
County man, his family and his
life’s achievements. Phil Bertoni presented a power-pt.
presentation that coordinated with Gillette's talk.
References were made to the voluminous amount of information on
Capt. Bogardus that may be viewed on the Internet.
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Black History Month
- will be recognized with a program
involving historic Allen Chapel, which has
experienced restoration and upgrades over the last year. The program will
feature the portrayal of at least
one individual from the African-American history of Logan County and/or
Program on interpreters training presented at historical
by Marla Blair
Bringing history to life is not impossible when trained interpreters relate
to visitors with stories
and time-period conversation. Most of us have seen interpreters at
Postville Courthouse, New
Salem, the Davis mansion or other historic sites. Being an interpreter
isn’t magic, but it takes
practice and special skills to make it work.
Anne Mosley, Assistant Director, Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College,
program Monday night at the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society
interpreters training. The opportunity could prepare several people to be
interpreters for local,
state or nation-wide historic sites.
click here for more information >
24 Nov. LoganCountyHerald:
Railroad historian sparks memories
of Interurban for Logan County residents
Nov 20, 2012
Railroad historian sparks
memories for Logan County residents - by Marla Blair
Dale Jenkins, president of the Illinois
Traction Society, lives in a world of railroads. But not all
railroads are created equal.
His focus is on the now-defunct terminal railroad - better known
as “the interurban”, an unusual and unique service provider
which ran on electricity and was partially responsible for
bringing electricity to several small towns and rural areas of
Jenkins shared his world of the Illinois terminal railroad
system during a program on Monday night at the Logan County
Genealogical and Historical Society. Older visitors shared their
experiences of riding the railroad, others attended to learn
more of the system they knew only from family stories.
here to read more]
Oct 18, 2012 Logan
County Herald: LCGHS President Donath
tells group about World War I research
Oct 19, 2012
Researching Logan County in WWI
Oct 19, 2012
Lincoln Daily News:
Bill Donath outlines
World War I research as historical society meets
"Adventures In Research"
LCGHS president, Bill
Donath, gave the presentation for the evening. He
explained the current research project he is
Bill began this past
January collecting information about Logan County
during World War I. The information includes the
effect of the war on the people, organizations,
businesses and families.
The process he is
using involves reading county newspapers, books and
other publications of the WWI period. He also
collects information that would not have happened
had the war not occurred. He makes copies of those
articles and scans them into his computer. There are
scores of files under the heading of WWI Research.
He has found that
during October, 1918, the Spanish Flu Epidemic hit
Logan County causing double anxiety with the war
being the other. Many deaths during this period from
both the war and the flu caused a level of grief
that must have equaled that which occurred during
the Civil War.
His research will
continue until he has read all of the county
newspapers of the period. He is nearly finished with
the Lincoln Courier-Herald of 1918. He will
go back to 1917 and also do 1919 since many of the
soldiers and war personnel did not return to the
U.S. until the third quarter of 1919. As he reads
the papers he compiles an index of the vital
statistics of births, marriages and deaths.
Other sources of
information for Bill's research are also used, such
www.Ancestry.com, WWI websites, books from the
period and books published by LCGHS.
He approximates that
his research will continue for another two years.
Many of the articles are being reprinted in the
LCGHS Quarterly, Roots & Branches along with
articles from the Civil War era which he had
collected during earlier research. The research of
the Civil War era has been included in two books: “Logan
County During the Civil War” and “Logan
County’s Civil War Dead”. He has no plans at
this time for publishing a book or books about this
era. Anyone who wants to contribute to this
collection may do so by regular mail or email.
Anyone wanting information on
soldiers or events during this period should send an
email to the Society:
Fur Trader re-enactors, Sam Schriber and Marshal
Miller, displayed and discussed the tools, utensils,
and equipment used by the frontiersmen when making
camp and hunting on the Illinois prairie. They
explained that the fur traders were active through
about 1840, when silk became more available and
desirable than furs for clothes making. The
materials and artifacts exhibited by the two
presenters represented the period 1825 to 1840.
Fur samples, including beaver, bison, mountain sheep
and coyote, were displayed. The tools, including
black powder rifles, flintlock pistols, knives,
powder horns, patches and shot, of the trappers were
also exhibited, explained and demonstrated.
It was explained that once
the traders had collected the furs, they came
together at large meetings called "Rendezvous". At
these meetings furs were traded for supplies or sold
for money. Traders had many activities available to
them at the Rendezvous, not all of which made the
trader more prosperous.
Sam and Marshall related that there
are opportunities every weekend during the good
weather months for them to be at a fur-trader
re-enactment within a 250 mile radius of Logan
are best known for their authentic leather
clothing, full-sized teepee and rustic campsite.
They were at the 1800’s Craft Fair at Postville
Courthouse during the Lincoln Balloon Festival and
are one of the exhibits at the Railsplitter
Sam and Marshall are residents of Logan County.
contributed by Marla Blair & Bill Donath, edited by
Logan County Herald:
Abraham Lincoln’s 1857 Almanac Trial Re-visited
Lincoln Daily News:
Leigh Morris presents
a revisit of Abraham
Lincoln's 1857 'Almanac Trial'
17 July 2012
Logan County Herald:
Bill Post Gives Presentation on Middletown History
17 July 2012
Lincoln Daily News:
Post shares stories of
Middletown with historical society
Bill Post of Middletown
gave a very interesting talk about Middletown and its connection
with Abraham Lincoln. Bill told us that Middletown was
founded in 1832 - the oldest existing town in Logan County,
which also has the oldest brick building (circa 1840), which has
been been restored and now houses the Middletown Historical
Society. They have many books, many of them given to them
by the now defunct San Jose Library (also obtained their book
cases). Logan County Surveyor, John Calhoun, asked Abraham
Lincoln to be Logan County Deputy Surveyor for the
Ferry project (one mile north of Middletown). Lincoln
also surveyed the nearby town site of Albany (not populated
significantly for township). Bill mentioned several
additional fascinating events that have occurred over the years
in and around Middletown - one being the unexpected landing of
Vin Fiz (Wright-Brother's bi-plane) in 1911, which was on a
flight from New York to Long Beach, CA.
record-setting event occured with
Lincoln Zion Lutheran & Middletown schools placed in their
school's History Fairs and advanced to the regional and state levels.
shared their research and displays for our program.
Local historian Paul
Gleason presented a very interesting program
on events and characters from the decade prior to the Civil War
who played a part in setting the stage for that major event in
Monsanto & Mike Fak
Leave Big Impressions on LCGHS
< click above for
On Monday, April 16, 2012, LCGHS was the recipient of a $2,500 donation from Monsanto. Members Karen & Loren Birnbaum were significant
participants in LCGHS’ good fortune. Karen & Loren were
attendees at a
Monsanto meeting where they put their name in for a drawing.
was drawn and they were asked to designate the donation from
they chose our LCGHS.
In the photo are (l-r) are:
Chad Bockstadter (Monsanto), Karen Birnbaum, Loren Birnbaum and Doug Butler (Monsanto).
The donation will be applied toward
the replacement of the ceiling and lighting in the main room
of our LCGHS research center.
After a brief business meeting,
Mike Fak gave a presentation of the history of newspapers & news media in general. Mike gave a very educational
and humorous program. He included an introduction to his new news-media
venture, The Logan County Herald. It is an on-line news
service focusing on all
Logan County, which will include an abundance of photos - noting
that this outlet welcomes news items and photos from all Logan County citizens,
government officials, businesses and non-for-profit
as churches, schools, Lincoln Main Street, Logan County Chamber
Logan County Tourism, historical societies from Atlanta,
Mt. Pulaski, Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.
The URL is:
LCGHS Members Visit Emden
Historical Society & Museum
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March, 2012, the meeting of LCGHS took place at the Emden
Society in Emden, Illinois. This visit was part of our Society’s on-going effort
to learn more about the collections and
activities of the various organizations
throughout Logan County.
Rev. Lillian Sullivan of
Church of Lincoln addresses LCGHS
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On Monday February 20, 2012, the Rev. Lillian Sullivan, pastor
African Methodist Episcopal Church, Allen Chapel, in Lincoln, Illinois,
presented a history of the church from its
beginnings to the present day.
The program was presented to the LCGHS members and guests.
The local congregation was established in Lincoln in 1868. Allen
Chapel, which houses the congregation, was built in 1880 and is
located in the 900 block of Broadway St.
Rev. Sullivan shared many stories of Langston Hughes
William "Billy" Dyer, both of whom were members of the
while residents of Lincoln. Both became famous in
their respective fields
of literature and medicine.
The chapel's edifice is in need of maintenance. An
organization, Friends of Allen Chapel, has been working to raise
necessary funds to repair the building and upgrade the
Gary Freese Explains Society Collections
The program for the January, 2012, was presented by Gary Freese,
for the Society, who took us on a tour of the
Society’s library. Bill Detmers and
Gary have developed a
check-sheet for researchers to follow when using the
library & collections.