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Bird's-eye view of Cisco, looking: east. 





Great are the changes that generations have seen and their hands have 
aided in bringing about. We are heir to the yesterdays that our ancestors 
developed, and indebted to them for today and for what is hoped for tomorrow. 

This Centennial book is an attempt to give an insight into Cisco 1874-1974, 
though it really began before 1874. A book of this type involves the cooperation, 
enthusiasm, support and suggestions of many people. It is not easy to try to 
record history for many facts and ideas must be omitted and many are unknown 
or are remembered in various ways. 

We, the preparers of this book, hope that it serves as a reminder of the past 
telling how the people lived, while instilling the desire to look forward to another 
century for the Cisco community, though the future cannot be told. We believe 
that it will help preserve "happenings" which would soon be lost to the ages. We 
express our gratitude to everyone and apologize for any omission or untruth. 

We would like to express a special "Thank you" to Vera Root for her 
informative material and many hours of research. 



"Clouds Over Cisco" by Clementine Marquis. 

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Cisco started as a farming community and remains 
as one today, for most of the businesses are farm 
related. Many of the townspeople commute to other 
work in Decatur or Monticello. This story of Cisco 
has tried to reach back through the past 100 years 
to learn more of our town's history and the events 
that have shaped it as it is today. 

The first white people to arrive in Piatt County 
found Indians, not dangerous ones, but friendly Dela- 
ware, Kickapoo and Potawattamie tribes. Arrow- 
heads and other Indian artifacts have been found 
throughout the area. On some of the farms are indica- 
tions of buffalo wallows, as well as areas called "The 
Dead Sea." Few white people had been in this area 
before Illinois became a state in 1818, as they had 
been settling in the southern part first. Settlers began 
moving into the northern section in 1825. 

In 1838, Edward Ater came to the area which is 
now Willow Branch Township to complete a land pur- 
chase made by his father, Thomas Ater. Among those 
he found here were Emanuel Clover, Michael Dillow, 
Thomas Henderson, John Moore, William Piatt, James 
Reber, John Sea, Mr. Shuman, John West and Wash- 
ington Zinn. Soon Samuel Havely and the Arms- 
worths came. When Ed Ater arrived, he went to the 
Clover home to get a night's lodging, but they were 
all ill with the Ague. He went on to the Reber home, 
then the John West home, still encountering the Ague. 
He continued to the James Piatt cabin in Monticello, 
where the family graciously opened their home to the 
stranger, although Mr. Piatt was in his last illness 
with typhoid fever. Peter Croniger came from Ohio 
in 1839, making the trip in nine days. He drove three 
horses to a wagon, accompanied by Isaac Faylor. 
Within a few months he had 130 acres of his land 
"under fence," using oak rails, had dug a well and 
built a house. 

The early settlers made their homes along streams, 
shunning the prairies because they believed them 
unfit for farming, and Willow Branch is prairie. The 
settlers needed timber for their homes, fuel and barns. 
The easiest way was to cut the trees for a clearing, 
build their cabin and use the surrounding cleared area 
for crops. 

A settler brought with him an ax and rifle. With 
the help of his neighbors he built his cabin, usually 
14 to 16 foot square and without glass, nails, hinges, 
and locks. A fireplace was built in one end, and pelts 
lined the ceiling. A log was left out along one side and 
sheets of strong paper, well greased with coon-grease 
or bear-grease were tacked in place, to serve as 
windows. Everyone was his own carpenter, and some 
used considerable ingenuity in the construction of 
tools, utensils and furniture. 

Horse collars were often made of braided husk of 
corn sewed together. They were easy on the neck 
of the horse and would last a long while. 

Women made nearly all the clothing worn by the 
family and every home had a card-loom and a spinning 
wheel. Dresses were made plain with four widths of 

n^terial in the skirt. The waist was short and sleeves 
were large and tapered. Many ribbons and bows were 
worn, but little jewelry. The men wore light colored 
"jeans" and lindsey woolsey hunting shirts. 

Wild meat was plentiful, and small patches of 
Indian corn were raised and a meal ground to make 
a coarse but wholesome bread. Johnny cakes and pones 
were served for dinner while mush and milk was a 
favorite supper. The garden furnished roasting ears, 
pumpkins, beans, sijuash and potatoes. Coffee and tea 
were used sparingly while maple sugar was much 
used and honey was only 5c a lb. Butter and eggs were 
cheap, and chickens were seen in great numbers 
around the cabin. 

Feeding thr ihickin-. in 1909. 

The amusements of that day were quite athletic. 
Dancing was a favorite, along with foot racing, target 
shooting, jumping and wrestling. Quilting and spin- 
ning bees were favorite activities of the women and 
girls, as well as being practical. 

For many years the settlers made no effort to 
cultivate the prairie, because they thought it was not 
fertile, since it did not grow trees. The prairie grew 
grass, often taller than a man's head, and there were 
prairie fires. Mr. P. C. Young came to Willow Branch 
Township in 1863 as a four year old. As a child he 
used to herd cattle on the site of Cisco. When he 
was a grown man he built a log cabin on the prairie 
across the road from the present Bud Barnhart home. 
In those days of log cabins, prairie fires were greatly 
feared for the home would burn readily and fire 
spread through the grasses faster than a horse could 
run. The soil around the cabin was plowed to protect 
it. Men working in the fields would set fires to burn 
off an area for themselves and their horses, if a fire 
occurred. They would place themselves and the horses 
inside the burned off area for safety. 

If the early settlers could see their farm land 
today, they eyes would probably pop for there have 
been so many changes. Their early attempts at farm- 
ing were made under extreme hardship, clearing the 
forest areas, which meant cultivating around the 
stumps and on the slopes. As time went along they 
would try to remove the stumps, which could be 
dangerous. In the early 1900's James Hendrix lost his 

First binders in the Cisco area. 

sight blasting stumps. Their plowing was done by 
hand. The corn was cut and shocked, being husked as 
needed and shelled by hand or small hand mill. Wheat 
and oats were cut with a scythe, stacked in shocks and 
threshed by a flail. To go to a mill for grinding was 
a long trip to Decatur or Danville. To market the 
grain was a similar trip or one to Chicago by horse 
and wagon. 

The pioneer farmer had to drain his land if he 
was to use the prairie, for it was a swamp in the 
rainy season. Some one invented a molelike contrap- 
tion with a cutting blade that went ahead of the 
mole which when pulled through the ground made 
smooth packed runways for water. Thus they were 
able to drain the prairies, making good farm land. 
These lasted for years. In the 1880's tile was manu- 
factured and put in for drainage. Drainage ditches 
are used to help carry the water. 

Changes in farming came with new implements, 
though corn was still husked by hand until the 1930's. 
Farm wagons were fitted with "bump boards" making 
an extension to the height, keeping the corn from 
going over the wagon, when the walking husker pulled 
the ears of corn from the husk and stalk, and threw 
them into the wagon. The horses pulling the wagons 
walked along as though they knew their job. Until the 
corn dump was invented, the husker had to scoop the 
corn into the crib. Extra helj) was usually needed at 

shucking time, and each fall a number of fellows came 
from southern Illinois and Kentucky, to help with the 
work. They were paid by the bushel, and given room 
and board while they were shucking corn. There was 
competition as to who would pick the most bushels a 
day among the fellows. This led to shucking contests. 
Now we find the mechanical corn picker giving way 
to the combine sheller, as man gave way to the picker 
or the horse gave way to the tractor. 

Instead of the threshing of the wheat and oats 
by a flail, the grains began to be cut and bound by a 
binder, shocked; and threshed by steam powered 
threshing machines. The community was divided into 
threshing rings with the gang following from farm to 
farm. The farmers worked in the field, their wives 
worked in the kitchen, and the kids had fun. A lavish 
meal was served at noon, so the saying that someone 
had "cooked enough for threshers." The straw was 
made into a stack and used for bedding and feed. 
Sometimes it was baled. The hay was done in this 
manner or put in the mow loose. Now wheat and oats 
are combined. 

Piatt County was formed in 1841, because it was 
too far to go to the county seat in Decatur. It had 
been a part of Macon County. Willow Branch was 
known as Liberty Precinct until the townships were 
organized in 1860. The first supervisor was Elias Hall. 


David Swarts and Preston Reed with a load of hay. 

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Unloading corn in 1912 on the Will Davis farm. 

Old engine at threshing time. 

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Horse drawn binder and shocking wheat at McKinneys. 

Thresher and crew: Charles Olson, Ernest Wikowsky, 
"Sebe" Sebens, Ernest Richardson and . 

But<-hering day at Harve Koyse's in 19U: Mary Ellen Boyse, Mary Stillabower, Josie Olson, Jess Stillabower, Oscar Olson, 

John Royse, William Bruns, Harve Royse and John Goken. 

April 1913 — ready for market — average 1270 lbs. and brought $8.48/100 wt. 

Mule team at John Royse's in 1917. 

Stanley Mackey and teams. 

The name of Willow Branch was derived from the 
fact that early settlers settled near the tributary 
called "The Branch," and forded the Sangamon River 
near a large Willow Tree. All were in the same area. 
This ford is where the Hog Chute Bridge is located. 

Other landmarks are Wolf Run and Wild Cat 
Creek, both tributaries to the north, and Stringtown 
Lane to the north of the township. 

In 1860 before Cisco became a town there was one 
house on the present town site. It was built by Dr. S. 
V. Purdy. 

As with most towns, Cisco grew where it did be- 
cause of a railroad. The Monticello Railroad was incor- 
porated in 1861 just prior to the Civil War. The war 
curtailed most construction for the duration. In 1867 
the company secured deeds to the right of way. By 
1869 the law permitted Townships without a railroad 
to vote bonds and assist in building one. The Monti- 
cello Company planned to build a railroad from Cham- 
paign through Monticello to Decatur, there to join with 
the Decatur and East St. Louis Line to be completed 
shortly. However, five years later no track had been 
laid. A contract was let in March of 1871 but there 
was difficulty in raising the money. By 1872 this 
company finished the road from Champaign to Monti- 
cello. The line from White Heath to Havanna and the 
in 1873 by the Havanna, Mason City, Lincoln and 
Eastern. For the next several years the road led a 
precarious existence. It first became a part of the 
Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western and the orig- 
inal plat of Cisco so labels the railroad as the LB. & 
W.R.R. (In 1973 it is the New York Central.) Some of 
the men who worked on the railroad as it went through 
Cisco boarded with Mrs. Patsy Reardon, mother-in- 
law of John Jeffords, the harness maker. 

Cisco Depot and the Livery Stable. 

It was in 1874 that the depot was built with E. F. 
Dallas the first ticket agent. 

Later the line became a part of the Wabash, St. 
Louis and Pacific and in 1886 when the latter was 
falling apart the Illinois Central entered into an 
agreement with Harriman, who was picking up the 
pieces at bargain prices. They were looking forward 
to getting the "Pea Nut Line", so named by James C. 
Clarks, president of the Illinois Central. Jeffrey, gen- 
eral manager of the Illinois Central had written to 

President Clarks stating that because the I.C. was 
losing business to this line that the "Pea Nut Line" 
was "the most desirable piece of railroad for us to 
acquire in the Corn belt." The I.C. finally got control 
in January 1887. Men who worked on this branch 
called it the "Hack Line." Other names for the line 
were "Puddle Jumper" and "Old Barney." The name 
was derived from "Barney Maloy from Cisco, Illinois," 
an employee of the railroad. 

It was April 24, 1874 that the station Cisco was 
platted. Four men owned the land that cornered up 
to the center of the town. They got C. D. Moore, 
the Piatt County Surveyor, to plat the village of Cisco 
on February 4, 5, 6, and 7 of 1874. These landowners 
were Hiram Dodge who owned 640 acres to tthe north- 
west of the center, E. F. Dallas, who owned 80 acres 
extending north a half mile from the center of Cisco, 
Thomas Watson, who owned the 80 acres extending a 
mile east from the town's center, and Abraham Runkle 
who owned 40 acres to the southwest. 

Recorded in the Piatt County Courthouse at Mon- 
ticello, Illinois is the original plat of Cisco. Also 
recorded there in beautiful script is the following: 

"Know all these men by these presnt, that 
we, Hiram Dodge of Watseka, Illinois, E. F. 
Dallas, Thomas Watson and Abraham Runkle of 
Piatt County, Illinois have authorized the lay- 
ing out of the Town of Cisco as described on 
the annexed plat, certified by the Surveyor of 
Piatt County, Illinois, and we do hereby re- 
linquish and donate to the use of the public the 
streets and alieys in said Town, as in said plot 
specified. In testimony whereof we have set 
our hands and seals this 24th day of April, A.D. 

Hiram Dodge (seal) 
Erastus F. Dallas (seal) 
Abraham Runkle (seal) 
Thomas Watson (seal) 

I. L. Bond, Notary Public in and for said county 
and state. 

April A.D. 1874." 

Since these men had no seals they drew a rectangle 
of "e's" and wrote SEAL inside it. 


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Orig:inaI Plat of Cisco 

On the plat the surveyor indicated the exact loca- 
tions where he had stones placed for future measuring. 

One should notice that the town was named before 
the foregoing agreement was signed. There are sev- 
eral stories as to how the town got its name but Mrs. 
Prudie Huffmaster told Vera Root repeatedly that 
her father always said the town was named for the 
mother of Erastus F. Dallas. She was Francisco 
Dallas, a highly respected woman who always helped 
others in the community in their hour of need. The 
last of her given name was used for the town name. 
Another story has it that it was suggested by one 
of the men doing the surveying for the railroad. He 
had surveyed for a town in Nevada for the Union 
Pacific by that name. You may have heard the story 
that Cisco in Spanish means "copper" but persons 
who know Spanish say they never heard of that. 

At the time Cisco was platted in 1874 there were 
50 persons living on the site. 

The first station agent was E. F. Dallas. The next 
agent was Nannie Moffett, and since she was a 
woman, men of the village would gather to help unload 
freight when a train came in. Gabe Davenport came 
next and about this time Lee McGinnis operated a dray 
service to haul freight to business houses. When the 
streets were muddy in the early spring or after a hard 
rain, or when the roads had deep frozen ruts in 
winter, Lee's tram had a hard time hauling the 
freight. King Pattengale came to Cisco in the early 
1900's and he served in this capacity for several years. 

At that time there were four trains a day that 
would carry passengers. The arrival of a train was 
always an attraction and townsfolk went to see who 
came to town and who left town. 

In 1902 the train schedule read as follows: 
Trains Pass Cisco 

No. 726 going East 8:00 o'clock a.m. 

No. 725 going West 9:45 o'clock a.m. 

No. 722 going East 4:07 o'clock p.m. 

• No. 703 going West 9:45 o'clock p.m. 

In 1911 the Cisco Telegrapher and Operator was 
paid $55.00 a month. The fare between Cisco and 
Clinton, if you went first class, was $1.20 one way. 
If you went by coach a one way fare was 80c. As 
autos became more prevalent there were fewer pas- 
sengers and so passenger service through Cisco was 
discontinued in 1939. When the Service was in opera- 
tion in the earliest days one bought his ticket at the 
station but later paid his fare after boarding the 
train. Train fare between Monticello and Cisco one 
way was 25c first class and 20c by coach. One way 
fares between Cisco and Argenta were 20c first class 
and 15c by coach. 

The stations on the railroad branch between White 
Heath and Decatur were Monticello, Amenia, Cisco, 
Argenta, Oreana, and Green Switch. 

In the year 1943 the Cisco Station Operator was 
paid 43c an hour. As freight was hauled more and 
more frequently by truck the job as station agent 
became a part time one. Small parcels were no longer 
handled after April 15, 1963 and only carload lots 
were carried. 

Train Time 

Sam Berkler, Don Stewart, and Barney Giffin 
were station agents. Mrs. Greenfield served both Cisco 
and Argenta for a time. Dale Riggins began here in 
1963. He served from 12 to 14 stations using his truck 
to work from. His reporting headquarters was 

Village Government and the 
Town Hall 

A copy of the Municipal Code of the Village of 
Cisco that was revised and adopted on June 4, 1906 
tells us of the village officials and ordinances at that 
time. The officials were : President, six members of 
the Board of Trustees, Clerk, Treasurer, Marshal of 
Streets, and Police Magistrate. Other chapters set 
forth the ordinances on village limits; inspection of 
flues and chimneys ; health department ; the corporate 
seal (the corporate seal of Cisco is circular and says 
on the outside, "Village of Cisco, Piatt County, 111." 
Across the middle it says, "Corporate Seal.") ; fire 
limits; concrete sidewalks; finances; streets and 
alleys; sidewalks and public grounds; railroads; 
licenses; nuisances; misdemeanors; recovery of fines 
and penaties. At the time this code was adopted Levi 
A. Weddle was the Village President and Arburthnot 
Hugh Lyons was Clerk. The booklet was published 
August 25, 1906 by the Republican Printing Company 
of Monticello. Ruby Leach's older sister recalls that 
she wrote a copy of the ordinances in a new ledger 
for Bert Lyons when she was in school. 

In the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and His- 
tory of Piatt County, Francis Shonkwiler says that in 
1899, Jason Simer was President of the Board, King 
Pattengill was Clerk, S. L. Grove was Commissioner 
of Highways, A. L. Lyons was Justice of the Peace, 
and Edward Salsbury was Constable. Those who had 
served on the County Board to represent Willow 
Branch Township were Peter Croninger, David Moyer, 
W. F. Stevenson, Thomas Ater, Thomas Mintun, 
James Ownby, F. H. McCartney, E. L. Croninger, 
F. S. Weilepp, W. W. Parish, Chas. Baker, George W. 
Widick, and Charles T. Parr. 

The President and six members of the Board of 
Trustees were elected and their salaries were set by 
themselves and were not to be changed for a year. 
Four trustees and the President would constitute a 
quorum. If at any meeting a quorum was not present, 
the President was to direct the Marshall to go for 
the missing members. Any Board member who had 
absented himself without just cause such as illness 
was to be arrested and fined $10 if he refused to 
attend the meeting. Any trustee so disorderly could 
be expelled by a two thirds vote of the board. 

The Village Marshall was appointed by the Presi- 
dent and held office one year. The Police Magistrate 
was to be elected beginning in the year 1908 and 
every year thereafter. 

Some of these ordinances make interesting read- 
ing. Here are some : 

"No boy nor any other person shall carelessly or 
heedlessly cast or throw any stone, brick, brick bat, 
clod, or other missile from or into any public or 
private house, street, or other place, nor shall in any 
wise injure or deface any buiding, fence or shade 
tree, or shall meddle with or injure any public well, 
cistern or pump within said village, under a penalty 
in each case of not less than one dollar nor more than 
fifty dollars upon conviction." 

Any person who "shall keep, offer for sale or sell, 
or in any way circulate or distribute any obscene or 
indecent publication, book, pamphlet, paper, print, 
picture, model, illustration, cast," shall be fined not 
less than five dollars nor more than two hundred 
dollars for each offense. 

"Whoever shall purposely, heedlessly, rapidly or 
immoderately ride or drive any horse, mule, cattle or 
other like animal, or any team in such manner as to 
be dangerous to person or property, in said village, 
may be stopped by any person, and shall be stopped 
by the village marshall, and shall upon conviction, be 
fined not less than three dollars not more than fifty 
dollars for each offense." 

"Whoever shall ride or drive any horse, mule, 
cattle, or the like, or lead the same, or drive any 
carriage, wagon, cart or vehicle for pleasure or 
burden, on or across any sidewalk, boulevard or lawn, 
where there is no regular approach to the same, shall 
be fined in any sum not less than three dollars nor 
more than twenty-five dollars for each offense." 

No person shall engage in any game, sport or 
amusement or put up any exhibit that will frighten 
horses or teams or interfer with persons using the 
streets or sidewalks. Fine from $1 to $25. 

Other ordinances forbade hitching horses to trees, 
creating a disturbance on a Sunday, doing unnecessary 
business on Sunday, allowing any "horse, mule, ass, 
cow, sheep, goat, swine or goose or any like animal to 
run at large within the limits of said village," nor 
should any be staked out in any public place. 

"It shall be unlawful for any person or firm, or 
any agent to sell, offer for sale, give away or keep 
any cigarettes or cigarette paper within the corporate 
limits of said village, and any person or persons who 
shall violate this section shall be subject to a fine 

of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty- 
five dollars for each offense." 

Other ordinances of that day concerned stables, 
pens, ditches, slop, dead animals,, barbed wire and 
hedge fences. 

Licenses were required at fifty cents for business 
establishments, for any show or exhibit other than for 
home benefit, pool or billiards, drays, hawkers, or 

One ordinance banned having any amusement open 
on Sunday including baseball grounds and the fine 
for disobeying was from three to one hundred dollars. 

"It shall be unlawful for any boys or other persons 
to trespass upon any school property within the 
village, at any time when there is no school or to 
loiter about or congregate thereon, under a penalty of 
not less than two dollars nor more than fifty dollars 
for each offense." 

The above ordinances are still on the books in 1973. 

There is no Village Marshall at the present time. 
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each 
month at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. 

The present Town Hall was built in 1936 by the 
WPA and Mr. Harry Lyons was foreman on the job. 
The third WPA project at the time was to take up 
the brick sidewalks, clean the bricks to use in build- 
ing the Town Hall and put in concrete sidewalks. The 
building was to be equipped with steel lockers, chairs, 
and tables. The second floor was to be used for Village 
Board meetings and the first floor for a polling place 
for town and township elections. 

During the 1940's the fire engine for the fire 
district was kept on the first floor. When an election 
was to be held the fire engine was run out so the 
first floor could be used as a polling station. 

The present Cisco Board is: 

Jack Drew, Mayor Otto Mazzei 

Charles Winters, Clerk Larry Edwards 

Gene Pirtle, Treasurer Delbert Williams 

Sam Clark Earl Wright 

Entering from the west in 1974. 

The Telford Building 

William H. Telford built Cisco's largest store on 
the northwest corner of Main and Dodge Streets. It 
was a frame building 124 foot long and 24 foot wide. 
It had 3 rooms on the first floor. The room to the 
south took up two-thirds of the building with the 
remaining one-third divided into 2 rooms. 

The second floor of the building was divided into 
two large halls named Castle Hall and Areli Hall. 
These could be reached by an enclosed stairway on 
the east side of the building from Main Street. 

There was a loading platform on the west side 
of the building. Merchandise came to town on the 
train and a horse and dray would haul it to the load- 
ing platform of the store. 

Teleford building and restaurant. 

Pictures of this building show that wooden planks 
held up by blocks of wood or tile provided seats on 
the Main Street and Dodge Street sides of the build- 
ing. Here the weary could rest or sit and visit. 

The Telford building burned in 1910. 

The Hitchins Building 

G. W. Hitchins rebuilt a one story brick building 
on the above mentioned site extending about two- 
thirds as long as the previous Telford Building. A 
general store, Armsworth's Hardware and our present 
day antique store have all been located here. 

Just north of the Telford on the west side of Main 
St. there was a small building in which there was a 
millinery shop and later a grocery and a doctor's 
office. The Town Hall, which was built as a W.P.A. 
project, is now located in approximately the same 

West of the Telford building on Dodge St. was 
the Opera House. This building was the re-modeled 
first church built for the Methodist congregation of 
Cisco. It was bought for $100 in 1899 and moved from 
the church site to its up town location. This was 
really used as a community center. This building also 
burned in the big fire of 1910. 

West of the Opera House was a building which 
had a restaurant and ice cream parlor in it. It burned 
in 1910. 

Street scene on West Dodge Street. 

The building on Dodge Street just west of the 
restaurant was also destroyed by the 1910 fire. This, 
at one time, housed the newspaper office and a 
barber shop. 

The Swam Building 

Fred Swam built a large brick building of two 
rooms, two doors north of the bank, in the center of 
the block on Main Street in 1910. The north room 
has served as a garage and the electric plant. The 
south room was a blacksmith's, a movie house, auto 
sales and a grocery. Clem Colgan used the building 
from 1947-1965 as an office and warehouse for his 
seed business. The building is presently owned by 
the Cisco Co-op Elevator. 

In the only frame building left of the early Cisco, 
next door to the bank, has been a restaurant, a mil- 
linery shop, a creamery and bakery. Dr. Rhodes' 
office and previous and present day barber shop. 

Across the street east of the Telford building was 
the Bank Building. It was built in 1897. It has also 
been used for a grocery and Post Office, the Cook 
and Doane electrical business and is presently owned 
by the Cisco Co-op Elevator. 


Cisco village census 1920 (345), 1910 (379), 1900 
(360), and Willow Branch Township 1920 (1133), 
1910 (1518) and 1900 (1579). 

Style change in 1874 : "Only recent change in the 
style of wearing the hair is the addition of the coronet 
braid. Also, gauze dresses, chatelaine pockets, impro- 
vised bracelets, silver mounted fans and sleeveless 

1874: "The railroad question is a national issue — 
in regard to interstate railroads, to provide cheaper 
transportation, secure safety and comfort of passen- 
gers, reform abuses and promote general efficiency of 
railroads — " 

"The U.S. furnished, in 1897, more than one-half 
the wheat recjuired by Europe." 

When corn was selling for 10c a bushel and a loaf 
of bread was 5c? 


Main Street, Hotel, Shaft Drug Store and Odd Fellows 

The Odd Fellows Building 

The Odd Fellows Building was a 2-story brick 
structure that stood two doors south of the hotel. 
There were three tall windows on the second floor and 
above the middle one was a stone inset which said 
"No. 599 I.O.O.F." About 1920 this building burned. 

The W. H. Jones Building 

In the early 1890's William H. Jones built a build- 
ing on the east side of Main street. It as a frame 
one with a part of it having two stories. It had a 
roof that extended over a wooden sidewalk for its 
entire length of 100 feet. Mr. Jones sold paint, carpet, 
furniture, hardware, tin ware, windmills, stoves, 
pumps, Oakland and Reo cars, and farm implements. 

A large tin shed was on the southeast corner of 
Main and South Streets and was used by Mr. Jones 
for implement storage. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jones lived in a house behind the 
store for many years until they built the largest house 
in the village which still stands today at the south 
edge of town. We know that Mr. Jones was in business 
here in 1899 and until after 1915. He sold out and 
went to Decatur. 

About 1920 the Odd Fellows Building burned down 
and the Jones Building south of it was damaged. Some 

Main Street Drug Store, I.O.O.F. Building, W. H. Jones 

recall how men on top of the Jones building doused 
the roof with water to prevent its being destroyed. 
Boys from the town helped to clean mortar off the 
bricks of the ruined building so they could be used to 
rebuild the one used now as a Post Office. The Jones 
building was torn down in the 1930's. 

At one time there was a building between the 
Jones Building and the corner that now has a service 
station on it. This house had two rooms, one was a 
shoe repair and the other a doctor's office. A photog- 
rapher also used it at one time. The building was 
torn down. 

Runkle Building 

South of the railroad tracks and on the southeast 
corner of Main and South Railroad Streets was a 2- 
story frame building painted yellow, built in 1874. 
It was built by Abraham Runkle, one of the original 
four who donated land for Cisco. The upstairs was 
reached by an enclosed stairway on the north and it 
was called Runkle Hall. School was held upstairs and 
also the Methodist Church started here in 1874. 

The brick buiding which replaced the Runkle 
Building, at first had three rooms on the first floor. 
Among the various businesses that have been active 
here are a restaurant, the Post Office and grocery, 
an implement dealer, a pool hall, a drug store, Weddle 
and McKinley grocery, and now contains the field 
office for the state engineers. Wilfred Johnson is the 
present owner. 

The U. S. Post Office 

Cisco's first Post Office was in the middle room 
of the Telford Building. Oscar Harper was the first 
postmaster and was the second grocer, having bought 
out E. F. Dallas. Other early postmasters were James 
St. John, John McGinnis, who walked two and a 
quarter miles to and from town daily to his home, 
and John Jeffords. Florence Crandall, niece of John 
Jeffords, Sr., came to live in his home and assist in 
the post office. Miss Esther Coay and Miss Goldie 
Daves were also postmistresses. Mrs. Sam Clover 
served as postmistress when her husband had a store 
in the south room of the rebuilt Runkle Building. The 
Post Office was on the southeast side of the store. 
When he moved to the Bank Building, the Post Office 
was located there also. Mable Lyons was assistant 
postmistress for thirty-two years. 

Later the Post Office was in the elevator office 
on the west side of Main Street. From here it was 
moved to the Shaft Building which stood between the 
hotel and Odd Fellows Building. In 1947 the Post 
Office was moved into the Bank Building. Jim Giesler 
was postmaster from 1946 to April 15, 1949, when 
Everett Giesler, Jim's father, became postmaster and 
Jim took a rural route carrier job. Rural delivery 
started in 1902. At one time there were two rural 
routes out of Cisco. Mail carriers were Oscar A. 
Rinehart, Sam Clover, Simon Gisinger, Harry Lyons, 
Harry Mintun, Francis Swarts, David Swarts. These 
routes were later combined into one. Beginning late 
in March of 1973 — the Cisco rural route is out of 
Bement, starting and ending there. 

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At the Post Office: Mr. Jeffords, Lastler Coay, Francis 
Swarts and Oscar Rinehart. 

The Post Office was moved into the rebuilt brick 
building on the site of the Odd Fellows Building, May 
1958. This is a one story structure built by Scott 

Established on June 11, 1874 



Oscar Harper June 11; 

Leo J. Wienstein December 30 

John M. Dashiell August 2 

George W. Reynolds April 23 

Jesse B. Irwin October 20 

James B. St. John October 29 

Daniel H. Clow July 29 

William McGinnis December 29 

Jesse B. Irwin October 17 

William McGinnis April 13 

J. F. McGinnis (failed to qualify). ..December 8, 

Jesse B. Irwin July 12 

John H. Jeffords October 11 

Esther C. Coay (named changed to Hawley 

by marriage on December 16, 1911 J May 22 

Dorothy G. Daves January 15 

Marilla Clover January 29 

James A. Giesler (acting) January 31 

(assumed charge) February 1 

(confirmed) July 1 

Everet L. Giesler (assumed charge) April 15 

(confirftied) June 29 

Jackie Lee Floyd (assumed charge) May 31 

(confirmed) March 14 




The first schools for children in the country were 
rural schools. If one has not attended or taught a 
country school, one can not appreciate them. In the 
early times the teacher lived in the district or lived 
with one of the families. Tne teacher went early, built 
a fire, swept the floor, carried cobs, coal or wood, 
cleaned and dusted. Then it was time to start to teach 
the students. Classes were many, all subjects for all 
grades represented or alternating some grades each 
year. It certainly developed independence and initi- 

School was held in 14 or so rural schools but as 
the population decreased and transportation became 
easier, these schools were closed and the children 
were transferrd into Cisco. 

The first school in Willow Branch Township was 
taught by Judge Edward Ater, about 1840 in a log 
schoolhouse on the Willow Branch. Among some of 
the early teachers at Willow Branch were Robert 
Barton, J. Hull Brown, Caleb and Riley Tatman, the 
Suver sisters and Thomas Lamb, Jr. The school was 
extensively repaired, new seats put in and a well 
sunk in 1902. 

Oak Grove School 

Oak Grove School was among the early rural 
schools of this area. It was built, 3 miles southeast 
of Cisco in 1890. Dorr M. Simer received $1340 for 
teaching there in 1920. In 1935, fourteen students 
were in attendance. Elaine McCartney and Marjorie 
McCartney were among the many teachers. 

Excelsior school house stood on the south side of 
Stringtown Lane just 2 mile.s west of Wilo Cat Creek. 

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Girls' bask< tliall team, 1912-13. 

New Union School. Kdwin Pilchard (teacher), Mildred 

Mcintosh, Berlyn Brown, Karlc Mcintosh, Homer Doane, 

Clifford Wcddle. 

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New Union School was located northeast of town 
just off Stringtown Lane. In 1898 enrollment was 19 
and average attendance was 17. C. W. Briggs was 
the teacher. Carl Pattengill received $900 for a year 
of teaching here in 1920. Helen Borchers was among 
the many who taught here. 

Havely School was located 3 miles southwest of 
town at the edge of the county. It is named for 
Samuel (Captain) Havely who lived and owned a 
half a section here. He was an early comer and was 
in the Mexican War. Elizabeth Reeves and Lois Bald- 
ing are among the teachers here. This is now the 
residence of the Slifer family. 

Havely School, 190". Bottom row: Roy Marvin, Viola Elkins, 
Owen Dodd, Cecil Kainey, Ira McCartney, Orris Marvin. 

Second row: Ward McCartney. , Clinty Dodd, Goldie 

Elkins, , WlUard Dodd, Wayne McCartney, Jim 

Edwards. Third row: M inni e McDa>itt (teacher), Kathiyn 
Bynim, Tot Bouncer, Lois Kairiey,' Sylvia Elkins, Goldie 
Edwards, Alice Miller, and Bill Dodd. 

East Cisco was built in 1901. It was located 2 
miles straight east of town on the north side of 
the road. Esther Bevelhimer received $1080 for a year 
of teaching in 1920. Leora Miller served as teacher 
in 1937-38. 

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Pleasant Ridge School. Front row: Paul Niles, Kenneth 
Garriot, Mary Garriot, Ronald Reeves, Lois Reeves; Second 
row: Eugene Garriot, Patricia Rannebarger, Harold Dean 
Cheatham, Frances Reeves, Robert Niles. Back row: Mrs. 
Garriot, Blanche Niles, Maxine Cheatham, Ruth Reeves and 
Clarice Cornell (teacher). 

Pleasant Ridge School was located just inside 
Macon County on Stringtown Lane, 3 miles northwest 
of Cisco. It was built in 1855. This school served hot 
lunches before it consolidated into Cisco, the teacher 
being Clarice Cornell Dresback. Margaret Pattengale 
was also a teacher here. Competitive spelling "bees" 

were held between country schools. Pleasant Ridge 
carried home the honors in 1898. 

Prospect School was built on the county line four 
miles northwest of Cisco. In 1911 the old building was 
moved to the rear of the lot so that school could con- 
tinue while a new schoolhouse could be erected. The 
new building was considered quite modern with its 
new basement. E. 0. Martin and his daughters, Gen- 
eva and Juanita were teachers here. Lois Ward was 
the last teacher. 

Enterprise School, built in 1873, was situated 
across from the Enterprise M.E. Church, five miles 
northeast of Cisco. The building itself cost $750, while 
the coal house and fences cost $130. Among some of 
the teachers were : Elizabeth and Bert Reeves, Lola 
Huisinga and three of the Grethe sisters — Antonia, 
Jeanetta and Ottaline. Three generations of Kingstons 
served as school directors. In 1945 this school con- 
solidated and students went to Weldon, Deland and 

Enterprise Grade School, 1912. Front row: Mary Smith, 
Ellen Royse, Margaret Carr, Benicc Olson, Oressa Goken, 
Florence Stillabower, Wayne Royse, Lotus Carr, Opal Royse, 
Geneva Goken, Eva Cloud, Perley Stillabower. Charles Carr, 
Earl Cloud, Aileen Royse; middle row: Dora Carr, Josie 
Olson, Mollie Kingston, Cora Davis, Helena Royse, Ordella 
Goken, Lillie Owen. Mrs. Poppywell, Dora Hatch, Alice 
Stillabower, Bert Reeves (teacher), Carl Kingston; back 
row: Johnny Kingston, William Davis, Charles Carr, Sr., 
James Floyd, John Goken, Mr. Poppyvvell, John Stillabower 
holding Frances, Verner Hatch, Louis Dammerman, Ray 
Kingston, William Stillabower, Harvey Stillabower, John 
Royse, Harve Royse. 

Other schools in this district were: West Cisco, 
Shady Nook and Wild Cat. 

Shady Nook School: Gene .\llen, Ruby .Alien Higgins. Elmer 
Rhodes, Ceril Cacket, John Benjamin, Paul Lawson, Harry 
Allen, Martha Gill, William Gill, Irwin Swam. Freda Benja- 
min Marvel. Lois Gill, Floyd Gill, Edwin Swam, Mary 
AUen Fish. 



Front row: LilUe Alexander, teacher; Dean Wiseman, Herb 

Reason, , Walker, Lawrence Gisingrer, Harley 

Swarts, Paul Pattengale, Elwin Eubank, Jeanette Cornell, 
Hildred Lyons, Elizabeth Dye, Gladys Bush, Paul McKinney, 

Geneva Walker, Frances Rinehart, Beasley, Marlin 

Reed, Lawrence Blue, Lloyd Gisinger, Curtis Clow, Paul 

Dean Sullivan, Ervin Swam, lleen Coon, Remmers, 

Evelj-n Ater, Willard Dial, George Miller, Forest Boss, 


Second row: Steve Mintun, janitor; Helen Jones, Esther 
Bevelheimer, Jessie Parr (teachers), Harold Paugh, Edwin 

Swam, Daniel Weddle, Paul Miles, Donald Whisnant, , 

Hunsley, Wilmer Reason, Katheryn Barnhart, Mary 

Catherine McKinney, Mable Olson, Opal Eubanks, Mildred 
Rannebarger, Othella Taylor, Don Walker, Kenneth Wise- 
man, Ralph Minton, Thelma Miles, Leland Clover, , 

Geneva Dial, Elsie Boss, Bina Lyons, Myrtle McAtee, Lorene 
Sullivan, Lois Rannebarger, Helen Paugh, Clarice Cornell, 

The first school in the village of Cisco is reported 
to have been a subscription school held in the Runkle 
Building. This meant that each parent who sent a 
child made direct arrangements with the teacher for 
paying for teaching the child. Ada Nogle (Weilepp) 
was one of the early teachers. 

The first schoolhouse in the village was a wooden 
frame building of one room erected on the site of the 
present school. A recently found newspaper clipping 
dated July 31, 1885 says that R. L. Dickerson of Cisco 
was awarded the contract to build a Cisco school for 
$1,000. The item says this bid was $10 less than any 
other bid. It also states that Cisco people were pleased 
that a local builder got the job. 

A 2-story two room school was built on this same 
site in 1887 and was used until 1900. The second 
building was moved by using a horse and capstan to 
take it south on Eldon Street, across the tracks into 
an area on the west side of Eldon and South Railroad 
Street (this is north of and behind Larry Edward's 
house in 1974). Harry Lyons recalls it was used as a 
horse barn with the blackboards still in it. 

In 1900, a brick, 2-story, four room, well lighted, 
heated by a furnace, and well ventilated building was 
erected on the same site. The total cost was $6,000. 
The building was not ready for use when school opened 
in the fall, and the children attended classes in the 
Runkle building. The primary grades attended classes 
in a room on the first floor, and the upper grades in 
the hall upstairs. The two teachers at this time were 
Susie Merker and Lillian Grey. Ruby Leach's sister 
recalls these facts as she started to school that year. 
She also remembers that the children were taught to 
write by placing corn kernels over the letters written 
with chalk on their desks. 

Enid Haneline, Emma Gisinger, Mary Clover. 

Third row: Park Simer, , Hunsley, Gerald 

Wiseman, Byron Bainey, Roy Hoover, , Gertrude 

Coffin, Nellie Rannebarger. LaVeme Barnhart, Oneta 
Beasley, Thelma Conrad, Pauline Rannebarger, Judy Lyons, 
Gertrude Hoover, . Jeannette Shaft, Maxine Stack- 
house, Stella Rannebarger, Margaret Pattengale, MardeU 

Conrad, , . Floyd Rannebarger, , 

, Fern 

Dick Reason, Evelyn Patterson, Mildred 


Fourth row: Leonard Rinehart, Roy Rannebarger, James 

Thomas, , Harold Ensign, Byron Clover, Pearlie 

Reason, Berlyn Sullivan, Ethel Albert, Leora Eubanks, 
Edythe Brame, Hazel Taylor. Marj McCartney, Margaret 
Kistler, Hildred Armsworth, Vira Mintun, Bethel Taylor, 
Hugh Gadbury, Leroy Conrad, Raymond Shull, Freddie 
Paugh, Loren Pattengill, Lawrence Coon, Ralph Shaft, 
Virgil Miller, Roy McCartney. 

Another interesting sidelight concerning this 
building is that it was built of bricks made in New- 
burg. Mrs. Dottie Giesler's father owned the brick 
kiln and the bricks were hauled by team and wagon 
to Cisco. 

Cisco School 

Two years of high school were offered in the new 
brick building and later three years were taught. 
Students could transfer for the fourth year to the 
school of their choice. Some went to Weldon, Monti- 
cello, Argenta, Decatur and Cerro Gordo. Families 
had to furnish the student transportation. There were 
a few car pools, but many were forced to take room 
and board in the other towns and return home only 
on weekends. 

Wooden board sidewalks were built south of the 
school. They were raised and were in bridge fashion 
because water stood so deep. 


Cisco Grade School. First row: Park Simer, Grace Gisinger, 
Mary Oxley, Erma Dooley, Frances Williams, Gladys Ater, 
Ruby Clover, Bertha Dooley, Bernard Pattengale, Walter 
Hott. Standing: Phoebe Coay, Lettie Eubanks, Jessie Parr, 
Irene Widick, Dorr Simer, Cecil Young, Jessie Young, Lillie 
Coay, and Irene Kingston. 

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Cisco High School, 1924-25. Front: 


Niles, Nellie Rannebarger, Jeanette Shaff, Margaret Patten- 
gale, Pauline Scott, Pauline Rannebarger. Middle row: Dean 
McCartney, Byron Rainey, Dorothy Haynorth (teacher), 
Stella Rannebarger, Juanita Martin, Ma.\ine Stackhouse, 
Virginia Auten. Ambrose Turner. Back row: Lyie Barn- 
hart, Frank Wrench (principal), Roy Hoover, Wayne Royse, 
Wilbur Allnian, Earl Brame, Kenneth Ensign, Byron Clover 
and Gerald Wiseman. 

Cisco Grade, 1927-28, grades 6, 7, 8. Back row: Thelma Miles, 
Frances Binehart, Herb Reason, Harry Allen, Ray Hatfield, 
Wilmer Reason, Don Whisnant, Lloyd Gisinger, Phyllis 
Cornell. Second row: Leo Scott, George Miller, Genenieve 
Dial. Illeen Coon, Freida Benjamin, Faith Garver (teacher), 

Sullivan, Hildred Lyons, Evelyn Ater, Mabel Olson. 

Third row: Elizabeth Dye, Doris Sullivan, Elmer AUman, 
Paul Pattengale, "Shorty" Goken, Paul Dean Sullivan, 
Marlon Reed, Paul B. IWcKinley, Ralph Brame, Delora 
Whisnant, Katheryn Bamhart. Front row: George Bene- 
field, James Geisler, Danny Weddle. 

The Cisco School in 1927-28 was District 93 and 
the school year was 8^/2 months long. For that year 
the high school teachers were Frank Wrench, Helen 
Hall and Mildred Blan. They taught Math, Science, 
History, English and Music. The teaching of Math 
and Science paid $2,000 and History and English 
$1,232.50. There were three grade teachers: Lillie C. 
Alexander taught 1 and 2; Dessie Troxell taught 
grades 3, 4 and 5; and Faith Garver taught grades 6, 
7 and 8. Their salaries ranged from $1,020 to 
$1,060.50. The Cisco Board at the time were James 
Heath, W. S. Armsworth, and W. S. Ater. 

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade, 1937. On the bench: Tom 
Rannebarger, Betty Edwards, Marj' Shull. Front row: 
Peggy Hoff, Wilma Parr, Bill Vannote, Eugene Pirtle, Bill 
Miller. Second row: Lora Mae Gisinger, Linday Coe, Alice 
Vannote, Betty Calvin, Jim Pride. Third row: Da\id Swarts, 
Betty Ater, Kathleen Shull, Russell Sullivan, Bob Pride. 
Fourth row: Elizabeth Calvin, Jean Shall. Clifford Eubank, 
Pauline Wangler, Bill Rannebarger. Hfth row: Everett 
Pride, Pauline Schoolcraft, Dean Ripperdan, I^ora Benja- 

In 1936-37 an addition of a gymna.sium and four 
classrooms were added to the school with the labor 
provided by W.P.A. This addition contained a gym 
with a playing floor 74 ft. by 44 ft. and an ample, 
well arranged stage. The gym can be used as an 

Cisco High School, 1939. Top: Mr. Hoke, Evelyn Mooney, 
A. B. Weddle, Marj Reeves, Jean Cain, Francis Chapman, 
Don Ater, Maurice Doane, Eugene Mills, Robert Mills, Leon 
Benson. Second: Miss Skeet, Jeanne Leach, Evelyn Dowdle, 
Mary Gisinger, Helen McKinney, Marilyn Hoff. Harold 
Briggs. John Schoolcraft, and Mr. Wrench. Third: Zelma 
Schoolcraft. Virginia McCartney, Emma Lou .Johnson, Rose 
Marie Brame, Chrystyne Sullivan, Burt Mcintosh, Jack 
Clifton, Beulah Huisinga. Fourth: Gene Mills, Wayne 
Phipps, Robert Leach and Harold Swarts. 


auditorium and will seat 500 people. The total cost 
was $30,000. E. L. Dowdle, W. S. Armsworth, Jason 
Ripperdam and Bert L. Reeves were on the Board. 
Frank Wrench was the Superintendent of the School. 

In 1945, all of the high school students began to 
attend Monticello High School and Cisco became an 
8 grade school. At this time Clifford Weddle became 
a board member of Monticello High School. 

Cisco Grade School Basketball Team and Cheerleaders, 1947. 
Front: Jack Miner, "Bed" Miller, John McFeeters. Second 
row: Marilyn Zindar, Loretta Ludwick, Jack Benton, Bill 
Sago, Bon Beeves, Jack Burton. Third row: Bay Bade- 

macker (coach), Delmar Clow, Duane Woodall, , 

Principal Jackson. 

The Monticello Unit District was formed in 1948. 
The Havely School and Enterprise School closed and 
their children came to town as was earlier done by 
other country schools. 

When the Unit was formed there was one school 
board for the four grade schools and one high school 
which included Cisco, White Heath, and Monticello. 
The Board was to have two members from each of 
the three participating towns. At the time of its 
formation the members representing Cisco were 
Francis Lynch and Lyle McFeeters. 

For some years a noon hot lunch program was 
served in the rented basement of the Cumberland 
Presbyterian Church that was no longer used as a 
church but was the property of the Masonic Lodge. 
The school children were taken next door south to the 
church at noon to get their lunches. 

First grade, 1952-53, front row: Donnie Floyd, Eugene John- 
son, Mike Swarts, Donny Campbell, Diana Clifton, Joe 
Mackey, Larry Burton, Bobert Pearl, Billy Shull; second 
row: Melvin Moyer, Larry Bailey, Jerry May, teacher, 
Kathryn O'Conner. 

Piatt County Baseball Champs, 1948. Loren Lewis is Coach 
and Principal. 

Cisco Grade School Heavyweight County Champs, 1952: 
Back row: John Gregory, "Bed" Spurling, John Mackey, 
Gene Statnian (coach), Waj-ne Beinhart, Baymond Shafer, 
Dale Mclntyre; front row: Gregory Howard, Joe Knupp. 
Bussell Floyd, John Howard, Don Cole. 

In 1956, an addition was added to the south and 
west sides of the school providing three more class- 
rooms, an office, nurse's room and a lunch room with 

Some of the principals of the school were: Will 
Underwood, C. C. Walsh, J. E. Nichols, George N. 
Dunham, D. C. Shaff, Chester M. Echols, John C. 
Hall, T. H. Pease, E. S. Jones, J. R. Simer, Henry C. 
Gross, Mr. Glazier, Mr. Mosgrove, Parke Simer in 
1920, Frenk Wrench, Lillie Alexander, Mr. Jackson, 
Loren Lewis, and William Herren, the present prin- 

Men who have served on the Unit School Board to 
represent Cisco include John Whitlow, A. B. Weddle, 
Jr., Clem Colgan and Bill Armsworth. Fay H. Root 
went on the board in 1952. became President in 1955 
and continued in that capacity until retirement in 
1971. Frank Hoffman and Jack Drew are the present 
board members. 


Piatt Countj- Championship Team. 1966-67: Roger Oliver, 

Scott Hoffman, Mark Swarts, Kioli BIythe, Duane Robson, 

John Miller, Steve Catlin, and Coach Sam Clark. 

Class B track team, 1972, first in District. First row: Pat 
Weber, Dick Haun, Robert Ford, Dennis Hoffman, Bruce 
Haun, and Mark Fair. (The relay team, two Hauns, Ford 
and Hoffman, placed first in county, district and sectional, 
then placed fifth in the state meet). Second row: Kenny 
Wright, Kenny Bolson, Mike Elson, Randy Baker, David 
Huisinga, John Howland, Coach Sam Clark. 

It was just a quiet little street 

But as I passed that way 
I thought of those who had lived and loved 

And worked there day by day. 

From such simple homelike streets 

Have come leaders who've had their say 

On just such quiet little streets 
Tomorrow's statesmen now play. 

The Willow Branch Library 

The Cisco Woman's Club began a project of collect- 
ing books for a library. Mrs. P. C. Young was presi- 
dent at the time. Mr. Robert Allerton made a grant 
in 1918 to assist in collecting a nucleus for such a 
library. The first books collected were housed in 
Shaff's Drug Store under the care of Mrs. Fred Shaff. 
She kept the subject before the community until finally 
the voters of the township voted a II/3 mil tax to 
support a free public library. Then in 1920 the Willow 
Branch Township Library was organized with direc- 
tors Mrs. Warren Ater, Mrs. P. C. Young, Mrs. Dillard 
Bowman, Mrs. Scott Armsworth and H. B. McKinney. 
Jack Mullins was the first librarian. The first library 
was on the west side of Main Street, the fourth house 
from South Street. This had formerly been a dwelling. 

A few years later the library was located on the 
north side of North Street and the second house west 
of Main Street. Bessie Hitchens served as the second 
librarian. She served for many years. Some of the 
other librarians were Irene McKinley, Goldie Cornell 
and since 1958 Katheryn Sites. 

This library became a part of the "Rolling Prairies 
Library System" in January of 1973. The present 
library board consists of Sam Clark, Kay B. Drew, 
Helen Dowdle, Marilyn Mackey, David Swarts, Joyce 
Slifer and Robert Williams. 

Present Library 

The Baptist Church 

The Southern Baptists established a church in 
Cisco in 1951 with fifteen charter members. The first 
minister was Olen Cooperider, a Sangamon Valley 
Associational Missionary, who was here for six 
months. Arthur Sutton served a year, Lester Dean 
served two years and then Olen Cooperider returned 
for two years. Gregory Osborne was pastor for ten 
years. Dale Pease came next for a short stay of sev- 
eral months. Anthony Roy of Deland has also served. 

About 1953 to 1955 the attendance ran from 65 to 
70 of a membership of 80. Some members moved away 
or took their membership elsewhere. One of the most 
joyous occasions was the burning of the mortgage in 

The church closed its doors January, 1974. 


The Cumberland Presbyterian 

The Presbyterians in the eastern part of the 
country believed the ministers in the churches should 
be schooled in theology. They .required four years of 
college plus seminary training. They soon realized 
they did not have enough men so well trained to supply 
the frontier churches. Other denominations were using 
untrained men and the Presbyterians decided to do so 
also; but they would indicate a church with a less 
trained minister as a Cumberland Church. The word 
Cumberland was taken from the Cumberland Gap 
which was the gateway to the West. The Presbyterians 
built a one room frame building in 1875 that was very 
similar to the Methodist's. The church was located 
south of the present school and on the same side of 
Main Street. A second church that was larger and 
finer than the first church was built on the same site. 
The corner stone for it was laid June 27, 1908. 

Some of the families that belonged to this church 
were Rainey, Staats, Mintun, Goken, Coon, Jones, 
Lyons, Oxley, Clow, Graves, Russell, Reinhart, Coay, 
Pape, Evey and Prahm. 

The building committee for the second church was 
composed of five members: W. H. Jones, E. McGinnis, 
Joe Rainey, W. H. Ennis and F. M. Coffin. During 
the planning for this building the question arose as 
to whether or not it should have a basement. Some 
who felt there should not be one pulled away from the 
church, led by Rev. Tuttle, the pastor. This group 
held separate services in one of the halls in the 
Telford Building. 

Cumberland Presbyterian Church 

Unfortunately the earliest records of this church 
are lost and only the minutes of the sessions were 
available. Bert Reeves in his History of Cisco names 
as ministers of this denomination — Bankston, Tuttle, 
Hemp and Shaeffer. Since Rev. Tuttle was here 
during the split of the church in 1908, we presume 
these other men were early pastors. 

Following are the ministers who served this 
church: H. D. Trickey 1911, G. D. Humphrey 1911- 
1913, F. L. Gould 1913-1915, George D. Humphrey 
1915-1916, M. E. 1917-1918, G. D. Humphrey 
1919-1920; (there is no record from March 1920 to 
April 1924), M. C. Cockrum 1924-1925, J. W. Elder 

1926, F. C. Carpenter 1928-1929 (he was married 
while serving here), F. A. Gageby 1930, Abrim G. 
Bergen 1931, W. M. Clark 1934-1940, and R. S. Kieser 
1940. (He also had the Argenta Presbyterian Church. 
He was blind and used a seeing-eye dog). In April 
1941 the local congregation joined the Argenta Church 
while Rev. Kieser was still minister. 

At a December 1912 service a Jubilee Meeting was 
held and the paid-off note for $4,000 was burned. 
In June that year a hail storm damaged some of the 
church windows. It is interesting to note that in 1917 
the minister with a family of four children received 
$1,200 and the use of the manse for his services. 

In 1917-1918, Jeff Ennis, Mrs. Lee Ennis, Opal 
Ennis, W. H. Jones, Eva Cloud and Charles Hunsley 
held positions in the church. W. H. Jones was a 
strong supporter of the Presbyterian Church and 
since he had a pen of deer at his home — he donated 
a deer so the ladies of the church could serve venison 
as well as chicken at their fall chicken fries. 

A newspaper clipping for March 1928 tells of the 
celebration at the Presbyterian Church of a Golden 
Wedding Celebration for five Cisco couples. Three of 
these couples who celebrated their Fiftieth Anniver- 
sary were Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mintun, Mr. and Mrs. 
L. E. Kistler, and Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Coffin. Mr. 
and Mrs. Simon Gisinger celebrated their fifty-first 
and Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Oxley their sixty-second. 

The church was reorganized in 1932 with the fol- 
lowing elected to office: John Reed, Harry Lyons, 
Ray Mills, Mr. Coffin, Mrs. Reed and Mr. Benjamin. 
The Cisco Cumberland Presbyterian Church joined the 
Argenta Presbyterian congregation. Perhaps the last 
services ever held in this church were the funerals of 
Taylor Coon in 1937 and Lucy Coon in 1939. 

About 1942 the building was bought by the Cisco 
Masonic Lodge No. 965 A.F. & A.M. The son of W. F. 
Weilepp gave the land to the lodge since it had to be 
returned to the estate of his father, if no longer used 
for church purposes. In the late 1940's the school 
board rented the church basement and carried on a 
hot lunch program there until the lunch room w^as 
built at the school in 1956. The lodge used the building 
until it was affiliated with the Argenta Masonic 
Lodge in December 1965. 

The Monticello Unit School Board bought the 
site from the Masons with the understanding that the 
building was to be removed by the Lodge. The con- 
crete basement floor to the building still remains 
about two feet under the soil. The site was seeded 
and added to the school playground. 

The Cisco United Methodist Church 

The Cisco Methodist Church is the outgrowth of 
the uniting of two country churches, the Centenary 
Chapel located three miles southeast of Cisco, and the 
Pleasant Ridge Church located three miles northwest 
of the village. 

Before the Centenary Chapel was erected in 1865 
and '66, services were occasionally conducted by Cir- 
cuit riding ministers in the homes of Samuel Miles 
and Felix Watson and in three schoolhouses. After a 


revival in the Shady Nook School, the Centenary 
Chapel was built. This church was called Centenary 
because it was built in the centenary year of Meth- 
odism in America. 

The Pleasant Ridge Society was organized in the 
home of Hiram and Rachel Chandler. Its first public 
services were held in a new barn 2V2 miles south of 
Cisco on land now owned by Opal Coon. Later that 
same year Pleasant Ridge schoolhouse was built three 
miles northwest of Cisco and services were held there. 
Packs of wolves sometimes surrounded the school 
during Sunday School. Parents told the children the 
wolves were attracted by their singing. Later the 
church was erected near the school. It was at first 
independent, later Presbyterian and finally Methodist 
due to the Chandler influence. 

Early churches were often grouped into circuits so 
that one minister could conduct services in several 
communities. Cisco seems to have been in the Friend's 
Creek Circuit in 1865 through 1867 and for a time 
in the Cerro Gordo Circuit. It was in the fall of 1874 
that the Cisco Circuit included the Centenary and 
Pleasant Ridge societies, the Wesley Church south- 
west of Cisco, the Bell Prairie Church near Argenta, 
which met in the schoolhouse by the same name, and 
the church at Deland. The Rev. Joseph Winterbottom 
was the first pastor on this circuit. 

The Centenary and Pleasant Ridge Churches 
united into the Cisco Methodist Church on Nov. 30, 
1874. Sunday School was held in the Hall of the 
Runkle Building. Samuel Miles was the first Sunday 
School Superintendent. 

In the winter of 1874 and 1875 a subscription was 
started to build a new church. This church was a 
one story frame building with five single windows 
on each side and with a bell tower. The building cost 
about $2,200. It was built on the present site of the 
church and dedicated on July 4, 1875 with Rev. Horace 
Reed of Decatur making the dedication address. W. T. 
Beadles was appointed pastor in 1875. A daughter. 
Bertha, was born in Cisco during his pastorate here. 

Exactly one year after the church was dedicated, 
on July 4, 1876 a windstorm moved the church on its 

In 1890 a parsonage was built during the ministry 
of C. R. Carlos. This building is no longer owned by 
the church and is presently the residence of Ray 

During the 1890's there were three church wed- 
dings and they were all held at the close of the regular 
morning service. This was quite unusual at that time 
for it was customary for a wedding to occur in the 
home of the bride. 

The church membership grew to 200 by 1898 and 
a larger building was needed. The church building 
was sold in 1899 and moved to the north side of Dodge 
Street where it became the Opera House. Although a 
new building had been the subject of conservation for 
many years, it was not until Rev. A. D. Moon came 
to the circuit in 1898 that a movement was started 
toward getting a bigger facility. Rev. Moon and his 
co-workers raised $6,018. The building committee 
consisted of L. A. Melvin, F. S. Weilepp, P. B. Max- 
heimer, Daniel Weddle and E. L. Croninger. These 
men traveled to Tolono, 111., to see a new church just 
completed. They liked the plans made by C. S. Bainum 
of Champaign and Richard and Landis of Cerro Gordo 
got the contract to build the church for $4,965. 


Methodist Parsonage on Main Street, 1897. Cecil Stevenson, 
Enock Austin, Bev. and Mrs. W. F. Stevenson. 

•Second M.E. Church 

This second church was erected on the same site 
as the first one. The corner stone was laid on July 
12, 1899 with Rev. W. H. Wilder as presiding elder. 
Dedication was Dec. 3rd by Bishop C. C. McCabe. 

Gifts to the new church included a dozen little 
red chairs, the corner stone, an office chair, a com- 
munion table, and a Bissel Carpet Sweeper. 

The .second church was much larger and finer than 
the first church. This one had a basement and to 
enter the sanctuary one went up either of two sets 
of steps. There was a separate door at ground level 
on the north into the basement. One could not get to 
the basement from inside the church. It was planned 
this way so when serving a church supper to make 
money the sanctuary was in no way connected to the 
room where money was e.xchanging hands. The build- 
ing was an L-shaped building with a large bell tower 
built over the two entry doors. The large church 
windows were stained glass. There was a hitching 
rack at the south side of the church yard. A well with 
a hand pump was located near the northeast corner 
of the church lot. A gas street light was on the terrace 


at the northeast corner. Some of our ladies recall 
pumping and carrying all the pails of water down the 
steps for their church suppers. 

The church had chicken fries which saw many a 
chicken being eaten. What large kettles were used and 
how both the men and women worked. Another way 
money was earned was by having strawberry festivals 
when the berries were ripe. There is a record of the 
Cisco Band playing at one in 1900. Bazaars were 
another way the church ladies helped to defray church 

During an electrical storm in 1910 the church was 
struck by lightning and burned to the ground. There 
was no fire fighting equipment available at the time. 
The Presbyterians graciously invited their sister 
church to use their basement for their Sunday School 
and to combine the worship services in their sanc- 

A building committee for a third church was or- 
ganized. Members of this committee were Rev. J. C. 
Enninger, Dr. Pattengill, Charles Croninger, Edward 
Ater, Walter Miller and Fletcher Irwin. The present 
red brick building's corner stone was laid in the fall 
of 1910 and the dedication was in June of 1911 with 
Rev. T. D. Madden officiating. 

Present United Methodist Church 

The present parsonage was built on the southeast 
corner of North and Eldon streets, across the street 
from the church in 1920. The land was donated by 
W. C. (Dick) Reeves. 

In 1923-24, Enterprise Church, which was located 
5 miles northeast of Cisco closed and brought their 
membership into the Cisco Church. The Enterprise 
Church building had been built in 1893-94 on ground 
given by Hiram Royse. It was a frame building seat- 
ing 200 people. The church building was abandoned 
and finally sold to the Farmer City Christian Church 
in 1933. Until 1923 Cisco and Enterprise had been on 
a 2 point circuit. Rev. Harold Thrall was the minister 
when the churches combined. 

In 1937 the people were able to afford to redecor- 
ate the sanctuary. In 1943 the choir added dignity to 
the service by wearing choir robes. During 1944 a 
nursery to care for small children during the worship 
service was started. Also that year Rev. Nollsch bap- 
tised a class of 24 babies, children and adults and 
several were received into church membership. 

Enterprise Church 

New carpeting and a Wurlitzer organ (as a 

memorial to Alice Williams) were added in 1948 to 

enhance the beauty of the sanctuary. This year of 
1948 was noted for seven church weddings. 

In November of 1949 the church celebrated its 
75th anniversary. At that time a booklet was published 
entitled, 1847-1 9i9 Seventy-fifth Anniversary, First 
Methodist Church, Cisco, III. A pageant. The Story of 
Our Church, was written and directed by Mrs. Vera 
M. Root. 

Mrs. Lutle Parr, oldest member of the Cisco Methodist 
Church during: their 75th Anniversary in 1949. 

During 1961-63 the church was refurbished exten- 
sively and services were held for a short time in 
the Grade School auditorium. In 1967 the organ was 
replaced with a new Baldwin Organ. 

At the present time Rev. Charles Fradenburgh 
has been serving since 1971. In 1973 the church 
kitchen and the room used by the high school young 
people has been remodelled and refurnished. 

Mr. L. A. Melvin served as Sunday School super- 
intendent for 25 years. Many others served in this 
capacity with the present one being Stanley Mackey. 


Over the years activities of the church have in- 
cluded choirs, Christmas programs, Children's Day 
programs, Bible school, Christmas sings, Epworth 
League or M.Y.P\, Bible study classes, mother- 
daughter banquets, and father-son banquets. 

Mrs. Root's Methodist Church Junior Choir in 1952. Top: 
Martha Eubanks, Da\id Whisnant, Jim Geisler, Tom Boot, 
Connie Forcum, -Marilj-n Benjamin. Second: Norma Kem- 
mers, Jim Boot, Sue Miller. Loren Hiser, Karen Craig. 
Third: Joyce Mackey. Sharon Gregory, Mike Melvin, Gerry 
Conner, Dennis Miller, Judy Zindars, Karen Mclntye. 
Fourth: Janice Miller, Janet Sago, Lucia Coon, Linda Craig, 
Delores Conner, Beth Johnson. 

The following is a list of Pastors who have served 
this circuit and or church: Joseph VVinterbottom 1874, 
W. T. Beadles 1875-77, Joseph Montgomery 1878, 
Jacob Kagey 1879, B. Bartholow 1880-81, James Muir- 
head 1882, A. B. McElfresh 1883, W. H. Swartz 1884- 
85, E. M. Jeffers, 1886, J. A. Burks 1887, J. C. Collins 
1888, C. R. Carlos 1889-90, J. T. Humphrey 1891, W. 
A. Boyd 1892, D. C. Brickett 1893, W. F. Stevenson 
1894-97, A. D. Moon 1898-99, W. D. Best 1900-01, T. 
S. Mitchell 1902, E. A. Hedges 1903-04, J. E. Strevey 
1905, W. D. Mcintosh 1906-08, J. C. Enninger 1909-11, 
D. H. Hartley 1912-14, H. F. Powell 1915-18, Harold 
L. Thrall 1919-22, Harry A. Cochran 1923-26, Laverne 
Barcley 1927, 0. R. Spreckelmeyer 1928, J. Dewey 
Muir 1929-30, Donald Gibbs 1931-32, O. L. Clapper 
193.3-36, H. F. Higgins 1937-38, 0. C. Penticoff 1939- 
40, E. Lowell Dunavin 1941-43, Henry Nollsch 1944, 
J. F. Long 1945-48, Harold R. Halfyard 1949-51, Lee 
M. Baldwin 1952-53, Kenneth Winters 1954-59, Ralph 
Moorhouse 1959-60, Nevin Smith 1961-63, Mac L. 
Ricketts 1964-65, Vernon L. Saldeen 1965-67, Thomas 
H. Brown 1968-71, Charles A. Fradenburg, Jr. 1971 
to present. 

Ordained Ministers from Cisco 

Thomas Miles is probably the first man from this 
vicinity to enter the Christian ministry. Howard Au- 
gustus, Seymour Williams, James Ennis, a Mr. Hedges 
and Reuben Hathaway are others. Burt Mcintosh and 
Winston Burton were the last ones from Cisco. 

United Methodist Women 

Woman's Society of Christian 


Ladies' Aid Society 

Woman's Foreign Missionary Society 

A Woman's Foreign Missionary Society was organ- 
ized with sixteen charter members, by Mrs. A. D. 
Moon, the pastor's wife on May 24, 1900. Mrs. L. A. 
Melvin was the first president. 

In about the same period, a Ladies' Aid Society 
was also formed. Elected the first treasurer, Mrs. 
Melvin served until her death. Later, the Woman's 
Society of Christian Service was formed by combining 
the two groups. This action was taken at a joint 
meeting in August 1940. 

The 71 charter members desired to "help to develop 
and support Christian work among women and chil- 
dren around the world; to develop the spiritual life; 
to study the needs of the world ; to help -strengthen 
the local church; improve civic, community and world 
conditions; to enlist others in this Christian fellow- 
ship and secure funds for the activities in the local 
church and the work undertaken at home and abroad 
for the establishment of a world Christian com- 

The first officers to direct this organization were : 
president, Hazel Pirtle; first vice president, Gladys 
Doane; second vice president. Myrtle Whisnant; third 
vice president, Elma Waggoner ; recording secretary, 
Nellie Wiseman; corresponding secretary, Edna Ben- 
jamin; treasurer, Prudie Huffmaster. 

Other secretaries of work were Bertha Coffman, 
Jennie Miller, Ella Guyot, Othella Remmers, Dorothy 
Mills and Lutie Parr. 

The W.S.C.S. members held quiltings, chicken fries, 
served for the Red Cross, had food stands at farm 
sales, and held turkey suppers and bazaars for some 
of their many fund-raising efforts. 

The Reverend 0. C. Penticoff was serving the 
Cisco church when the W.S.C.S. was organized. 

In October 1973 the Woman's Society of Christian 
Service name was changed to the United Methodist 
Women with the following purpose : The organized 
unit of United Methodist Women shall be a com- 
munity of women whose PURPOSE is to know God 
and to experience freedom as whole persons through 
Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellow- 
ship; and to expand concepts of mission through par- 
ticipation in the Global Ministries of the church. 

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Wesleyan Service Guild 

The Wesleyan Service Guild of the Cisco Methodist 
Church was organized in January 1946, for women 
working outside the home and those with young 
children who found it difficult to attend afternoon 
meetings, but who wished to be a part of the W.S.C.S. 

The first officers were: president, Juetta Hiser; 
vice president, Mary Carolyn Chapman; secretary, 
Edna Whisnant; corresponding secretary, Maxine Mc- 
Kinley; treasurer, Vernette Miller. 


In 1954 the name of this group was changed to 
the "Ruth Circle", and in 1960 this group merged 
with the main organization and the Ruth Circle be- 
came one of four circles of the afternoon W.S.C.S. 

The Opera. House 

The Opera House was the remodelled first Meth- 
odist church. It was really used as a community build- 
ing. There was a stage at the north end of the build- 
ing. Some of the events held here included Road 
shows, home talent plays, band concerts and the Com- 
munity Christmas party. Ruby Leach can still sing a 
song that she sang in a home talent play given by 
local people in this Opera House. 

Some of the Cisco oldtimers recall a hypnotist who 
gave a program here. He hypnotized a young woman 
who lay in the window of the Telford Building until 
night when she was brought to. A man was hypno- 
tized and his rigid body was placed with his head on 
one chair and his feet on another with a limestone 
block placed on his chest. Cain Clow, a strong man of 
the community, broke the block with a sledge without 
hurting the subject. Still others were hypnotized in 
comical situations. 


Stringtown Lane began at the northwest corner of 
Monticello and extended across the river at Benders 
Ford, following the section line out of the county to 
Maroa. It passed Excelsior, New Union and Pleasant 
Ridge Schools. Some say it was a part of a road 
extending to Mt. Pulaski. Before there were paved 
roads, the Old Wabanse Automobile Trail followed 
Stringtown Lane. 

Another old road, though not in complete use 
today, passed Shady Nook School House and near a 
brick house (in 1865) belonging to Solomon Ater. 
Miss Emma Piatt said this was the first brick house 
built in Piatt county. About one half mile southwest of 
the brick house, the road crossed a north-south road. 
In this area, going across Hog Chute Bridge, was the 
Centenary Methodist Church, Ater Cemetery and a 
Town Hall building used as a voting place for Willow 
Branch. Also near here was the tile and brick yard 
operated by Jim Armsworth in the 1870's and 1880's. 

Southwest of here the road branched. One road went 
by Oak Grove, and on to the county edge — to Dan- 
town and Newburg. The other branch ran through 
Clover land (just north of Clover Lake) to the section 
line, and turned west, crossing the present Cisco- 
Cerro Gordo road and going past the Havely School. 

In February 1898 a news item from the Piatt 
County Republican says that "It has been years since 
our roads were in such a muddy condition as they 
have been in the past two weeks." They had received 
a large amount of rainfall. Then two weeks later — 
"Mud prevails everywhere. Ten days ago when the 
roads were frozen an immense amount of corn was 
moved, so much in fact that the elevator found diffi- 
culty in handling it, but since the moderation in 
temperature it has been impossible to haul anything." 
The roads influence the marketing of grain. The days 
referred to above, found Crocker Elevator Co. buying 
35,000 bu. of corn at 24c a bushel that week. Roads 
were often so bad that wagons and buggies were 

Willow Branch has had good roads once they won 
"the battle of the mud." At one time Walter Miller, 
Charles Doane and Roland Salyers were road com- 
missioners when it took three to take care of the 
work. They were the commissioners when the grade 
was first built up to the Sangamon River in 1914. 

Clarence "Dutch" Cornell was the first one-man 
commissioner. After his death. Ace Cornell was com- 
missioner, followed by Jason Ripperdan, Waldo "Rip" 
Dowdle (17 years.) and Delbert Williams. Rip worked 
a total of 34 years on Willow Branch roads. Harry 
"Shine" Shull has helped Rip and Delbert with the 
road work for many years. 

In 1913, Elmer Rainey says the road was so wet 
north of Cisco he used a four-horse hitch to haul 4 
wagon loads of corn a day to the elevator crib south 
of his present home. He had to scoop the corn off 
the wagon into the crib. Then in 1914 he helped 
spread oil — using a four-horse team again. They 
dragged the roads rather than grading them as they 
do now, and put just one strip of oil. This was about 
the first or second year for oil on our roads. 

Gypsies were a part of the way of life in the 
1800's and early 1900's. One of the places they came 
to was the Pleasant Ridge School yard. Every summer 
at least one band would come through the area. They 

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Building the levee at the Sangamon River. 


usually were trading horses, asking for hand outs 
or offering to tell fortunes. Everyone kept their eye 
on their children and possessions, because of tales of 
kidnapping and theft. They were often dressed in 
gaudy colored ragged clothes. They had dark com- 
plexions and they traveled in dilapidated wagons 
pulled by horses in all states of health. The latest 
gypsies to come to town, camped southeast of town 
and came by car, truck, etc. 

Tramps came to town and country, causing uncom- 
fortable moments for some. The people usually gave 
them something to eat, some in fear, others for some 
service and others just gave them the food. 

Many peddlers sold through the area, selling this 
and that. Those who usually came each year were 
missed if they did not show up. 

W. E. McCartney round bam 

Cisco Elevators 

Cisco has had one to three elevators at all times 
since it began. In the early 1870's an elevator was 
built on the east side of Main Sreet and north of the 
railroad racks. A second elevator was built by Mr. 
Crocker on the west side of Main Street across from 
the first one in the 1880's. A third one was con- 
structed by Suffern and Hunt at the west edge of 
town, south of the railroad tracks. 

E. F. Dallas was a grain merchant in the late 
1870's. A grain receipt that has no name of the 
elevator as a heading and dated September 8th, 1879 
shows that the weigher, H. T. Morrison paid to 
Joseph Parr 18c a bushel for 3/100 bushels of white 
oats weighed on a Fairbanks Standard Scales at Cisco, 

Shellabarger Elevators 

An elevator was built on the west side of Main 
Street in the 1880's by a Mr. Crocker. Percy Jones 
was associated with this elevator. In the Piatt County 
Republican, February 10, 1898, it was stated, "The 
Crocker Elevator Company bought 35,000 bushel of 
corn at 24c/bu. last week." Later another elevator was 
built on this site by the Shellabarger Elevator Com- 
pany. During the earlier years of this elevator. Bud 
Weddle, an employee, met a tragic death when his 
clothing caught in a swiftly turning shaft. Scott 

Armsworth managed it until he became the manager 
of the Cisco Farmers' Elevator. Stephen Mintun suc- 
ceeded him, followed by William Kile, Reed Barnhart, 
and W. E. Miller. In the late twenties the Evans Ele- 
vator Co. bought Shellabbarger elevator. Walter Miller 
was a manager, followed by .Albert (Tom) Leach. In 
1930 the elevator burned and Tom was transferred to 
Oreana bv Evans. 

Suffern and Hunt Elevator 

In the early 1900's Suffein and Hunt erected an 
elevator at the west edge of town just south of the 
railroad tracks. The first manager was a Mr. Malone. 
The A and O Grain Company used it for grain storage 
and sold it to the Cisco Co-op in 1954. 

About 1882 F. S. Weilepp came from Forsyth and 
bought grain for Day Sons and Company. In 1886, 
John Frantz, who came to Willow Branch Township 
five years earlier, became a Cisco lumber, coal, and 
grain dealer. In 1889 his son, Charles O. Frantz, went 
into partnership with his father. 

In 1889 F. S. Weilepp bought the interest of Day 
Sons and Company in connection with Mahlon Cron- 
inger. Mr. Weilepp was regarded as one of the out- 
standing grain dealers in this part of the country. 
Mr. Weilepp was a stockholder in the Croninger Bank. 
He built the house on the northwest corner of Dodge 
and Eldon Streets and it was considered one of the 
finest homes of the time. 

The F. S. Weilepp Grain Company sold out to 
the Farmers' Elevator Company in 1908. At that 
time the officers were: L. A. Melvin, president; E. E. 
Dallas, secretary; C. L. Croninger, Edward Ater, W. 
E. McCartney, Edward Reeser, and C. T. Parr. The 
Farmers' Elevator leased the Suffern and Hunt Ele- 
vator in 1910 at $50 a month in order to provide 
more handling and storage room. In 1912 they pur- 
chased the coal business from Cisco Lumber Com- 
pany. This firm re-organized in December 1918 to 
become Cisco Co-operative Grain Company. 

The first manager of the Farmers' Elevator was 
J. T. Holderman. He was succeeded by W. S. (Scott) 
Armsworth in 1909. who served until 1930. Earl Steele 
was manager from 1930 until 1943. The Company 
bought the Home Oil Company in 1940 and Sangamon 
Oil Company, both from W. S. (Scott) Armsworth. 
In 1950 the company became jobbers for Marathon 
Petroleum Products. Truck drivers for this operation 
were H. G. (Pete) Benjamin who served until 1944 
when Eldon Webb took over until 1973 when Greg 
Nolan became the driver. 

There was a demand for more storage so the board 
of directors erected a 22,000 bushel tank in 1940. A 
new brick office for the elevator was built in 1941 
at the east end of Dodge Street, facing Main Street. 
The board of directors at that time were C. T. Parr, 
president, J. H. Barnhart, secretary, Charles Olson, 
J. W. McCollister, and P. C. Young. 

Three more storage tanks were built in 1950 and 
two more in 1954, making a total capacity of 185,000 
bushels. That same year, 1954, the company bought 
the elevator on the west side of town from A and 
Grain Company. This elevator and its contents were 


destroyed by fire on the night of September 8, 1954. 
Luckily there was no loss sustained as it was com- 
pletely covered by insurance. In 1955 the company 
became a representative of the A. E. Staley Company 
by adding commercial feeds to their line of products. 

A new elevator was constructed on the west side 
of Main Street in 1956. A steel Butler flat storage 
warehouse was built in 1957. It was 60 feet wide, 
120 feet long with 20 foot side walls. A new concrete 
elevator of 250,000 bushel capacity replaced the orig- 
inal frame building in 1964. A tract of land was 
purchased from R. H. Oplinger at the east edge of 
town and two large storage warehouses were built on 
it. In 1965 the government bins on this land were 
bought which gave the company a total storage of 
1,150,000 bushels. 

The years 1950 to 1965 embrace the major e.xpan- 
sion in storage. The directors holding office during 
these fifteen years were Loren Pattengill, Lawrence 
Coon, Ralph Rannebarger, Warren Ater, Bert Huis- 
inga, Frances Edwards, Donald Whisnant and Gerald 
Miller. In 1958 the elevator celebrated its Golden 
Anniversary with a dinner for all stockholders and 
wives at Potrafka's Cedar Knolls in Oreana. 

The Argenta elevator was bought September 15, 
1972. This gave the Cisco Co-operative Grain Com- 
pany an additional 100,000 bushel capacity. The com- 
pany sells small seeds such as beans, clover, and corn. 
They also mix and dry seeds at the Argenta facility. 
They continue to handle Marathon Products. 

The Board of Directors in 1974 are Dale Huisinga, 
president, D. James Burns, secretary, Keith Wester- 
man, Don Padgett, Melvin Gulley, and Gerald Hiser. 

Managers for the Cisco Co-opei-ative Grain Com- 
pany are as follows: W. S. Armsworth 1909-1930, 
Earl J. Steele 1930-1943, Walter Fisher 1943 to 
August 1944, John Witlow 1944 to summer 1962, 
Merle Chapman 1962-1967, Grant Appell 1967-1971, 
William (Bill) Sago 1971- 

The bookkeeper from 1926-67 was Hildred Webb 
who still helps out. Kay Drew became bookkeeper in 
1967 and has been office manager since 1971. Part 
time personnel are Joyce Bennett and Mikki Burns. 
Every year a dinner is held at the annual meeting 
for the stockholders. 

The Stockyards and 
The Cisco Shipping Association 

Early settlers devoted much time and attention to 
cattle and hog raising, .so with the coming of the 
railroad, stockyards were developed. The stockyards 
were east of Main Street beside the railroad. In the 
April 25, 1905 Cisco Press a news item reads, "Four- 
teen cars of stock were shipped from here Sunday. 
J. N. Dighton had 5 cars of hogs and 1 of cattle; 
James Hendrix had 5 cars of cattle and 1 of hogs 
and Mack Ashton had 1 car of cattle and 1 of hogs. 
An extra train was sent from Champaign to get the 

In W. S. Armsworh's annual report in 1921 he 
states that since August 1, 1920 he has shipped out 
16 cars of livestock. This is a total of 111 hogs, 59 
cattle and 29 sheep. He paid farmers consigning this 
stock $25,500. The average cost of shipping was 63c 
per cwt. 


On the southeast corner of Main and South Streets, 
a buggy builder had a shop in the early days of Cisco. 

Mr. John Jeffords had a harness making business 
on the balcony of the Opera House. It too, was de- 
stroyed by the fire of 1910. Other harness makers 
were Mr. Bigalow, and Mr. Ralph Allman. 

On the east side of Main Street there was a black- 
smith shop until in the 1940's. Cisco's first black- 
smith, James Click had his shop on the south side of 
town. Later Neal Caldwell, brother to Dr. Caldwell of 
Syrup of Pepsin fame, was in with Mr. Click. In the 
1890's Dan Cripe had his shop followed by James 
Sullivan and then George Hitchins. The last black- 
smiths to use this shop were James and Wilmer Clif- 
ton who lost it in a fire in the 1940's. 

There was another blacksmith shop in the village 
in the 1890's besides Dan Gripe's. In the second block 
east of the bank, L. A. (Tebe) Weddle ran a black- 
smith shop for many years. 

Around 1910 Jason Vaught had a smithy in the 
south room of the Swam Building. Mr. Vaught was 
expert at shoeing race horses and he did a good busi- 
ness for there were race tracks in both Monticello and 
Decatur. Outside of the south wall there were origin- 
ally rings for tying up horses while awaiting service. 

Cisco blacksmiths did a fine business about the 
turn of the century because the means of transporta- 
ion used then was the horse and buggy. At that time 
the farm machinery was pulled by horses. In the 
winter when the roads were rough the farmers needed 
well shod teams so they would bring them to town. 
Sometimes business was so brisk that one had to wait 
for his turn a half day. 

One hundred seventy-five feet of hitchrack was 
erected, west of Main Street, in the north part of 
town in 1902. This was grealy needed because the 
racks to the south did not nearly supply the demand 
on "busy days". 

A village watering trough was located on the south 
side of Dodge Street and across from the Cisco Press 
Office. Water was pumped for this tank by a wind- 
mill located south of the railroad tracks on Eldon 
Street. (In 1974 the windmill would have been just 
north of Larry Edward's home.) At the turn of the 
century when most Cisco residents had had horses 
and buggies for transportation, and some even had 
cows, they took their animals to the village tank to 
water them. Young boys often earned a little money 
by hiring out to widows or others to perform this 

As a small boy David Swarts recalls that his 
grandfather led the cow and David led the calf to 
the watering trough daily and that he had a special 
fondness for his calf. One day the butcher, Shively, 
bargained with the grandfather to sell him the calf. 
David felt very sorry to lose it. Sometime later Mr. 
Shively offered some weiners as a treat to David but 
the boy refused them for he was sure they were 
made from his calf. 

In later years the trough was filled by the town 
pump located at Dodge and Main Streets. 


Livery, Sale Bam, and view of the town. 

Livery Stable 

A livery stable was located to the west of and 
behind the Runkle Building on South Railroad Street. 
Two services were offered. The "Tie In" service tied 
your horse inside the building leaving it hitched to 
the buggy. The "Feed" service included unhitching 
your horse, putting it in a stall and feeding it at 
noon. Owners of the stable included William Mintun 
and John Luker, who was the last one. The stable 
burned in the 1920's and was never rebuilt as by this 
time the car was replacing the horse. 

Mrs. Sarah Higgins who was the last to run a Cisco 
Hotel. Carpenters stayed there while they were re- 
building the Shellabarger elevator. 

When Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Briggs bought the hotel 
they ran it as a restaurant for twenty-five years. After 
the death of her husband Perry, Mrs. Briggs ran it 
several more years then sold out to Mr. and Mrs. 
Stiltman. The last owners were Mr. and Mrs. Leisch- 
ner who ran it a short time and went out of business 
in 1972 and have been using it as a residence since 

Boarding Houses and The Hotel 

Mrs. Patsy Reardon, mother-in-law to John Jef- 
fords, the harness maker boarded some of the men 
putting in the railroad in 1873. About 1897 Mrs. Peter 
Stuckey, who lived on the southeast corner of North 
and Main Streets, ran a boarding house. 

A hotel was built at the southeast corner of the 
intersection of Main and Ellis Streets, possibly by 
Samuel Nogel since he was the first to operate it. Mrs. 
Patrick Hassett ran it next while her husband was a 
section foreman. In 1887 Edward Clow operated it 
until he sold to Colonel and Mrs. Ayers. They were in 
operation before 1899. When four of their patrons, 
including Ernest Croninger and Dr. Pattengill, went 
to board with Mrs. Peter Stuckey it made quite a 
decrease in the income of the hotel and they sold out to 

M. Croninger Bank 

The bank building was built in 1897 by Mahlon 
Croninger. F. S. Weilepp was a principal stockholder 
as were C. L. Croninger, Nellie Pattengill, William 
Dighton and H. L. Timmons. Ernest Croninger was 
cashier until his health broke, then he looked after 
his father's farming interests and his brother Charles 
succeeded him at the bank. In 1911 the bank was or- 
ganized as a state bank called "Croninger State Bank 
of Cisco." In 1914 C. L. Croninger retired from the 
bank presidency and E. O. Martin of Weldon filled the 
vacancy ; Charles Doane, vice-president and Bernard 
Pattengale, asst. cashier. In 1917 capital stock was 
$50,000; deposits $175,000; loans $200,000. In 1911 
Bruce Rinehart became cashier until 1916 when he 
returned to a Deland bank where he had been previous 
to coming to Cisco. Thomas Hardin became a cashier 


Croninger Bank 

then. After Martin ran the bank for a few years, John 
Reed became cashier. Some of the bank directors were 
E. V. Rannebarger, Mack Ashton, E. A. Ater and 
Charles Parr. Others associated with the bank over 
the years were Jon Rank, Herbert Ridgely, Ira Mc- 
Cartney and Mrs. Hildred Webb. 

Sometime in the 1920's there was an attempted 
bank robbery. The bank was running low on cash and 
ordered a shipment to be sent out from Decatur on 
the evening train. However, the shipment went on to 
Champaign. Since the money was not delivered, the 
Cisco bank ordered another shipment the next day and 
both shipments arrived the same day in Cisco. 

Behind the bank was the telephone office building, 
which in those days required a local operator. Simon 
Gisinger served as night operator. Mr. Gisinger's son 
Ancil, better known as "Pop," tells the following 
story of that night. 

Ancil lived next door to his father Simon. Late in 
the night Ancil's wife was awakened by a bang. She 
roused her husband who had not heard the noise. 
Shortly he heard a bang too, went to the window and 
looked toward town but could see nothing. There was a 
third bang. So he dressed, grabbed a dash-board lan- 
tern and went next door to see if his mother had been 
disturbed. When he got on her front porch he realized 
she had not heard it, so he decided to see if his dad 
was alright. When he got to Dr. Pattengill's corner he 
saw four or five men. He saw Dewey and Perry Briggs 
fire a gun up in the air. The streets were torn up at 
this time because drainage tile were being put in. He 
saw Dunkel, the barber, standing in the doorway to 
the barber shop. When the men saw Ancil start across 
the street they called to him that they feared a rob- 
bery. Thinking only of his father, he kept on going. 
He could see the glass in the windows of the bank had 
been blown out. The explosion had awakened Simon 
who had been sleeping in the bedroom which was on 
the north side of the telephone office. He had hurried 
to the window toward the bank and had stubbed his 
toe on the swivel chair used by the switch board 
operator. A voice called in to him to get back to bed 
and stay quiet or they would shoot him. When Ancil 
arrived, he found his father in bed and scared to death. 
When he tried to call the sheriff his hands shook so 

that his son had to do it. It was about 4:00 A.M. by 
this time. The robbers had not been successful in blow- 
ing the safe open as there was a time lock on the 
bottom of the door. It was pried open the next morning 
with crowbars and each pry brought a pop from the 
nitroglycerine and smoke. The robbers had tried to 
blow the bank's vault door open with nitroglycerine. 

The robbers made their getaway by stealing Will 
Jefford's Buick from the garage. This car didn't run 
far so they stole an Essex belonging to Mayor Bud 
Kistler. It was found abandoned in Champaign. 

No one was ever convicted of the attempt to rob 
the bank or steal the cars. Simon Gisinger thought he 
recognized the voice that ordered him to stay quiet 
but he never revealed a name to anyone. Years later a 
man caught on another charge claimed that Singer 
Sewing machine salesmen were in on it. Ancil says he 
believes there were at least four men in the attempt. 

The bank closed in 1927 and did not reopen. 


An electric light plant was installed by Mr. Swam 
in the north room of his building and it gave Cisco 
its first electric lights in 1915. The plant consisted 
of wet batteries that were charged by a two-cylinder 
engine. This engine was built by the International 
Harvester Company and ran on coal oil (kerosene). 
Mr. Swam went broke when he could not pay for his 
electric plant and Frank Coffman bought him out. 

Ancil Gisinger recalls that it was a German engi- 
neer who taught him how to operate the electric plant. 
At the time his plant could supply all the needs for 
there were few electrical fixtures that required more 
than one bulb. Most rooms were lighted by a single 
bulb at the end of a long cord suspended from the ceil- 
ing. At the time Simon Gisinger ran the plant the 
engine was started at dusk and ran until 11:00 P.M. 
The wet batteries would produce enough current for 

When homes began using electric washing ma- 
chines and electric irons the power plant was run on 
Monday and Tuesday mornings. When Scott Arms- 
worth sold the plant to the Illinois Power Company 
in 1927 they brought in electricity by high line from 
Cerro Gordo. 

Telephone Exchange 

On July 2H, 1897 the telephone opened in Cisco. 
By January 1898 the telephone rage had struck Cisco. 
Some half dozen phones had been put in by private 
individuals between their places of business and resi- 
dence. Then as now weather could cause a disruption 
of service. In a January K?, 1898 Piatt County Re- 
publican it notes that "Telephone lines between De- 
catur and this point are down." 

A telephone system was installed in Cisco in 1900. 
An exchange building was erected to the east of the 
bank building. W. H. Jones had the first telephone 
installed. Switchboard operators were Pearl Weddle 
and Belle Mintun. Other operators were Audra and 
Edith Weddle, Grace Gisinger, Kathryn Widick, Ber- 


nice Clow, Hazel Pirtle, Ruby Leach, Wanda Guyot, 
and Ruth Leach. Pay for operators in 1928 was 9c 
an hour and it was raised to about I2V2C about 1932. 

James Duddleson was the first manager, followed 
by Simon Gisinger who, also, acted as night operator. 
Ed Brown was the next manager. The system was sold 
in 1925 to L. J. Wylie of the Macon County Telephone 
Company of Decatur. It was later sold to the Illinois 
Commercial Telephone Company who in turn sold it 
to the General Telephone Company of Illinois. Dottie 
Giesler began working at the telephone office in 1922 
and continued to work there until dial phones were 
installed in 1954. Long distance dialing began in 1964. 
Since 1954 there has been no need for a telephone 
office and the building has been torn down. 

Water System 

About 1919-20 a large storm sewer was laid in 
from the south side of town branching to the east and 
west. These were then directed north. The west branch 
turned back east a little north of the Methodist 
Church to go back to Main Street and north. Though 
we still have water this was a great improvement. 

In 1950 a contract was let to W. L. Hall for the 
waterworks system and the construction was done in 
1950-51. Before that water had been from private 
wells and cisterns, or the town well. 

The Cisco Press 

The building on Dodge Street just west of the 
restaurant was a room with a barber chair in the 
front and the press for the "Cisco Press" toward the 
back. This was a weekly newspaper started by W. W. 
Austin about 1902. The subscription rate was |1.00 
per year. Some interesting things about the town can 
be learned from the paper. Copied from an April 28, 
1905 paper are the following items: 

A full line of curry combs and brushes at 
J. Jeffords. John Dighton, Jr., and Ed Moffit 
of Monticello were here Sunday shipping cattle 
and hogs for Mr. Dighton. 

For Sale: Well equipped blacksmith shop in 
thriving Illinois town. Is a money maker and 
will stand investigation. Price is right. Address, 
"Blacksmith" in care of PRESS, Cisco, 111. 

Bring your harness to Jefford's and have it 
repaired, greased, and have it put in shape for 
the season's work. 

For Sale: Several residence properties. Also 
livery barn for sale or rent. Please call and get 

The copy of the CISCO PRESS from which the 
above was taken belongs to Jess Lyons who graciously 
loaned it to us. 

The Cisco Index 

An even earlier paper was printed in 1902. It 
consisted of four pages, was published on the 15th 
of each month and a subscription was 25c a year. 
Its motto was "Published in the Interest of Cisco and 
Its People". The publisher was W. H. Jones. The 
copy reviewed here is for April 15, 1902. 

It gave the scheduled services for the Methodist 
and Cumberland Presbyterian Churches and the lodge 
meetings as listed under the discussion of the Telford 

Under a section callled "Some Happenings" some 
of the people mentioned are William Marlowe, J. H. 
Reeves, Frank Donovan, Mrs. F. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. 
S. Hinson, R. E. Staats, P. B. Maxheimer, Mrs. Best, 
Norah and Pearl Parish. Other items under the same 
heading are: 

Simon Gisinger has been having his res- 
taurant repaired. 

Saturday is a school election. The ladies 
have a vote. 

A big assortment of bulk garden seeds at 
W. H. Jones & Co. 

F. M. Arnold was in Normal part of the 
week buying nursery stock. 

Aaron Goodale has moved his barber shop 
into the vacant Russel building. 

The I.O.O.F. are painting and papering the 
inside of their store building. 

James Mintun has begun the erection of a 
four room dwelling for L. A. Weddle. 

L. E. Stuckey has purchased the lots just 
north of the school building of S. Hinson and 
will erect a nice two story residence in the 
near future. (This is where Harry Lyons lives 
in 1974). 

The copy of "The Cisco Index" from which this 
was taken belongs to Lucia Wilkin. It did belong to 
her aunt Mabel Lyons. 

"The Cisco Review" was run by Hanson Andrews. 

Hardware Stores 

Walker and Carter were the first hardware dealers 
in Cisco. E. W. Rinehart was an early hardware dealer 
but where the business located seems to be unknown 
at this time, but it might have been in the two story 
part of the Jones Building. The following is a copy 
concerning him found in DeWitt and Piatt County, 
Illinois published in "DeWitt and Piatt County, 111." 

"E. W. Rinehart commands the best trade in 
Cisco, Piatt County, in the line of goods in 
which he deals. He handles hardware, queens- 
ware, and furniture, and his sales average 

Armsworth Hardware Store 


110,000 to $12,000 per annum. He carries stock 
worth about $3,000 and occupies a building 40' 
by 50' in dimensions, favorably located and 
tastefully arranged. Mr. Rinehart began busi- 
ness in 1880 at his present stand, which has 
become widely known as a place in which goods 
can be obtained and courteous and honorable 
treatment always received. He came to Cisco 
from Iowa. He was born December 3, 1858 in 
Ross County, Ohio. 

Bill Jeffords, son of the harness maker, John Jef- 
fords, had a hardware store on the north side of 
Dodge Street and immediately west of the Hitchins 
Building. However, there was a vacant lot between the 
two buildings. Bill had his wares to the front of the 
building and his father had his harness making to the 
back of the building. It is believed that it was the 
Jeffords who rebuilt this building after the fire. Rus- 
sell Pheneas managed a hardware store here called 
"Cisco Mercantile Co." for the Midland Lumber Com- 
pany from 1928-1931. For a time Albert Miller ran 
such a store. The Parish Brothers had a hardware 
business for a time in the south room of the Runkle's 

About 1942 Scott Armsworth started a hardware 
store here. He passed away in 1943 and his son Bill 
was in the service at that time, so Bill's wife, Betty 
and Bill's mother, Effie Armsworth ran the business 
until Bill returned in 1946. He ran it as a hardware 
store for years and later added electrical appliances. 
He was a good business man and did a good business 
here but moved it to Monticello in 1965. 

A number of people ran johnny hacks or drays at 
Cisco — Preston Reed, Harry "Mad" Walker, George 
Scoles, Bur Rinehart, Elwin Eubanks, Lee McGinnis, 
John Gosset and John School. 



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Helen Dowdle, "Jap" Phillips and "Shine" Shull with the 
Implement Co. in 1939. 

Cisco Implement Company: Wilmer C. Clifton, Harry Shull, 

Pauline Wangler, Keith Forcum (mgr.), Basil Wattles, 

Dale Wolfe, Jack Clifton. 

The Implement Business 

In the 1890's A. H. (Bert) Lyons and Charley 
Lyons had an implement business in a building that 
stood on the southwest corner of Main and North 
Streets. In 1899 the Parish Brothers Implement Store 
was on the west side of south Main Street south of the 
Runkle's Building. They advertised as selling wagons, 
buggies, hardware, tinware, stoves, wind mills, pumps 
and oil. After several years they migrated to Idaho 
along with several other families from Cisco. 

W. H. Jones sold all kinds of agricultural imple- 
ments at his store on the east side of Main Street. He 
sold out to Fred Mcintosh, who was bought out by 
Orville Ennis and James Heath. In a few years this 
partnership dissolved, Jim Heath going to Monticello, 
and Orville Ennis moving to Canada. 

In the late 1920's Walter Miller, Albert Miller, 
Scott Armsworth and Charlie Olson started a hard- 
ware and implement store on the north side of Dodge 
Street, where the Fire Department and American 
Legion are now. Later this store was purchased by 
the Midland Co. and managed by Russel Pheneas. It 
was sold to Howard Clodfelter and managed by Keith 
Forcum. Lloyd Jones purchased the business, but 
never operated it. He sold it to Don Ater and Harold 
Mclntyre. After a few years they sold out to Lyle 
McPheeters, who sold International farm equipment. 
Then he moved his business to his new store at 

Restaurants and Ice Cream Parlors 

West of the Opera House there was a restaurant 
and ice cream parlor about 1900, run by Phillip Gi- 
singer. He sold homemade ice cream that he made in 
five gallon freezers cranked by hand. Later Mrs. 
Braden and her son-in-law, Mr. Wycoff, had a res- 
taurant here. They bought their ice cream in large 
freezers. Some recall the ice cream parlor furniture 
with the twisted metal legs. 

According to an advertisement in the 1902 news- 
paper. The Cisco Press; Bert Rankin ran a "Restaur- 
ant and Confectionary." (This is the way confec- 
tionery was spelled in all advertisements). His adver- 
tisement read, "I carry a complete line of good fresh 
candy. HOT LUNCH AT ALL HOURS. Decatur Ice 
Cream made by Morris Candy Co., also first-class 
Candies. I also have a Barber Chair in connection 


with my restaurant. Yours for a share of your trade. 
Bert Rankin, Cisco, Illinois." 

Another restaurant location was in the north room 
of the building recently occupied by McKinley's Store. 
Tom W. Creekmur had "The Depot Restaurant" in 
the Runkel Building in 1902 and he advertised in The 
Cisco Press as follows: "LADIES AND GENTLE- 
MEN. We are prepared to wait on our customers in 
the best of style. We have placed in some nice clean 
stock of Candies and Cigars. We are also prepared to 
serve Ice Cream in many ways. Our Soda Fountain 
is in good shape. Give us a call. DEPOT RESTAUR- 
ANT. T. W. Creekmur, Mgr., Cisco, Illinois." 

Clarence Cornell operated a restaurant in this 
same location. So did Phillip Gisinger, Frank Lyons, 
Cy Dare, and in 1929-30 Herman and Jennie Rose had 
such a business. 

Henry Burkler had another restaurant located a 
door north of the bank, in the building that is a barber 
shop in 1974. 

Drug Stores 

Mr. J. E. Hamilton was the first druggist. Jesse 
Miles was a druggist for several years. A wooden 
building south of the hotel was John Shaff's Drug 
Store with Dr. Pattengill's office in rooms at the 
back of the store. When John Shaff left to go to 
medical school his brother Fred took over the drug 
store. When the new big brick building across the 
street was completed, Fred moved into the middle 
room. Aileen Rannebarger recalls a very fine marble 
soda fountain in this store. Fred Shaff died in 1942. 
His was Cisco's last drug store. Some drug items were 
carried in both the Weddle and Don McKinley general 

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Some of the other store keepers were Mr. Slate, 
Wash Havely, A. W. Scott, Ed Coffman, Dan Weddle, 
Weddie & Ed Stuckey, E. E. Dallas, Mart Osborn, 
Harvey Robbins, Mr. Loveless, Loton Williams, G. W. 
Hitchens and son Clarence. After this followed Wayne 
Coon, Elmer Dallas, Barnhart & Leach, then briefly 
Frank Lyons. 

Mrs. Aileen Rannebarger recalls that at the open- 
ing of the G. W. Hitchens store souvenirs were given 
away. Each person was presented with a two-inch 
square box that contained a Belch's chocolate candy. 
She was also impressed with the spaciousness of the 
store. At one time Elmer Dallas gave away numbered 
tickets with purchases during the week; then on Sat- 
urday night a lucky number would be drawn and 
the person holding a ticket with that number received 
some dishes. 

In 1928 Sam Clover had a grocery store in the 
empty bank building. His wife ran the Post Office 
there at the same time. E. Lee "Skinny" McGinnis 
ran a grocery in the south side of the Swan building. 
Wilmer Clifton worked for him. They made grocery 
deliveries in a Model T Ford. In the south part of 
town Bill Wheeler had a grocery store. Some recall 
that a child could buy the most candy for a penny at 
this store and that he sold brown sugar (which was 
a rarity at that time). 

Peter Stuckey, father to George and Ed Stuckey, 
had a meat market in Cisco's early days in the room 
farthest north in the Telford Building. He was fol- 
lowed in the same location by a Mr. Russell. Mr. 
Shively had his meat market for a time in a small 
building south of the re-built Runkle building, in a 
room which one entered from a door on South Rail- 
road Street. Mr. Stillabower also had a meat market 
in a small building west of Main Street on the north 
side of South Street. Later on meats were sold in the 
general stores. 

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In 1885, Theodore Ivens started a business with a 
stock of $3,000 of general merchandise. His two bro- 
thers, Ira and Aaron, were associated with him — 
also a Mr. Wilhoit. In a few years their stock had in- 
creased to between $7,000 and $8,000 in value. They 
sold dry goods, carpet, groceries, boots, shoes, etc. 
They did an excellent business and had a reputation 
for financial integrity. Their trade amounted to from 
$25,000 to $80,000 annually. 

E. E. Dallas store in the comer of Dodge and Main. 

Shoe Repairman 

About 1900 Joe Miller had a shoe repair shop in 
his home on Main Street. Mr. Bigelow, father-in-law 
to Dr. Capps, had a shoe repair shop in the north 
end of the Jones Building. Ralph Allman was about 
the last shoe repairman or cobbler in Cisco. 


Fire Department 

Reporting a fire in the early 1920's was a matter 
of calling the local operator at the telephone office. 
She would then open the window and ring a bell that 
was attached to a pole outside the window. This 
alerted all the town people'. Persons in the country 
were alerted by a continuous ring of the phones along 
the lines. If the fire was at night the operator would 
call each home where there was a young man able to 
fight the fire. 

While someone went to the telephone office to 
learn the location of the fire, others were busy get- 
ting the chemical wagon out of the Cisco garage. The 
chemical was a long tank set on a single axle. At the 
front of the tank were two long bars which ended in 
a T shape. This enabled two men to hold onto it and 
pull the wagon while other men pushed. On top of 
the tank was a fire basket that held buckets for the 
men to use. There was also a bottle which held the 
chemicals of acid and soda attached to the tank. 

If the fire was in town the wagon was usually 
pulled by hand to the fire, but if it was in the 
country, men would hold onto the handle and crawl 
onto the back of a car or truck and pull the wagon 
to the fire. The vehicle was limited to a speed of 10 
to 15 miles per hour because of the swaying of the 
tank. Later the tank was put onto a two axle cart 
which helped in transporting it. 

When they arrived at the fire a bottle of acid and 
soda was broken and poured into the tankful of water. 
The chemical reaction caused pressure to build in the 
tank. When the gauge indicated that the pressure was 
high enough the hoses were used. 

Because of the slow speed the chemical wagon 
was forced to travel, many fires were beyond control 
before the firemen arrived. 

John Whitlow, Dewey BriKKN, Ix>ren Patteneill, Eugene 
Conner, and Harold McKinney. 

In 1947 the Cisco Volunteer Fire Department was 
formed with its main object to be to protect the Cisco 
Fire District against losses by fire. Three trustees 
were named to govern the business of the district. 
They were Loren Pattengill, J. D. Briggs, and Harold 

Several men were the first members of the depart- 
ment. Monthly meetings were held to give instructions 
on fire fighting and how to use the fire equipment. 
William Armsworh was selected as the first fire chief. 
In June of 1947 a new fire truck was purchased. A 
group of men made the trip to Saginaw, Michigan and 
drove the truck to Cisco. It was an International KBC 
Chassis with a pump, tank, hoses, and other acces- 
sories. This first truck and other equipment were 
housed in the Town Hall. 

In April of 1950 an auxiliary pump was mounted 
on the rear of the Fire Truck to pump water from a 
pond or cistern into the truck. It also would pump 
water out of the truck which made it a more versatile 
unit of this piece of equipment. 

As the Fire District grew in resources and equip- 
ment, a larger place was needed to house the depart- 
ment's equipment. In February of 1954, the west part 
of the building, belonging to the McFeeters Imp. Co. 
was purchased and reconditioned to serve the depart- 
ment as the Fire House. 

Other trustees were A. B. Weddle, Eugene Conner, 
Thomas Edwards, Roger Briggs, Ron Reeves and 
Jack Drew. 

By 1957 the Fire Department needed another Fire 
Truck to supplement the one they had, so in 1957 an 
International 190 was purchased. It was equipped with 
a front mounted pump and this allowed the truck to 
move at the same time it was pumping water. They 
were continually acquiring new equipment which was 
needed at the fires and it was transported in a van 
purchased in 1960. This van was nicknamed the "dis- 
aster wagon" and to some it was a disaster to try to 
drive it. In 1966 a 1000 gallon tank truck (a 600 
Ford chassis) was purchased to help supply water to 
the pumper trucks when they were at a fire and the 
water supply was short. It also is equipped with an 
auxiliary pump and could serve as a pumper in an 
emergency situation. 

In 1970 the "disaster wagon" was replaced by a 
1970 Ford Van. It was equipped with a siren, flashing 
lights, and a loud speaker to use to give instructions 
at a fire. A resuscitator was purchased by this time, 
to be used to help supply oxygen to people overcome 
by smoke, a person who is strangling or a heart attack 
victim and has been used several times. 

The firemen have contributed to other community 
activities, helping support the Boy Scouts, and helping 
to finance a high school boy from the Cisco community 
to attend Boys State several times. A meeting is held 
once each month for instruction of how to use the 
equipment and for keeping the fire equipment in good 
working order. 



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Loren Lew^ 

Charles "Junior" Cook > 

Rip Dowdle ' 

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Gerald Hisrr 

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Mi« Cisco o£ 1M9 Lyle McFev:e 

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Frank Sinatra D^v* Sj,j 

Tw«tie Pie .„. ™"."rZ."."."."Ern«t Burlu^ 

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Roger Bhggs 

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Before the town of Cisco existed there were doc- 
tors in this vicinity. In the 1850's a Dr. Foster lived 
three miles southwest of the Cisco site in Macon 
County, and a Dr. Gueran lived at Newburg, a defunct 
town near Argenta. During the Civil War a Dr. Bur- 
dick, who lived north and east of Cisco, and a Dr. 
Darling who lived north and west, served here. The 
latter was musical and had a singing school in an old 
school house. Dr. J. W. Porter came some time later 
and was here until 1865. Dr. S. V. Purdy built a 
small dwelling on the Cisco site in 1871. In the "Piatt 
County Conservative" of April 19, 1871 he announced 
his arrival as follows: "Dr. S. V. Purdy, Eclectic 
physician of Willow Branch Township, having located 
in the above territory for the practice of medicine, I 
would respectfully offer my services to the afflicted 
of the surrounding territory. Special attention given 
to chronic diseases and midwifery." A note in the 
diary kept by I. McCollister, father of J. W. Mc- 
Collister, tells us how those early doctors were paid 
partly in commodities and partly in money for the 
entry says, "July, 1871, Dr. S. V. Purdy to I. Mc- 
Collister debtor cash $17.60; oats six sheaths and 
about two and a half bushels of corn." The doctor 
died very suddenly about 1874, the year Cisco was 
platted, leaving a wife and two daughters. 

Dr. Leo J. Weinstein came from Ohio to the new 
town of Cisco in 1874 and was associated with J. B. 
Hamilton, the druggist. He left here in 1878 and went 
to Indiana where he practiced until his death in 1909 
at age 61. 

Dr. William B. Caldwell studied in Ohio, Iowa and 
Rush Medical College in Chicago before coming to 
Cisco in 1875. He stayed until 1885 when he moved to 
Monticello where he had a drug store with his office 
above it located on the northwest corner of the square. 
It was there in 1893 he, Allen F. Moore and John Hott 
formed a company and made and sold Dr. Caldwell's 
Syrup of Pepsin. Later the company became a sub- 
sidiary of the Sterling Drug Company. When he was 
sixty-seven years old in 1906, Dr. Caldwell developed 
gangrene in a foot which had to be amputated above 
the knee. He recovered nicely, secured an artificial 
limb but he never learned to walk again. His last 
years were spent in a wheel chair. He passed away 
September 22, 1922 at the age of eighty-three. 

The only doctor who spent all of his professional 
life in Cisco was Dr. Leslie T. Pease. He spent thirty- 
two years in medicine, all of them in Cisco. He was 
born in Sangamon County, Illinois and graduated from 
Keokuk Medical School in 1878. He had a rough time 
when he first came to Cisco as Dr. Caldwell was well 
established in the community. He was a good country 
doctor but never cared to mingle with other doctors 
and seldom ever attended county medical meetings. In 
the early 1870's he married Mary Halstead of Decatur. 
They had nine children, two died in infancy. A son, 
Rollin B. Pease, began taking photographs in Cisco 
and later moved to Decatur where he established the 
Rembrandt Studio. He married a Cisco girl, Mary 
Niestraht in the early 70's. The doctor's wife died 
in 1905. Dr. Pease remarried in June, 1906, making 
Hester Burns his second wife. Doctor Pease died sud- 

denly in 1910 at age fifty-seven and is buried in 
Croninger Cemetery. 

Dr. B. C. Graves came to Cisco in 1885 after grad- 
uating two years earlier from Missouri Medical 
School. He also practiced in Macon, Dalton City and 
Argenta. He passed away in Argenta in 1919. 

Dr. Ira Pace came to Cisco in 1891 after grad- 
uating at Burlington, Vermont. He stayed only two 
years. Dr. Holcomb came the same year from Indiana 
but soon left because there was too much competition. 

Dr. Morrell Pattengill graduated from Rush 
Medical College in 1895, served as an intern for one 
year at Jacksonville, came to Cisco to practice in 1896. 
Before entering medical school he taught school two 
years in Illinois, and two years in Ohio. 

A professional card of his appears in the souvenir 
programme of the second church the Methodists built. 
It says, "Dr. M. Pattengill, Physician & Surgeon, 
Cisco, Illinois." The same one appears in the "Cisco 

The doctor began to taper off his practice when 
his wife Nellie, became ill. He finally devoted all his 
time to her until her death. Dr. Pattengill continued 
to live in Cisco and always retained his interest in 

Dr. Jessie Taylor McDavid came to Cisco in 1907 
and lived where McCabe's live. He graduated from 
Illinois State Normal University at Normal, Illinois 
in 1900, from Barnes in 1904, married Olga E. Keck 
of Decatur in 1908. He moved to Decatur in 1909 
because of the bad roads in this vicinity. He served 
his country in World War I leaving the service with 
the rank of Major in the Medical Corps. After the 
war he returned to Decatur where he continued to 
practice as a surgeon. 

Dr. P. G. Capps was in this community for two 
years from 1910 to 1912. He was a graduate from 
Barnes Medical School in 1908. When he left here he 
served in the Medical Corps in the Canal Zone. 

Dr. Robert N. Hathway worked on a farm in this 
locality before he went into medical training at Drake 
Medical College from which he graduated in 1909. 
He came to Cisco in 1910, married Antonia Grethe of 
Deland, moved to Farmer City in 1916 and took a 
post-graduate course in Public Health. In 1929 he was 
located in Pulaski County, Illinois under the Rocke- 
feller Foundation. Later he entered private practice at 
Hamilton, Illinois. 

Dr. Benjamin Perry came from Chicago in 1915 
but could not stand the quiet nights here and soon 
returned to Chicago. 

Dr. George Kerr came next but only stayed seven- 
teen months. He later practiced in Chicago Heights. 

Dr. John O. Cletcher graduated from Normal and 
then from the Chicago College of Medicine and 
Surgery in 1912. He had a year of interning at the 
Francis Willard Hospital. He came to Cisco from 
Penfield. He was here for seven years and did con- 
siderable work in surgery, in which he was very 
interested. He moved to Tuscola in 1923 in order to 
be near a hospital so he could devote more time to 


surgery. Jessie Wilson became his wife in 1926. They 
had one son, John 0., Jr. 

Dr. James Weaver Blan came here from Camp 
Point, Illinois. He was a graduate from Keokuk 
Medical School at Keokuk, Iowa in 1902. The Doctor 
was married to Miss Mollie Goehring in 1903 and 
had two daughters, Dorothy and Mildred. This was a 
musical family, the doctor being a trombone player 
in the Shrine Band and Mildred taught public school 
music. Dr. Blan rather shocked some people when he 
let it be known that he expected pay for his services. 
Mrs. Blan died in January of 1930 and the doctor 
moved to Monticello. Later he was appointed to a 
position in the Veterans' Hospital in Chicago. The 
climate there was unfavorable and he was transferred 
in 1952 to Shreveport, Louisiana. The doctor had 
remarried, this time to Nellie Haneline. She passed 
away in 1964. The doctor was retired at the time. In 
1966 he lived with his daughter Dorothy in Kankakee, 

Dr. M. K. T. Blanchard, a woman physician, was 
practicing in Cisco in the early 1930's. About 1940 
she moved to Decatur. 

Dr. G. G. Rhodes took his internship at Jackson 
Park Hospital in Chicago and completed residency at 
Decatur-Macon County Hospital. Cisco had been with- 
out a doctor for several years after Dr. Blanchard left 
to practice in Decatur. So in January 1942 Dr. Rhodes 
came to Cisco. His practice grew rapidly, soon out- 
growing the small remodelled quarters he had. In 
1944, he and his wife (his assistant) and son, moved 
to Maroa where he practiced medicine about 10 years. 
At present he is with La Mesa Medical Center of 
Albuqurque, New Mexico, specializing in obstetrics 
and gynecology. 

Nellie Croninger 


In the early 1900's Chris Minick came to Cisco. 
He lived in the house on the northeast corner of the 
intersection of Eldon and Dodge Streets. He served 
the community as an undertaker and he housed the 
hearse in a barn behind his home. 

Maurice Augustus, who lived on a farm southwest 
of town owned a fine team of black horses which 
were used to pull the hearse. 

Mr. Minick served in this capacity until advancing 
age caused him to retire. 

In the 1890's W. H. Jones worked as an undertaker 
for this community. Mr. Jones worked with J. A. 
Eyman, a mortician from Argenta. 

John Benjamin recalls that at one time an under- 
taker had used the upstairs in the two story part 
of the Jones Building. 


Millinery Business 

On the west side of Main Street there was Fannie 
Yeoman's Millinery Store from which the ladies could 
buy their hats. Other Cisco milliners were Russell & 
Weddle — Millinery and Dressmakers, Miss Ada Hig- 
man and Mrs. Ed Rinehart who had their shop in the 
north room of the Runkle Building. Mrs. Ed Stuckey 
later had a shop in the building just north of the 
bank. She was succeeded by Mrs. Elmer Dallas whose 
niece, Miss Bertha Loveless, assisted her and made 
her home with her aunt. All these ladies did a 
thriving businss. A newspaper in a nearby locality 
said, "the ladies in Willow Branch Township are well 
served by the Cisco milliners." 

Feather Cleaners 

At one time a feather cleaning machine was set 
up by two young men for cleaning feather ticks. A 
feather tick was a huge sack the size of a bed that 
was filled with feathers and was put on top of the 
straw or shuck tick. When one retired into it one 
sank down into the feathers and stayed warm in the 
unheated rooms in the homes of the early part of the 
twentieth century. At times the tick was opened, 
feathers cleaned, ticking washed and when dry it was 
refilled with the feathers. The two young men who 
came to Cisco had two light-frame wagons they used 
to collect the feather beds in the country. They 
brought them into Cisco and cleaned them and then 
delivered them back to the owners. This business 
lasted only a few months and then they moved on. 

Cream Stations 

Joe Williams sold cream separators here in 1906. 
This was so superior to skimming off cream by hand 
that soon all farmers were using them. They were 
then sold at hardware stores. The farmer separated 
from the whole milk, put in five gallon cans and 
shipped it to the creameries in Decatur and Cham- 

Later creamery stations were established in small 
towns for testing for butterfat, weighing, and paying 
the producer. Then the station shipped the cream to 
the creameries. Thus the farmer received his pay for 
his cream much sooner. Later the farmers specialized 
as either grain or dairy farmers and such stations 


were no longer needed. Mrs. Albert Weddle ran such 
a station in the north room of the building north of 
the bank. From 1925 to 1935 Mable Lyons collected 
cream for the Benson Creamery of Decatur, using 
various locations as her collecting center such as the 
barber shop, the Jones building, the little building 
that stood south of Weddle's Store and the old office 
building for the Crocker Elevator. The Barnhart- 
Leach grocery was also a collecting station. Before 
1943 Emma Lou Johnson ran a collecting station in- 
side Weddle's Store. Mrs. Isenberg collected for Swift 
and Company from 1943-1948 in a small building 
south of the Weddle Store. 

The Lumber Yard 

John Franz was a lumber, coal and grain dealer 
in Cisco in 1886. He took his son into business with 
him in 1889 and in a record of DeWitt and Piatt 
County it says of Charles Franz, "is classed among 
the leading young business men of the place and is 
gaining prominence each year." 

Marion Williams operated an early lumberyard 
in the west part of town near the west elevator, later 
operating a lumberyard in the east part of town. 

In the 1930's the Midland Lumber Company was 
here for several years. In 1940 Huff and Sons owned 
the lumberyard and Don McKinley was the manager. 
Walter and Art Neuendorf owned and ran a lumber- 
yard. The Wilkinson Lumber Company were the next 
owners with Don McKinley as manager until the 
operation was discontinued in 1962. 


The north room of the Swam building was a garage 
operated by Fred Swam, and his sons until he sold the 
building to Frank Coffman. Later Frank Coffman 
sold out to Bill Coffman who handled Hudson cars. 
Then came Donahue, Heinz and Cotton, Carl Runkle 
and Lukenbill as partners, Lukenbill alone, the Ben- 
jamin Brothers Hip and Wessel, Wessel alone, Troxell 
in 1924 who sold Star cars, Pete (Russell) Sullivan, 
then Albert Miller for a short time with Ford Agency. 
Late in 1931 Scott Armsworth bought it and Ollie 
Benjamin worked for him as a mechanic. At that time 
it was called the "Cisco Garage and Supply Co." and 
when Hip Benjamin came into the business in 1933 
they sold Plymouths and changed the name to "Cisco 
Auto Sales Company." In 1934 they acquired the Ford 
Agency and in 1935 they dropped the Plymouth. Scott 
Armsworth passed away in 1943 and following his 
death Scott Dobson bought the business. Later the 
Gisinger Brothers and their father Ancil ran the 
garage until they moved to Cerro Gordo where they 
still have a garage and Ford Agency. 

When autos first began to be used in the Cisco 
area gas was sold at the hardware, Jefford's harness 
shop and Heinz and Cotton garage. In the late 1920's 
Ed Brown built a service station on the northeast 
corner of South and Main Streets, former location of 
the Kile home. After his death it was operated by 
his widow for several years. Frank Dent operated it 

Armsworth's Garage 

in 1949 and sold to Calvin Vannote, who operated it 
from 1950 until 1972. Since then it has been owned 
and operated by Hubert Norfleet. When Route 47 
went through Cisco in 1941, J. A. Phillips built a 
Standard Oil station at the north side of town. In 
1946 he leased it to Everett Geisler and Harold Mc- 
Kinley for a year. Orville Ludwig followed and bought 
the station. Dale Wolf, the Scrimmanger Brothers, 
and Bob Wisehart also ran this station. In 1967, Wil- 
ford Johnson bought the station and is still operating 
it. Both present service stations carry food items for 
the convenience of the local residents. 

At one time a man who was a junk dealer lived on 
the east side of South Eldon Street between South 
and First South Streets. Cy Hubbard at one time had 
a junk business on South Eldon Street. Ray Hatfield 
had a used car business from 1945 to 1960 at his place 
on North Main Street. Parts were salvaged and sold 
for car repairs and the rest cut up and hauled to the 
Decatur Junk Yard. Two and three cars were so 
disposed of a day. Robert Weber collects old cars, 
mostly Hudsons, and sells parts. 

Mr. Ray Hatfield has had a dealer's permit since 
1935 but started selling here in 1942 handling only 
used trucks. His display area was on the southeast 
corner of Main and St. Charles Streets. About 1943 
or 1944 he began to also handle used cars as well as 
trucks. There were several years when he did not 
carry on the business but became active again in 1971. 

The Miller Trucking and Bus 

Business and It's Influence on the 

Cisco Area 

A trucking business was begun in Cisco in 1924 
when Albert E. Miller started a mik route, picking 
up milk at farms and taking it to Union Dairy in 
Decatur. Milk was then hauled in ten gallon milk 
cans. The only method of cooling the milk was to put 
the can in a tank of cool water to remove the heat. 
At that time there was a cream buying station in 
Cisco, operated by Mabel Lyons. The cream was sent 
to Benson Creamery in Decatur. Quite a lot of their 
butter was brought back to Cisco to customers. The 
trucks also hauled groceries, hardware, the Sunday 
papers, both Decatur and Chicago, back to Cisco for 


Drivers during this period included Albert Miller, 
Virgil Miller, Carl Coon, Earl Cloud, Jerry Sites, 
Harry Cook, Homer Doane and Elmer Cloud. 

The roads were not improved at the time except 
Route 10 from Champaign to Decatur via Cerro 
Gordo (now route 105). The Cisco to Cerro Gordo road 
was one of the better roads but in the spring thaw 
it became impassable for a car so people would follow 
the milk truck through and use the ruts until they 
became too deep. 

From the milk routes, other trucking business 
developed such as a weekly trip to Bloomington to 
bring groceries from the large wholesalers there to 
stores in Argenta and Cisco, hauling grain from 
shellers, threshers and finally combines to the ele- 
vators, hauling gravel (loaded and unloaded by hand), 
coal from the coal yard to homes, field tile from the 
railroad to the farm where it was to be used. 

An ice business was operated for several years. 

In 1928 when Ford started building the Model A, 
trucks got larger. This made livestock hauling prac- 
tical and soon trips to Chicago and Indianapolis stock 
yards became a major part of the business. Farmers 
bought their own trucks for grain and geneaal haul- 
ing. Larger trucks were needed for livestock so Mr. 
Miller built a semi-trailer. In 1934 he bought a new 
tractor and a second semi-trailer. For several years 
they hauled livestock to Chicago from Cisco and the 
surrounding area. On return trips they hauled hard- 
ware for Remmers Harness Shop at Weldon and for 
some time brought back groceries for Weddle Gro- 
cery. If they had nothing else to haul, they could 
always pick up a load of limestone at the quary at 
Kankakee and sell it to area farmers. 

The milk and ice business were phased out. 

During the off periods other trucking was done 
such as machinery and furniture moving and general 
freight hauling for Decatur Cartage Company. 

As livestock raising in the area decreased, so did 
the trucking business, and was just about finished 
in 1944 when Cisco High School was closed and stu- 
dents were to go to Monticello High School. Rather 
than have several carloads of students driving to 
Monticello daily, some of the parents asked Albert 
Miller if he coul get a bus. He bought a 34 passenger 
bus and transported students from Cisco and those 
who lived along the road between Cisco and Monticello 
to school each day, with the parents paying the cost. 
This seemed to catch on and in 1945, Monticello High 
School decided to transport all their out of town stu- 
ens and contracted with Mr. Miller to operate five 
buses for them, Cisco Grade School contracted two 
buses for their students. Some of the drivers that year 
were: Jap Phillips, Darrell Spencer, Ray Hatfield, 
Lois Johnson, Hildred Pirtle, Paul Timmons, Emmett 
Johnson, Wilford Johnson, Jerry Sites and Edward 

George Miller was discharged from the army in 
1946 and became a partner in the business. In 1947 
the operation was moved to Monticello to be near 
more of the business. After his father died, George 
continued the business in partnership with Jennie 
Miller, until he bought out her interest in 1954. 

In 1948, Monticello Community Unit School Dis- 
trict No. 25 was formed, almost as it now is, taking 
in the White Heath area and requiring more buses. 
For the next several years 13 and 14 routes were run 
to serve the district. Although school enrollment has 
increased since that time, so has bus capacity, so 
there hasn't been need for any more buses. However, 
there had to be buses available for activity trips and 
adult tours, so by 1973, there were 25 buses in the 

In 1973, George Miller sold the whole operation 
to Bruce Pinks, who now operates the business as 
Monticello Bus Service. The continuous operation of 
the trucking and bus business owned and operated by 
Albert E. Miller and his son George 0. Miller thus 
ended after 49 years. 

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. McKinney and Mr. and Mrs. Warren 


Insurance Business 

Reed Barnhart had an insurance business in Cisco 
in the 1940's and 1950's. He wrote all kinds of insur- 
ance for his clientele. In 1957 the business was sold 
to Don McKinley. Perry Brigg and Jack Drew also 
sold insurance for a time. 

Electric and Plumbing Business 

Charles Doane and Harry Cook moved their plumb- 
ing and electrical business from their first location in 
the John Shaft Drug Store into the bank building 
which they had bought. In 1931 they had formed this 
partnership which lasted until Mr. Doane's death in 
1958. Harry continued as a licensed plumber and 
electrician until he retired in 1969. The building was 
bought by the Cisco Co-op Grain Co. in 1972. 

Do You Remember . . . 
When mud was axle deep on a Model T Ford? 

When the trains got stuck in snow drifts 2 miles 
east of Cisco? 

When Dad Ragsdale came to town selling water- 
melons at 4 or 5 in the morning? 


Seed Business 

About 1917 Joeph W. Williams (Daddy Joe) who 
had moved into Cisco in 1906 and sold cream separa- 
tors, built a warehouse for storing seed corn on the 
west side of Eldon Street between South and First 
South Streets. Ears of corn for seed were picked by 
community farmers from standing field corn stalks. 
At first these ears were impaled on nails driven into 
the walls and later were suspended from rafters in 
racks that held each ear separately. The corn dried 
over the winter, was shelled by Mr. Williams and 
made ready for spring planting. Later he added farm 
fanning mill and cleaned wheat, oats, and beans for 
seed. When hybrid corn came on the market, Mr. 
Williams took farmers of the community to visit test 
plots of the new varieties and encouraged their pro- 
duction. He sold the business in 1947 to Clement J. 
Colgan and Robert Reuter who added more equipment 
and increased their volume of business. Reuter left 
the firm in June of 1953. Clem Colgan continued and 
dealt in small farm seeds and soybeans. At one time 
he harvested and prepared blue grass seed from Aller- 
ton Park. Clem Colgan procesed seeds for F.S. for two 
years before a plant was built on Dodge Street at the 
west side of town in 1967. That year's crop was the 
first processed in the present F.S. plant. At this 
time twenty-five people work at this plant. Work 
begins at seven each work day and runs until twelve 
at night, operating continuously. Over a million 
bushels are processed annually. This includes 750,000 
bushels of beans, 140,000 bushels of wheat, and 
15,000 to 16,000 bushels of oats. From 5,500 to 6,000 
bushels are bagged daily. 

Cob fire in 1963 

Memphis, Tennessee, where furfural was made from 
them. Furfural is used in making nylon, synthetic 
rubber, charcoal briquets, paint, commercial solvents, 
plastics, and in refining lubricants. The firm sold out 
to Walter and Eugene Pirtle in 1951. The cobs are no 
longer ground but are shipped as they come from the 
sheller. From 500 to 600 cars of cobs are annually 
shipped from Cisco. On the corner of Main and South 
Streets W. H. Jones tin shed was last owned by Walter 
Pirtle and used by him for cob storage. This building 
was torn down in 1968. 


Pearl, Wilma and Milt Padgett with a John Deere tractor 

There have been many people who have threshed 
and shelled in the Cisco area. Threshing was done by 
Ed Salsbury, Frank Painter, Hank and Emery McKee, 
Gisingers, Albert Miller, Charlie Olson and Dick 
Wangler. Those reforted to have ran shellers are Ed 
Salsbury, Frank Painter, Charlie Olson, Dick Wang- 
ler, and Jake Miller. Jakie also has a trucking busi- 
ness which his sons are involved in. 

The Corn Cob Business 

Walter Fisher and H. G. (Pete) Benjamin started 
in the business of grinding corn cobs in 1944. The 
cobs were ground in a hammer mill and shipped to 

Ira McCartney on their first tractor, "Old BuU." 

Edwards Farm Supply Co. 

The Edwards Farm Supply Company was formed 
in 1954. They handle fertilizer and farm chemicals 
such as insecticides and herbicides. Tom's son Larry 
became associated with the firm and has made his 
specialty that of chemicals. This firm was a pioneer 
in liquid fertilizer and was associated with the second 
manufacturing plant to make liquid fertilizer in 
Illinois. Liquid fertilizer has become major source 
for supplying fertilizer. Since this company is in the 
heart of Corn Belt, the community has been greatly 
benefitted by their location here for corn yields have 
risen from a 50 bushel per acre annual yield to over 
125 bushel an acre yield in the 20 years this company 
has been in operation. Besides the Cisco operation this 
company has a Maroa Plant, Cerro Gordo Plant, and 


in early 1974 expanded to four other plants in Illinois. 
Their wholesale division covers most of Illinois. Ed- 
wards Farm Supply presently employs sixteen people 
and since 1954 this Company has progressed from one 
1948 Ford truck to a fleet of 115 licensed vehicles. 
Members of this company, Thomas, William and 
Larry report that they feel that the chemical and 
fertilizer business is in its infancy and they hope to 
see Cisco thrive because of this. They say, "We are 
proud to be part of Cisco." It might be of interest 
to people that Ira McCartney was Edwards Farm 
Supply's first customer. 

Barber Shops 

Usually Cisco has had one or two barbers. Frank 
Watrous operated a shop from- the 1890's to the 
1900's. Part of the time Joe Ripple had a shop. Elmer 
Dallas had such a business for 4 years. Others were 
Pete Beasley and Abel Price. The latter had a daugh- 
ter, about 15 years old, who used to shave men in her 
father's shop. Harry Cooney had his shop in the 
Runkle Building. In 1902 an ad in the Cisco Index 
shows that Bert Rankin had a barber chair in his 
restaurant. Albert Weddle had a shop in the present 
building from the early 1920's to 1928. Harold Mc- 
Intyre ran it from 1928 to 1946. Rolla Van Matre 
from 1946 to 1948 and it has been Warren Clark's 
since the early 1950's. Other barbers were Carl Dunkle 
and Pearly Humphrey. 

Johii iit'iijaniin picking corn in 1938. 

Antique Store 

It was in 1969 that Bud Barnhart began an antique 
business. Later Gene Pirtle became an associate in 
the business. In 1972 the business e.xpanded and used 
part of the building west that had been used for 
storage of school buses. The motto or slogan for 
"Bud's Barn" is, "In the heart of downtown Cisco." 
Bud reports that they do business all over the coun- 
try. For example, they have recently sent items to 
the east and west coasts. Many visitors come from 
near and far away. 

Beauty Parlors 

One of the first beauty parlors was run by Ruth 
(Kistler) Aber in the 1940's. This was located in the 
building north of the bank where the barbershop is 
now. Mrs. Putnam had a beauty shop on the front 
porch of her home which was on the northeast corner 
of Main and North Streets. (Walt Pirtles live there 
now). Nadine (Doane) Cook worked as a beautician 
from about 1924-1930. 

Hildred (Armsworth) Webb ran a shop in her 
home several years after 1930. Then in 1956 Leora 
Clifton opened an addition at the rear of her home, 
called "Le Jak's Beauty Parlor" and this is still in 
operation. Paula Chumbley presently has a beauty 
shop "The Village Boutique" just east of her house. 



W. A. Goken and "Colonel" (note trappings). 


Avis' Ceramics 

Since 1967 Mrs. Avis Bennett has a ceramics work- 
shop at her home at the intersection of Sherman and 
St. Charles Streets. As a part of her equipment she 
has molds, a slip machine and two kilns. Mr.s. Bennett 
teaches an all day class and Ruby Leach teaches in 
the evenings. 

Hazel's Ceramics and Gift Shop 

Hazel Pirtle opened a shop at her home on the 
northeast corner of the intersection of Main and 
North Streets in 1970. Articles she sells in her shop 
are all items she has made. 

Dave Wiseman Pool Hall, 1946 

Pool Halls and Recreation 

The Pool Hall was located on the east side of Main 
Street, site of the present Post Office. Everett Giesler 
and Dave Wiseman both ran one for years. Then 
later, Marion "Cookie" Cook ran a pool hall. 

A skating rink was run by Dave Wiseman in the 
Runkle Building where there was a tavern also. 
Dances were held at night in the skating rink. A 
story that a number of people recall about the tavern 
is that one night a bunch got a bit carried away and 
someone suggested that they throw out the stove and 
the men did just that. That about finished the tavern. 

Movie House 

One entered the movie house from Main Street by 
a door that led into a narrow corridor to the back 
of the theatre. The screen hung on the west wall. A 
door at the southeast corner of the room was the 
exit. Frank Coffman's son, Guy, operated the engine 
to generate the electricity to run the projector which 
Virgil Cotton operated. About 1918 Mrs. Walt Troxell 
and Mrs. Guy Coffman, who was nicknamed 
"Peaches", sold the theatre tickets. 

Ancil Gisinger recalls that one night a tragedy 
was averted when the large engine belt broke and hit 
the wall with terrific force but injured no one. How- 
ever, it ended the movie and people left in total dark- 

Open .\ir Movie House 

Pete Benjamin recalls attending movies here. It 
was the usual thing to run serial .stories with an 
episode each week. One such picture was "Helen 
Holmes and the Lumberland." In those days the movies 
were in black and white and were silent. They were 
known as "flicks". Pete also recalls that his favorite 
comedian was Jerry Sweet who preceded Charley 

Free street movies were held in the 1920's and 
through the later years. They were held south of the 
east elevator, south of the Runkle Building (Mc- 
Kinley's Store), and south of the present Post Office. 

Cisco had tent shows or Percy shows and even 
circuses in town for the enjoyment of young and old. 

There was an Open Air movie house west of 
Hitchen's building. The closed front allowed for an 
entrance, ticket window and projection tower. 

Hors.-biick riders; Don Hall, Milt radm-lt. Merle Zimmer- 
man, Jim Davis, Tom Leach and Kalph Kannebarger. 

Do you remember fishing for tadpoles and craw- 
dads in the Section ditch? 


Present town map 


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Centenarians of Cisco: Harry White (1869-1970) and John Briggs (1871- ). 


Tei-nage Baseball Club, 1947. Front: "Ked" Miller, Dale 
Norfleet, Duane Woodall, Sonny Bently, Bud Schull. Back: 
Perry Briggs (coach). Junior Miller, Maurice Beckhart, 

Cisco has been a baseball town from back in 1920 
or before. At one time we had baseball and softball 
and different age teams. One year all the Cisco base- 
ball team were hired, except Rip Dowdle and John 
Gisinger. They were hired from Champaign, Decatur 
and Clinton. Harry Lyons played on early teams. 
Games were played east of town and south, before 
the diamond in town was formed. The first lights 
were bought by donation, hooked up by Harry Cook 
and the reflectors made by Pete Sullivan. Rip Dowdle 
graded McGinnis berry patch to form the diamond 
at the school. 

Cisco had a band in the early 1900's. The leader 
was Fred Warrick. Sam Clover was a drummer. They 
practiced in the Opera House, and gave concerts on 
the street during the summer months. They also 
played a picnics held in the grove on the school 
grounds. Interest finally died down and the group 

Social events included the strawberry festival, 4th 
of July celebration, church chicken fries. Homecom- 
ings, and bean suppers. One person remembers when 
there was a basketball game followed by a boxing 
match at one Homecoming. 

Other entertainment not listed otherwise were 
"Play Parties," treasure hunts, chivaries, box socials. 
Play parties are what the name implies, parties where 
people played games. Treasure hunts had two main 
periods of popularity in Cisco. Clues were hidden in 
town and out and the winners for one time furnished 
the refreshments for the next time. The drivers of the 
cars pulled quite interesting antics. 

Chivaries were parties given "newlyweds," a sur- 
prise party. 

Kalph Harbart, C'het Woodall, Fred Benjamin, Mike Van- 
note, Bill Isenburg, Dean Hall, Dale Sheets, Jack Floyd, 
and Jack Larrick on the shoulders. 

Box socials were held to raise money for some- 
thing or just for fun with an organization benefiting 
from the proceeds. The lady's would fix a meal for 
two in a pretty box and then the box would be auc- 
tioned off. The lady would eat with whomever pur- 
chased her box. 

Little League Baseball 

Little League Baseball was organized in Cisco dur- 
ing the year of 1963. Several interested people got 
together to make plans for the formation of a program 
and renovate the ball diamond. That same year we 
were asked to join a league that included Weldon, 
DeLand, Bondville, Seymour and White Heath. 

Since some of these towns had two teams entered 
in the league, Cisco decided to enter two teams also. 
The two teams just barely could muster up enough 
boys to field a full team. Cisco had always been com- 
petitive in the league with at least one of the teams 
and finally won the league in 1972 after forming only 
one team due to a shortage of players. 

Cisco Little League has never had a sponsor, but 
is made up of an association of interested parents. 
The teams have been self-supporting due to a con- 
cession stand that was built in 1964 and a voluntary 
five dollar ($5.00) donation by a participating family. 

The following people have been managers or of- 
fered leadership since its beginning: Merle Chapman, 
Sam Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoffman, Bill Sago, 
Bill Guyot, Jim Giesler, Mr. and Mrs. Essell Miller, 
Patricia Ford, Glen Bol-sen, John Miller, Delbert Wil- 
liams, Jack Clifton, Don Reed, John Mackey, Jack 
Drew, Stan Mackey, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Huisinga, 
Eddie Elson, Dwight Marquis and Shorty Shafer. 



EARLY 1900'S 

The Cisco band is the finest band 

I nearly ever saw. 
The very first piece they always play 

Is "Turkey in the Straw." 
Now I will tell you what I can 

About this little Cisco band. 

There's Willie Jeffords, Johnnie Malone. 

And "Bunco" so they say. 
Uncle Sam, he plays the snare drum 

To drive his troubles away. 
Keen, with his old bass horn 

Sounds just like "Barney" before a storm. 

Mr. Stuckey! Oh how hard he tries! 

A nd if you watch him closely. 
You'll see he makes those goo-goo eyes. 

Ah! there's Phillip, he cuts quite a swell 
And when he plays that little horn. 

The girls all say, "Don't he do swell." 
Young Coffin, as you understand. 

He got married and left the band. 
Rollie Evey, as you all know. 

Is right in the front, wherever they go. 
I've said all I have to say 

So I guess I'd better go. 
For there's no use for Sousa's band 

To play against Cisco. 

— By Blonnie Clover and Zora Ater 


Social Clubs 

Royal Neighbors Lodge No. 1986 met the second 
and fourth Saturday evening in Castle Hall. The Cisco 
Knights of Pythias Lodge No. 180 met Wednesday 
evenings and the Modern Woodmen of America met 
2nd and 4th Friday evenings in Castle Hall. The 
Royal Circle Lodge and the LO.O.F. met in Areli Hall. 
In "the early years there was a club called the Three 
C's, representing Cisco Crochet Club. The Cisco Gar- 
den Club was very active, but disbanded during World 
War n. They had large and well attended flower 

Cisco Lodge No. 965, A. F. and A. M. 

The Lodge was formed in 1913 with W. Reed 
Barnhart as the first Worshipful Master. The Lodge 
first met in the Odd Fellows Hall until it burned. This 
was located where the Post Office is now on the east 
side of Main Street. After the fire the Lodge moved 
across the street to the second floor of what was later 
known as the Weddle Store building. In the 1940's 
the Lodge purchased the Cumberland Presbyterian 
Church building where they met until consolidation 
with the Argenta Lodge No. 871 on November 10, 
1965, under the charter of the Argenta Lodge. William 
C. Sago was the last Worshipful Master of the Cisco 

The Masters of the Lodge were W. Reed Barnhart, 
Jesse O. Weddle, Charles Doane, Harold McKinney, 
Ray Statts, W. S. Ater, King Pattengale, W. E. Ater, 
William E. Wheeler, Walter V. Leach, T. Head Mc- 
Cartney, C. Homer Doane, Ward McCartney, Charles 
G. Leach, George Brown, William Craig, J. E. Brame, 
E. L. Augustus, Edgar Dowdle, E. L. Giesler, J. D. 
Reed, Lawrence Coon, Loren Fattengill, Harley Miles, 
Dillard Mansfield, John Griswald, R. W. Dowdle, 
Donald McKinley, Paul W. Craig, E. F. Wikowsky, 
Orville Sago, Robert Ater, Donald W. Hall, Eugene 
Conner, Glenn Howard, John Whitlow, C. Orville Lud- 
wick, Charles M. Cook, Jackie L. Floyd, Ross Rudisill, 
Kenneth Frye, Dale Liestman, Roger Briggs, C. 
Eugene Gowler, and William C. Sago. 

Cisco Chapter No. 849 O. E. S. 

The preliminary meeting was held on September 
24, 1920 in the Old Masonic Hall over the (.Loveless 
or Dallas) grocery store where the Post Office is 
now. Then they met in the Hall on the west side of 
the street over the McKinley grocery store location. 
The chapter was instituted December 11, 1920 with 
Delia Loveless as Worthy Matron and Harold Mc- 
Kinney, Worthy Patron. 

Other officers were Associate Matron, Viola 

Doane; Associate Patron, ; Secretary, Olive 

Reed; Treasurer, Homer Doane; Conductress, Gladys 
Doane; Associate Conductress, Bessie McKinney; 
Chaplain, Anna McCartney; Marshal, Willard Ater; 
Organist, Naomi Dallas; Adah, Helen Ater; Ruth, 
Lavina Weddle; Esther, Alice Coffin; Martha, Bertha 
Shaff; Electa, Pearl Miller; Warder, John Reed; 
Sentinel, Wm. E. McCartney. 

Charter members were Delia Loveless, Sam and 
Marilla Clover, Park H. Simer, Roy and Alice Coffin, 
King and Anna Pattengale, Elsie Goken, Charles and 
Viola Doane, Harold and Bessie McKinney, Effie 
Armsworth, Albert Von Leach, Warren and Zora M. 
Ater, John and Olive Reed Earl V. Rannebarger, 
Bertha Shaff, Wm. E. and Anna McCartney, Evan and 
Elizabeth Brame, Ray Staats, Permella Staats, Ruth 
A. Pattengale, Homer and Gladys Doane, Ferdinand 
and Rilla Elizabeth Mintun, Frank Coffman, Raymond 
E. and Gladys Rannebarger, Nadine Doane, Willard 
and Helen Ater, Lavina Weddle, Wm. Ward Mc- 
Cartney, Naomi Dallas, Oscar and Bertha Winzen- 
burger, Pearle Wiggins, Walter and Pearl Miller, 
Gashen and Leda Cox, Bertha Coffman and Alma 

This organization has supported many national 
and state projects. 

After many years of activity Cisco chapter merged 
with Argenta Chapter No. 819 Order of the Eastern 
Star on December 1965. 

Cisco Woman's Club 

A group of women met and organized the Women's 
Club of Cisco, 111., at the home of Mrs. Katie Young, 
March 12, 1916. The charter members were Mrs. 
Katie Young, Mrs. Cora Pape, Mrs. John Fort, Mrs. 
Alice Williams, Mrs. Bessie McKinney, Mrs. Robert 
Dent, Mrs. William Jeffords, Mrs. Ethel Bowman, 
Mrs. Elmer Clow, Mrs. Bertha Shaff, Mrs. Kit Clow, 
Mrs. Dorothy Daves and Mrs. Edith Barnhart. 

The club was Federated with the District April 
6, 1923. It was State Federated March 8, 1926, then 
in November it became General Federated. 

The club was first called "Woman's Club of Cisco, 
Illinois" and met on the first Friday of the month. 
Now it is called "Cisco Woman's Club" and meets the 
first Wednesday of the month. In the beginning the 
local dues were $.25 a year, now regular dues are 
$3.00 a year. 

The object of the club is to promote the general 
welfare of the home and community. 

In the early years, if a member was absent from 
more than two consecutive meetings, she would pay 
a ten cent fine. 

The past presidents are Katie Young, Bessie Mc- 
Kinney, Gladys Remmers, Olive Reed, Mrs. Ralph 
AUmon, Zora Ater, Gladys Doane, Bertha Shaff, 
Hazel Pirtle Mrs. Amos Fahrnkopf, Helen Ater, Mrs. 
James Ater, Ethel Bowman, Elizabeth Reeves, Lucille 
Edwards, Aileen Rannebarger, Leota Robeson, Beulah 
Williams, Opal Coon, Florence Mansfield, Ruth Leach, 
Ruth Zindar, Audra Myers, Juetta Hiser, Patricia 
Ford, Edythe Weddle, Wilma Hall, Blanche Niles. 

The club has had three county presidents; Mrs. 
Walter Pirtle 1934-1936, Mrs. Bert Reeves 1946-48, 
and Mrs. Patricia Rannebarger Ford 1966-68. 

Among their activities are the founding of the 
local library; Health Clinic; contributing to the build- 
ing of the Cross on Bald Knob, purchase of a pro- 
jector for the school with the P.T.A. ; landscaping the 


library yard, before the board did it; planted shrubs 
west of town; planted trees, etc., for the school and 
the Methodist Church ; gave summer music, conserva- 
tion and art scholarships; and war effort activities. 

The library was first put in the Shaff Drug Store 
under the supervision of Mrs. Shaff. The club finally 
interested Mr. Allerton and the township in the 

They celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a tea 
on April 6, 196G. 


From the Cisco news of the Piatt County Repub- 
lican, December 30, 1920 issue, "At a meeting held 
Tuesday evening in the basement of the church — 
preparations were made for the organization of Boy 
Scouts here. Mr. Kinister of Decatur made an inter- 
esting talk on the subject of the Boy Scouts. Rev. H. 
L. Thall of the M. E. Church is to be local Scout- 
master. About 16 boys have already signed up to 
become scouts." In 1918 there were 14 scouts repre- 
sented by Leo Ulman at a program at the Presby- 
terian Church. Leaders over the years included Rev. 
Cockran, Pete Benjamin, Rev. Clapper, Dean Mc- 
Cartney, Bob Reuter, Dale Wolfe, Burt Mcintosh,, 
Harold Benjamin, Larry Edwards, Bert Tritchler, 
Paul Slifer and Glen Bolson. The Cubs are under 
the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Don Stevens and are 

South Birthday Club 

On Feb. 14th, 1925, the following invitation was 
sent to twelve neighborhood ladies to form a club 
called the "Birthday Club". Now it is called the "South 
Birthday Club." 

"With an hour full of task 

Your presence I ask. 

To grace a jolly, hearty party. 

We'll laugh and we'll play 

As long as you stay. 

A welcome awaits you most heartily." 

The members that joined that day were: Katy 
Young, Elizabeth Brame, Nora McCartney, Daisy Tay- 
lor, Mildred Yates, Blanche Niles, Bessie McKinney, 
Anna McCartney, Myrtle Whisnant, Olive Reed, Lutie 
Parr and Lilly Leach. 

Mrs. Blanche Niles was the hostess. Members 
drew the month for entertaining and also a name for 
a gift for each hostess. 

We did all kinds of needlework supplied by the 
hostesses such as quilting, knotting comforts, hem- 
ming dish towels, rug rags. We made garments for the 
Red Cross, war babies and whatever was needed. We 
are in our 48th year. 

Our friendship has been a token of remembrance 
all through these years. We never would of visited 
our neighbors as much had it not been for the Birth- 
day Club. 

The North Birthday Club 

The North Birthday Club was organized February 
14, 1929 in the home of Mrs. Blanche Niles. The 
ladies organized as a social and handworking group. 
As well as their embroidering, knitting, sewing, etc., 
they sewed baby clothing, lap robes, etc., which they 
gave to the Red Cross during W.W. II, even meeting 
for extra hours. 

The charter members included Blanche Niles, 
Edythe Weddle, Aileen R. Rannebarger, Prudie Hamil- 
ton, Gladys Doane, Lavina Weddle, Pearl Miller, Thada 
Olson, Margaret Mcintosh and Nettie Clow. The chil- 
dren attended the meetings and looked forward to 
them. The ladies had many clever meetings as the 
time they had a mock wedding. Four ladies, Blanche, 
Edythe, Aileen and Gladys, still belong. Other present 
members are Audra Chapman Myers, Ruth Reeves, 
Juetta Hiser, Florence Mansfield, Beulah Williams, 
Lotus Briggs, and Patricia R. Ford. 

Cisco 4-H Clubs 

In 1928 a group of girls organized as the "Jolly 
Juniors" 4-H Club under the leadership of Mrs. Bertha 
Shaff, assisted by Mrs. Mabel Ripperdan. After a 
time it divided into two clubs, the "Cisco Circle" 
and the "Kitchen Klatter Club." In 1939 it was de- 
cided to form one club, making an older girl responsible 
for helping a younger one, and they named the com- 
bined group the "Big and Little Sisters Club." This 
was a large group and met all day at the Methodist 
Church for many years. 

An example of a days activities as taken from a 
June 1941 program would be: the business meeting; 
talks, "Cookies in General," "Kinds of Cookies," "Ways 
of Using Cookies," "What To Do First in Making 
Cookies," "Hand Sewing," "Refinishing Furniture," 
"Ingredients for Yeast Bread"; and demonstrations, 
quick bread, dairy food, pattern alteration, plain 
seams, shaping light rolls, flower arrangements, judg- 
ing cookies, and how to take a hem. 

The club had a band, led by Marjorie Reeves, with 
band uniforms. The band played at church and other 
functions and in 1941 played in Lincoln Hall Theatre 
at the Annual 4-H Club University Tour. A few years 
later the club had a choir. 

In the 1942 Piatt County 4-H News Letter it was 
stated that "In the August National 4-H Club News 
Mrs. Jason Ripperdan and the Big and Little Sisters 
4-H Club were recognized as an outstanding leader 
and club in the United States, all over the world for 
that matter, because this is a NATIONAL Magazine. 
There was a long article about the kind of participa- 
tion the club takes in the church." 

Through the years many girls were selected State 
Outstanding and from these, four were elected as 
delegates -to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago. 
They were Gladys Reason, Georgia Briggs, Margaret 
Scott and Carolyn Campbell. Girls and their projects 
have represented the club and county at the State 
Fair many times. At the first State Fair after World 
War II, Frances Reeves and Patricia Rannebarger 


were selected to represent the county and received an 
A rating, giving the demonstration twice at the fair. 

Ohers, who led the Big and Little Sisters Club at 
Cisco, were Georgia Briggs, Audra Briggs and Eliza- 
beth Reeves. Many other adults helped with the 4-H 
through the years. When Mabel Ripperdan moved, 
she took the club name with her to Monticello. During 
its lifetime the Big and Little Sisters Club received 
many honors and had many outstanding members. 

In 1953, Mrs. Gerald Miller organized the present 
Cisco Busy Beavers 4-H Club with the projects being 
foods and clothing. Ruth McFeeters and Doris Ann 
Sago helped as junior leaders. The leaders have been, 
Mrs. Miller (1953-1960), Mrs. P. C. Barnhart (1960- 
1961), Mrs. C. E. Gowler (1962-1967), and Mrs. Roy 
Kleven (1967 until present). Others that have served 
as leaders are: Janet Frye, Joy Zimmerman, Joyce 
Mackey, Mary Blythe, Marilyn Mackey, Marjorie Wil- 
liams, Peggy Nolan, Jean Neuendorf, Linda Blythe, 
Beulah Robson, Mary Catlin, Shirley Sievers, Pauline 
Vannote, Mrs. Thomas Brown, Sue Weber, Diana 
Hoffman and Martha Edwards. 

The club celebrated their 20th anniversary last 
summer, being one of the oldest clubs in the county. 
All the people who had helped through the years were 
asked to come plus the HEA ladies. After the program 
there was a birthday party with Mrs. Gerald Miller, 
the first leader, as an honored guest. 

In 1971, an IFYE, Mia Jueken from the Nether- 
lands, visited our club. While here, she stayed with 
the Roy Kleven family and made a Dutch dessert and 
taught the girls Dutch games at a meeting. 

There is no record of how many girls have gone 
to state fair, but for the past several years at least 
one has gone. Judy and Susan Vannote did an out- 
standing demon.stration at state fair when Illinois was 
celebrating its 150th anniversary. They made bread 
with a starter and wore old fashioned clothes. The 
girls from the club who have earned the Key Club 
Award, the second highest award given in 4-H are: 
Jean Mackey (1956) Susan Miller (1957), Joyce 
Mackey (1959), and Virginia Kleven (1973). 

The Cinderella 4-H Club was organized in 1966 in 
Monticello with Mrs. Pat Lubbers and Mrs. Yvonne 
Howland as leader. In 1969 Pat moved to the Cisco 
area. That year they had a club project of ceramics, 
which Mrs. Avis Bennett helped them with. By 1970 
the club branched into many different areas. 

The club has had one or more girls and projects 
go to the State Fair each year. Among those going 
are Kathy Howland and Deborah Lubbers. 

Some of their activities have been: cooking for 
their parents, dairy promotion. State 4-H Week, over- 
night campouts, tour to Tolly's Bakery, McManus 
Florist, Ken's IGA, Meadow Gold Dairy, Romano's 
Pizza, Artistic Yarn Shop, Zimmerman Fine Fabrics, 
etc., and helping with the Earth Day at Cisco. 

4-H for boys in the Cisco area started about 1937, 
Bob Ater being the first leader. In 1938, Rueben 
Anderson became leader of the "Cisco 4-H Club" for 
the next 6 years. Some of his helpers were Robert 
"Peachy" Leach and Corwin Kingston. This club went 
camping down by the river for a couple of nights 
every summer. Mrs. Anderson and Mabel Ripperdan 

would bring them big freezers of homemade ice 
cream. With the old mare of Mr. Anderson and an 
old buggy given them by Bert Reeves, the boys were 
all over town picking up paper and scrap metal during 
W.W. II. The paper was taken to the old grain eleva- 
tor office where it was shredded, baled, and then 
sold in Decatur. The money earned from the drives 
was given to the Red Cross and used by the boys for 
baseball equipment. 

After Mr. Anderson, Don Whisnant was leader 
followed by Orville Sago. Other known leaders are 
Harold Frye, Orville Frye, Stanley Mackey, who lead 
for 15 years, James Burns, Frank Hoffman, Dewey 
Briggs, Roger Briggs, Clifford Davis, Dale Bennett, 
Jr., and Roy Kleven (present leader). 

Shortly after W.W. II there was camping at 4-H 
Memorial Camp in Allerton Park. The project list 
available to the boys has enlarged from livestock and 
garden, so there is a project for all boys interests. 

Cisco Homemakers Extension 

Piatt and Douglas counties united in December, 
1930, to participate in the organization known as 
Home Bureau whose aims are to help the housewife 
with her problems in the home and with her family. 
This partnership with Douglas County was dissolved 
and in 1965 the name was changed to Homemakers 
Extension Association. 

Monthly meetings of the local unit were, and con- 
tinue to be, held in the homes of members. There were 
five members that first year: Mrs. Walter Miller, Mrs. 
W. E. McCartney, Mrs. Clifford Weddle, Mrs. Robert 
Dent, and Mrs. Lavinia Weddle Gould. Mrs. Gould had 
the distinction of being county board member. She 
made the trip to board meetings in Tuscola by driving 
her son's new car. 

There are now 24 members in the Cisco Unit. 
Present officers are: Mrs. Robert Williams, chair- 
man; Mrs. Gene Gowler and Mrs. Roger Briggs, first 
and second vice-chairman; Mrs. James Burns, Jr., 
secretary-treasurer; and Mrs. Roy Kleven, county 
board member. 

The American Legion 
Craig-Reed Post 1181 

The American Legion, Craig-Reed Post 1181 was 
named for two men from the Cisco community, who 
were killed in World War II, Forrest T. Craig and 
John David Reed. Forrest T. Craig was lost in Asia 
while flying supplies over the mountains, known as 
the Hump, between India and China. John David Reed 
died during the Bataan Death March in the Philip- 
pines. John David was returned after the war and 
buried in Weldon, 111. Forrest was never found. 

The Post was formed in the fall of 1948 and a 
temporary charter was applied for on November 26, 
1948, with Daniel J. Weddle as the commander. The 
names on the application were; Robert C. Zimmerman, 
Gerald J. Sites, George 0. Miller, Max L. Cornell, 
James A. Giesler, Daniel J. Weddle, Wilmer L. Clifton, 




Veterans of three wars: Frank Lyons, World War I; Martin 
Westbay, Spanish American War; and Bill Davis, Civil War. 

Jack C. Clifton, Robert J. Dowdle, William S. Arms- 
worth, Edward L. Johnson, Ellis B. Zimmerman, Merle 
E. Adams, Burt A. Mcintosh, Rolla E. Van Matre, 
Clement J. Colgan and Arthur A. Neuendorf. 

On April 2, 1949 the permanent charter was ap- 
plied for with the following officers: commander, 
Gerald J. Sites; vice commander, Paul P. Reed; 
adjutant, Jack C. Clifton; finance officer, Clement J. 
Colgan; chaplain, Lester Guyot; sergeant-at-arms. 
Max L. Cornell; historian, Donald W. Hall; service 
officer, Charles G. Leach; publicity officer, Harvey 

The Post first met on the second floor of the 
Town Hall. They soon moved to quarters over Weddle's 
Store and remained there until 1954 when the present 
building was bought from Lyle McFeeters, for the 
Post home. The Post has been active in the community 
over the years, presenting Memorial Day services each 
year and holding an annual fall festival. The Post 
has sponsored many young men to Boys State and 
has carried many other Legion programs. 

The commanders of the Post were: Daniel J. 
Weddle, Gerald J. Sites, Paul P. Reed, Jack C. Clifton, 
Walter Eugene Pirtle, Robert J. Dowdle, Robert C. 
Zimmerman, Kenneth L. Carroll, Lester Guyot, Jackie 
L. Floyd, Roger E. Briggs, James R. Edwards, David 
W. Swarts, W. Eugene Pirtle, Kenneth L. Carroll, 
Jackie L. Floyd, Delbert D. Williams, Paul P. Reed, 
Dale E. Leischner, Larry D. Leischner, Larry W. 
Coon the present commander. 

American Legion Auxiliary 

The Craig-Reed Unit 1181 held its first organiza- 
tional meeting May 6, 1949, in the home of Hazel 
Pirtle. Assisting with the meeting were the District 
President, Hazel Cannon; the District Secretary, 
Eloise Mount; the Post Commander, Jerry Sites; and 
the Post Adjutant, Jack Clifton. 

There were 45 charter members. They are: Betty 
Armsworth, Dorothy Colgan, Leora Clifton, Mary 
Carolyn Chapman, Helen Dowdle, Dottie Giesler, 
Wilma Hall, Ruth Leach, Ruby McGinnis, Ruth Mc- 
intosh, Hazel Pirtle, Olive Reed, Jennie Snyder, Mar- 

jorie Van Matre, Dorothy Walker, Effie Armsworth, 
Virginia Cornell, Helen Clifton, Lula Craig, Dorothy 
Dowdle, Ella Guyot, Bessie Hitchens, Mabel Mills, 
Mary Lee Poling, Mabel Ripperdan, Bonnie Sites, 
Myrtle Weddle, Emma Lou Zimmerman, Mabel Lyons, 
Frances Mcintosh, Lotus Briggs, Anita Carroll, Vera 
Clifton, Cora Cook, Jean Giesler, Jean Guyot, Louise 
Isenberg, Maxine McKinley, Marilyn Mcintosh, Nora 
Rose Jackson, Flossie Reed, Betty Ripperdan, Louie 
Swarts, Marilyn Weddle, Hildred Pirtle. 

On May 31, 1949, the Auxiliary and Legion held 
a joint installation service in the high school gym- 
nasium. 34 members were initiated. Hazel Pirtle was 
the first auxiliary president. Meetings were held in 
the Town Hall until the next May, when they started 
using the top floor of Weddle's Store. The present 
Legion Hall was purchased in 1954. 

This organization has always been a service or- 
ganization, and therefore has done many things for 
the community. Some of the community services in- 
clude giving aid to needy families (food and clothing;, 
sponsoring community Christmas parties, serving 
meals for farm sales, and providing meals when a 
death occurs in the community. Servicemen are re- 
membered at Christmas time with gifts and cards. 

The Veterans craft exchange and the poppy pro- 
gram provide a means of support for some of the 
hospitalized veterans. The unit sponsors a Poppy 
Poster Contest and an Americanism Essay contest to 
help make our young people more aware of their 
heritage. Coupons are collected to help purchase 
needed equipment for the hospitals, for example, dog 
food seals are saved to purchase seeing eye dogs. The 
unit helps support the girls cottage at the Illinois 
Soldiers and Sailors Home at Bloomington with spon- 
sorship money, Christmas gifts, and spending money 
for the girls. Hospitalized veterans are remembered 
with tray favors, clothes, books, puzzles, cards, sta- 
tionery kits, etc. Numerous other projects and pro- 
grams are carried out by the auxiliary each year. 

The first Fall Festival was held September, 1952, 
on the school ball diamond. A chili supper and games 
were featured. It was such a success that it became 
an annual affair. In 1954, the menu was changed to 
cornbread and beans. It wasn't until 1956 that they 
were able to have it in the present Legion Hall. Dances 
on Wednesday evenings were sponsored to help raise 
money to pay for the building. 

The Junior Auxiliary was first activated in 1953 
with Jean Neuendorf as their Senior advisor. Their 
program has remained much the same through the 
years. They make tray favors for Danville Veterans 
Hospital. Joke books, stationery kits, and crossword 
puzzles are also made. Grave decorations are made and 
placed on veterans graves in local cemeteries. 

Our Gold Star Mothers to date are: Mrs. Lula 
Craig (deceased), Mrs. Charles Parr (deceased), Mrs. 
Olive Reed, and Mrs. Leora Vannote. Gold Star Sisters 
are Nora Rose Jackson and Mrs. Lucille Gulley. Mrs. 
Joan Vannote is a Gold Star Wife and Miss Susan 
Vannote is a Gold Star Daughter. 

From 45 charter members in 1949, the auxiliary 
has grown to a membership of 95 seniors and 22 
juniors, a total of 117 members in the 1973-1974 year. 


Cisco Junior Woman's Club 
Cisco Evening Woman's Club 

Seventeen women in the Cisco community formed 
the club on November 7, 1933. At this time the club 
became affiliated with the district and state federa- 

The object of the club was and is now, mutual 
counsel and sympathy, unity of action in case of need, 
and the promotion of higher social and moral condi- 
tions. The club motto: "Be Ye Workers of the Club 
and Not Members only." 

The charter members were: Martha Allmon, 
Dorothy Dye, Elizabeth Dye, Maxine Giesler, Ruth 
Harvey, Mary Johnson, Leora Miller, Doris Sullivan, 
Thelma Swarts, Norma Taylor, Othello Taylor, Irene 
Weddle, Frances Rinehart, Laverne Evey, Norma Rose 
Reed, Delora Whisnant, and Kathleen Sullivan. 

During the 1949-1951 period the club name was 
changed from Cisco Junior to Cisco Evening Woman's 

Past presidents of the club are: Othello Taylor, 
Lelah Cornell, Betty Reeves, Virginia Wiseman, 
Maxine Giesler, Opal Coon, Hildred Drew, Helen 
Dowdle, Margaret Weddle, Edith Barnhart, Doris 
Connor, Vionne Ater, Carolyn Chapman, Vernette 
Miller, Edna Whisnant, Wilma Hall, Dorothy Colgan, 
Ruth Harms, Marj Carr, Virginia Norfleet, Kay 
Goeggle, Jo Ann Vannote, Kay Drew, Joyce Bennett, 
Helen Miller, Peggy Clark, and Shirley Sievers. 

Through the years the club has given time and 
money to the betterment of the community. Funds 
have been used for magazines for the school ; needed 
articles for the library, county nursing home, church, 
and school; summer camp scholarships in art, con- 
servation, and music to area students; and the County 
Blood Bank. The club has canvassed for the March of 
Dimes and Mental Health Drives. Sponsored "Com- 
munity Sing" for several years with the Senior Club, 
and donated cookies to the Rantoul U.S.O. 

To honor the servicemen, a bronze plaque bearing 
their names was placed at the entrance of the Cisco 
Methodist Church. 

For the past three years a $200 scholarship has 
been awarded to a senior graduating from Monticello 
High School. 

Sewing Club 

It was in 1947 that a group of ladies formed the 
sewing club to do all kinds of handwork for them- 
selves. Some did sewing, mending, crocheting or 
knitting while they visited. They meet once a month 
and have a pot luck dinner with no meetings for the 
months of August and December. This club is still 
active in 1974. The original members were: Helen 
Ater, Gladys Doane, Geneva Kistler, Lucille Edwards, 
Effie Armsworth, Aileen Rannebarger, Evelyn Mc- 
Intyre, Elizabeth Reeves, Ruth Pattengill, and Ruth 

PTA Board (1949-50). Standing: Helen Dowdle, Vera Root, 
Edna Whisnant, Jean Giesler, Geneva Huisinga, June Sago, 
Hildred Webb, Loren Lewis. Seated: Florence Melvin, 
Helena WTiitlow, Helen McFeeters, Vernette Miller and 
Gerald Hiser. 

Cisco PTA History 

The Cisco PTA was organized in 1948 with Ruth 
Zindar as president. There were 82 charter members. 
Pat Lubbers is the 1974 president. Others that served 
as presidents are: Helen McFeeters, Wilma Hall, 
Twilia Mackey, Vernette Miller, Edna Whisnant, Mary 
Carolyn Chapman, Edith Barnhart, Audra Gowler, 
Dorothy Colgan, Peggy Nolan, Marge Williams, Vir- 
ginia Norfleet, Florence Hoffman, Shirley Seivers, 
Nancy Huisinga, and Carol GuUey. 

Some of the things the PTA has done through the 
years are: honored Founders Day, given scholarships 
to band and vocal students, run concession stand at 
state musical contest, helped with pre-screening of 3 
and 4 year olds, members volunteered as chaperones 
at Step-in in Monticello, room mothers' parties for 
Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter, 
publicity book to state many times, talent and male 
style shows by members, contributed to Educable 
Mentally Handicapped in Piatt County, honored Lillie 
Alexander on her retirement, redecorated school 
library and purchased record player. 

Remember the Cisco basketball team coached by 
Frank Wrench, the principal? The boys practiced in a 
very small "gym" on the third floor of the old grade 
school building. And what a thrill it was when we 
finally got a real gym and had games there. 

Remember the girl's basketball team which used 
to play short games before the boys games? 

Remember Alicia Skeet, the music teacher, who 
came out from Millikin to teach and .struggle with 
our small band? 

It's the common ordinary folks, 

The ones like you and me. 

That get most out of living 

In a small community . . . 

The ones who work the whole day through. 

But evening brings them rest. 

Sweet peace and being all together, 

The envy of the best. 


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Honor Roll for World War II, painted by Doris Conner. 


The Cisco Index (newspaper) 1902 

The Cisco Press (newspaper) 1905 

Standard Atlas of Piatt County Illinois (1911) 

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Piatt County (1917) Edited by 
Francis M. Shonkwiler 

History of Piatt County Illinois (1883) by Emma C. Piatt 

Dewitt and Piatt County Portrait and Biographical Album (1891) 

Past and Present of Piatt County Illinois (1903) by Charles Mcintosh 

The Good Life in Piatt County (1968) by Jessie Morgan 

A History of Cisco (1966) compiled by B. L. Reeves 

The Biggest Little Town (1973) by Myrtle Grace Paugh 

Some Notes on Early Roads in Piatt Co. (1954) by Harvey Harding 

Municipal Code of Village of Cisco 

Post Office Records 

Willow Branch Library Board Minutes 

Souvenir Programmes of M. E. Church (dedication, 75th Anniversary) 

Minutes of Sessions of Cisco Presbyterian Church 

Tape recording made by : Harry Lyons, Ruby Leach, Elmer Rainey and 
Guy Sparrow (1973) 

Miscellaneous: Interviews, local centennial histories, local newspapers and 
records, clippings, scrap book items, receipts, checks, bills, etc. 




Patteng:ill Deer 

Doctors travelled by horseback and horse and 
buggy to make their calls. According to a journal 
kept by Dr. Pattengill, house calls were a dollar, medi- 
cine usually twenty-five to fifty cents and deliveries 
ten dollars. 

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How many remember setting hens and hatching 
chickens ? 

Who remembers when Effie Armsworth took 
peeled apples to church for Bill to eat during the 
service so he would be quiet? 

Chandler Reunion at the "Ole SHimniin' Hole" in 1910: 
Louis, Henry, and Bryon Melvin, Edgar Martin, Mabel 
Melvin Uonavon, Georg:e and Myrtle Whisnant. Helen 

Melvin, Maude Melvin Harland, , Lucille and Lloyd 


Riding in the water wagon at threshing time and 
those wonderful threshing dinners. 

When road machinery was a tractor with drive 
wheels about 8 feet high and the jumbo grader for 
pulling the dirt to the center of the road. 



Helping a neighl>or in need. 

In 1914 over 100 goats were bought by Earl Kanne- 
barger to clean up the brush. He sold them to Mac 
Ashton, who gave one to Lawrence Coon. Lawrence 
trained it to drive. Mac sold the herd to Scott Arms- 
worth, who sent them to Chicago. The men all lost 
money on the goats. 

The days when Charlie Roderick had a Huckster 
Grocery Wagon? 

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Do you remember Mohawk haircuts? 

Who remembers hunting prairie chickens but had 
no deer or pheasants? 

When we didn't know what soybeans were as a 

Who remembers getting baking powder in a hob- 
nail, milk glass candy dish? 

One evening in the late 1920's, a little after 4 P.M., 
the main street in Cisco became devoid of any form 
of human life. Usually at that time of day things 
were pretty busy, but not in this instance. Every 
person had raced to get behind closed store doors, etc., 
but all were crowded up to and peering out every avail- 
able window. The reason? A very, very large skunk 
had come down the exact middle of the street from 
way up north and was headed south. He went straight 
ahead, humping leisurely along, with an utter disdain 
for the watchers. Suddenly, to the horror of the on- 
lookers, Charles Leach came striding from the old 
board-walk area on the east side of the main street. 
His destination was Barnhart and Leach's General 
Store, but the path of the skunk was not favorable for 
this. Unheeding, his head down in thought, Charlie' 
was fast closing the distance. Nobody had the courage 
to open a door or window and yell at Charlie, because 
skunks can hear, too. We just knew Charlie would 
start angling across the railroad tracks and there 
would be a most catastrophic meeting. 

But luckily, in the nick of time, Charlie raised his 
head. Now, Charlie had long legs and they served him 
well that time. I don't remember whether he took 
off east or back south, but he was out of sight in a 
flash! The skunk reached the depot where King Pat- 
tengale was in hiding, too, and then seemed to sort 
of fade away. Maybe he took the next "puddle-jumper" 
out of town. He was never seen again. 

The old livery stable and when it burned? 




My parents were Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Jones. My father owned the grain elevator on the 
west side of Main Street, across the street from the Weilepp elevator. They were always 
friendly competitors. Mr. Weilepp's laugh was deep and friendly and a vital part of him and 
contributed to the feeling of friendliness in the town. 

January 12, 1889 I was born in a large white house near the railroad, just east of Main 
Street. We called the train "Barney," and it was called tri-weekly, "It went west one week and 
tried to get back the next." Our permanent home was built a few blocks south of this home. 

The important buildings in Cisco that I remember are the Methodist Church; the big 
school; the general store owned by Mr. Seeley, and later Theo Evins; Dr. Pease' office; and 
our home. Mr. Seeley and Mr. Evins were fine merchants and carried a large stock of modern 
items. There was a large hotel on the corner across from the railroad station. The place that is 
still dearest to me is our home, with its barn and the grove of trees west of it. In our back- 
yard we had a cave, where its coolness kept milk at a good temperature. 

One summer day I was lying in the thick grass watching the clouds making new shapes 
like things I had seen. Then I began to wonder how the earth got here. Suddenly I felt that 
thought was too big for me. However I have lived long enough to see men walking on the moon. 

One day a few neighbors came in with the news that men were drilling for water, but 
got gas instead, and one man in the well died. Now I wonder, with the fuel shortage if it 
could give Cisco gas for their homes. 

Two activities at the church stand out as special. The first was a Christmas Eve. Many 
families drove in from the country. Townspeople carried lanterns, making a procession down 
the center of the street to the well lighted church. When we entered the front door, what a 
wonderful sight we saw! A Christmas tree reaching to the ceiling, was covered with large red, 
lighted candles. There was a program of songs, and speeches given by the tiny ones to the 
adults. Then suddenly sleighbells, and Santa with his pack came dashing in. There were gifts 
for all the children. The big store had been filled with new toys, and most everyone's gift 
was appropriate. 

Then there is the Easter, when the church seemed filled with sunshine. But what was 
most unusual, and memorable was that all the women who had canaries brought them to the 
church and opened the cages. The birds flew out, and the church was full of colorful canaries 
flying above the congregation. The music had competition. But when the service was over, each 
bird flew to his cage. This was a once-in-a-lifetime Easter service. 

The first day of school, Helen Seeley (lives in California in 1974) held my hand all the 
way to school. Miss Edwards was our teacher. She had excellent training at Normal and made 
our lessons most interesting. One day we went to the pump in the school yard and learned how 
to fill different sized measuring utensils. Then we studied physiology, we heard about the bones 
in our body. On her way home, Bertha Jones stopped at Dr. Pease' office and he explained 
different sizes of bones and where they were located so she had the answers to take back to the 
class. But there was something else she saw on the wall, and Dr. Pease said it was a telephone. 
His sons nailed a cigar box to the wall and wires led to the Pease home nearby, so they talked 
by phone and saved time and steps. 

When I was eight years old, our home and the elevator were sold and we moved to 
Champaign, Illinois. 

There were three girls in our family: Ethel (deceased at four), myself, and Frances (1895- 
1930). Frances married Charles R. Little and had four children. Frances, her husband, myself 
and their children all graduated from the U. of I. I own a cottage in Suncoast Manor at St. 
Petersburg, Florida. My parents are buried in the Belleflower Township Cemetery. When my 
father died, letters written by our Cisco friends were read at his funeral in (Champaign. I 
will miss attending the Cisco events, but I hope to hear about it. 


The Armsworth Family 

Scott and Samuel Armsworth were brothers who 
came from Ohio to Illinois and settled in Piatt County. 
Samuel married Celia Ater in one of the first wed- 
dings in Piatt County. Their children were: Noah 
married Eliza GuUiford, James married Emily Gulli- 
ford, Rebecca married Abraham Ater, Catherine 
married George Matchler, James married Elizabeth 

Noah Armsworth (1848-1890) married Eliza GuUi- 
ford in 1870. She came to America in 1855 from 
Somersetshire, England, a voyage of 34 days. They 
had three children : Sadie who married Samuel Parr, 
Charity who married John Mitchell, and Winfield 
Scott who married Effie Weddle. 

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Armsworth had two children, 
Hildred and William Scott. Hildred married John T. 
Drew in October 1932 and had two children, Yvonne 
and Jackson Scott Drew (the present Mayor of Cisco). 
Yvonne married Raymond Howland and they have 
three children, Kathy, Randy, and John. Jack married 
Kay Foster and they have three children, Pam, Christi 
and Robert. John Drew died in February 1935 and 
Hildred married Eldon Webb in 1946. 

William Scott Armsworth married Elizabeth 
Steele, daughter of Earl J. and Marie Steele in August 
1941. They have three children: James Scott married 
to Dee Palmer, Mary Beth married to Craig Pillatsch, 
and Jean Ann at home. 

Scott Armsworth resided in Cisco all his life. He 
taught school, served as manager for the Shellabarger 
Elevator Co. and the Cisco Grain Co. He owned the 
local light plant which was sold to the Illinois Power 
Company in 1927. He was a stockholder in the Cron- 
inger State Bank, owned the Home Oil Co. and the 
Sangamon Oil Co. He was also a partner in the Cisco 
Implement Co. Scott was school director at the time 
the gymnasium was added to the school in 1937. He 
had the Ford agency and ran a hardware store. After 
his death in November 1943 the hardware store was 
taken over by his son William who ran it until 1965 
when he moved to Monticello and opened the Arms- 
worth Appliance Store. 


The Mac Ashton family were residents of the Cisco 
community during the early 1900's, living on the 
Rannebarger farm two miles west "and three-fourth 
miles south of Cisco for 25 or 30 years, before 
retiring and moving to Argenta. Mac was a dealer in 
livestock many years, buying and trading hogs and 
cattle. He bought locally and from the west, then 
shipped to Chicago and Indianapolis. Later he was 
joined in that business by E. V. Rannebarger. In 
1918, when the Armistice was signed Cisco had quite 
a celebration with a barbecued beef south of where 
the school is. Mac was one of the cooks and helped 
serve those that attended. He was one of the directors 
of the Croninger Bank when it closed in 1927. 

Mac and Minnie Kaiser Ashton had four children. 
Edward married Florence Augustus and Ruby Patter- 
son. Josephine married Delbert Hardin and Phyllis 
married Thomas Huston. There are six grandchildren, 
ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grand- 

The Ater Family 

Scott and Effie Weddle Armsworth 

Mr. Thomas Ater was born in Loudon County, 
Virginia in 1795. When he was seven years old his 
father's family migrated to Ohio. He married Eliza- 
beth Brown in 1813. Their five children were born in 
Ohio: Solomon, Edward, Willie, Celia and John. 

In 1827, Thomas, with his family started for Illi- 
nois. They reached Vermillion County the same month 
and camped out until a homestead was procured. They 
settled on raw prairie and unbroken timberland, to 
clear, cultivate, and improve which required energy, 
strength and persistence. After living in Vermillion 
County for several years, the entire family moved to 
Piatt County and settled in Willow Branch Township. 
He died in 1852 and was buried near his last home 
southeast of Cisco. His wife survived him many years, 
and died in 1877. 

Solomon Ater married Martha Ann Fisher in 1853. 
To this union were born five children : Willis, Ann, 
David, Edward, and Elizabeth. His first wife died in 
1863. He later married Margaret Hott. One daughter. 
Ally was born in 1864. 

Edward W. Ater (1858-1941) married Amanda 
Freeman Miner. She was the daughter of Ira and 
Mary Ann Bruffett Miner of Piatt County. They 
were the parents of three children : Warren Solomon, 
Willard, and Gladys. Edward farmed and raised live- 
stock one mile south and one-half mile east of Cisco. 
He was a charter member of the Cisco Masonic Lodge 
No. 965. He was also a charter member of the Cisco 
Cooperative Grain Company and served as director for 
several years. He was a member of the Cisco Metho- 
dist Church Building committe when the present brick 
structure was built and a member of the board of 
directors of the M. Croninger and Company Bank. 

Warren Solomon, the son of Edward and Amanda 
married Zora Williams (see Williams history). 

Willard Ater attended school in Cisco and two 
country schools. He married Frances Helen Jones in 


1912. They lived on the farm where Willard was born 
and raised. Two daughters and a son were born to 
this union: Evelyn, Margaret, deceased, and Donald. 
Willard will be 83 years young in November and is 
in good health. He lives with his son Donald in 

Edward .\ter Family, front row: .Amanda Miner Ater and 

Edward .\ter; back row: Willard E. .\ter, Gladys Ater and 

Warren S. Ater 

Evelyn, daughter of Willard and Helen lived all 
but a few years of her life in Cisco. She married 
Paul Edgar Timmons, son of Gurnie Jackson and 
Mary Summers Timmons. After living in Lodge a 
few months they moved to Cisco. Three children were 
born to this marriage; Carol Joanne, Shirley Jean, 
and Roger Paul. Paul Edgar died in 1947 and the 
family soon moved to Monticello. 

Carol Joanne, after graduating from high school 
and attending MacMurray College married Robert 
Wayne Otis of Champaign. They have four children : 
Victoria Lynne, Kimberly Rene, Kathryn Denise, and 
Robert Sherman. The family now resides in Cham- 

Shirley Jean graduated from Monticello High 
School and married Charles F. Sievers. Born to this 
union were two daughters, Pamela Jo and Debra Jean. 
In the spring of 1965 the family moved from Monti- 
cello to a farm northeast of Cisco. The farm has been 
in Mrs. Sievers family for four generations. Their 
daughter, Pamela Jo became the bride of Mark Ed- 
ward Morgan in 1973. 

Roger Paul Timmons after attending school in 
Monticello entered the service in 1958. He married 
Janice Vianne Kitson. Four children were born : Brian 
Paul, David Mark, Gary Alan, and Marci Lynn. Th* 
family now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Donald, son of Willard and Helen spent his child- 
hood days in the Cisco community. He continued on 
with the family's farming interest. In 1938 he mar- 
ried LaVonne Chapman. They have five children: 
Marcia Kay, Donald Willard, Susan Lynette, Edward 
William and Alan Ray. Don had an International 
Harvester Implement store in Cisco for a few years. 
In 1958 they moved to Louisiana where they continue 
to farm and now live in Ferriday. Don is involved in 
several other successful business interests. 

Gladys Ater (1896- ), daughter of Edward and 
Amanda, lived in or near Cisco her entire life. She 
married Raymond E. Rannebarger, son of Earl V. 
and Mellie Hendrix Rannebarger, in 1917. She is a 
charter member of the Eastern Star; a member of 
the Argenta Birthday Club, and the United Methodist 
Church of Argenta. 

Family oj Joseph Hendricks Barnhart 

Joseph Hendricks Barnhart (1871-1948) spent his 
boyhood on a farm east of Mansfield, Illinois, and 
received his education in the rural schools of Cham- 
paign and Piatt Counties. 

He married Emma F. Hummel of Monticello, Illi- 
nois in 1904. (Emma's father migrated from Hum- 
melstown, Pennsylvania.) They farmed northeast of 
Cisco from 1904 until 1945. He took an active interest 
in local politics and the Methodist Church at Cisco. 
He was a director of the Cisco Grain Company. Emma 
was a successful chicken farmer, keeping up with the 
latest information. 

In 1945 they purchased a home in Monticello. They 
developed a large flower garden where he was sud- 
denly stricken while mowing around a bed of flowers. 

They were the parents of two children, Opal and 

Emma lived in Monticello until her death in 1964. 

Opal Barnhart Hough (1904-1946) was born near 
Cisco. She was educated in the Piatt County Schools, 
graduating from Monticello High School in 1922. She 
was educated to be a grade school teacher. In 1924-26, 
she taught in the school at Cisco, Illinois. 

In 1929 Opal married David I. Hough. They resided 
in Sandwich, Illinois until 1939. Four children were 
born: Marilyn Jean (1930), Patricia Louise (1931), 
Rose Marie (1934), and Gary David (1938). 

In 1939 they moved to live on the Barnhart farm 
near Cisco. Opal taught at New Union for a few 
vears. In 1944 they moved near Mahomet. 

Joe and Emma Barnhart 


Lyle Barnhart was born in 1910 near Cisco. He 
was educated in the Piatt County Schools, graduating 
from Monticello High School in 1927. In June, 1939 
he married Barbara Ramseth of Chicago. They have 
two sons, Byron James (1950) and Warren Stephen 

Since 1945 Lyle has lived in Fulton, Illinois, em- 
ployed as an actuary for a life insurance company. 

Reed Barnhart Family 

William Reed Barnhart (1881-1956) a son of John 
C. (1837-1922) and Susannah Drum Barnhart (1841- 
1923) was born in Cerro Gordo, Illinois. There were 
six children in the family, two dying in infancy. His 
parents came from Ohio and Indiana. His father 
served as a First Lieutenant in the Civil War and 
was a cabinet maker. Some of the walnut furniture 
he made is still in the family. 

Reed married Edith Mae Young (1886-1969), 
daughter of P. C and Katie E. Stuckey Young, in 
Decatur, Illinois on June 17, 1908. When they met, she 
was taking courses at Millikin University and he was 
clerking in Folraths Shoe Store. After a short time 
in Decatur they moved southwest of Cisco and farmed 
with her father. Later, in about 1912, they lived one- 
half mile south of Cisco in a house built by P.C. 
Young and kept in the family until 1969, when it 
was sold. 

In 1921 Reed and Edith moved into Cisco and 
lived just south of the M.E. Church. He worked for 
the Cisco Grain Company and later owned a grocery 
store with Charles Leach. The last several years be- 
fore his death he sold insurance. 

He was First Master of Lodge No. 965 and served 
as Potentate of the Ansar Temple, Springfield, 111., 
in 1954. 

Three children were born to them. Mrs. William 
(Helen LaVerne) Patrick in 1910 and living in 
Downers Grove, Illinois. Mrs. Gerald J. (Inez Kath- 
eryn) Sites, born in 1915, and P.C, born in 1920, 
both living here. Gerald Sites passed away in 1971. 
He was an electrician at Allerton Park and resided 
in this area for many years. 

Reed and Edith Young Barnhart 

Katheryn has five children, namely, Larry Reed 
Bartram living south of Bement, Illinois ; Wendell 
Terry Gregory, Springfield, Missouri ; John William 
Gregory, Edwardsville, Illinois; Edith Sandra (Greg- 
ory) Petro, Monticello, Illinois; and Mrs. John (Loria 
Sharon Gregory) Daily, living south of Arthur, Illi- 
nois. There are thirteen grandchildren. 

P.C. married Edith Margaret Davenport in 1942 
and they have three children: Mrs. Larry (Deanna) 
Metzer, Warrensburg, Illinois; Mrs. William K. 
(Mary Jane) Dickman, Jr., Freeport, Illinois; and 
Ronald Barnhart, Cisco, Illinois. There are two grand- 

Fred Benjamin Family 

Fred Benjamin was born at Pekin, 111., in 1873 
and Grace Bolsen was born at Hartsburg, 111. in 1875. 
Both sets of parents, Fred and Hattie Stackhouse 
Benjamin and John Wessel and Jennie Remmers Bol- 
sen, came to the United States from near Emden, 
Germany around the years of 1860 to 1872. 

Fred and Grace were married in 1895 and moved 
to the Cisco area living in the Kentuck neighborhood 
on Stringtown Lane. In 1927 they moved into Cisco 
in the house in which Ruby Leach presently lives. In 
1929 they purchased the Russell Sullivan house. 

Fred began his job as janitor of the Cisco Grade 
School in the fall of 1932 and was employed here until 
1943. Many of the students at this time may remem- 
ber, he had a thumb, index finger and middle finger 
missing. When he was a young man he was running 
a wood shaper in a wagon factory at Pekin, when his 
glove was caught in the machinery and the fingers 
were cut off down to the knuckles. 

The children of Fred and Grace are: Fred E. 
(Hip), Harold G. (Pete), and John, living in Cisco. 

Hattie (1896) married John Giilespey and they 
reside in Decatur. Their children are: Fred, Marion, 
Paul, Bernice, Evelyn, Calvin Joan, Mary, Robert and 

Wessel (1898-1961) married Mildred Cofferly. 
Their children are: Jacob (deceased), Richard and 
Phyllis. He later married Maud Webb. Wessell served 
in W.W. I. 

Jennie (1899) married Herman Rose and lives in 
the Chicago area. Their children are: Grace (de- 
ceased), Alice, Allen, Thelma, Don, Lloyd and Sharon. 

Grace (1906) married Aaron Woodall. They lived 
in Cisco for several years while Aaron was employed 
by the Cisco elevator. They now live in Monticello. 
Their children are: Chester (deceased), Duane, 
Juanita, Ralph and Mildred. 

Oliver (1909-1951) married Edna Thompson and 
they are the parents of Barbara (deceased), Phillip, 
and Jerry {deceased). 

Hazel (1904-1907). 

Freda (1914) married Charles Clow of Cisco and 
their son is Delmar Dean. She later married Wiley 
Marvel and they live in Texas. 


Fred E. "Hip" (one of ten generations of Fred 
Benjamins) and Magdalena "Lena" Himmelbaur mar- 
ried in 1925 in Indiana. When they moved to Cisco 
in 1933, they had three children: Leora (1926), Fred 
H. (1930) and Roy (1932). Hip was working with 
Scott Armsworth as a car salesman. They moved into 
the home now owned and occupied by the Jack Clif- 
tons. Roberta (1936) was born here. The family then 
moved to Gilman where Jack (1937) was born. They 
returned to Cisco and worked for Armsworth again 
in 1938. Rosemary (1940) was born here. When auto 
production stopped in W.W. II, Hip worked for a 
roofing firm at Wilmington, 111., but the family re- 
mained in Cisco. He worked for Perfect Potato Chips 
Co. in Decatur for 25 years, retiring 5 years ago. 

Leora married Jack C. Clifton, the son of Wilmer 
and Vera Clifton. Their children are Diana Lyn and 
Jack II (see Clifton history). 

Fred H. married Emily Marigell in New York and 
have two children, Fred and Lisa. 

Roy married Eileen Tauber of Decatur. Their 
daughters are Karen, Ann and Kathleen. 

Roberta married Leroy Sheets and they live near 
Cerro Gordo. Their children are Terri, Tammy and 

Jack married Delores McGlade and have a daugh- 
ter, Lena. He later married May Mathis and is now 
living in Florida. 

Rosemary married Alfred Williams of Warrens- 
burg. They have a daughter, Lynnette, and live at 

Harold G. "Pete" (1902) began driving the oil 
truck for W. S. Armsworth in 1926 and later worked 
for Midland Lumber Co. and the Cisco Grain Co. He 
married Edna Krall of Cerro Gordo and a son Harold 
E. was born in 1936. Harold married Anna Mae Buck, 
daughter of Melvin and Leona Buck of Cisco. Their 
children are Curtis and Ginger. Harold E. works as a 
Pinkerton Guard. 

In 1944, Pete and W. R. Fisher went into the cob 
business. He also worked for the Willow Branch 
Township and Wilkinson Lumber Co. In the 1950's, he 
started working for the Weddle's IGA Grocery Store 
as a meat cutter. He worked there until they sold it 
to Don McKinley and then retired when the store 
closed in 1972. They have lived in their present home 
40 years. 

John (1911) married Mildred Smock in 1934 and 
farmed in the Farmer City community until 1944, 
when they and their oldest child, Marilyn Irene 
(1940) moved to Cisco. Russell Dean (1944) was born 
in Cisco and John Leslie (1948) and Donna Arlene 
(1951) were born after the family moved here. All 
the children attended Cisco Grade School and grad- 
uated from Monticello High School. John works for 
Kelly Potato Chip factory. 

Marilyn graduated from Illinois State University 
with a B.S. degree in education. She married John 
Mackey and they live southwest of Cisco with their 
children, Byron Stanley, Craig John and Karen Irene. 

Russell married Cherly Rogers of Monticello and 
have a son, Robert Dean. They live in Galesburg, 111., 
where Russ teaches art and coaches. 

John L. spent one year in Viet Nam with the U.S. 
Army. He married Frances Daugherty of Maroa and 
lives in Argenta with their son, Travis Jay. 

Donna gaduated from Patricia Stevens Career 
College and married Gary Chandler of Maroa. They 
live in the home which was her Grandfather Ben- 

Mrs. Addie Smock, mother of Mildred, makes her 
home with the John Benjamin family. Being born in 
1888, she is one of the older residents of Cisco. 

Fred and Grace Benjamin and their granddaughter, 

Dale Bennett Sr. Family 

Dale's grandfather was Joseph Bennett and was 
married to Elizabeth Wilson. They immigrated to 
Fulton County from Ohio. James Bennett, Dale's 
father, married Carrie Valentine in 1894. Dale was 
born in 1906 at Fullerton, Illinois. Dale married Avis 
Kuhns from Ivesdale. They moved to Cisco in 1958. 
Dale is a retired farmer and carpenter and Avis is 
employed at Allerton House, University of Illinois. 

Dale and Avis have three children : Mrs. David 
(Patricia) Swarts, Dale Jr., both living in Cisco and 
Mrs. Peter (Darlene) Macklin, living in Levittown, 
New York. There are ten grandchildren. 

Dale Winfred Bennett, Jr., and Joyce Marie Stain 
were married at the Methodist Church in Monticello 
in 1953. In 1956 they moved to Cisco and lived in a 
mobile home until 1965 when they built a new home. 
Dale and Joyce have three children : Randy Dale 
(1955), Robert Dean (1961) and Scott Eric (1969). 
Dale is employed at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 

Did you ever see Jason Ripperdan with his milk 
bucket on his arm, head for the elevator? Why? 
Because the day after Halloween he always knew 
where his cow would be. 


Bay and Florence Blythe in 1915. 

Blythe History 

Florence May Andes and Ray Isiah Blythe were 
married in 1915 in Mattoon, 111. They moved to Kansas 
for five years and two children, Helen and Forrest 
were born there. The family moved back to Illinois, 
where their three other children, Robert, Dwight, 
and Doris were born. In 1936 they moved near East 
School at the edge of Cisco, on land owned by P. C. 
Young. In 1938, the family moved to Deland and 
worked for George Trenchard. In 1942, they moved 
to John Huisinga land north of Cisco and in 1944 
moved to the Joe Barnhart home place and farmed 
until 1969. 

Due to a broken marriage, they adopted Stephen 
and Beverly Blythe, children of Forrest, in 1944. 

Helen married Arthur Stain who died in 1974. 
Helen and her three daughters live in Cisco. Joyce 
Marie married Dale Winfred Bennett, Jr. (see Ben- 
nett history), Delores Jean married George "Eddie" 
Elson in 1959 and moved to Cisco in 1967. They are 
buying the home previously owned by George Lyons. 
Their children are Michael Joseph, Rebecca Jean, and 
Samuel Eddie. Florence Aleen married Gary Lee 
Walters, and have children: Cynthia Ann, Kimberly 
Sue, Roy David, Douglas Ray and Melissa Aleen. 
Helen's three sons are Arthur David, Billy Ray and 
Paul Dean. 

Dwight married Mary Bridges in 1947 and moved 
into the Barnhart tenant house. In 1954, they moved 
to the Oressa McQueen property. Their children are 
Linda Sue married to Larry Dyson of Monticello, 
Rickey Joseph and Rusty Allen. Linda and Larry 
live northeast of Cisco and have a son Corey Lee. 

Ray retired from farming in 1969 and moved into 
Cisco. Ray died in 1970 and Florence still resides here. 

Bowman - Mansfield 

Dillard Cox Bowman, the son of Martin and 
Amanda Taylor Bowman was born in 1882 in Rich- 
mond, Kentucky. He was one of eight children. His 
parents both passed away at the age of 49 years. 
Their youngest children, sons, ages 6 and 10 found 

a good home in the Masonic Home where they learned 
the trade of printing with which they earned a living 
until thy retired. They made Kenucky their home. 

The oldest brother, Jim, came to Illinois and later 
got a job for Dillard as a farm hand on the Morris 
Augustus farm. One by one, one brother and two 
sisters came to Illinois, married and raised their 
families here. 

Dillard married Florence Reeves in 1906. She 
passed away in 1913. He later married Ethel Hinson, 
daughter of Sol and Emma Carter Hinson. She was 
born in 1882 and graduated from Springfield Mem- 
orial Hospital as a registered nurse. 

They retired from farming, moved to Cisco and 
bought a grocery store in partnership with Roy 
Coffin. Because of Roy's ill health they sold it to 
Barnhart and Leach. Dillard then worked for the 
lumber yard. He also kept busy sharpening saws until 
his eyesight began to fail. 

They moved to Argenta in 1951 where they lived 
until his death in 1957 and her death in 1970. 

Dillard's nephew, Dillard Mansfield, and his wife, 
Florence White, moved to Ethel's farm northwest of 
Cisco which they farmed until her death. Dillard sold 
hybrid seed corn in both Macon and Piatt counties 
for 30 years. They moved to Cisco in 1969. 

Their son Eugene married Barbara Barnes August 
13, 1966. They have one son, Larry Lee. They moved 
to the Rannebarger farm southwest of Cisco in 1967. 

John Evan Brame 

Evan Brame (1879-1960), son of Jacob and Emmie 
Coburn Brame, was born at Portsmouth, Ohio. He 
came to Illinois at the age of sixteen. Worked on a 
farm in Cerro Gordo area. He married Elizabeth 
Primmer, daughter of Peter and Minerva Davis Prim- 
mer in 1902. He started working for Jacob Hiser, 
sixty days later the same year, Mr. Hiser sold his 
farm machinery to Mr. Brame. He continued to farm 
the land for several years. Then rented the Robert 
Blood land until 1917, moved to the F. Irwin farm 
uniith of Cisco, then to a Pattengill farm. 

Elizabeth and Evan Brame in 1902. 


Mr. Brame bought one hundred twenty acres south 
of Cisco in 1922. In 1924 he moved on his own farm 
where he had built a new home. 

They are the parents of five children : Everett, 
Edythe, Frank, Earle and Ralph. Everett married 
Helen Vinson of Indianapolis. Indiana. Edythe mar- 
ried Clifford Weddle of Cisco, Illinois. They are the 
parents of John Maurice and LaVerne Elizabeth 
Weddle. Frank married Ethel McCoy of Decatur, 
Illinois. They are the parents of Rose Marie and 
Richard Brame. Earle married Esther Coffey of Ston- 
ington, Illinois. They are the parents of Mary, Robert 
and Karen Brame. Ralph married Orleen Brahm of 
Richmond, Indiana. They are the parents of Shaaron 

Mrs. Brame died in June, 1956. 


The C. L. Briggs Family 

John Wesley Dallas was born in Virginia (1812) 
and married Henrietta Brown in 1835. They were the 
parents of four children; Erastus Fletcher, Drusilla 
Evaline, Jeremiah, and Sarah Elizabeth. Sarah Eliza- 
beth married Thomas Williams. 

Drusilla married Charles C. L. Briggs in 1862 and 
they were the parents of six children. Of interest to 
this Cisco history are : Clark Walter, born near Circle- 
ville, Ohio in 1863, married Eugenie Phillips in Kansas 
in 1893: Mary Etta, born in Piatt County in 1865 and 
married Thomas Lee McGinnis at Cisco in 1891 ; and 
Ida Roselle, born in 1871 and married Edgar L. Coff- 
man in Cisco in 1892. 

By coincidence, Ida and her first cousin Grace 
Williams (Martin) were married in the Cisco Metho- 
dist Church the same day to men with the same first 
name (Edgar). 

Clark Walter taught in Piatt County schools and 
lived with local families, but he would take to each 
house his own special chair. He went to Kansas where 
he married Edith Eugenie. Their children were: 
Charles Perry, George Dewey, Mary Edith and Clark 
Walter Jr. 

George Dewey Briggs (1898-1970) was named after 
Admiral George Dewey. Dewey entered military ser- 
vice upon graduation from high school. He came to 
Illinois in 1919 and transferred his membership into 
the Methodist Church. He sei'ved many offices. He was 
a Mason, member of the Bloomington Consistory and 
Ansar Shrine. He was president of Piatt County Farm 
Bureau; president of the Weldon State Bank; helped 
organize the Fire Protection District; treasurer of 
the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts 
and a director of Federal Land Bank Association. 

He married Lotus Martin in 1921 and began farm- 
ing in Champaign County. Later they moved northwest 
of Cisco. There children are: Georgia, 1923; Betty, 
1925; Audra, 1929; Roger, 1930; and Miriam, 1936. 

Georgia served in the USNR, being mustered out 
in 1946. She attended college and married Robert 
Junior Mills in 1948. They have two children and re- 
side in Manteno. 

Betty graduated from the University of Illinois, 
qualified as a commerce teacher. She married William 
M. Abbott of Morrison. They farm in Whiteside 
County. Their four children are: Linda, Charles, Al- 
fred and Louis. 

Audra attended the University of Illinois, married 
C. E. (Gene) Gowler and live on a farm northwest of 
Cisco. Gene served in World War II. They have five 
daughters: Carol (Mrs. John Drayton) ; Sandra (Mrs. 
Christopher Wright) ; Vicki, a graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Illinois; Patsy (Mrs. John Whitlock) with one 
son; and Lisa a student in Champaign. 

Roger took short courses in Ag and served in the 
U.S. Marine Corps. He married Gertrude Massey in 
1952 and they farm northwest of Cisco. Their children 
are; Annette, Randall, Gregory, and Scott. 

Miriam graduated from Monticello High School. 
Her older sisters and brother were graduates of Nixon 
Township High. She attended business school and 
married Stanley Seevers in 1956. Stanley is a car- 
penter and millwright. Their children are: Janece, 
Jodi, and Jonathan. They live northwest of Cisco. 

John Briggs Family, 1892, front: Sarah, Levi, John and 
Arthur; standing:: Robert, Jennie, John O., Elmer, Edith. 

John Briggs Family 

The Briggs family came from Scotland early in 
the nineteenth century when Andrew, who lived 102 
years, a Protestant innkeeper, was driven by religious 
persecution to Ireland, settling near Belfast. Among 
his three sons was Thomas (1815), a flax farmer and 
linen weaver, who married Mary Armstrong, of Scot- 
tish descent, and they had ten children. Because of 
the large payments demanded by their English land- 
lords, they sought a place of more freedom, and in 
1861, the eldest son, John (1840-1931) came to Amer- 
ica, settling near Bloomington, Illinois. As soon as he 
earned the fares, he sent for his father and brothers. 
John married Sarah Osborne (1854), in 1871, and they 
had ten children, three dying in childhood. In 1885, 


the family came to Cisco, and lived one mile north 
and two miles east of town. Besides farming, John did 
tiling in the area. Sarah died in 1898, and John mar- 
ried Anne Burge, who did not live long. John then 
made his home with his daughter, Jennie Miller. 

John and Sarah's children are: John O. Briggs 
(1871- ) married Lena Dresback of Deland in 1898. 
He was a teacher most of his life. They had two 
daughters, Lora (1902) and Thelma (1906) who 
married Dimiter Ramandonoff. They and their son 
David are musicians. Lena died in 1947, and John, a 
retired teacher, now lives at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, 
and is nearing 103 years. 

Edith Briggs (1873) married Harry Miller (see 
George Miller history). 

Jennie Briggs (1874-1973) married Albert Miller, 
brother of Harry (see George Miller history). 

Robert Briggs (1882-1942) married Blossom 
Axrell. They and their six children lived in Wash- 

Elmer Briggs (1884-1962) married Katherine 
Greer, and there were two children. 

Arthur Briggs (1886- ) married Gertrude Den- 
nison in North Dakota in 1914 and they had one child. 

Levi Briggs (1889-1936) married Lela Andrews 
in 1920. There were seven children and they lived in 

Carl Briggs (1894- ) married Laura Dennison, 
sister to Arthur's wife. They have two children and 
also live in Great Falls, Montana. 

Burns Family 

Mr. and Mrs. D. James Burns and son, Jim, moved 
to Cisco in February of 1953 from Clinton. They 
moved on the Pattengill Farm where they reside in 
the Croniger Homestead. In December of 1954, their 
second son, Paul, was born. 

In the 21 years of living in Cisco, James and 
Mildred have been active in many organizations. 
James belongs to the Piatt County Farm Bureau, 
Pork Producers, a 4-H Leader, served on the 4-H 
Council and chairman of the 4-H Fair, and is a direc- 
tor of Cisco Cooperative Grain Co. Mildred has been 
active in Home Exten.sion and South Birthday Club. 
The family attends St. Philomena's Catholic Church in 
Monticello. Of course, they spend the biggest part of 
their time farming, raising cattle and feeding hogs. 

Jim has farmed with his father since graduation 
from high school. He married Michelle Vermillion 
from Clinton in February of 1969. They have one 
son, Chad, age 4, and one daughter, Stacey Ann. 

Paul is attending the University of Illinois, 
majoring in animal science. 

The Burton Family 

Ernest Burton and wife Ruie with their two sons, 
Winston (1940) and Larry (1944), moved to Cisco in 
1948 from Ohio. 

Ernest lived on a farm near Monticello with his 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Crave Burton. His mother, 
Millie, lived in Cisco as a child and she and her older 
sister. Charity, attended Cisco school. Then her family 
moved to Kentucky where Millie married Crave Burton. 
They moved back to Illinois in 1927 when Ernest was 
nine years old. Ernest graduated from Mahomet High 
School and married Ruie Tarter of Nancy, Kentucky. 
They lived on a farm near Monticello later moving to 
Indiana and Ohio. They returned to Cisco. Ernest was 
a carpenter for Simmons Construction in Decatur and 
is now school custodian at Washington School in Mon- 
ticello. Ruie is employed at Kirby Hospital. 

The children graduated from Cisco Grade School 
and Monticello High School. Winston married Phyllis 
Cornelison. He is now an Elementary School Principal 
and Pastor of a Baptist Church in Fordland, Missouri. 
They have two children, Melissa and Carol Anne. 
Larry, after graduating enrolled in Southwest Baptist 
Junior College in Missouri in 1962. Then in 1963, 
Larry lost his life in a plane crash. Rebecca Lynn 
(1954) married James W. Hanson of Monticello. They 
are living in Cisco. She is a receptionist at an Insur- 
ance company and Jim works in Champaign. 

The Campbell ■ Kleven Family 

In 1894, William Campbell and wife, Lucinda 
Jackson Campbell, loaded their possessions and small 
2 year old son, Roy H. Campbell, into a covered wagon 
and headed west for Nebraska. After two years of 
heartbreak and failure, my grandfather sold every- 
thing but the horses to buy a saddle and two tickets 
on the train back east. Dad and Grandma Campbell 
came back to Lane, Illinois on the train. Grandpa 
rode one horse and led the other home. 

For several years the Will Campbell family lived 
near Lane, Illinois. About 1906 the family moved to a 
John Warner farm south of Deland. For most of his 
adult life Roy did chalk talks for entertainment. He 
was often called on to give a picture at a school or 
church program. 

In 1915, Roy H. Campbell and Geneva Martin, 
daughter of E. O. Martin and Grace Williams of Wel- 
don, married in her parents' home, the house where 
Lotus Briggs presently lives. The Martin family is 
related to the Chandlers, Melvins, Parrs, as well as 
the Williams and Reeves. 

In 1934 my parents moved to the farm where we 
presently live. I grew up here on the farm with my 
sisters, Maxine Poff, Weldon, and Wilma Goble of 
Clinton, and one brother Martin who is deceased. My 
parents celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in 
Dec. 1973. They still reside in Weldon. 


I married Roy J. Kleven in 1955. Roy and I met 
each other while attending the University of Illinois 
from which we both graduated. We have five children, 
Virginia, John (deceased), Brigetta, Mark, and Philip. 

— by Carolyn Kleven 

today. The abstract records that this 80 acres was 
conveyed by deed by General Warranty in 1864 for 
the consideration of $3, GOO. William served in the 
Civil War in Company B of the 107th Illinois Volun- 
teers. William and Jane had si.x children: Etta May, 
Oliver Mark, Edgar Otto, Luther M., Winfred Byrum 
and Manfred Robert. 

Camic Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Curt Camic moved to the Robert S. 
Ayre farm, southwest of Cisco, from Bethany, 111., in 

Curt was awarded a certificate of merit in 1965 
for outstanding accomplishment in soil conservation. 

Ellen teaches second grade in Mt. Zion Unit and 
was voted "Teacher of the Year" in her district for 
1973. She is a member of Cisco Woman's Club, South 
Birthday Club and United Methodist Women of Cisco 

They have one daughter, Mary Brown, who teaches 
primary class of Cisco Methodist Church. Her two 
children are Robin and Chris Brown. 


Hiram Chandler and Rachel Manlove were married 
in 1841 in Indiana but they soon moved to Illinois 
and settled in the southeast corner of DeWitt County. 
Gary,Goble, a descendant, and his family live in the 
Chandler homestead now. Hiram was the first white 
man to occupy this land and so he was turning virgin 
sod when he plowed. Hiram was Nixon Township's 
first supervisor and also treasurer and kept large 
sums of money in his house which made his wife most 

Rachel (1818-1899) was a member of the Quaker 
Church until soon after her marriage when she 
joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. She held 
Sunday School in her home. This was the beginning 
of the Pleasant Ridge Society which later combined 
with two other religious groups to form the Cisco 
M. E. Church. She was a member of this church for 
60 years and served as a member of the Quarterly 
Conference — in those days that was an unusual 
position for a woman. Traveling preachers found her 
home a safe and sure retreat for many years. The 
renowned preacher, Peter Cartwright, was a guest 
several times. She contributed the land for the Chand- 
ler Cemetery that is still being used today. 

They had seven children : Mary, Jane, Martha (see 
Melvin historij), Flora, Jasper, Walter and Wilbur. 
Mary who died in 1862 is buried in Chandler Ceme- 

Jane Mehitable married William Stribling Martin 
in 1866. She moved % of a mile across the fields to 
the Martin Homestead where Lotus Martin Briggs 
now resides. William S. had bought his 80 acres in 
1864 and this land remains in the Martin familv 

Chandler Reunion: Lloyd Parr, , Bryon Melvin, 

Geneva Martin, Harlan, Helen Melvin, Lucille Parr, 

Juanita Martin, , Louis Melvin, Lotus Martin. In 

the background is Lutie Parr. 

Edgar Martin and Grace Williams were married 
in 1892 in the Cisco Methodist Church. Grace was the 
daughter of Thomas and Sarah Elizabeth Dallas 
Williams of Cisco. The Williams children were: Clair- 
ette Rose, Marion F., twins, Anna Grace, Charles B., 
John B., Abbie, Maurice G. Lewis Boyd, and Shelby. 
Edgar and Grace lived on several farms north of 
Cisco before moving to the Martin family home north- 
west of Cisco. Edgar taught in the schools of Piatt 
and Macon Counties. He was president and cashier 
of Croninger State Bank. After retiring from farming, 
they moved to Weldon. Children of Edgar and Grace 
Martin were Elbert, Geneva (Mrs. Roy Campbell), 
Lotus (Mrs. G. D. Briggs), and Juanita (Mrs. John 
C. Kriegsman). 

Elbert Martin (1893-1973) married Bertha Cooley 
(1897- ) in 1918. He joined the Army in 1918 and 
served in the "Suicide Squad." In 1920 he and Bertha 
moved to Stringtown Lane, where they lived until they 
retired to Decatur in 1950. In 1958 they moved to 
Monticello. Elbert and Bertha had seven children : 
Elbert Jr. (1918-1938), LaVerne (1920- ), William 
(1922- ), Bernice (1923- ), Imogene (1927- ), 
Mary Louise (1932- ), and Joanne (1934- ). La- 
Verne and Bob Conell have two children. William and 
Dorothy Musick have two children, Steven Randall 
(1955- ) and Bonita Kay (1957- ). Bernice and 
John Anderson's children are David ( 1947- ), Richard 
(1949- ), and Barbara (1951), and Diane (1952- ). 
Imogene and Lonnie Smith's children are Connie Lea 
(1947- ), twins Michael and Martha (1950- ), and 
Russell (1952- ). Mary Louise married Louis Oliver 
and they have three sons and a daughter. Joanne 
married Willis Nicholson and they have two boys 
and two girls. 


Elbert, Geneva, and Lotus attended Enterprise 
and Prospect schools. Later Geneva taught at Prospect. 

Lotus Martin (1901- ) was born on the farm 
north of Cisco. Her family moved to the homestead 
when she was 8 years old. Lotus was taught tatting 
and knitting by her grandmother Jane. She finished 
her formal schooling in Decatur. Besides Lotus, other 
students making the early Monday morning train trip 
from Cisco to Decatur were Ira McCartney, Ralph 
Reeves, and Carl Pattengale, all graduating from 
Decatur High School the same year {see Briggs 
history) . 

Juanita Martin attended Prospect School, Cisco 
High School and graduated from Weldon High School 
and the U. of L She worked in banking, taught school 
and assisted her father in business. Juanita married 
John C. Kriegsman in 1940. They developed a resi- 
denial area in Pekin, where she is active in church 
and community affairs. Their children are John 
Martin, oldest, and Richard, youngest, who are in 
the Pekin-Peoria area with their father's business, 
and Jim, who lives in Hong Kong with his wife, 

Chapman History 

Francis Marion Chapman, Jr., of Cerro Gordo, 
111., married Audra E. Weddle in 1920 at Cisco. They 
were married in the Methodist Parsonage by Rev. 
Harry Thrall (later Dr. Thrall j. The parsonage was 
later moved to the Homer Doane farm. They had 
three children. 

Ruth LaVonne was born in Cisco. She married 
Donald Ater and they now live in Ferriday, Louisiana. 
La Vonne will be the National President of the Cow- 
belles Association in 1975 (see Ater history) . 

Francis Marion Chapman, III, was born in 1922 
in Cisco and is living on the family farm. He married 
Mary Carolyn Parsons of Monticello and they had 
two children, Francis Mark and Laura Jane. Jane 
lives in California and Mark farms with his father. 

Marilyn Elizabeth Chapman was born at Dalton 
City in 1927. She married Robert Lieb and they live 
on a farm near Monticello. 

Francis Chapman, Jr. died in 1933. Audra Chap- 
man and family moved back to Cisco in 1936. She 
retii'ed from farming in 194G and moved to the Brad 
Moore estate in Monticello where she resides today. 
Audra maried Rev. L. P. Meyers in 1954. 


Samuel James Clark was born in Bement, Illinois 
in 1938, the son of Selby and Lotha Clark. He married 
Peggy Westray, daughter of Russell and Lucille West- 
ray on August 28, 1960, in Bement. 

They moved from Hammond, Illinois to Cisco in 
August of 1962. Mr. ""lark became the 8th grade 
teacher and coach at Cisco Grade School in September 
of that same year. 

Mr. Clark served as secretary-treasurer to the 
Cisco Little League, president of the Library Board 
and is an active member of the Cisco Volunteer Fire 
Department, PTA and Cisco Town Board. 

Mrs. Clark started working at the Cisco School 
as the school secretary in August of 1966. She is a 
member of the Cisco Evening Woman's Club and the 

Mr. and Mrs. Clark are the parents of two daugh- 
ters, Cynthia Lyn (1961), and Angela Beth (1964). 

The Clifton's 

James Clifton (1877-1949) was born at Camargo, 
111., a son of the Joseph S. Cliftons. Isabelle Sullivan 
was born at Cerro Gordo. They were married in 
1895 at Newburg, 111., and had three children: Dottie, 
Wilmer C. (Buck) and Gilbert. They came to live in 
Cisco in 1904. His wife "Belle" died in 1935. He then 
married Minnie Eaton and they had three children: 
Betty Mae, Mary and Patsy. James operated a black- 
smith shop and garage in Cisco for 45 years with 
the help of Buck. The business was destroyed by fire 
in the winter of 1944. James then moved his family 
to Decatur. • 

Dottie married Evert L. Giesler in 1915. They had 
two children, James and Maxine (see Giesler history). 

Gilbert married Effie Austin. They had two chil- 
dren, Robert Dale and Mary. Effie makes her home 
with Mary in Rantoul. Gilbert later married Ethelda 
Stratman and they had two sons, Ray and Roy. They 


James Clifton, 1949. 

lived in Monticello at the time of Gilbert's death in 
1958. Their son, Roy, married Donna Hatfield, daugh- 
ter of Ray and Jennie, and they had a son Steven. 

Wilmer C. "Buck" and Vera White were married 
in 1921 in Cisco. He worked with his father and later 
for the Cob Company, the Cisco Implement Co. and for 
International Harvester in Oreana, as a mechanic. 


They have three children: Wilmer Leon (1922), Jack 
C. (1924), and Adeline (1938). Both boys are veterans 
of World War II. 

Leon married Helen McKinney, daughter of Harold 
and Bessie. They have a son Jeffrey. They now live 
south of town and Leon farms and works at Cater- 

Jack married Leora Benjamin, daughter of "Hip" 
and Lena. They have two children, Diana Lyn and 
Jack, II. Jack and Leora have been active in the 
American Legion. He works for Fehrenbach Chevrolet 
in Decatur and Leora has run a beauty shop in her 
home for 17 years. Diana Lyn maried Richard Hoff- 
man and has one son, Sean. They are living in Cisco. 
Jack, II, is now a sophomore in pre-med at the Uni- 
versity of Illinois. He was named to Who's Who 
Among High School Students in 1972. 

The third child born to Buck and Vera was a 
daughter, Adeline. She now lives in Chicago. 

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Cloud Family 

Permelia Robinson and Mordecia Cloud married in 
1857 in Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio. They came 
to Illinois by covered wagon several years later, set- 
tling first in DeWitt county near Weldon and on to 
the Cisco area. There were six children : Mary Eliza- 
beth, David, William, Susie, James and Elmer. In 
later years all the children moved to Iowa except James 
and Elmer, who spent their entire life around Cisco. 

The family are all deceased. (Elmer was the last 
of the family) . He died in 1971 at the age of 96. Emma 
Rainey became his wife in 1900 — she lived until 1922. 

They had two children : Eva married Wayne McCart- 
ney, and Earl. Wayne and Eva lived near Cisco, later 
in Monticello where Wayne died in 1973. There are 
two grandchildren, Robert McCartney, Indianapolis, 
and Mrs. Beulah Mattson, Decatur. Eva's brother. Earl 
Cloud, died in 1931 at the age of 25. 


Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cloud, 1900. 

John and Harriet Jimison Clover 

John Elmer Clover 

In Virginia, Jane Campbell, born in 1820, and 
John Barton were married and lived for several years. 
Here three children were born. They decided to "go 
West" by the way of Kentucky. They often spoke of 
the "wilds of Kentucky." In Adair County, Mary Jane 
Barton was added to the family circle. They continued 
westward into Illinois by the way of Winchester. One 
last move brought them to Cerro Gordo in 1866. John 
Barton passed away in 1896. Jane Barton lived for a 
few years in Cisco in the home of Mary Barton Clover. 
Later she went to live with a daughter in Jacksonville, 
where she passed away March 28, 1906 at the age of 
86 years and 3 months. 

The family history of Israel Clever, has not been 
well documented. It is known that his father, Em- 
manuel Clover, came to Illinois from Ohio, settling in 
the Cisco area. There is little known of Israel's mother 
other than that her name was Florey. There is a bro- 
ther David Clover and a sister: also there is mention 
of a half brother and sister. 

Israel Clover (1847-1915) was born in Piatt 
County and married to Mary Jane Barton Feb. 28, 
1867. In 1868 they purchased a small farm one mile 
south of Cisco. Here John Elmer Clover (1872-1962) 
was born. 

He lived most of his childhood on this farm. On 
August 1, 1892 he was married to Harriet Jimerson 
of DeWitt County. 

The poor crops, very low farm prices (corn at 10 
cents a bushel) convinced him farming was not for 
him and he moved to Cisco, Illinois, where he lived, 
with the exception of two years in Iowa. However, he 
was associated with farming indirectly. He worked 


for other fanners at times. He operated the Cisco 
Grain Elevator during the regimen of Mr. Wm. Kyle 
and under Albert Leach. At one time he assisted Mr. 
Joe Williams in the selection and preparation of seed 

After Harriet's death he lived alone in his home 
until his health caused him to enter the Piatt County 
nursing home. 

His remaining children are Blondella Hawver of 
Concord, California; Russell Clover of Rialto, Cali- 
fornia; Ruby Leach of Cisco, Illinois; Lillie Leach of 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois; Mary Nihls of Beecher City, 
Illinois. There are 7 grandchildren and 11 great grand- 


The John Clow Family 

Mr. and Mrs. John Clow moved into Cisco in the 
early 30's from their home on Stringtown Lane, north 
of Cisco. They had five children: Ken, Charles, John, 
Bernice and Elnora. When they moved to town there 
were only two children still living at home, Bernice 
and Elnora. 

John and Nettie celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary on Nov. 30, 1955 in their home with 
seventeen of their children and grandchildren present. 
They lived in this same house until Nettie's death in 
1964. John then moved into the Piatt County Nursing 
Home in 1969. He died in 1971. 

Their house was sold to their granddaughter, Mrs. 
Sue (Duvall) Hall and her husband, Willie. Willie 
and Sue are still living in the house with their two 
girls, Chrissie and Kathy. Willie is employed at 
Superior Welding Co. in Decatur and Sue works at 
FS Services of Cisco. 






Frank and Annie Coffin 


Mr. and Mrs. John Clow on their 50th Wedding Anniversary. 

Francis Marion (Doc) Coffin and Cynthia Ann 
Hughes Coffin moved east of Cisco, soon after their 
marriage to the old Dodd Farm. They cared for Mr. 
Dodd until his death then inherited one half of the 

To this union were born five children : Mrs. James 
(Jenny) Ensign, Mrs. Jake (Elma) Waggoner, Mrs. 
Earl (Pearl) Wiggins, Frank who married Lena 
Wiggins, and Roy who married Alice Reed. There 
were fifteen grandchildren. 

Jake and Elma Coffin Waggoner farmed in the 
Clinton and Cisco area. To this union were born three 
children, Lloyd and Myrle deceased, and Dorothy 
living in the East. Two grandsons survive. 

In 1935 they moved to the home place taking care 
of Elma's mother, Ann Coffin, until she died in 
1942. Jake and Elma then moved to their farm south 
of Argenta. When they retired they moved back to 

The family was active in the Presbyterian Church. 
When the church united with the Methodist Church 
Elma was active in the church and Women's Society. 

Jake passed away in 1965. Elma moved to Argenta 
and passed away in 1970. 

Earl and Pearl Coffin Wiggins lived east of Cisco. 
Earl was killed at a Cisco railroad crossing when 
delivering milk in Cisco. Pearl later married Harry 
Williams in Decatur moving to Des Moines, Iowa. 
After his death Pearl moved to California and is the 
only surviving member of the family. 

Do you remember when hogs were driven down 
the roads and streets to the stockyards? 

The Franklin Coffman Family 

Franklin Coffman, the son of Benjamin and Eliza- 
beth Swick Coffman came to Piatt County, Illinois 
from Staunton, Virginia, in a covered wagon with his 
widowed mother and four brothers. 


Franklin married Mary Jane Chance at New Hol- 
land, Illinois, where they farmed a while, later coming 
to the Cisco area. They lived 1 mile west and 1 mile 
north of Cisco. 

Eight of their nine children were born at this 
homesite. They were Edgar, Louella, Viola, Bertha, 
Elizabeth, Augusta, Lora Glen, Alva, and Guy. He 
farmed and did custom threshing and corn shelling 
along with raising strawberrys, raspberrys, and black- 

The children attended West Cisco School. 

He retired from farming and moved to Cisco 
where he bought the Charles Croninger home. He 
and his son Guy operated a garage and ran the 
electric light plant and movie theater. 

Mary Jane died in 1919 and Franklin died in 1929. 

Edgar married Ida Briggs and lived south of 
Decatur. They had 3 sons, Gilbert, Eldo, and Everett. 

Louella married Andrew Jimerson. He farmed at 
Cisco and Rossville, Illinois, where she taught school. 
They adopted a daughter, Helen. 

Viola married Charles Doane {see Doane hisiory). 

Bertha married Earl Bragg. They were divorced. 

Elizabeth married Charles Long, a farmer and 
they had one son, Kenneth. 

Augusta married Henry Neiwold, a farmer of New 
Holland, Illinois, and they had one son, Errol. 

Lora Glen married Oscar Jones, a Cisco farmer, 
who later moved to Rossville. 

Alva married Harley Miles (see MUes history). 

Guy married De Morse Conrad. They had one 
daughter, Georgia Margaret. 

The Conner Family 

Edgar Eugene Connor was born in Deland in 1914, 
the 12th child of a family of 14 children. His parents, 
George Luther Connor and Dora Ann Talkington moved 
to Deland in 1913. George worked as a carpenter, later 
moving his family to Hammond, where Gene graduated 
from Hammond High School. Gene married Doris 
Sullivan and they lived on a farm southwest of Cerro 
Gordo. In 1940 they moved to Cisco and bought the 
home of Doris's parents. Gene was manager of the 
Weldon Lumber Company and later worked for Cater- 
pillar. He was employed at Borg-Warner in Dectur at 
the time of his death in 1965. 

Doris Sullivan Connor was born in 1916, the 
daughter of Russell and Gladys E. Six Sullivan. Her 
parents moved to Cisco in 1917. Doris graduated from 
Cisco High School in 1931. Cisco had only a three 
year high school at this time and she attended Argenta 
High School her senior year. She worked for the Cisco 
Mercantile Company, helped Gene at Weldon Lumber 
Co. and worked at the Monticello Lumber Co. She also 

Doris, Delores, Jon, Gene and Gerald Conner in 1961. 

taught accordian in Cisco and the surrounding towns. 
She currently works at the Circuit Clerk's office in 

They have three children. All three attended Cisco 
Grade School and Monticello High School. Gerald 
Eugene served in the Army and now works for the 
N & W Railroad Co. He is married to Anna Ellison. 
Delores Marlene married Vincent Kuetemeyer and is 
living in Louisiana. They have two children, Gail and 
Scott. Jon Robert is managing a small used merchan- 
dise store in Champaign, Illinois. 

Coon - Ayers Families 

Abraham Coon (1772-1855), son of a Revolution- 
ary War soldier, moved his family from Pennsylvania 
westward thru Ohio to Illinois. He fought in the War 
of 1812 and arrived in what is now Piatt County in 
1849. His sons had already established their homes 
here as early as 1841. Abraham and his wife, Cath- 
erine Hensil (1777-1855), lived with their son, John 
Henry. There were seven children of this union. 
Lawrence Coon (1805-1846] was born in Pennsylvania 
and moved with his parents to Ohio. He married 
Elizabeth Hubbard and had at least three children. 
After coming to Piatt County, Lawrence died in 1846. 
His wife, Elizabeth, then married Emanuel Clover in 
1848: they came to live in Willow Branch Township. 
Elizabeth's great-great-grandson, Larry W. Coon is 
presently living at the same location. 

Mr. E. Clover raised the Coon children: Richard 
Hensil, Isabell and Lydia. At the death of Abraham 
in 1855 Lawrence's children each inherited $12,821/2. 

Richard (1835-1919) married Deborah Catherine 
Dodd (1845-1891). She died of pneumonia and he 
later married Anna Creekmur. His children with 
Deborah were Sarah and Isreal Taylor Coon. 

Isreal Taylor Coon (1865-1937) was born in Piatt 
County. He married Lucy Amelia Ayres and farmed 
in Friends Creek Township. He spent many years in 
a wheel chair and died at the age of 71. 


Lucy Amelia Ayers (1869-1939) was a descendant 
of Walter Sleighter, a farmer of Dutch descent and 
a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He married 
Amelia Bullis and seven children were born to this 
marriage. A daughter, Alzina Sleighter, married 
Seymour Ayers. They had twelve children. One of 
these, Andrew Jayerio Ayers, married Mary Susan 
Hull of Cisco. To this union eight children were born. 
Andrew purchased the Cisco Hotel in 1887 and ran it 
for several years. It was sold to Sarah Higgins. Lucy 
and Isreal's children were: Wayne Hensil, Carl Jess, 
Wilbur Mayo, Mabel, Margie May, Ruth Ann, and 
Lawrence Edgar. 

Wayne Hensil (1891-1936) married Erma Dooley, 
a daughter of Thomas and Mary Cornell Dooley. Erma 
died in childbirth in 1916. Wayne farmed, ran a 
restaurant and a grocery store in Cisco. After Erma's 
death he married Hazel Brodson. 

Carl Jess (1894-1955) was a farmer. He married 
Margie Oxley, daughter of John and Cora (Clow) 
Oxley. A daughter, Ileen Coon, was born to this mar- 
riage. Ileen, a life long resident of Cisco, is married to 
Glenn Vest. They have a son, LeRay. After Margie's 
death in 1914, Carl married Grace Gisinger. They had 
three children. 

Wilbur Mayo (1897-1959) worked on the home 
farm for several years before his marriage to Bernice 
Braden. She was the daughter of Calvin and Mary 
Braden. Bernice worked in the newspaper office. They 
married in 1916 and after a brief stay in Detroit, 
they returned to Cisco where Wilbur helped his bro- 
ther, Wayne, in farming. Later they moved to Decatur 
and he worked for Staley's for 38 years. They had 
two sons. 

Mabel (1899-1969) worked at the cream station 
which was run by her cousin. Hazel Painter. She met 
Harry Lyons (1896- ) when they both performed in 
a play given at the Presbyterian Church. The play 
was entitled "Over the Hill To the Poor House." Mabel 
and Harry were married in 1922 at the church in 
Springfield that Abraham Lincoln had attended (see 
Lyons history). 

The Coon Family, bottom row: Margir. Taylor, Lucy Ayt-rs 

Coon, Ruth; top row: Wilbur. Carl, Wayne, l-aurence and 


Margie May (1900-1972) married Ray Mills and 
had two children, Hershel and Kathryn Virginia. They 
lived in Cisco for several years and later moved to 
Clinton, 111. Margie later married Perry Clary. They 
resided in Clinton until death. 

Ruth Ann (1903-1964) married Walter Kaufman. 
They farmed for many years east of Argenta, 111., 
until retirement when they moved into Argenta. Five 
children were born to this family. Three sons: LeRoy, 
Norman, and Harold live in or near Argenta in 1974. 

Lawrence (1905-1968) attended Pleasant Ridge, 
Cisco Grade School and Argenta High School. He was 
the only one of the family to get a high school edu- 
cation. He married Opal Marie Geer in 1936. Lawrence 
and Opal lived at the home place north and west of 
Cisco with Lucy Coon until her death. Opal (1906- ) 
graduated from Weldon High School. In 1928, she 
graduated from Jackson Park Hospital, Chicago, 111., 
as a registered Nurse. After moving to Cisco she 
helped in the farming and took care of many neigh- 
bors and friends. She later worked for Macon County 
until retirement in 1970. The children of Lawrence 
and Opal are Lucia Ann and Larry Wayne, who both 
graduated from Monticello High School. Lucia 
(1944- ) married Richard G. Wilkin. They have two 
sons, Charles Scott and Brian Clark. Larry Wayne 
(1947- ) is married to Ellen M. Vanderbeck of New 
Jersey and they have two children, Timothy Shannon 
and Tamahra Marie. Larry served in the United 
States Marine Corps and is presently helping Richard 
in the farming of land near Cisco and Ivesdale. 

Cornell Family 

There were members of the Cornell family living 
in the Cisco area for many years. Names and dates of 
the first Cornells to move to the area are not known. 
The earliest date known to be authentic is 1845. 
Charles Cornell was born near Cisco in 1845. He 
married Catherine Burns in 1881. They farmed in the 
Cisco area where four sons and one daughter were 
born. In 1893 the family moved to Olney, Illinois, but 
returned to Cisco in 1905. Charles Cornell died in 
1912 and his wife in 1921. Cloyd, the first son, home- 
steaded in North Dakota. He married Lena Erickson 
in 1911. Twins were born to this union. He died in 
North Dakota. 

Lee married Goldie McArty of the Monticello area 
in 1915. They were the parents of a daughter, Lelah, 
and a son, Max. The Lee Cornell family farmed in 
the Cisco area and then moved to the Argenta area 
where Lee died in 1932. Goldie taught school in the 
Argenta area, moving to Cisco, until she went to 
Tucson, Arizona to make her home with Lelah (Mrs. 
Wayne Wait). Max married Virginia Mills of Cisco. 
They have two daughters and are living in Normal, 111. 
Goldie died in 1970. 

Acy (1886-1942) returned from duty in World 
War I in time to the Clarence Cornell family 
through a bout with the flu. In 1919 he married 
Minnie Higgins of Cisco. They farmed in the Cisco 


The Clarence Cornell Family, left to risht: Jeanette. Clarice, 
Clarence, Fay and Phyllis. 

area. He was Township Highway Commissioner from 
1933 until his death. The Acy Cornells had one daugh- 
ter, Maxine, who married Richard Adams of Weldon, 
Illinois. Richard and Maxine had one son, Francis. 
Maxine died while living in Florida. 

Clarence (1888-1933) was the first son to be 
married. He married Fay McArty, who was teaching 
school in the Willow Branch area, in 1910. They 
farmed in the Cisco area and then moved to the 
village of Cisco. Clarence worked on the highways for 
a few years and was elected Township Highway Com- 
missioner in 1922. He held this job until his death. 
Fay died in 1932. Clarence and Fay were the parents 
of three daughters and one son : Clarice, Mrs. Howard 
Dresback, taught at Pleasant Ridge; Jeanette, Mrs. 
J. F. Querry; Phyllis, Mrs. Robert Abner; and Clar- 
ence Lyndon, who lived only two months. Jeanette 
and her husband are the parents of three daughters, 
grandparents of four boys and three girls. Phyllis and 
her husband are the parents of a daughter and one 
son and the grandparents of two girls. 

Glenna, the only daughter of Charles and Catherine 
Cornell and the youngest child, married Elmer Rainey 
in 1913. They farmed in the Cisco area for more than 
forty years before retiring and buying a home in 
Cisco. They celebrated their golden wedding anniver- 
sary in 1963. Glenna died in 1967. Mr. Rainey is a 
well known retired farmer still living in Cisco. 

Henry and John Cornell were brothers of Charles. 
Some of their descendants are: Lynn Rainey of the 
Bement area. Pearl Rainey Stone of Decatur, 111. 
(their mother was Nettie Cornell Rainey) ; Willard 
Morton, Bement area, Knox Morton, Cerro Gordo 
(their mother was Alice Cornell Morton) ; Harold 
Peck, Monticello, whose mother was known as "Sis" 
Cornell Peck; and Bertha Winzenberger, Bement, 111., 
whose mother was Mrs. Molly Dooley. All of these 
descendants spent part of their lives in Cisco or 
Willow Branch Township. 

Craig Family History 

William "Bill" Craig, his wife Mary and son Paul 
B. moved to the Cisco area from Corydon, Indiana in 
1917. In 1918 another son, Forrest T. was born. On 
February 2, 1929, Bill moved his family to a farm 
east of Cisco which was owned by Mrs. Anne Melissa 
Williams. In 1932, he began farming the 320 acres that 
his son Paul farms. 

Paul married Marjorie Ellen Bentley from Bement, 
Illinois in 1938. In 1941, they moved from Monticello 
to the tenant farm belonging to Walter Miller. They 
had three daughters, Karen Lee (1941), Linda Louise 
(1944) and Paula Jean (1955). Marge passed away 
in 1971. 

Karen married John Tatman Jr. in 1959. They live 
at White Heath with their children; Margaret Ellen, 
Jonna Lynn, Karri Louise and Christopher John. 

In 1963, Linda married Bruce Jordan of Bement. 
They live in Monticello where Bruce operates his 
barber shop. 

In 1941, Forrest enlisted in the United States 
Army where he trained as a radio operator. In 1942 
he married Norma Bailey of Decatur and they had one 
son, Steven born in 1943. On August 10, 1945 Forrest 
was reported missing in action while serving on board 
a cargo plane flying over the Hump of Indo-China, one 
year later he was declared dead. Norma later married 
Virgil Schroeder of Decatur and she and Steven live 

In 1950 Bill Craig purchased the Kanode farm 
southeast of Cisco and Paul moved his family to this 
farm. Later father and son traded farms and the Paul 
Craig family moved to the home farm. 

In 1957 Mary Louise passed away. In 1959 Bill 
married Nellie Wiseman of Cisco and moved to town. 
Bill passed away in 1961. 







Do you remember the lion hunt at Cisco? 

Bill and Lula Craig in 1947. 


The Williams' farm has been the family home 
of the Craig's for 45 years, and owned by the same 
family for 138 years. The farm was originally pur- 
chased in five sections for $1.25 an acre from the 
Federal Land office of Danville by Wm. Stage. It is 
now owned by Mrs. Charles "Ella Williams" Monfort 
who nov lives in Kirkwood, Missouri. 

Charles Luther Croninger, Sr., was born in Cisco 
in 1872, the son of Mahlon and Anna V. fRinehart) 
Croninger. In 1896 he married Ivaye Maud Kyle. 
He was a farmer, dealer in real estate, and a banker. 
He and his wife were members of the Methodist 
Church. It was here that their children, Harvey, 
Gracie, and Charles Luther Jr., were born. Gracie 
died at the age of two. 

When Harvey and Charles Jr., were teenagers 
they moved with their parents to Chicago where 
Charles, Sr., dealt in real estate, retaining the owner- 
ship of farms in central Illinois. 

Harvey was married to Caroline Davis, and they 
lived for a time near Cisco, returning to Chicago. 

Charles, Jr., married Wilma J. Tuvell, of Cerro 
Gordo, in 1922. They lived in Chicago, Cerro Gordo, 
and in Cisco, and it was in Cerro Gordo that their 
daughter, Helen Patricia, was born in 1922. Their 
son, Charles Croninger III was born in 1937 in Chi- 
cago. In 1943 he family moved to California. 

Charles Croninger, Sr., died in Chicago in 1949, 
and his wife Ivaye moved to California. She died in 
California in 1953. Her elder son, Harvey, died there 
in 1948, and Charles, Jr., died in Carson, California, 
in 1968. His wife Wilma, still resides there. 


Mahlon Croninger and Annie Virginia Croninger. 

Croninger Family 

Peter Croninger, Sr. was of German ancestry, 
having been born in Pennsylvania and an early 
settler of Ohio. There were seven children. One of 
them was Peter, Jr. (1818-1895) born in Pickaway 
County, Ohio. 

Like so many people in those times, in 1839 he 
came West along with two of his friends and bought 
some land north of the Sangamon river. The next 
year he came back to settle. In May of that year, he 
took as his wife, Cynthia Madden, daughter of Ros- 
wald and Martha Marquiss Madden. Peter continued 
to buy more land, cleared it, raised livestock as well 
as farming his land. Their son, Mahlon Leonard 
(1841-1903) helped his father, Peter, Jr. 

After Peter Jr.'s frame house burned, they built 
a two-story brick house. The same year Mahlon Cron- 
inger married Annie Virginia Rinehart, daughter of 
James and Catharine Rinehart. 

About 1887 Mahlon organized the Croninger Bank. 
Later his oldest son Ernest assisted in this business. 
Land was given by Mahlon for Croninger Cemetery. 

Mahlon and Annie raised four children: Ernest 
(1870-1903), Charles L., Nellie Grace (1875-1910) 
and Pearley F. (1877-1905). Ernest and Pearley did 
not marry and lived at home. Nellie married Dr. M. 
Pattengill and lived in Cisco. 

The next history is about Charles L. 

Doane - Cook 

Noble and Samantha Doane, natives of Connecticut, 
were the parents of 8 children: Annie, Rebecca, Ellen, 
Fred, Sally, Henry, John and Edwin. 

Edwin Doane was born in Circleville, Ohio in 1838. 
He was a farmer in Ohio till 1871, when he moved to 
Piatt and bought land in Piatt and Dewitt counties, 
which he operated until his death in 1910. In 1868, 
Edwin Doane was married to Nannie E. Shaft, born 
in Ohio, a daughter of Frederick and Nannie Jordan 
Shaff, natives of Pennsylvania and Missouri respec- 
tively. Edwin and Nannie were the parents of three 
sons: Claude, who lived in Indiana, C^lement Jr., who 
lived in Dewitt county and Charles who lived in Cisco. 
Nannie died in 1918. 

Charles Doane (1873-1958) married Viola Coffman 
in February 1896. He served as Willow Branch High- 
way Commissioner, as a Director of the Croninger 
State Bank and of the Cisco Cooperative Grain Co; 
was a member of the Methodist church, and a 50-year 
Mason. Viola was a Methodist and a Charter Member 
of Cisco Chapter 0. E. S. She was a member of a 
ladies quartet called, "The Big Four" with Margaret 
Mcintosh, Lavina Weddle and Jennie Miller. Viola 
died in 1927. 

The Charles Doane children were Homer (1897- ) 
and Eva Nadine (1903- ). 

Homer Doane married Gladys Miller in 1918. 
Homer farmed in Cisco area, retiring in 1962. He is a 
Charter Member of Piatt County Farm Bureau, Cisco 


Masonic Lodge and 0. E. S. 849 serving as Worthy 
Patron five times. They belong to the Cisco United 
Methodist Church. Gladys is a 50-year Charter mem- 
ber and Past Matron of Cisco O. E. S. 849 and a 50- 
year member of Cisco Woman's Club. They have three 
children ; Edwin, Marguerite and Maurice. 

Edwin, a mail carrier in Decatur, married Lelia 
Handley in 1941 and have a daughter Deborah Kay. 
Marguerite married Gilbert Betzer in 1941, an Argenta 
farmer, who is a plumber in Decatur and also operates 
a hardware store in Cerro Gordo. Maurice married 
Irma Hopkins in 1947. He is sales manager of Tryco 
Agri Mfg. and Irma is an anesthetist at Decatur 
Memorial Hospital. Their daughter, Patricia Doane 
Wheaton is an R. N. 

Eva Nadine Doane married Harry Edward Cook, 
son of Clarence Marion and Mary Elizabeth Jordan in 
1927. They have two children, Charles Marion Cook 
and Helen Marie. 

Harry Cook was born and raised on a farm in 
Indiana, before he came to Cisco to work for Harley 
Miles. Later he became a partner in the Electrical and 
Plumbing business with his father-in-law, Charles 
Doane, which he continued until retirement in 1971. 
After the death of Mr. Doane they farmed the Dewitt 
county land and bought land in Macon county. Harry 
and Nadine belong to Cisco United Methodist Church 
and she is a 50-year Charter Member and Past Matron 
of Cisco 0. E. S. 849. 

Chares Marion Cook lives in Monticello. He is 
employed at Armsworth Appliance Store, is a member 
of Monticello City Council, is President of Piatt 
County Historical Society and belongs to the Masonic 
Lodge. Helen Marie Cook married Essell W. Miller in 
1949. They live in Cisco and have four sons: John 
Douglas, Ronald Eugene, Gary Edward and Terry 
Wayne. (Jacob Miller hisiory) 

Charles Doane Family ready for a ride: Nadine, Viola, 
Homer and Charles. 

Remember When . . . 

At Thanksgiving time, Elmer Dallas, who had 
the general store across from the bank would throw 
turkeys off from the roof of his store for townspeople 
or whoever was lucky enough to catch one. 


"Rip" Dowdle and "Dutch" Cornell with a new road 
grader In 1930. 


Ralph Waldo Dowdle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Port 
Dowdle was born near Forsvthe, Illinois February 
19, 1904. 

The family moved to the Cisco community when 
he was about two years old, while engaged in farming. 

As a hobby "Rip" has been so interested in playing 
baseball, at sixteen he was playing with the men's 
team and continued until he was thirty-seven years of 
age and was instrumental in building about six dia- 
monds around Cisco. 

He was first employed by Willow Branch Township 
in 1924 under Clarence Cornell, first one-man com- 
missioner elected. He was appointed commissioner and 
served eighteen years. 

He married Helen Sites of Cerro Gordo in 1929. 

Rip and Helen retired in 1969, Rip having served 
a total of thirty-four years with the Township and 
Helen having taught twenty-five years in Cisco Grade 

Dye Family 

The Charles Dye family moved to Cisco from 
Campbellsville, Ky., in the spring of 1918. Mrs. Dye 
was Geneva Brockman. Her father, John Brockman, 
lived around Cisco for several years. A sister Clara 
and two brothers, Tandy and Dechard, also lived here 
several years. 

There were three daughters in the Dye family: 
Alma, Mr. Dye's daughter by a previous marriage, 
Elizabeth and Dorothy. A son, Robert, lived in Ken- 
tucky. A son, James, and daughter, Jeannette, were 
born in Cisco. The Dyes moved to the property now 
occupied by Jack Drews. During this time the at- 
tempted bank robbery occurred. When Mr. Dye heard 
an unusual noise that night in this otherwise quiet 
town, he got up, quickly stepped into the yard. But 
he was immediately ordered back into his house by a 
gunman who was patrolling the street north of the 


Mrs. Dye died at age 47 in Monticello at the home 
of her daughter, Jeannette. Mr. Dye then made his 
home with Dorothy, where he died when 84 years old. 

Alma married George Grant and they had five 
sons and two daughters and lived around Cisco for 
15 years. Elizabeth married Lloyd Gisinger of Cisco, 
had three daughters and later moved to Cerro Gordo. 
Dorothy married George Mills of Decatur. They still 
live in Cisco and have a son Michael who married 
Phyllis Luster. Two sons were born to them: Chris- 
topher and Chad. Chad died in infancy. James mar- 
ried Bernice Churchill. They had one son. Later he 
married Alice Kingligh of St. Paul, Minn., where 
they still live. Jeannette married Merle Adams of 
Cisco. They have three children. Merle died suddenly 
in 1973 while pitching a ballgame in Maroa. Jean- 
nette and the children are in Maroa. 

The Thomas Edwards Family 

The Thomas Edwards family moved from a farm 
near Forsyth to the Rivard farm northwest of Cisco 
in 1954. Tom and Bill started the" Edwards Farm 
Supply in that same year in the former site of the 
west elevator. 

In 1960, Thomas, his wife Donna, their son Larry 
and daughter Valeria, moved to their new home in 
Cisco. In the spring of 1972, Thomas and Donna 
realized their long time dream of owning and living 
on a farm, where they now live north of Milmine. 

In 1961, Larry married Martha Johnson, daughter 
of Wilfred and Edna and lived in Cisco. Larry is em- 
ployed at Edwards Farm Supply. They have three 
children: Kimberly Ann, Kevin Thomas and Kristi 
Lynette. In 1968 they built a new home then in 1972, 
they moved into the former home of Larry's parents. 

Valeria Mollis now lives in Champaign, where she 
works at the University of Ilinois. 

Francis Edwards 

In 1934 Mr. and Mrs. Francis Edwards and Betty 
came here from Centralia, Illinois and moved to tha 
farm just south of Cisco where they still reside. Also 
in 1934 Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Edwards (Francis' par- 
ents) bought the large white house which adjoins the 
farm. They came here every summer until his retire- 
ment when they moved here to make their home. When 
Dr. Edwards passed away in 1955, Mrs. Edwards 
moved back to Centralia to make her home with her 
daughter Elizabeth. 

Betty was married to Robert Evensen of Shabbona, 
Illinois, and they have four children. They are now 
living in Appleton, Wisconsin. 




.i 3or 

The Francis Edwards Turkey Farm. 

Did you know Edgar Martin used a hiding place 
among his beehives on a few occasions when he 
needed a safe place to keep money overnight? 

The Ennis Family 

The Ennis family originally came from Ireland. 
There is a town in Claire County, Ireland named 
"Ennis". They first settled in Maryland, then came 
to Menard County, 111., in covered wagons. Handy 
Ennis came to Piatt County. His first wife was Eva- 
line Houk who died shortly after their first child, 
James, was born. He later married Martha Jane Houk 
(sister of Evaline). They lived in the Enterprise 
neighborhood and later moved to their farm north- 
west of Cisco. Handy and Jane were married in 
Pekin, 111. Their married life was spent around Cisco. 

They were active in the community. Their children 
attended Pleasant Ridge Country School. Jane went 
out to help in cases of illness and especially where 
there was a new baby. On Sunday evenings the 
neighbors would come over to gather around the 
family organ to sing. 

They were the parents of nine children: William, 
Evaline, Thomas Jefferson (Jeff or T.J.), Mary, 
Louie, Lee, Handy, Cora and Lester. 

James married Armetta Daves and he became a 

William married Estella Rannabarger and had 
three children : Leta, Orville and Opal. 

Evaline married Ollie Martin and had six children : 
Erma, Gladys, Bernice, Lawrence, Granville and 

Jeff married Jessie Dresback and had si.\ children : 
Geneva, Lois, Ava, Arthur, John and Wayne. 

Mary married Emery McGinnis and they had one 
daughter, Zella. 

Louie married Carmi Parish and they had three 
daughters: LaVerne, Ayleen and Juanita. 


William Handy Ennis and his wife, Martha Jane Ennis. 

Lee married Pearl Gaines and they had two daugh- 
ters, Lenore and Virginia. 

Handy married Edith Engle and they had five 
children: Louis, Leslie, Jane, Mary Louise and a 
baby boy who died in infancy. 

Cora married Clarence Pease and they had seven 
children: Ennis, twins Everett and Merrit, Winni- 
fred, Phyllis, Handy and Mary Elinor. 

Lester married Louise Weilepp and they had one 
son, Max. 

The Ennis children all found their mates from 
Cisco and the surrounding aea. Eventually the families 
became scattered. Some are now living in Florida, 
Ontario, Canada, Illinois, Louisiana, Idaho, and Mon- 
tana. Several grandchildren are still living in Illinois. 

William Handy Ennis and Martha Jane are buried 
in the Ennis family lot in Croninger Cemetery at 

Remember When . . , 

Weddings of the bygone era posed unusual prob- 
lems such as keeping the flowers during cold weather. 
This really happened — the wedding flowers were 
purchased in Decatur and on the cold trip home in a 
buggy they froze, so the flowers were placed in a 
cold upstairs bedroom where they stayed frozen until 
just before the wedding. That way they did not turn 

John S. Eubank Family 

John S. Eubank was born near Somerset, Kentucky 
in 1853. He came to Illinois with his parents, James 
and Nancy Ann Spencer Eubank when he was three 
years of age. They located about six miles southwest 
of Cisco. 

He married Mary Alice McGuffey on March 19, 
1891. In 1898 Mr. Eubank and his family moved into 
Cisco, where he spent the rest of his life. There were 
ten children born to this union: Lettie, Dorsie, 
Leapha, Jack, Ernst, Velma, Clifford, Leora, Opal 
and Elwin. Mr. Eubank was a carpenter by trade. 


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Evey were the parents of 
twins Franklin Pierce and William McKinley (better 
known as Frank and Mac;, Samuel, Ernest, Rolla 
(who died as a young man), Stephen Douglas (Doug;, 
Roxanna (married James Greenfield;, and Ella (mar- 
ried William Wallace) . 

Douglas married Blondella Jimerson (Delia) and 
they had one son, Elmer 0. Douglas farmed northwest 
of Cisco till 1912, when Elmer married Grace Lich- 
tenberger and they made their home on the farm. 
Douglas retired to Cisco, but later when his wife died 
in their family home, he lived with his son and family 
back on the Evey homeplace. 

Elmer had four daughters, Evelyn, Dorothy, 
Phyllis Eileen (died in infancy), and LaVerne. 

When Elmer died at the age of 59, Douglas lived 
with his granddaughter,, Dorothy, till his death, 
lacking just one month of being 90 years old. 

Grace Evey Obermiller is living at the DeWitt 
County Nursing Home at Hallsville. Evelyn married 
Ralph Mintun. They had one son, Paul Ralph. She 
has taught in the DeLand-Weldon School Unit since 
1952. Dorothy (deceased), married Melvin Long. 
Their children were Phyllis Anne, Phillip and Larry. 

LaVerne married John Followell, Jr. They have 
two sons, Kenneth and John. 

Frye History 

The Fryes came originally from Germany in the 
early 1800's, settling in Ohio. Jonathon Frye (1829- 
1924) was born in Ohio, and married Rebecca Newton. 

Several years after the Civil War, Jonathon and 
Rebecca came from Ohio in a covered wagon to Louis- 
ville, Illinois. They raised their family of seven 

One of these children, James Newton Frye (1870- 
1950;, was united in marriage in 1891 to Ollie Blair. 
To them were born eight daughters and three sons : 
Iva Cloe, Dollie Mae, Sarah, Retta Evelyn, Rachel, 
Ruth, Orville Pear, Nellie Edith, Gladys Mildred, 
Charles Dale, and James Newton, Jr. 

When the family was still quite young, James 
came to the Central Illinois area. He noticed the better 
quality of ground, and decided to move to Tolona. 
When James' first wife passed away he returned 
to Louisville and married Allie Fender Pointer. James' 
younger children stayed in the Central Illinois area 
with their older sisters so Orville Frye was in the 
Monticello area when he was about 19 years of age 
and married Katherine Harper in 1925. The Harpers 
are a pioneer family who settled in Piatt County in 
the early 1800's. 

Orville and Katheryn Frye first settled in Piatt 
County, renting farms in several different locations. 
One interesting note on their early years in Piatt 
County, Orville won the County Championship for 


corn husking in 1936 and again in 1940. His picking 
average was more than 40 bushels for an 80 minute 

The family moved to Cisco in 1948 and stayed for 
23 years. During this time their descendants grew to 
15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. They 
moved to the Clint Harper home place (Katheryn's 
father) in 1972 and Orville retired from farming. 
Katheryn passed away in 1973 at the age of 65. 

Six children were born to Orville and Katheryn. 

Two died in infancy. The others are: Margaret, who 

married Eugene (Cotton) Wright in 1946 and they 
are the parents of five children. 

Harold married Betty Fombelle in 1948. Their 
children are Greg, Susan and Cindy. 

Orville (Toby) married Ellen Umbarger in 1951. 
Their family consists of three boys : Jerry, Randy and 

Kenneth married Janet Jones in 1954. They lived 
in Cisco about seven years and now live on the "Old 
Waggoner Farm". Their children are Vicki, Linda, 
Kenny David and Kevin Michael. 

Giesler History 

Evert Giesler (1884-1967), a son of Albert James 
and Sarah Carter Giesler, came to Cisco in 1914 from 
Iowa, working on a dredge boat constructing the 
section ditch north of Cisco. 

Evert and Dottie (1887- ) met and married in 
1915. He worked for various places in Cisco before 
owning and operating a pool hall. 

He became postmaster on April 16, 1949. They 
have two children, a son James and a daughter 

James married Jean Cain. They lived in Cisco 
until 1973 when they moved to Bement. Prior to 
moving to Bement he was rural mail carrier for the 
Cisco area. He is now mail carrier for Bement and 

They have three children. Jim, their eldest, is 
employed at Caterpillar in Decatur. Janice married 
Lee Bensyl. Her husband, Lee, is a state trooper. They 
have one son, Rodney Lee. Jerry, their youngest, is 
attending college in Bloomington. 

Evert and Dottie's daughter married Donald Mc- 
Kinley, who at that time managed the Wilkinson 
Lumber Co. in Cisco. He then managed a lumber com- 
pany in Argenta until he bought the IGA grocery 
store in Cisco. They sold out in 1972 and now own 
a Gambles Hardware and Appliance store in Mt. Zion. 

They have two children. Their eldest is Roger who 
is married to Carol Parrish Rogers. They have two 

He is employed at Caterpillar in Decatur. 

Their daughter married Robert Chumbley. Paula 
owns and operates the Village Boutique beauty salon 
in Cisco. They have one daughter, Lynley Dawn. 

History of Gisinger Family 

Four Gisinger brothers, Daniel, Jacob, John and 
Samuel, arrived by boat in 1750 from Germany and 
settled in Bucks (bounty, Pennsylvania. 

Samuel had a son Abraham. Abraham had a family 
of four sons, George, John, Phillip and Samuel. 

Phillip Gisinger (1833-1873). To Phillip and his 
wife Elizabeth were born the following children: 
Simon, Amney Ann, Mary Eve, Joseph, Hannah Re- 
becca, John, Seymour, Cindorilia, Phillip, and Sarah 

Phillip and his family lived on a farm southeast 
of Cisco. 

Simon and Mary Gisinger moved into Cisco in 
1895, moving from a farm. They had seven children: 
Edith, Arthur, Phillip, Myrtle, Ansel, Grace and 
Ferrill (Johnny). 

Mr. Simon Gisinger, when first coming to town, 
operated threshing machines and corn shellers. He 
later ran a grocery store and meat market with his 
son Phillip. They later ran a restaurant. About 1916 
he went with the telephone company which was known 
as The Standard Telephone Company. He managed 
the office and was the night operator for many years. 

Probably one of the most memorable nights was 
the night that Croniger Bank was robbed next door 
to the telephone office. He heard the noise of the 
safe being blown and got out of bed to see what was 
going on and in doing so bumped a chair and made 
a noise. Two shots were fired into the office and 
someone on the outside told him to get back in bed 
and stay there. Mrs. Goldie Gisinger heard the shots 
and noise uptown. She awakened her husband Ansel, 
who went next door to his mother's home. They tried 
to phone Simon at the telephone office and got no 
answer. Ansel walked to town carrying a lantern to 
see if his Father was alright. When he got up town 
the robbers had disappeared, but smoke was still 
coming from the bank building. Other people had 
gathered on the streets, including Scott Armsworth, 
Earl Rannebarger, Perry Briggs, Dewey Briggs and 
Carl Duncan. 

Simon Gisinger Family, hark row: Mary Jane, Simon, Edith, 
Phillip, Arthur; seated: Myrtle, Ansel, Grace and Ferrill. 


Phillip was married to Anna Hott. They had three 
children, Renard, Mary and Emma. Anna died and 
Phillip later married Hattie Saltsgaver, and a son 
Nyle was born to them. 

Edith was married to Jesse Carver and they lived 
in Decatur. 

Arthur married Tabitha Ellen Edwards. They lived 
in Cisco until 1944 when they moved to Cerro Gordo 
with Lloyd Gisinger and his family. They had no 
children but raised Lloyd (Ansel's son). Arthur and 
Ansel also ran corn shellers and threshing machines. 
They also worked in the grain elevators of Cisco. 

Myrtle was married to Harry Mintun. They had 
one son, Ralph. 

Ansel was married to Goldie Edwards and they 
had a family of nine children: Lloyd, Laurence, Lynn, 
Lorin, Beulah, Mary, Lewis (Bill), Lora Mae (Toonej, 
and Edith (Dolly). 

Grace was married to Carl Coon and their family 
consisted of three children, Donald, Helen and Paul. 

Ferrill (Johnny) was married to Cloa Higgins and 
they had four children. Dale, who was killed in World 
War II, Lucille, Pauline and Ray. 

Ansel and his sons Lloyd and Lynn worked in the 
Ford Garage owned by Scott Armsworth. In 1944, 
after Mr. Armsworth's death, Lloyd and Ansel bought 
the contents of the garage and shop equipment, ob- 
tained a Ford Contract, and moved the garage to 
Cerro Gordo. The garage has been a family business 
with Ansel, Lloyd, Lloyd's wife (Elizabeth), Laurence 
and Lynn having operated it for thirty years Feb. 
14, 1974. 

Grace and Ansel are the only surviving children of 
the Simon Gisinger family. 

Remember When . . . 

On Halloween night the farm boys would all come 
to Cisco to do their thing. They rode mules and horses 
which they tied up to the hitching rack across from 
Jefford's Hardware Store. One of the tricks I willl not 
forget was when the Claude Stine boys poured 
sorghum molasses on the saddles. 

John Goken 

John Goken, son of Goke and Grace Goken, was 
born in Rysum, Germany in 1874 and came to the 
United States in 1884 on a ship named "America" 
with his parents and family. There were six children 
in the family : Mender, John, Ben, Goke, Jennie and 
Grace. They came to Illinois and settled northeast of 
Cisco. The father died shortly after coming to Piatt 
County, leaving the mother to raise the family, but 
with the help of the children they managed to make 
a living. They later moved to DeLand to make their 

John Goken married Ordella Royse, a daughter of 
George and Mary Royse February 14, 1900 and started 
farming northeast of Cisco. Here Geneva Goken 

Huisinga was born. They moved to the George Royse 
farm, where Oressa Goken McQueen was born. Mr. 
Goken and his family were members of the Enterprise 
Methodist Church, later moving their membership to 
the Cisco Methodist Church. He was a member of the 
board of Trustees at the Enterprise and Cisco Metho- 
dist Churches. He was a director of the Cisco Grain 
Company. Mr. Goken died in 1930. Bert and Geneva 
Goken Huisinga moved to the George Royse farm in 
1931 from the John Goken farm north of Cisco, when 
Ordella Goken decided to move to Monticello. She 
died in 1951. Bert and Geneva lived there until their 
son, Dale, was married, then moved a half mile east. 

William A . Goken 

William A. Goken (1885-1952) known by everyone 
as "Bill" was born northwest of Cisco in 1885. He 
was the son of Berend and Alverta Goken, with five 
brothers and one sister. Berend, who came from Ger- 
many, and Alverta were married March 12, 1878 at 
the Presbyterian Church in Cisco. The family out- 
grew the first house on the farm, so they moved to a 
larger house on Stringtown Lane on the same farm. 
This is the house the family calls the old home place. 
Years later Bill's parents moved to Argenta and Bill 
took over the farming. 

Owen and Angelina Westbay, 1921. 

Bill drove his horse. Colonel, to court Elsie A. 
Wilson, daughter of John and Ida Wilson. Ida Wilson 
was the daughter of Owen and Angeline Westbay, who 
lived in Cisco for many years. Bill and Elsie were 
married in 1910. They had two sons, William Lee 
(1911- ) and Owen Edward (1915- ), who went to 
Pleasant Ridge School. Here is where Owen got the 
nickname "Shorty". Both boys went through their 
junior year at Cisco, then graduating from Argenta. 
Following the boys graduation, Bill and Elsie moved 
to the brick home of Bud Kistler west of Cisco for 
twelve years before retiring to their home in Decatur. 
Finding time on his hands, Bill worked at David's 
Food Market. Elsie and her mother did clothing 
alterations and fancy work until they died; Ida Wilson 
in 1960 and Elsie Goken in 1973. 


Owen married Mable L. White of Argenta in 1934. 
They have two children, Marita and Richard, and five 
grandchildren. Lee Goken married Minnie Sheipe of 
Toledo, 111., in 1934. They have one son, Garold Lee 
and three grandchildren. 

William Goken Family, batk row: William and lilsie; t. 
row: Lee, Ida Wilson, and Owen. 

Hamilton-Huff master 

John W. Hamilton (1847-1930) married Miliah 
Hinson Cain (1844-1898), a widow. She had a daugh- 
ter. Nellie, who married Edward Huston. John and 
Miliah had one daughter, Prudie (1880-1968). She 
grew up on the farm north of Cisco. In 1918 she 
bought a Saxon roadster, which delighted her to drive. 
Prudie was active in the Presbyterian Church, then 
later in the Methodist Church. She belonged to the 
Woman's Club and the North Birthday Club. She was 
a very witty person and could make the French Harp 
talk. In 1930 she married Wallace Huff master (1879- 
1954). They lived on her home farm for a few years, 
then moved to a new home in Cisco. 

Prudie Hamilton Iluffmaster 

The Hardwick Family 

Ed Hardwick, Jr., was born in 1923 in Somerset, 
Kentucky. Part of the farm on which they lived was 
where one of the battles of the Civil War was fought. 
In farming the land he found many articles from the 
War. Twelve miles north of the farm a second battle 
was fought where over one hundred and forty men 
plus a General Zollie Coffer were all buried in one 

In 1939 he moved to Nancy, Kentucky where he 
met and married Ruby Dalton in 1941. They have 
three children: Elizabeth Ann, Betty Marie and Mar- 
garet Kay. They moved to Cisco in 1955. All three 
girls graduated from Cisco Grade and Monticello 
High School. Ruby now works for the Kirby Hospital 
Annex and Ed began working at the Cisco Grade 
School in 1958 and is also a Knapp Shoe Counselor. 
Ann married Bob Burton and they have two children 
and reside west of Shelbyville. Betty married Karl 
Harper and has one daughter. They live in Bement. 
Kay married Ernie Woodrum. They live in Mt. Zion 
and have two children. 

The Hatfield's 

Oliver Hatfield (1894-1967) was born in Jabez, 
Kentucky. He married lola Johnson in 1912 in Ken- 
tucky. They were the parents of three sons. They 
moved to the Cisco area in 1921. Oliver farmed for 
Roy Campbell for approximately 12 years. They later 
moved to Gibson City and then to Rockford where 
lola still lives. 

Ray Hatfield was born in Shelbyville, Ind., and 
now resides in Cisco. He has operated his used car 
business in Cisco since 1936. He married Jennie 
Seaton, daughter of Claude and Inez Seaton. They had 
two children: Donna R. and Ronald Lee. Jennie Hat- 
field died in 1968 and Ray later married Nell Evans. 
Donna R. married Roy Clifton and they have one son, 
Stephen Roy. She is now married to James J. Marshall 
and has a daughter, Jennifer Louise. Ronald Lee is 
employed by the Monticello School District and serves 
as maintenance man at the Cisco Water Dept. He 
married Rita Boyer Bliss in 1966 and has one .step- 
daughter, Veronica (Ronki) Bliss. Rita is employed 
as a clerk at the Cisco Post Office. 

Charles Hatfield married Marge Holfredder and 
had two sons, Charles and Billy. He later married 
Mary and had one son, Mark. 

Paul Hatfield married Joy Brennan and has five 
children : Jackie, Paul Dean, Jerry, Janice and Joan. 

The Heidkamp Family 

Margaret Wiegard Heidkamp (Mrs. Fred), orig- 
inally from Modoc, Illinois moved to Cisco in 1955 
with six of her seven children. (Loretta was married 
in 1954 to R. K. Whitlow.) The Heidkamp family re- 
sided in the two-story white house owned by Edward 
Ashton until 1959 when the family built a new home. 


In 1962, Betty was married to Dale D. Leach of 
Monticello. They still reside there with their three 
daughters, Cynthia, Teresa and Nicole. 

Del, Bob and Ed are employed at Caterpillar. Joyce 
is employed in the business department at Monticello 
High School. 

In 1969 Bob married Nancy Swikle. They live east 
of Cisco. 

In 1970 Peg married Ronnie D. Parsons of Monti- 
cello. Peg was employed as an elementary physical 
education teacher in the Monticello Unit. Ron is em- 
ployed as cable splicer for the General Telephone Co. 
Their daughter is Jennifer Margaret (1973). 


John Milaneous Hendrix (1829-1905) married 
Mary D. Black (1828-1920) in 1849 in Tennessee. In 
1855 they moved to Arkansas, where he was joined 
by his parents, brothers and sisters. In 1864 he moved 
to Macon County, Illinois. The story is that he was 
a spy for the north, living in the south, so the time 
came to move north. The family has a lock which 
was broken off the barn door where his horses were 
kept. In 1869 he bought a farm in DeWitt County, 
one mile west of where Shiloh Church stands. Their 
children were William Henry, John Westly, James 
Milford, Theopolis, Sarah Francis Hendrix Nelson, 
Celia Ann Hendrix East, Benjamin, Minerva Ann 
Hendrix Cramer, Mary Emma Hendrix Hardin, 
Joseph Edward and Nellie May. The three oldest were 
born in Madison County, Tennessee. The three 
younger were born in Illinois, and the others in White 
County, Arkansas. 

James Milford Hendrix (1854-1929) married 
Melina Elizabeth Massey (1858-1937) in 1875. Melina 
Elizabeth was the oldest daughter of Jacob A. and 
Lucy Allen Masssy. Her brothers and sisters are 
George T., John L., Ida Coffman, Lucy Evans, Jacob 
A., James F., and William. Jim and Melina had two 
children, Mellie ( 1878-1969 j and Arthur James '1882- 
1940). Mellie was born in DeWitt County and Art 
was born where Jim and Melina established their 
home 3V2 miles northwest of Cisco. The farn. was 
made by many purchases, the first being in 1879. 
James raised, fea and shipped cattle, as well as farm- 
ing. While dynamiting a tree, James Milford lost hi.'; 
sight about 1909, so they moved to Argenta. He 
requested that Mellie and her husband. Earl V. Ranne 
barger, move from their farm southeast of Croninger 
Bridge to her home place. The part of Friend's Creek 
Regional Conservation District Park, where the picnic, 
camping, etc. area is, was part of this farm until 
taken over by the Macon County Conservation 

Arthur J. Hendrix married Opal Reeser (1887 
1967) in 1907. Their children were Mabel Laurine, 
Lucille Mellie, Dorthea Irene, Pauline Freida and Edward. Mabel and Milburn Parrish have two 
children. Lucille married Wayne Walker, who is 
decojded. Dorthea married Fon Moore and they had 

two sons. Fon and Fon, Jr., were killed in an auto 
accident. Pauline and Michael Mulligan have three 
children. James and Alberta have two boys. Art and 
Opal's children were all born in Macon County. Lucille 
and Dorothy live in California and the others live in 

Mellie married Earl V. Rannebarger and they had 
two sons, Ray and Ralph (see Rannebarger history). 

James M. and Melina Elizabeth Massey Hendrix, Earl 

Rannebarger, .Arthur HendrLx and Mellie Hendrix Ranne- 

barg:er in front of Mellie's home place. 


Gerald Hiser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hiser, 
and Juetta SchroU, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy 
Scholl of Forsyth, were married in 1937 and moved 
in the spring of 1938 to a farm one mile west of 
Cisco (known as the Coffman farm) where they still 

Homer Hiser had purchased the farm in 1935 
from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parr and Mr. and Mrs. 
Carl Weilepp. 

Gerald and Juetta have one son, Loren (1941- ). 
Loren married Melinda J. Grider on October 6, 1963 
and they reside with their two daughters Tamara 
Kaye and Nancy Ann in Oreana, Illinois. Loren is 
employed at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Decatur. 

Gerald and Juetta have been active in the work of 
the United Methodist Church and other community 
activities throughout the years. 

Gerald is serving on the board of the Cisco 

Remember the treasure hunts the young people 
had? Clues were placed at different points in the 
community and the couples went in their cars and 
looked for them. When they were all found there was 
a prize for the winners. Refreshments were usually 
served at the restaurant owned by Frank Lyons. 


The Hoffman Family 

Frank P. Hoffman (1875-1954) was born in Cam- 
den, Ohio. He came to Illinois when he was 18 years 
old and worked for Robert Allerton. He later farmed 
some of his land. Frank met and married Mary Rudi- 
.sill (1872-1935) daughter of Marion Rudisill. She had 
four brothers, Jake and Joe, John and a twin brother 
Boman, two sisters Lydia Varner and Sara McDeivitt. 
Frank and Mary had two sons, Carlos and Roland. 
Frank married Eula Vaughn in March 1937, she died 
in 1951. Frank Hoffman lived on or near Stringtown 
Lane for 45 years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoffman and son Carlos in the baby 


Carlos Hoffman (1900- ) lives in Monticello with 
his wife Leila (Dolly) Welch Hoffman. They have 
three children: Mrs. Fenimore (Marion) Buchanan, 
Mrs. Helen Summers, and Charles. 

Roland Hoffman (1906- ) was born in the brick 
house southeast of Cisco. He married Edith Heckman 
of Cerro Gordo in March of 1927. She was born in 
1907 to Elmer Heckman ( son of Daniel Heckman ) and 
Mary Etta Peck (raised by Willi.s Armsworth) of 
Cerro Gordo. Roland and Edith have three children. 

Harold Eugene (1927- ) married Norma Jean 
Cook of Taylorville. They have four children : Debbie, 
Randy, Rick and Ronnie. 

Mary Hoffman (1929- ) married Robert Catlin 
of Monticello. They have four children : Steve, Cindy, 
David and Gregg. Robert works at General Cable in 
Monticello. Mary and Cindy operate the Boka Shoppe 
in Monticello. 

Frank Hoffman (1932- ) married Florence Kraft 
of Monticello. They have three sons, Scott, Jeff and 

All of the Hoffman grandchildren have attended 
Cisco Grade School. Roland retired in 1973 from farm- 
ing. Eugene and Frank now live on University farm 
number one and farm together. 

Remember the night that Pete Benjamin, Jerry 
Wiseman, Raymond Pirtle and Earl Brame rode on 
the chassis of a car and hit the bridge east of town 
while on a Treasure Hunt? No one was hurt and 
they continued in the game. 

Glenn Howard Family 

In 1941 Glenn and Catherine Howard and four 
children, Evelyn, Ronald, John and Gregory came to 
Cisco to help Glenn's uncle with the farming on a 
Pattengill farm south of Cisco. In 1950 Ralph was 
born. The children all graduated from Cisco Grade 
School and Monticello High School. 

After leaving the farm in 1952 Glen was employed 
by Picture-Craft in Decatur, 111., for about ten years. 
Glenn was appointed in 1972 to fill the vacancy of 
Town Clerk upon the death of Jerry Sites. He was 
elected Town Clerk in April 1973. 

When first moving to Cisco, Glenn sang in the 
choir of the Methodist Church and was associated 
with quartettes in and around Cisco. He is Past 
Master of Cisco Lodge and a member of the Bloom- 
ington Consistory and a member of the Shrine 

Catherine (Kate) is a Court Reporter in Piatt 
County, a member of Eastern Star of Argenta and 
Glenn and Kate are both members of the Methodist 
Church. Evelyn Howard VanDercook, Jr., lives in 
Washington, D. C, Ronald in Maryland, John in 
Springfield, 111., Gregory in Maryland, and Ralph in 
Monticello, 111. There are seven grandchildren. 


The Jenkins Family 

We were married in Springfield by Rev. Hildegard 
in 1925. We lived in Decatur, 111., and then moved to 
our farm in Shelby County where we stayed until 
1943. We then went to Mooseheart to work as house 

In 1946, we bought our home here in Cisco. Harvey 
worked for the Miller Bus Service as a School Bus 
Driver for 17 years until his health failed and he 

Harvey was born in Sullivan, 111. He was a World 
War I vet. 

We have one daughter, Eloise Martin. She has 
five children. Sandra, our first granddaughter, spent 
a lot of time here with us. In 1947, we took two 
foster sons, Joe and Paul Knupp. They both graduated 
from Monticello High School. Joe and his family live 
in Chicago, 111., and Paul and his wife and daughter 
live in Wisconsin. 

Harvey passed away in 1962. 

Mrs. Harvey (Alta) Jenkins 

Johnson - Isenburg 

The William D. and Louise Walter Johnson family 
moved to Cisco from St. Louis, Missouri in 1919. They 
lived on one of the Pattengill farms and worked for 
Thomas Sago. Mr. Johnson was Mrs. Minnie Sago's 
brother. Two years later they moved near LaPlace and 


farmed there for four years. Returning to Cisco they 
settled on the Pattengill farm now occupied by the 
James Burns family. Mr. Johnson died in 1927. 

The family had six children, Wilfred, Loren, who 
died while living in St. Louis; Emmett of Argenta; 
Mary McGillivray, Cary, Illinois; Edward who lives 
with his mother in Cisco; Emma Lou Bilbrey, Cisco. 

Mrs. Johnson remarried VVm. Isenburg in 1929. 
She has one son, Wm. Isenburg, Jr., who, a Lieutenant 
Commander of the United States Navy, lives in 

John Wilfred Johnson married Edna Blickenstaff 
of Cerro Gordo in 1930. 

Wilfred and family farmed for several years. Later 
the Johnson family moved to Cisco by the quonset 
garage where Wilfred ran a repair shop for farm 
machinery, cars and trucks. He sold Case farm ma- 
chinery and International trucks. In 1970 he purchased 
the Shell service station. 

The couple have four children. Lenita Madden 
Sheese, who lives in Terre Haute, Indiana. Donald, 
lives in Nashville where he will graduate from Bap- 
tist Bible College in May 1974 and enter into active 
ministry. Martha Edwards married Larry Edwards. 
Eugene and family live in South Elgin, Illinois. Wilfred 
and Edna have eleven grandchildren. 

Ardath C. Kendall and Dorothy L. Whisnant, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah G. Whisnant, Argenta, 
111., were married in 1946 and lived in Argenta until 
moving to the George Parr farm in 1950, which is 
located in the Cisco Fire District. This farm would be 
remembered by many Cisco residents as the former 
residence of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kistler. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ardath Kendall are the parents of 
three sons: Ardath Dean, Ronald and John who 
attended Argenta schools and graduated from Argenta 
High School. 

Having lived in the Argenta School District, we 
have participated in more of Argenta activities than 
Cisco naturally. However, as we look back through the 
23 years we have lived here, we can remember many 
pleasant dealings with Cisco folks, such as taking the 
boys to Clarks Barbershop, shopping at Weddles Gro- 
cery, Armsworth Hardware, McKinley Lumber Yard, 
Johnson's Garage, Leora's Beauty Shop, Clem's Seed 
Co. and still enjoying all the folks at Cisco Elevator 
Co., where we sell all our grain. 

Harold married Jean Walker, in December 1942, 
and they have lived in Argenta-Decatur area until 
moving to Florida. They are parents of three children. 

Mrs. John Kendall still resides on the farm. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Kendall 

Mr. and Mrs. John Kendall moved to the Cisco 
area from Decatur, 111., in 1934, on the Tom Miller 

Mr. Kendall worked as an engineer for the Wabash 
Railroad until his retirement in 1951. He passed away 
in 1968. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kendall are parents of two boys, 
Ardath and Harold. Both boys served in World War II. 

Ethel and John Kendall 

John W. Kingston 

Kingston's Centennial Farm 

John Wesley Kingston (1827- ) was born in 
Peoria County. His parents were George (came from 
Ireland) and Susan Miller Kingston. John Wesley 
married Sarah M. Bunting (1832- ) in 1852. They 
had seven children: Sarah Rosie, Susan, George W., 
John, Ancel, Ellis and Virginia. They moved to Piatt 
County in 1867. John W. and Sara Kingston bought 
the Centennial farm, 80 acres, in 1871 when he bought 
200 acres for $22.00 per acre. John Wesley gave this 
80 acres to his oldest son, George Wesley. George and 
Mary Ann, his wife, had five children : Alva, Dora, 
Bertha, Ray and Carl. When George and Mary Ann 
died, Carl was willed the 80 acres, where he lived all 
his 69 years. 


Carl and his wife, Ruby, were married nearly fifty 
years when he died. They had three sons: Corwin, 
graduated from the U. of I. and was in the Army; 
Franklin, who served in the Army and farms; and 
Robert is a draftsman. All graduated from Weldon 
High School. Carl Kingston's wife. Ruby, lives on 
the Centennial farm and her son, Franklin, farms it. 
A grandson, Kevin, has worked on this farm, making 
five generations to work on this farm. There are five 

John Wesley Kingston (father,) George Wesley 
(son), and Carl (grandson) served as directors of 
Enterprise Grade School. 

Tom lived around Cisco all of his life. He married 
Geneva Peck from Cerro Gordo, 111. in 1909, Geneva 
passing away in 1955. They had two children, Ruth 
and Evelyn. Ruth lives at Hudson, 111. Evelyn mar- 
ried Harold A. Mclntyre and still resides in Cisco. 
Evelyn and Harold had one daughter, Karen, who 
married Ronald Mull and lives in Cerro Gordo, 111. 

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Kister purchased a home in 
Cisco and moved into town in the early 1920's, Mr. 
Kistler passing away in 1936 and Mrs. Kistler in 

Remember When . . . 

Did you know the early high school basketball 
teams practiced outdoors? 

Tom and Geneva Kistler 

Kistler Family 

Mr. Lewis E. "Bud" Kistler was born near Chilli- 
cothe, Ohio in 1855. He came overland to Illinois in 
a covered wagon with his parents when a small boy. 
They settled on what was known as the Van Trees 
place, which is about halfway between Cisco and 
Argenta. This was later purchased by "Bud" KisUer. 

"Bud" Kistler married Mary "Mollie" Piper in 
1878. She was born in Decatur in 1862. They had six 
children, Byron passing away in 1941, Bert in 1938, 
Tom in 1954, Inez in 19(!7, Bess in 1971, and Margaret 
now living in Charleston, Illinois. 

Bess lived in Cisco all her life and was married 
to C. W. Hitchens who died in 1951. Mrs. Hitchens 
helped organize the Willow Branch Township Library 
and served 28 years as their librarian. They had no 

Leach Brothers 

Walter Leach (1886-1970) came to Cisco from St. 
Elmo in 1909 and husked corn for Louis Kreger. He 
returned each fall to husk corn until 1916, when he 
came here to stay. He worked for farmers around 
Cisco including P. C. Young, Bud Kistler and Warren 
Ater. He got his call to go into service in 1918. He 
went from Monticello with a group of 100 Piatt 
County men. He was sent to France and was on a hike 
to the front when peace was signed. He was in the 
Army of Occupation and returned to Cisco in October 
1919. In 1920 he married Ruby Clover. They went to 
live on the P. C. Young farm south of Cisco, where 
their daughter, Lucille was born. After a year, they 
moved to the Fred Mcintosh place north of Cisco, later 
moving to the Charles Parr farm south of Cisco. They 
rented the Bill Grove farm and moved to Cerro Gordo. 
After farming in the Cerro Gordo vicinity for thirty 
years, they retired to Cisco in 1958. and moved ino his 
brother Charlie's home. Lucille Leach married Donald 
Churchill in Louiseville, Kentucky, where they were 
working in a defense plant. They moved to Chicago 
and there, their three children were born; Shelia, a 
nurse, Donald, a teacher, and Douglas. 

Otto (Dollie) Leach came to Cisco in 1907. His 
first job was on the farm of Lou Kreger. He worked 
for various farmers, among them P. C. Young and 
Reed Barnhart. Later he worked at the elevator for 
Reed until he entered military service in 1918. He was 
in the Battles of St. Mihiel, Meuse Argonne and the 
Defensive Sector, returning in 1919. Dollie married 
Lillie E. Clover in 1920, brothers marrying sisters on 
the same day. Dollie rented the Jessie Young farm 
then the P. C. Young farm, in 1928 he rented the C. R. 
Grove farm southeast of Milmine, farming there for 
32 years. They retired to their property in Cerro 
Gordo, where he lived until his death in 1972. 

Charlie Grover Leach came to Cisco in 1916. He 
worked on several farms in the area until 1920, except 
for the time he served in the army during World War 
I. He then worked as a clerk in the Coffin General 
Store until January 1924. At this time he and W. Reed 
Barnhart formed a partnership and bought the store. 
It was known as the Barnhart and Leach General Store 
and was located in the building that now is occupied 
by Bud's Antiques. In 1942 he was hired as the grade 
school custodian. A position he held until his death in 


The Leach brothers: Walter, Breck, "Dolly", Charlie, and 

In September, 1922 he was married to Ruth Alice 
Pattengale, daughter of King and Anna Elizabeth 
Pattengale. They had two children Robert Forrest and 
Martha Jeanne. Robert married Lucille Hocheratt of 
Osborne, Kansas, where they live. They have four 
children, Bill, Jim, Mary Anne and Don. Martha 
Jeanne, a graduate nurse, married Victor Hogan of 
Dalton City. They reside at DeLand and have six 
children, Vicki, Steve, Jeff, Tim, Kristi and Kerry. 

Albert Von (Tomj Leach (1899-1950) came to 
Cisco sometime after the death of his parents, James 
Miner (1851-1915) and Mary C. (1860-1911), joining 
his brothers Charlie, Walter and Otto. He worked with 
his brothers and farmed in partnership with Walter. 
He served as a grain buyer for Evans Grain company 
in 1925 at Cisco, Forsythe, Moweaqua, coming back to 
Cisco in 1929. After the Evans elevator burned he was 
transferred to Oreana, then to Radford in 1943. 

Tom married Opal Royse (1902-1967), daughter of 
John Aaron and Helena Bruns Royse, in 1928. In 1930 
their son, Thomas Royce Leach, was born. Opal had 
been active in the Enterprise and Cisco Methodist 
Church before her marriage. She taught school before 
marriage and after Tom's sudden death. She was the 
first teacher to die in service of the Argenta-Oreana 
School District. Royce graduated from Yale and is a 
stock broker in Chicago. 

Do You Remember . . . 

When the Armistice was signed in year 1918 they 
had a three-day celebration. Barbecue pits were dug 
in the school yard for barbecuing. William Stillabower 
who had the butcher shop in Cisco, took charge of 
the butchering and Mack Ashton did the barbecuing. 

Leischner History 

The farm of James H. Leischner has an interest- 
ing history all its own. The original area of the farm 
was in two separate tracts of land. One section was 
obtained in 1837 from the United States Government 
by Philo Hale. By 1840 the William Madden family 
bought the land. This section was left to his heirs. 
Later it was sold to Michael and Hattie Shaff in 1872. 

The second section was purchased by Charles 
Carpenter in 1849. This was sold to Lytle and Clarissa 
Faurote. They sold to William Madden in 1852. It too 
was left to the heirs of William Madden. In 1859 the 
land was divided into five separate tracts of 15 V2 
acres for each of the five Madden children. The re- 
mainder of the land went to his widow. In 1909 
Michael Shaff owned the full 102 acre tract of land. 
Before he had obtained it all, it had passed through 
many hands, sold several times for taxes, and even 
traded between brothers without legal registration 
of it being traded (one tract of 15 '/2 acres for another 
tract of 15^2 acres). Michael Shaff had to buy each 
15^/2 acre tract separately and straighten out lines of 
each by buying other land adjacent to the property, 
and correcting registration of transaction not re- 
corded. Finally he had the correct acres of 102. 

These people have owned the Leischner farm: 
Philo Hale, Chester Carpenter, Lytle and Clarisa 
Faurote, William Madden and wife, John T. Madden, 
Francis M. and Lydia Madden, William W. Madden, 
Cynthis A. Madden, James N. and Melinda Madden, 
Mary J. Madden, Sarah A. and John Hallstad, Nicholas 
H. Devore, Stephen and Almini Huffines, Wm. W. 
and Grace Madden, Israel and Mary Jane Clover, 
Emmanuel Clover, Rachel and Samuel Havely, Henry 
V. Moore, Ella F. Reason and four children, Martin 
P. and Mary P. Murphy, Michael and Hattie Shaff, 
Laura B. and George W. Denning, Emma G. Cham- 
berlin, Mary Chamberlin, George H. and Polly A. 
Chamberlin, Francis Graham, Cynthia A. and Thomas 
H. McCartney, W. E. Lodge, Isaac Young, Jerred 
Mallernee, Sarah J. and Henry T. FuUerton, Josephine 
and Cal Travis, Alice and David McWhorter, Anna E. 
and Heny C. Foster, M. Croninger, Richard H. and 
Anna Coon, Jessie and Emma Albert, Frank R. and 
Ella Albei't, Jessie and Irene Hainline, Taylor and 
Lucy Coon, Albert E. and Jennie Millerm, James A. 
and Ida May Stout, B. F. and Ada Simonton, Robert 
C. and Ola E. Kirk, James H. and L. Virginia Leish- 
ner and tracts for sons Dale E. and Irene and James 
C. and Delores. 

The farm has contained a kiln for firing bricks 
made from the clay on the farmland. The original 
house which still stands, was made from some of 
these bricks. It has a history as a place where Abe 
Lincoln often stopped to rest overnight and visit with 
the owners, when on his Circuit rides. 

In 1947 James H. and L. Virginia Leischner 
bought the farm. They had three sons : James C, 
Dale E., Larry D. and a daughter Linda K. When they 
bought the restaurant in Cisco they moved there, ran 
it from 1970-1971, still live in the same building. 

James C. Leischner joined the Navy in 1954 and 
is a Navy Recruiter in Decatur. He and his wife 


Delores L. built a home on the farm and have three 
children : Melody A., Duanna G., and Sherman J. and 
a foster son, Gary A. Riggs. Her parents, Sherman 
D. and Evelyn Hubler moved their trailer on the same 
3 acres. Dale served in the Navy also. He works for 
Caterpillar Co. in Decatur. He and his wife, Irene, 
have built a new house on their 3 acre tract on the 
farm. They have a son, John E., born in 1971. Larry 
and Dawn Leischner have lived near the area since 
he returned from the Navy. Now he works as an 
engineer for Norfolk and Western Railroad. They 
have five children: Wendi J., Larry D. II, Dana R., 
Tracey L., and Robert D. Linda K. lives in a trailer 
on the farm with her son James A. She is an operat- 
ing room technician at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. 

The Lesher Family 

Harry James Lesher and wife, Mary Patricia En- 
sign, came to Cisco to live in 1948. Harry was for- 
merly a resident of Cerro Gordo, 111., and Pat was 
originally from Cisco. They had three daughters, 
Teresa, Chris, and Jean. Teresa and Chris are now 
married. Harry and their youngest daughter, Jean, 
age 16, both reside in Cisco. 

Harry has done a lot of "ditch digging" for the 
people around Cisco. He is now employed at Cater- 
pillar Tractor Co. and has been there for 19 years. 
Harry has been a resident of Cisco for 26 years and 
likes the small town very much. He will remain in 
Cisco, the rest of his life. 

The Lyons Family 

A. H. (Bert J Lyons and Carrie Jimmerson were 
married in 1893 in Monticello. He came from Coscho- 
ton County, Ohio and Carrie came in a covered wagon 
from Missouri. The Bert Lyons family lived northeast 
of town. Bert and his brother, Charlie Lyons, had a 
small implement business in Cisco in 1894. Bert was 
the Township Accessor and the Village Clerk. He also 
worked for John Luker in the livery business. To this 
union was born three sons and five daughters. Bert 
Lyons passed away in 1921. 

The three sons born to this marriage were George, 
Harry and Frank. All three of them served in World 
War I. 

George married Maree Burchard. They lived in 
Decatur where he served on the police force with his 
uncle. He also worked for 10 years at the Union Iron 
Works. They moved back to Cisco when he retired and 
lived here until his wife passed away in 1969. George 
is now living in Maroa. 

When Harry Lyons and Mabel Coon were married 
they made ('isco their permanent residence. Harry 
worked for five years at the Cisco Midland Lumber 
Company and for twenty years at the Union Iron 
Works in Decatur. Mabel ran the cream station (1925- 
1935) and then worked for 32 years in the Cisco Post 
Office. She passed away in 1969. Harry has retired 
and is still living in Cisco. 

The youngest son, Frank, had a restaurant in town 
and when the young people would have their treasure 
hunts they would come to the restaurant for refresh- 
ments after the hunt was over. Afer his marriage to 
Lena Applegate, they started a grocery store which 
they ran for a year or so. They then moved to Califor- 
nia. Both he and his wife worked in a clothing store 
there until he became ill. He passed away in 1953. 

George, Frank and Harry Lyons 

Julia and her husband Howard Stymets worked on 
a farm near Cisco for John Taylor. After their daugh- 
ter Shirley was born they moved to Decatur. Howard 
worked as a driver on a delivery truck for the Wolfe 
Furniture Store. He is now retired. 

Grace and her husband, Harry White, lived on a 
farm south and east of Cisco. They had three sons 
and three daughters. After moving into town where 
they lived for years, tJrace passed away in 1964. She 
left 5 children and 9 grandchildren. (See Harry White 

There are three daughters of the Bert Lyons family 
still living. 

Jessie, who after years of work as housekeeper at 
the Allerton House in Monticello, retired and is now 
helping out at the antique shop in Cisco. She too lives 
here in Cisco. 

Sabina and her husband, Oscar Massey, worked on 
a farm near Weldon for years for his mother and 
father. To Bina and her husband were born thirteen 
children. They are all living but one. She and her 
family are living in Weldon now. 

The youngest daughter, Hildred and her husband 
Raymond Pirtle, live in Cisco. They have two children, 
a daughter Reta Ann, who lives in California and their 
son Roy Eugene, who lives in Blue Mound, 111. with 
his family. 


Stanley Mackey Family 


Stanley D. Mackey was born in 1015 near Mans- 
field, son of John and Bessie Groomes Mackey. Twilia 
N. Mackey was born in 1916, near White Heath, 
daughter of John and Callie Artman Valentine. 

In 1937, shortly after their marriage, they moved 
north of Cisco. John Stanley (1937) and Phyllis Jean 
(1938) were born while the family lived here. The 
family moved to the Valentine farm north of White 
Heath in 1942. Joyce Ann (1942) and Joe Ervin 
(1946) were born on the same farm where their 
mother was raised. They now reside on the Pattengill 
farm, moving there in 1949. 

The Mackeys: John, Jean, Twilia, Stanley, Jojce, and Joe. 

Stanley and Twilia have been active in the Cisco 
United Methodist Church and 4-H. Stanley is a mem- 
ber of Farm Bureau and Twilia is active in W.S.C.S., 
Home Extension, and PTA. All of the children grad- 
uated from Cisco Grade School and Argenta-Oreana 
High School. 

John married Marilyn Benjamin in 1962. They and 
their children Byron Stanley (1965), Craig John 
(1968) and Karen Irene (1972) live on the Whisnant 
farm southwest of Cisco. 

Jean, a registered nurse, married Richard Clarke 
in 1961. They and their sons, Brandt and Kurt, live 
in California. 

Joyce graduated from Patricia Stevens Career 
College and lives in St. Louis. 

Joe married Kay Anderson in 1967. They live in 
Meredosia, 111., where Joe teaches physical education. 
Both John and Joe were in the U.S. Army. 

Lewis A. Melvin was born in Ohio in 1848, the 
.son of John and Eliza Melvin. He came to the Cisco 
area shortly after the Civil War, being only 16 years 
of age when he enlisted. He married Martha Ann 
Chandler in 1872. They were married in the Chandler 
farm home in DeWitt County northwest of Cisco. 
Martha Ann Chandler was the daughter of the pioneer 
family of Hiram and Rachel Manlove Chandler. Hiram 
died at the early age of 48 and left his widow, Rachel 
with eight children. Martha Ann, being one of the 
eight, told of times when they drove in a wagon to 
Clinton, 111., a distance of 20 miles to buy groceries 
and necessities to last a year, (see Chandler history) 

Lewis and Martha lived west of Cisco and to them 
were born: Lutie (Mrs. Charles Parr), Henry, 
Earnest, Maude (Mrs. Ed Harlan), Mabel (Mrs. 
Charles Donovan), Myrtle (Mrs. George Whisnant). 
All attended West Cisco School. Both were active in 
church work. Lewis was president of the building 
committee when the second M.E. Church was built 
in 1910 and he served as Sunday School Superinten- 
dent for 25 years. He died in 1918. Martha was the 
first president of the Woman's Foreign Missionary 
Society when it was organized in 1900. The Ladies' 
Aid Society was formed the same year with Martha 
elected as treasurer and serving until her death in 

One daughter survives, Mabel Donovan of Arling- 
ton, Texas, as well as seven grandchildren. 

Henry Melvin (1871- ) married Alma Olson, and 
to them were born three children: Byron (1904- ), 
Helen (1905- j and Louis (1907-1972). All are 
deceased. After Alma died, Henry married Grace 
Wheeler (1879-1969) in 1914. They raised the young 
family. Byron had two children. Helen married Clif- 
ford Footit. Louis married Florence Schrack (1910-), 
a graduate nurse and they have two children: Mike 
(1943- ) and Martha (1945- ). Mike and Mary 
Alice have two children. Gary and Martha Melvin 
Goble have two children and live on the Melvin farm. 

Do you remember when Mac Ashton and Earl 
Rannebarger would ship cattle by train to the Cisco 
stockyards. When the pens were opened for the drive 
home it was wall to wall cattle going down the 
streets. One of the times they had sent the cattle to 
Cerro Gordo, on the cattle drive to Cisco some of the 
cattle got into a family's garden and cabbage became 
worth $30.00 per head in damages. 


The Robert Malone Family 

In July of 1973 Bob and Barbara Malone moved 
to Cisco from Decatur. Bob moved to the area in 
1969 from Olney. Barbara is the daughter of Bill 
Edwards of Edwards Farm Supply Co. Bob is the 
equipment supervisor at Edwards Farm Supply. They 
are the parents of one son, Shawn. 


In 1855 Weston and Sam Miles came to Piatt 
County and bought 160 acres each, for five dollars an 
acre, both east of what is now Cisco. Sam stayed 
here, but Weston returned to Moorefield, West Va., 
until the spring of 1863. The war got so bad that 
Weston decided to leave for Illinois. His horses were 


stolen by the south when he KOt ready to travel. He 
went to a fellow, who was able to get them back, so 
they hitched up and left during the night. They 
loaded two wagons, one a two horse wagon and the 
other a heavy four horse wagon. 

Weston and Martha Miles had ten children: Ed- 
ward, John, Mary, Ann, Mortimer, Trout, Charles, 
Jess (dug wells), Tom (David Thomas was a 
preacher), Gertrude, and one died in infancy. Ger- 
trude married Fred Neistraht and their daughter, 
Mary, married Rollin Pease, son of Dr. L. Pease. The 
two oldest, Edward and John, joined the Federal 
Army and Martha stayed in Virginia with the two 
youngest, until Weston got to Illinois with the other 
six children. 

Weston and the si.x children left with the wagons 
from Moorefield in March, 1863 and arrived here in 
May, 18G3. Near Seymour, Illinois, the wagons became 
stuck in the mud, so Weston and part of the children 
rode on to brother Sam's, leaving some of the children 
overnight with the wagons. The next day he took 
e.xtra horses back to pull them out. Sam and Weston 
gave land for a railroad right away when the railroad 
went through what is now Cisco. Sam and Weston 
married sisters Mary and Martha Simmons. Sam and 
Mary had ten children, too. 

Trout Miles married Almira Fredrick and they 
had two sons. Cloud (1882- ) and Harley (18'.»1- >. 
Harley married Alva Coffman. Their children are 
Thelma, Paul and Robert. Thelma and J.C. "Shake" 
Turner have two children, Bill and Mary. Paul was 
married, having four children : Shirley, Ronald, Rose 
Marie, Joy. Then he married Mary who had three 
children, Kathy, Debbie and Butch. Robert married 
Dorothy Peterson and they have one child. Robert, Jr. 
Harley and his family lived near and in Cisco many 
years before moving to Bement. Harley helped get 
the drainage for Cisco. 

George Miller Family 

George Miller (1844-1918) and Ann Hunsley (1847- 
1928) were married in 1867 in England. They lived at 
Wombwell, a coal mining district, where their first 
five children were born. Since at that time, all young 
men were retiuired to serve an apprenticeship in the 
mines, George brought his family to America in 1881. 
They settled north of Decatur, and the children went 
to school on North Water street. They came to Cisco in 
1885, and farmed two miles south, where two more 
children were born. The children attended Ilavely 
school. In 1898 they moved to Texas taking the three 
youngest children with them. George died there. Ann 
died in her daughter's home in Washington. 

Eliza Ann Miller (1871- ) married William Ewan. 
They lived in England then came back to live in the 
northwest. They had thirteen children. They both died 
in Washington about 19l'.(). 

The Georgre Miller Family. 1889, seated: George, Walter, 

Bertha, Oliver, Ann; standing: Eliza .4nn, Harry, Albert 

and Katherine. 

Harry Miller (1872-1953) married Edith Briggs 
in 1893 and they had six children. They lived near 
Cisco for a few years, then went into the northwest, 
where they homesteaded in Montana. Edith died in 

Albert Miller (1875-1947) married Jennie Briggs 
(1874-1973) in 1897, and, except for a few years in 
North Dakota, lived in the Cisco area, where he 
farmed, was co-owner of an Implement Company in 
Cisco, then began trucking. (See article on trucking.) 
His was a Methodist family and he and his wife were 
active in the work of the church, in the choir, and the 
women's organizations. He was a member of a male 
quartet which served the community for many years. 
Jennie was a life-time cripple due to a childhood 
disease. They had five children : Gladys, Cecil, Thelma, 
Virgil and George. 

Kate Miller (1878-1940) married William Briggs 
in 1902 and they lived in Minnesota. There were four 
children. William died a few years after Kate. 

Walter Miller, (1880-1946) married Pearle Reeves. 
(Walter Miller story.) 

Bertha Miller (1883-1966) married Alfred Stokey ; 
they had one child, then divorced. She married Elmer 
Shuffleberger and they had nine children. This family 
were victims of the Kansas dust bowl, and they went 
to California, where both died. 

Oliver Miller (1886-1963) married Agnes Wend- 
ling. They had three children and lived in Texas. Agnes 
is still living. 

Gladys Miller (1898- ) married Homer Doane, a 
Cisco farmer in 1918. (See Doane) 

Cecil Miller (1900- ) married Ruby Severns in 
1922 and they have always lived in Batllecreek, Michi- 
gan. They have a daughter, Lois Jeanne, married to 
Lee Weiderman in 1961. 

Thelma Miller (1901- ) married Perry Briggs in 
1921. Their children are Harold, Dorothy and Virginia. 
They operated a restaurant in Cisco for many years, 


and after Perry's death in 1959, she continued it foi' 
seven more years. She married William Sommers in 
Tucson, Arizona in 1967. He died there in 1970, and 
she still lives there as do her daughters. Harold ( 1924) 
married Betty Beisanthal in 1954 and their children 
are Kimberly (1958) and Jeffry (1963). Harold man- 
ages a hardware store in Danville. Dorothy (1926) 
married John Kettlekamp in 1948. John is in insurance. 
Their children are Rebecca (1949) married to Robert 
Fergu.son, Richard (1951) in the military service and 
JoEllen (1958). Virginia (1929) married Lynn Meece 
of Monticello in 1949. They have four children, Mark 
(1954), Pamela (1956), Kathryn (1961) and Deborah 
(1962). Lynn is a letter carrier. 

Virgil Miller (1905-1957), born in North Dakota, 
married Marguerite Moore of Argenta in 1925. She is 
now married to Milford Miller (no relation) and living 
in Arkansas. 

George Miller (1916- ) was born in North Dakota 
and married Blanche Foltz in 1938. They have been 
active in the Methodist Church in Monticello, and he 
is fond of choir work and quartet singing. He is a 
Past Master of the Masonic Lodge and they are Past 
Officers of the O. E. S. He has been a trucker and 
school bus operator. (See article on trucks and buses) 
They have two children. Jane (1942) married Larry 
Casey in 1965. They have a son, David (1967) and 
three children by Larry's first marriage, Dianne, 
Deborah and Douglas. They live in Newton where 
Larry is Farm Advisor, and Jane teaches. John (1943) 
married Linda Truitt in 1968. They have a daughter, 
Jacqueline (1971) and live in Indiana. He is with a 
farm machinery manufacturer and Linda teaches. 

The Jacob Miller Family 

Jacob, (1878-1943) son of George and Mary Miller, 
was born in Lane, 111. He married Daisy Dean Glen, 
(1877-1953) the daughter of William and Minerva 
Glen, who was born in DeWitt. 

In 1927 they moved to Cisco with their three 
youngest children — twins Dorothy Fay and Doris 
Ray, and Jacob Eplor (Jakie), born in Clinton. The 
two older children, Marshall and Nettie, were both 
married and living in Lane, 111. Marshall later moved 
to Cisco. While living in Cisco, Jacob worked at con- 
struction and also helped with corn shelling while 
working for Dick Wangler. 

Marshall married Jessie Mae Campbell Fisher and 
they had four sons, William, Essell, Marshall Jr., and 
Richard. Jessie died in 1951 and Marshall later 
married Ann Wittig of Deland. Marshall has farmed 
all his life, as well as worked with his brother Jakie 
corn shelling. William married Sheredith McCready 
and they had one son. He later married Edna Jones 
and they live in Bloomington. Essell married Helen 
Marie Cook and they have .sons John Douglas, a grad- 
uate af Parkland College, Ronald Eugene, attending 
Parkland, Gary Edward and twins Terry Wayne and 
Larry Duane. (Larry being deceased.) Essell is an 

Electronic Technician at Caterpillar Tractor in Deca- 
tur and also farms north of Cisco. Marshall Jr. mar- 
ried Jane Logan and they have four children. Marshall 
Jr., a graduate of Eastern Illinois College, is Athletic 
Coordinator at Illinois State University. Richard 
married Opal Blackwell and they adopted a son. 
Richard later married Rose Medeiros and they have 
four children. Richard is retiring from the Air Force 
to Indiana. 

Nettie married Coleman Arthur and they had ten 
children. Ruby, Raymond, Hazel, Vernelle, Homer, 
Charles, Rosetta, Virgil, Mervin, and Laura. Nettie 
and Coleman are now deceased. 

Dorothy married Clifford Eubank and they had 
two children, Herchel Dean (deceased) and Martha 
Kay. Clifford's son Clifford Jr. lived with them. Clif- 
ford is now retired after having worked a number of 
years for Model Brass, in Decatur. Clifford Jr. mar- 
ried Melba Luster and they had two children. He 
later married Geraldine Newman. He is retired from 
the Air Force. Martha maried Norman Richard and 
they have one son. Martha and Norman are teachers 
and live in Texas. 

Doris is making his home with Dorothy and her 

Jakie married Ethelene Hill and they have two 
sons, Thomas Jakie (TJ), who is married to Angie 
Stoerger, and Donald Lee who is still at home. Jakie 
and his sons run the Miller Trucking and Shelling 

Jacob and Daisy Miller. 

Remember when they had the Free Movies every 
Saturday night in Cisco? Between the depot and the 
grocery store they would set drain tile in the middle 
of the road and then put boards across them to form 
seats. The movies were shown on the side of the gro- 
cery store. 


Walter E. Miller Family 

Walter Edwin Miller (1880-1946) was born in 
England. He came to the United States with his 
parents, George Miller and Ann Hunsley Miller. 

During Walter's early years his family lived in 
Cisco. In 1904 Walter Miller and Pearl Reeves were 
married. To this union were born Geneva, Gerald and 
Leora. Geneva died as a young child. 

Besides farming, Walter was (iuite active in the 
community affairs, being a road commissioner, singing 
in a quartet wth Head McCartney, Scott Armsworth, 
and Albert Miller, working in the Cisco Methodist 
Church and Sunday School. 

Gerald A., Pearl and Walter Miller 

Gerald Miller farmed with his father then took 
over the farms in his father's business. In his opinion, 
there was no better place to live. In 1939 he was mar- 
ried to Vernette E. Mitchell, a school teacher from 
Argenta, from Albion. Gerald Miller passed away in 
1971 at the age of 59. 

Mrs. Walter Miller (Pearl; worked at Kirby 
Hospital in Monticello after her husband's death. At 
the age of seventy-five, and still on duty at the hos- 
pital, she suffered a heart attack and died in 1961. 

Vernette Miller returned to teaching in 1960 at 
Maroa-Forsythe High School. Gerald and Vernette 
Miller had four children. Dennis, an electrical engineer, 
lives in Wisconsin with his wife Suzanne Neimann 
Miller and two sons. Susan Miller Dresback is a libra- 
rian at Oakton Junior College and lives in Evanston. 
Janice Miller Olson and husband James, an engineer, 
live in Chicago Heights with daughters Angela, Kelly 
and Tanya. Walter Thomas Miller, wile Kandra Eagan 
Miller, and son Jeremy live in St. Joseph where Walt 
manages the grain elevator. 

Leora Miller married Max Weddle in 1938. During 
the first few years of marriage Max farmed for 
Walter Miller and Leora taught school. Max has been 
in the Air Force for thirty years. They live in St. 
Petersburg, Florida. They have one son, James, who 
is in the Air Force, he is married and has two children, 
Gary and Tammie. 

History of Robert C. Mills 

Robert C. Mills was a young man of 19 when he 
came to the Cisco area from southern Indiana. In the 
spring of 1918 he was inducted into the Army and 
spent a year serving in the Medical Corp. After serv- 
ice, he returned to Indiana where he attended Oak- 
land City College. In 1922 he married Mabel Hawkins 
of Milltown, Indiana. Bob moved his wife and two 
sons, Robert (1923) and Gene (1925) to the Cisco 
community in 1928. In the years that followed he was 
employed by area farmers. He also helped build the 
present post office. Two daughters were born to this 
couple, Anita (1930) and Carol (1934). In 1941, the 
family moved north of Cisco to the Charles Doane 
farm. In 1968, Bob and Mabel moved Va-mile north 
of Cisco. 

Robert, Gene and Anita graduated from Nixon 
Township High School. Robert and Gene joined the 
Army in 1943, serving until 1946. In 1948, Robert 
married Georgia Briggs. He has his Master's Degree 
and is teaching agriculture in Manteno, Illinois. Their 
children are Faye and Marvin. 

Gene married Jean Conover in 1944 and have two 
children, Dennis (1945) and Janice (1947). Gene and 
Jean have made Decatur their home. 

Anita married Kenneth Cook in 1948. They reside 
in Chillicothe. 

Carol graduated from Monticelllo High School and 
married Donald Padgett. They now reside north of 
Cisco on the farm owned by Charles Olson. Their two 
daughters are Terri (1957) and Kim (1959). 

Bob and Mabel have been active in local organi- 
zations. Bob is a charter member of the Cisco Ameri- 
can Legion Post and belongs to the Masonic Lodge. 
Mabel is a member of the Cisco Home Extension and 
an active member of the WSCS of the Cisco Methodist 
Church where both are members. Mabel's hobby over 
the years has been raising flowers. 

In August of 1972, friends, neighbors and rela- 
tives helped this couple celebrate their 50th wedding 


Blanch Carper Chapman married John Roy Miner 
in 1929. They lived on several farms in the Monticello 
area before moving to Cisco in 1939 where they 
farmed until their retirement, at which time they 
moved to Cerro Gordo. Their five children, Dwight, 
Virginia, Velma, Jack and Alan, all attended Oak 
Grove School until it closed in 1943. They then at- 
tended Ci.sco Grade School. In 1944 the Cisco High 
School consolidated into Monticello unit. All the chil- 
dren graduated from that high school. 

Dwight now farms where his folks lived and works 
at Caterpillar. He married Mary Achterberg from 
Texas and they have six children. 

Virginia married Dale Norfleet, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Austin Norfleet who live on the Studebaker land 
north of Cisco. Dale and his brother Gary are partners 


and farm in the Cisco area. Dale and \'irKinia lived 
on a farm at Cisco until three years ago at which 
time they moved on a farm west of Monticello witli 
their four children. 

Velma Cadbury lives in Champaign with her 
four children. 


Roy Miner 

Jack and his wife, Faye Houser, farm east of 
Monticello. Their family consists of four children. 

Alan Miner married Carolyn Lubbers. He farms 
one of his father's farms at Fisher and is Assistant 
Manager at Champaign Production Credit Corpora- 
tion. They have three children. 

Mint tin 

Stephen Mintun was born in 1856. He married 
Rosella Lewis in 1877. A short time later they moved 
to Nebraska. Their childrden were: John William, 
born in 1878; Harry, 1881; Lena Maud, 1886; Jessie 
Belle, 1888. In 1894 they decided to return to Cisco, 
111., starting Oct. 1, 1894, traveling in two covered 
wagons and camping and cooking their meals along 
the way. At one point the became wearied and 
a little off feed. A very kind farmer invited them to 
camp in his barnyard for a little rest, after which 
the family as well as the horses were much refreshed. 
They arrived in Cisco Oct. 30, 1894. 

John William married Jessie Rinehart. Their 
children were Berlyn Dwight (1902); Vira Laurine 
(1906). Harry married Myrtle Gisinger. One child, 
Ralph H. was born in 1910. Lena Maud maried Charles 
Hunsley. Their children were Harwin Merrill (1909), 
and Milford Charles (1913). Jessie Belle married 
Walter Coffin. Their children were Varlen (1910), 
Vivian L. (1914), Dale Stephen (1920), Nina Rosella 

After retiring from farming, Stephen and his 
wife moved into Cisco where he did carpenter work 
and worked in the Grain Elevator. His last job was 
that of janitor at the Cisco School. Mrs. Mintun died 
in 1930 and Stephen Mintun in 1936. 

Ralph H. Mintun married Evelyn Evey and lives 
in Bement. They had one son, Paul Ralph, who died 
in infancy. Ralph owns and operates a general auto 
repair business. 

Munson Family 

Richard D. Munson was born in Cerro Gordo in 
1936. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Rolley Munson. 
Richard married Mary Lou Patten, daughter of the 
Ralph L. Pattens, of Cerro Gordo. After 8 years in 
the Air Force, Richard moved his family from Arthur 
to Cisco in 1970. He works at McClure's in Monti- 
cello. The next year, Mrs. Maude Munson, Dick's 
mother, moved to Cisco. The Munsons set up a new 
double-wide trailer in 1972. 

Dick and Mary Lou have four children : Rick, born 
in New Mexico in 1957; Gloria, born in Decatur in 
1960; Joyce, born in Alaska in 1962; and Brenda, born 
in Decatur in 1964. Mary Lou worked part-time at 
Don McKinley's Grocery Store, and since 1972 is cook- 
ing at the Cisco Grade School. 

Charles W. McArty 

Charles Wesley and Mary Jane McArty farmed 
west of Cisco. Part of the land now being farmed by 
Stanley Mackey. To this marriage six children were 

Marion — who rode with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough 
Riders up San Juan Hill. 

Emma McArty (1869-1957) was never married and 
lived in the home provided for her by her brother 
Charles Roy. 

Chattie McArty (.1871-1957) was married to 
Charles Daves. Chattie and Charlie lived on the old 
McArty farm and there Charles died. They had five 
children; Winnie, who died at the age of 4; Goldie, 
one time postmistress of the Cisco post office and was 
married to Charles Parr ; Opal ; and Chauncey. Chattie 
was a prominent member of Cisco Woman's (Illub. 

Abbie became the wife of J. R. Staats. In the early 
spring of 1898, Abb was getting the meal when she 
proceeded to shake the ashes of the coal stove down — 
leaving the draft open. She was standing too close to 
the draft and caught fire. She ran out of the house to 
keep the house from burning — as Wade, the baby, was 
sleeping. All her clothes burned off before Bob Staats 
could get to her. She lived only a few days after that. 
Bob remarried and he and his new wife raised the 
baby and her own son of the same age. They had two 
daughters of their own. 

Charles Roy (a twin sister died at birth) was born 
in 1883 at Cisco. He married Lura Bessie Stevens in 
1909. To them were born two sons and one daughter; 
Charles M. McArty (1912), Joy S. McArty (1916), 
and Betty June McArty Hoegsted (1921). Mr. and 
Mrs. Charles Roy McArty and children lived in Cham- 
paign from 1912 to 1957, when Mrs. McArty died. 


The Thomas McCartney Family 

Head McCartney was a descendant of the Madden- 
McCartney union. His mother, Cynthia Madden, and 
her family homesteaded the family farm. She was 
born in the house southeast of the present homesite. 
His father Thomas Holden McCartney came to this 
community with his parents from Circleville, Ohio at 
the early age of 8 or 10 about the year 1856. They 
settled just south and east of the Madden homestead. 

Thomas (1848-1919) was born in Ohio and Cynthia 
(1851-1932) was born on the home place. They were 
united in marriage in 1869. This union combined some 
of the farm from the two homesteads. They went to 
housekeeping in a small house on the corner 2 miles 
south of Cisco where the present McCartney home 
stands. They had seven children; Lillie; twins Noi-a 
and Ora; Pearl; Thomas N. Head; Piatt (now de- 
ceased) and Glee. All of the children were born at the 
family homestead except Piatt. After the two older 
children were born the family home was rebuilt and 
enlarged to a two story eight room home with a 
summer kitchen at the south end. The NE corner of 
the present home is the original house that Thomas 
took up housekeeping in. 

Lillie married George Widick and settled on the 
Widick farm west of Willow Branch school. Head's 
grandson, Jeff McCartney, lives in the present Widick 

Nora and Pearl McCartney married the Parish 
brothers who were school teachers. Nora married 
Walter and Pearl married Will. After their marriages 
they settled in Cisco and started the Parish Implement 
Business. In 1901 the families moved to Idaho and 
homesteaded farms there. 

Glee McCartney married Will Norris and lived with 
her mother in Monticello. 

Head McCartney married Nora Wheeler in 1911 
and started housekeeping in the same place his folks 
had started. Four children were born to this union. 
Thomas Head, who died in infancy; Edna Elaine; 
Thomas Nathanial; and Cynthia Elizabeth who died 
in infancy. Elaine married James Van Matre. They 
have two children, Elizabeth and James. Elaine and 
her husband now own the McCartney farm and resi- 
dence and Burl Van Matre farms it along with the 
Glee Norris farm that joins it on the south. Thomas 
N. married Margaret Hendri.x. They have 4 children; 
Noble T., Jeffry Lynn, Mary Margaret and Ruth Ann. 

Head served for over 30 years as Secretary of the 
Masonic Lodge and both he and Nora were members 
of the Methodist church. They also belonged to the 
Eastern Star Chapter. He was elected and served 30 
years as town clerk of Willow Branch Township. 

William McCartney 

William A. McCartney (1845-1914) was of Scotch- 
Irish ancestry and one of eight children born to 
William McCartney, a native of Virginia, and Angeline 
(Head) McCartney, a native of (Jhio. He was born in 
Coshocton County, Ohio. Hi.s boyhood was spent in 

Ross County, Ohio. Members of his family residing in 
Piatt County were: Caroline, wife of A. E. Parr and 
Emma, wife of Solomon Hinson, and a brother Thomas 
H. In 1865, he and Thomas journeyed to Piatt County 
and after three years he became the owner of farm 
land in Willow Branch Township. He was married in 
1869 to Ann Virginia Scott Miles, daughter of Samuel 
and Betsy Miles who were among the early settlers of 
Piatt County. The McCartneys were the parents of 
one son, William E. McCartney, born in 1870. William 
A. McCartney and his wife took an active part in social 
affairs. In later years, they left the farm and moved to 
Cisco. His wife died in 1912. 

The son, William E. McCartney attended the neigh- 
borhood school and went to business college. In 1896 
he married Anna E. Miner, daughter of Ira F. and 
Mary A. Bruffet Miner. The first home of the William 
E. McCartneys was located west of Havely School. In 
later years, they moved to his father's farm which was 
located across the road from the present farm home. 
In a few years Mr. McCartney purchased a 160 acre 
farm located two miles south of Cisco from Sam Sher- 
man where he built a modern brick home and a brick 
round barn in 1909 and 1911. The farm was later 
named "Maple Tree Farm." They were the parents of 
seven children, namely; W. Ward (1897), Wayne C. 
(1898), Ira M. (1900), Roy S. (1904), Mary 0. (1905) 
Dean M. (1910) and Mildred A. (1913). 

Ward married Mildred Mcintosh in 1918. They had 
three children, two deceased early in life and Virginia 
McCartney Ganter. Mildred died in 1928 and he later 
married Lois Primmer in 1934. To this union were 
born three children, one deceased, William Ward and 
Eileen McCartney Blythe. Wayne married Eva Cloud 
(1901- ) in the year 1919. Their children are Robert 
and Beulah McCartney Matson. Ira married Marjorie 
Hamilton (1913- ) in 1940 and they have two sons, 
Steve and Mike. Steve with his wife, Maureen, and 

Grandma .\nn Virginia Miles McCartney and three grand- 
sons, Ira, Ward and Wayne. 


daughter, Kelly Jo, reside southeast of Cisco. Michael 
is employed in St. Louis and is home on weekends. Ira 
and Marge hae been very active in the Methodist 
Church and community affairs. Roy was married to 
Harriett Crabb in 1932 and they have two children, 
Scott and Sue Ann. Mary married Frank Kossieck in 
1940. Dean married Viola Bartison (1912- ) in 193G. 
Their three children are Patricia Ann McCartney 
Borelli, Luella McCartney Doss and Edwin. Mildred 
married Leroy Berney in 1945. There are twenty-two 
great grandchildren. 

The William E. McCartneys were active members 
of Cisco Methodist Episcopal church, serving on the 
Board, Ladies Aid Society and other capacities where 
needed. They were charter members of the Order of 
Eastern Star 849, and he was active in Masonic Lodge, 
Markwell Chapter 58, Beaumanoir Commandery, the 
Bloomington Consistory and Ansar Shrine of Spring- 
field. He served on the first Board of Directors of the 
Piatt County Farm Bureau and was an active member 
of Cisco Cooperative Grain Co. The McCartney chil- 
dren were educated at Havely and Oak Grove Elemen- 
tary Schools, Cisco two-year high school, Decatur and 
Monticello High Schools. 

William E. McCartney died in 1948 and his wife 
died in 1944. Since his death, four of the children are 
deceased. The Maple Tree Farm is occupid by Ira 
McCartney. The other remaining children are Dean of 
White Heath and Mary Kossieck of Decatur. 

Margraret and Fred Mcintosh. 

In 1918, Mildred Mcintosh married W. Ward 
McCartney. They had three children; Eugene William, 
Francis Harold passed away in infancy, and Virginia 
Louise (1924;. Mildred died in 1928. 

Earl Mcintosh married Ruth King, from Indiana, 
in 1925, and there were four childen : Burt, Frances, 
Marilyn and Shara. The family now lives in Clinton. 

Do you remember taking singing lessons at the 
Methodist Church in the evening from Prof. Olds from 
Millikin University? 

Williams - Jones - Mcintosh 

Margaret Williams was born in 1873. Her parents 
were Andrew Jackson Williams and Violet Elizabeth 
Hurst Williams. They settled in Piatt county in 18G0, 
coming originally from Pickaway County, Ohio. (See 
Andrew Jackson WiUiams History.) Margaret married 
Frank Jones, son of A. H. and E. J. Jones, in 1891. 
They lived in Decatur awhile, where a daughter 
Frances was born in 1893, then settled on a farm 
southwest of Cisco. Frank Jones passed away in 1903. 
Margaret Jones then married J. F. Mcintosh of 
Onarga in 1904. 

J. F. Mcintosh was first married to Florence Wil- 
cox. They had twins. Earl and a girl who died, and 
Mildred. Florence died of pneumonia in 1902. These 
children lived with their grandparents till the J. F. 
(Fred) Mcintosh — Margaret Jones marriage. The 
family soon came to Cisco, living on a farm north and 
east of town. They moved belongings, including ma- 
chinery and livestock, by rail. The land had originally 
been purchased for $1.00 per acre, consisting of some 
swamp-land. Later, Fred ow-ned a general store which 
he sold and returned to the farm. He had one of the 
first tractors and the first combine in this area. 

Helen Jones married Willard E. Ater in 1912. (See 
Ater History.) 

Mc Kinney Family 

The McKinneys were early identified with Piatt 
county. They were descendants of Scotch-Irish Pres- 
byterians. After arriving in the United States, they 
moved to the Appalachin area. In 1847 John McKinney 
came to Piatt county, Illinois, settling southwest of 
Cisco on the farm now occupied by the Wilmer L. 
Cliftons, she being the daughter of the late Harold 
B. McKinney. 

Two years later, Andrew and James, sons of 
Alexander McKinney, settled on sections just north of 
Uncle John. Their father, Ale.xander, came to Illinois 
in 1852 and settled on a farm just north of Cerro 

The ground that James McKinney settled on was 
granted to him by President Fillmore in 1851. He 
married Emily Diantha Chapman and they had five 
children, with only one surviving, Orlando Boyd 
McKinney. He married Jennie Schoolcraft, a teacher 
of Cerro Gordo, in 1882. He farmed southwest of Cisco, 
later moving to Urbana, then Decatur. There were two 
sons born to this union: Harold B. and Roland B. 
Orlando died in 1923. Jennie McKinney made her home 
with her son Harold and family until she died in 1941. 

Harold attended the University of Illinois, Then he 
went to Chicago, worked at Marshall Field & Co. and 
Western Electric Co. He later returned to Cisco and 


Harold and Bessie McKinney. 

farming. Bessie I. Williams became his bride. They 
had three children: Mary Kathryn, who passed away 
in 1931 at age 18; Paul B. and Helen Louise. 

They lived for most of their married life on the 
farm, were members of the Order of Eastern Star 
849 and Harold served as First Worthy Patron. He 
was active in community affairs, served as Willow 
Branch Township supervisor for several terms, one of 
the trustees for Cisco Fire Protection District from 
the time it was organized until the time of his death 
in 1957. 

Bessie was a member of the W.S.C.S. of Cisco 
United Methodist Church, a charter member of the 
Cisco Woman's Club, a 50-year member of the Order 
of Eastern Star, a member of the Birthday Club and 
the Cisco Home Extension. She passed away in 1973. 

Paul McKinney is presently living in Valley City, 
North Dakota. He married Beulah Rotenberry of 
Decatur in 1938. They have two children and one 

Helen Louise married Wilmer Leon Clifton in 1948. 
They have one son, Jeffrey Leon, born in 1955. {see 
Clifton History.) 

Fred Niles Family 

Fred and Minnie Niles (both deceased) moved to 
Cisco and worked for Clem Doane and Charley Cro- 
ninger. They purchased property from Roy Coffin in 
1928 in Cisco and lived there until Mrs. Niles death. 

Mr. Niles was born in Germany and came with his 
parents to the United States, when he was nine years 
old. Fred and Minnie had six children; Mable (de- 
ceased) married Wm. Bush and had five children, 
Alice and Guy Compton have two children, Harry 

(deceased) married Blanche Barclay of Weldon and 
they lived in the Cisco community for 22 years. 
Though living near Oreana, Blanche is active in Cisco 
activities. They have two sons, Robert, married to 
Jane Orr of Onargo, and Paul, who is married to 
Sandra Crowe of Oreana. Each has four children, but 
Robert has one deceased. Everett (deceased) married 
Vada Goken of Weldon and lived there. Henry married 
Stella Rannebarger of Cisco and they have one son. 
Cynthia and Glenn Tozer (deceased) have two sons. 

The Noecker Family 

The Noecker brothers, Sylvester and Nate, came to 
the Cisco area on horseback with covered wagons in 
the mid 1800's. They left Pickway, Ohio, to come to 

Sylvester married Ann Eliza Agustus, daughter of 
Clark Agustus, in 1872. The Agustus family had 
traveled to the Argenta area from the same county in 
Ohio as the Noecker brothers. Sylvester and Ann Eliza 
settled on land purchased from Henry Noecker in 

Sylvester Noecker home, Mary, Ann (Mrs. Sylvester) and 

1874. Sylvester then acquired more land in 1876 and 
1903 to make his farm a total of 240 acres. They 
built the house pictured in the 1880's. The Ruch 
family are living in the house as it now stands. 

There were seven children born to Sylvester and 
Ann. They were William Peter, Harry, Clarence, Ber- 
tha, Grace, Mary, Harrison. After farming his land 
all of his life Sylvester retired and moved to Argenta 
in 1909. He died the following spring. The eldest son, 
W. P. Noecker moved back on the home place with 
his wife, Lula Harkelroad Noecker and their children, 
Ray, Doris, Elbert, Lucille, Cyril, Harry, Clark, 
Thelma and Jean. They lived there until the early 
1930's. The farm was then sold and W. P. Noecker 
and his family moved to Monticello and then on to 
the Hammond area. 

The children of W. P. Noecker and his wife Lula, 
arc all living with the exceptions of Ray, Elbert, 
Harry, and Clark. Ray's widow. Vera Scott Noecker, 
lives in Cisco at this time as do their daughters, 
JoAnn Noecker Shafer and Marilyn Noecker Sago. A 
son, Don, lives in Jacksonville, Illinois. 


Nolan Family 

The Bernard Nolan family moved to the J. T. 
Whitley farm northwest of Cisco in February of 1951. 
Bernie and Peg had three children: C.reg, Charlie, 
and Kathleen. Margaret and Mary were born after 
the move to Cisco and this completes the family. 

All of the children have attended Cisco Grade 
School and are graduates of Monticello High School. 
Greg is a graduate of Loyola University, Charlie a 
graduate of U. of I., Kathleen a graduate of Illinois 
State, Margaret a senior in pre-med at U. of I., and 
Mary is a freshman at St. Francis School of Nursing 
in Peoria, 111. 

Greg, his wife Cathy, and their two children, 
Gregory James and Kevin Michael, have lived in Cisco 
since March 1973. Greg operates the Marathon tank 
wagon for the Cisco Coop Elevator. Greg served in 
the army. 

Charlie and his wife Gail, live in Carmi, Illinois. 

Bernie and Peg have kept busy with their family, 
the farm, their church, school, and civic activities. 
Bernie and Greg are both members of the Cisco Fire 
Department. Peg is a member of the Cisco Home 
Extension. Greg's wife Cathy is a member of the 
Cisco Evening Woman's Club. The family are all 
members of St. Philomena's Catholic Church in 
Monticello, Illinois. 

Charles, Mabel and Thada Olson. 

History of Charles Olson 

Charles Olson was born in 1879 to James and 
Christina Olson of Deland, Illinois. Thada Lane, born 
in 1885, married Charles Olson in 1914. In 1917 the 
couple moved to a farm one mile north of Cisco. The 
house on this farm had been moved to this site by a 
former owner, John Reardon, from the Weddle farm. 

During the years that followed Charles farmed 
1500 acres with a stable of 40 horses. He took great 

pride in his horses, often showing them at fairs. He 
raised many of his horses. His show horses were 
Percheron. He sold a team of these to Budweiser 
Company, in St. Louis. 

Being one of the more progressive farmers of his 
day he was one of the first in the area to farm with 
tractors. He was also one of the first in this area to 
plant the crop, soybeans, then called the "wonder 
bean". He owned a Case steam engine which was used 
to power a Reeves thresher. He also owned a Sandwich 
corn sheller. 

Born to Charles and Thada was a daughter, Mabel. 
Mabel became secretary for the Cisco Grain Co. Later 
she was employed by the Gerber State Bank of 
Argenta. She married William Weirich and moved to 
Phoenix, Arizona, where she now resides with her 
husband and two children, William and Christine. 

Charles died in 1946 and Thada remained on the 
farm until 1957 when she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona 
near her daughter. Thada died in July of 1973. 




Helen, Milt, Jo Ann and Don Padgrett. 

History of Milton Padgett 

Milton Padgett was born in Wayne City, to Virgil 
and Rebecca Padgett in 1905. He married Helen 
Cheatham in Clinton and moved to the Cisco area in 
1932. He worked for Ralph Rannebarger for several 
years. During this time two children were born to Milt 
and Helen. Don, was born in 1932 and JoAnn was born 
in 1936. The family then moved south of Cisco where 
Milt rented land fom Loren Pattengill. In 1949, the 
family moved north of Cisco to farm the Charles Olson 

Don, a graduate of Argenta High School enlisted 
in the Air Force in 1951 and served four years. He 
married Carol Mills, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Mills in 1952. He was discharged in 1955 and returned 
to the Cisco area. Two daughters were born to them, 
Terri and Kim. 


JoAnn, a graduate of Monticello High School and 
the University of Illinois married Gary Verhey in 
1964. She now resides with her husband and two sons, 
Greg and Brian, near Spokane, Washington. 

Milt died in September, 1964. Helen continued to 
live in the Olson house until she remarried in 1968 
when she moved to Monticello. 

charter member of the Woman's Club and a member 
of the Methodist Church. The Pape's had no children, 
but raised Mrs. Pape's granddaughter, Ileen Coon, 
born in Cisco in 1913. Ileen was married to Glenn Vest 
in 1936. They have lived in and around Cisco since 
their marriage and have one son, Lee Ray, who 
married Anna Tate in 1958. There are two grand- 

Pearl Padgett Family History 

Pearl Padgett and his wife, Serelah, moved to the 
Cisco community in 1923. They lived with and worked 
for Ralph Rannebarger. In 1924 a daughter, Wilma, 
was born to the Padgetts. In 1926 they moved to the 
Statts farm. In 1928 Pearl and family moved to the 
Loren Pattengill farm southwest of Cisco. Wilma 
attended Havley School, then transferred to Cisco 
Grade School. She went to Cisco High School two 
years and graduated from Cerro Gordo High. 

In the summer of 1941, Wilma married Donald 
Hall of Cerro Gordo and they moved to Peoria. The 
Padgett's moved to the Scott farm north of Cisco in 
1942. The Hall's moved back to Cisco to help with 
the farming. In 1943 a son, Tom, was born to Don 
and Wilma. Padgett's rented the Charles Olson land, 
however after Don was discharged from service in 
1946, Padgett's bought the Hollorand Farm from 
Audrey Chapman and the Hall's moved there. A 
daughter, Donna Lea, was born to Don and Wilma in 

A tragedy struck the family in 1948 when Pearl 
Padgett was killed in an automobile accident in 
Springfield. Milt Padgett, a brother of Pearl, moved 
to the Olson farm. Serelah built a home in Cisco and 
the Hall's moved to the Scott Farm. Another tragedy 
struck the family in 1952 when Serelah Padgett and 
Donna Lea Hall were both killed in an automobile 
accident at Forsythe. 

Tom Hall graduated from Cisco Grade School and 
Monticello High School. In 1961 he married Sonia 
Strohl. He finished college at Millikin. They live in 
Clinton with their two children. Amy and Craig. Tom 
is Assistant Manager of the Dewitt County Savings 
and Loan. The Don Hall's resided on the Scott farm 
until 1970 when they moved to Arizona where Don 
is associated with Amelco Electric Corp. and Wilma 
is with the First National Bank of Arizona. 

Pape Family 

Thomas Pape, born in 1830 in England, and Eliza- 
beth Boyland, born in 18:53 in New York, were married 
in 1852 and had four children. 

Henry A. Pape 1864-1948) was born near Cisco. 
He attended East Cisco School. He farmed 80 acres 
north of Cisco, and moved into Cisco in 1926. 

Cora Clow Oxley (1869-1962) was born in Louden 
City, 111. She married Henry Pape in 1905. Mrs. Pape 
was a 50 year member of the Rebekah Lodge, a 

Andrew Parr Family 

The first member of the Parr family to settle in 
the Cisco area was Andrew Elliot Parr. He was born 
in Ohio in 1842. His father, Hiram Parr was born in 
Lickin County and his mother, Sarah, was a native 
of New Hampshire. At age 18, he came to Illinois 
and for some months worked in Macon County. After 
the outbreak of the rebellion, he was not content to 
remain in the North while others were braving hard- 
ships and danger so he entered the army and served 
in Company E, 116th 111. Infantry. He served under 
General Sherman and marched from Atlanta to the 

When the war was over, he returned to Piatt 
County and married Caroline McCartney. She was 
born in Ohio in 1840. Her paternal ancestors were 
Irish. When her father died in Ohio in 1865, she 
came with her mother and sisters to the Cisco com- 
munity. After their marriage they lived in various 
places near Cisco and finally bought 320 acres east 
of Cisco. They had eight children. The survivors were 
Charles T., Samuel, Maude, Chester and Perley. 

Charles T. Parr, the eldest child, was born north- 
east of Cisco in 1870. His youth was spent in this 
community where he attended country schools and a 
term at Brown's Business College. In 1896, he married 
Lutie A. Melvin. She was the daughter of Lewis and 
Martha Melvin (see Melvin history). 

Charles and Lutie lived north of Cisco where their 
two children were born, Lloyd and Lucille. In 1899, 
they moved into the home of the paternal parents, 
Andrew E. and Caroline Parr who moved to Monti- 
cello to retire. Caroline Parr died in 1916 and Andrew 
died in 1925. Charles and Lutie built the present home 
which is now the home of their grandson, Melvin H. 

Mr. Parr was an active citizen of the community 
serving on the Grain Co. Board from 1908 to 1947. 
He was active in the Methodist Church, the Lodge and 
Masons. Mrs. Parr was active in church and D.A.R. 
in Monticello. Lloyd died during a flu epidemic when 
he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Sta- 
tion during W.W. I. Their daughter, Lucille, was 
married in 1924 to Sanford J. Gulley of Urbana, 111. 
They now reside in Decatur. Their children are Bar- 
bara, who married Dean A. Robb and now lives in 
Michigan, and Melvin, born in 1930, and married to 
Carol Franklin of Decatur. There are six great- 


Daniel Perry Parr 

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Perry Parr moved to Cisco 
in 1904. Mr. Parr lived near Weldon and was the 
son of Oliver and Jemima Parr. He married Nora 
Shaffer of Argenta in 1882. Mr. Parr was a retired 
farmer due to illness. They Jiad five daughters. One, 
Ada, died in infancy. Sylvia was maried to Charles 
Humphrey from Missouri and spent most of their 
married life in or near Laramie, Wyoming. Eunice 
was married to Lloyd Bryant of Bloomington and 
spent their married life near Dunbar, Wisconsin. Olive 
was married to John Reed of Kentucky and spent 
their married life in and around Cisco, Bement and 
Cerro Gordo. Jessie was married to Parke H. Simer 
of Cisco and spent most of their married life in the 
Chicago area. They both taught school in Cisco before 
they were married. 


Nora Parr, Olive Parr Reed, Jessie Parr Slmer, Eunice Parr 
Bryant and Daniel Perry Parr in front of their home. 

King Pattengale Family 

King Pattengale and his wife Anna (Simen) Pat- 
tengale moved to Cisco in 1906, with their four chil- 
dren. Later on two more children were born. The chil- 
dren were: Bernard (deceased) ; Ruth (Mrs. Chas. 
Leach), Deland, Illinois; Carl, Grandview, Missouri; 
Clarence (deceased); Mai-garet (Mrs. Berlie Hart), 
Bradenton, Florida; and Paul, St. Louis, Missouri. 

King came to Cisco to be agent-operator for the 
Illinois Central Railroad and held that job until his 
retirement. In those days the railroad played a vital 
part in the economy of the community. The telegraph 
was also very important and on election nights King 
would stay at the depot all night receiving the results 
of the election by wire. Any news of importance was 
passed along by other operators including weather 

King passed away in 1942 and Anna in 1952. At 
the present time no member of the family is living in 

The King Pattengale Faniil.v. back row: Clarence, King, 
Bernard, Carl and Paul; front row: Anna, Margaret and 


Pattengill Family 

Dr. Morrell Pattengill was born in 1868 at 
Wheelersburg, Ohio, the second son of Smith and Alice 
Littlejohn Pattengale. They were of English lineage. 
The eight children were: Smith, Morrell, Ira, King, 
James, Oscar Lewis, Lydia and William Channing. In 
1880 the family moved to Oconee, Shelby County. 

Dr. Pattengill came to Cisco in 1896 to practice 
medicine. He graduated from Rush Medical College. 
Nellie Grace Croninger became his bride in 1899. She 
was the daughter of Mahlon Croninger. They built a 
house on Main Street where Sam Clarks live now. 
Doctor and Nellie had one son, Loren Morrell, born 
in 1907. They spent some time travelling in the 
warmer climate of the south during the winter, be- 
cause of Nellie's health. She died in 1910 at age 35. 
Soon after this, the doctor's mother, Alice, came to 
live with he and Loren. She was a loyal worker with 
the societies of the M.E. Church until her death in 
1929. Another member of the family was Rosa Koonce 
(cousin to Minnie Sago) who came to Cisco about 
1911. She now resides in Mattoon. 

The Doctor helped look after the farming interests 
and his hobbies were gardening and raising roses and 
new varieties of peonies. He was a member of the 
building committee for the third M.E. Church in 
Cisco and was a charter member and a fifty-year 
member of Masonic Lodge No. 965 of Cisco. He was 
87 when he died in 1955. 

In 1931 Loren Pattengill married Ruth E. Drys- 
dale, (1907- ), daughter of Cornelius and Sarah 
Martin Drysdale of Blue Mound. Ruth was a hospital 
dietitian, trained at Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago 
and served as a dietitian at Cook County Nurse's 
Home, then later at Decatur Macon County Hospital. 
Their only child was Shirley Beth, a Millikin graduate, 
born in 1932. They moved in 1938 to the red brick 
house on Main Street which was built by Loren's 
uncle, Charles Croniger, Jr., in 1912. 


Dr. and Mrs. Morrell Patteng^. 

Loren was active in community affairs, serving 
as mayor; on board of directors and president of 
Cisco Coop. Grain Co.; president of board of trustees 
of Cisco Fire Protection Dist. ; a director of North- 
town Bank of Decatur; and vice president of Gerber 
State Bank of Argenta. He belonged to the Masonic 
Lodge of Cisco, Ansar Shrine and Royal Order of 
Jesters of Springfield. Besides his farming and live- 
stock interests, he owned and operated an apple 
orchard and raised white deer. Loren passed away in 

Their daughter, Shirley, married Lawrence A. 
Hamilton of Decatur in 1955. Larry is a stock broker 
in Champaign. They live in Monticello. Their three 
children are : Angela Rene, William Morrell and Loren 

Paugh Family 

Hardie T. Paugh, wife Emma and five children, 
moved to Cisco from DeLand around 1914. He was 
elected road commissioner and also had a well digging 
machine, with which he drilled a large number of 
wells in Piatt county. Later he ran the garage which 
was located on Main Street in Cisco. After that he 
had one back of his house on Main Street. 

In 1921 he moved his family to Wisconsin where 
he purchased farm land. The children are all married. 
Fred lives in California and is retired. They have one 
son. Florence Paugh Beamer is a widow and lives in 
Monticello. She worked at Shriner's Hospital and Chil- 
dren's Memorial. In later years she was a department 
manager at Goldblatt's in Addison, 111. 

Harold is retired and owns and operates a camping 
court near Cloverdale, Ind. He was a department man- 
ager for a Sears store in Anderson, Ind. He has two 
sons, Jerry and David. Willard is partially retired 
and lives in Marinette, Wis. He was a store manager 

for National Foods. He has two sons, Willard, Jr. 
and Steven. Helen Lewis is partially retired from 
Mercy Hospital, Champaign, and lives in Pesotum. 
She has one daughter who lives near Metropolis. 

Hardie and Emma Paugh both passed away in 
1965 and they were in their eighties. 

Peck Family 

The first record of the George Peck famliy, which 
was of Dutch origin, was a George Peck who lived in 
Augusta County, Virginia before 1750. There is no 
data on him, other than that he took part in the Clay- 
pool Rebellion and fought in the Revolutionary War. 

His son George, born in 1762, was married to Mary 
Lancisco. To this union were born nine children. 
Henry, Jacob, Matilda, John, Nicholas, Enoch who 
married Elizabeth Ater in 1827, Adonijah, William 
and Daniel. 

Enoch Peck came to Illinois in 1839 from Pick- 
away, Ohio, by team and wagon to a settlement along 
the Sangamon River in Willow Branch Township. 

Monroe Peck, son of Enoch and Elizabeth Ater 
Peck, was born and raised in Willow Branch Town- 
ship. He married Mary Margaret Williams, who was 
also born in Willow Branch, in 1869. Monroe would 
buy as many as three or four acres at a time until 
he had 89 acres where the family home stood. To 
this union were born four sons: Otto, Irving, Everett 
and Oren. Otto and Oren remained in Willow Branch 

Otto Peck married Mary J. Cornell in 1902 and 
farmed in this same community. Here they raised 
their three children: Sylvia "Sib" Higgins, Oreana; 
Harold E. Peck, Monticello, the present Piatt County 
Sheriff; and Helen Manges, Sterling. Also living 
descendants are two grandchildren, William Higgins 
and Donald E. Peck, and six great-grandchildren, Jeri 
Higgins Berneking, Steven Higgins, Donna, Jody, 
Steven and Marcia Peck. Otto Peck passed away in 
1942 and Mary J. Peck in 1968. 

The Phillips Family 

Jasper (Jap) Armstrong Phillips was born in 
1885, at Newburgh, Ind., the youngest of ten children 
of Price and Emily Van Phillips. Jap first came to 
Illinois at the age of 13 and worked on a farm near 
Springfield. He later went into business with his 
brother in Springfield. He then went to Wisconsin 
as a manager for Jewel Tea Co. and later worked for 
H. J. Heinz Company in Michigan, Wisconsin and 
Minnesota. He returned to Illinois to start farming 
near Maroa. He married Anna Belle Gentry Floyd in 
1915. Jap moved to the Cisco area in 1923 where he 
farmed until 1936 when he moved to Monticello. While 
farming he was well known for his race horses which 
were raced at county fairs in Illinois and Indiana. 

While farming near Cisco he bought the first com- 
bine in the area in 1929 from Albert Miller, the dealer 
for International Harvester. He was told the combine 


would not work in Illinois. One of these scoffers was 
J. R. Heath, who later sold the machines all over 
central Illinois. The combine proved so good in the 
wheat harvest Jap bought the second machine that 
fall for soybean harvest. The next year he bought 
the first mechanical corn picker sold in Cisco from 
J. R. Heath. 

In 1938, Jap moved to Cisco as manager of the 
Implement Company. When Route 47 was built, he 
built and operated the service station at the north 
edge of town. He served on the Cisco School Board, 
was Mayor and served on the Fire Department for 20 
years. After selling his business he drove a school 
bus for 16 years. 

He has one step son, W. Ottis Floyd, who married 
Margory Olson and now lives northwest of Cisco in 
the Shiloh church area. There are seven grandchildren. 
A grandson. Jack Floyd, lives in Cisco with the Phil- 
lips at the present time. Jack is the present Post- 
master. He has been active in the American Legion, 
serving three times as Post Commander, Post 1181, 
and as Piatt County Commander and as 19th District 
Commander. Jack is also a Past Master of the 
Masonic Lodge No. 965 and a charter member of the 
V'.F.W. of Piatt County, Post 5346. 

William G. and Frances Waesoner Pirtie 


In 1904, William and Francis Waggoner Pirtle 
moved from Chrisman to Cisco with their son, Walter. 
Newton and Raymond were both born in Cisco. For 
many years the Pirtles farmed and lived in the farm 
house where Paul Craig now lives. 

Walter married Hazel Taylor in 1925 and they 
have one son, Eugene. One Sunday afternoon, about 
three years after their marriage, their house was 
ransacked, and many of their possessions, including 
the rug on the living room floor and the bed clothes 
off the bed, were stolen. 

Walter has worked in this area all his life, doing 
mostly cornshelling and hauling. Walter and Hazel 
had the restaurant for about a year. 

Hazel has always been very active in community 
affairs. She was the first president of the WSCS of 
the Methodist Church, and the first president of 
the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of 
the Women's Club, and the Garden Club when gas 
rationing forced them to disband. She has had many 
hobbies. Her most memorable job was being a tele- 
phone operator. She started working for 9c an hour, 
and worked up to top wages of I2V2C an hour. She 
also worked at Tylac in Monticello during World War 

Their son, Walter Eugene, married Audrey Athey 
in 1956. They have two children, Jean Ann and Gary 

From 1948 until 1964, Eugene had a Star mail 
route. He also had a freight route established at the 
same time. He owned Dancey Brass Co. in Decatur 
until he started devoting full-time to the Cisco Cob 
Co. Bud's Barn Antiques, which started ou as a hobby 
for Eugene and P. C. Barnhart about 4 years ago. 
now requires a lot of his time. 

Newton Pirtle married the former Bessie Hilbrant. 
They had two boys. 

Raymond Pirtle and Hildred Lyons were married 
in 1935. They have two children, Reta Ann and Roy 

Raymond did trucking and cornshelling in the 
community until he entered the Army in 1944. Return- 
ing home in 1946, he started hauling grain again and 
did a lot of construction hauling on the interstate 
highway system. He owned his own trucks until 1972, 
when he sold out and retired. 

Hildred drove a school bus for corn detasseling. 
She also worked at the Cisco phone company, the 
grocery store, and is now part-time clerk at the Cisco 
Post Office. 

Reta Ann lives in California and has taught at 
Brentwood College for seven years. 

Roy Eugene at the present, is working at General 
Electric in Decatur. There he met Willa Arnold, and 
they were married. They have four children. 

Rainey Family 

Alexander Rainey and Sara Ewing were married 
in Antrim County, Ireland in 1867. A few years later 
they came to America. 

They first lived in DeWitt County near Weldon, 
Illinois. In later years they moved to a farm which 
they bought northwest of Cisco, Illinois, which is now 
the Ralph Rannebarger farm. They had a family of 
eleven children, two of whom died in infancy and 
Maggie, who died at the age of 5. 

Elizabeth, the eldest, was born in Ireland. She 
married W. O. Wilson. Joseph married Alma Staats. 
William married Nettie Cornell. Mary married C. E. 
Parr. James married Mary Ralston. Emma married 
Elmer Cloud. Cleve married Anna Rinehart. Elmer 
married Glenna Cornell. 

Mrs. Rainey passed away in 1902 and Mr. Rainey 
in 1911. They were members of the Cumberland Pres- 
byterian Church near Argenta. All the family lived 


near Cisco and Central Illinois, except James, who 
lived in Iowa for a number of years. 

All have passed away except Elmer of Cisco and 
Cleve of Champaign, Illinois. 

The children attended Pleasant Ridge School and 
later Elmer was a School Director of Pleasant Ridge 
for many years. 


In 1855 James Ezra Rankin (1851-1950), age 4, 
came from Guernsey Co., Ohio in a covered wagon 
with his parents, William and Lucinda Minerva Bow- 
man Rankin, and three sisters to Logan County. Later 
they moved to DeWitt Co., where five other children 
were born. In 1874 James Rankin, then of Macon Co. 
married Hulda Bear (1856-1928) of Bearsdale, Illinois. 
The next year they purchased land one mile north and 
one-half mile east of Cisco, where their three older 
children, Grace Rankin Patton (1876-1972), Roy 
(1880-1965), Nellie Rankin Barker (1882-1971) were 
born. In 1883 the Rankin family moved to their farm 
southwest of White Heath, where Chester A. (1886- ), 
Florence Rankin Kirkland (1891- ), and Noble (1894- 
1919) were born. This remained the home of the family 
until 1911, when the parents moved to Monticello. 
Decendants still living in the Piatt Co. area are Flo- 
rence R. Kirkland, her children, Dale and Kathryn 
Kirkland Barbour; Jim, son of Chester; and Lois 
Barker Leary, Nellie's daughter. 

Uack row: Mcllio Hendrix Rann»'barf>r<'r and Mary Elizabeth 

Wilson Kannpbarger; front row: Karl V., Ralph, Ray and 

William Marion Ranncbargpcr. 


William Henry Ranneharger (1826-1898) was the 
son of Stephen (1802 1876) and Su.sanna Michel 
(1801-1864) Ranneharger. There were eleven children 
born near Columbus, Ohio: William Henry, Adam M., 
Ann R., Sarah Elizabeth Ranneharger Barber, Stephen 
T., Jr., Susanna, Harriet Jane, Phillip W., Mary C, 

Joseph G. and John. He moved with his parents to 
Springfield Illinois in 1851. 

William Henry Ranneharger married Elizabeth 
Barber (1822-1892) in 1847 near Columbus, Ohio at 
the home of her parents, Elam and Violet Barber. 
Their only son, William Marion, was three when they 
moved to Springfield. In the fall of 1864 they moved 
to a farm northwest of Cisco. The site of the home- 
stead is still marked by ancient pine trees and 
beonged to the Ranneharger family, until it became 
a part of Friend's Creek Regional Park. 

William Henry's sister, Sarah Elizabeth, married 
William Henry Barber, brother of Elizabeth Barber 
Ranneharger. The Barbers had seven children: Wini- 
fred Scott, William, Charles Lafayette, Elizabeth 
Barber Munch, James, Anna Barber Munch. A brother 
in the area, Phillip W. Ranneharger, married Jane 
Carr and they had ten children: Nettie A. Ranne- 
harger Liestman, John K., Stephen T., Maggie A., 
Stella A., Ennis, Orrin P., Josie Mae, Marion L., 
Harrison, and Nellie Ranneharger Hainline Bland. 

In 1876, William Marion Ranneharger (1848-1920) 
married Mary Elizabeth Wilson (1858-1937) at the 
home of her parents, David Keys and Mary Jane 
Dickey Wilson, granddaughter of William Dickey, 
Revolutionary War veteran. William Marion and Mary 
Elizabeth had two children, Earl V. (1877-1951) and 
Atlee Pearl (1880-1888). Earl was born in a log house. 

Being childhood sweethearts at Bethel School, 
Earl V. Ranneharger married Mellie Hendrix (1878- 
1969) in 1896 in the home of her parents, James Mil- 
ford and Melina Elizabeth Massey Hendrix. They 
started housekeeping a mile from there on Stringtown 
Lane, where their two sons, Raymond E. (1898-1969) 
and Ralph (1902- ) were born. They moved north of 
Cerro Gordo in 1908, then back to Mellie's parents 
place. Earl raised cattle, sold and traded them. He 
traded up and down the road and often went out west 
or south, shipping in by rail. At the age of forty-two 
Mellie and Earl retired to Cisco. They were active in 
the Methodist Church. Mellie rode the train to Eastern 
Star in Decatur, before the chapter in Cisco was 
chartered. She belonged to Woman's Club and Garden 
Club. Earl was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Ansar 
Shrine, Cisco Eastern Star (Charter), Director of the 
Cisco Co-op Grain Co. and Director of the Gerber 
State Bank. He sold U.S. War Bonds during World 
War II. 

Both sons continued their father's interest in 
farming and cattle. They both belonged to the Masonic 
Lodge, Ansar Shrine, Shrine Club and Argenta Lions. 
Ralph received his 50 year pin in the Masons. They 
are members of the Cisco Methodist Church. 

Ray married Gladys Ater (1896- ) in 1917 and 
they lived where the boys were born. Gladys and Ray 
were charter members of Cisco Fasten Star. 

Ralph married Aileen \'elda Royse (1905- ) in 
1928 at her sister's home in Moweaqua. Aileen, a 
graduate of Decatur Macon County Hospital School of 
Nursing has been active in the community, belonging 
to the Enterprise Church then Cisco Methodist, Gar- 
den Club, Woman's Club, Eastern Star, North Birth- 
day Club and Sewing Club. Ralph is a past director of 


the Cisco Co-operative Grain Company, past director 
of Pleasant Ridge School, director of the Gerber State 
Bank. Ralph still has Black Angus cattle. The first 
time Aileen remembers seeing him, he was going by 
her home before school, on horseback, and her father, 
John Royse, said, "There goes Earl Rannebarger's 
boys after John Goken's cattle." He was about 9 years 
old. Their daughter, Patricia Ann Raimebarger Ford 
(1931- ), a Millikin graduate, was a teacher. Now 
she and her son, Robert Ralph Ford (1958- ) con- 
tinue the past generations' interest in farming and 
cattle. They all live on Stringtown Lane. 

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Reason, 1909. 

Samuel Reason Family 

Samuel W. Reason was born in Tennessee. After 
his father died, he and his brother, Pearley 0. Reason, 
came with their mother to Illinois. She later remar- 
ried. The boys by then were old enough to leave home 
and find work. Pearly lived with Samuel until his 
death in 1946. They had two step-sisters, now de- 

Samuel Reason married Ruth Boyd in Decatur in 
1902. (She was born in Kansas, moved to Missouri, 
then Illinois.) They lived south of Cisco in the Havely 
school area. He worked on a farm. While they lived 
there six sons were born: Elmer, Wayne, Pearley, 
Floyd, Wilmer and Herbert. One son, Wayne, died 
when 22 but all the rest saw service in either the 
Army or Navy, Wayne serving 22 years in the Navy. 
All are now deceased. 

In 1910 they purchased a lot in Cisco with a small 
home on it, then later a new one was built. Two girls 
were born to them: Gladys (Mrs. Paul Brighton) and 
Avis (Mrs. James Eastham), who is deceased. 

Don Reed History 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Reed came to Cisco in 1958 
from Monticello, where they were engaged in farming. 
They resided in the Paul Brighton home on Dodge 
Street until they purchased the A. B. Weddle home. 

Don Reed is park attendant and part time night 
security officer at Allerton Park. He is a member of 
Cisco Craig-Reed Legion Post. 

Lucille Reed began community service in the Meth- 
odist Church, Legion Auxiliary, Cisco Woman's Club 
and is presently teaching. Their children, Mary and 
Gary Reed both attended Cisco and Monticello schools. 
Mary is working at Burnam City Hospital, Cham- 

John David Reed, III 

John David Reed, III (1889-1973), was born in 
Madison County, Kentucky, the son of John David 
Reed, II, and Rosa Reeves Reed. 

John's father was drowned in the Kentucky River 
when John was three years old. They swam the river, 
which was at flood stage, as there was no bridge, and 
his horse threw him off. His mother and John, with 
his brothers Everett and Guy, moved in with their 
grandfather. They lived with him until she married 
again. They moved to Kentucky until John graduated 
from Irvine High School, attending college at Berea, 
Ky. He taught school in the mountains of Kentucky 
where they paid their teachers by the number of 
students going to school. 

His brother Everett worked in Illinois and wanted 
him to come to Illinois. He came and worked for Drew 
Statts for a year and met Olive F. Parr and they 
were married in 1912. Their first son, John David, 
IV, was born in 1917 in Cisco. He graduated from 
Argenta High School enlisting in the Army Air Corps. 
He was sent from Chanute Field to Nichols Field in 
the Philippines in 1939. He was there two years when 
the war broke out. The boys were promised reinforce- 

John III and Olive Reed. 


ments which they never received, so they fought a 
losing battle. John David was captured on Corregidor 
and went through the Bataan Death March, dying at 
Camp O'Donnel, a Japanese prison camp May 29, 
1942. He is buried at the Weldon Cemetery. 

Nora Rose, our daughter, was born in Wyoming 
in 1919. John was asked to come back to Cisco to be 
Assistant Cashier of the Croninger Bank. The family 
moved back to Cisco in 1919 where John bought an 
insurance agency (Reed and Reed) and sold insurance 
with his bank work. Nora, a registered nurse, is 
married to Russell C. Jackson, a retired Air Force 
officer. They live in Cerro Gordo and have three 
daughters and six grandchildren. 

Paul Parr Reed was born in Cisco in 1921. He 
served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, en- 
listing at Chanute Field in 1942. He was sent to the 
Philippines and Japan. He married Flossie Maurer 
from Kenney. They live near Cerro Gordo and have 
two sons and one grandchild. 

John was cashier of the Croninger Bank in Cisco 
from 1919 until the bank closed in 1927. John and 
Olive then moved to the country near Cisco until 1939 
when they moved to a farm near Cerro Gordo. They 
retired in 1948 and moved to Bement, later moving 
to Cerro Gordo. 

Preston and Lucinda Reed 

Lucinda Swarts, daughter of David and Anna 
Swarts, grew up southeast of Cisco. She married 
Preston Reed, a worked at Decaur's Staley factory 
for many years. 

Cindy attended Normal School at Normal, Illinois 
(Illinois State University) after graduation from 8th 
grade. She taught at Havely School for several years. 

Lucinda and Preston Reed. 

The teacher usually roomed with a family living close 
by and Lucinda did that. Morals and manners were 
included as a great part of the curriculum. She incor- 
porated these teachings with her Sunday School and 
church activities. 

"Aunt Cindy," as many in the community knew 
her, was very active in the Methodist Church. She 
taught Sunday School to many of the grownups of 
the present community. 

Marlyn, their only son, attended Cisco and Argenta 
Schools. Soon after graduation he married Dorothy 
Hanson from Maroa. After being employed a few 
years in Decatur he went to Peoria. From there he 
moved to Canton and does automotive work. 

Marlyn and Dorothy had two children, Billie and 
Jimmy. Dorothy died in early 1970. Preston died in 
1965 and Lucinda in the fall of 1970. 

Edward Reeser 

Ed Reeser came from a large family who lived on 
a farm in Pennsylvania at the edge of the Gettysburg 
battlefield. The strict, hard-working Quaker mother 
and father taught the family the value of thrift and 
hard work. The big brick house built by this family 
over 100 years ago is standing and in good repair as 
is the stone and wood house constructed by Ed's 
grandfather Daniel, with the help of Indians. 

Life along the Susquahanna River proved too un- 
eventful so Augustus and Edward (the youngest) went 
to Kansas and took up a claim. They lived in a dugout 
for two years, but after reckoning with drouth, grass- 
hoppers and locusts they pulled up stakes and came 
to Illinois. They had learned the art of tile and brick 
making in Pennsylvania and established a brick yard 
on ground southwest of Friends Creek Cemetery. 
In the meantime, Ed Mary Catherine Williams, 
daughter of Jackson and Lavinia Williams. Mary was 
organist at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church 
which was in Friends Creek Cemetery. They married 
and moved into a three room house on the present 
Reeser farm west of Cisco. Mary had inherited part 
of the original Joseph Long (her grandfather) land 
from her mother and she and Ed bought adjoining 
ground in the years to come. They built a new home 
and barns. Both were active in school, church, lodge 
and many other local activities. 

Ed Reeser was on the first Board of Directors of 
the Cisco Grain Company and was a director of the 
Croninger Bank in Cisco. He was very active in lodge 
work and was a 32nd degree Mason. 

For many years Mary Reeser was a director of 
Rural Park School (which she named). All their chil- 
dren and several grandchildren attended school there. 
Often the school teachers boarded at the Reeser farm. 

The Reeser children were Opal, Herbert and Irene. 
Opal married Arthur Hendrix and they raised a family 
of five children. Their children are Mable (Parrish), 
James Edward, Pauline (Mulligan), Lucille (Walker), 
and Dorothea (Moore). 


£dward Reeser, 1925. 

Herbert married Jessie Sellig of Niantic, Illinois, 
who taught at Rural Park School. Herbert farmed 
extensively and raised livestock in the vicinity of the 
home farm all his life. He farmed Rannebarger half- 
section southwest of Cisco 32 years, also farming his 
own farms and the home place, in later years. Herbert 
and Jessie's children are Mary Lotus (Moore), of 
Decatur, Jacqueline (Westermanj of Argenta, and 
Larry, who passed away in 1972. In 1952 Herbert and 
Jessie remodeled the Reeser home and Jessie lives 
there now. Keith Westerman, Jacqueline's husband, 
farms the place. 

Irene lived for several years in California and 
married Re.x Horning there. 

After coming to the farm west of Cisco, Ed lived 
on the same farm the rest of his life. Mary lived her 
last few years in Denver, Colo., with their daughter. 

The Reeves Family 

William C. (Dick) Reeves was born in a log cabin 
east of Cisco, in 1861. His parents, John and Angeline 
Ross Reeves were married on a steamboat on their 
way west. They eventually .settled in Piatt County. 
When asked by her father to move farther west to 
Kansas, Angeline refused, saying, "We are going to 
be Illinois folks!" 

Dick Reeves married Eva Longenbaugh in 1888. 
They had three children, Bert L., Everett and Ralph. 
Dick lived near Cisco for many years and farmed with 
horses all his life. On at least one occasion, he bought 
a lame horse for 25c, doctored it until it was well 
and sold it for 25 dollars. His horses were well 
trained. When plowing corn, he would start them 
down the row, then take a nap. At the end of the 
row the horses would stand until he woke up, turned 
them to start on another row and the routine would 

start again. His motto was, "If you can't ride faster 
than you can walk, you'd better get off." Just three 
days before he died at the age of 84, he had ridden 
several miles on horseback. Dick and Eva celebrated 
their 50th anniversary in 1938. 

Bert L. Reeves married Anna Elizabeth Cosby in 
1916. Bert served as teacher, principal and superin- 
tendent in Illinios schools for 26 years before retiring 
to a farm near Cisco in 1936. While in Cisco he served 
as director of the Piatt County Farm Bureau, and the 
Piatt County Service Co., and as Chairman of the 
Piatt Co. ACSC. They were active in church. Elizabeth 
(Betty) was a music teacher before moving to Cisco. 
In later years, Bert and Betty were active in Eastern 
Star. Betty was a choir director, member of Woman's 
Club, Home Bureau, and Sewing Club. They had four 
children : Bert L. Jr., Elizabeth Jean, William C. 
(Bill), and Marjorie Ann. 

Jean was an instructor in the College of Veterinary 
Medicine at the Univ. of 111. for many years. She lives 
in Cisco. Bill attended the Univ. of 111. He died sud- 
denly at age 42 in 1963. Marjorie graduated from 111. 
State Univ. and has an M.S. degree from George Pea- 
body College. She is the area specialist and teacher 
consultant in vocal music for the Springfield Schools. 
She is listed in the 1973-74 edition of "Outstanding 
Educators in America." 

Everett, son of Dick and Eva Reeves, graduated 
from Illinois State Univ. and taught in Illinois schools 
until his death in 1927. He married Cassie N. Cross 
in 1917. She was selected "Mother of the Year" in 
1957. Everett and Cassie had four children : Colin, 
Richard, Margaret and Robert, and thirteen grand- 

Ralph (1900- ), the third child of Dick and Eva 
Reeves, was born on a farm northwest of Cisco and 
lived there till his death in 1969. He married Ruth 
Dressier of Weldon in 1930. They were parents of 
three children, Frances, Ronald, and Lois. Ralph 
served on the School Board for several years and also 
was quite active in the Methodist Church. 

Frances graduated from Normal University and 
has a master's degree from the U. of I. She and Louis 
Kallenbach, Jr., have four children: Larry, Lynn, 
Donald and Darren (deceased). Frances teaches in 
the Deland Weldon school and Louis is the co-owner 

Eva and William C. Reeves. 


of the Deland Locker Plant. Ronald married Jan Ruby 
and they have two children, Rhonda and Shawn. 
Ronald is a farmer and still farms the Reeves home 
place, purchased in 1886. Lois married Bruce Cripe. 
Bruce was killed in 1972 and Lois and their three 
children live on a farm southeast of Cerro Gordo. 

Peter Remmers, married Fannie Lubbers and their 
children are Ann Wood, Opal, Mrs. Park (Pearl) Erd- 
ley, Pete Jr., and La Verne. Anna Remmers married 
Eike Lubbers and had five children. Katie Remmers 
married Otto Lubbers and had two children. Fannie 
Remmers married Lub Lubbers. Jennie Remmers mar- 
ried Talbert Heller. Henry Remmers married Gladys 
Souders and their children are Imogene and Richard. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jurko Remmers in their 1917 Chalmers. 

Peter Remmers 

Peter Remmers and Anna Bruns were born in 
Germany, met in the United States, and married. In 
1881 they moved from Logan County to a farm north- 
west of Cisco where they lived until they retired to 
DeLand. Their son, John, and his wife moved to the 
farm. Their son, Harold, still lives on the same farm. 
Peter's son, Peter and family, lived on a farm east of 
Cisco. Later they bought a farm near Milmine and 
moved there, when Henry married Gladys Souders. 
He moved to the farm east of Cisco and lived there 
until John Remmers bought the farm and his daugh- 
ter, Evelyn, and her husband, Max Campbell, moved 
there. Their son, Danny Campbell and family live 
there at present. 

Jurko Remmers, the oldest son, lived on String- 
town Lane for 16 years and then moved to their farm 
east of Cisco where Floyd (Bud) Remmers now lives. 
The only Remmers living in Cisco at this time are 
Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Remmers and their son, Joe 
and his family. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Huisinga, Jr., lives 
north of Cisco as does his son, Dale, and his family; 
and daughter and family, the Richard Robsons. 

Peter and Anna Remmers had nine children. Jurko 
married Bertha Wiggers and they had seven children : 
Anna, Clifford, Bertha, Wendalina, Margaret, Harold 
and Fred who married Othello Taylor. Jurko later mar- 
ried Helen Bowdre and their children were Hartford, 
who married Virginia Gillespie, and Floyd who mar- 
ried Joan Hilgendorf. Peter's oldest daughter, Mary, 
married Bert Huisinga and they had eight children in 
the DeLand area. Two, who live in the area are Bert, 
Jr., who married Geneva Goken, and John who married 
Bernice Olson, then Hilma Bowdre. Peter's son John, 
married Grace Swisher and had three children : Ernest 
married Maber Wohlmyer, Mrs. Max (Evelyn) Camp- 
bell, Harold married Doris Gaskill. The third son^ 

Dr. G. G. Rhodes Family 

When Dr. G. G. Rhodes came to Cisco to practice 
medicine in 1942, he remodeled the inside of the 
small building owned by A. B. Weddle just north of 
the barber shop. Besides a small reception room, 
examination and drug room, there was a small bed- 
room at the back where he lived for about three 
months. He married Eloise Wilkinson, R.N., whom he 
met while they were both at Jackson Park Hospital in 
Chicago, he as a resident and she a student nurse. 
She became his office nurse. A son, Robert William 
Rhodes, was born in Cisco. 

The doctor developed a good practice. He took 
some of his patients to neighboring hospitals, but this 
was at a time when there were still house calls to 
make and some home deliveries for babies. In 1944 
they felt the need for more room and a modern office, 
so they moved to Maroa for 10 years, after which 
he entered the service. When that ended, he continued 
his specialization in gynecology and obstetrics, locat- 
ing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they reside. 

Burr Rinehart Family 

Burr Rinehart (1882-1955) came to Cisco when 
he was sixteen years old. He was born near Argenta, 
being the son of John Rinehart and Hannah Gisinger 
Rinehart. Burr married Anna Adams. They had three 
children: Leonard (1907-1953), Frances (1912- ), 
and Bruce (1919- ). Anna died in 1928. Burr worked 
with the railroad, was janitor for the school and also 
the Methodist Church. 

Leonard Rinehart married Pearl Nicholson. Their 
only son, Wayne, married Jane Morfey. Their children 
are Waynette and Bruce. 

As their mother died while they were young, 
Frances helped raise her younger brother, Bruce. By 
her first marriage, Frances has a son. Dale Liestman, 
who married Doris Irvin. They have two children, 
Kim and Greg. Dale is with General Cable Co. Frances 
is married to Melvin Imel. She works at Kirby Hos- 
pital and Annex. They live in Cisco. Bruce married an 
English girl and lives in England. 

Do you remember I'll Walk A Mile for a Camel 
treasure hunt clue? Also, when someone saw part of 
the clues being hidden for the hunt? 


The George Rinehart Family 

George Rinehart (1851-1896) married Mary Eliza- 
beth Cloud (1854-1927). Their parents came to Illi- 
nois in covered wagons from Ohio and Virginia. They 
lived a mile north of Havely School. They had three 
children, Oscar, Jessie and Anna. 

Oscar (1879-1954) married Florence Hacker 
(1880-1954). They moved to Iowa, where they reared 
five children : Bertie, Harold, Clinton, Lucille and 
Nellie. They died within a few hours of each other 
and had a double funeral. 

Jessie (1880-1964) married William Mintun. To 
this union, two children were born, Berlyn and Vira. 
William died and she later married Walter Stack- 
house. They had one daughter, Maxine. He died, and 
she later married William Stilabower. They had one 
daughter, Bessie Mildred, who died at 15 months. 

Anna (1887-1973) married Cleveland Rainey. They 
moved to Iowa a few years, then came back to Cham- 
paign. They had two children, Evelyn and Paul, who 
both live at Champaign with their families. 

Both Inez and Ivan Dean attended Cisco Grade 
School and graduated from Monticello High. Inez is 
a Registered Nurse and works at Burnham City 
Hospital. She married Fred Werts, and they live on 
a farm south of Urbana. Ivan Dean joined the Navy 
in 1944. He married Betty Maple and they have one 
daughter, Lanette. He attended mortician school and 
now resides and has a funeral home in Mulberry 

— by Mabel Ripperdan 



In 1912 the W. E. Robb family moved from Ives- 
dale to a farm southwest of Cisco. The farm was 
known as "The River Farm." There were ten in the 
family. All of the W. E. Robb family were members of 
the Cisco Methodist Church. 


The Ripperdan Family 

Jason and Mabel Ripperdan came from Indiana in 
1918 to an Allerton Farm southeast of Cisco. Jason 
worked on the farm and I did the housework which 
meant cooking, washing, and ironing. There were 
eight in our family, and four hired men. Cooking for 
so many people three times a day took a lot of food. 
This was in the time of World War I, and one thing 
we didn't get much of was sugar; but we soon learned 
to use coi-n sugar. One thing that stays uppermost 
in my mind was seeing six teams of four horses each, 
come in from the field and the big measures of corn 
that it took to feed them. 

Inez was born in 1919 and Ivan Dean was born 
in 1926. The following year the family settled in 
Cisco. Jason worked at Evans Elevator until it was 
destroyed by fire, then he went to work at the Cisco 
Cooperative Grain Company. In 1942, Jason was 
appointed Road Commissioner. He resigned in 1950 
when elected Sheriff of Piatt County for one term. 
Jason was on the school board when the gymnasium 
was built as a WPA project and when Oak Grove 
School was consolidated into the Cisco District No. 93. 
When Cisco voted to have water piped into every 
home in 1950, Jason was the town mayor. The follow- 
ing fall we moved to Monticello where Jason served 
as Sheriff, then as assessor in Monticello Township 
until he passed away in 1964. 

We were members of the Methodist Church and 
I was Superintendent of the Primary Dept. for years. 
I was the Piatt County Chairman of Red Cross when 
we entered the Blood Bank Program and have parti- 
cipated in 4-H Club work for 35 years. Since Jason's 
death, I spend my summers with Inez and the winters 
with Ivan Dean. 

The Root Family in 1955: Vera. Tom, Jim and Fay. 

Fay H. Root Family 

It was in 1948 that Fay Howe Root moved his 
family from Bloomington, Illinois, into the house he 
had bought on Dodge Street in Cisco. Fay and his 
wife, Vera, had two sons, Thomas Woodrow and James 
Paul. Fay had accepted the position with the Univer- 
sity of Illinois as Instructor in Camp Management, 
with his office to be at the 4-H Memorial Camp adja- 
cent to Allerton Park. In 1952, he was appointed 
Assistant of Park and Camp Management and put in 
charge of the grounds at Allerton Park in addition to 
the 4-H Memorial Camp. 

Both sons graduated from Monticello High School 
and both received Bachelor Degrees from the Uni- 
versity of Illinois. Tom has masters degrees in 
Forestry and in Botany. Jim has a masters in Infor- 
mation Science. Tom taught at Blackhawk Junior 
College. Jim is a career man in the Air Force. 


Tom married Mary Hutchinson and they have two 
daughters, Lisa and Katie. Jim married Ann Dyson 
Sykes in Dawlish, Devon, England and they have 
two children, Ben and Jennifer. 

Fay and Vera had both taught in high school in 
Rockton, Illinois. After they were married. Fay also 
taught in El Paso and Bloomington, Illinois. Fay was 
a member of the Monticello Unit School Board for 
seventeen years. He served for a time on the Village 
Board and was on the Willow Branch Library Board. 
He belonged to the Cisco Chamber of Commerce, was 
a Willow Branch Township auditor, served on the 
Steering Committee for Parkland Junior College and 
on the Piatt County Zoning Board. 

The family members were affiliated with the 
Methodist Church. Vera was organist for several 
years. She directed several choirs, both adult and 
children. In 1949, when the church celebrated its 
seventy-fifth anniversary, she wrote and directed a 
pageant giving the church's history. Vera taught in 
Cisco from 1956-1972. After retiring, she spent five 
months doing research and interviews to help in the 
publication of the Cisco Centennial Book. 

The Roots built a home on the west side of 
Eldon Street in 1954. This was their home until they 
moved to Carlock, Illinois, in 1973 where they have 
completed a new home. 

Back row: Ordella Boyse Goken, Geneva Goken, Ira Boyse, 

Esker Boyse; front row: John Goken, Oressa Goken, Mary 

Boyse, George Boyse and Lucy Boyse. 

George Royse 

George Royse was born near Edinburg, Indiana in 
1845, son of Aaron and Elizabeth McQuire Royse. 
He was one of thirteen children. In 1874 he attended 
the National Normal University of Ohio. He married 
Mary Elizabeth McKee, who was born near Edinburg 
in 1876. They started farming on a farm northeast 
of Cisco. To this union were born four children : 

Ordella, Lucy, Esker, and Ira. Ordella married John 
Goken, Esker married Fred Davey and Lucy and Ira 
never married. They lived on the farm until 1905, 
when they moved to Jacksonville. 

John and Ordella Goken moved to the Royse farm. 
They had two daughters, Geneva Esker and Oressa 
Lucille. Geneva married Bert W. Huisinga of DeLand 
in 1924 and they had two children, Beulah Ledoris 
and Dale Bert. Beulah married Lewis Richard Robson 
of Franklin in 1948 and live north of Cisco. They have 
three children, Linda Kay, Duane Richard and Mari- 
lyn Ann. Linda married Dennis D. Hendrix and they 
have a daughter, Jennifer Lynn. Dale married Nancy 
Lee Heath of Monticello in 1955. They live northeast 
of Cisco on the George Royse farm. They have four 
children: Robert Dale, David Alan, Gary Douglas and 
Amy Jo. 

Oressa married John Leslie McQueen of Normal 
in 1928 and had one son, John Leslie. He married Sue 
Pool and they have two children. They live in Ohio. 


Hiram Royse 

In 1865 Hiram (1840-1900) and Mary Ellen Long 
Royse (1844-1917) came to the Cisco area after living 
near Maroa. They came in a covered wagon from 
Indiana accompanied by their brother and sister, 
William and Marietta Royse Long. Another brother, 
Phillip Long, was killed in the Civil War. Hiram, the 
oldest son of Aaron V. (1818-1887), grandson of a 
Revolutionary soldier, and Elizabeth McQuire Royse 
(1820-1902), were born in Edinburg, Indiana. Mary 
Ellen was born in Ohio, daughter of Young and 
Katharine Weaver Long. 

Hiram and Mary Ellen had nine children : Emily 
(1863-1943), Amanda (1865-1934), Albert (1867- 
1929), Alice (1869-1957), Ella (1870-1878), Clara 
(1873-1895), Josie (1875-1945), John Aaron (1878- 
1950), and Harve (1883-1936). The family lived 
northeast of Cisco for several years, dividing the 
farm so the boys were able to farm. In 1895, Hiram, 
Mary Ellen, Josie, John Aaron and Harve moved to 
Monticello. Hiram gave the ground for Enterprise 
Church. He was one of those instrumental in getting 
the drainage ditch through that area, draining the 
land to Friend's Creek, John and Harve Royse were 
musical, being self-taught. John played the violin, 
while Harve played the accordian, oboe, cornet and 
clarinet. Harve had the first cylinder phonograph in 
the area and cut some of his own records. 

Emily Catherine married Armster M. Doss in 1878 
and they farmed in the area until his death in 1906, 
then the family moved to Monticello. Their chil- 
dren were: Charles (1879-1935), who married Saddle 
Higgins in 1905 and had thne children; William 
(1885-1965), who married Tona Ahlrich in 1908 and 
had two children; John (1888-1955) married Mable 
Musick in 1907 and they had two children; Marion 
(1889-1923) who married Lula Leistman; Bessie 


The John Royse Family, back row: Ralph Kannebarger, 
Violet Falck Boyse, Wayne Aaron Eoyse, Albert V. Leach; 
front row: Alleen Royse Rannebarger, Patricia Ann Ranne- 
barger, Helena Bruns Royse, John Aaron Royse, Thomas 
Royce Leach and Opal Royse Leach. 

Chicago. Aileen, a graduate nurse from D.M.C.H., 
married Ralph Rannebarger in 1928. Their daughter, 
Patricia Rannebarger Ford, and her son, Robert Ralph 
Ford, live near them north of Cisco. Wayne Aaron 
attended Wesleyan. He married Violet Falck, a grad- 
uate of Normal, in 1934. She was from Melvin. Their 
son, Norman Wayne (1946), graduated from Sam 
Houston University. They all reside in Houston, 
Texas. Wayne retired from Brown and Root Electricai 
Engineering Firm in 1973 after 26 years. 

Like his father, Hiram, John Royse served on the 
Enterprise School Board. John was a director of the 
Cisco Co-operative Grain Company. Helena's extra 
interests were her flowers and chickens. She would 
have said like her daughter Aileen, "It isn't a green 
thumb, but a dirty one." She was a member of the 
Triple C Club. The family members were active in 
the Enterprise Church, transferring to the Cisco 
Methodist Church, when the two churches merged. 

Harve and his mother, Mary Ellen, moved back to 
the homestead in 1904. Harve farmed there until his 
death in 1936. 

(1892- ) who married Earl Norris in 1916 and had 
one son; Elbert (1900-1946) married Frances Wil- 
liams in 1923 and had a son. 

Amanda (1865-1934) married Frederick Swam in 
1891. Albert E. (1867-1929) married Eulala Winger 
in 1891. They moved to Indiana in 1898. They had 
eight children: Sylvia, Edith, Edna, Olscoe, Ray, 
Floyd, Earl and Katherine. 

Mary Alice married John W. Stillabower. They 
had five children: Harvey, Mrs. Claude (Mary) 
Smith, Perley, Florence, and Mrs. Charles (Frances) 
Spainhour. Harvey (1892- ) and Mary Stillabower 
Smith (1896- ) made their home with their Uncle 
Harve until his death. Clara married William Odaffer. 
Josie married Oscar Olson and they had two children, 
Mrs. John (Bernice) Huisinga (1908-1944), and a 
son who died in infancy. 

John Aaron Royse married Helena Bruns (1880- 
1968), daughter of Herman Evers and Angie Evans 
Bruns, in 1902. Herman and Angie, emigrating from 
Hanover, Germany in 1868 to Logan County, Illinois, 
settled in Piatt County about 1884, then to Cumber- 
land County about 1900. Their children were Aleada 
Bruns Hershbarger, Herman, Helena Bruns Royse, 
William Anna Bruns Holsapple, and Etta. John Aaron 
(whose names trace back as family names into the 
1600's) and Helena lived on the home farm until his 
mother and brother returned to the farm. Then they 
moved to his farm northeast of Cisco. They had three 
children: Opal Elva (1902-1967), Aileen Velda (1905- 
) and Wayne Aaron (1908- ), who attended Enter- 
prise School. Wayne attended the Cisco High School 
and they all graduated from Monticello High School. 
In 1934 Helena and John moved to a farm at Lodge 
for two years, then to the Weldon area, retiring to 
their home in Weldon in 1948. 

Opal attended Normal, graduating from Millikin, 
and taught school, often driving on the shoulders of 
the roads during wet weather. She married Albert V. 
Leach and they had one son, Thomas Royse Leach, 

Sago Family 

William Thomas Sago (1874-1958) was born in 
Kentucky a son of Abraham and Joanne Roach Sago. 
His wife, Minnie Johnson (1879-1961), daughter of 
Wyatt and Nancy McKinnis Johnson was born in 
White County. They were married in Carmi, 111. in 
1909. They came north and worked the L. E. Kistler 
farm in Macon County. In 1911 Tom started farming 
on the Dr. Pattengill farm southwest of Cisco and 
farmed until 1933. They had two children, Mildred 
and Orville. 

Orville Kermit Sago attended Havely Grade School 
and graduated from Argenta High School. He married 
June Hiser of Argenta in 1930. They lived on the farm 
until 1956 when they moved to Cisco. They have four 
children: Robert, who died in infancy; William Con 
(1933- ) who is the manager of the Cisco Co-op 

Minnie and Thomas Sago 


Grain Company which he has been associated with 
for nearly twenty years. He married Marilyn Noecker, 
daughter of Ray and Vera Noecker. They have four 
children: Cheryl, Sandra, Jeffrey and Jon. Doris Ann 
(1937- ) a graduate of Julia N. Burnham School of 
Nursing married John Hulett son of Mr. and Mrs. 
C. I. Hulett. They have three children, Dennis, Can- 
dace and Derek and live in Normal. Janet (1944- ) 
attended Brown Business College and married Joseph 
W. Felts, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Felts of Monti- 
cello. They have two daughters, Malora Jodene and 
Amanda Denise. Melora was born in Stuttgart, Ger- 
many. They now live in Monticello. Bill, Doris and 
Janet all graduated from Monticello High School. 

Midred (1913- ) graduated from Argenta High 
School. She married Orville Browning from Cerro 
Gordo. He died in 1952. They had five children: 
Robert Gerald, Donna Jean, Thomas Mark, Carol 
Walters, and Jon Rodgers. Mildred now lives in 
Decatur, 111. 

Fred and Bertha Shaff 


Ed Salisbury and Lettie Eubank were married 
June 10, 1911. To this union six children were born, 
two of whom died in early childhood, Evelyn Owens 
and Esther Votaw of Decatur; Edith Cox, Galesburg; 
Maxine Grady, California; and Lucille Herring of 

Mr. Salisbury did all kinds of machine work, 
threshing, corn shelling, tiling, etc. The Salisbury's 
left Cisco and went to Decatur to live about 193(3. 

— >-4- 

The Sample Family 

We (Glen and Catherine) Sample are both natives 
of Indiana. We moved from Homer, Illinois to the 
Cisco area in May 1964. We resided west of Cisco 
until purchasing the Preston-Lucienda Reed property 
in October, 1970. Glen is employed by the Norfolk and 
Western Railroad. We celebrated our twenty-fifth 
wedding anniversary January 11, 1974. We are the 
parents of' five sons. Glenn Jaye (1950J, employed by 
Wagner Castings and resides in Maroa with his wife, 
Cynthia, and daughter. Alan Raye (1951), a Norfolk 
and Western engineer, resides in Argenta with his 
wife, Mary, and daughters. Jeffrey (1953), is in the 
United States Army at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, living 
in Waukegan, Illinois, with his wife Robin. Jerry 
(1955) graduated from Monticello High School in 
June 1973, and Ronald (1959). 




There were boxing and wrestling matches held at 
the old livery barn. The keeper of the stable would 
put straw on the ground and cover it with a tarpaulin 
to be used as a mat. 


Michael Shaff (1835-1912) and Jennetta, nee 
Doane (1830-1899) came to Cisco in 1872 from Circle- 
ville, Ohio. Michael's father, Frederick was born in 
Pennsylvania and settled in Ohio. Frederick's spouse 
was Elizabeth, nee Jordan who bore seven children, 
one of which was Michael. Other children remained 
in Ohio; a daughter, Nancy, married Edwin Doane 
and also migrated to Piatt County. Michael married 
Jennetta Doane in 1860 in Ohio. There were five 
children: Ida, Cora, John, Clinton and Frederick. The 
daughters, Ida and Cora, married farmers, George W. 
Reynolds and Elmer McKinney respectively. More 
about the three sons later. 

As a farmer Michael chose to follow in his father's 
footsteps and the 180 acre place south of Cisco, 
became his home. The bricks used in building the 
house were kilned nearby. 

In addition to his farming activities, Michael 
served as Township Road Commissioner and as a 
school director. In his later years he moved to Cisco 
where he resided at his death. 

Michael's son John (1865-1927), graduated from 
medical school and became a physician and surgeon. 
His wife was Josephine N. and their children were 
Dwight, Robert and Mary Jeannette. Son Clinton was 
also a physician. He chose to spell the family name — 
Schaff, who has a son Paul B. and a daughter Lois. 

Son Frederick (1872-1942) stayed in Cisco after 
the other children of Michael Shaff left the village. 
After attending Normal School in McLean County, he 
served an apprenticeship in a drug store his^ older 
brother, John, operated in Cisco. He conducted a drug 
store business for 25 years or so. The location of the 
first store was on the east side of Main Street. Later 
it was moved to the west side of the street where it 
was the middle of a three store building. Fred served 
as a member of the School Board and on the Village 
or Town Board. The drug store was ck)§ed in the 
early thirties. Fred, his wife, and RutTi moved to 

1 00 

Fred was married to Bertha Ann Loveless in 1901. 
Her home had been in Effingham County, Illinois. 
There were three children: Ralph L. (1907- ), Jean- 
nette N. (1910- ), and Ruth V. (1922- ). 

In her earlier years, Bertha Shaft operated a 
millinery shop in Cisco. She was active in the Women's 
Foreign Society, the Women's Club and several other 
village activities. The Cisco Public Library was 
started with several dozens of books on about five 
shelves in the back of her husband's drug store. 

Frederick Shaft's children attended Cisco schools 
and Monticello High. Ralph went to the University 
of Illinois for one year and worked in insurance until 
retirement in 1970. 

Ralph was married in 1935 to Irene Emerson, a 
graduate of Normal whose home was in Stonington. 
Ralph and Irene have four children: Carla (1939J, 
Nancy (1941), Frederick (1943) and Richard (1946). 

Jeanette, later known as Jane, attended Normal 
University and graduated at the University of Illinois. 
She taught in Cisco and Cerro Gordo public schools. 
In 1937 she met and married a fellow teacher, Jewett 
(Kep) Kepley of Kankakee. They retired from the 
Pendleton, Oregon, school system. Their two children 
are Judie (1939) and Jan (1943). 

Fred Shaft's youngest child, Ruth, graduated Phi 
Beta Kappa from the U. of I., then moved to Chicago 
where she is employed by Peoples Gas Company. 

in Marion County. The three sons of theirs: Stafford, 
Dorr and Parke, attended Cisco Grade School where 
Jason Simer taught a few years. 

After leaving Cisco for a time, the family moved 
to a small farm south of Cisco. All three boys went 
to Illinois State Normal School and taught in dif- 
ferent rural schools in Piatt County. Parke taught in 
Cisco 3 years with 1 year as principal. 

Stafford was first assistant superintendent of 
Piatt county schools under Charles Mcintosh. Dorr 
served in the Army during World War I and Parke 
joined the Navy in 1917. In 1918 Mary and Jason 
Simer moved to Monticello where he served in the 
county treasurer's office and as an assessor. Stafford 
graduated from Millikin University. Dorr received a 
masters degree from University of Chicago. Parke 
obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illi- 
nois, where he was later on the medical staff as pro- 
fessor of anatomy. 

Stafford married Helen Walker of Clinton. Their 
daughter, Martha, is wife of Air Force Major Kent 
L. McDaniel, Hanscom Field, Mass. Their children 
are: Kerry, Kimlin and Kirk. Dorr married Ann Huis- 
inga of DeLand. Their son, Dorr and his wife, Jean 
Feltz, of Chicago, live on a farm near Reason. Their 
children are: Donna, Dick, Karen, Judy and Robert. 

Who remembers Cranes and Herons being found 
here, finding snail shells, hearing of Dead Sea or 
Buffalo Wallows? 

Mar}'< Parke and Jason Simer 

Simer Family 

The Jason Simer family, originally from near 
Salem, moved to Cisco about 1902 from McLean 
County. As a young woman (Mary Bell) May Simer 
had attended Normal School at Carbondale and taught 

The Snyder-Carroll Family 

Floyd Snyder and family moved to Cisco in the 
spring of 1941 from Mt. Zion. They moved on the 
Pattengill farm south of Cisco. The Snyders were the 
parents of two children, Keith and Anita May. Floyd 
died in 1967. 

In 1959, Keith married Nancy Reed of Strasburg. 
They live on a farm near Lakewood and are parents 
of three children. 

In 1942, Anita May and Kenneth L. Carroll were 
married while he was serving in the U.S. Army. They 
are farmers and lived one mile west of Cisco until 
recently purchasing and moving into the Jerry Miller 
home east of Cisco. They are the parents of five 
children : Dean, Darlene, Danny, Elaine, and Krista. 

Dean married Beverly Wileaver in 1965 and have 
two children, Kori Lynn and Darin Dean. They live 
southwest of Cisco on the Edwards farm. 

Darlene married Joe Smith in 1966. They have 
two children. Heather Rae, and Jared Andrew. They 
reside in Kewanee. 

Danny Carroll, a farmer, recently married Barbara 
Dyke of Monticello. They reside in the home place 
that his parents just moved from. It is the Ethel 
McCollister Roberts farm. 


Stephens Family 

Don and Margaret Stephens and their two chil- 
dren, Terry and Amy Jo moved from Decatur to Cisco 
in 1968. In 1971 Brian was born. 

Don was born and raised in Argenta and grad- 
uated from Argenta High School. Margaret was 
born and raised in Edwardsville, HI., and moved to 
Hammond in 1956. They were married in 1963 in 

In March 1973 they reorganized the Cisco Cub 
Scouts, Pack 100. Don is Cubmaster and Margaret is 
den mother. 

The William Stilabower Family 

William Stilabower (.1874-1943) came to Illinois 
from Indiana. He married Jessie Stackhouse (1880- 
1964), a widow with three children: Berlyn and Vira 
Minton and Maxine Stackhouse. They had one daugh- 
ter, Mildred, who died at 15 months. 

Mr. Stilabower operated a butcher shop in Cisco 
for many years. He bought cattle from the local 
farmers and did his own butchering out in the 
country. Big cakes of ice were bought in Monticello 
and stored in sawdust in a building behind the 
butcher shop. During threshing time he delivered meat 
and ice early in the mornings — by horse and buggy 
— to the farmers 

Berlyn (1902- ) married Musa Sheets (1906- 
1969). He lives in Wisconsin. Vira (1906- ) married 
Russell Likins (1905- ) and lives in Oreana. Their 
son, Gary, is married; has one son and a daughter 
and they live in Decatur. Maxine (1909- ) married 
Joseph Voightritter (1906- ) and lives in Detroit. 
They have twin sons, Donald and Ronald. 

Stuckey Family 

Peter and Julia Ann Burget Stuckey came to Cisco 
from Asheville, Ohio. Peter was born in Germany in 
1836 and emigrated to America from Bern, Switzer- 
land at the age of seven, along with his parents and 
one brother and two sisters. 

They came to Cisco with their five children : Sarah 
Jane, George, Ed, Katheryn (Katie) and Mary Etta. 
One of their homes was the residence now occupied 
by Mr. and Mrs. Vern Danison. Peter operated a 
meat market in a building next door to the building 
occupied at the present time by "Bud's Barn" antique 
store. The two sons, Ed and George, operated a gro- 
cery store at one time in a building where the antique 
.store is now located. 

Ed Stuckey was married to Fannie Rippel, who ran 
a millinery store on Main street of Cisco. Later he 
went to Decatur. 

George Stuckey married Emma Mosgrove and had 
five children : Walter, Lewis, Ann, Harold and Madie, 
who died at an early age. 

Katheryn (Katie) Stuckey married F. C. Young 
and had one daughter, Edith (see Young or Banihart 

Sarah Jane Stuckey married Alexander Perkins 
of Cerro Gordo, and had eight children. 

Mary Etta Stuckey married Loton Williams of 
Cisco. They had six children (see Williams history). 

Sullivan Family 

Clarence Russell (Pete) Sullivan was born in 1892 
to George and Salinda Barrett Sullivan in the small 
town of Newburg, being the youngest of eight chil- 
dren. Salinda will be remembered for the rugs sh.> 
wove on her loom. Pete lived there while working in 
the brick yards and distillery. When he married 
Gladys E. Six, daughter of James Warren and Sarah 
Jane Six, he worked for Argenta township, then 
farmed east of Argenta before moving to Cisco. Pete 
was a blacksmith for a time, then worked for the J. F. 
Loveless Co., the W. H. Jones Implement Co., and A. 
E. Miller Trucking Co. While working for Mr. Jones 
and standing at the top of a windmill he was repair- 
ing, the ladder slipped from its mooring and he fell 
to the ground with it, receiving only a few bruises 
and a sprained thumb. He managed the Cisco Garage 
for several years. After living in Louisiana for a 
time, they moved to Decatur where he had his own 
sheet metal shop with his oldest son. 

Pete and Gladys Sullivan reared eight children: 
(all three sons served in W.W. II) Paul Dean lives in 
Decatur; Doris, widow of the late Gene Conner, lives 
in Cisco; and Kathleene married James R. Blickens- 
derfer. They live in Califoi-nia and have three children. 
Donna married Thomas E. Edwards and they now 
live on a farm north of Milmine. Merwin W. Sullivan 
lives in California and has four children. Chrystyne 
lives in Cisco with her husband Earl Benson. They 
have four children: David; Linda and husband Dean 

Sullivan Family, 1946, front row: Donna Sullivan Edwards, 
Kathleene Sullivan Blirkensderfer, Mr. Sullivan, Mrs. 
Sullivan, Doris Sullivan Conner; back row: Christyne 
Sullivan Bejison, Paul Dean, C. Russell, Jr., Meni-in and 
Carol Sullivan Justice. 


Kerns live in Cisco and have three children ; Kenneth ; 
and Becky. C. Russell Sullian, Jr., lives in Indiana and 
has two daughters. Carol (Mrs. George T. Justice) 
lives in Decatur and has three children. 

Russell (Pete) Sullivan passed away 
Gladys Sullivan in 1970. 

in 1971 and 

Fred and Amanda Royse Swam. 

Fred Swam 

Fred Swam (1866-1924) married Amanda Royse 
(1865-1934) in 1891. Amanda was the daughter of 
Hiram and Ellen Long Royse. After their marriage 
they farmed northeast of Cisco in the Enterprise 
area, Fred having served on the school board in 1890. 
It was here that their two sons were born: Roy (1893- 
1966) and Clarence (1897-1957). Before the birth of 
Roy there had been a terrible ice storm, so John 
Royse, Amanda's brother, skated to Cisco to get the 
doctor, who in turn skated back. 

Roy married Lula Wiggins and they had two sons, 
Erwin and Edwin. They were born in Cisco. Clarence 
married Eva Welch. 

Fred moved into Cisco, buying the Perley Max 
hiemer home to live in. The built the brick garage, 
known as the Swam building. In this building was 
where the first dynamo that gave Cisco its first elec- 
tric lights. 

Later the Swam boys and their families lived in 

The Swarts Family 

Jacob Swarts and wife Elizabeth immigrated to 
the Cisco area from Virginia in the late 1850's. Settled 
on 96 acres as a farmer and carpenter in Willow 
Branch Township across from Shady Nook School. 

To this union was born David, Sylvester, John, 
Minnie, and Alice. 

John and Minnie never married, but stayed on the 
home place to farm after the death of the parents, 
Jacob, who died in 1885 and Elizabeth who lived until 
1909. Alice married Moses Dodd and lived on 40 acres 
adjoining the home place. In the early 1930's, Robert 
AUerton purchased these two farms and incorporated 
it into his holdings where the Sun Singer now stands. 

Sylvester and David learned the carpentry and 
masonry trade from their father and several buildings 
in the town of Cisco are monuments to their ability. 
One of the buildings now standing which was built 
by David Swarts, is the house in the southwest part 
of Cisco owned by Glenn Howard. 

Sylvester and his family moved to the Argenta 
community in 1910. 

David married Anna Eubank and to this union was 
born Francis, Lucinda, Arva, Ina and Everett. 

Ina died in early childhood. Francis, rural mail 
carrier and carpenter, started carrying mail by horse 
and buggy in 1906. He was too young to be legally 
appointed as permanent carrier, but went ahead to 
carry until he was of legal age in 1908. 

He married Louie Cook from Argenta. Their chil- 
dren were Harley, Thelma, Herald and David. He 
retired in 1948 after carrying mail 42 years and died 
in 1959. 

The Francis Swarts family lived in the house on 
St. Charles St., now occupied by the Delbert Williams 
family. All the Swarts children were born in this 

These children all attended Cisco schools and have 
since branched out to many communities and voca- 

Harley went to Louisiana. He returned to the 
Cisco area after a few years but now lives in Lincoln 
and works for Pittsburg Plate Glass Company. His 
son, Anthony, is in the transportation business and 
daugher, Sharon, is a nurse. 

The Swarts Family, seated: David and Anna; standing: Arva 
Swarts Wright, Frances S., Everet S. and Lucinda Swarts 



Thelma married Telvin Tuggle, a teacher. They 
have three daughters. Linda, a registered nurse, Carol 
and Harriett. Thelma is also a registered nurse and 
works at Carle Hospital at Urbana. 

Herald served in the U.S. Army during World War 
II. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart 
Award, marrying Sally Edwards from Weldon. Herald 
is in general carpentry and construction work. Their 
son is Michael, who works for Weldon Fertilizer Com- 
pany. He has two sons, Andy and Timothy. Mike lives 
in Farmer City with his wife Judy. 

David attended Monticello High School and served 
in the Navy during World War II. He married 
Patricia Bennett of Monticello in 1951. 

Their children are Mark, Brenda and Tamara Dea 
and Teresa Lea, twin daughters. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor on their 50th Wedding 

John laylor 

John and Daisy Taylor, natives of Spencer County, 
Indiana, moved to a farm near Cisco in 1916 with 
their four daughters. Hazel, Betty, Othella, and 
Norma. He farmed in the area until 1951, when they 
retired and moved into town, where they spent the 
rest of their lives. Mr. Taylor died in 1960, and Mrs. 
Taylor in 1963. 

Hazel Taylor, the oldest daughter, married Walter 
Pirtle. They live in Cisco, and so does their only son, 
Eugene, who married Audrey Athey. They have two 
children, Jean Ann and Gary. 

Betty was married to C. J. Clapp, and died when 
open heart surgery was performed in 1952. Their only 
son, Ted, married Linda Garner, and has two sons. 
Ted is a Hospital Administrator in Ft. Lauderdale. 

Othella married Fred C. Remmers and lives in 
Cisco. Their oldest daughter. Norma, is married to 
Bruce Miles. They live in Maroa with their five chil- 
dren : Debra, Tammy, Connie, Cheryl, and Edward. 

Fred P. Remmers is married to Neila Eads and has 
two daughters, Medea and Yvette. Joe Remmers mar- 
ried Linda Danison and they are Cisco residents. 
Cathy Remmers married Jim Fink. They and their 
son, Jared, reside in rural Cisco. 

Norma married Warren Toon and lives in Gulf- 
port, Mississippi. They have two daughters, Janice 
and Betty. Janice married Bruce Norman and lives 
in Georgia with their two daughters. Betty Maureen 
married Michael Coker and lives in Mississippi. 

The Turner Family 

John Adrian Turner was born to Taylor and Ellen 
Turner in Bradfordsville, Kentucky in 1884 and mar- 
ried Ethel Jarboe in 1905 in Louisville, Kentucky. 
They came to Illinois and he helped build the air fields 
in Rantoul and Belleville. In 1917 they came to Cisco 
and farmed in the area the rest of their lives. They 
had eight children. 

Ella Mae is married to Herbert Kay and lives in 
Arizona. Ambrose married Mildred Van Fosson of 
Argenta. They live near Hannibal, Missouri and have 
two children, Wanda and David. James C. (Shake) 
married Thelma Miles of Cisco. They have farmed in 
the Argenta-Oreana area ever since. They have two 
children. Bill and Mary. Bill is married to Betty Jo 
McVey of Argenta and they have two sons, Michael 
and Bradley. Mary is married to Jack Dickey and they 
have a son, John. John Jr. is married to Mildred Dugan 
and they farm in the Argenta area. They have one son, 
Albert, who is married to Rita Lewis and farms near 
Bible Grove. They have one son, Chad. Oscar is mar- 
ried to Helen Hurley of Decatur and they have two 
daughters, Kathy and Laurie. They live west of 
Decatur. Joseph died in 1953. Randolph is married to 
Helen Lake of Niantic and they have two children, 
Mary and William. Vivian is married to Robert Holly 
and they live in California. 

The Umbarger Family 

Mrs. Dora Umbarger, Nellie, Leonard and Harlan 
moved from the Pattengill Farm at Sidell in 1948 to 
the Pattengill farm southwest of Cisco. After living 
there one year they moved one half mile south where 
they now reside. 

Nellie is a member of the Cisco United Methodist 
Church and the United Methodist Women's Society. 
Leonard served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1946, 
some of this time being spent in France and Italy. 
Ralph (deceased) and Ernest are sons of Dora Um- 
barger also. There are eleven grandchildren and nine- 
teen great-grandchildren. Ellen Umbarger, a daughter 
of Ernests, stayed with the family, graduating from 
Argenta-Oreana High School in 1949. Ellen married 
Orville Frye Jr. and now resides in Tuscola. 

Mrs. Dora Umbarger passed away in 1963 and her 
husband Samuel Umbarger in 1940. They are buried 
in Clarksville, Illinois. 

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Calvin Vannote Family 

Calvin Vannote, son of William A. Vannote and 
Minnie Swisher Vannote, was born near Galesville. He 
married Leora Eubank on July 4, 1925. They lived in 
the Monticello area until 1936 when they came to 
Cisco. To this union five children were born, two of 
whom died in early childhood and Michael, a member 
of the armed forces, died in heart surgery. Alice is 
living in Farmer City and William is living in Decatur. 

Calvin bought the Marathon Station of Mrs. Lu- 
cinda Wheeler which he operated until Sept. 1, 1972. 


Madison "Mad" Walker (1857j and Sarah Brad- 
ford (1866) were married In 1882 and farmed in the 
Cisco community for many years. To this union were 
born thirteen children, two dying in infancy: Arthur, 
Harry "Junk", Goldie, Viola, Alice, Emma, Oscar, 
Clarence "Danny", Hazel, Walter "Bad Egg", and 

Arthur married Bessie Redding and lived in De- 
catur. Harry married Mayme Newberry Seevers of 
Farmer City in 1915. Goldie married Earl Parton; 
moved to Monticello where he worked at the elevator, 
later lived in Decatur. Viola married Frank Elsea and 
lived in Decatur. Alice married Cyrus Edwards who 
worked for Jim Clifton several years in his blacksmith 
shop, then as a cemetery caretaker at Argenta. Their 
two daughters, Geneva and Kathryn married brothers, 
Raymond and Richard Moore. Their son Floyd is 
married to Betty Brockman, live in Decatur. Emma 
married Dola Cline, lived in Decatur where he was 
with the Illinois Terminal System. Oscar joined the 
Army, served in W.W. I, worked as a chef in Decatur 
and California, married Frances Bradley. Clarence 
married Anna Badorek in Decatur and worked for 
ITS. Hazel married Oscar Taylor of Decatur where he 
was employed as a machinist for Muellers and A. W. 
Cash Co. Walter married Dorothy Dechert, worked for 
the Wabash Railroad. Ethel married Bill Mclntyre; 
later married William Robinson and lives in Decatur. 

During the years between 1921-24 Harry ran a 
dray wagon in Cisco. He went broke due to extending 
too much credit, so he decided farming was a better 
way to make a living. In 1928 they moved to Decatur; 
he died in 1962 and Mayme in 1973. His step-sons 
are Donald and Dale. Donald Lee Seevers (1911- ) 
married Sophia Avis Wiggirvi in 1934. Their children 
are Stanley Lee (1936- ; married to Miriam Briggs, 
Carolyn Jean (1938- ) and RoUin Dean "Polo" 
(1940- ). Stanley, his father and brother are em- 
ployed as carpenters and/or millwrights. Dale Arthur 
Seevers married Doris Latch of Decatur, have three 
children and reside in Florida. 

Harry and Mayme Walker had five children: Earl 
Walker married Mary Leach (a niece of Jersey and 
Charlie Leach) live in Decatur, have two children; 
Robert Walker married Marge Dieler, have five chil- 
dren and reside in Decatur; Harry, Jr., married 
Kathryn Mann, have two boys and live in Decatur; 

Carl married Gladys Koontz and had three children 
(Gladys died in 1963), then Carl married Ann Wyland. 
Lorraine married William Spencer of Kenny, lives in 
Decatur with their three children. 

Samuel Weddle 
John H. and Daniel Weddle 

Samuel Weddle and Anna Spencer Weddle migrated 
with their children from Kentucky to Illinois in 1845, 
and located in Morgan county. The journey was made 
on a flat boat and steamer and when they landed at 
their destination the father had fifty cents left. In 
1856 they moved to Willow Branch Township. Samuel 
bought a quarter section of land for which he paid 
fifty cents an acre. It was in a wild condition just as 
the Indians had left it, and at one time Mr. Weddle 
counted thirty six deer. He died in 1888. They had 
thirteen children, among them being Mrs. F. M. (Eliz- 
abeth) Shull, John H., Mrs. Willian (Mary) Talbert, 
Daniel, Mrs. William (Martha) Wilson, Mrs. William 
(Emma) Marsh, and Mrs. Benjamen (Melissa) Stuart. 

John Weddle (1844-1931) was born in Kentucky. 
He entered service at eighteen and fought in a num- 
ber of battles in the Civil War and was discharged in 
1865. He returned to his home, becoming a successful 
farmer and stockgrower. The home was a handsome 
brick residence, still being used today. He was mar- 
ried in 1873 to Amanda Cain (1854-1892), a native of 
Adams County. She was the daughter of Abel and 
Octavia Cain. Seven of their children were Minnie, 
Jesse 0., Alva, Arthur, Wilbur, Bertha and Harrison. 
Amanda Weddle died at the age of 38. John married 
Zoa Irwin of Cerro Gordo. She helped him raise the 

Jesse Weddle Family: La Vina and Jesse, Clifford and Leia. 

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Jessie Weddle (1876-1920) was born on the Weddle 
farm northeast of Cisco. He attended a country school 
and Brown's Business College in Decatur. He married 
LaVina Downs, daughter of George and Theodosia 
Meyers Downs in 1899. Jesse farmed and bought land 
from his father, John Weddle. He bought the first 
tractor in this part of the country and later built a 
tractor. He was an automobile dealer for Reo Com- 
pany, and the first man to do mechanical work on 
automobiles in the county. Their children were Clif- 
ford M. and Lela. LaVina was a widow for seventeen 
years, then married C. C. Goold of Yates City, Illinois 
in 1936. She died in 1947. 

Lela Weddle graduated from Illinois State Univer- 
sity. She married Eldon Webb in 1926 and taught in 
several country schools. They lived on the Weddle 
farm until Lela's death in 1943. 

Clifford M. Weddle married Edythe Brame in 
1923. He was one of the directors of New Union school. 
He was the first graduate of Monticello High School 
to serve on the High School board and served two 
years. He retired from farming because of his health 
and took up the hobby ot making furniture from 
walnut wood. They are the parents of John Maurice 
and LaVerne Elizabeth. Maurice married Mary Mc- 
Culloch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace McCulloch 
of Paris, Illinois. They are the parents of Diane, Dana 
and David, and live in Denver, Colorado. LaVerne mar- 
ried Richard Gucker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gucker 
of Monticello. Their children are Douglas and Charles 
and they live in Baltimore. 

Daniel, son of Samuel and Anna Weddle, married 
Clara McCollister and they had five children; Effie, 
Irene, Albert, James and Dewey. Daniel Weddle ran 
a General Store on the northwest corner of Main and 
Dodge from 1899 to 1908 having had two partners: 
first Ed Stuckey and then Frank Kaufman. His wife, 
Clara, died in 1905 at the age of 46. Later he married 
Hannah Dohn and in 1908 he moved to Oklahoma 
taking his boys with him. 

Daniel Weddle Family, front row: Dewey, Kffie Weddle 
Armsworth. Daniel; back row: Albert and James. 

Effie married W. Scott Armsworth in 1906 and 
has resided in Cisco ever since. They had two children, 
Hildred and William. Irene married Jess Hainline the 
same year. They farmed one of the Pattengill farms 
until 1920 when they moved to Idaho. 

Albert returned to the Cisco community with his 
wife Myrtle (Gaines) Weddle where he ran a barber 
shop from 1917 to 1933. In 1933 he started a grocery 
store which, with the help of his family, he continued 
to run until 1963, when he and his son A. B. moved 
their store to Havana, Illinois where they now reside. 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Weddle had three children. 
Irene married Robert McKinley. She taught in the 
Cisco school system a short time before moving to 
California. They have a daughter, Jill. Daniel entered 
military service during World War II. He married 
Marilyn Snyder and just retired from the army in 
1973. They have a daughter, Dawn. A. B. married 
Margaret Brown and they now reside in Havana. They 
have two sons, Jack and Daniel. 

The Weilepp Family 

Frank S. Weilepp (1862-1942; was an early grain 
and coal dealer, banker and land-owner. He came to 
Cisco as a young man in 1881 from the Mowry Grain 
Co. of Forsyth and working for Mr. Mowry, his life- 
long friend and patron. In those eai-ly days he worked 
out of a freight car on the railroad siding. The grain 
brought in by horse drawn wagons was shoveled by 
hand directly into the bo.\ cars for shipping. He sold 
his elevator to the present day Cisco Co-operative in 

Frank was associated with the pioneer Croninger 
family in the Croniger State Bank. He was married 
to Ada F. Naugle whose parents came from Uakley 
and ran the old hotel across the railroad tracks from 
the elevator. They were interested in the schools and 
churches of the village and gave the land for the 
Cisco school and the Presbyterian Church. Their two 
oldest children were sent to Champaign to finish high 
school and later the University of Illinois. In 1906 
Frank and Ada moved to Decatur. Those children re- 
maining in the area retain interest in Cisco and grain 
from nearby Weilepp farmland is still being delivered 
to the old F. S. Weilepp Elevator. 

Frank and Ada had 8 children. They are: Leila 
(Mrs. V. G. Musselman) of Quincy; Carl N., an attor- 
ney, now deceased ; Edward S. of St. Petersburg, Fla. ; 
Louise (Mrs. Lester C. Ennis) deceased; Eva S. (Mrs. 
E. S. Millizen) of Decatur; Laura E. (Mrs. L. E. 
Bailey) of Decatur; Paul F. (deceased) ; and Ma.\ I. 
of St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Do you remember Halloween in Cisco? 

All the kids would get together and move every- 
thing not fastened down to the front of the school. 
The next morning school would not start until every- 
thing had been returned to its proper place. There 
was always one of Dick Reeves' buggies on the roof 
of the elevator. The "big kids" would take it apart, 
take it up piece by piece and put it together on the 
roof. The last time it was done, the buggy got broken 
somehow — and everyone decided it was time to quit. 
It was all meant and done in good fun. The de.struc- 
tion of someone's property took all the fun out of it. 


Whisnant Family 

About the time the Illinois Central Railroad was 
laid, Lewis Andrew Melvin (1848-1918) and his wife, 
Martha Ann Chandler settled on a section of land 
west of Cisco. They had six children: Ernest, Henry, 
Lutie, Delora, Mabel, and Mary Myrtle. As the Melvin 
family came to adulthood and married, Ernest moved 
to North Dakota, Henry lived on a farm northwest of 
Cisco, Lutie married Charles T. Parr and built a home 
on their land southeast of Cisco. Mary married George 
Edgar Harland and they moved to California, Mabel 
Donavon now lives in Texas and Mary Mrytle mar- 
ried George Whisnant in 1910. 

Myrtle and George lived on the Hoover farm south- 
west of Cisco for two years. They then moved to the 
family home to care for the Melvin parents and take 
over the farm. Myrtle attended Illinois State Normal 
and taught school two years before her marriage. 
George grew up, one of a family of four boys near 
Kunmundy, 111. His father was David Whisnant, and 
his mother, Semelia Ann. George died in 1948, and 
Myrtle continued to live on the family farm until her 
death in 1966. Both are buried in Croninger Cemetery. 

George and Myrtle had three children : Donald 
Melvin, Delora Lucille, and Lewis Edwin. All three 
chidren attended school at Cisco. 

Donald graduated from high school in Monticello 
and attended Illinois State University. While teaching 
at Colfax, 111., he met and married Edna Fortner. 
Later, they bought the Hoover farm, re-modeled and 
re-built all buidings. They had two sons: David 
Melvin and John Robert. David Whisnant, a U. of I. 
graduate, has a doctorate in chemistry. He married 
Linda Dyson of Monticello and is teaching at Ashland 
College, Wis. They have two sons, Clayton J. and 
Aaron J. John graduated and has a law degree from 
the University of Iowa. He married Cindy Smith of 
Sioux City, Iowa and they live in Minne.sota where 
John is associated with Arthur Anderson and Co. 

On Christmas Day, 1961, Donald and Edna were 
killed in an automobile accident, leaving the farm to 
their sons. 

DeLora Whisnant graduated from Illinois State 
University, and taught public school music prior to 
her marriage to S. Edgar Lauther, a banker from 
Iowa. The marriage in the Cisco Methodist Church in 
1941 was the first marriage to take place there that 
we know of. The ceremony was performed by a J. 
Dewey Muir, now of Decatur. Edna Whisnant was the 
matron of honor. 

Lewis Whisnant graduated from the University 
of Illinois School of Business. He married Phyllis 
Brown of Decatur and became treasurer of Mississippi 
Valley Structural Steel Co. in Misouri. Their son, 
Kerry, is enrolled at the University of Missouri. 

For many years the big yellow barn on the Melvin 
farm was a landmark of the area, and it had the year 
1888 high above the hayloft door, which was the year 
of Mary Myrtle Melvin's birth. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Harry White on their 50th Wedding 

The Harry White Family 

Harry and Grace White moved to Cisco in 1943 
from a lifetime of farming. Harry, son of Thomas 
R. and Diantha Perkins White, was born in 1869. He 
had six brothers : William, Ernest, Bert, Fred, George 
and Charles, and one sister Edith Garver. All are de- 
ceased. Grace was born in 1884 near Clinton. She had 
three brothers: George, Harry and Frank Lyons, and 
four sisters: Jessie Lyons, Hildred Lyons Pirtle, Julia 
Lyons Stymets (deceased), and Sabina Lyons Massey. 
Harry and Grace were married in June 1900. 

Mr. and Mrs. White had three daughters: Bertha 
White, Beulah White Culwell and Betty White Burton, 
and three sons: Harry, Thomas (deceased), and Paul. 
There are three granddaughters and three grandsons. 
They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 
26, 1950 and lived to have their 65th anniversary. 

Mr. White's one desire and ambition was to be 
100 years old. On August 26, 1969 he celebrated this 
occasion with family, relatives and friends at his home 
in Cisco. He received greetings from President and 
Mrs. Lyndon Johnson and also from the Governor 
of Illinois over the years. Mrs. White passed away in 
1964, and Mr. White in 1970. 

The Victor R. White Family 

Victor White (1898-1970), son of Thomas and 
Etta White, came to Cisco in 1916 and worked for 
Harley Miles on the farm. He married Edna Hoover 
in 1925 in Decatur. All of their married life they 
lived on farms near Cisco. After Edna's death in 
1962, he married Mildred Pittson of Monticello in 

Edna White (1898-1962) was the daughter of 
William and Louisa Hoover. She came to Illinois in 
1915 with her parents and lived near Deland on the 
Keele farm. A few years later they moved to the Keele 
farm at Cisco. 


They were the parents of two children, Harold and 
Lucille. Harold was born in 1932 and is married to 
Lois Dobson, a registered nurse, in 1955. They are the 
parents of three children, Beth, Derek and Kelly. They 
live in Kansas City where Harold works at Marion 

Lucille was born in 1929 at Cisco. She married 
Earl Wright, son of Ralph and the late Elsie Wright 
of Bement. They lived in Bement until 1969, when 
they bought the Prudie Huffmaster home and moved 
to Cisco. They are the parents of two children, Alice 
(1958) and Kenny (1959). Lucille is employed as 
secretary in the United Way office in Decatur. Earl 
has been employed with the Piatt County Service 
Company for 18 years and has been an LP gas sales- 
man for 12 years. 

The Whitlock Family 

In 1965, the Stanley Whitlock family moved to the 
Elma Ater Estate, located southeast of Cisco. They 
moved here from White Heath. Betty Jean Wendt, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wendt of Bondville, 
and Stanley M. Whitlock, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. 
Whitlock of Olean, New York, were married in 1948. 
Stan had moved to Illinois where he graduated from 
the University of Illinois. To this marriage, in 1951, 
John Frederick Whitlock was born. 

John graduated from Monticello High School. He 
married Patsy Lee Gowler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
C. E. Gowler. They have one son, John Shannon. 

Stan is involved in farming and feeding beef cattle. 
They are both active members of the Cisco United 
Methodist Church. 

Ernie and Alta Wikowski 

house in the winter where we dressed out a lot of 
meat, sausage and lard. The most we did one winter 
was between 500-600 hogs and 35 beefs. In 1922 I got 
started with the honey bees which I have kept for 52 
years. I served for 7 years as secretary of Piatt County 
Beekeepers Assoc. In 1947 Ethel passed away. Again 
we had a tough row to hoe. 

Alta Wilson and 1 were married in 1948 and I 
rented a farm near Maroa. I have two step children: 
Gene Wilson (1929- ) and Shirley (1939- ). 
In 1950 I served as Worshipful Master of the Cisco 
Masons. We built a new home in Maroa in 1964. 

— Ernest F. Wikowski 

Wikowski Family 

I was born in Ivesdale in 1898, attended school in 
Vera (Fayette county) and came to Cisco in 1912 on 
a small passenger train, walking four miles to my 
uncle Herman Wieland's house. I helped work on farms 
in the Shiloh neighborhood. In 1919 Ethel Monroe 
and I were married in Argenta. I moved to Cisco in 
1933 and worked for Charles Olson for the next eight 
years. It was the depression, you could buy most any- 
thing for a dime but nobody had a dime in those days. 

Ethel and I had five children: Virginia (1921- ) 
married to Kenneth Wiseman and live in Maryland. 
They have four children, nine grandchildren ; Ruth 
(1923- ) married to William Greeson and live in 
Peoria where she is a beauty operator. They have two 
children, four grandchildren ; Betty (1932- ) married 
to Clarence Keil and live in Peoria. She teaches school 
for retarded children. They have five children ; Dean 
(1936- ) and wife June, live in Indianapolis. They 
have four children; Fred (1938- ) and wife June, 
live in Tennessee and have two children. 

The ne.\t eight years were much better for us. We 
farmed the place where we lived. We baled hay and 
straw in summertime, ran a community slaughter 

The Andrew Jackson Williams 

Andrew Jackson Williams eldest son of Theo- 
philus and Margaret Ross Williams, was born in 1836 
in Pickaway County, Ohio. In 1858 he left Ohio and 
came to Champaign County, Illinois, moving to Piatt 
County in 1860. In 1862, he volunteered for service in 
the Union Army at Camp Butler, Springfield, 111. He 
served in Co. H 107th Illinois Infantry. He was dis- 
charged at Salisbury, North Carolina in 1865, with 
the rank of Captain. His commanders were General 
Thomas and General Sherman. 

In 1865, he married Violet Eliabeth Hurst, a native 
of Sangamon ('ounty, 111. Their children were: Frank, 
Loton, Viola, Rosella, Margaret, Seymour, Scott B. 
Chester C, Bruce B., and Roy A. They lived and 
farmed 2 miles east of Cisco. They left the farm in 
1903 and moved to Monticello. Andrew died in 1904 
and Violet died in 1936. 

Frank Williams attended \'alpariso, Ind. Teacher's 
College, later teaching in the schools in Piatt County. 
In 1889 he married Martha Ann Grove of Monticello. 
He invented several items, which included an auto- 
matic farm gate. Monarch, for which he was granted 


a patent; Champion Grain Scale, which measured the 
grain from a threshing machine before it was dumped 
into the wagon; a Williams scoop board; and a single 
frame two row corn planter, for which he received a 
patent. He and his family later moved to Oklahoma. 

Loton married Mary Etta Stuckey of Cisco in 
1891. There were six children born to this union: 
Bessie, Tiny who died in infancy, Esther, Kenneth 
B., Juanita, and Carl Jackson. Loton was a carpenter 
and built one of the homes they had lived in, which 
is now occupied by the Peveler family. He operated a 
store in Cisco and then went to farming the "home 
place," where his father had previously lived and 
farmed. Later the family moved to Wisconsin, with 
the exception of Bessie, who had married Harold B. 
McKinney (see McKinney history). 

Viola Williams married Clement J. Doane in 1896 
at Monticello. They lived on a farm northwest of 
Cisco. They both passed away in 1934. 

Rosella attended a teacher's college and taught one 
year. She married Emmett F. Brown in 1893. They 
lived in MonticeUo and Decatur before moving to 
California in 1912. 

Margaret Williams (see Margaret Williams- J ones 
Mcintosh history). 

Seymour graduated trom the University of Illinois 
in 1901. He joined the Illinois Conference of the 
Methodist Church that year. In 1902 he married 
Jennie May Bennett. He completed his seminary 
training at Barrett Biblical Institute of Evanston, 
Illinois. They moved to the Mission Field in Montana 
and later to the state of Washington. 

Scott B. married Virginia Stewart in 1908. With 
his brothers, Bruce and Chester, they operated a de- 
partment store in Monticello, where Kaiser's are now 
located. They sold and moved to Decatur, and operated 
a department store in the building now occupied by 
Carson Pirie Scott. Chester later operated a shoe 
business in Tennessee where he married Freda Patton. 
They later moved to California. Bruce Williams later 
traveled for a shoe firm then located in Chicago. He 
married Ethel Westerman. 

Roy graduated from Monticello High School in 
1903. He chose to continue his education — later 
studying violin in Paris, France. Upon his return to 
the states, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of 
Iowa, and then taught in several colleges and univer- 
sities. He married Beulah Pierce. They had one son, 
Robert Roy. After his health failed, Roy came back 
to Cisco to retire, living one-half mile east of Cisco. 
His son Robert, after attending Michigan State Uni- 
versiy, farmed the land for his father. 

Robert married Marjorie Stone in 1951. She re- 
ceived her education from MacMurray College, Jack- 
sonville, 111., and her master's degree in education 
from the University of Illinois. They have four chil- 
dren: Jean, Jane, Julia Ann, and James. Robert's 
family grew up and presently live in the home east 
of Cisco vacated by Roy and Beulah. Beulah resides 
in the house ne.xt door built by Robert for his parents. 

The Joseph Williams Family 

In 1906 Joseph W. Williams and his wife, Alice, 
moved to Cisco from his farm west of Cisco. The 
year of 1917 marked the beginning of a se'ed corn 
sales business that later developed into a large, 
modern-day seed business in the village. He was also 
known for his ability to grow fruits and vegetables 
and always had plants to sell. 

Joseph and Alice had one daughter, Zora. She and 
Warren S. Ater were married in 1912 and they had 
one son, Robert (1917- ). Robert named his grand- 
dad "Daddy Joe" and this became his nickname. Alice 
died in 1920 and Warren, Zora and Robert came to 
Cisco to live with Daddy Joe. 

Warren S. Ater was a member of the Masonic 
Lodge for 55 years and served on the Town, School 
and Elevator Boards. Zora M. was a Past Matron in 
the Eastern Star and served on the Library Board. 

"Daddy Joe" Williams 

Robert W. Ater and Vione Tuggle were married 
in 1941 and they had one daughter, Alice Ann (1943- 
1944). They lived west of Cisco until 1960 when they 
quit farming because of illness and moved to 
Decatur where they now live. 

Daddy Joe gave an organ to the Methodist Church 
in memory of his wife Alice. He died in 1953. Warren 
and Zora built a house east of Cisco and lived there 
until she died in 1967 and he died in 1969. 


David O. Wiseman and his wife, Nellie Carter 
Wiseman, moved to the Cisco community from Leaven- 
worth, Indiana, in 1918. They had four children, all 
born at the Leavenworth address. David Wiseman 
died in 1954, and his wife died in 1970. 

Gerald Wiseman married Helen Davis of Macon, 
Illinois. After living in Illinois for many years, they 
now reside near Crawford, Mississippi. They have 
two children — Bill and Jim. Both children are 


Kenneth Wiseman married Virginia Wykowski of 
Cisco. They have lived in Baltimore, Maryland, for 
several years and have four children, all married: 
David, Larry, Terry and Sharon. 

Dean Wiseman married Lillian Seifert of Wash- 
burn, Illinois, their present address. They have two 
children — Hal with the United States Army, and 
Bob, still at home. 

The youngest son, David Wiseman, Jr., died of 
pneumonia shortly after the family moved to Cisco. 

Pete and Katie Young 

Young Family 

In 1863 Isaac (1822-1899) and Eliza (1827-1900) 
Young came to the Cisco community in a covered 
wagon from Garfield C, Ohio. They established their 
home, a log cabin, south of what was to become Cisco. 

Among the children of Isaac and Eliza were : Lewis 
"Bud" Kistler (Eliza's son from a former marriage), 
Peter Christian "Pete" (1859-1942), Jesse, Al, Emma 
and Clara. 

Pete Young moved to Illinois with his family when 
he was four years old. As a small boy he herded cattle 
over this territory before there was a railroad or 

When Pete was fifteen years old he ran a team 
and slip scraper and helped build the railroad. Before 
there was a town they shelled by hand the little corn 
they grew and hauled it to Bement. There weren't 
any roads so they drove their wagons on high ground. 

In the fall of 1885 Pete Young and Katie Stuckey 
(1868-1933) were united in marriage. They had one 
child, Edith Mae, born in 1886. They farmed and lived 
one mile southwest of Cisco at the same place the 
P. C. Barnhart family lives today. Pete ran an ice 
house in Cisco. He helped form the Cisco Grain Ele- 
vator and was on the board of directors. 

Jesse Young married Eunice Wilson and they 
farmed the home place of Isaac and Eliza Young 
south of Cisco until they moved to Decatur in 1916. 

They were the parents of five children: Mrs. Herb 
(Bliss) Ridgley, Cecil, Jessie, Mrs. Russell (Lucille) 
Martin, and Lewis. Jesse died in 1944 and Eunice in 

Edith Young married William Reed Barnhart in 
1908, and had three children: Mrs. William (LaVerne) 
Patrick, Mrs. Gerald (Katheryn) Sites and P. C. 
"Bud". Reed died in 1956 and Edith died in 1969. 

P. C. Barnhart has farmed for over thirty years 
some of the same land his grandfather Peter C. 
Young farmed. For the past several years along with 
farming Bud has operated Bud's Barn Antique Store 
in Cisco. 

The Donald Zindar Family 

Donald and Ruth Zindar and daughters, Marilyn 
Dee and Donna Ruth, moved to a farm southwest of 
Cisco in 1946 from east of Monticello. 

Don, the oldest of four children of Charles A. and 
Nina Jones Zindar, was born near White Heath. He 
graduated from White Heath Grade and Monticello 
Community High School. He is a member of the Farm 

Ruth, one of four children of Eugene and Jennie 
Rodgers Bell, was born near Seymour where her 
grandparents were early settlers. She graduated from 
Seymour Grade and Champaign High Schools and 
attended the University of Illinois. 

The Zindars are active members of the Cisco 
United Methodist Church. She was active in 4-H Club 
work, Eastern Star, Cisco PTA, Woman's Club and 
Home Extension. 

Their daughter, Marilyn Dee, is married to Robert 
Cannon and they live at Monticello. They have a 
daughter, Susan Dee. Marilyn is a registered nurse 
on the staff of the DeWitt-Piatt County Health Unit. 

Their daughter, Donna, is married to Rolland 
Malone and they live at Maroa. Their children are 
Chris Allen, married to Janis Richars; and Candace 
Sue, married to Donald Benton. They have one son. 

Remember When . . . 

Did you know there was an ordinance years ago 
that prohibited driving a steam engine across the 
sidewalk unless boards were put down across the 
walk (or planked). Arthur Gisinger failed to plank 
the walk and was fined for driving his steam engine 
across the walk. He paid his fine and went out, put 
one wheel of the steam engine on the sidewalk and 
drove down the sidewalk. When he got to where he 
was going got off his steam engine, went back and 
paid another fine and said it was worth the fine not 
to have to drive down the middle of the muddy road. 

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steering Committee, front: Jacli Floyd, Marjorie McCart^ 
ney, Pat Swarts, Peg Clarli, Irene Leisciiner, Opal Coon, 
Dale Leischner; second row: Gertie Briggs, IVIiriam Seevers, 
Peg Nolan, Betty Whitlock, Patricia Ford, Audra Pirtle; 
third row: Don Stephens, Stanley Seevers, Stanley Whit- 

lock, Charles Fradenburgh and Sam Clark. Missing are: 
Dee Leischner, Jack Drew, Hildred Webb, Othello Remmers, 
P. C. Bamhart, Florence Hoffman, Shirley Sievers and 
John Miller. 

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Pat Swarts Charles Fradenburgh 

Peg Clark 


Don Stephens, chairman 

Ira McCartney 

Hazel Pirtle 

Avis Bennett 

Stanley Seevers 

James Burns 

Wilford Johnson 

Jack Floyd, chairman 

Larry Coon 

Jack Clifton 

Ray Hatfield 

David Swarts 

Ronald Hatfield 

Charles Sievers 

Wilford Johnson 

Kenny Wright 

Ron Sample 

Gary Miller 

Frank Hoffman 

Dwight Blythe 

Audrey Pirtle, chairman 

Clarence Williams 

Margaret Williams 

Stanley Mackey 

Sam Clark 

Doris Conner 

John Miller 

Dee Leischner, co-chairman 

Miriam Seevers, co-chairman 

Patricia Ford, chairman 

Lucia Wilkin 

Ruth Pattengill 

Charles Fradenburgh 

John Benjamin 

Marilyn Mackey 

Vera Root 

Katheryn Sites 

Harry Lyons 

David Swarts 

Ruby Leach 

Aileen Rannebarger 

Extra Typists: 

Judy Seely, 

Florence Hoffman 

Shirley Sievers 

Stan Whitlock, co-chairman 

Betty Whitlock, co-chairman 

Marge Williams 

Violet Winters 

Hildred Webb, treasurer 

Irene Leischner 

Dale Leischner 

George Mills 


Jack Drew, chairman 

Twila Mackey 

Bill Sago 

Earl Wright 

Bernard Nolan 

Greg Nolan 

John Mackey 

Ellen Coon 

Ira McCartney 

Frank Hoffman 

P. C. Barnhart 

Anita Carroll 

Charles Sievers 

Jack Floyd 

Marjorie McCartney, co-chairman 

Gertie Briggs, co-chairman 

Dorothy Mills 

Edna Johnson 

Margaret Stephens 

Rita Hatfield 

Lucille Wright 

Mildred Burns 

Ruby Leacli 

Lucile Reed 

Helen Miller 

Mary Munson 

June Sago 

Pat Lubbers 

Beulah Robson 

Othella Remmers, co-chairman 

Betty Whitlock, co-chairman 

Mary Brown Janes 

Shirley Sievers 

Beverly Carroll 

Carol GuUey 

Carol Padgett 

Helen Miller 

Ruth Zindar 

Irene Leischner, chairman 

Ellen Coon 

Sam Clark 

Staney Seevers 

Dale Leischner 

Linda Leischner 

Dale Leischner, chairman 

Dwight Blythe 

Kill Sago 

John Mackey 

Richard Hoffman 

Frank Hoffman 

Roger Briggs 

Essell Miller 

Dick Munson 

Andy Barber - I.P.L. 


P. C. Barnhart, chairman 

Edith Barnhart 

Joyce Bennett 

Dee Elson 

Gene Pirtle 

Stanley Seevers, co-chairman 

Peg Clark, co-chairman 

Leora Clifton 

Jim Leischner 

Vickie Gowler 

Sue W^er 

Opal Coon, co-chairman 

Peg Nolan, co-chairman 

Virginia Leischner 

Linda Leischner 

Yvonne Howland 

Doris Conner 

Rose Jackson 

Margaret Peveler 

Gladys McCullough 

Bertha White 

Hilda Webster 

Florence Hoffman, co-chairman 

Shirley Sievers, co-chairman 

Barb Ekiss 

Edith Barnhart 

Marilyn Mackey 

Opal Coon 

Lucille Edwards 

Juetta Hiser, co-chairman 

Helen Dowdle, co-chairman 

Barbara Malone 

Alice Wright 

Ruth Zindars 

Lucille Edwards 

Nancy Huisinga 

John Miller, chairman 

Sam Clark 

Bill Sago 

Wifred Johnson 

Ronald Hatfield 

Larry Edwards 

Miriam Seevers, chairman 

Twilia Mackey 

Peg Nolan 

Audra Briggs 

Peggy Parsons 

Marilyn Mackey 

Carolyn Kleven 

Home Extension 

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A special "Thank You" is extended to all the following Sponsors and 
Advertisers for their contributions in helping to make the Cisco Centennial 
Celebration possible. 

Mrs. Ruby Leach 

Mr. and Mrs. H. G. (Pete) Benjamin 

Mr. and Mrs. R. W. (Rip) Dowdle 

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Phillips 

Jack Floyd 

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Mazzei and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Muns Peveler and Family 

Del Heidkamp 

Joyce Heidkamp 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heidkamp 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Heidkamp 

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Parsons 

Mr. and Mrs. William Fair 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wright 

Kenney Wright 

Alice Wright 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Benson 

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Kerns 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pirtle 

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Pirtle 

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Vannote 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stephens 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mclntyre 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Royse and Norman 

T. Royce Leach 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rannebarger (memorial) 

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Royse (memorial) 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Leach (memorial) 

John and Mildred Benjamin 

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Chandler 

Mr. and Mrs. Jakie Miller 

Don Miller 

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Miller 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence M. Williams 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald McKinley 

Dottie Giesler 

Mrs. Loren M. (Ruth D.) Pattengill 

Katie and Glenn Howard 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chumbley 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Edwards and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bennett, Jr. and Sons 

Mrs. Gerald Miller 

Mrs. Gerald J. (Katheryn) Sites 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jennings 

Mr. and Mrs. George Mills 

Mike Mills Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Sample 

Jerry Sample 

Mrs. Louise Isenberg 

Emma Lou and J. C. Bilbrey 

Charles Zimmerman 

Edward L. Johnson 

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Nelson 

Mrs. Vera Clifton 

Mrs. Helen Stain 

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Elson 

Mr. and Mrs. Essell W. Miller 

John Miller 

Ronald Miller 

Gary Miller 

Terry Miller 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Eubanks, Sr. 

Mrs. Florence Blythe 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Davis 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Reed 

Gary Reed 

Mary Reed 

Laura Lynn 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pearl 

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hunter 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Isbell 

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Isbell 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Remmers 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Remmers 

Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Williams 

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Poling 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Munson 

Mrs. Maude Munson 

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Hatfield and Ronki Bliss 

Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Johnson 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hatfield 

Mr. and Mrs. Garth Nelson 

Mr. and Mrs. David Swarts 

Mark Swarts 

Brenda Swarts 

Tamara Swarts 

Teresa Swarts 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Swarts 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pirtle 

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Seely and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Vannote 

Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Mansfield 

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Tritchler 

Steve Tritchler 

Fred Tritchler 

Mr. and Mrs. William Guyot 

Harry Shull and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hardwick 

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Evans and Family 

Mrs. Helen Troxell 

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mansfield and Larry 

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fink and Jared 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Musick 

Mrs. M. M. Wilson 

Mr. and Mrs. James Isbell and Family 

Mrs. Alta Jenkins 

Miss Jess Lyons 

Mr. Paul White 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burton and family 

Bertha White (in memory of Mr. and 

Mrs. Harry White) 
Mrs. Beulah White Culwell (in memory 

of Mom and Dad) 
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Vest 
Mr. Doris Miller 
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Westerman 
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gowler 
Mrs. Gladys Rannebarger 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams 
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hiser 


Mr. and Mrs. Roger Briggs and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gulley 

Mr. and Mrs. Ira McCartney 

Mr. and Mrs. Steve McCartney 

Michael McCartney 

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Campbell and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Edwards 

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Miner and Family 

Mrs. Eva McCartney 

Mrs. Dorothy Hunter 

Mrs. Gladys McCullough and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Bolsen and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Roland Hoffman 

Harlan, Leonard, and Nellie Umbarger 

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Carroll and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Zindar 

Mr. and Mrs. Curt Camic 

Mrs. Mary Brown and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Burns and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Williams 

James and Mildred Burns 

Paul Burns 

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Imel 

Ray and Mary Ahlrich 

Mr. and Mrs. Danny G. Carroll 

Miss Joyce Ann Mackey 

In memory of Loren M. Pattengill 

In memory of Gerald J. (Jerry) Sites 

In memory of Mrs. Harry (Mabel) Lyons 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clark and Family 

Dale and Avis Bennett 

Elmer Rainey 

Mrs. Grace Black and Berle 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Slifer 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Scott and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Jordan and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Ardath Kendall 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Kaufman 

Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Barnhart and Family 

Mrs. Opal Coon 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Leischner 

John Edward Leischner 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Coon 

Timothy Coon 

Tamahra Coon 

Charles Wisehart 

Mr. and Mrs. George Higgins 

Ronald Miles Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Raycraft 

Anna and Carl Traster 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hannon and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wildman and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Catlin and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. David Whisnant and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Spencer 

Mr. and Mrs. John Mackey and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. James Sebens and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Weaver and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ruch 

Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Vulgamott and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Danison 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Weiss, Sr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lubbers, Jr. and Family 

Mrs. Jennie M. Snyder 

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Nolan 

Mr. and Mrs. William Herren 

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Clark 

Cindy Clark 

Angle Clark 

Mabel Ripperdan 

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Leischner and Family 

Linda Leischner and Jamie 

Francis Chapman and son Mark 

Mr. and Mrs. C. Homer Doane 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Weddle 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dyson 

Mr. and Mrs. Bert W. Huisinga 

Mrs. Blanche Niles 

Clem, Dorothy, Pat and Betsy Colgan 

Ernest and John Remmers 

Dale B. and Nancy (Heath) Huisinga 

Rob Huisinga 

Dave Huisinga 

Gary Huisinga 

Amy Huisinga 

Charles and Shirley (Timmons) Sievers 

Debra Sievers 

Mark and Pamela (Sievers) Morgan 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kleven, Virginia, Mark, 

Brigetta and Philip 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carroll 

Krista Carroll 

Elaine Carroll 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Remmers 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dyson and Family 

Jan and Ron Reeves 

Mrs. G. D. Briggs 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Seevers and Family 

Patricia Rannebarger Ford 

Robert Ralph Ford 

Aileen Royse Rannebarger 

Ralph Rannebarger 

Mr. and Mrs. Don E. Edwards and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Norfleet 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Agee and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Goble and Family 

Lawrence and Juanita McConkey 

G. W. Dixson and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Blythe 

Rick Blythe 

Rusty Blythe 

Marjorie Reeves 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Cook 

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Leischner 

Donald and LaVonne (Chapman) Ater 

John and Kay (Ater) Goeggle 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Willard Ater 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward William Ater 

Wayne and Lynette (Ater) Branton 

Alan Ray Ater 

Willard E. Ater 

Audra Chapman Myers 

Rev. L. P. Myers 

Mr. and Mrs. Leon Clifton 

Mrs. Ethel Kendall 

Mr. and Mrs. John Whisnant 

Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Lauther 

Cisco PTA 

Stanley and Twilia Mackey 

Mr. and Mrs. Gary King and Family 

Dave and Pam Carlson 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Winters and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Malone 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Carr and Family 

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Elliott and Travis C. 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Padgett and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mills 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoffman, Scott, Jeff 

and Dennis 
Mr. Paul Craig 
Robert and Tricia Marsh 
Mr. and Mrs. Jim ShuU 
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Robinson 
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Anderson 
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wood 
Connie, Becky and Sheri Wood 
Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Hoffman 
Debbie, Randy, Ricky and Ronnie Hoffman 
Gladys Hand 

In memory of Walter V. (Jersey) Leach 
Richard and Lucia (Coon) Wilkin 
Charles Scott Wilkin 
Brian Clark Wilkin 

Mr. and Mrs. William Sago and Family 
Mrs. Vera Noecker 
Harry Lyons 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson 
Ralph (Shorty) and Jo Ann Shafer and Family 
Richard and Diana Lyn Hoffman and Sean 
Mrs. Jessie Reeser 
Stanley M. and Betty Jean Whitlock 
John McCabe 
Mrs. Doris Conner 
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Burton 
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Hanson 
Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Hip) Benjamin 
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clifton 
Jack Clifton II 
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Sago 
Harry Lesher and Family 
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson 
Robert Nelson 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Smucker and Family 
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hall and Family 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weber and Family 

Mrs. Martha Wattles 

Cisco Homemakers Extension Association 

Jackson S. and Kay B. Drew — Pam, Chris 

and Rob 
Mr. and Mrs. B. Gregory Nolan and Family 
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ernst and Family 
Mr. and Mrs. George Humphrey 
Tedder Realty 
Monticello Lumber Co. 
Mull's Marathon Service 
Cerro Gordo Foods (IGA, Smith) 
Cummins Farms 
Al's Deep Rock Service 
Nixon Automotive Co. 
Roy's Repair & Service, Cerro Gordo 
E-J's Restaurant, Cerro Gordo 
Clyde Schumacher, Cerro Gordo 
William Vulgamott 
Dwight and Kay Wilkey 
Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Lanter 

Wayne Dobson 
Sheriff Peck 
Carl Glasgow 
Eaton & Finson 
Arnold Sievers 
Fashion Cleaners 
Martins Grocery 
Ralph A. Blacker Electric 
Corner Tavern 
Dr. Joseph F. Allman, Jr. 
Tastee Freeze 
Robert Shonkwiler 
Dwight H. Doss 
Hales Gift, Cerro Gordo 
Dr. W. H. Shackelford 
Harry Hambrecht 
Mr. and Mrs. George Baker 
Weldon Garage 
General Finance, Decatur 

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Phone 762-5726 







Foster's Bowl and Lounge 

Residential and Connnnercial 




W. G. Best Homes Dealer 

Steaks - Seafood - Chicken 

Office at Foster's Bowl 




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(Cindy and Mary Catlin) 








Member F.D.I.C. 




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Dale and Randy 



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PHONE 669-8021 

Happy Centennial Celebration 


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Telephone 762-2131 





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Congratulations Cisco on Your 100th Anniversary 


Member F.D.I.C. 

A Bank for all the People 


Marion Wes+erman 



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Butchering - Processing 

PHONE 664-3581 




Grain and Lunnber 

Lumber Company 
Phone 664-3316 

Grain Company 
Phone 664-3321 




Authorized Sales 

And Service 

217 East High 





Residence Phone 795-4459 

Office Phone 877-2830 



Life - Health - Homeowners - Auto 
Mutual Funds 

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Serving Argenta and Surrounding 

Sincerity — Dignity — Economy 






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Compliments of 




Steaks - Shrimp - Chicken 

Seating 100 Plus 


Open Friday and Saturday 


Till 8:00 P.M. 

Reservations Welcome 


PHONE 736-2256 WELDON, ILL. 


Compliments of 




Grain Seed 


Drying and Storage 

PHONE 736-2346 WELDON, ILL. 



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Full Line of Fabrics and Vinyls 
Wallpaper and Drapery 

Free Pickup and Delivery 


PHONE 795-4570 

International Harvester 
Sales and Service 

Route 48 
Oreana, Illinois 62554 


Decatur Oreana 

217-423-0640 217-468-2323 


Sales and Service 


Authorized Oliver 
and Minneapolis-Moline Dealer 

Phone 678-3381 

We Appreciate Your Business 


Phone 763-6371 

Dave, Beverly, Larry, Art, Keith, Danny 


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Complimen+s of 

Congratulations to the Cisco 

Community on their 


Centennial Celebration 

The Best Food 


For The Best Table 




We have specialists available to cook Barbecued 


Pork Chops at community affairs. 



Pat Taylor, Owner 


"The Shoppe of Nationally Advertised 
Brands" for Ladies and Juniors 

Fine Nationally Advertised 

Apparel for Men and Boys 

Open till 9:00 P.M. 

Wed., Frl. and Sat. 

Open Wed., Fri. and Sat. 

Till 9:00 P.M. 

Phone 217-543-2181 






In+erna+ional Harvester 

New Idea 

Complete Parts and Service 

TELEPHONE (217)935-3151 







Sale Every Friday Afternoon 

Champaign Production 
Credit Association 


For All Your Tire Needs 

Assistant Vice President 

Telephone 762-4666 
BOX 207, MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS 61856»iiHi»t.^ 


Monday to Friday: 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

Saturday: 7:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon 

Phone 762-2922 

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Quality, Dependable Service 

Residential & Commercial 

Rock Driveway Maintenance 

Rock for Sale Dirt for Sale 

Tractor with End Loader and Blade 

Commercial Snow Plowing 

Equipped to Handle Special Clean-up 
Problems of Any Size 

Call for Free Estimates 

Office 762-3837 — Shop 762-2231 



Telephone 762-2 1 39 


Chrysler - Dodge - Plymouth 
American Motors 

Never Buy Another Car Until You Get A 
Price from McClure! 






Phone 762-9104 




Business Ph. 763-8501 

Home Ph. 763-2821 



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Phone (217) 762-2151 


Compliments of 


Cerro Gordo Building 
and Loan Assn. 

Organized in May 1886 

Phone 217-763-3551 


From the Number One 
Diamond Merchant 


Who has sold over "MBBT^^^L 

6 Million Dollars in Diamonds jLm^^l^oP 

In 26 Years in Decatur land 

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Telephone 217-763-2181 




'^Quality Concrete for Over 20 Years" 

Phone 762-9816 


P.O. BOX 186 



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Complimen+s of 



Compliments and Best Wishes 




Clinton Farnn Store 


Clinton Radiator Works 


Phone 935-6764 

Paul Wagner, Owner 


Congratulates Cisco 
On Its First 100 Years 




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TELEPHONE 429-4176 




Open 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. 
Monday thru Saturday 


PHONE 795-4731 


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Real Estate Appraisers 

Phone 217-935-3245 





Road Oil and Asphalt 

PHONES: 486-2101 — 486-5931 — 486-5571 


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are proud to be a part of Cisco 
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Reliable Prescription Service 



J. A. Raycraft, R. Ph. 

PHONE IblAlbb 



Repair and Fabrication 

PHONE 795-4716 

2 Miles South and 2 Miles East of Argenta 






Pankau Body Shop 




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Compliments to the Village of Cisco 
on their Centennial 



Serving The Community^ Since 1887 

The Gerber State Bank 

Argenta, Illinois 

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JACKIE L. FLOYD, Postmaster 



JAMES A. GIESLER. Rural Carrier 


PHONE 669-818! 



A Farmer Owned Service 

PHONES: 762-2133, 678-55! ! MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS 



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Dwaine and Beverly Merriman 

Phone 762-4376 

Congratulations Cisco 

On Your 



Phone 762-7532 




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Sales and Service 




R.R. No. 1 

Phone: LaPlace Oakley, Illinois 
217-677-4591 Address: R.R. 1 



Complinnents of 




Phone 762-2140 


R.R. No. 1 







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Monticello, Illinois 762-5116 


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Wilkinsons Building 

Center and 
Concrete Service 

Phone 762-2526 



24-Hour Ambulance Service 

Phone 763-222! 



Automotive Repair Work 
Brake and Wheel Balancing Service 




Phone 762-8106 




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PAcheitd S. Davidson 



Life - Health - Homeowners - Auto - Mutual Funds 



Lawson Clinton Mowers Kohler 


Tractor and Implement Salvage 

Telephone 762-3987 

Cub - Cub Cadets Toro Massey-Ferguson 

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Congratulations To Our Friends in Cisco in Their 

lOOth Yeai 


Bob Millei 






Recreational Vehicles 


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Congratulations to Cisco 



Phone 2 1 7-762-2 1 77 

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Phone 762-5944 

Admiral - Phiico 
Magnavox - Motorola 


Norge Appliances 




(On the Square) 

Gore/ and Karen Spainhour 

Best Wishes for a 
Successful Centennial 



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Phone 217-762-2009 

SHAKLEE CORPORATION • Member Firm of Direct Selling Association 


Greetings from one oldtimer to another. Actually we 
got going a few years before you did. For us it was 1865. 
Day after day, every day since that time, we have 
searched the court house records to discover what deeds, 
mortgages, and other legal instruments have been re- 
corded that day, who has divorced whom, who has gone 
bankrupt, who is being sued, what property is being fore- 
closed, etc. The list is a long one. We incorporate this 
voluminous material into our records and thus keep books 
on every piece of real estate in Piatt County. After more 
than a century our records have become priceless. 

Some people don't understand why we do all this but 
the answer is simple. If you are buying a house you want 
to be sure the seller who expects to collect your hard 
earned money really owns the place and that no one else 

has a claim against it. We type up a summary of all that 
has happened to the property for review by the attorney 
representing you, the buyer, and the attorney repre- 
senting the lender in case you need a mortgage. If the 
title is good the sale goes through and the loan is 
made. If there are holes in the title the deal must be 
delayed until the holes are patched up. If it turns out 
they can't be patched, your attorney warns you and you 
call off the deal. At one time or another we suppose the 
security of every title in Piatt County has depended in 
part on the accuracy of our title searches. 

Cisco and our company have been around for a long 
time but it has been a glorious experience. We have 
lived in the golden age of history for no other generation 
ever had it so good. We hope and expect that the next 
century will be even better. 





Centennial Greetings 

Piatt County Post 5346 


Pontiac-American Motors 



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Phone 762-2971 



John Deere Farm Implements and Repairs 


Sales and Service 


PHONE (217) 762-2534 



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Congratulations to Cisco on this Happy Centennial Year! 



Complete Insurance Service 




Division of Ashland Oil, Inc. 


PHONE (217) 795-4911 

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Phone 763-8941 








Greenware Glazes 


Classes Gifts 


Everyone We/come 




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For All Your 

Hardware^ Farm, Yard and Gardening Needs 


Owner and Manager 




Custom Furniture and Wood Working 

Kitchens, Vani+ys, Formica Work 


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"The Home of the Cat" 

Telephone (2 1 7) 877-3 1 02 

"Shop Us First — Shop Us Last — But Shop Us" 


Field Seeds and Seed Cleaning 

Phone 217-935-2171 

Hybrid Seed Corn rural route 3 


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Roosevelt National Investment Co. 


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Donald Huisinga 

Residence Phone 762-4101 
Office Phone 664-3422 



Roosevelt National Investnnent Co. 



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Ellis E. "Bud" Leischner 

Residence Phone 664-3373 
Office Phone 664-3422 

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Phone 762-2911 







For Better Service 



762-2158 — Phones 

762-2 1 59 

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IRA M. McCartney 


Congratulations fronn 

Men's and Boys' Clothiers 

PHONE 429-4294 




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Bridge Building 
Dredging and Ditch Cleaning 

Concrete Work For 






PHONE 669-8631 


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Used Cars and Trucks 

All Makes and Models 

Compact Cars 
and Pickup Trucks 

PHONE 669-8541 




General Carpenter 




Spray Painting 













Independent Insurance Agent 


TEL 763-4001 


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Auto Supplies 

Radios and Television 


Bicycles and Sporting Goods 

Electrical and Plumbing Supplies 

Paint and Hardware 




"Your Complete Farm Center" 


Compliments of 

Piatt County 

Republican Central 


Willow Branch Township Committeemen 
Larry Edwards Richard Skagenberg 

Always Vote 
The Straight Republican Ticket 


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PHONE 795-2012 


100th Anniversary 


County Clerk 



We Specialize 
In U.S.D.A. Choice Meat 









Official Truck Inspection Station 
24-Hour Towing Service 

Argen+a Pool Hall 


Custard Ice Cream 



PHONE 795-8982 




John Deere 

Quality Farm Equipnnent 



PHONE 543-2132 


Decatur Office 
Phone 428-3694 

Cerro Gordo Plant 
Phone 763-63 1 3 


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Compliments of 


Since 1903 

Elevators at 

Monticello - Seymour - Amenia 

Lark Siding 

PHONE 762-2163 



Phone 762-7314 




The shoe built for comfort and support. 
Made from top grain leather only. The shoe 
with a reputation for dress, casual, work, 
safety, bowling, golfing, Insulated and 
water proof. 

Widths AAA to EEEE 

Sizes 2 to 18 


Phone 669-8001 


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Insurance Planning Consultant 



Life - Hospitalization - Keogh - Annuities 

Pensions Group Life 

Hospitalization with Major Medical 


To Our Friends 

in Cisco 






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