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A Little Town
I like to live in a little town,
Where the trees meet over the street.
You wave your hand and say "Hello",
To everyone that you meet.
I like to stop for a minute
Outside of a grocery store.
And hear the kindly gossip
Of the folks moving in next door.
For life IS interwoven
With friends you learn to know.
And feel their joys and sorrows
As they come and go.
So I'm glad to live in a little town.
And care no more to roam.
For every house in a little town.
Is more than a house.
It's a home.
Member F. D. I. C.
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Phone 736-2512 or 736-2531
1872 - 1972
In the early days of our state, our fathers were of many
trades and they came looking for a better place to live and to
find a new way of life. From the east, Pennsylvania. Ohio, and
Indiana, to the west, they moved by covered wagon and river
boats Later they came by iron rail to Illinois, seeking the rich
buffalo swamp grasslands that couldbe turned into grain fields
It has been said that in Illinois you could see right down to the
horizon and you had 180 degrees of an arc of blue sky in spring
when the early morning boom of the prairie chicken was
startling to the farmer still in slumber. The meadowlarks and
bobolinks ihrewthegoldof their songs into your ear and the call
of the black crow to its mate brought your eyes to dwell on a sky
with vast moving clouds forming summer thunderheads
These fertile farmlands to bo were a gift of the ice age gla-
ciers, which made their greatest southerly penetration in Illi-
nois There were woods, prairie groves along the creeks and
riverlets. giant cottonwood trees, bur oaks, red haws, hedge
apples and hickories in almost every county.
The early settlers founded the county of DeWitt and Salt Creek
ran from northeast to west, draining the full length of fertile
land along it. Early DeWitt County farm families began to move
into the northeast undeveloped part of the county. William
Nixon and Smith Fuller of DeWitt Township rode on horseback
to Houston. Texas, in 1856. in order to buy 500 sheep each
They drove the one thousand head of sheep back to eastern
DeWitt County and were the first farmers in the community to
have cattle and sheep grazing on the prairies where Weldon
now stands A.M Pue broke the first prairie sod and raised
the first crop of corn
George. William and Morris Nixon were some of the first
early settlers They were brothers and came from Ohio in the
year 1850. settling in different parts of the township. In 1859. at
the time of the township organization, the commissioners gave
the township the name of Nixon in their honor.
Cicero Twist was the first settler in Nixon Township.
The first settlement began in 1850. and the lirst to locate
in this township was Ciscero Twist in the spring of 1850 He
settled m Section 8 and that year broke a small patch of prairie
and raised a crop of sod corn There had been land cultivated
within its boundaries, years before but by parties living near
the hiirdrrs. not citizens of the township Milo Twist, one of
eight, uas the first white child horn in the township and the
Twist family lived in a crude cabin constructed of rough logs
just as they were cut from native timber.
The last settled township in the county was Nixon It con-
tained a prairie surface with only now and then a few groves
of limber of a very small growth Its form was irregular
and contained 27 sections The surface was flat or level but
of a deep rich soil specially adapted to the growth of grasses or
Friends Creek and a small tributary in the north part of the
township flowed in a southerly course through its territory.
Two brooks took the same course through the township and these
constituted the surface drainage
John Manlove and a brother-in-law. Hiram Chandler, were
also first citizens. C S Lisenby improved land in the early
days of the township but resided in Creek Township. A Rush
and Kate Shipman were the first couple married in the township
Grains, corn, wheat and oats were to become the main cash
crops and were delivered to market by wagon to Clinton. Mt
Pleasant. During the frozen seasons, delivery was made to
Decatur by wagon on roads, or sled on the ice of Friends
Creek, running in a southerly direction to the Sangamon River,
and to the processing plant of A E. Staley Co Grain and cattle
were also hauled and driven overland to Chicago
On one crossroad a store, blacksmith shop and a schoolhouse
formed the first settlement of Shoo Fly and was directly north-
east of the present village of Weldon
The prevalence of horse flies in that vicinity was the reason
it was so named. The following story confirms the naming of
the town: "It is said the prominent lawyer. C H Moore, of
Clinton, rode a circuit on horseback from Monticello to Bloom-
ington and wouldstopat one of his tenants. James Baker, north-
east of Weldon. at dinnertime to rest his white horse The
horse would be red with dripping blood caused by the sucking
green tailed deer flies. The tenant's young sons would wash
the horse down so that it would be white again and ready to go."
With many bushels of grain and many head of cattle to be
marketed accompanied by a demand for raw materials, a
railroad was soon found to be needed. At this time the govern-
ment entered the picture and gave every sixth mile of land to a
division of the Wabash. St Louis & Pacific Railway. This was
used to form a railroad called "The Peanut Line." which runs
from Champaign to Havana. Illinois a total of 110 miles. The
history of this road dates from the incorporation of the Mon-
ticello Railroad Co . February 21. 1861 The line from White
Heath to Havana, an extension from Monticello to Decatur, was
completed by Havana. Mason City. Lincoln & Eastern Railroad
THE TWIST FXMILY Milo Twist, extreme right, was the first white child born in Nixon Township.
From left to right. Birdie Twist Milligan, mother of Aubrey T. MiUigan; Mrs. Mtlo Twist: Earl
Twist; Roy Twist; .'Xubrey Milligan, and Milo Twist.
John McGinnis was the
first postmaster of Nixon
Township. The postoffiee
was located and housed
in a room of an old house
on the farm where Duane
Riddle now lives.
in 1873 In March. 1888, the formal lease was signed and the
Illinois Central took over operations and is still owner of said
In 1872 a townofWeldon was laid out adjacent to the railroad,
and stores were built one block north of the present main street
This section was destroyed by fire in the summer of 1879 and
new stores were built at the present location.
The village of Weldon, Illinois, was surveyed and platted by
surveyor. John Brown, in the spring of 1872. It was placed on
record in the fall of 187.3, by Colonel Thomas Snell, Charles S.
Lisenby, James Alexander and James DeLand.
Charles S. Lisenby, rich landowner, sold his land in parts
and invested in. and helped develop the village of Weldon.
D. A. Lisenby H. P. Lisenby
Serving You Since 1923
Phone 736-2431 Weldon, Illinois
Oat binder driven by
Fred Dressier shown drop-
ping bundles to be shocked.
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Threshing crew blowing
straw into barn for cattle
bedding on the James Cofl-
Load of corn to be
scooped into crib. Fifty bu-
shels was a good load.
DeWitt County, Illinois
The Illinois Central Railroad Station
The village wasnamedinhonor of Lawrence Weldon, a prom-
inent lawyer of Bloomington, Illinois, who was also an attorney
for the railroad, and took an active part in determining where
the railroad would be built.
The first two- story home was built by Charles S. Lisenby in
1872. The first church started in 1872, on land donated by
Colonel Snell, for that purpose. The first store was built in
1873. The Winslow Brothers operated this store The first
stock consisted of drugs and groceries, but soon merged into
a general store. The building was a framed construction, 20 by
60 feet and two stories high. It was located between Water and
North Street. It was destroyed by fire in the summer of 1879.
The next stores were built on the next block south, which is
known as High or Main Street.
Main Street - early 1880's
Field Seeds -Cleaning
Thorp Seed Co.
R. R. 3 Clinton, 111. Phone 935- 2171
Early Businesses In Weldon
This is Hickle's Restaurant, as it was be-
for the fire, in the location where Moore's
Hardware now stands. It was owned by Sam
and Tez Hickle. The AF&AM lodge rooms
were on the second floor.
and wagon, at $2.00 per load. On May 4, 1896, Nixon Township
and the Village of Weldon bought a lot across the street east
from the present United Methodist Church on which to build
a town and village hall, two-thirds of the cost paid by the towr-
ship and one-third by the village. It was built in 1896. The
building is presently being used as the Centennial General
The calaboose was moved onto the back of the village and
township lot. It consisted of three cells. The calaboose was
torn down and most of the lumber used to build a pump house
on Main Street for the present water system. This house has
since been torn down. The three cell gates are presently owned
by Loren Richardson and are in use in his barn. They are of
oak and made by C. J. Seaborg.
The next several years Weldon was a very progressive little
town. It boasted two hotels, two general stores, a grocer, two
restaurants, a confectionery, a meat market, a drug store,
one millinery shop, operated by Nora Reed (Baker), two barber
shops, a lumber and coal yard and three grain elevators.
The first blacksmith shop was built in 1873. It was operated
by James PauJson The first hotel was buit and operated by
John Bennett in 1874 The first postmaster was J. C. Coulter,
in 1873 The postoffice was located in the depot. At this time
Weldon's inhabitants were about 600. It was one of the most
progressive and best conducted villages of its size in the state.
C. J. Seaborg was the operator of a wagon and carriage fac-
tory, established in !874 Itissaidthat some of Weldon's first
autos were assembled in his shop. There were stockyards in
the west part of town, J H, Scott and Robert Given, being two
of the early buyers, driving the livestock to town on foot. Mrs.
J T Thomas owned a loom and in her home she wove many rag
carpels, which were sold around Weldon Mr George W. Baker
sold furniture, farm implements, silverware, jewelry, etc., in
his store Mr. Baker was also the local undertaker. There
was also a men's clothing store for many years.
A bank was first organized as a private concern by Jacob
Swigart in 1887 It was later organized as a state bank in 1906,
with Carl Swigart as president, D. M. Smallwood, vice presi-
dent, H. T Swigart, cashier, and Charles C. Lisenby, assistant
Weldon was incorporated in 1892. The first meeting of the
board of trustees of the village was held in Worship Gray's
office, August 15, 1892. T C. Byland presided, A. M. Drew,
C. J. Seaborg, Robert Given and J. H. Scott were the board
members, with C. L. Townsend as clerk. On a motion by Dr.
Drew, seconded by C J Seaborg, a committee was appointed
to draft a municipal code for the government of the village of
Weldon. Robert Given, T. C. Byland and J. M. Scott were ap-
pointed to draft this code. It was voted that the ordinance of
Clinton be adopted as much as would pertain to the village of
Weldon. The records show that T. C Byland was paid $15.00
for writing it Plans were soon made to build many board walks,
also a town house, a prison or a calaboose A calaboose was
needed as there were three saloons at this time or soon after
The calaboose was built on a lot belonging to William Gray,
purchased by the village for $25.00. Labor to build the building
was $23.75. The lumber was hauled from Clinton, with horses
An early tavern in Weldon. Among those identified are Jim
Long, Henry Alsburry and Sam Baker (second, third and fourth
from left) and Sam Fairbanks and D. Miles (ninth and tenth
We are proud to salute our good
neighbors on this important occasion.
Our new building reflects our faith
and pride in all of De Witt County,
We look forward to seeing you in our
Farmer City State Bank
Your "Good Neighbor" Bank
333 S. Main St. Farmer City, III.
Member F. D. I. C.
Now! Complete, Convenient Drive-in Banlting,
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Nora Reed ran a millinery shop. She was the daughter of a Methodist peacher and married
Doc Halcome's store and restau-
rant served Weldon in the early part
of the century. Shown are Doc Hal-
come, Bob Jones, Charlie hunt and
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FS Farm Supplies
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FIRE, AUTO, LIFE AND HEALTH
Auto & Other Financing
Weldon. Illinois 61882 MFA INSURANCE COIVIPANIES
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Seaborg Blacksmith Shop. Buggies were made and farm machinery sold and repaired.
Suigart's Bank was the first bank in Weldon and was burned in an early fire. The bank was
replaced and housed in the present bank building.
V. L Shinneman, Realtor
PHONE 736-2298 WELDON, ILLINOIS
The livery stable was located where the United Methodist Church now stands.
At a meeting of the village board on April 6. 1896, a motion
was made to contact Colonel Snell for an appointment to discuss
buying Reserve Block One for a park. This block was just west
of the present park The only other mention of a park is in
minutes of meeting of May 4. 1896. On motion the question
of buying Reserve Block One for a park be dismissed, no
The modeof transportation was horse and buggy, plus as many
as four passenger trains per day, twoeachway, 6 days a week
Also two freight trains per day to haul in supplies and haul out
grain and livestock.
In 1895 a franchise was granted Harry Swigart, Sr . to erect
a light plant and waterworks There were several industries
in the early days, one being a tile factory located on the ground
now owned by Hubert Lisenby. Others were a canning factory
located where Frank Massey now has his mobile home. In
season there were as many as 20 persons employed here.
James Danison was one of the first owners, later in 1903,
L. P. Moore built and operated a canning factory at his home
which was east of the present cemetery.
In 1897 the board of trustees granted rights to the Union
Telephone Company to place poles and wire on village streets
to supply communications for the convenience of the public.
The early fire protection system consisted of fire plugs, five
hundred feet of hose and a hose cart, which was ample protect-
ion as there were not many fires.
In 190;i the village purchased the light plant and waterworks
from Mr Swigart The bonds for the purchase of these were
paid off by the spring of 1909. About the same time there was
great interest in the raising of fine poultry and as much as
$30.00 was paid for one setting of eggs. The Poultry Assoc-
iation held its first show in 1907, with judges coming from
Indiana and Michigan.
In 1898 Weldon had a very creditable Opera House which
was built by a stock company for $5,000.00. The stock com-
pany was composed of Harry Swigart, P. M. Smallwood, D.
Gift, C. A. Gale, L. S. Carr and T. A. Ayers. Much of the
village entertainment was held here. The Opera House was
located on the present site of the fire house.
In 1909 Emmett Gray & Company built an ice house for the
storing of ice to use in connection with their meat market and
for sale to the public. It was filled with ice cut from Halls
Pond in winter for the next summers use. The ice was stored
in saw dust for its keeping. It was filled the last time in 1924
when manufactured ice took its place. The building has since
been torn down.
M one time Jacob Zoger operated a cane press. Farmers
would bring loads of sugar cane, from which was extracted
a very sweet juice, which in turn was placed in very large
kettles and was boiled down to sorghum.
It has been said that at this time there was a library m
town which was later moved out to the L. P. Moore residence.
Old Town 3' .1 Village Hall,
and former Library, Now owned
by the Lions Club.
Kitchen Cabinet Dealer New & Remodeling Construction
Concrete Work Phone: 736-2241 or 736-2454
Genie Automatic Garage Door Openers
Weldon, Illinois 61882
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Rogers Grain Company was owned by A. J. Beler & Son. It was one of the earliest
John Henry Colescott at his depart-
ment store, between the Kiester build-
ing and Dr. marvel's office, across
from Moore's Hardware. Sign inside
read "Free Peanuts Tomorrow."
Old Opera House in Weldon. It was used
by early school for plays.
Weldon Fire Department - new fire truck.
WeldoD Fire Department - first fire truck.
When The Republicans
Took Office There Were
545,000 Americans in
Today There Are Less Than
50,000 Of Our Men There,
When The Repubhcans
Took Office There Were
75.6 Million People
Employed In The U. S.
Today The Number Of
Is 81.2 Million
Representative in Congress
HARBER H. HALL
JOHN R. (Jack) LAUER
GILBERT L. DEAVERS
FRANCES H. MILLER
CHARLES W. HOLLIBAUGH ROBERT G. GAMMAGE
DEWITT COUNTY REPUBLICAN coroner
People In Weldon
When I Can
By Mrs. Sylvia Barclay
Old timers that ran the town - from left, John Bostley, Robert Glvens, Jerry Daven-
port, John Galaway, John Brown, Oliver Parr, Clay Phares, Bill Davis from Cisco.
Hotel - Costleys
Rooming House - Nealy Cox
Doctors - Dr Drew and Dr Taylor
Hardware - lVIoorehead(father and son. I believe, Sam and Omar)
Grocery - Uncle Billy Gray (Gene Gray's father)
Postmaster - J. Pace (murdered Dr. Taylor)
Postmaster ■ William Costley. also a Civil War soldier
Postmaster - Mr Phares (had a son, Wallace)
Druggist - Miles (had six sons (?) and a daughter)
Restaurant - Minnie Costley Colescott - think later on a bakery
(one son. Ralph)
School teacher - Will 'Sawyers, also rural mail carrier, had a
wife, son and daughter
School teacher part time - Tom Byland (had a son and 5 dau-
School teacher - Stackhouse (had wife. 4 daughters and a son)
School teacher - George Gray (had several children, married
one of Gene Gray's sisters (no relation), Mrs. Virginia
Reeser, a daughter and Mabel Mire
Butcher Shop - Sweat' Carr (don't know real name) he had a
wife and 2 daughters
Saloon Keeper - Jock Reddick (wife and son)
Dry Goods Store - Covey (one son, Guy)
General Store - Lafferty and Lockett (Lockett had a daughter)
Banker - Carl Swigart and sons, Tag and Cooper
Blacksmith - Charles Seaborg (wife and daughter, Amanda, who
married Cooper Swigart)
Real Estate - A Fullerton (wife, son and daughter)
Lumber Yard - Harve Scott and Charles Gale (Scott had a
daughter. Maude, who married Mr. Gale)
Minister M. P. Church - Davenport (no relation to Jerry Daven-
Barber - A negro man had a shop overhead a store on the south
side of Main Street (never heard his name)
Musician - Mack Summers and his brother, Elmer
Brick Mason - Summers (father of Mack and Elmer)
Weldon Record - Montgomerys (mother and 2 sons, one Homer)
Village Marshall - Daniel Reicheldarger (we called him Rattle -
daffer) He had a son, Charles.
Millinery Shop - (on south side of Main Street) a widow named
Rainey, with a son and daughter lived behind the shop.
Drayman - Baker, had a son, Alonzo (no relation to English
Dressmakers - Mrs. George O'Brien, Mrs. Emma Benson
(widow). Mrs William Sawyers. Mrs. Hardesty (widow),
Allie Danison (never married). Mrs. Charles Townsend
Barbers ■ Charles Townsend and Gene Lowe (both men had
Furniture Store - two Pearl Brothers (on north side of the street)
Undertaker - George Baker (son of Danny Baker)
Section Boss - Jack Fleming (Illinois Central) had a wife, 3
daughters and 2 sons
OTHER WELDON RESIDENTS
Mr. Givens and wife
Hall Family - lived in northeast part of town
Moore Family - widow and 2 bachelor sons and at least 3 old
maid daughters - lived east of the cemetery - had lots of
fruit for sale
Shaver Family - lived east of town
Twist Family - west of town
Smallwood Family - lived near town, south
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Dillavou - lived a mile or so west of the old
Twist farm, Mrs. Barclay's father was born there in 1858
Al Heffley and wife - lived in Weldon. A Swedish couple, no
children, lived in the northwest part of town at the very edge.
First Elevator - was south of Ernest Crossan's former home
on Main Street - it was the only one in Weldon then - can't
remember name of man that run it.
Mr. Zorger - I believe his name was Jake. He lived in north
part of town with his wife and daughter. He made sorghum
for people. I think he raised his own sugar cane.
George Gale Family - Son, Harry, was killed in First World War.
Sam Fairbanks Family -
Reuther Family - father, mother and 4 children
Emsley Garrets - lived where Lisenby Filling Station is now
Tombro Family -
David Miles Family - no relation to druggist - I think he ran a
livery barn where the church is today
Silas and Mahlon Hand Families -
Mrs. Mary Hardesty and Family - (widow) - Tulip woman, lived
where Eldo Mire lives now
Robert Flood - wife, daughters and granddaughter
Andrew Allen - no children, married Charity Flood, a school
Smith Family - father of Clara Smith (aunt of Clara Dickey).
He married a school teacher, Cora Evans.
Mr. Shields - friend of Mrs. Barclay's grandfather - had one
Widow Danison - She had at least 4 children, one was the well-
known Lou Danison, a musician (aunt of Russell Danison).
Widow Danison - mother of Lottie Ayers and Nellie
Lisenbys - one of them was Charles Lisenby's father
Mrs. Emma Benson - a widow with 3 children, Sam, Gertrude
Susdorf and Nellie
Walker Family - had a daughter - lived in the far northeast
part of Weldon
McNeir Family - had 2 daughters, Fannie and Nellie - lived
just south of old ME. Church
Widow McNeir - with several children
Mrs. McConkey - a widow with several children - lived east of
old MP. Church. One daughter married Carl Swigart. I think
they had 2 daughters.
Mrs. Schwimm - a widow (grandmother to Guy Mawhinney)
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Lodge, Lark Siding and Amenia
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AREA CODE 217 687-4540 Seymour, III.
AREA CODE 217 762-2252 White Heath, II
Mrs. Barclay Remembers.
Thomas Family - father, mother, 4 sons, 2 daughters. All the
children but onedaughterolder than Mrs. Barclay. Mr. Thomas
was from Tennessee, a former Confederate soldier. He was
always Marshal with the G.A.R. inWeldon. They invited him to
Henry Alsbury Family -
Jim Lane Family - father, mother, 2 step daughters named
Flood, several sons and daughters of his own. I think 2 sons
were in the army. One was in World War I, I think. I think
that one of the stepdaughters, Mattie Girard, maybe alive in
Decatur now, was a few years ago (Longview Place). One or
two of his daughters, Armadilla and an older one, may still
Wesley Emery Family - wife and 4 daughters, one daughter
was Mrs. Gertrude Danison
G.A.R. Members - as Mrs. Barclay remembers
Mr. Phil Day. Mr. Shields, Sam Fairbanks, Squire Brown,
Mr. Phares (W. H. Gray's grandfather, also a postmaster),
and Mr Thomas, a Confederate soldier.
Still Winslow - lived where Don Ferguson now lives. He later
moved to Weldon. He had stallions in Weldon. He was a
very inadequate horse doctor.
People who lived in the country near Weldon and traded there
as near as I can remember (most of them must have been there
100 years ago. I was born in 1888, and moved to Weldon with
my grandparents, the Jerry Davenports, about 1890.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Davenport - Mrs. Barclay's grandparents
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Dillavou - Mrs. Barclay's grandparents
Dave and Nathan Parker - Mrs. Barclay's uncles
Sam McNeir - his wife was Mrs. Barclay's father's sister.
Phil Day - his wife was Mrs. Barclay's Grandmother Daven-
Jim Coffman - father of Jim Coffman, also Arete Halcom's
Abe Long Family
Coble Family - lived where Park Baker lived later
Twist Family - Mrs. Barclay's husband's mother was a Twist
Sandy Allen Family - Polly Allen's parents
Crossan Family - Ernest Crossan's grandparents
On the north road to town, first the Shinneman Family. I
don't know how early some of these families were, but there
were the Kellys, Dode Garrets, OUie Keel, Milo Twist, Me-
Deeds (also my aunt), Dresslers and Holmquists.
Curt Heffley's parents lived north of Weldon. His mother was
A Kelly Family lived on the north road to Weldon, a daughter
married Dave Jimmerson later.
The English Bakers, Jimmy Pearl Family (Henrietta Brown's
father), Reesers, Billy Pearl, Shavers, Holier Family, Small-
woods, Glasgows, Olsons, Cox Family, and Shaws all traded in
Weldon. Those were horse and buggy days.
Weldon's Main Street, from the west, as it is today.
In this year of 1972, as we proudly celebrate our Centennial,
the following places of business presently serve and meet the
needs of the people of the town and surrounding area which
consists of many acres of fertile farm land.
The Weldon State Bank. President E. Lyle Savage began
his duties in the bank in 1966. His brother, vice-president
Donald E. Savage, moved to Weldon in 1971. Vice-president
Joseph L. Savage of Sioux City, Iowa, is a son of E. Lyle
The Kingston Insurance Agency is a merger of the V. L.
Shinneman- Kingston Insurance Agency and the W. H. Gray
Insurance Agency. Corwin Kingston took full charge of this
business in 1964.
Another business that has been in the town for many years
is the Trigg Funeral Home which was purchased from Carl
Stamper by the late Charles C. Trigg in 1943, and joined by
his son. James C. Trigg, the present owner, since 1947.
To take care of the many phases of this mechanical age and
farming operations we have several businesses.
The Weldon Oil Company, selling Shell products and having
a bulk plant as well as a modern filling station, was established
by the late Charles C. Lisenby in 1923. Today his sons, Donald
and Hubert Lisenby, own and operate the business. Phillip
Lisenby, a son of Hubert Lisenby, is also an associate.
The Standard Oil Company also has a bulk plant a.nd filling
station. The bulk plant and trucks are operated by Roger
Adams who took over the business in 1959, after Andrew
Jackson retired having been 35 years with the company. The
Standard Filling Station, located at the junction of Routes 48
and 10 north of town, is operated by William Westray.
Cecil Shinneman built the present garage in 1938 which is
now operated by Oscar Baylor.
Ross Twist now has a repair shop for power lawn mowers
and other small engines.
Oxygen-Equipped Ambulance Service
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The late D G. Schmidt owned the Welding Shop which he
started in 1932 and has been operated bv Edward Welch since
The Hardware Store owned by Clifford Moore since 1958.
purchased from Ray Aydelott. has been the site of a hardware
store for many years. It was originally owned by the late
Thomas Avers and his daughter, Minnie, and son-in-law.
George I^uhrsen. who sold it to Bruce Axtell
The Weldon Co-operative Elevator is a merger of the two
former elevators, the Martin Elevator and the Railsback
The Weldon Fertilizer and Lumber Co , was started in 1962
by Ronald Edwards, the present owner.
To keep the community fed are the following businesses:
The Weldon Restaurant has been in operation many years.
Mrs Dean (Edith) Baker is the present operator.
Kings Grocery and Meat Store, opened about 1927 by the
late James R King and his wife Susie King, has been owned
by their son, Donald King, since 1951
Stines Grocery and Meat Store has been owned and operated
by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Stine since 1950.
The Roberts Fruit and Vegetable Market isanopen air mar-
ket, open only during the summer months. It is owned by Ed-
ward Roberts, now a Farmer City resident This market was
started in the summer of 1956 while Eddie was still a student
in the Weldon school It is located at the junction of Routes
48 and 10 north of town.
To keep all in the community well groomed are the following:
The Weldon Laundry and Dry Cleaning establishment, with
modern coin-operated machines, was started in September.
1962. by Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shinneman.
Mrs. Bessie Willis has owned the Bessie's Beauty Shoo since
Betty's Beauty Shop was started in 1958 on Main Street and
moved to her new home on Route 48 in 1966. by Mrs. Clifford
(Betty Jane) Moore.
Michael White is now the barber in the Weldon Barber Shop
he purchased from Howard Behrens early this year (1972).
Ralph Kiester is an upholsterer. Glindo Eastham sells in-
surance. Charles Workman's have a craftshop and Larry Helton
is a general contractor -all in our town of Weldon.
The Weldon Oil Company was the first bulk plant in the county, and it was located next to
the stockyards. This plant went into operation April 21, 1923. Roy Fields was the truck driver
and delivered fuel to farmers and to other stations around the county.
Phone 736-2528 Weldon, Illinois
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Weldon Tile Works
The Weldon Tile Works began January 28. 1884. by Charles
J. Seaborg and Kate Seaborg. his wife, and Andrew Allan An-
drew Allan purchased one -half of the Tile Factory consisting
of the engine, tile machines, brick machines, moulds, pumps,
pipes, sheds, lumber and track on January 28. 1884, for
S2.000 00. with four notes of even date for $500.00 each due
1. 2, 3 and 4 years from date with 8"^ interest payable annually
The Weldon Tile Works was situated on five acres of land with
the following boundaries; commencing on the section line be-
tween Sections 9 and 10 in Township 19 in Range 4 East at the
point where the said Section line is intersected by the North
line of the right of way of the Wabash. St. Louis and Pacific
Railway Company and running thence East 80 rods, on the line
of said company right of way. thence North 10 rods, thence
West 80 rods, thence South 10 rods to the place of beginning.
DeWitt County. Illinois
Later in the same year on March 1, Isaac Shinneman became
owner of one -third of the five acres of land This was sold to
Mr. Shinneman for $1,200 00, of which there were two notes
of even date for $600.00 each due December 15, 1884, and
December 15. 1885. with 8'^ interest from date
Part of this original five acres of land was still owned by
John A and Alice M. Lisenby who sold the undivided 1, 20th
for $25.00 on April 7, 1886 This land began at the Section
line dividing Sections 9 and 10 in Township 19 North, Range 4
East of the 3rd Principal Meridian at a point where said section
line is intersected by the North line of the right of way of the
Wabash. St Louis and Pacific Railroad Company thence East
along the fourth margin of the said right of way 80 rods thence
North 10 rods, thence West 80 rods thence South 10 rods to the
beginning. DeWitt County, Illinois.
Elevator and water towers show the old and new. Most all of the early water system
had been replaced at this time (1937).
The first elevator was built in 1881 by C S Lisenby where
the Weldon Co-op is located It was 16x40 and 40 feet high.
had 5 log dumps, was run by a 20 h.p steam engine, and had
a capacity of about 4.000 bushels a day. Cribs for about
25.000 bushels of ear corn were located near it Four men
It was sold to John Robinson who operated it until his death
in the early 1900s and then sold to W A Webb and his father
who sold it to the Weldon Grain Co . when that company was
The elevator on the south side of the tracks was evidently
built by Carl Swigart and operated by his son. Cooper, who sold
it to William Susdorf It was then bought by the Railsback
Brothers about 1910 and operated by Lee Railsback until his
death. It is now owned by the Weldon Coop.
Another elevator was built on the switch north of the depot.
It was run for some time by Ira Nixon and by Arthur Beires
for several years It was owned by Roger Bacon Grain Co.,
and finally sold to the Weldon Grain Co., who used it for storage.
The C H Moore Estate had a building with office and scales
across the tracks south of the present grain company elevators
but was never used to buy grain.
Weldon has always been an important country grain station
and once ranked third in the state for taking grain directly from
the farms The Weldon Grain Co . was organized by a group
of farmers about 1920 and was managed successively by Mr.
Groves. William Susdorf. Harry Roseman. and E O. Martin.
Mr Martin later acquired the facilities which were operated
by him and his family until 1954, when they were sold to the
United Grain Co., of Champaign.
The Weldon Coop Grain Co.. was organized in 1954 and ac-
quired the E O. Martin grain facilities from the United Grain
Co.. in 1958 Thepresent concrete house was built in 1965 with
a storage capacity of 250.000 bushels and 2 legs having a 7500
bushel per hour elevating capacity each. The Railsback facil-
ities were purchased in 1970 by the Weldon Co-op
On October 16. 1971. 71.816 bushels of corn were taken in
from the farms surrounding Weldon. so it seems that Weldon
is destined to continue as an important country grain station.
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taken from Mrs Lisenby's story of Weldon
By Birdie Boaz
Mrs Gale reported an attempt to start a library in the
village but the books were moved to the home of L. P. (Porter)
Moore. It has been told that most of the books were his.
The establishing of a permanent library was later accomp-
lished by the Weldon Woman's Club and supported by them
for twenty years before the township took it over.
The Weldon Woman's Club was originally the Ideal Improve-
ment Club organized in 1899. Mrs. Maude Gale was one of the
In 1876 Weldon citizens had a frame building erected for a
school It was a two story. 20x40 feet at the ground level The
cost was $2,000 Two teachers were hired to serve the max-
imum 75 pupils It was partly graded and considered a good
school at that time A number of citizens attended who are
with us today and some have graduated from a three year high
school and are very proud that they were, although there seems
to be no recognition of that accomplishment It wasn't easy to
go to high school in those days.
In 1892 Weldon's first paper was published by a Mrs. S. M.
Ewing (Sarah), who lived in Farmer City with her husband who
was a publisher in that town. Mrs. Ewing and Son, as she
used the name, did their printing in the back room of the
Swigart Bank. Later the son, A H. Montgomery, erected
a brick building on the south side of Main Street and this be-
came the Printing Shop After his retirement, there were
other owners and other places of printing. One. a Mr McBride,
used a room on the first floor of the Weldon Opera House.
Weldon Grade School, the first
wood frame building used as a grade
school and three year high school.
Dredge machine that cut out a
ditch forming a small creek which
flowed into and is now Friends
Creek. It made it possible for Wel-
don's drainage and the surrounding
farm lands. It scooped a path and
floated on water. The back pri of
the machine was living quarters.
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Two 01 tne Pearl brothers had an opera house on the north
side of Main Street Lodges may have met there. Also dances
were held there
Other entertainment included; Horse and bicycle racing and
baseball games south of town on the Sherman Miller farm
Tent shows, especially Percy s, for summer time.
Fourth of July, always celebrated with fireworks at night
On one of these occasions the fireworks almost became a
disaster. There was a lot of scrambling for cover when the
fireworks set the band stand on fire H. T Swigart and helpers
soon got it under control. One small boy received an injury
to his eye.
Weldon was represented in the state legislature by two of
its citizens Dr W. H Taylor, who had served in the Civil
War. had come to this vicinity in 1871. setthng with his wife at
Shoo i'ly where she taught in the school. This building burned as
many buildings did in those days They moved into Weldon
when the town was started and the Doctor and Mrs Carl
Swigart. cashier at the bank established by Jacob Swigart.
went to Springfield to serve their community and the state.
It seems almost unbelievable today, but in earlier times the
village had two or more doctors and a dentist
The year IHl.'j was a bad year for Weldon A flood, early
in .March, was followed by an attack of dysenterv which took
the lives of several persons, then the disastrous fire of Aug-
ust. IHl.l. I'he fire started in aharness shop on the north side
of Main Street, completely burning all of that side, with the
vxception of four buildings at the east end Sparks flew over
to the Carr residence where Mr. and Mrs. William Atteberry
live and burned the home
Two events in 1919 should be remembered. The first, the
military funeral in the school yard for Harry Gale, whose life
was taken in World War 1. He would have been graduated in
the 1919 class Their Annual was dedicated to him
The second event was the famous barbecue, also in the
school yard, in October. 1919. This was to honor those
who had returned from World War 1. Pits were prepared
and several beef roasted for days. This was done by experts.
Eighteen hundred potatoes and 2200 roasting ears were cooked
in large tanks of steam. A new gadget was introduced to the
workers that day which wasabreadslicer. There were gallons
of coffee and 2.000 pies. All food was free and enjoyed by many
hundreds of people.
Two young ladies, Minnie Marsh Twist and Bertha Hickle.
thought of a project in 1925 which they discussed with Cy Hall,
a resident in the northeast part of the village. Adjoining his
property to the south was a cow pasture. To the above men-
tioned ladies, this would make an excellent park. Mr. Hall had
recently lost his mother and his first wife. Belle, and the idea
of a memorial park met with his approval. The ladies were to
collect a fund to be used for landscaping and a memorial for.
Harry Gale The funds were collected and on October 17, 1925,
the park wasdedicated with a program, both afternoon and even-
ing. After World War II a memorial was added for Carl L
Wene, James C. Hiter. Merle Hiter, Jr.. and Edgar Lyle Glenn
.\ hdmetoming barbecue held in 1919 in the grade school
yard attracted lO.noO persons. Two thousand pies were served.
Harry Gale, killed in World War I, was given a military fu-
neral by the U. S. Army at Weldon. Picture shows street to
cemetery in 1918.
Weldon Park. The land was donated by Cyrus Hall.
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In March of 1913 the floods came.
Shown above, street running west to
business district from Route 48. Al-
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by Clifford Doffs. Buildings in the
background were stores on north
side of business district before fire.
In March of 1913 the floods came.
Tile had not yet been put in for drain-
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The Weldon business district caught fire in a harness shop around noon on Aug. 7, 1913
and most of the buildings on the north side of the street burned to the ground. The build-
ings that replaced those destroyed by the fire are still standing today.
Nixon Township Park
In the summer of 1961. a large concrete platform was built
in the center of the park To make room for the platform the
Memorial Monument for Harry Gale, who died in World War 1,
was moved south and east of the Monument honoring the four
men who lost their lives in World War II. The men from Nixon
Township who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II
whose names appear on this monument are Carl L. Wene,
James C. Hiter, Merle Hiter Jr., and Edgar Lyle Glenn.
In 1966 a roof was built over the platform making a fine
pavilion in the park. A building with rest room facilities was
erected just north of the pavilion in 1962. In 1971, the tennis
courts and basketball courts were built.
The Schools of Weldon
The first record of a school in Nixon Township was the Twist
School beginning in 1856 Other rural schools were opened in
following years, each serving the pupils of four sections of
land Rural schools of Nixon Township and other areas sur-
rounding Weldon were Lincoln, Prairie View, Champion, Twist,
Reed, Wantwood, Swigart. Bosserman. Excelsior, Rosecrans,
White Pigeon, Union, and Shiloh The first school in Weldon
was built in 1876, which was a two- story frame building 24 b\
40 feet, at a cost of $2,000.00 This building was located on
the site of the present brick building It did not have the -on-
venience of inside plumbing
The frame building was replaced inl910bya well built brick
building at a cost of $18,000 00 This structure was modern
with a full basement, a first floor with three classrooms, a
second floor with three classrooms and an office
Early in the history of the grade school, a three year high
school was provided for those who wished to continue their
education beyond the eighth grade One teacher, the principal,
taught all three grades located in one room on the second floor
and shared this room with some of the grammar school pupils.
The Nixon Township High School District was formed and
began in September, 1916, as a four year high school. The
school occupied two rooms and the office on the second floor
of the grade school building. The first graduating class of
Nixon High was the class of 1918.
The school rented the Opera House, located where the fire
station now stands. It was used for basketball, plays and music
programs It was a small space on the second floor but included
a stage. The basketball court was very small with no out-of-
bounds at each end. The baskets were nailed to the walls. The
floor was unfinished and not too clean most of the time, making
knee pads a necessity
The high school was very crowded so in 1921 a temporary
structure (called a "sheep shed" by the pupils) was added Af-
ter work had begun the board learned that a vote of the people
of the district was necessary before the bills could be legally
paid. A favorable vote was tallied in the hastily called election
In the fall of 1925, the high school left its crowded conditions
and moved into the new building located on five acres of ground
east of the park.
In the early 1940's there was the formation of the Weldon
Grade School Consolidated District and all pupils in the rural
areas were transported to school by bus. In 1947 the DeLand-
Weldon Unit School District was formed. The Class of 1948
was the last to be graduated from Nixon High. The pupils of
grades ten, eleven and twelve went to DeLand and grade 9 be-
came part of the junior high with the seventh and eighth grades
located in the former Nixon High School building All rural
schools of the unit were closed and grades 1-6 came to the
Weldon Grade building. This plan continued until the new four
year high school was opened in September, 1959. This building
was built on twenty acres located east of Weldon on the county
line Cost of the building was approximately $500,000.00.
On Saturday, March 31, 1962, fire broke out in the Weldon
Grade School building doing considerable damage. During the
summer repairs were made.
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In 1952. a new gymnasium was added on the east side of the
junior high school building On Saturday. May 6, 1967, fire de-
stroyed this entire unit including most all the contents. The
junior high students were moved to the high school. The Board
of Education made a decision to build a new structure at the site
of the high school. The building cost approximately $500,000.00
which was recovered from the insurance on the junior high
school. The move was made to the new building at Easter va-
cation time in 1969. On May 18. 1969, the grade school was
dedicated to Ernest Dickey, an educator for many years in
the Weldon school system.
The last paragraph of a very detailed story on the Schools
of Weldon written by Mr Dickey- -of which this is a mini -report
is as follows;
"Thus, we close a century which started with a history of
rural schools and ends with rural schools, since neither the
Village of DeLand or Weldon has a school building used for
educational purposes. Perhaps history does repeat itself, and
who knows, by 2072, the school buildings may be back in the
two towns and the 20 acres of the present campus may be grow-
ing sunflowers or some new crop."
Twist School (1882) on land donated by Cicero Twist. The school was also used as a place
of worship by the circuit riders.
School with sheep shed attached.
DeLand -Weldon School System, 1972.
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Phone 736-2240 Weldon, Illinois
Nixon Township High School
Weldon Public Library
The library was started in 1922. by the Weldon Women's
Club, whose members solicited books around town and donated
from their own libraries, purses and time. Its first location
was in Crammer's Store, a grocery, where they had just one
bookcase. This building now houses King's Grocery The
library next moved to Rosemonds. another grocery, which is
now the Post Office Members of the Women's Club took turns
as librarians, mostly by donation of their time, keeping it open
on Tuesday and Saturday.
For a whle the library was housed in the place where the
Town Board now meets, and in January. 1935. it moved to the
township owned building across from the Methodist Church.
In this building, the library used the front room and township
meetings and voting was held in the back of the building The
board and polling place moved to its present location and the
library was kept in the building until February, 1968. At that
time the library moved to its present quarters on West Maple.
the main street of Weldon This building was formerly a doc-
tor s office and was donated to the township by the Weldon
In 1942. Mayor Wyatt Halcom suggested the library be taken
over by the township, which would greatly improve its chances
of survival. This was voted in April, 1943, at which time
trustees B. W. Tillbury, Frank Galaway, Altha Twist. Mary
G. Baker, Verneil Stamper and Ernest Dickey were elected
Dickey stayed on until his school duties made it impossible
to do the kind of job he thought was necessary. Mary G Baker
moved to Clinton. Altha Twist remained on he board until her
death in 1964 The other members have passed away.
Women's Club members Katy Thompson, Cassie Reeves,
Helen Miller and Birdie Boaz, as well as many others were
librarians Miss Boaz worked with the library from 1924
until her retirement, September 30, 1967 Mrs Pauline Per-
kins and Mrs Marcia Baker succeeded Miss Boaz and the
present librarian is Mrs Eulala Schluter.
Trustees are Elaine Leisner. Virginia Reeser, Mary Olson,
Marcia Baker, Bruce Axtell. Lyle Savage and Lee Shaw.
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Banks of Weldon
A bank in Weldon was first organized as a private concern
by Jacob Swigart in 1887. It was later organized as a State
Bank and Incorporated in 1906. with Carl Swigart, president;
P M. Smallwood. vice-president; H. T. Swigart. cashier; and
C C. Lisenbv. assistant cashier.
In the depression of 1931 this bank closed. A meeting was
held of interested people in the community and the people ap-
proved of trying to reopen the bank as many others had tried.
However, the State Banking Department would not approve the
reopening and it was placed in receivership In the final closing
it paid out 47',J This affected the confidence of the people in
the community A bank or medium of exchange is one of the
backbones of a town The community was without any tjpe of
these services until 1937 In July. V. L. Shinneman. through
the Citizens National Bank of Decatur. Illinois, setup the Wel-
don Currency Exchange along with his insurance business which
was already established These were already established in
many of the villages around Mrs Loren Richardson helped
with the insurance business and exchange Practically all the
services of the exchange was handled through the Citizens
National Bank of Decatur. In the early part of 1945, after the
legislature had passed a law regulating what duties they could
perform, most of the exchanges downstate closed.
In February. 1945. a group of people asked that we might
merge into a bank Organization was started for a Capital
of $30,000 00. Surplus of $6,000 00. and Reserve of $3,000.00.
Practicallv all of these shares were sold without going out of the
exchange. People came in and subscribed for them
The Weldon State Bank opened for business May 1, 1945, with
91 shareholders and the following directors and officers: pres-
ident. Roy Campbell; vice-president. Wyatt Halcom; directors,
C. W Shinneman. G D Briggs, Ocal Eastham, Cecil Shinne-
man, and V L Shinneman. V L. Shinneman was elected cash-
ier Others who worked in the newly formed bank were Mar-
jorie Holtfreter, Carol Richardson. Corwin Kingston, Mildred
(Baker) Holt, Pauline (Glosser) Shearer, Grace Marcum, and
Lloyd Disney This was from 1945 to 1966.
The bank grew from a total Capital Account of $39,000,00
to $125,015.03 December 31, 1965.
It was hard with inflation and cost of the farmers imple-
ments going up all of the time for the bank to be able to handle
the loan demand because the law was 15% of the Capital and
Surplus to any one person or business.
In 1965 the Board decided to sell the interest to Donald E.
Savage, E Lyie Savage and his son, Joseph Savage, as of Dec-
ember 31, 1965.
Since 1966, the bank has had a nice growth and has now
reached total resources of over $3,000,000.00. The present
officers and employees are E Lyle Savage, president; Donald
E Savage, vice-president, and Mrs. Elaine Leisner and Mrs.
Carol Richardson, cashiers The present Board of Directors
are E. Lyle Savage, Donald E. Savage, Joseph L. Savage,
Corwin Kingston, and Howard Poff.
The Weldon Baptist Church
The first Baptist Church services were conducted in the old
American Legion Hall in Weldon. Illinois, on May 17. 1953.
Brother Olen Cooprider. Missionary of the Sangamon Valley
Baptist Association of Decatur, Illinois, was the first speaker.
The first Baptist Vacation Bible School was conducted in
June, 1953, at the same location
In June of the same year, the group moved two miles west of
Weldon on Route 10 to the old Twist Schoolhouse. On July 12,
1953. the Weldon Baptist Church was organized with 16 charter
members Brother Lon Sefton was called as the first pastor
in August. 1953. A building fund for a new church was started
in September. 1954. Land from the Dinsmore estate south of
Weldon on Route 48 was purchased in March. 1955--the present
location of the Baptist Church
The construction of the church building began in March, 1956,
and was dedicated in November. 1956. A farm home was given
to the Baptist Church by Mr and Mrs Virgil Dasher, Sr . in
August. 1958, to be used for the Baptist Church parsonage.
The church had services for burning the church mortgage
on October 19. 1970.
There have been 245 members to the church, with the present
membership of 107.
The present pastor is Brother John S Bartels.
Baptist Church in 1972
The Catholic Church
Since there wasn't a Catholic Church in the Weldon vicinity,
the early settlers of the Catholic faith traveled by hand-car to
Wapella to worship.
Later the altar was moved to the Catholic Church in DeLand.
and the local members worshipped there
At a later time, about 1890. the altar was moved to the brick
home of .lohn Pearl just northeast of Weldon and then later to
the frame home of Mr Pearl at the same location, where ser-
vices were held for the local worshippers.
The St. Michael's Chapel was erected in about 1899 and was
located in the west part of Weldon Although this church was
not grand in dimensions, was of modest appearance, it was
pleasing to the eye. It, like the other churches in town, was a
This chapel was razed in about 1948 as there was no resident
minister Its members have worshipped in nearby churches
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Prior to the year of 1870, a Circuit Rider, a Rev Stoddard,
traveled by horseback from Saybrook to Shelbyville. his circuit
Including the counties of McLean, DeWitt, Macon and Shelby.
Revival meetings were held in the homes and in the school -
houses at the time, as he would make his rounds, which re-
quired a period of three months to make Wantwood School,
then located one mile south of where our church now stands,
was the gathering place of the spiritually -inspired people of the
community In 1870, Rev Stoddard conducted one such Revival
Meeting ItistoldthataMr M Predmore was converted in the
field, tied his team, told his neighbor to feed his cattle while he
spent the day traveling to his neighbors, pleading with them to
turn to the Lord- -thus began the Spiritual Life of what has been
known as Shiloh Community for over 100 years.
A new .^choolhouse called Shiloh was built in 1870, just one
mile of where our church stands and tne wantwood School was
moved one mile east of it During that year a Sunday School
was organized in Shiloh School Because of the newness, it
was a convenient place to worship.
A great Revival was held in 1873 Following this the need
for a church was felt so Shiloh United Brethren Church was
built and dedicated January 17, 1874 Some of the faithful
families at this beginning were Massey, Hendrix, Jefford,
Gaedes McCammon. McAboy. Munch. Thompson. Peads, Boyd,
of which descendants of some of these families are still in the
The original building was a single room, the building having
additions in 1897. 1907-1909. and 1915. After the 1915 addition
it was noted as one of the most up-to-date churches in the De-
nomination Other improvements have been added throughout
the years, and still serves the surrounding people their spiritual
In the beginning Shiloh was a 4 point charge- Lane. Center
Chapel. Argenta and Shiloh together Lane was soon taken from
the charge. Center Chapel in 1907 Center Chapel merged with
Shiloh in 1963. so the name was changedto Shiloh Chapel The
church was remodeled again, using new pews and new furnishing
from the Center Chapel Church
In 1946. due to the merging of the two denominations, the
United Brethren and the Evangelical, we were called Shiloh
Evangelical United Brethren Church In 1966 the Methodist
Church and Evangelical United Brethren merged, although
not officially until 1968.
Argenta and Shiloh Chapel remained a 2 point charge until
1968, when Forsjih was placed with Shiloh Chapel They re-
mained so until 1972, when Forsj-th asked to be a 1 point charge
Shiloh was then placed with the Weldon Methodist Church. Af-
ter the merger in 1968, we became known as Shiloh Chapel
There are now seventy -two members who are very proud of
"their church on the corner" which has served the community
these 102 years.
The Methodist Churches ■ 1872 - 1972
According to records the first Sunday School and Church
Services field in Nixon Township were held in the Twist School
west of town People of all faiths attended the services.
When the Village of Weldon was established in 1872, Colonel
Thomas Snell, the owner of the land on which the town was
built, felt the need of a church so he offered a plot of ground
The story is related that Colonel Snell promised to donate the
lots for a church to any denomination that would build the first
church Since they had the largest number of members, the
Baptists were expected to get the lots, but the Methodists with
Rev. Weems as their first circuit pastor in charge, borrowed
the money from William North to build a foundation which
entitled them to the land So in 1874. at the end of a two year
period, the Methodist Church was completed and dedicated in
the east end of town with Rev Buck preaching the dedicatory
sermon This church, located at the site of the present home
of Mr and Mrs Roy Campbell, was built at a cost of $3,300
In 1882. a group of Methodist Protestants who had been or-
ganized several years earlier by Rev Goodpasture from Lin-
coln, Illinois, erectedanddedicatedanother church in the north-
Catholic Church, as it was before being torn down.
Shiloh Chapel, a neighboring country EUB church and lo-
cated southwest of Weldon. This church is now in a circuit
with the United Methodist Church of Weldon.
west part of town in the winter of 1884. Rev A D. Widney was
the first pasor This congregation became a part of the De-
Land Circuit where it remained until 1896, when it became a
separate charge On Sunday. June 6, 1909, a beautiful new
church was dedicated, the Methodist Protestant Church. This
Gothic designed brick building cost $14,500 and is still used by
the United Methodists.
The remaining congregation of the first church joined the
DeWitt Circuit and became the Methodist Episcopal Church.
This DeWitt Circuit had been organized as the result of a miss-
ion formed as early as 1837, in the newly formed Village of
DeWitt. Rev. Weems was the first circuit pastor and lived in
DeWitt until a residence was built for him in Weldon.
In November, 1907, the church building, having been entirely
remodeled, was rededicated This remodeled building cost
$4,500 and was a frame structure of beautiful design. The
original church building went through various stages of re-
modeling with rededicatory services but it remained on the
original plot of ground given by Colonel Snell in 1872.
In the fall of 1938. one year prior to the national merger of
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the three denominations of Methodist, the two Weldon congre-
gations federated after a separation of some sixty years- -using
the Methodist Protestant church and the Methodist Episcopal
In 1958. a new educational unit to the Methodist Church was
completed and consecrated. This addition provides a study for
the minister, rooms for several Sunday School classes, a nur-
sery, a kitchenette. M.Y.F Chapel, and Fellowship Hall. Many
church and social events are held in this unit
In 1966. the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the
Methodists became United Methodists- -the official merger
taking place in April, 1968.
In 1968. extensive remodeling was done on the sanctuary,
work being completed in November and the formal opening
on December 15. 1968.
At the June, 1972. Conference the Weldor United Methodist
Church and Shiloh Chapel United Methodist Church became a
circuit with Rev. John W. Connett as parish minister
Organizations inthechurchare very active. This includes the
UMYF, the Methodist Men, and the United Methodist Women.
United Methodist Church, 1972.
The M. P. Church and parsonage
was the first frame church building.
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Weldon Lions Club
The Lions Club was organized on July 1. 1948. with Raleigh
Riddle as the first president. There were 25 members. The
charter meeting was held in the basement of the Methodist
Through the years the club has been responsible for many
community and civic projects. They are annual contributors
to the Hadley School for the Blind; CARE: Camp Lions; Leaders
Dog School; Dialogue They are the Little League sponsor;
have provided glasses and hearing aids for those in the com-
munity; participated in providing park playground equipment;
sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Santa Claus. and the
Christmas dinner. The Lions provided the Doctor's Building
and were instrumental in obtaining several doctors for the
community. After there were no longer doctors available,
they gave the building to the township and it is now the library.
The club was responsible for getting flasher signals on Route
48; co-sponsored the tennis court; provided a resusitator,
"Rescue Annie" for the school; glaucoma screening; and have
sponsored the Annual Tractor Rodeo and Homecoming for 24
years These are just a few of their many contributions to the
Present officers are: Robert Sprague, president; Duane
Riddle, first vice-president; Gary McConltey, second vice-
president; John Barr. third vice-president; Corwin Kingston,
secretary; W. D. King, treasurer; Lyle Savage, lion tamer;
and Al Perring, tail twister.
Amon Chapter 136, Order of the Eastern Star
Eighty-three years ago on October 17, 1889. 14 residents of
DeWitt. Illinois, joined together to form what is still Itnown
as the Amon Chapter 136, Order of the Eastern Star. On Feb-
ruary 17. 1889. the Worthy Matron of Decatur and the Worthy
Patron of Clinton met with the following people to organize this
chapter: Mr and Mrs James (Amanda) Sutton. Mr. and Mrs
Eugene (Lillian) Groves. Mr and Mrs. John (Elizabeth) Cain,
Mrs Emma Taylor. Mrs Ida Cardiff. (Mrs Cardiff and sev-
eral other ladies of Clinton were also the first to start Mag-
dala White Shrine of Clinton). Mrs. Andrew (Mollie) Brown,
Mrs Kissah Lisenby. Mr and Mrs S. R. (Delia) Turnipseed,
and Mrs Rebecca Nelson
The first Worthy Matron was Mrs. Emma Taylor and Worthy
Patron was Eugene Groves.
Two years after the lodge was organized the membership
totaled 51 The first hall was a dari^. gloomy, poorly lighted
room, kerosene bmps furnishing what little light there was.
In November. 192.'i. two gas lights were purchased and in 1933
there were electric lights in the hall
Al the Chapter s 50th birthday, membership was 163 At
that time a faithful few kept the Chapter together- -even if it
meant traveling long hours over poor roads Those folks of
yesteryears enjoyed the Chapter as a means of getting to-
gether for they did not have the things we have today
After 73 years in the original building, the Chapter moved
to Weldon when the roll call was 79 members plus 2 honorary
The present roll call is 78 members plus 5 honorary mem-
bers. The chapter's officers are: Helen.Pearl. Worthy Mat-
ron; Jack Pearl. Worthy Patron; Margaret Clark. Associate
Matron; Hubert Clark. Associate Patron; Catherine Baylor,
Associate Conductress; Aletha Thayer. Conductress; Nell
Savage. Chaplain; E. Lyle Savage. Treasurer; Edna Anderson,
Secretary; Carl Thayer, Marshall; Marjorie Floyd. Organist;
Star Points - First Star Point. Adah. Vera Barton; Second Star
Point. Ruth. Stella Richter. Third Star Point. Esther, Cassie
Reeves. Fourth Star Point. Martha. Ruth Savage; Fifth Star
Point. Electa. Kittie Kleven; Sentinel. Myrl Reeser; Warder,
Robert Barton; Flag Bearer. Donald Savage
Amon Chapter enjoys having family gatherings with the
Masons, potjuck suppers and programs As in yesteryears
we can still enjoy the fruit of our ancestors and the wonderful
traditions thev left us. May we continue to carry on their good
works and may some of us be able to add a few more words to
this history when we celebrate our 100th anniversary.
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
The above named organization is more often called by a
shortened title. W C.T U.
A group of Christian women who were definitely interested
in upholding the teachings of the Bible and were dedicated to
raise the morale in Weldon and surrounding community or-
ganized the first W.C.T U Inspiration from the mother head-
quarters, located at Evanston, Illinois, gave them courage to
form the first union in 1894 Some of the members, also of-
ficers were the late Miss Clara Smith. Mrs. Jennie Martin.
Mrs. 1. 1 Nixon. Mrs. John Brown, Mrs. T L. Covey and Mrs.
Barney Tilbury. An L.T.L. headed by Miss Ette Martin was
formed and worked quite actively. Throughout all these years,
the subject of prohibition has always been uppermost in the
minds and activities of the dedicated members. There has not
been an effort for many, many years to even have a tavern in
Some of our active members have been Mrs. Loren Richard-
son, who was county president for four years; Mrs. Cassie
Reeves, county treasurer for 15 years; and Mrs. V. L. Shin-
neman who has served as local president, county president,
state, national and an international officer Her duties have
caused her to travel far, even to Japan She also has gone to
Chicago many times and to California.
One outstanding work of the present W.C.T.U. is to interest
grade and high school students in art contests by teaching facts
by posters, and essays which are informative. Many of the en-
trants have won state prizes, after first winning on the local
and county level
Mozart Lodge, No. 96, K of P
The Lodge was instituted January 3, 1882. The following
officers were installed: W. H. Taylor, PC; J. D. Brown,
C.C ; William Capron, V.C; J. C Nichols, P.; W. A. McKelvey,
K of R. and S.; D. F Edmiston. M. of E.; C. J. Seaburg. M. of
F ; W. H. Costley. M. of A ; Daniel O'Brien, I.G.; E. F. Cres-
mer. O.G. In all there are twenty-five charter members.
Grand Army of the Republic
GAR. Chester Elton Post #554.
Weldon Lodge No. 746, AF&AM
The Weldon Lodge, No 746 -- A.F. and A.M. was issued a
charter on October 3, 1876, with the following officers: James
R Heskett, Worshipful Master; F. A Winslow. Senior Warden;
James Danison, Junior Warden; John Bosserman. Treasurer;
Worship Gray, Secretary; William Hodge, Senior Deacon; A. M.
Drew, Junior Deacon; William Smith, Tyler. There were only
9 charter members On the 4th of June the hall of the order
was destroyed by fire, including the records, jewels, and fur-
niture. For the next two years the Lodge held its communi-
cations in the public school building. In 1881, they erected a
Present officers are Owen Eugene Goble. Master; Thomas
Goble, Senior Warden; James Clifton, Junior Warden; Lyle
Savage, Secretary; V. L. Shinneman, Treasurer; Roy Fields,
Tyler; Jack Pearl. Senior Deacon; Donald Savage, Junior Dea-
con; Myrl Reeser. Warder: Robert Barton and James Pearl,
Stewards; and Thor Kleven, Chaplain
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Weldon Rebekah Lodge No. 446
The Weldon Rebekah Lodge #446 was chartered November 18.
1915 and 97th year of Our Order. William H. Pease. Grand
Present officers are: Noble Grand, Orville McDaniel; Vice
Grand. Ida Followell. Recording Secretary and Financial Sec-
retary. Edna Anderson; Treasurer. Gertrude Baker; Conductor.
Mabel Mi Daniel; Warden. Gladys Shaffer; Musician, Garnetl
Chamberlain: Chaplain. Grace Adams; Inside Guardian. Ray
Shaffer; Outside Guardian. John Followell; Right Supporter of
Noble Grand, Verneal Spainhour; Left Supporter of Noble Grand,
Zula Gaby: Right Supporter of Vice Grand, Leo Schmidt: Left
Supporter of Vice Grand. Ethel Baker: Junior Past Noble Grand.
Stella Richter: Delegate. Gladys Shaffer.
Hiter-Wene Post No. 1049, American Legion
The Legion Post 1049 was organized in 1946. It was named
for James C Hiter. and Merle Hiter. Jr. sons of Mr and Mrs.
Merle Hiter and for Carl Wene. son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Wene. All three lost their lives in World War II. Edgar Lyle
Glenn also lost his life in World War II.
The present officers of the post are: commander, Howard
L. Poff; vice-commander. Roger Adams; junior vice-com-
mander. Franklin Kingston: adjutant. Corwin Kingston; finance
officer. William D King.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
I. OOF. No. 922 was chartered February 14, 1906.
Boy Scouts Of America
Troop 141. Weldon. Ill The first charter was issued in
March. 1938. and was sponsored by the Methodist Episcopal
Church The first Scoutmaster was E P Wene. with 12 scouts
registered. This unit was registered until April. 1948. then
dropped. It was registered again in May. 1959. and has been
Pack 141. Weldon, Illinois, was registered in June, 1951. For
2 years the sponsor was the Lions Club of Weldon and the
first Cubmaster was Sheldon Robinson. There are 8 boys on
the original charter. The unit came back in July. 1959, spon-
sored by the Methodist Church and has been registered ever
Robert Kingston is the Institutional Representative. Corwm
Kingston is Committee Chairman for the Boy Scouts and Gary
McConkey is Committee Chairman for the Cub Scouts. Gary
McConkey is also Den Leader for the Webelos with 7 registered.
Don Reynolds is Cubmaster with 14 registered Den Mothers
are Mrs Don Reynolds and Mrs Clifford Dobhs
The Weldon United Methodist is sponsor for the Scouts.
Junior Champions 4-H Club
The Junior Champions 4-H Club was first organized in 1935.
It began as two clubs, known as the Champion Workers and the
Junior Club, which was made up of younger members Mrs,
Hazel Schmidt, a teacher in the county, was the first leader with
six girls in her club. Those first 4-H girls w^ere Myrtle Burris.
Dora Tool. Hazel Tool, Grace Schmidt. Ruth Schmidt and Louise
Mrs. Myrl Reeser then took over, combined the two clubs
and changed the name to Junior Champion Workers She led
the club for eleven years Other leaders throughout the years
were Mrs Wayne Jiles. Mrs. Bernard Thomas, Mrs. Lester
Baker. Mrs. Delmar Gibson. Mrs Marion West, Mrs. Harold
Reeser. Mrs Owen Jamison. Mrs. Lawrence Meredith. Mrs.
Tom Birley. Mrs. Ivan Leisner, Mrs. Lloyd Reeser. and Mrs.
Ronnie Edwards. Present leaders are Mrs. John Barr who
has led for fifteen years, Mrs. Howard Poff who has led for
seven years, and Mrs. Charles Wachob who has led for two
years. There are twenty-five girls in the present club who
can take more than that many different projects. 4-H is no
longer only sewing, cooking, calves or hogs. If you can't find
a project, there is "Do Your Own Thing. "
Wel-Don 4-H Club
The Wel-Don 4-H Club was first organized in 1939 by Phil
Reed He also gave the club its name. There have been many
leaders of this Ag Club When Otis Floyd was leader in 1945,
there were 27 members, also under the leadership of Robert
Floyd in 1949, there were 27. In 1965. with Mr. and Mrs. Gor-
don Goble as leaders, there were 32 enrolled.
Present leaders are Mr and Mrs. Wesley Anderson, Mr. and
Mrs. Al Perring, and Mr. and Mrs. Lorin Riddle. There are
Weldon Town and Country Woman's Club
The Weldon Town and Country Woman's Club was organized
in November. 1937. at the home of Phyllis Lisenby with four-
teen members. The first president was Lotus Jamison.
Outstanding achievement was to get a Fire Protection Dis-
trict organized in 1947-1948. Other projects have been play-
ground equipment for the park; typewriter, frame and mouth-
piece for Judy Mix; medicine for Judy Mix; and scholarships
to the Egyptian Music Camp for several students. There have
been numerous projects they have completed.
Four charter members, Lotus Jamison, Hope Lisenby,
His Lisenby and Mildred Riddle are still members.
Present officers are: Wilma Goble. president; Carol Rich-
ardson, vice-president; Jennie Baker, secretary; Ellena Barr,
treasurer: Mildred Riddle, parliamentarian.
Weldon Woman's Club 1899-1972
When the great study movement of women became popular,
a group of Weldon women felt the need of just such an organ-
The first meeting was held January 11, 1899. in the home of
Mrs. Ira Nixon. Four women were present and the following
officers were elected: president, Mrs. Ira Nixon; vice-pres-
ident. Mrs. Harry Swigart; secretary, Mrs. T. L. Covey;
treasurer. Mrs Charles Gale, who was also the organist.
The Ideal Improvement Club became the name of the club,
which later became known as The Weldon Woman's Club
The object of this club is .sociability, intellectual improve-
ment, mutual benefit and community service.
In June. 1899. this organization joined the state, becoming
a member of the District in 1902, the County in 1928, and in
1930. the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
The club has helped with and conducted various and many
worthwhile projects locally. Perhaps the longest and most bene-
ficial project to the community was the library The club mem-
bers had the first library in a store in 1923, and supported it
for 20 years. Club women of those twenty years deserve much
credit for their efforts in supporting this project when books
were needed, especially during the depression years of the early
The present president is Mrs. Robert Barton.
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Weldon Fire Department
Weldon began in 1872. but it was in 1897 that a good water
system was built at a cost of $5,000- -including the electric
light plant An ample supply of water was obtained from a
well 280 feet in depth Some of the water mains were of wood
and the last one was dug up in the early 1930's.
The fire equipment of the village consisted of a number of
fire plugs and over 500 feet of hose on a hose cart pulled by
citizens. Of course there was the bucket brigade In the mid
twentys a Ford Roadster chassis was purchased for the Fire
Department and a small fire truck was assembled. It was
bright red, had a hose rack and baskets on each side for hose,
and a brass bell. It was a vacuum pump, using the engine of
the truck to force the water. The department later had a chem-
ical cart with one tank It was pulled li m the back of a car.
Later on Roy Fields mounted a second chemical tank on the
In the years of 1946-1947, the Town and Country Club and
the trustees, the late James Coffman, George Lurshen, and
Wyatt Halcom organized the Weldon Fire District. Twenty- five
charter members worked to help make it a success The first
truck was a 1947 International which was kept in the Town Hall
garage In 1957. the Weldon Fire House was built It houses a
1958 International pumper with a 500 gallon tank and pumps 500
gallons per minute There is also a 1963 International Truck
with 1,000 gallon tank and pumps 1.000 gallons a minute, and
a 1970 International with 750 gallon capacity, pumping 750 gal-
lons per minute.
The department has several pieces of extra equipment in-
cluding a resusitator which is available to the community.
The village has 28 fire hydrants and all new mains with the
exception of four blocks. The water tower holds approximately
50.000 gallons The water is tested and treated to insure pure
water to the users.
The Fire District trustees are Hugh Bergland, Donald Lisen-
by and Harold Reeser; Robert Milton, chief; Ivan Leisner, as-
sistant chief; Jim Clifton, assistant chief; and Lawrence Mere-
dith, secretary -treasurer Four members, Ray B. Adams.
Lawrence Meredith, Charles Workman and O. J. McDanielsi
are 25 year members of the department.
Village and Township Officials
V L Shinneman, Oscar Baylor, Cecil R Baker. Lester An-
derson, Glindo Eastham, Carsie Wilson
Village Water and Street Maintenance:
Rural Mail Carrier:
Township Road Commissioner:
Hugh Bergland. Phillip Lisenby. Robert Keel
Friends Creek Special Draniage:
Albert Monkman. Robert Keel. Burnett Goken
DeWitt- Piatt County Health Officer:
Robert Milton, chief
Ivan Leisner, assistant chief
Jim Clifton, assistant chief
Lawrence Meredith, secretary-treasurer
Elaine Lesiner, president; Mary Olson, secretary
Lyle Savage. Bruce Axtell. Lee Shaw. Virginia Reeser
Marcia Baker '
Mrs Carl Schluter
Rita Schluter. assistant
Allison Perring, president; Marjorie Huisinga, secretary
Franklin Kingston, Howard Gantz, Donald Reynolds Larry
Baker, Robert Moberly
James Trigg, Ray Adams. V. L. Shinneman
Howard Poff. Melroy Spencer. Charles Workman
Rev. John W. Connett. Weldon United Methodist Church and
Shiloh Chapel United Methodist Church
Rev. John S Bartels, Weldon Baptist Church
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On Its 100th Anniversary
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Ellena Barr, General Chairman
Vern Shinneman and Richard Perkins, Co-Chairmen
Patricia Lisenby and Mary Dressier, Co-Secretaries
ADVERTISING: Lloyd Reeser, Chairman
Ivan Leisner, John Barr, Corwin Kingston, Robert Milton
ANTIQUES: Hubert Lisenby, Chairman
Hugh and Betty Bergland, Don and Beverly Hiter, Carsie and
Geneva Wilson, Ron Edwards, Lester Baker
BROTHERS OF THE BRUSH: Lawrence Meredith, Chairman
Fire Department Members
CENTENNIAL BELLES: Myrtle Meredith, Chairman
Wilma Goble, Maxine Poff, Ellena Barr
Rev. John W. Connett, Rev. John Bartels
CONCESSIONS AND RIDES: James Pearl, Chairman
Kenneth Baker, Don Hiter
ENTERTAINMENT: Duane and Beverly Riddle, Chairmen
Ron and Jan Reeves, Junior and Dora Neal, Charles and Kaye
Wachob, Charles Brown
FINANCE: Ernest Dickey, Chairman
Lyie Savage, Don Savage
FIRST AID: Bruce Axtell, Chairman
Dorothy Martin, Dora Neal, Patty Reynolds, Gertie Parrish,
FOOD: Sue Walters, Chairman "°
Rose Williams, Marie Bowman, Edith Baker, Virginia Gay, Lena
GROUNDS AND ELECTRICAL: Oliver Walters, Chairman
Larry Helton, Bill Followell, John Workman, Skip Goble
HISTORY: Lee Baker, Chairman
Ruby Glenn, Donald King, Birdie Boaz, Curtis Marcum, Carl
Reeser, Lawrence Walters Loren Richardson, Henrietta Brown,
Ora Hartsell, Thelma Workman, Ellena Barr
HOSPITALITY: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lisenby, Chairmen
Mr. and Mrs. Rob Roy Twist, Mr. andMrs. Vern Shinneman
MARSHALL: Orville McDaniels, Chairman
Franklin Kingston, Michael White, Eldo Mire
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PARADES - GENERAL: Al Perring, Chairman
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PARADES -ANTIQUE: Keith Rich and Roger Adams, Co-chairmen
PROGRAM: Mr. and Mrs. William Martinand Mr. and Mrs. Clif-
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David Perring, Steven Perring, John Baker, Jerry Heller, Rose
PUBLICITY: Dorothy Smith, Chairman
Robert Kingston, Velda Mix, Thelma Workman, Don Reynolds,
ROYALTY: Sandra Rich, Chairman
Jeanne Seal, Eva Rich, Virginia Reeser, Lois Ferguson
SEATING: Frank Rudisill, Chairman
George Tool, Dean Baker, Gordon Wilson, Rod Stroh
SOUVENIRS: Wilma Goble, Chairman
Maxine Poff, Ellena Barr, Myrtle Meredith, Town and Country
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY: Gary McConkey, Chairman
Boy Scouts, Franklin Kingston, Lloyd Reeser, Howard Poff, Gene
Olson, Lloyd Shinneman, Robert Keel, Roger Tedrick
1972 Centennial Boosters
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Goodmon
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reeser
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pearl
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Baker
Mr. and Mrs. George Wisegarver
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Lisenby
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fritts
Mrs. Bonnie Shinneman
Mr. and Mrs. Sharon Donnan
Mr. and Mrs. William Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Riddle
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Riddle
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wachob
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hiter
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Atteberry
Mrs. Bernice Abner
Mr. Robert Abner
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wisegarver
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barton
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Mr. Loren Clemens
Mr. and Mrs. Vernelle Leischner
Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Neal
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shinneman
Mr. and Mrs. Don Hermann
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Poff
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Marsh
Mr. F. A. Wise
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cothern
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brighton
Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Riddle
Mr. and Mrs. Rob Roy Twist
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Tedrick
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Shinneman
Mr. and Mrs. Art Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Don Reynolds
Mr. and Mrs. Glindo Eastham
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cole
Mr. and Mrs. Don Lisenby
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dickey
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Helton
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Perkins
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowen
Mrs. Everett Reeves
Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Carr
Mr. and Mrs. Lendon Weaver
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Meredith
Mrs. Carl Kingston
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shaffer
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kleven
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Gowler
Mrs. Lotus Briggs
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Lisenby
Mr. and Mrs. Eldo Mire
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Welch
Mr. and Mrs. Beecher Dalton
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Glenn
Mr. and Mrs. James Trigg
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Shinneman
Mrs. John Brown
Mrs. Pearl Fisher
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. White
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lubbers
Alfred B. Conover
Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Monkman
Frank and Paul Massey
DEWITT COUNTY FARM BUREAU AGENCY
Phone 935-5620 or 935-5712
Paul E Nothnagel, Agency Manager, Phone 935-5620
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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Workman
Mrs. Leia McConkey
Mr. and Mrs. John Workman
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Milton
Mr. and Mrs. Loren Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil R. Baker
Mr. and Mrs. John Baylor
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Anderson
Mrs. Jennie Persons
Mrs. Feme Benge
Mrs. Lola Baker
Mrs. Velma Burge
Mrs. Lena Danison
Mr. and Mrs. MyrI Reeser
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Shinneman
Mrs. Rosa Brannan
Mr. and Mrs. Burnett Goken
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sprague
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Rich
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Benningfield
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Tedrick
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Carter
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Gift
Mr. Rice Whiteside
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Carr
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Mix and Judy
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Reeser
Mr. and Mrs. John Followell
Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Olson
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kingston
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dobbs
Mrs. Grace Marcum
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Marcum
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Reeser
Mrs. Leo Schmidt
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Clifton
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fields
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Reeser
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Massey
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Monkman
Mrs. Grace Adams
Mr. and Mrs, Rex King
Fresh & Frozen Foods
Drugs - Sundries
"lower level fashion pit"
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baker
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schluter
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Long
Mrs. Lenora Winemiller
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Axtell
Mr. and Mrs. Alva Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Wells
Mrs. Edna Shinneman
Mr. and Mrs. Orville McDaniels
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Wilson
Mrs. Margaret Workman
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Langley
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Langley
Mr. and Mrs. Eriin Pearl
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Musick
Mr. and Mrs. Ceasor Eastham
Mr. and Mrs. Layton Vandervort
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. Leo W. Followell
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Behrens
Mr. and Mrs. John Baker
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Show
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Campbell
Mr. and Mrs. Loren Anderson
Miss Birdie Boaz
Mrs. Pauline Perkins
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sizemore
Mrs. Agnes Sapp
Rev. and Mrs. John Connett
Mrs. Ruth Danison
Mr. and Mrs. Claudean Perkins
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Shaffer
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Twist
Mr. and Mrs. Don Followell
Mr. and Mrs. John Blue
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baker
Mrs. Nettie Goble
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lowe
Mr. and Mrs. William Atteberry
Mrs. Emma Beck
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Goble
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Baker
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Adams
Oliver & Deutz Sales & Service
DON OLSON & SONS
Phone 736-2468 & 736-2396
Phone 794-3704 Maroa, Illinois
Crush-7Up-Pepsi Cola-Dr. Pepper-Squirt
Phone 664-3397 Deland, Illinois
Mr. and Mrs. Dean R. Baker
Mrs. Lotus Jamison
Mr. and Mrs. Dean W. Baker
Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Halcom
Mr. Phil Blazier
Mr. and Mrs. George Tool
Mr. and Mrs. Don Olson
Weldon Women's Club
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Price
Mrs. lola Baker
Mrs. Goldie Wilson
Mr. Myron Seal
Mr. and Mrs. McKinley Burton
Mrs. Maudie Bray
Mrs. Lucille Haggard
Mrs. Myro Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. George Massey
Mrs. Thelma Swearingen
Mr. Elza Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Gale King
Mrs. Perlie King
Mr. and Mrs. Perry Whitson
Mrs. Clifford Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Swearingen
Mrs. Gertrude Baker
Mrs. Clarence Richter
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rudisill
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swearingen
Mr. and Mrs. Vern L. Shinneman
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mix
Mr. and Mrs. George Schwartz
Mr. and Mrs. Gale Goble
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Baker
Mrs. Dorothy Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Utterbock
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Atteberry
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Spencer
Mr. and Mrs. Gail Brennan
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Helton
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Floyd
Mr. and Mrs. William Brighton
Duck and Frou Shop
Mr. and Mrs. Ottis Floyd
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Stroh
Mr. and Mrs. John Huisinga
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Kizer
Mr. and Mrs. William Floyd
Mr. and Mrs. Merle Baylor
WILLIAM H. GANTZ
F. S. Seed Corn
"For Those Who Want a Higher Tax Bracket"
Phone 935-3151 Clinton, Illinois
Mr. and Mrs. C. Lee Baker
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Olson
Mr, and Mrs. Franklin Kingston
Mr. and Mrs. Loren Riddle
Mr. and Mrs. David Gregory
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Seal
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walters
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Bergland
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Moore
Mr. and Mrs. John Barr
Mr. and Mrs. Gary McConkey
Mr. Jack Pine
Mrs. Nellie Miles
Just A Friend - Clinton
Paul's Sales and Service, Clinton
Stewart's Toggery, Clinton
William (Bill) Conn and Sons
Thomas & Harrold Garage
Clinton Tax, Bookkeeping, and Insurance Service
Marty's Barber Shop, Farmer City
Compliments of Paul C. Gucker, Monticello
Moberly Construction Co., Clinton
Maypole Dance, one of many given by school girls on the grounds of the Weldon Grade
and High School.
Weldon Centennial Program
FRIDAY - AUGUST 25
10:00 A.M. Celebration Starts
1:00 - 4:00 P.M. Horseshoe Pitching
4:00 - 7:00 P.M. Lions Club Fish Fry
7:30 P.M. David Houston & The Persuaders & Mark Dal-
ton plus Shoji, World Champion Fiddler
10:00 P.M. Square Dance, Ozzie Pearl, Caller, with Dick
Dalton & His Band
SATURDAY - AUGUST 26
10:30 A.M. Threshing, Soapmaking, Arrowhead Making
Display of Stone Age Tools - All Day
12:30 P.M. Judging of Parade Entries
1:30 P.M. Parade
3:00 - 5:00 P.M. Johnny Barton & Corn Belt Country Style Show
4:00 - 7:00 P.M. Pork Chop Supper
7:00 P.M. Crowning of Royalty
Lions Club Drawing
Lions Club Drawing
8:45 P.M. "HONOR TO OUR HERITAGE" Pageant
10:30 P.M. Teen Dance
Weldon Centennial Program
SUNDAY - AUGUST 27
10:00 A.M. Community-Wide United Worship Service
11:30 A.M. Community Basket Dinner
1 :00 P.M. Threshing
Antique Parade Entries in Place
2:00 P.M. Antique Parade
3:30 -5:30 P.M. Hank Haynes and the Bearsdale Municipal Band
6:30 - 9:30 P.M. Gospel Singers: The Gospel III and Alvis
The Mathews Family
2:00 - 5:00 P.M. Antiques on display each day at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kingston, 1-1/2 blocks
northwest of park.
The Centennial Committee wishes to thankall those who did re-
search for this centennial and those whofurnished other necessary
information and help. There are countless names not recorded.
This kind of cooperation by so many along with those who made
monetary contributions is essential and all these efforts are grate-
ON YOUR lOOTH YEAR
1955 E. Pershing Rd.
Lyndon & Mary Short
Decatur, Illinois 62526
Farmer City, Illinois Phone 928-2176
"It is time to get your truck tested"
Come See Us
DEAN AND EDITH BAKER
Phone 736-2590 Weldon, Illinois
A Weldon High School class which pictures many of the Weldon residents of today. First
fo«. left to right, Rachel Summers. Beulah Fern Wilson, Pearl Swearingen, Lucille Sch-
wehm, Lila -■ . Oatha Polston, Alden Swearingen, Lee Pippen. Second row, I\ a Emery,
Glad\s Hunt, Mildred Goble. Fleet Summers. Paul Chapin, Karl Peterson, Charles Adams.
Third row, Martha Collier, Velda Hunt, Harry Goble, W. H. Gray. Ray Olson. Lawrence
Long, Vern Shinneman. Fourth row, Ura Shearer, Beatrice Bales, Clarence Pippen, Roy
Johnson, principal, Clarence Keele and Bill Costley.
Recreational Vehicle Park 2 Miles South of Weldon Springs State Park
Come Relax With Us-Leave Your Telephone Home
Water Electricity Dump Station
DON & LOIS FERGUSON
HAWN & OVERTON
"Nothing Runs Like a Deere"
Bruce Waldork, Manager
Farmer City, Illinois
Farmer City, Illinois
CONGRATULATIONS WELDON ON
YOUR 100th ANNIVERSARY
"Heated for Winter Use"
LE ROY ^
STATE BANK ^
Radio Dispatched Trucks-Free Estimates
Phone 928-8051 Farmer City, Illinois
Farmer City, Illinois
A Iradilion *LADIES
Farm and Commercial Buildings
Telephone (217) 928-5234
Rt. 150 Farmer City, Illinois
The Best of Everything for the Builder
Farmer City, Illinois
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Louis Dressier, shown in an old-time rural kitchen. The cookstove
was fired with corn cobs and wood.
Roy Fields, driver, and Russell
Danison were owners of this 1923
Model T racer. During the years
from 1924 to 1927 this car was en-
tered in many races. Left to right,
Russell Danison, Basil Hunt, Del-
bert Salors, Elrey Danison and Otto
German Band made up of Cris
Crossan, Warner Sillman, Art Mc-
Nichols and an unidentified man.
COUNTRY FAIR SHOPPING CENTER
Springfield and Mattis
The values are here
FLOWERS AND GIFTS
1501 North Prospect Avenue
Member of Teleflora
Robert L. Abbott (217) 352-9616
MILLER MEAT CO.
N. Rt. 45-Urbana, IIL
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Sales & Service
Phone 468-2323 Oreana
"Salutes Weldon on Their 100th Anniversary"
IH Farm, Industrial and
Lawn & Garden Products
Sales & Service
Full Line Parts & Service
SEE US FOR YOUR EQUIPMENT NEEDS
BEST WISHES TO
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Doris and Ken Kelly
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112 N. Main St.
LIFE INSURANCE MUTUAL FUNDS
DELANO, ILLINOIS PHONE 664-3422
Bank and Trust Co.
Main at Broadway, Urbana
403 W. GREEN
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Farmer City, III.
212 S. Main
Don Reynolds, Dealer
Phone 736-2592 R.R. Farmer City
Complete Men's Clothing & Shoe Store
CORN BOWL, INC.
802 N. Side Sq. Clinton, Illinois
let's Go Bowling"
Snack Bar & Kustard Korner
Phone 928-6191 Farmer City, III.
The John Henry Colescott family,
taken at a small cow pasture in
Hunters found many ponds on sur-
rounding farms where wild duck
would stop during migration. Shown
are Charlie Lisenby, Sherman Glen,
Ray Shaffer and Charlie Ayres.
Pouring bard road from Route 10
through Weldon to Route 48. Hart-
man and Clark were the contrac-
ALL KINDS OF TYPING
MEAT AND GROCERIES
707 S. Sixth Street
Box 210, Lando Place
Phone 736-2281 Weldon, Illinois
Mr. & Mrs.
J. E. Reed
405 South Side Square
Phone 935-5779 Clinton, III.
BUILDING, LOAN AND
DRS. GORDON & GORDON
211 S. Quincy
125 West Main Street
Phone 935-2186 Clinton, III.
Phone 935-6807 Clinton, III.
Fred Dressier in his 1912 Case car.
The Weldon lOOF band won first place in the county in 1908. Pictured, left to right,
back row. Ernest C. Crossan, Drew Barnes, Charles C. Lisenby. MacO Summers, lea-
der. Hank Clemens. Charles Barclay and Denver FuUerton. Middle row, Harry Barclay.
Neal Lane. Floyd Capron, Carl Polen, W. G. (Bert) Hunt, Curt Hitley and William Berk-
ley. Front row, Vern Workman, Clyde Goble, Lester Hunt, Dr. A. V. Foote, Elmer Long
and Lee Persons.
C. C. Bales and Tom Allen with mule hitched to a cart.
WILSON REEVES MOTORS
Frank Cummings Joe Bianucci
JOHN STARKEY, INC.
307 East Main Street
Phone 935-3131 Clinton, III.
Insurance Real Estate
Phone 935-2111 Clinton, III.
AND LOAN ASSOCIATION
Warren & Larry Martin, Auctioneers
Phone 935-3245 Clinton, III.
North Side Square
Phone 935-6259 Clinton, III.
BEST TIRE CO.
"Tires Are My Business"
Highway 10, West
Highway 54 West
' ne 935-2176 Clinton, III.
Phone 935-2144 CLINTON, III.
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Nixon Township High School DeWilt County Champions, 1932-33. Front row. left to right,
Don W'ene. Virgil Long, Duane MeConkey, Pat Sims. Lee Shaw. Hubert Lisenby, R. A.
Marsh and Ottis Twist. Back row, left to right, Bernard Davies. Paul Brighton, Elmer (Bus)
Glenn, Dale Hoops. Edwin Jiles. Harold Reeser. Don King. Sheldon Robinson. Top left, Dal-
las Myers, coach, and top, right, Raymond Mcllvenna, manager.
Grace Moody, long to be remembered as telephone operator
serving the village of Weldon and surrounding community.
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DON'T BUY ANOTHER CAR UNTIL YOU GET
A PRICE FROM McCLURE
Mc CLURE MOTORS,
301 SOUTH CHARTER STREET
MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS 61856
Chrysler Plymouth Dodge
Dodge Trucks AMERICAN MOTORS
GfjmBLES Vour Needs
Dwaine & Beverly Merriman
Monticello, III. Phone 762-4376
WALLPAPER & PAINT CO.
Benjamin Moore Paints
Northwest Corner Square
"Flowers Say A Thousand Words"
COOPERATIVE GRAIN CO.
DeKalb & PAG Seed Corn
Marathon Petroleum Prod.
Dry Goods and Women's
The Fred Baker family home was built by William H. Crossan in 1867, prior to the vill-
age of W'eldon, on land bordering Weldon on the south and west.
Seaborg machine shop and home, sketched in 1S85. built and operated by Charles J.
Seaborg. He came to town with $1,160.00 and he built nine dwelling homes in Weldon, be-
sides his residence and shop and owned 53 lots. His shop was for the building and repair
Dodge Cars and Trucks
215 North Quincy ST.
Phone 935-3748 Clinton, III.
Phone 935-3859 CLINTON, III.
C. "CORKY" PETERSON
505 West Side Square
123 S. Center
Phone 935-6605 Clinton, III.
Phone 935-2992 Clinton, III.
EARLE E. RAINEY
700 South Mulberry
Phone 763-2432 Weldon, III.
Phone 935-5574 Clinton, III.
Isaac Shinneman family. The farm
has been operated continuously since
1859 by the Shinnemans. Elmer
Shinneman now resides on the farm.
Three families are represented in
The Weldon post office and exchange were in the same build-
ing on the south side of Main Street. The Exchange was opened
Juh I, 1937 by V. L. Shinneman. Carl Reeser was the post-
Cassie Reeves "Mother of the Year." Mrs. Cassie Reeves
of Weldon was selected Mother-of-the- Year of the State of
Illinois in 1957. In 1927 her husband died. leaving her with
four small children, the oldest eight and the youngest under
10 months. Having been a school teacher before she married,
she went back to teaching and managing the farm. Her three
sons, Colin. Richard and Robert graduated from the University
of Illinois and her daughter. Margaret, graduated from Illinois
GRIFFIN REXALL DRUGS
RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
North Side Square
Owner - Jim Griffin - R. Ph.
Rte. b4 West Clinton, III.
Phone 935-5856 Clinton, III.
KAISER AG. CHEMICALS
Bill Carr, Mgr.
Phone 665-3324 Delond, III.
Clinton, Illinois 61727 Phone 935-3156
CO-OPERATIVE GRAIN CO.
Full Line of Tires and Batteries
Grain - Feed - Seeds
Phone 736-9206 WELDON, III
Phone 935-5356 Lone, III.
Highway 54 West Farmer City, III. 61842
All Drycleaning Done on the Premises
Same Day Cleaning on Request
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All roads lead to
One Mile South of Clinton
on Rt. 51
FREE PARKING FREE DELIVERY
BEST WISHES FROM
Farmer City Fisher, III.
Dry Goods General Mdse. Variety
363 South Main St. Decatur, III
Agent: W. E. Lowry, Weldon, III.
SUITS AND PRE-OWNED
SPORT COATS AUTOS
Bill Leas, Owner
"Portraits of Distinction"
QUALITY GOODS AT DISCOUNT PRICES
216 East Main Street
401 East Main Street
Clinton, Illinois 61727
Phone 935-3652 Clinton, III.
CISCO CO-OP GRAIN CO.
/j^ CHARLIE SCOGINS
Marathon and Veedol Petroleum
24 hour Wrecker Svc.
Purina Feed and Health Aids
We Call for and Deliver
Phone 669-8771 Cisco, III.
Phone 935-5184 Clinton, Illinois
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BANK OF MAROA
503 West Side Square
MAROA, lULINOIS 61V56
Phone area 217
CLINTON, ILLINOIS 61727
Leon Mason, R. Ph. & Mgr.
Painting and Wallpapering
hone 935-6735 & 935-6318
Route 54 East Farmer City, III.
ROLOFSON BODY SHOP
Seed Corn Silage Alfalfa
1410 East Jefferson
Call or see James B. Pearl
Phone 935-2762 Clinton, III.
Phone 736-2464 Weldon, III.
DEW in COUNTY
Laundry, Dry Cleaning
Lee Shaw, Owner
Phone 935-8200 DeWItt, ILL.
Phone 736-2560 Weldon, III.
FINFROCK MOTOR SALES
CO-OPERATIVE GRAIN CO.
203 West Washington Street
Ford-American Motor Products- Mercury
Grain, Fencing, Feed and Coal
413 East MACON St.
Phone 935-2132 Clinton, III.
Phone 935-3106 Clinton, III.
A former business man
for 40 years and a sixfy-nine year
Men's, Women's, Children's Shoes
resident of Weldon, Illinois
Zenith T. V. & Radio, Stereo
Antenna Sales & Repair
HARRIS T. V.
SALES & SERVICE
General Insurance-Real Estate-Farm Loans
Farmer City, III.
Maroa, Illinois 61756
314 S. Main
Farmer City, Illinois
"Live a Little"
Woody and Maxine
220 E. Main
BO JAC SEED CORN
"We Try to Satisfy"
217 E. Main St.
404 South Side Square
THE TAYLOR ABSTRACT CO.
Abstracts & Title Insurance
K. L. Laswell, Owner
104 Jones Ct.
f- ne 936-2856
Mansfield Farmer City DeWitt
Phone Phone Phone
489-5481 928-2171 935-2314
Outside & Inside Painting
C/ io? t*Sf HOC SOy«oE
Catering For All Occasions
Phone 928-9722 Farmer City, III.
Guns of all Kinds-Buy, Sell, Trade
Fishing Equipment Line Bait
Open 7 days per week
SOHIGRO SERVICE CO.
Anhydrous Ammonia-Custom Blending
Pesticides & Custom Application
THE JOURNAL AND PUBLIC
DeWitt County's Only Daily Newspaper
117 West Main Street Clinton, III.
Grain and Feed
FORD AND MERCURY
Gibson City, Illinois
Salesman, Eldo Mire
BOND'S POULTRY & EGGS
Home of the Chickenfritter
STATE AND WASHINGTON
"FOR A GOOD DEAL PLUS
A GOOD DEAL MORE "
On A Ford-Torino-
Or An "A-1 Used Car"
Phone (309) 962-3381 LeRoy, III.
Funk's G Hybrid Hybrid
Home Quality Furniture
Free Estimates on Carpeting and
FARMER City, III.
D. 0. FISHER
Trainor Bros., Owners
SALE EVERY FRIDAY
TAYLOR - MAGILL HOTEL
Parts & Service
Your Host- Eileen & Henry Taylor
for Gasoline Power Engines
Phone 935-2153 Clinton, III.
310 North Elizabeth
Phone 935-6415 Clinton, III.
STAN CYRULIK WELDING
Welding & Repair Work
Launderers to Industry
Lounderers to Industry
Phone 935-3162 Clinton, III.
Phone 935-3176 Clinton, III.
MRS. PATRICIA A. LISENBY
ZENITH SALES & SERVICE
P. 0. Box 194
Phone 664-3360 Delond, III.
f ' one 736-2527 Weldon, III.
Phone 928-3441 Farmer City, III.
112 Warner Court Clinton, III.
Watches, Diamonds, Gifts
Licensed & Bonded
Pat & Betty Baker
Daily Hog Market Monday Thru Friday
Farmer City, Illinois Phone 928-3189
Ralph L. Bemis, Mgr.
West Side Square CLINTON, III.
DeWitt Farmer City
The Dode Garrett family - Dora, Minnie, Rex, Mrs. Garrett, Lyle, Mr. Garrett, Harry.
The 1908 Reo owned by the Fred Twist family. This picture shows the change from horse
transportation to car.
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