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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. 



Compliments of 



WELDON 
STATE BANK 



Member F. D. I. C. 



Weldon, Illinois 



WELDON 

FERTILIZER 

& LUMBER, INC 

COMPLETE 
FERTILIZER SERVICE 

Phone 736-2512 or 736-2531 






100 Years 



WELDON 



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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. 



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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 
corn 

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 



CONGRATULATIONS 



ILLINOIS 



POWER 



COMPANY 




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. 



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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 
railroad. 

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. 



Compliments of 



Roger Adams 



Phone 736-2217 
Weldon, Illinois 



D. A. Lisenby H. P. Lisenby 

WELDON OIL 
COMPANY 

Serving You Since 1923 
SHELL PRODUCTS 



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- 
man farm. 



Load of corn to be 
scooped into crib. Fifty bu- 
shels was a good load. 




KINGSTON 

Insurance 
agency 

Phone 736-2519 
Box 66 

Weldon, Illinois 



DEWITT 
COUNTY 

democrats' 



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 



Dependable Hybrids 



CORN 



from 
Dependable 
People 



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. 




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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 
Store. 

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 
cashier. 

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 
from left). 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 
WELDON! 



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 

new home!! 

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, 

5IV2 Hours Weeldy 




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Nora Reed ran a millinery shop. She was the daughter of a Methodist peacher and married 
Arthur Baker. 




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 
Thomas Danison. 



CORN BELT FARM SERVICE 




FS Farm Supplies 



CLINTON DECATUR 



GLINDO (BABE) EASTHAM 

Agent 

FIRE, AUTO, LIFE AND HEALTH 

Auto & Other Financing 



Weldon. Illinois 61882 MFA INSURANCE COIVIPANIES 

736-2445 

If it has anything to 

do with insurance 





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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. 



EDWARDS 
FARM SUPPLY 



Cisco, Illinois 



COMPLIMENTS OF 



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 
reason given 

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. 



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Old Town 3' .1 Village Hall, 
and former Library, Now owned 
by the Lions Club. 



LARRY HELTON 

CONTRACTOR 

Kitchen Cabinet Dealer New & Remodeling Construction 



Concrete Work Phone: 736-2241 or 736-2454 

Genie Automatic Garage Door Openers 
Weldon, Illinois 61882 



PAnV'S 

BEAUTY NOOK 



For Appointment Dial 



736-2241 



Weldon, Illinois PAHY HELTON 




DEPORTMENT 

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Rogers Grain Company was owned by A. J. Beler & Son. It was one of the earliest 
grain companies. 




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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." 



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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 
Viet Nam- 
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 

People Working 

Is 81.2 Million 



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EDWARD MADIGAN 
Representative in Congress 








HARBER H. HALL 
State Senator 



JOHN R. (Jack) LAUER 
State Representative 



VOTE 

NOVEMBER 7th 

FOR A 

Generation 




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GILBERT L. DEAVERS 
State Representative 






FRANCES H. MILLER 
Circuit Clerk 




CHARLES W. HOLLIBAUGH ROBERT G. GAMMAGE 

DEWITT COUNTY REPUBLICAN coroner 

CENTRAL COMMITTEE 



states Attorney 



Businesses and 
People In Weldon 

When I Can 
First Remember 




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- 
ghters) 
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- 
port) 
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 

Bakers) 
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 

families) 
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 

teacher) 
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 

daughter 
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) 



Congratulations to 



Weldon 



.rv/^^ FIRST 

STATE 
BANK 

OF MONTICELLO, ILL. 





Member 
F.D.I.C. 



CONGRATULATIONS 



Champaign, III. 



Grain Elevator-Warehouse Market 



Phone 352-7011 Phone 352-6104 




POLINGHOLTZ 



Chevrolet Co. 



"FOR BETTER SERVICE 



Phone 762-2158 Monticello, 



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SINCE 1903 



MERIE F CHAPMAN, gens.ai ^..n.g!. 

Elevators at Monticello, Seymour, White Heath, 
Lodge, Lark Siding and Amenia 

AREA CODE 217 762-2163 Monticello, III. 
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 

do so. 

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 
be living. 

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- 
port's sister 
Jim Coffman - father of Jim Coffman, also Arete Halcom's 

grandfather 
Abe Long Family 
Thorp 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 

an O'Brien. 
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. 




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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 
Savage. 

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. 



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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 
1948^ 

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 
Elevator 

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 
1939. 

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. 



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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). 



Weldon Elevators 



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 
were employed. 

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 
organized. 

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 
organizers 

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. 
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H. F. Suigart and is presently owned 
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- 
age and the town was under water. 
MP Church, west to Catholic, known 
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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. 




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School with sheep shed attached. 



DeLand -Weldon School System, 1972. 



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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 
Lions Club. 

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. 



Churches 



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 
frame building. 

This chapel was razed in about 1948 as there was no resident 
minister Its members have worshipped in nearby churches 
since. 



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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 
Shiloh community 

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 
needs 

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 
United Methodist 

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- 




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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 
parsonage 

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. 



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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 
Church. 

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 
community. 

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. 



Societies 



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 
members 

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 
Weldon. 

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 
new building. 

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 
Marsh.'^.ll 

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 
since. 

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 
since. 

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 
Reeser. 

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 
ten members. 



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 



Phy- 



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- 
ization. 

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 
thirties. 

The present president is Mrs. Robert Barton. 



O's Gold Seed Company 

Congratulates The Weldon Community On Its 100th Anniversary. 
You Can Be Proud Of Your Fine Town And We Are Sincerely Grateful 
For Your Confidence In Us And O's Gold Seed. We Look Forward To 
Starting The Second Century With You. 

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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 
cart 

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 



(1972) 



Village President: 

Richard Perkins 
Village Clerk: 

Patricia Lisenby 
Village Treasurer: 

Marie Bowman 
Village Board: 

V L Shinneman, Oscar Baylor, Cecil R Baker. Lester An- 
derson, Glindo Eastham, Carsie Wilson 
Village Water and Street Maintenance: 

Orville Wilson 
Postmaster: 

Lloyd Shinneman 
Rural Mail Carrier: 

Claudean Perkins 
Township Supervisor: 

Ernest Dickey 
Township Road Commissioner: 

James Pearl 
Township Clerk: 

Marie Bowman 
Township Assessor: 

Frank Pearl 
Township Auditors: 

Hugh Bergland. Phillip Lisenby. Robert Keel 



Friends Creek Special Draniage: 

Albert Monkman. Robert Keel. Burnett Goken 
DeWitt- Piatt County Health Officer: 

Bruce Axtell 
Fire Department: 
Robert Milton, chief 
Ivan Leisner, assistant chief 
Jim Clifton, assistant chief 
Lawrence Meredith, secretary-treasurer 
Library Board: 

Elaine Lesiner, president; Mary Olson, secretary 

Lyle Savage. Bruce Axtell. Lee Shaw. Virginia Reeser 
Marcia Baker ' 

Librarians: 

Mrs Carl Schluter 
Rita Schluter. assistant 
School Board: 

Allison Perring, president; Marjorie Huisinga, secretary 
Franklin Kingston, Howard Gantz, Donald Reynolds Larry 
Baker, Robert Moberly 
Park Board: 

James Trigg, Ray Adams. V. L. Shinneman 
Cemetery Board: 

Howard Poff. Melroy Spencer. Charles Workman 
State Trooper: 
Gary McConkey 



Ministers: 

Rev. John W. Connett. Weldon United Methodist Church and 

Shiloh Chapel United Methodist Church 
Rev. John S Bartels, Weldon Baptist Church 



nothing 

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were Growing Hy. 51 N. ClintOll, III. 

TO Help YOU Grow" 935-9448 



VISIT OUR NEW STORE TO DISCOVER THE MANY WAYS WE CAN HELP 

YOUR OPERATION. 



Congratulations To Weldon 
On Its 100th Anniversary 




GEORGE H. DUNN 



YOUR 

International Harvester Dealer 
Farmer City, III. 



Centennial Committees 

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 
CHURCH SERVICE: 

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, 

Nancy Tedrick 
FOOD: Sue Walters, Chairman "° 

Rose Williams, Marie Bowman, Edith Baker, Virginia Gay, Lena 

Wilson 
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 
PAGEANT: Janet Baker, Chairman 

Helen Goodmon, Charlene Baker, Cherry Kingston, Marcia Ba- 
ker, Evelyn Lowery, Juanita McConkey, Ellena Barr 



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206 S. MARKET ST. MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS 61856 




ro R ri N B S tVw ATSII 

• Soft Water Service 

• Iron Removal 

• Chlorination 

• Automatic Softeners 



LARRY KING 



Phone 928-3681 



Farmer City 



Centennial Committees, Continued 



PARADES - GENERAL: Al Perring, Chairman 

Grover Shofner, Eugene Goble 
PARADES -ANTIQUE: Keith Rich and Roger Adams, Co-chairmen 
PROGRAM: Mr. and Mrs. William Martinand Mr. and Mrs. Clif- 
ford Dobbs, Co-chairmen 

David Perring, Steven Perring, John Baker, Jerry Heller, Rose 

Williams 
PUBLICITY: Dorothy Smith, Chairman 

Robert Kingston, Velda Mix, Thelma Workman, Don Reynolds, 

Raleigh Riddle 
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 

Club 
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 



Congratulations and Best Wishes 

To The 



America's Dependable 
LoanService 



Weldon Community in its Centennial Year 



American Finance Corp 



Champaign, Illinois 



IF WEED AND FEED IS YOUR NEED, 



Then let us pre-plant your 



AAtrex and liquid 



fertilizer together. 




E. Johnson St. Limits 



Phone 935-2163 



Clinton, III. 



Mr. and Mrs. Ray Williams 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Trimble 

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 

Serving-Clintonia & Texas 
Glenn F Riddle, Agent, Phone 935-3280 

Serving-Waynesville, Wapella & Wilson 
George A. Hoffman, Agent, Phone 928-4891 

Serving- Rutledge, Santa Anna & DeWitt 
Jim Bryan, Agent, Phone 935-5079 

Serving- DeWitt, Harp, Texas, Creek and Nixon 

Jerry Swift, Agent, Phone 935-5760 
Serving- Tunbridge and Barnett 

Ins. Sec'y, Phone 935-5620 Mrs. Robert W. (Janet) Bell 

Stensels' Funeral Homes 



Established 106 Years 



Bellflower 
Farmer City LeRoy 

Saybrook Mansfield 

Heyworth 



Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Rasner 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray McCready 

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Shofner 

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Shofner 

Mr, and Mrs. Barton Wilber 

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 

John Lockhart 

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 



Compliments of 



KING'S MARKET 



Fresh & Frozen Foods 



Drugs - Sundries 



Phone 736-2332 



Weldon, Illinois 




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GOTTLIEB'S 



"lower level fashion pit" 



Clinton, Illinois 



Phone 935-6665 



Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baker 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schluter 

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Long 

Mrs. Lenora Winemiller 

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Axtell 

Harry Massey 

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 

Charlie Brown 

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 

Goble Farms 

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 



COMPLIMENTS OF 


OLSON'S 


MAROA 


FERTILIZER 


IMPLEMENT 


SERVICE 


COMPANY 


CUSTOM HAULING 


Oliver & Deutz Sales & Service 


DON OLSON & SONS 


BOB LIENHART 






Phone 736-2468 & 736-2396 


Phone 794-3704 Maroa, Illinois 




DECATUR 


MADDEN 




& 


BOTTLING CO. 


TRIGG 


Crush-7Up-Pepsi Cola-Dr. Pepper-Squirt 


INSURANCE 


Decatyr, Illinois 






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 

John Melton 

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 





664-3342 








F. S. Seed Corn 




Early 


Med. 




Full 


224A 
422 


636 
840 


611 


884 
860 



"For Those Who Want a Higher Tax Bracket" 



Compliments 



of 



SUNBEAM 



BREAD 



Compliments of 



DELAND 
STATE BANK 



DeLand, Illinois 



McFEETERS, INC. 



INTERNATIONAL 



NEW IDEA 



Farm Machinery 



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 

Smith-Johanns Inc. 

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 

Birthday Party 

1:00 - 4:00 P.M. Horseshoe Pitching 

Games 

Oat Threshing 
Exhibits 

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 

Beard Judging 
Lions Club Drawing 
Dress Revue 
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 

Community-Wide Choir 

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- 
fully appreciated. 



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COMPLIMENTS OF 


CONGRATULATIONS 
ON YOUR lOOTH YEAR 


NEELY 

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SEARS 


PONTIAC- 


AUTHORIZED 
CATALOGUE 


AMERICAN MOTORS 


SALES MERCHANT 


1955 E. Pershing Rd. 


Lyndon & Mary Short 


Decatur, Illinois 62526 


Farmer City, Illinois Phone 928-2176 


877-4294 




Oscar Baylor 


WELDON 


WELDON 


CAFE 


GARAGE 

says 


"Good Food" 


"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. 



ARROWHEAD ACRES 

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 



Home 736-2561 



Weldon, Illinois 



Office 935-9063 







HAWN & OVERTON 


FARMER CITY 


"Nothing Runs Like a Deere" 


STOCKYARDS 


Phone 928-3031 


Bruce Waldork, Manager 


Farmer City, Illinois 






Phone 928-2111 


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Farmer City, Illinois 




CONGRATULATIONS WELDON ON 


FARMER CITY 


YOUR 100th ANNIVERSARY 


READY MIX 

"Heated for Winter Use" 


LE ROY ^ 
STATE BANK ^ 




Radio Dispatched Trucks-Free Estimates 






LeRoy, Illinois 


Phone 928-8051 Farmer City, Illinois 





McCONKEY 



MOTOR COMPANY 



Ford-Mercury 



Phone 928-2106 



Farmer City, Illinois 




[liiwnlDWn Chiimpiii^^ii 



A Iradilion *LADIES 
of quality 

clothing 'MEN 

'or *BOYS 



STRAT-0-SPAN 



Farm and Commercial Buildings 



Telephone (217) 928-5234 



Rt. 150 Farmer City, Illinois 



ALEXANDER 
LUMBER CO. 



The Best of Everything for the Builder 



Phone 928-4422 



Farmer City, Illinois 




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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 
Allen. 



German Band made up of Cris 
Crossan, Warner Sillman, Art Mc- 
Nichols and an unidentified man. 




Congratulations From 



American 
National Bank 



COUNTRY FAIR SHOPPING CENTER 



Champaign, Illinois 



Springfield and Mattis 



JCPenney 



The values are here 



every day. 



Downtown-Champaign, 




ABBOTT'S 



FLOWERS AND GIFTS 



1501 North Prospect Avenue 



Champaign, Illinois 



Member of Teleflora 



Robert L. Abbott (217) 352-9616 



Congratulations From 

MILLER MEAT CO. 

N. Rt. 45-Urbana, IIL 





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Oreana, Illinois 

Phone 468-2323 Oreana 
423-0640 Decatur 

"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 



Weldon On Your Centennial 



Country Fair 
Shopping Center 

Phone 352-5281 



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Phone 928-9131 
Jim Barton 



Farmer City, III. 
Dan Dolberts 



K &S 
FURNITURE 



212 S. Main 



Phone 928-5382 



Farmer City 



DeKALB 
SEED CORN 

Don Reynolds, Dealer 



Phone 736-2592 R.R. Farmer City 



WEBB'S 
MEN'S WEAR 

Complete Men's Clothing & Shoe Store 



LeRoy 



FARMER City 



BEN FRANKLIN 
STORE 



CORN BOWL, INC. 



802 N. Side Sq. Clinton, Illinois 



let's Go Bowling" 



Snack Bar & Kustard Korner 



Air Conditioned 



Phone 928-6191 Farmer City, III. 







The John Henry Colescott family, 
taken at a small cow pasture in 
I Weldon. 



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- 
tors. 



Compliments of 


ALL KINDS OF TYPING 


STINE'S 


Dee Keel's 


MEAT AND GROCERIES 


Typing Service 




707 S. Sixth Street 
Box 210, Lando Place 
Champaign, Illinois 


Phone 736-2281 Weldon, Illinois 


PHONE-344-0063 359-1794 




Compliments of 


LOWER'S 


Mr. & Mrs. 


FURNITURE STORE 


J. E. Reed 


405 South Side Square 


& Family 


Phone 935-5779 Clinton, III. 


DeLand, Illinois 


CENTRAL ILLINOIS 
BUILDING, LOAN AND 


DRS. GORDON & GORDON 


HOMESTEAD ASSOCIATION 


Optometrists 


211 S. Quincy 


125 West Main Street 


Phone 935-2186 Clinton, III. 


Phone 935-6807 Clinton, III. 



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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 


Chrysler-Plymouth 


JOHN STARKEY, INC. 


307 East Main Street 


Est. 1930 


Phone 935-3131 Clinton, III. 


Insurance Real Estate 
Phone 935-2111 Clinton, III. 




DEWITT COUNTY 


WARREN MARTIN 


FEDERAL SAVINGS 


AUCTION CO. 


AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 




703 


Warren & Larry Martin, Auctioneers 
Phone 935-3245 Clinton, III. 


North Side Square 

Phone 935-6259 Clinton, III. 


BEST TIRE CO. 


AIRWAY 


"Tires Are My Business" 


Oldsmobile-Pontiac, Inc. 




GMC 


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 



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Mc CLURE MOTORS, 
INC. 



301 SOUTH CHARTER STREET 
MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS 61856 

Phone 762-2139 
Chrysler Plymouth Dodge 

Dodge Trucks AMERICAN MOTORS 




Serving All 



T.M. 



GfjmBLES Vour Needs 



Dwaine & Beverly Merriman 



Monticello, III. Phone 762-4376 



WILLIAMS 
WALLPAPER & PAINT CO. 

Benjamin Moore Paints 
Northwest Corner Square 



Phone 935-3389 



Clinton, III. 



GRIMSLEY'S 
FLOWER STORE 

Established 1918 



"Flowers Say A Thousand Words" 
Member FTD 



Phone 935-2197 



Clinton, 



CISCO 
COOPERATIVE GRAIN CO. 

DeKalb & PAG Seed Corn 

Grain-Purina Feeds- 
Marathon Petroleum Prod. 



Phone 669-8771 



Cisco, III, 



KLEMM'S 



Dry Goods and Women's 
Apparel 



Phone 935-5626 



Clinton, III. 





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. 



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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 
of wagons. 



GIBSON 


SHELL-DOWNS MOTORS 


ACE HARDWARE 


Dodge Cars and Trucks 


Gifts-Plumbing-Electrical Supplies 






215 North Quincy ST. 


Phone 935-3748 Clinton, III. 


Phone 935-3859 CLINTON, III. 


C. "CORKY" PETERSON 


QUIMBY DRUG 


INSURANCE 






505 West Side Square 


123 S. Center 




Phone 935-6605 Clinton, III. 


Phone 935-2992 Clinton, III. 


ERLIN PEARL 


EARLE E. RAINEY 




Electrical Service 


Trucking 


700 South Mulberry 


Phone 763-2432 Weldon, III. 


Phone 935-5574 Clinton, III. 



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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 
this picture. 



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- 
master. 





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 
State Normal. 



CAME LOT 


GRIFFIN REXALL DRUGS 


RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 


North Side Square 




Owner - Jim Griffin - R. Ph. 


Rte. b4 West Clinton, III. 




Phone 935-2121 


Phone 935-5856 Clinton, III. 


BAUM 


KAISER AG. CHEMICALS 


CHEVROLET-BUICK CO. 






Bill Carr, Mgr. 


Automobiles Trucks 






Phone 665-3324 Delond, III. 


Clinton, Illinois 61727 Phone 935-3156 




WESTRAY'S 


LANE 


STANDARD STATION 

Complete Tune-up 


CO-OPERATIVE GRAIN CO. 


Full Line of Tires and Batteries 


Grain - Feed - Seeds 


Phone 736-9206 WELDON, III 


Phone 935-5356 Lone, III. 



KENWAY 
CLEANERS 

Highway 54 West Farmer City, III. 61842 

All Drycleaning Done on the Premises 
Same Day Cleaning on Request 



Hours 8-5:30 



Noon Saturday 



WELDON 
RECORD 

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DELAND 
TRIBUNE 



WHITE'S 
POOL EMPORIUM 

& 
CARD PARLOR 



All roads lead to 




FURNITURE 



One Mile South of Clinton 
on Rt. 51 



FREE PARKING FREE DELIVERY 



BEST WISHES FROM 

MINNIES 

DEPT. STORES 

Farmer City Fisher, III. 

Dry Goods General Mdse. Variety 



STERLING 

FINANCIAL 

CORPORATION 



363 South Main St. Decatur, III 

Agent: W. E. Lowry, Weldon, III. 
Phone 736-2449 



SUITS AND PRE-OWNED 


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SPORT COATS AUTOS 




LADIES DRESSES 

BILL'S 


MACY STUDIO 


Bill Leas, Owner 


"Portraits of Distinction" 


QUALITY GOODS AT DISCOUNT PRICES 




PHONE 217-935-9112 


216 East Main Street 


401 East Main Street 
Clinton, Illinois 61727 


Phone 935-3652 Clinton, III. 


CISCO CO-OP GRAIN CO. 


/j^ CHARLIE SCOGINS 


Grain Drying-Storage 


otKvlUt 


Marathon and Veedol Petroleum 


24 hour Wrecker Svc. 


Purina Feed and Health Aids 


Lubrication-Waxing 


DeKalb-PAG-Landers Seed 


We Call for and Deliver 


Phone 669-8771 Cisco, III. 


Phone 935-5184 Clinton, Illinois 




BUCK APPLIANCE 


0=::^=^ ^rofc^" r^5=^:=S) 


COMPANY 


BANK OF MAROA 






503 West Side Square 


MAROA, lULINOIS 61V56 
Phone area 217 


CLINTON, ILLINOIS 61727 


-794-3870 






Phone 935-3029 



MASON 
REXALL DRUGS 



Leon Mason, R. Ph. & Mgr. 



Farmer City 



Illinois 



MANNING 

MARATHON 



DeLand, Illinois 



RONALD & 

LORETTA 
WEBB 

Painting and Wallpapering 
hone 935-6735 & 935-6318 



CLINTON, ILLINOIS 



SUNSHINE DAIRY 



"QUALITY CHECKED" 



CLINTON, ILLINOS 



Compliments of 



MAROA 



FARMERS CO-OP 



MAROA, ILLINOIS 



RHODES 
MOTORS 






Route 54 East Farmer City, III. 

Phone 928-2179 



ROLOFSON BODY SHOP 


CARGILL SEEDS 




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 


WELDON LAUNDRY 


MILLING COMPANY 




Complete Service 


Laundry, Dry Cleaning 


Lee Shaw, Owner 




Phone 935-8200 DeWItt, ILL. 


Phone 736-2560 Weldon, III. 


DEWin COUNTY 


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. 


Jeep Vehicles 


Phone 935-2132 Clinton, III. 


Phone 935-3106 Clinton, III. 



Compliments of 


MURRAY 


A former business man 


BOOT SHOP 


for 40 years and a sixfy-nine year 


Clinton, Illinois 




Men's, Women's, Children's Shoes 


resident of Weldon, Illinois 






Phone 935-3455 


Zenith T. V. & Radio, Stereo 


STOUTENBOROUGH 


Antenna Sales & Repair 


INSURANCE 


HARRIS T. V. 


AGENCY 


SALES & SERVICE 


Established 1880 




General Insurance-Real Estate-Farm Loans 


Farmer City, III. 


Maroa, Illinois 61756 


DIAMOND 


Compliments of 


HORSESHOE 


LEO 


314 S. Main 


(Bill) FOLLOWELL 


Farmer City, Illinois 

BEER-WINE- LIQUORS 


AND FAMILY 


928-4433 





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DAIRY QUEEN 



"Live a Little" 

Woody and Maxine 
Siltman 



220 E. Main 



Clinton, III. 



COMPLIMENTS OF 

LOREN RICHARDSON, 
DEALER 

BO JAC SEED CORN 



Phone 736-2442 



Weldon, III 



RAKER CLEANERS 



JOHN STAPLETON 



"We Try to Satisfy" 



Livestock Transfer 



217 E. Main St. 



Phone 935-5266 



CLINTON, III 



Phone 935-2579 



Clinton, III. 



HARDIN'S 
STATIONERS 



HALMARK CARDS 



404 South Side Square 



THE TAYLOR ABSTRACT CO. 



Abstracts & Title Insurance 



K. L. Laswell, Owner 



104 Jones Ct. 



f- ne 936-2856 



Clinton, III 



Phone 935-5587 



Clinton, II 



HARRIS 

FERTILIZER 

CO. 

Mansfield Farmer City DeWitt 

Phone Phone Phone 

489-5481 928-2171 935-2314 


Outside & Inside Painting 

FRANKLIN 
KINGSTON 

Weldon 736-2496 


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C/ io? t*Sf HOC SOy«oE 
CLINTON, ILL. 


SMITHS 
FARM HOUSE 
RESTAURANT 

Catering For All Occasions 
Phone 928-9722 Farmer City, III. 


ROLOFSON 
SPORT SHOP 

Guns of all Kinds-Buy, Sell, Trade 

Fishing Equipment Line Bait 

Open 7 days per week 
Clinton, Illinois 


COMPLIMENTS OF 

THOMPSON 
FARMS 

Clinton, Illinois 



DELAND MOTORS 



Phone 664-3469 



Deland, III. 



SOHIGRO SERVICE CO. 



Anhydrous Ammonia-Custom Blending 



Pesticides & Custom Application 



Phone 664-3332 



DELAND, III 



THE JOURNAL AND PUBLIC 



DeWitt County's Only Daily Newspaper 



Job Printing 



117 West Main Street Clinton, III. 



LYLE BECKER 

General Trucking-Livestock-Fertilizer 



Grain and Feed 



Phone 664-3462 



DELAND, III. 



KEN ROST 
FORD AND MERCURY 

Gibson City, Illinois 
Salesman, Eldo Mire 



BOND'S POULTRY & EGGS 



Home of the Chickenfritter 



Phone 428-6655 



Decatur, III. 



Phone 736-2542 



Weldon, ILL 



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KAISER'S 



STATE AND WASHINGTON 
MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS 



VAN 
MOTORS SALES 



SALES 



"iml 



SERVICE 



"FOR A GOOD DEAL PLUS 
A GOOD DEAL MORE " 

On A Ford-Torino- 
Maverick-Mustang-Thunderbird 

Or An "A-1 Used Car" 
Phone (309) 962-3381 LeRoy, III. 

61752 



DALE WADE 



Funk's G Hybrid Hybrid 



ARNOLD'S 

HOME 
FURNISHINGS 

Home Quality Furniture 



Free Estimates on Carpeting and 
Drapes 



Phone 935-6259 



Clinton, III. 



Phone 928-3091 



FARMER City, III. 



D. 0. FISHER 

Cob Removal 



DeLand, Illinois 



TRAINOR 
LIVESTOCK SALES 

Trainor Bros., Owners 

SALE EVERY FRIDAY 



Phone 935-6322 



Clinton, III, 



TAYLOR - MAGILL HOTEL 


LEWIS JOHNSON 


& RESTAURANT 


GARAGE 




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 


COMPLIMENTS OF 
CHAS. TODD 


Welding & Repair Work 


UNIFORM RENTAL 




Launderers to Industry 


Aluminum Welding 




Portable Service 


Lounderers to Industry 


Phone 935-3162 Clinton, III. 


Phone 935-3176 Clinton, III. 


MRS. PATRICIA A. LISENBY 


LONEY'S TV 


AVON 




Representative 


ZENITH SALES & SERVICE 


P. 0. Box 194 






Phone 664-3360 Delond, III. 


f ' one 736-2527 Weldon, III. 





COPLEY'S 
TRUE VALUE 


/^ MODERN 
® CLEANERS 


HARDWARE STORE 


Don Goodall 
Phone 935-6927 


Phone 928-3441 Farmer City, III. 


112 Warner Court Clinton, III. 

61727 


DECKERS 
LIVESTOCK, INC. 


BAKER 
JEWELERS 

Watches, Diamonds, Gifts 


Licensed & Bonded 


Pat & Betty Baker 
Phone: 935-5974 


Daily Hog Market Monday Thru Friday 


Repairs 


Farmer City, Illinois Phone 928-3189 
Ralph L. Bemis, Mgr. 


West Side Square CLINTON, III. 


Compliments of 


HARRIS 


WELDON 


FERTILIZER CO. 


FIRE DEPARTMENT 


DeWitt Farmer City 
935-6442 928-2171 

MANSFIELD 
489-5481 




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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