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OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
Ei gene Funk President
I'm i p. Beich Vice-President
\l I Callahan Secretary
Russell Shearer Treasurer
Win. in I'.. Wade Manager
\i;Tiiri; S. Smith. Chairman
Perry LaBounty C. VV. Orcutt
Ai. Ulbrich W. E. Richardson
Davis Mkkwin Lloyd Kyer
P. D. E. Babcock
|. L. Hasbrouck Harold U. Lang
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Bi vke IIolton
BLAKE I [OLTON, Chairman
Arthur S. Smith Russeli Shearer
Lloyd E. Eyer, Chairman
I. W. Rodgers, Jr. Ed. Lebkuecher
Ai I [ale George Stautz
E. C. Butler Harry Hall
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HOME COMING COMMITTEE
Mrs. W. W. TildEn, Chairman
George Marten, Chairman
HAROLD Lang, Chairman
< >scar Mum.
M. I. < ai.i am an. Chairman
HISTORICAL DATA COMMITTEE
I I.. Mashrouck, Chairman
M rs. I. II. Cheney
Wm. B. Brigham
E vri Bach
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RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE COMMITTEE
REV. C. E. I 'it TIT'. Chairman
And Ministerial Association
SOUVENIR PROGRAM COMMITTEE
1 1 VROLD I.am.. Chairman
Arthur Kane Jake Ward
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
I li u ia MONTGOM ERY, ( hairman
HISTORICAL RELICS COMMITTEE
Wm. B. BriGIIAM, Chairman
I. I.. Hasbrouck Sam Livingston
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HISTORICAL PAGEANT COMMITTEES
William f. Wade, Chairman
Paui [epeerson Walter Armbruster
Bi vke I [olton Ai. Grabbs
M. M. Donovan. Chairman
Perry LaBounty [ames Buti er
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Harold D. Surer. Chairman
Mrs. Porter Phillips, Choii Leadet
Kenneth Bradshaw, Orchestra
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ARRIVING IN McLEAN COUNTY IN 1830
Is it any wonder that we call those who conquered the ele-
ments to settle McLean County in 1830. "The Hardy Pio-
neers"? There are few men today who could suffer such
hardships as these "I lardy Pioneers" did, but fortunately few
men of today ha\ e to.
Perhaps no other one factor has played as important a part
in the prosperity of McLean County as have the Banks. For
eleven years the LIBERTY STATE BANK has been of con-
stant service to its thousands of customers who live in
Bloomington and McLean County.
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cfo the Pioneers of ITlcLean County,
those sturdy men and courageous -I
women u?ho founded this rich and
prosperous country and whose
deeds will always remain enshrin^
ed in our hearts and memoru.
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EARLY HISTORY OF McLEAN COUNTY
l'.\ COURTESY OF J. I.. HaSBEOUCK
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First Court House, Built in 1832.
Two airplanes whirred over Central Illinois, 100
years apart in time. Of course, the first of these
was purely mythical, for there were no airplanes in
the world a hundred years ago. 1 hit let imagina-
tion serve as pilot, and when the plane hovers over
the territory which is now Mel. can county, we can
picture in ■ >nr minds the scene as the flesh and blood
pilot would have seen it a century ago.
As far as the eye could see, only stretches of
prairie, broken here and there by the thread-like
line of streams and the darker patches of woods or
lust at the edge of Blooming drove could be seen
a curling column of smoke from the cabins of the
firs! half-dozen families who had settled there.
More distant, another column of smoke from the
wigwams of the Kickapoo Indians at the edge of
what we call ' >ld Town timber.
Perhaps up toward the Mackinaw river might
have been seen faint outlines of the camp of the
Delaware's, last remnants of their tribe, and to the
northwest the last camp of the Pottawattomies.
\uaits White Man's Coming
No road or highway crossed the vast stretches of
the prairies, but sloughs or ponds at intervals
marked the undrained depressions in the landscape.
Wild animals roamed at large, but over the scene
brooded a strange silence, as of expectation of the
coming of the white man to take charge of this
The second airplane, pausing in mid-air in the
summer of l<"Wf). the pilot saw nestling beneath him
beautiful and bustling Bloomington, count} seal of
a populous and well-cultivated county. Just north
lay embowered Normal, and as the eye of the pilot
explore! the more distant scene, he saw clusters of
bouses marking the sites of the many villages and
towns -Hudson to the north, Danvers and Carlock
west. Shirley and McLean to the southwest. H
worth to the south, Downs and LeRoj southeast,
Saybrook and Anow-smith to the east. Cooksville
and Colfax to the northeast, and Chenoa, Lexing-
ton and Towanda to the farther north.
iing the scene at main- places were the well-
defined roads, main of them paved, along which
rolled hundreds of motor cars. Twin lines of rails
marked the i out and electric railro
along which trains passed at frequent intervals. Be-
tween the railroads, highways and towns, lay hun-
dreds of farms, with their golden grain 1i.it
just read) for the reapers, with their Hocks and
herds browsing in the pasture lands. Large bams
and comfortable houses denoted the habil
a well-fed rural population, and schoolhouses at in-
tervals indicated the means of their enlightenn
In making a sharp turn of the head of his plane.
the pilot saw glistening in the distance among
trees and forming an irregular course along the
valley, a sparkling body of water -the surface of
Lake I'd lington, the beautiful.
The pilot also caught the whirr of other planes
as they circled and dipped over the- face of the I
scape and alighted in their home port just to the
north of Normal.
The whole picture was that of a contented and
prosperous empire where once the wilderi
spread in wild and useless luxuriance.
BEFORE WHITES CAME
Illinois had been a member of the union of states
for only four years when the fust white settlers
drifted northward from down in the Sangamon
country and built their cabins at the grove four
miles southeast of the present site of Blooming!
The Mate itself had been known as the "Illinois
country" for nearly a hundred years prior to that
time. The name was derived from the Algonquin
Indian tongue. Inini. meaning "the men." The
French settlers euphemized it to fllini, with the
suffix "-ois," signifying "tube," Roughly, the Illi-
nois country was the territory lying between the
Mississippi river, the Wabash and the < >hio. From
the "Illinois country" was carved out the state of
Illinois, admitted to the union in 1818, when its
population was about 15,000, and the state ran
twenty-third among the then members of the union.
The Spanish, French and English bad struggled
for control of the Illinois country for many years,
and the English had control at the time when the
revolution swept the seacoast colonii
Rogers Clark, a young \m.i
seven companies of men and was given $6,000 for
nses b) Gov. Patrick I [enrj of Virginia in
1778. Guided by hardy hunters, he swept down on
Kaskaskia and captured the then larg n in
Illinois without hi ished. Then he proceeded i
and took Vincennes. Thus the Illinois i ounti \
• ame in fact oi Virginia and continued
territorial status until 1818, when it was madi
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In the short time from the admission of the state
into the union until white men first located in
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DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES for the HOME
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McLean county, Illinois had made much history.
The capita] had been removed from Kaskaskia to
Vandalia, slavery had caused many bitter j>- >lit ical
lights in the legislature, Edward Coles was elected
governor, Daniel P. Cook, member of congi
from Illinois, defeating John McLean, for whom
this county was afterward named.
What were the physical aspects of the country to
which tlu- llendrix and Dawson families came in
their migration from Sangamon counts- in the
spring of 1822?
The land was mostl) gently rolling prairies,
dotted here and there with groves of many kinds of
tiers. There were Indians here. Scattered hands
of Kickapoos, Pottawattomies and Delawares
roamed the prairies and w Hands. They had
already agreed to deed their lands to the govern-
ment, but they lingered long afterward. They
were friendly red men, and nol in all the history oi
the county is it recorded that any white man was
killed by an Indian.
Streams Numi roi -
In the groves were many kinds of oak trees,
maple, hickory, black walnut, ash. butternut, buck-
eye, sassafras and a variety of other smaller
growths. Much of the prairie land was swampy,
especially where the surface was nearly level. The
groves seemed to provide the first settlers shelter,
fuel, protection from the blasts of winter and tin-
heat of summer. The land near the groves, also.
was more easily broken up with the crude imple-
ments of that time than was the tough prairie sod.
There wen- many streams traversing the territory
afterward called McLean county. ( >f these, the
Mackinaw river was the largest, with its many trib-
utaries in the north and northwestern part. Sugar
creek with its several branches drained the central
portion, while the upper waters of the Sangamon
river and of KickapOO creek traversed the south and
southeast sections. All the streams run in a gen-
eral southwestern course.
The soil was mostly of a silty material, highly
fertile when properly drained. The subsoil is a
clayey silt. Deep down under the surface of most
of McLean county were strata of sandstone and
les, buried by many feet of glacial drift.
Prairie Fires Constant Menace
Upon the water-soaked prairies grew up ever)
summer rank masse- of grasses, wild flowers and
weeds. In tin- autumn, when these became dry and
tangled, a spark of tire would set the whole prairie
ablaze, hence prairie fires were a constant menace
t( ' the first settlers.
There were some natural ridges running across
the count) when white men came. The highest
point in the count) is 913 feet above sea level, the
lowest, 650 feet; hence the surface is generally
level. A profusion of wild flowers blossomed upon
the prairies in their season, main of them since
having become extinct or killed OUt.
Wild animals were plentiful in the woods and
prairies deer, some hear, wolves, foxes, rabl
with many varieties of wild fowl, turkeys, g©
and ducks, quail, prairie chickens, and numerous
O MING I »F PALEFACES
Into the wilderness as described in the preceding
section, in the springtime of the -'-' came
two white men's families. The families of John
llendrix and John W. Dawson had in the pieced
ing autumn migrated from < >hio and temporarily
stopped in Sangamon county considerably south of
tlir present boundaries of McLean county. When
they moved northward and decided to locate at the
grove southwest of the pi. of Bloomington,
they formed the only white settlement between
Springfield neighborhood and Wisconsin. Mr. and
Mis. llendrix at once built a log cabin, hut Daw-
son, having left his family in Sangamon county,
turned for them. A man named Segar was also m
Reports of the favorable location obtained here
by the Hendrixes and Dawsons drifted hack to the
older settlements farther south, and others joined
the colony here. Gardner Randolph and his family
came in December of the same year and located at
what became known as Randolph's Grove. John
Benson, a soldier "f the war of 1812, came in the
spring of 1823, The Stringfield family, a widow
and two sons. Severe and Alfred, settled in the
Laac and Absalom Funk arrived in 1 S J4 and
picked out another grove, since known as Funk's
Grove. William and Thomas Orendorff joined the
little colony at Blooming Grove. It is said that
Mis. William < trendorff gave the grove its name.
owing to its man) blooming plants.
( Ither pioneers located farther west in the pres-
ent area of McLean county — the Quaker, Kphraim
Stout, at the grove afterward called Stout's Grove.
Robert Stubblefield and Thomas ( i. Rutledge were
Other newcomers at that time. Tin- year L825 saw
main others coming in — Jonathan Cheney locating
at the grove called in his honor, now Savhrook vi-
cinity J William Evans and two preachers, Ebenezer
Rhodes and James Stringfield.
The years 1823 to 1830 witnessed many founda-
tions laid for later communities. The Trimmer
family settled at the woodland afterward called
Smith's Crove. to the northeast of Blooming
Grove. Jacob Spawr located in tin- same vicinity in
1826, and lived to Ik- more than KK> years old. In
1S_>7. Stephen Webb, William McCord, and
facob llmshaw came to the county, Matthew Robb
and Robert McClure joined the Stout'- Grove
settlement. Francis Laniard and the Henline
family settled north of the Mackinaw river. The
Conger family located near Stout's Grove. Jesse
Havens and Benjamin Wheeler set up the first
cabins in the Hudson neighborhood.
Most of these first settlers weie men and \\ i men
of serious, religious characters. Consequently, they
soon began to find ways and means, even in the
hard life of that day, for establishing a church and
a school. The impress of the high character of the
first settlers may he said to have been left upon the
charactei of the population of McLean county
down to this day.
Life Was Simpi r
Life was simple in these earl) settlements. There
was much hard wink in wringing a sustenance from
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the virgin -oil amid the dangers of the wild life
around them — wild beasts and wild men.
The Kickapoo Indian-, who wore found here
when the first white- came made some pretense of
sition to the settlement, warning tin- Blooming
Grove colonists that they must depart when the
leave- fell in autumn. But the white settlers ig-
! the warning, and no Indian ever attempted
to enforce his threat. Machina, or Ma-seen-a, the
chief, was friendly, learned to speak English, and
often visited the white settlers.
The settlement- in and near Blooming < '.rove
were the only Ones west of Danville and east of
Peoria for the tir-t few years. Settler- had to take
their grain as far as Attica. Ind.. to have it ground.
and to get food suppl
Get Thkik own Meat
Much if not all the meat the settler- had to eat
was that which they obtained by their guns when
hunting, deer, wild turkey, duck- and geese, quail
and prairie chicken. There were many other wild
animal- which had to he killed for protection—
wolves, foxes, wildcats, etc.
There were few amusements for the younger
people of the settlement, hut dancing, footracing
and horse racing were occasionally indulged in.
drawing people from many miles around.
■•"arming was the only husiness or industry of the
earh settlers. But they had to find ways in their
home- of supplying their own needs in many way-,
hence they -pun their own wool, ground their own
flour and meal in many instances, made their own
candles for lighting.
Then- were many pests to plague the settlers —
rattlesnake- in the prairie grass, mosquitos and
other insects, malaria and ague to rack their bodies
and oftentimes to bring early death. Prairie fires
often swept the country and threatened their
O IUNTY ORGANIZATION
The political unit of McLean county had its germ
in earlier units. While 40 or 50 families were living
in the neighborhood by 1824, the settlement was
over 100 miles from Vandalia, then county seal of
Fayette county, of which this region was a part.
Xo election precinct existed in 1*24 and no
was cast here, when slavery wa- the issue in the
st.ate. The people wanted a voting precinct a- the
election of 1826 drew near. Permission was ob-
tained, and Orendorff election precinct became the
nucleus of the future county of McLean. It in-
cluded all of Fayette county north of town-hip 17.
and William Orendort'f. John Benson and James
I.atta wen- named election commissioners; William
See and W. II. I lodge, clerks. It wa- a big pre-
cinct, including all of the present McLean county,
part of DeWitt and Piatt, and extending north to
In 1SJ7. Tazewell count} wa- formed from part
of Sangamon and Fayette. The western tier of
town-hip- in the present county were made a part
of Tazewell a- l"ir-t formed. In June the Ta/.ewell
board authorized the formation of Blooming Grove
election precinct comprising all of the territory east
of the third principal meridian. The first election
in that precinct was held at the house of John Ben-
son. There were -t. showing the
steadily rising population.
Mackinawtown wa- the county -eat of Tazewell,
hut it wa- too distant for the convenience of the
Blooming Grove settlei nsequently the agita-
tion for the formation of a new county from the
eastern part of Tazewell.
James Allin Co
Then came James Allin. lie had lived in Sanga-
mon county and wa- count) commissioner tl
Consequently he knew the people of Blooming
Grove settlement and had heard of their desire for
formation of a new county. Allin. seeing a chance
to make the movement a mean- of profit to himself,
came here, obtained a tract of land and boosted the
movement for a new county, with the county seat
located on his land. lie wa- a fore-runner of the
modern real estate promoter. Already there
lure a post office, a church, a -tore, a blacksmith
-hop. a mill, one or two doctor- and a preacher ami
teacher — pretty good -tarter for a county seat.
Many good farm- were also in cultivation
farm- then were.
Petition- were prepared addressed to the legisla-
ture, Allin being the main spirit in the move. But
he was ill in December, 1830, when the paper was
to he sent to Vandalia, hence he gave James Latta
ami Thomas Orendorff letter- to some of the li
lators and sent them to the capital. The petition
specified that the count) -eat wa- to he named
Bloomington and wa- to he located by the commis-
sioners. Tim- Bloomington had a name before it
even had a pain-r exist
McLean Suggested, Accepted
Several days elapsed after the arrival of Latta
and Orendorff in Vandalia before they could get a
hearing in tl hire for their petition to form
a new county. Finally, the speaker of the house,
W. I.. I). Ewing, sent for them and asked them
what name they would apply to tin- county. The
name of Hendricks wa- suggested, after a promi-
nent Indiana state-man. But Kwing said it was
dangerous to name a county for a man -till living,
and he suggested John McLean, former member of
legislature, representative in congress and first
United State- senator from Illinois, who had died
only a few months prior. The name was accepted.
The hill organizing the county passed the house in
the morning and the senate in the afternoon of
Christmas 'lav. 1830.
A bronze tablet to the memory of John McLean
i- now -et in the wall- of the courthouse, having
Keen put there in 1898 by the historical society.
The boundaries of the county as tir-t fixed ex-
tended we-t to the Illinois river, hut many cuts
from it were afterward made.
Governed by Comm
The fir-t government of the
posed of three commissioners
Timothy B. Hoblit and Ji
first on March 16, 1831. Isaac
lerk. Thomas I ►rendorff
urer. The tir-t county tax lew
percent, hive voting precincts
county. Most of the business
missioners for the first few j
count] wa- com-
- Jonathan Cheney,
Haven-. They met
Baker was appoint -
was the first treas-
nc--h.il t of one-
were created for the
of the county com
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Packed only in one pound tins.
INCA MAIDEN COFFEE
Truly, a pleasing economy. This Coffee
enjoys a tremendous sale, and for that rea-
son we have placed it on the market packed
in beautifully lithographed four pound pails.
It is also sold in one pound cans.
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Ili.yh grade and immensely popular. This
choice blend is the result of 25 years of ex-
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oul of roads. The total county revenues the firsl
year were $1,061.89.
i ommissioners continued to govern the count)
until 1857. Between 1850 and '?/. three separate
elections were held on the question of adopting the
township form of government. It failed twice and
was adopted the third vote. The firsl board of su
pervisors, chosen bj townships, mel Ma) 17, 1858.
C< tUNTY SEAT ESTABLISHED
The Fourth of July, 1831, was a great day foi
Bloomington. The town bad up to then a papei
existence, but no visible lots, streets or boundaries.
People living in t lit- log cabins around Blooming
Grove, Cheney's Grove, Stout's Grove and the
other woodlands of this vicinity <lid not hear of the
formation of McLean county until several we
after il happened, for the committee, < Irendorff and
l.aita. wne detained at Vandalia b) a snowstorm
which sel in shortly after the legislature had passed
the act of incorporation of the county on Dee. 25,
1830. Tins snowstorm became historic as the "deep
snow," being one of the most severe in the historj
of the county. Because of lack of mads the snow
made travel impossihle. hence the men who took the
petition from here to Vandalia did not get home
The legislature appointed Lemuel Lee and [saac
Pugh a- commissioners to locate the county seat of
the new count v. They came up from Vandalia in
the early spring of 1831, and selected 22 acres of
land owned by James Allin, who had promised to
donate it for the new town site.
Isaac Baker was employed by the county com-
missioners t" survey and plat the site, and sale of
the lot- was advertised for July 4. following. Pari
of the block hounded by Washington, Center, Jef-
ferson and Main streets was reserved for a court-
house; two corner lots on Jefferson were -old. hut
afterward repurchased, so that the whole block
finallv became the courthouse site.
Lot Prices Small
The auction sale of lots on the Fourth of July
must have been a lively affair, hut prices were ex-
tremelv -mall, compared with values of today.
Prices ranged from $10 for two lot-, up to $52 for
the highest priced lot sold, it being hid off to A.
Gridley, being the lot at the northwest corner of
Front and Main street-. Each block of the town
plat wa- divided into 12 lots.
For -even vears after the village was laid out.
there was no legal government except that of the
voting precinct and the county commissioners
The first courthouse wa- erected in the year
1832, tin- first year after the platting of the i ity of
Bloomington. Court had been held at the home ol
lames Allin prior to the construction of tin i ourt-
house. Several important cases were tried in
Allin house, in at least one of which Abraham Lin-
coln had a part. The first jury trial wa- also held
in the Allin hou-e. and the first divorce case. A
tablet erected b) the Daughter- of the American
Revolution chapter mark- the site of this old build-
ing, at East and ('.rove streets.
One Li nching Recorded
The first courthouse erected on the public square
wa- a one-story frame building, 18 by 30 feet, di-
vided into t ! in-. It wa- built by Asahel
Gridlej for $332.25. It was also used hool
and all public gatherings at first. In 1836, a brick
courthouse, two storii ontaining five rooms,
was built. I.eander Mim-ell 175 for the
building. It stood for 30 i public uses. It
lived through th< Civil war and -aw the mustering
Second Court House, Built in 1836.
of mam companies of soldiers. Mam noted judges
presided ovei urts in that building, including
David Davis, Samuel II. Treat. T. I. vie Dickey.
I - In: M. Scott and other-. Many famous lawyers
tried cases, including Abraham Lincoln. Leonard
Swett, Robert G. Ingersoll, fohn T. Stuart. Sir
phen T. Logan and lame- Shield-, afterwards
Two other courthouses followed this one the
third erected in 1868, and the present -tincture in
1901 when fire had destroyed the previous building.
McLean county ha- had four jail-, including
present one at Madison and Monroe. In the "old
jail." -till standing at Market and t enter, the onl)
lynching ever held in McLean county took place in
1881, when Frank Pierce was lynched for killing
the jailor. Tedd) Frank.
.\ First Mayor
In 1843, the citizens of Bloomington voted for
incorporation with a hoard of trustees a- the I
erning body. The first trustees were Matthew 11.
I lawk-, president; Baile) II. Coffey, John Ma
goun, lame- T. Walton and William Gilles]
Population of Bloomington wa- listed at 800 peo-
ple in 1845, ami had 1,500 in 1850, and in the next
live years ^rew to 5 ui hi
In 1850, the legislature gave Bloomington a spe-
cial charter, and the city elected it- first mayor in
Rev. David I. Perry.
Two war- and several business panic- disturbed
the earl) history of the city. Recruit- went out of
this county to the Black I lawk war in 1S.^_' and to
the Mexican war in 1845 \6. The commercial
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panics of 1837 and 1857 had distinct effect in slow-
ing up the stead} growth of the citv and county.
Mosquito Grove was the original name for Allin
township. That was one of three groves in the
township, the other two being Brown's and Brooks'
gToves. In 1867 the name of the township was
changed to Allin in honor of James Allin, pioneer
nf the county. There were 1.4(H) aires of wood-
lands in the townships when white settlers came.
Miles Brooks was the first settler, followed by Wil-
liam Brown, Robert Stubblefield, and others. A
family named Reddon, which had headquarter
the neighborhood in the early days, was nm out by
the self-respecting neighbors.
Stanford is the incorporated town, which was
laid out by John Armstrong in 1867. This town
with a population of 450 is a thriving business
place, with good schools, a bank, a newspaper and
man} stores and elevator. It maintained a local
fair for main years. The population of Allin
township is 1,1 !l "'
Then- i~ very little natural woodland in Anchor,
situated on the branch of the Illinois Central rail-
road in the northeastern pan of the county. R. M.
Rankin entered the first government lands in this
township in 1850; Robert Cunningham followed
next year. Robert Stackpole in 1853 bought 2,500
Anchor was at first part of Cropsev. hut in 1877
was divided. After the Civil war many new settlers
came, including |<>hn Ingram, A, S. Dart. Henry
Gilstrap, M. H. Knight, R. II. Arnold. Daniel B.
Stewart. F. M. Anderson and others. A large num-
ber of Germans were among the early settlers.
The town of Anchor was laid out after the Illi-
nois Central railroad was built through that section.
The Mackinaw river has its source in this township.
The township and town of Anchor are substantial
parts of the county. Anchor township has a popu-
lation of 763.
Much Indian historv is connected with Arrow-
smith township. Its name honors its first super-
visor. Ezekial Arrowsmith. An old Indian town
and burial ground are supposed to have existed in
the township prior to white settlement. Jonathan
Chene} and John Dawson first explored the vicin-
ity, learned much of the Indian historv and took up
-"tne of the land.
Near the source of the Sangamon river is a
mound snp|H.sed to have been built by the Indians.
Many relics of Indians have been found on the
und in section 24. Traces ,,f old fortifications
are also found. The McLean Count} Historical
Society under Capt. J. II. I'.urnham made extensive
explorations of the Indian sections and the site of
the supposed Indian battle, either between two hos-
tile trihes or between the Indians and a detachment
of French soldiers sent out from Fort Chartres.
The village of Arrowsmith was laid out in the
7n's when the Lake Erie railroad was built through.
First Settlers of the town were Anderson Young.
(onas*Fry, James Cross,,,,, m. I'llmer. R. S. Cram,
Larimer & [ones, S. E. (line. The village was in-
corporate'! in 1890, and now ha- a population of
300; the township, 900.
lied Prairie township, the name was
changed to Bellflower in 1858, by James Richards,
fust supervisor. The land is all prairie, and is the
most southeasterly j n the county. It contained
much swamp land when first settled, and the hoard
ot supervisors donated hundreds of acres of this
land to obtain money for helping locate the Nor-
mal university in 1857.
Jn 187] the township voted io(MKX) in bonds to
obtain a branch of the Illinois Central, this being
its only railroad. it huilt the first township high
school in the county, in 1905, at a COSl of $''.000.
The schools of Bellflower have always been among
the best. The village of Bellflower was laid out b}
George X. Black, who owned much land tl
Early husiness men of the town were R. K Mor-
land, A. and A. J. Henry. John Nichols, A. I.ihairn.
T. I'.. Groves, I. W. Eyestone, E. I.. Rush. Hiram
Rush and C. \Y. Stokes.
Bellflower has always been a good grain market,
with schools ami churches. Its population is 442;
that of the townhsip, 1.200.
The township ,,f BloomingtOn as distinguished
from the city of Bloomington comprises territory
lying south and west of the city. It originally in-
cluded the city, hut in 1911 the city was organized
as a township with coextensive boundaries.
Jn Bloomington township as now comprised is
the site of the first settlement of the county, at
Blooming Grove. The history of that settlement is
told elsewhere. The township of Bloomington has
it- own township government, with school trustees
and road commissioners. The population of the
township in 1930 is 2.2(H) and the number of farms
reported in the census is 262.
A ridge running through this township m section
2S gave it its name. The mound can hardly he dis-
tinguished now. The rest of the township is pra
land and generally good farming land. Thomas
Arnold first settled in the township in 1858. J. S.
Stagner, W. I.. Burton, lames II. Doyle, David
Wheeler and others followed. Doyle and Wheeler
wcie first and second supervisors.
Two villages were started when the branch of the
Illinois Central railroad was huilt in 1884, th,'.
being Cooksville and Fletcher. Cooksville was in-
corporated in 1901, The upper reaches of Money
creek are in this township. Cooksville now ha- a
population of 324; the whole tow,, ship, 1.025.
CHENEY'S GRI AT.
From 1825-29, Jonathan Cheney and his family
were the only white persons living in the township
which had taken the name of Mr. Chene} and
named Cheney's Grove. Chene} had entered 3.000
acres of land, having moved out from Blooming
('.rove in 1825. James t.'. Van Scoyoc and Robert
Cunningham were followed by the Means, My
Riggs and Rail families.
Located at the headwaters of the Sangamon
river, the farms of this township contain mote roll-
ing land and clav -,'il than other sections. The p
ofl'ux' established in 1831 as Chcnev's ('.rove was
changed in 1865 to Saybrook. When the Lak<
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Saybrook has a newspaper, good schools and
churches, and main modem social and civic organi-
The town has been visited bj several seriou
during its history, but in spite of them has made a
substantial growth. The population of Saybrook
i- 75(i and of the township, 1.379.
Matthew T. Scott, an earl) settler of this town-
ship, came from Kentucky whose Indian name was
Chenowa. Sett wanted to name his new home by
thai name, but il was entered on the government
records as Chenoa, and thus remained.
Settlers began to locate here after the Chicago &
Alton railroad was constructed about 1854. Scotl
and W. M. Hamilton started rival settlements, both
near where the Alton road would cross what is now
tli, T. P. & W. J. B. Lenny and his brother-in-law,
[ohn Bush, both erected buildings on the site of
Chenoa about 1854-56. The town was incorporated
in 1864 and Lenney was first president.
In 1873 it was organized under the general law
as a i-it \ and C. R. Snyder became first mayor. The
citj had a stead) if not rapid growth, with many
churches, lodges and a newspaper, now the Clipper-
times, edited by W. II. Hawthorne. In 1917, the
city of Chenoa adopted the commission form of
government, with W. A. Chapman as first mayor,
and Jacob Balbach, B. F. Elfrink, L. L. Silliman
and T. W. Weatherwax, commissioners.
The farming country in Chenoa township is
mainly in large tracts. Carl Vrooman manages a
large tract formerly belonging to the estate of Mrs.
Vrooman's mother. Mrs. M. T. Scott. The popu-
lation of Chenoa city is 1,325 and of the whole
Third Court House, Built in 1868.
Destroyed by Fire in 1900.
This township has the area of onl) half an ordi-
nary township, being reduced by the cutting off of
Anchor in 1877. The township and village were
named for Col. A. J. Cropsey, who settled there in
1864. Cropse) at one time tried p> obtain legal con-
nection with Ford county, but the proposition was
voted down. Daniel B Stewart and other residi
donated $10,000 to obtain the Kankakee branch of
tin- Illinois Central railroad, which passed through
Colfax and Anchor, and later to Bloomington.
The town of Cropse) is almost on the county line
between McLean and Ford, and is a trading center
for many people in Ford. A village called Potosi,
started in anticipation of the coming of a railroad,
hut dwindled when the road passed another way.
The township's population is 500.
Mak' township was first settled shortly after the
original white settlement in Blooming Grove. Rob-
ert Johnson made his home there in 1828, and Wil-
liam Beeler in 1830. There air several tracts of
woodland in the township, Twin Grove, Hougham's
Grove, and other smaller groves near Sugar creek,
which flows through it.
Shirley and Covell are the two incorporated
towns in the township, both supplied with stores,
churches ami elevators. The population of the
township i- 906.
This township contains 45 square miles, being
larger than others, and it has several woodland
tracts. Ephraim Stout, the first settler, lift his
name for the most important grove. < 'tlicr early
settlers who came in tin- 20's were Matthew Robb,
Robert McClure, Jonathan Hedges, Ebeni
Mitchel and others. The first farmers raised
wheat, and Stout built a mill to grind it. I me of
the earliest schools in the county was in this town-
ship. Matthew Robb was school treasurer, just
of the peace and member of the legislature.
Dameis was the carle home of Joseph W. Fifer,
who afterward became governor of Illinois. The
village of Danvers was first called Concord, named
by Israel W. Hall, who came from Concord. X. H.
Danvers is one of the towns in the county which
lias a paved street, It has man) stores, several
churches, waterworks, steam and electric rail si
and g I schools. The population i- 601 ; that
of the township. 1,400.
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This township, first called Padua, was renamed
in hono'- of John Wells Paws, .n. one of the first
settlers of the county. Indians occupied the terri-
ton "f Dawson when Mr. Dawson first settled
there in 1826. < >ld Town timber, one of the fii
woodlands in the county, is located in this town-
ship; parts of it originally extending into < 'Id
Town, I '"wiis. Empire and West
Dawson residents voted $30,000 in bonds t" aid
the Lake Erie in building through there. The
tions of Ellsworth and Padua in this township v
located on this road. Ellsworth took its name in
honor of Oliver Ellsworth, but is located on land
donated b) Jonathan • hene) and A, B. Ives.
\ village called Benjaminville was established by
a numbei of Quaker families, whose descendants
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still live there. From 1885 for 20 years ih<- Old
Settlers' society held its annual meetings al Bel
park, south of Ellsworth. Simeon II. West, a
prominent citizen of earlier times, donated a tract
of 20 acres of timber to the county for a perma-
nent park. The Sangamon river and Monej creek
arise in this township, and farming lands are more
or less broken. Ellsworth's population is 262; that
<it' the township is 1 ,042.
Savanna was the name first given to this terri-
torj when townships were organized in 1858. It
finally took the present name in honor of Lawson
Downs, who settled there in 1828. Other earl)
settlers were Henr) Jacoby, Thomas Toverca and
Sylvester Peasley. The latter served as supervisor
for man) years and was a prominent and influential
John Cusey, a cattle raiser and compatriot of
Isaac Funk, was another pioneer. Sevier String
held and John Rice built sawmills along the Kick
apoo creek in the earl) days. The village of Downs
was platted in 1870, and has had a solid growth. It
is now an incorporated town with a population of
_'S_'. The whole township has a population of
DRY GR< >VE
This is one of the few townships which has no
incorporated town or village. William McCullough
and his sun Peter first settled in the township in
1826. It was named for the grove located in the
southwestern part. McCullough afterward became
the first circuit clerk of the county. He served in
the Black Hawk and Civil war-, being killed in
battle in 1862. Henr) Van Syckle, lames Garton,
Wilton Williams and Matthew Harbord were other
earl) settlers. A mill built by a Mr. King was a
landmark for mam years. Stephen Webb, William
McCord, George and Jacob fiinshaw were char-
acters among the pioneers.
This i- one of the most largely populated and im-
portant township-, containing the city of LeRoy.
John Buckles settled there in 1827, and a grove of
8,700 acre- took his name. Michael Dicker-on and
In- sons, Henr) and Frank, were leading citizens
alter 1830. Henr) and David Crumbaugh w
other pioneers Hiram Buck located here in 1837
and became first postmaster of LeRoy. lie was
also justice of the peace and member of the county
court in the 50"s. Mahlon Bishop was an early
settler and wi I to the legislature. William
lohnson taught the tii at Clearwater
school. David Phillips and Isaac Williamson built
a mill on Salt creek. With the coming of the rail-
road, now known as the Big Four, a new era
dawned for this town-hip. Later a branch of the
Illinois Central was extended from Rantoul to
LeRoy. The village of LeRoy was platted b) Asa-
hel Gridley and Merritt Covell in 1835, hut hard
time- delayed its growth. Hiram John W. Bad-
derly and Amos Neal wen- LeRoy's l"n -t mer-
chants; other- wen- Baker, Greenman, the Parke
brothers, Morehouse and Barnett. Joseph Keenan
was merchant and hanker.
Modern LeRoy has two mile- of paved streets,
several good churches, a hank, a new-paper, a
branch of the Bloomington Canning company, a
pretty park in the center of town, several frater-
nity lodges, a post of the American Legion, a com-
mercial cluh and many organizations of women.
For mam years a successful agricultural fair was
conducted at LeRoy. The population of Empire
township i- 2,400 and of LeRoy, 1.000.
This township was named for its first settlers,
Isaac and Absalom Funk, who came in 1824. The)
picked one of the finest groves in the county. Early
they entered into the business of cattle raising.
William Brock, an early associate of the Funks,
died on his way to market with cattle. The Funks
buill the first log cabin, 12 b) 14 feet, and in this
building eight persons lived in 1824-25. Funk
bought his first land with $2,000 of 1m irrowed
money. He made mone) In selling cattle and in-
vested it in land, acquiring _'(),(hki .-,,
Isaac and Cassandra hunk had a family of eight
children, the third generation of the family being
now numerous in McLean county. Isaac Funk was
a friend and hearty booster of Lincoln. Funk him-
self was elected to the state senate, and dud while
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The telephone, one of the greatest gifts
of science to the service of mankind has
reached its 50th anniversary in Bloom-
ington. The first telephone exchange in
the city was opened by the Bell Tele-
phone Company with but very few tele-
phones. It was constructed by Fred
Beckman in the year of 1880. Mr. Beck-
man came here from St. Louis where he
had just learned the rudiments of the
crude commercial telephone, as a line-
The Bell Telephone Company owned the
only telephone system
in Bloomington until
1895 when James B.
Taylor and H. S.
Bower organized an
called "The Home
with a limited number
of telephones. After
three years John T.
Lillard, John J. Pitts,
C. P. Soper, Lyman
Graham and V. E.
Howell furnished add-
ed capital and ac-
quired the system and
owned it until 1902,
when A. B. Cotton and
Hart F. Farwell purchased the system.
Mr. Farwell soon sold his interest to
Mr. Cotton. About 1905 A. B. Cotton
sold the Home Telephone system to a
group who are still the principal owners
and who then formed the new corpora-
tion, the present Kinloch-Bloomington
In 1912 The McLean County Telephone
Company which had been conducting an
independent business sold its toll lines
to Kinloch - Bloomington Telephone
Company and in January, 1920, the Bell
Telephone Company sold their local
plant to Kinloch - Bloomington Tele-
phone Company retaining its toll lines
and long distance traffic. From 1905 to
date the list of subscribers has grown
from 1,200 to over 11,000 which makes
Bloomington a city with one of the
highest percentage of telephones per
capita in the country.
In 1920 the telephone
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holding that position. Man) of the other Punks
have served in public positions. Thousands of acres
of tin- lands acquired by Isaac Funk are -till owned
bj the family. The township's population is K00.
This is the largest township in the county, located
in the northwest corner. There is much timber in
the township, bordering the Mackinaw river. The
first settlers came in 1835, James Bigger, Reuben
and Taylor Loving. .1" Sloan and John B. Mes
came about the same time.
The village of Gridley was plaited by Thomas
Carlyle and George W. Kent on land they boughl
from Asahel Gridley. The T. P. & W. railroad
ran through the town in 1858. The firsl school was
built in 1859, and the village was incorporated in
1869. Main of the farmer- in the vicinity of Grid-
ley are Mennonites, one of the churches in the town
being of tha( denomination; others being Methodisl
and Congregational. Drum brothers, residents of
Gridley, were noted hunters. The town of Grid-
ley's population is 709; township. I.mhi.
The town and township of this name were given
the same name as Hudson. \. Y.. by men from that
state who colonized the settlement. Among the
earlu-st settlers were Jesse Havens, Richard Goss,
Cross, Mosby Harbert, Hiram Havens and David
Trimmer. A colonization company in 1836, of
which Horatio X. Pettit, John Gregory and George
F. Durkitl were directors, took up much land in
this neighborhood. But some of the colonists be-
came dissatisfied and left. In addition to those
named, others who remained were John Magoun,
lames II. Robinson, Oliver March, James and
[oseph Gildersleeve, Jacob Burtis and Samuel I'.
Cox. [esse Havens became one of the firsl three
county commissionei s.
A saw mill sel up soon after the firsl settlement
furnished lumber for building the firsl houses. A
grisl null was also established on the Mackinaw
river. The Wheelers. Hinthrons, Priest, Messer
and Turnipseed wen- among the early settlers. The
village of Hudson was platted by Horatio Petit,
extra wide streets being provided. The Illinois
Central went through the village in the 50's. Just
west of Hudson j-, sel up a boulder to mark the last
camp in McLean county of the Pottowattomie In-
dians. Hudson's population is 325; township.
This is another township without a town or vil-
lage. Its lands are prairies of much fertility. Its
first located in the 50's. John Cassed;
early resident, became a member of the legislature.
John Henline settled here in 1S_'S. and Henline
k is named for him. Residents of that pari oi
the* count) in the Black Hawk war handed together
and built a block house for protection against hos-
tile reds. Indians who had formerl) lived in this
county had by that time removed to t (liver's Grove
in Livingston county. Colfax, located just beyond
the boundaries of Lawndale, is the trading c<
of that township. Anchor and Lexington are also
near by. Population of the township is 650.
Indians still had their wigwams in this township
when the first white settlers came in 1828. Ixick-
a] s were at Sehna and I lelawares farther up the
Mackinaw. The first whites were Conrad Flesher,
fohn llaner and his thn and [saac and
Joseph Brumhead. John Patton came the follow
ing spring. Indians helped Patton build hi- hou
which long stood as the oldest house in McLean
county. Patton's house was used as a fort during
the Black Hawk war to guard againsl an) surprise
attack of reds. Mills were built along the Macki-
naw river in the early days. Gen. Bartholomew, a
hero of the Indian wars in Indiana, came here very
earl\. and acted as envo) to the Indians in Liv-
ingston counts- in '32 to assure the whites of their
peaceful intentions. Janus k. Dawson, an earl)
settler, became count) commissioner in 1845.
\ town was laid out at Pleasant Hill in 1840 by
[saai .-makes, hut when the C. \ A. railroad
pissed it by, it went into a decline, i ml) two build-
ings now stand.
The town of Lexington was laid out in 1837,
being named for Lexington, Ky. James Brown
and A. Gridley were its founders. It suffered a
backset by the panic of that year ami la) dormant
for many years. Jacob Spawr, horn in Pennsyl-
vania, settled in the township in 1826, and lived to
he over inn wars old. dying in 1902. Spawr's tav-
ern was a noted landmark. When the C. & A. rail-
road was built, it gave Lexington a boom. Noah
Franklin and his bride rode to Bloomington on the
liis! train passing Lexington. William M. Smith.
one of the earliest members of the legislature from
the count), lived here. He became speaker of the
house. Bernard J. ( laggett, a later resident, was
once candidate for state treasurer. W. II. Claggett
was superintendent of the Soldiers' Orphans' home.
Lexington township built the earliest gravel roads
in the counts. Lexington city is well supplied with
business places, churches and schools, and a good
public library, the population of the city is 1,300;
Thi~ township was named for Dr. I'.. Martin of
Bloomington, who owned 1,700 acres in the town-
ship. There was much timber in the earls days.
Among the earliest settlers were William and I.. R.
Wiles, Curtis and Martin Batterton, and \\ . G.
Anderson. The Kankakee branch of the Illinois
Central sva- built through tin- township, its termi-
nus being at ( olfax for a few scars, then being
'ended to Bloomington. There was a coal mine
here which was worked intermittently for mans
sears. The village of Colfax ssa* incorporated in
1880 and had a Stead) growth. It was one of the
town- which excluded saloons in the das- when
the) were licensed in man) places Colfax has
varied htisiness interests and one newspaper, The
Press. The population is 850; Martin township,
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The creek of that name gave the township its
designation. It has much g 1 farm land, with
some timber along the creek and the Mackinaw
river. Lewis Sowards was the firsl settler in 1825;
Jacob Harness and Jacob Spawr at about the
time. Gen. Bartholomew ma me in this
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township after his arrival in 1830. He laid ou( the
village of Clarksville in 1836. After his death in
1840, the village declined. Gen. Bartholomew is
one of the soldiers of the American Revolution
buried in this county. The village of Fifer is in
Money Creek is of late famous as the site of
Lake Bloomington, made by the damming of
Money creek one mile above the outlet of the i
into the Mackinaw. Part of the lake is in Hudson
MT. IK IPE
This township was colonized by a band of
sett'ers from Rhode Island in 1835. They entered
14.(xhi acres of land and platted the village of Mt.
Hope, each settler receiving a share of the land.
Bui hard times and troubles of pioneering discour-
aged mosl of the colonists and they returned east.
When the C. & A. railroad was built, the village of
Mt. Hope was abandoned and the town of McLean
located a few miles away on the railroad. William
Johnson, one of the early settlers, became county
commissioner. Others of the first settlers included
Philip Cline, Ezra Kenyon, John and Robert Long-
worth, Daniel Darnell, Jacob Moure, the Wheelock
brothers, W. II. Wood, and John Goodhue, the first
postmaster of McLean. C. C. Aldrich established
an elevator in 1868, to which his son. Frank W.
Aldrich, succeeded. Moore's mill, built on Sugar
creek in this township, was a landmark of early
times, now destroyed. The dairying interests of
McLean county have their center in Mt. Hope
township. The village of McLean has many stores,
a hank, a community high school, and a fine little
park. It has one newspaper. The Lens, published
by Crihfield Brothers, Atlanta. Population of the
township is 1,600; McLean, 700.
The township grew up around the Illinois State
Normal university, established in 1857 hv the en-
terprise of Jesse W. Fell and others. The site was
known a> North Bloomington when the school was
established. The state normal school is still the
chief interest of the town of Normal, it being the
oldest teachers' training school in the west. An-
other state institution in this township i- the Illinois
Soldiers' Orphans' home, founded in 1869. |c.--e
Fell also had much to do with getting this institu-
tion for Normal. The chief industries of the town
and township aside from those mentioned were the
nurseries and the horse barns. Nurseries were nu-
merous and famous in the early times, and several
still flourish. Several firms engaged in importing
and breeding draft horses flourished here main
years, but with the motor age. the draft horse busi-
The town of Normal was incorporated in 1865.
Some 20 years ago an era of extensive public im-
provement- was inaugurated under Mayor Man-
chester, resulting in many miles of pavement, a
municipal waterworks and a part in the establish-
ment of a modern -ewage disposal plant for the
Normal-Bloomington sanitary district. Normal
now has a modern business district. Population of
the town. 6,768; of the town-hip. 8,200.
• d.h T< »WN
This township got its name from the location of
an old Indian village at the edge of the timber
which stands there. The grove was at the hi
water- of the Kickapoo. William Evans was the
first white settler. John and William Bishop, John
Hendrix and Lewis Case were anion- the othi
I ase established the firs) school. The village of
Holder was laid out in this town-hip after the Lake
Erie railroad was constructed. The village of
Cillum is in the sOUthwesI part. I'.en jaminville,
with it- Quaker meeting house, is another feature
of t lii— township.
Gardner Randolph settled here in 182.L the year
following the Dawson-I lendrix settlement at
Blooming Grove. Randolph spent his later life and
died in California. Other settlers who joined Ran-
dolph in the 30's were Jesse Funk, ('apt. John Karr
ot Revolutionary fame, the Rust family, the
Nobles, Stewart-, the W'akefields and Van Ord-
Strands. Many mills were set up in this township
along the Kickapoo creek. Michael Dickerson,
William Hampton and Martin L. Bishop were early
millers. John Baldwin was founder of the village
of Lytleville, which once aspired to be the county
seat. When the Illinois Central railroad was built,
Heyworth arose and Lytleville declined. The vil-
lage of Heyworth was laid out by Campbell Wake-
field in 1858 and incorporated in 1869. The town
has become one of the best in the county, with
paved streets, many business houses, excellent
schools, churches and lodges. It has one news-
paper, The Star, and a post of the American Le-
gion. Population of the township i- 2,075.
This i- a township composed mostly of prairie
land, only one timber, known as Smith's Cirove,
being in the township. John Trimmer and family
located here in 1826, and other early settler- were
William Halterman, Elbert Dickerson, David
Trimmer, and John Pennel. Peter Baldeau and
Jesse Fell laid out the village of Towanda in 1854.
Charles Roadnight, treasurer of the Alton, estab-
lished his "estate" at Towanda and it flourished
several years, but later fell into decay. Hour mills
ran for a few years, then disappeared. Barnes and
Merna and two other villages are in the township.
Population of the township is 1,200.
The name of this township was changed several
times and finally was called West in honor of
Henry West, who took 2,500 acre- from the gov-
ernment and was first supervisor, lie served dur-
ing the Civil war and led the county's activities in
providing for soldiers' families. West retained its
school lands many years after other town-hips .sold
theirs, and the income from these lands supported
the schools. Two notable Indian landmark- are in
We-t. an Indian fort and the site of a village, 'flu
McLean County Historical Society in 1906 set up
a stone marker for the site of the fort. Simeon ||.
West and George P. Davis paid for the marker.
People of West township gave money to help build
the Big Lour and a branch of the Illinois Central
railroads through the town-hip. The villages of
Weedman, Sabina and Glenavon are in or near this
township. Simeon II. West, son of the firs! settler,
served on the board of supervisors and in the legis-
lature lie gave to the county a grove of 20 acres
for a perpetual park. It is called West park. Pop-
ulation .if the township is '*00.
We have featured
"Neighborly Service" for
almost a third of a century
The cold impersonality often associated with "business"
has no place in this bank. Here you will find the officers to
be experienced and authoritative financial counselors, and at
the same time neighbors who have your individual interests
No matter if your financial problem is large or small —
bring it to us and receive the benefit of our years of experi-
ence — freely and without obligation.
We would like to get better acquainted with you.
McLEAN COUNTY BANK
CAPITAL. SURPLUS AND UNDIVIDED PROFITS OVER $400,000.00
HOME OF McLEAN COUNTY'S OLDEST CHRISTMAS SAVINGS CLUB J
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WHITE I »AK
This is the smallest township in the county, half
the -.i/r of the standard. It- peculiar shape was
due i" the quarrel between the Benson and the '
lock families, one wanting to be in Woodford, the
other in Mel. can county. Smith Denman settled in
the township in 1829, other early settlers being
Elisha Dixon, John Brown, Samuel and Robert
Jainc- and \\ il
Ham Bensi m. < >ak
Grove, a village
established in this
township, 1 a i e r
town of Carlock
succeeded it. be-
ing laid out in
has several stores,
a bank and good schools. Population of the town-
ship i- 700.
This township is the farthest northeast in the
county. The firsl entries "i land here were in
1855-56. Yates was cut off from Chenoa when it
was organized. Mosl of its inhabitant came in
after the Civil war. The township still owns some
of it- original
granl of school
lands. The T.
P. & W. rail-
road crosses this
township, and thi.*
town of Weston is
a station on it. It
laid mi! Ii\
Nelson Buck in
1 1 w a s
ii e \ c r
Present Court House, Built in 1902.
AFTER THE PAGEANT
"The Shrine of Danceland"
Route 2 South Main St.
LARGEST DANCE FLOOR IN
ALWAYS FEATURING THE BEST
Dancing Thursday, Saturday and
SWIM and PLAY
SPRING-FED WATERS OF
If You Want
to look your best on
"The MODEL WAY"
Frank A. Howell,
O. P. Skaggs,
H. E. DuMars,
Price N. Jones.
D. A. Havden,
. Isst. C ashier
C. R. McElhenv,
George H. Cox Frank A. Howell C. R. McElhenv O. P. Skaggs
H. D. Hanger Price N. Jones James E. O'Neil A. D. Shaeker
Ralph J. Heffernan W. D. Alexander J. W. Probasco
Corn Belt bank
Organized under the
jaws of Illinois
December 2nd, 1891
PEOPLES BANK BLDG.
In Order of Appearance
Voice of McLean County Dr. Harry Howell
Eloise Miller. Julia More I a ml, Esther Skeen, Lillian
Peterson, Helen Coale, Theliha Bremer.
Centennial Queen Lucille Ward, Colfax
Official Hostess Evelyn Bye. Bloomington
Edith Henrietta Heldt, Bloomington; Lelah Jane
White, Bloomington; Mildred I. Daglcy, Bloomington;
Crystal Pointer, Bloomington; Esther L. Haynes, Nor-
mal; Catherine McCraig, Bloomington; Clara Belle
Pepple, Normal; Florence Larkin, Bloomington;
Frances Kingery, Bloomington; Lillian Houston, Nor-
mal: Vauna E. Hutson, Normal; Mahle B. Blunk, Nor-
Esther Genzel, Gridley; Irene Siron, Lexington;
France- Stubblet'icld. Mt. Hope; Opal Hotchki--, Dale;
Helen Marie Kin-ell. Cheney's drove; Mildred Wein-
heimer, Dry drove; Naomi Murphy. Allin; l.ncile
Wissmiller, Bine Mound; Camilla Hardy, Anchor;
Hilda Moore. Downs; Juanita Folger, Danvers; Vir-
ginia Carlock, White Oak; Vera Lobdell, Lawndale;
Doris Yordy, Randolph; Nelva Margaret Weber,
Arrowsmith; Bernice Woliung, Bellflower; Mae Jordan.
Chenoa; Beulah Cox, Cropsey; \'era Stanger, Dawson;
A^nes Thomas, Old Town; Elverta Erdman, Yates;
Olga B. Flesher, Money Creek; Fern I'rahm, Hudson;
Helen Smith, Funk's Grove; Alice Strayer, Empire;
Mary Vanneman, Towanda.
[MPROVED ORDER OF REDMEN— DEGREE
Shabona No. 18, Tonawanda No. 48, Decawanda
No. 80, Minnehaha No. 1
Chief Machina W. A Wells
■ of the Tribe H. H. McCond
Seoul on Horse L. W. Lawyer
Religions Scout Kaanakuck W. C. Lawyer
M inister C. Hayden Foster
SCOUTS— J. E. Powell, A. N. Shumaker, C. H.
Lawyer, Ralph Condon.
BRAVES A. E. King. Leo Fischer, M. A. Klawit-
ter, H. d. Brewer. F. L. Teas, P. R. Busick, Maurice
Busick, William Radley, R, M Ploense, S. F. Miller.
Ben Swart/, S. A. Wishard. William Brewer, V. B.
Lhamon. \Y. M. Ploense, Pete < Ittes, ( \. Vnderson,
Robert Catlow, Arthur Zook, 10. C. Ploense, \\el E.
Olson, Richard 1.. Cook, Bus Lawyer.
s<ji\\\.s WD CHILDREN Mrs. J. i: Powell,
Freida Butler. Ann Butler, Rose Lawyer. Maggie
Smith. Evelyn Cook. Pansy Cook, Ethel Shultz, Ellen
Schwartz, Iri- Sharf, Amy Busick, Hazel Lacey, Edith
Sears, I. eon., Hendrix, Callie Miller, Tillie Wittmuss,
Ruth lea-, Ruthie Teas, Selma dravitt, Dorothea
Gravitt, Essie Stuckey, Hilda Eery, Evelyn [ery, Ina
Ross, Emilia Arnold, Margaret Novacek, Alma I
tain. James Arnold.
RANDi H.l'll I i IWNSH! I'
Oren Orendorff, Mrs. Abbie Robinson Orendorff,
John Weiting, Mrs. Blanche Rhodes Weiting, Carl
Riley, Mrs. Anna Alexander Riley. Everett E. Rust,
Mr-. Grace Hollis Rust, Walter Weishaar, Mrs. Nor-
ma Brock Weishaar, Wilmer Weishaar, Elmer H.
Orendorff. Mrs. Caroline Cruikshank Orendorff, G.
Corwin Cruikshank, Mrs. Ida Orendorff Cruikshank,
June E. Cruikshank, Albert M. Reed, Mrs. Elsie Oren-
dorff Reed, C. Hayden Foster, Mrs. Zcna Orendorff
Foster, d. Stanley Downs, Mrs. Alta Orendorff Down-.
Dorothy Riley, Donald Rust, Fern Riley, Jena Lea
Riley, Dean Riley, Wallace Weiting. Kenneth Weiting.
readier Ruth Conger
PUPILS- Dorothy Hamilton, Verda Stahly, Roberta
Hayslip, Mahle Wasnak, Betty Wheeler, Marguerite
McDonald. Bernice Crump, Catherine Zimmerman,
Bernadine Miller, John Slauffer, Donald Carlock, Lary
Stahly. Billy Bedell. Willard Bedell.
FIRST WEDDING SCENE
COMMUNITY SOCIAL CLl I.
Minister Mr. E. M. Fox
Bride Margaret Shad
Groom J aim- Yeagle
Mr-. Harry Yeagle. Mr- II, II. KoehKr, Mr-. Har-
vej Feasley, Mollie McGreevey, Mr-. \V. I.. Rauney,
Mr-. Will Haker, Mrs. Leonard Barnard. Mr-. Warren
Dod-oii, Mr-. John Burrows, Mr-, (ha- \nderson,
Mr-. II. Lenime, Mrs. George Sweeney, Mi-- \.
Gossman, Mr-. G. R. Womack, Mi-- Mildred Moon,
II d. Feasley, II. H. Koehler, W. L. Rauney, Dan
Shad. Will Haker. Harry Yeagle, F. L. Barnard. J. M.
Burrow-. H. l.emnic, Cha-. Vnderson, Warren Dodson,
Silas Shad. Geo. Sweeney, Ben ( )tti-. Raj Woui.uk.
Harold Feasley, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Campbell.
MODERN WOODMEN OF AMERICA No 110
Bosses William Hull and ["nomas Ball
Water Boy James Lyle Horn
Charles Ball, Floyd Burnamier, Ernes) Ball. Fred
Ingle. Paul Ploense, Albert Shank-. James M. Harn,
Orville Harper. Harley Greene, Jess lien iii.in. Marion
Young. William llarke.
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the second century
even more prosperous
THE Williams Oil-O-Matic Heating Corporation is proud to do its
part in making McLean County's second century even more pro-
gressive and prosperous. Nearly 3,000 dealers in 44 countries sell Oil-
O-Matic oil burners and Ice-O-Matic electric refrigerators. Each week
hundreds of Williams employees receive thousands of dollars in sal-
aries. This money is spent with Bloomington merchants, who, in turn,
spend the money for McLean County products.
Williams Oil-O-Matic burners and Ice-O-Matic refrigerators are made
right in Bloomington — and making good in their home town. Hun-
dreds of McLean County homes are healthier and happier because of
these two greatest modern improvements.
While you are here for the Centennial Pageant, be sure to visit the
Williams factory. See how carefully these famous products are built.
You will thoroughly enjoy seeing this most up-to-date plant which was
built from the profits of these McLean County products which add so
much to the world's healthful comfort.
WILLIAMS OIL-O-MATIC HEATING CORPORATION
M> >UNT H< >PE, FUNK'S GR( C\ E, DALE
1 < IWNSHIPS
NORTHERNERS— Jane Stubblefield, Ada Wil-
liams, Hazel Berger, Edna I Hit/. Virginia Nichols,
Jean Canfield, Eloise Moberly, Normadel Tabner, Myr-
tle Bode, Rachel Stubblefield, Vivian Beers, Annabel)
SOUTHERNERS Helen Barker, Helen Paulsen.
Frances Outlaw, Helen Moberly, Alice Romans, Ruth
Kidwell, Wonell Pitts, Kathryn Mount, Harriet Bry-
ant. Eleanor Dodgson, Lavon Kinsey, Mao Dodgson.
SPIRITS OF WAR— Frances Berger, Frances
Mount, Dons Bode, Melba Foster.
SPIRITS OF PEACE— Marj Paulsen, Alice Pitts,
Mildred Quinn, Helen Dislier.
Lincoln Mr. Fred Strehle
Southern Soldier Mr. Frank Crickenberger
THE LIVING FLAG
FRANKLIN SCHOOL— Mary Underwood, Erma
Donahue, Charlotte Dethart, Jeanette Dethart, Jean
Vandervart, Betty Jane Tibbitts, Helen Webb. Sara
Mae Mommcn. Helen Alverson, Marjory Hartenbower.
Elizabeth Bluemke, Nancy Hamilton, Effie Lou Crane,
Dorothy Ann Clark. Jane Ellen Warrick, Elsie Singley,
Dorothy English, Charlotte Ratcliffe, Helen Broughton,
June Bardwell, Olive Hopper.
WASHINGTON SCHOOL - Sherillyn Saurer,
Claire Wilson, Fay Wilson. Ruth Mary Heffernan, Jean
Jeffrie-. Florence Berner, Betty Jane Con, Margaret
Pixley, Harriet Fuller. Virginia Young, Helen Meeker,
Marilyn Bieneman, Chreeln Waterson, Rosemary John-
son, Shirley Ray, Mary Welch. Eleanor Pearson, Helen
Mary Pearson. Mars Jane Fike. Helen Daly.
LINCOLN SCHOOL— Margaret Hayes. Audrej
Callaway, Betty Jean Cox, Betty lungerich, Ellen Dry-
bread, Lou Ann Lloyd, Dorothj Hurst, Bertha Meara,
Marjorie Meara, Dorothy Bonke. Hilda LaBounty,
Charlotte Gerling, Mignon Gerling, Gladys Kuhn, Mar
garct Johnson, Gloria Popendick, Marj Fryer, Bettj
Woodward. Dorothy Dornaus, Barbara Blose, Bettj
EDWARDS SCHOOL — Betty Scharf, Ereline
Smith, Eugenia Weatherford, Doris Culbertson, Lucille
Garling, Edith Garling, Bettj Lou Morrison. Edna
Davis. Mildred Uptegrove, Alice Sharfenberg, Helen
Linton. Marjorie Woll, Maxitic Berger. Gene Ann
Gore, Lelia Mae Philip, Thelma Enlow, Evalyn Neu-
bauer. Louise P.ittner. Lucille Presley, Helene Herder.
HORATIO BENT SCHOOL— Kosalee Meents,
Dorothj Kelley, Margaret Kelley, Dorothj Hall. Daisj
Hall. Man. Cooney, Fern Green, Virginia (raw lord.
SHERIDAN Si HOOL— Virginia Roeske, Ccraldine
Schroeder, Pauline Reichter, Lorraine Reichter, Anna
Kettenring, Alice Kettenring, Dorothy Taylor, Nelle
Taylor, Lorene Burnett, Charlotte t ruze, Eleanor Siz<
WESTON— Elizabeth McKinney, Ruth II
NORMAL— Mary Anna [mig.
11 i N SCHOOL Mario,, Grace
Mary Katherine Schuler, Virginia Jones, Katherine
Erickson, Bettj Griesheimer, Helen J. Read. Evelyn
Silgar. Barbara Lou Hill. Margaret Barrows, Marie
EMERSON SCHOOL Dorothy Jaspers. Mabel C.
Hendryx, Viva Lanham, Louise Quanstrom, Dorothy
Heinecke, Esther Wilson, Mabel Shelley, Margaret
Henly, Martha Hallett. Nelda Dodson, Catherine Dod-
IRVING SCHOOL— Norma June Nuckles, Bi
\un Bradshaw, Virginia Freedlund, Lorene Hagood,
Virginia Leininger, Bernadine Hopper, Bettj Hopper.
Rose Man. Holland, Doris Holland, Clara Mae I '■
Weese, Marlyn Frank, Faye Frank, Hazel Butler,
Charlotte Beatty, Doris Vanterstrand, lone Rhymer,
Bettj Warmbier, Alice Olson, Betty Bartley.
RAYMOND SCHOOL— Anna Paul, Mable Mink.
Dorothy Snyder, Neva Aldridge, Martha Estam, Ethel
Olsen, Frances Weakly, Bernadine Wright, Mary I -a
bell Anderson, Winnifred Arnold, Margery Snyder.
WASHINGTON DISTRICT — Dorothy Wilson.
Mildred Wilson, Jean Hildebrandt.
INDUSTRIAL HOME— Edna Carter. Frances
Lewis, Doris Crouder, Virginia Meyers, Myra Joesting,
Bessie Mann, Hittie Cottrell.
OLD TOWN HOME BUREAU (Holder)— Mary
Helen Kinnions, Helen Percy, Margaret Doyle, Ros
zella Barry, Mary Doyle, Anna Benjamin.
THE HARVEST BALLET
CORN (Chenoa, Yates, and Lexington Townships
— Ruth Gillespie, Ferae Strcid. Nelta Sandham, Bernice
Harms. Irma Sandmyer, Luella Yaughan, Bessie Leek.
Virginia Streid. lean Jones. Mary Lankcr, Beulah Blak-
ney, Nora Smith, Ruth Ann Lauber, Mozelle Garrett,
Bernadine Heins, Ruth Crum, Mildred Crum, lone
Brandt, Helen Tobin, Birdella Marie Johnson. Ruth
Dringenberg, Blanche Elliott, Pauline Baumer. Mar-
RAIN (Blue Mound Township)— Ruth Phipps, Mil-
dred Wikowsky, Helen Kinsella, Clarice Wills, Mar-
garet Houser, Beatrice Blagg, Gertrude Kerber, Doris
Martin, Elizabeth Wissimiller, Regina McClellan, Eva
Kerber, Maurine Wissimiller.
TOILERS I Martin and Lexington Townshi|
Bernadine Kite. Dorothy Lobdell. Alice Arnold. Lucille
Jenkins. Garnet Hasty, Udine Miller. Dori- Wright,
Edna Downey, Kathryn Messer, Maxine Steele, Evelyn
Bane, Helen Grubb.
PONIES I Martin and Lexington Townshi
Bethel Weeks. Annabelle Scrogin, Dorothj Kinsella,
Georgia Cheever, Doris Fuller, Lorraine Arramy,
Frances Rigg, Verneil Garrett, Virginia Dale, Mar-
garet Gilmore, Harriet Kimball, Madeline Kinsella,
RAINBOW (Cropsey Township) Imoj Meeker,
\\ ihua McClure, Maurie Wood, Edith Elliott, Ella Mae
McCIure, Beryl Thomas. Helen Brucker, Margaret
Elliott, Lois Elliott, Emma Louis.- Cox, Bettj Meeker,
I'll E SIN Lavon Kinsej
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The Public Utility's
I^kJ other business in a community has a greater
^ interest in that community than the public
utility which serves it. The growth of its business de-
pends directly upon the growth of the community.
The better the community serves its community, the
more likely it is to help that community along the path
of growth and development. Thus, each depends upon
the other for its welfare and prosperity.
This company tries to do its part in this community.
Sharing in these responsibilities, through its assist-
ance in community affairs, this utility contributes its
part to the general welfare. It believes that these are
part of its duties as a citizen.
A citizen wherever we serve.
Power and Light
WORLD WAR HEROES AND
RED CROSS NURSES
LOUIS DAVIS POST \< i 56
WIND — Bernadine Benson, Ruth Watson, Catherine
Donaldson, Alice Wilson, Eleanor Whitehouse, Char-
leen Davies. Alice Beyer. Trunetta Keys, Marj Lou
Johnson, Louise Temple.
SMOKE— Mildred Peard, Mary Ellen Recce. Myra
Anne Peairs. Mary Louise Bargcr, Laverne Riddle
Betty Bliss, Helen Campbell, Josephine Walker. Alice
McGuire, Joy Sylvester, Juanita Biddle.
FIRE — Elene Welsh, Mildred Landis. Catherine
Thomson, Helen Ayers, Sena Sampson. Marjorie Mar-
tin. Arbutus Frink. Annabelle Innis, I.aurene Zabel.
Hildretl Sampson. Alice Blum. Lillian Sage. Nancy
Evans, Maurine Blum. Mary Fern Martin. Sarah
Walker, Ruth Calville, Frances White.
Spirit of Progress Marjorie Wilson
Bull Robb. John Ball. Leo Broughton. Page Proctor.
Bill Fraenkle. Wayne Piery, James Chrisman, Edgar
Moore, Ogden Shutes, Charles Mercier, Buck Manskey,
Lyle Graham, Max Hersey, Charles Steel. John Yarbe.
Maurice Vincent. Edward Sheney.
Leota Thompson, Yelma Mullinax. Winifred Lee.
Dorene Murphy. Elsie Kaufman. Bessie Harbert. Beryl
Rhodovi, Effie Ferel.
GOLD AND SILVER
Dorothy Barnes, Eleanor Barnes. Mary Jane Fogler,
Marguerite Holderly. Winifred Iseminger. Gladys
Wiseman. Marie Liscom. Ruth Sutter, Inez Allen.
Marjorie Lambert, Inez Bishop. Eunice Yordy.
Louise Lamont, Yiolet Webb, Marjorie Cline, Vir-
ginia Strayer, Betty Phares, Doris Jones, Rachel Bar-
num, Jane Barnhart, Virginia Sigler, Margradell Doo-
ley. Louise Banner. Winifred Banner. Pauline White-
sell, Ellen Skillman. Yera Humphrey. Blanche Bleavins.
Marguerite Boies. Alberta Kaufman. Aldene Brown.
Vesta Andrews. Aldene Hoobler, Kathryn Taylor,
Helen Froelich, Angela Hayes, Grace Boies, Dorothj
Schramm, Lovada Graton, Aleda 1'rey.
MOUNT HOPE, FINKS GROVE, DALE
1 I IWNSHIPS
Mary Helen Briggs, Beulah Dodson, Betty June
Mas. .u. D,,ris Van Ness. Edith Tindall, Dorothj Smith.
Jam- Eva LongWOrth, Adell Bode, Martha Jane Hutchi-
son, Imogene Sweringen, Beverly Dewhurst, Virginia
Quinn, Eileen Hilligan.
I. eta Mae Cooke, Vivian Nowling, Ronalda Nowling,
Harriet Ayers, Mary Ellen Schertz, Jane Risser, Louise
Deal, Irene Meeks, June Ayers, Virginia Otto, Loretta
Melil. Fay < 'wen.
GOLF GIRLS AND CADDIES
1 ' 'WANDA
Mildred Eincham, Lucy Dell Lyms, Marcella Wise,
Virginia Orendorff, Lucille Cary, Alice Cummins. Mar-
jory Stapleton, Mable Alice Hirst.
Clifton Allen Haines, Harold Tyler, Clinton Ross
Vanneman, Robert Ray Bryant. Billy Special. Ramond
Henrj Quinsel, Joseph Special, Buddy Peden.
LAKESIDE COUNTRY CLUB
Elsa Raisbeck, Annie Mae Brazelton, Carroll Costi-
gan, Ann Lowry, Martha Humphreys, Helen Sansoni,
Mary Elsie Humphreys, Doris Worsham, Mary Ann
Costello, Rachel Zweng. Nancy Raisbeck, Louise
Albert Beich. Jr., Tommy Trenkle, Franklin Tobias.
Paul Keller, Clair Staler. Bob Dunn, George Hatzen-
buhler. Jimmy Gardner, Jimmy Worsham. Billy Bur-
ling. Eugene Behr, Robert Morse, Dick Bridge. Jimmy
W. J. Cash. Towanda; S. M. Elkins, Bloomington:
Varner Longworth. McLean; J. E. Smith. Bellflower.
Pauline Amlong. Dorothy Bailey, Elba Clear. Leona
Dolly, Lucille Godsell. Alta Gassner, Marcella Kinder.
Eloise Bonnett, Novella McKinley, Mildred O'Neill,
Alice Russell. Lillie Sartain. Yerna Wasman, Wallace
Wesley. Hazel Wesley. Ruth Wiedner, Gertrude Rat-
liff, Margie Brown. Marjorie Ball, Nellie Hosier, Helen
Leader Mrs Porter Phillips. Bloomington
Soprano S. .1. .i -t Lela Mayer Long, Bloomington
Baritone Soloist Harold Dale Saurer, Bloomington
Mrs. Walter Anderson. Ethel Bucholz. Mabel Buc-
holz, Mrs. Litta Braman. Mrs. (I. W. Bedell. Helen
Bardenhagen. Vivian Beeler, Mrs. Herbert Bird. Mrs.
Jacob Brown, Colete Bradshaw, Mrs. W. S. Bunn.
Ruth Bedell, Maude Builta. Peggy Coekill, Genevieve
Carlock, Mrs. H. B. Carlock, Louise Combs, Ruth Carl-
son. Bernice Cooper, Anna Cook, Anna Mae Bova, Ma)
Curley, Mrs. George Drexler. Ruth Drexler, Jane
Dornaus, Marjorie Dornaus, Dorothy Davis, Jean Dal-
rymple, Mabel Driscoll, Martha Eades, Holly Foley.
Beverly FYederickson, Ruth Felton. Hulda Greenburg.
Mrs. lames Gassaway, Helen Granabeck, \'iolet
Gnuschke, Mrs. Fred Hughes, Dorothy Hayner, Ruth
Bte=nr=i i i p
I ALEXANDER LUMBER CO<
Consult Our Plan Service Department
NORMAL SANITARY DAIRY, INC.
302 E. Grove St.
Automotive Battery and Electrical Service
KELLY SPRINGFIELD TIRES
FOR ALL CARS
Hurd, Edith M. Hurd, Dorothy Homuth, Lois Hovey,
Mabel Holland, Emma Hughes. Nellie Hathaway. Mr-
Charlea Halting, Miriam Havighurst, Mildred Home,
Charlotte Haynes, Mr- Joe tnstone, Mr- Charles Ives,
Cora John-on. Doris Johnson, Mary Lois Klineau,
Charlotte Klitzing. Mrs. Clara Koos, Buelah Kimes,
Clara Knecht, Lillie Knecht. Margaret Kendall. Jose-
phine I.ewler. Grace Loefiler. Mr-. I'.. M. Lebkuecher,
[Catherine Lunin, Vera Lindgren, Kitty Lawbaugh,
Bernadine Lederer, Lela Long. Mr- R. V Myei
Mabel Murray. Helen Meyer, Mr-. Harry Miller.
Frances Meyer. Lois Meyers, Cecil McCraw. Faye
Ma-t. Helen Millard. Frances Osman, Margaret
O'Brien, Theresa O'Neill, Margaret O'Neill. Mrs A.
G. OrendortT. Virginia Osborn, Mrs. Guy Palmer. Man
rine Palmer, Pauline Palmer, Eleanor Palmer. Mr-
Wm. Pleines. Mrs. Carl Petlow, Mildred Powell, Mr-
Rev. Wm. J. Parker. Mildred Polite. Alice Porterfield,
Mary Quast, Maxine Ross, Elsie Rhinehart, Rubj
Roust. Ruth Rife. Edna Rossman, Mrs. R. L. Sleeter,
Mrs. T. C. Slattery, Mrs. E. E. Spencer, Lois Shake
speare. Mrs. John F. Smith. Ruth Stephens. Ella Syl-
vester, Betty Sylvester, Mrs. Wilbur Stewart. Mabel
Stewart, Grace Scott Schultz, Grace Audclle Schultz,
Pauline Simmons, Marjorie Simmons, Mrs. Mabel
Smock, Dorothy Stone, Alice Stone, Mrs. A. Toman.
Mrs. George Thomas, Frieda Trimmer. Frances Van
Huss, Esther Whitmer, Margaret Van Winkle. Eva
Van Winkle. Lela Van Winkle. Mrs. Roland Wood.
Estella Wullenwaber, Mrs. Homer Wright, Mary
Louise Wright. Louise Warton, Dorothy Walters. Lil-
lian Wilcox. Nellie Webber, Anna Webber, Florence
Westen, Mrs. L. E. Witt, Carrie Webber, Faye Zenor,
Roy Atkinson, Clarence Adkins. Guy W. Bedell. Jacob
H. Brown. Raymond Baugh, Glen Dornaus, George
Drexler. Dwight Drexler, R. Frederickson. George
Goelzer, Martin Homuth, W. H. Kerrick. Bert Kinne.
Richard Lanham. E. M. Lebkuecher, Dewitt Miller,
Clarence Marshall, Oren Meeker, James McKee,
Fielder Meyer-. Wm. Orendorff, Rev. Wm. J. Parker.
Dave Ryden, E. D. Robb, Ted Riggen. Robert Read
Wilbur Stewart. I. J. Stewart, Harry Stone, Peter
Somers, Eugene Stretch, T. C. Slattery. Harold Saurer.
Dr. Chas. Shultz, D. W. Shilley, R. S. Sleeter. W. J.
Sayer-. Geo. Thomas. John Van Huss. Emil J. Wich-
man. Mr-. Jerry Jager. Mrs. Arthur Breneman, Doro-
thy Long. Sylvia Goddard, Janice Meece, Mr-. Ed.
Duesing, Mr-. John JontZ, Lucille Sylvester, Betty Syl-
vester. Frances Goddard, Bernice Balke. Lillian Hogan.
Mr-. Jeanette Miller. Mrs. W. Anderson, Mrs. Otto
Johnson, Helen Campbell, Virginia Osborn. Ruth Pep-
low. Elvera Lindgren. Mary Slattery. Mr-. Arthur
Pearson, Faye Ma-t. Mr-. Agnes Clutz.
Piano-Director K. W. Bradshaw
Violins: Porter Phillips, Arthur Dornaus, Hen
Orendorfl Bass: Fred Burke. Flute: Fred Schroeder.
Clarinets: Walter Ewing, Vincent Dornaus. Trumpets:
Fred Erdman, E Burke. Trombone: William Piter-
son. Drum- and Tympani: Albert Grabbs.
PAGEANT TALENT COMMITTEE
HAROLD DALE SAURER, Chairman
Carlock— Mrs. Bruce Hamilton, Mr-, C. R. McDon-
ald. Mr-. (",. W. Bedell. Mr. G. W Bedell. J. K. Esh.
Colfax — Mr-. Daisy Plott. Mr-. Duboise Marquis,
Mr. Prank Espey, Mr-. Dr. Mcintosh, Mrs. W Ken-
neth Harris, Mr. James Fielding.
Cooksville— Mr-. Ed, McClellan, Mrs. <> I. Wright
Mr-. I.L.yd Richardson.
Covell-AIrs. Homer Johnson, Mrs. .1 F. Diet/, Mr-
Chas. Nichols. Mrs. Orin Stubblefield.
Chenoa — Mayor Schultze, Mr-. Chas. Elliott, Mr. J
\ rwardock, Mr-. Prank Thayer. Mr, and Mr-. D. M.
Cropsey— Mrs. Walter Elliott, Mrs. Chas. Crumps-
ton. Mrs. J. \Y. McCulloUgh, Mr. H. L. Meeker, Mr-
Vrrowsmith— Mrs. W. K. Kauffold, Mr. and Mrs.
Raymond Webber. Mr. Ed. School.
Bcllflower— Mr. W I Rose, Mr. J. E. Smith. Mr.
Loren R. Lewi-. Dr. Copenhaver.
Danvers — Mr. and Mr-. Walter K. Voder. Miss Jen-
nie Zook. Prof. R. J. William-, Mr-. I.oui- Strehle.
Down- — Mrs. Geo. Honor, Miss Nell Dooley, G. L.
Clark. Lym Lanier, Arthur Dooley, F. R. Cole.
Ellsworth — Mrs. Harry Millay. Mr. Carl Kreitzer,
Mr-. Florence VanGundy, Miss Gladys Bane. Mrs. Ed
< iridley — W. H. Boies, Mrs. Verna Moss.
Holder — Mrs. Ben Coale, Mrs. Melvin Hopt, Mrs.
Earl Percy, Mrs. Floyd Campbell, Mrs. Harry Bower.
Hudson — Miss Nina May Johnson, Mrs. James B.
Ambrose, Mrs. A. C. Helleman.
LcRoy — Mrs. C. D. Jones, Mr. C. E. Joiner, Mrs.
Ray Whitesell, Joe Eden, Miss Obe Dooley, Mr-
McLean — Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Baker, Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Palmer. Chas. Vancy, Paul McFarland.
Randolph — Mrs. Corwin Cruikshank, F. L. Wake-
field, Miss Maudela Baylcs, Tony Kwashlgroh.
Saybrook — Mayor D. C. Haines. E. F. Ring, Mrs.
Marion Weakman, Mrs. Arthur Woolev. Miss Minnie
Martins. E. M. Merritt, Miss Mabel Easterbrook.
Shirley — Mrs. Charles Disher.
Stanford — Mrs. Elmer Naffziger, Ceo. L. Morris, \
Towanda — Mrs. D. E. Henderson, Wilbur Cash,
Hans Sachs, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Moon, Miss Lucylei
Jameson. Mrs. Haider Burrows.
Hex worth — Mrs. Walter Wieshaar. Miss Hazel Ry-
Lexington — Florence E. Wright. Mrs. Harry Blue.
Mr-. W. H. Welch. C. L. Heiser. Mr. and Mr-. E \
Reddiger, Mrs. Nettie B. Dement.
Weston — Lewis Heins, Mrs. Orland Kriedner, Mrs
Ed Erdman, C. E. Graves, Mrs. Fred Jacobs.
Bloomington and Normal— Mrs. Robert Wilson, Mrs
Porter Phillips, Mr-. P. Johnson, Rev. Frank L. Breen,
Mrs. Dr. Piears, Mr. Adolpb Mols, Miss Frances Kess-
ler. Mi-- Cecil McCraw, Mr-. R C. Baldwin. Mr. Ar-
nold Lovejoy, Mr. Dewej Montgomery, Mr. Richard
O'Connell, Mr. Wm. Hull. Mr. 1.. Wellmerling, Mr. J.
II Judy, Mr. W \. Wells, Mr-. V I). McKinney, Mis-
ciara Brian, Mr. and Mr- Clarence Ropp, Mrs
Thomas J. Lancaster, Mr. and Mr-. Sam I'.lkins.
LIVING FLAG COMMITTEE
MRS. ROBERT WILSON, Chairman
Mr-. E. L. Linton. Mrs. Broughton, Mr-. P.. K
Del'ew. Mr-. E. 1''. Kcllex. Mr-. Paul Roeske, Mrs
II (. raylor, Mr- fohn Hurst, Mrs. E Meeker.
Mr- II Rodger-. Mr-. Dalrymple, Mrs. J. Rodgers,
Mr-. W. .1. Read. Mr-. W. C. \nder-on. Mrs. I
Setchell, Mrs. P. M Lebkuecher, Mr- Pen Kraft. Mrs
Mverson, Mrs. Ceo Johnson, Mr- Bienneman,
Mrs. Frank C. Wilson, Mrs. Joe Hallett, Mr- D \\
Shelley, Mr-. Harry Henley.
you will have a camp at
The beauty of Wisconsin resorts —
The water sports of Michigan
are at your door ^D
PUMPING AND FILTERATION PLANT
All lots are underpriced. Another season should see material ad-
vances in lease privileges. Now is the time to plan
a "week-end" or "permanent" camp
at Lake Bloomin&ton.
BLOOMIINCTON WATER CO.
ROOM VMM. MOMCOi; HUM..
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McLean County Historical Pageant
Written, Rehearsed and Staged
HARRY MILLER CO.
71 West 45th Street
NEW YORK CITY
STAFF FOR THE HARRY MILLER CO.
Centennial Manager and Director Weldon B. Wade
Pageant Master H. E. Hill
Stage Manager Murray Gibson
Wardrobe Mistress Edna A. Mill
Trumpeters announce arrival of Miss BloomiiiK-
ton-Normal and attendants.
Address of Welcome — Mi" Bloomington-
"Fellow Citizens "t Bloomington ami McLean Coun-
ty: In the name of the inhabitants of this goodlj citj
and in honor of our celebration this evening, 1 bid you
a most cordial welcome:
"When the dreams and romances of the early thirties
find their culmination in the seemingly prosaic but no
less romantic present, a storj i- presented having po-
tentialities for interest tar above tin- average tale of
in Hon. Unt when in addition, this story i- enacted by
the -on* ami grandsons, daughter- and grand-daughters
of the sturdy men and courageous women, the pioneers
of Ml 1 ear i OUnty, there is that golden link which adds
I,, thi ; tOUCh of appeal. The McLean County
Historical Pageant of Progress is just that story.
"Whether you were horn within this County;
whether you have departed from your home in some
; country; whether you are a native of some other
count), town, -tate. ,.r country and have come t" join
with u- in our celebration, in the name of the Citj of
Bloomington and the Count] of McLean. I hid you a
in. .-I . ordial w el( ome."
Trumpeters announce the arrival of Miss
McLean County, followed by her 30 Townships.
Mi-- McLean County :
"Welcome. Welcome, Miss McLean Count) and you,
her daughter-, hair Townships, Welcome to Blooming-
ton and to thi- Historical Pageant."
Response of Mi-- McLean County:
"Miss Bloomington-Normal, in the name of McLean
• ounty and her Fair ["ownships, I acknowledge this
your welcome. It i- fitting and proper thai we pau-e
here for a few in ents t" turn back the page- ol our
histor) and refresh our mind- with tin deeds of those
-turdy men and courageous women who here began a
march of progress the direction of which ha- ever been
forward. Ma) FORWARD he your watchword your
goal, perfection. We are happy tonight I" l» ., pari of
thi- great assemblai
THE VOICE OF McLEAN COUNTY
"( tut of the mist primeval of legend and romance
The West enrolled in glory, sublime iii it- expanse;
h- endless grass-grown prairie- waving in the hreeze,
It- rock-ribbed shining hillsides girdled by lordly trees.
It- wide and verdant valleys where mighty river- (low
It- valleys treasure laden, it- minaret- of -now —
These and a thousand wonder- that poet may not tell
Greeted the tribes of Red Man— lived by their magic
Till-'. 1X1)1. \.\— 1800-USJJ
INDIAN CAMP LIFE AND PRIMITIVE
When the land was first explored it was inhabit-
ed by the Red Man where they came from in the
beginning, how long the) dwelt in North America,
what people- the) replaced, is a matter of much
The Indians in McLean County were mostly
Kickapoos, though main belonged to the Delaware
and Pottawattomie tribes. The) cultivated the soil
ver) little and depended almost entirel) upon the
chase. Hunting, fishing and dancing constituted
their enjoyment. Their great interest in life was
to procure food and devour it and tO Subdue their
We depict the primitive life of the Kickapoo.
INTERLUDE TW< i
Till \ I lit i I I] \L LEAN i
"From home- in eastern cities the) turn towards the
None but the brave and buoyant; onl) the very best.
With heart strong and undaunted, with nerve to live or
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(I HE Association of Commerce representing the industrial, commercial
*• and professional interests of the city extends a welcome to each Cen-
tennial visitor, as well as to all visitors at any time.
We are yours to command insofar as our activities extend.
If you desire information about Bloomington or its resources a letter
addressed to the organization will receive prompt attention.
ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE
115-117 E. Monroe Street
They risk the unknown journey, no •hart but -tar In
By toilsome slow approaches the "Prairie Schooner
<>\ir the untrod highways, oul of the beaten grooves
And when at eve, in splendor the sun Milk- in the west,
\!„.iit the blazing camp lire, they bivouac for rc-t
KIMS' IDE TW< '
OUR FIRST SETTLERS
Down the river-, over the lakes, across the coun
trv came the pioneers, the first settlers of oui
country and state, bringing only greatly needed
household comforts. They came in Covered
Wagons, "ii foot and in carts, driving their cattle
and sheep, pushing ahead against any and all diffi-
culties; perhaps wet, cold, and weary, pushing ever
onward to the coveted and beautiful groves of
McLean County. They knew not where they were
going, or the healthfulness of the county, depending
on Mich information a- could be gathered on the
wa\. They could not know who would be their
neighbors. " If they bought government land the)
knew nothing of who would own adjoining tract-.
They could not know if churches, school houses or
towns would lie conveniently near.
Almost everything they wished to knew must be
learned by seeing what the future might bring forth
— they must be brave and cheerful.
The firsl -cttlers to arrive in the territory t" be
later known as McLean County, arrived in 1822.
They settled in Blooming Grove (then called Keg
Grove) and were John W. Dawson and family.
fohn llendrix and family and a man named Segar.
He later sold his claims to William Orendorff who
came in 1823 with hi- wife and son Thomas. In
1S_>4 Mr. Goodman and \V. II. Hodge settled at the
Grove and about the same time William Walker
A friendly chief of the Kickapoos, named Chief
Machina, visited Dawson and his hand shortly after
their arrival and with sign language told him the)
were not wanted. However, he and his followers
were not hostile and later hecame friendly.
Hunting — horse racing — wrestling — card playing
and spelling bees constituted their amusement-.
Their social life was simple and unaffected. All
dressed ver) much alike, lived much alike, attended
the same church; had few book — usually nothing
more than the Bible and their Church Hymnal,
-Mine having only an almanac; but while most un-
learned in hooks, they were learned in a thousand
things in the art of living of which we todaj are
We depict the arrival •<( the First Settlers and
their dealings with the Indian.
1 III \ i Hi K OF McLEAN COUNTY
"M..ri than its prized possessions; more than its wealth
I- found in the life of it- children, filled with that spirit
That guided it- -talwart leader- along the trackless
That ha- made US and -till keep- us, mat< hie-- and
EPISi »DE THREE
!•'( IRMING ( IF McLEAN < '< IUNTY
In 1830, James Allin entered into the plan- of
the earh settlers and it was decided to form a new
county. Mr. Thomas Orendorff and Mr. James
Latta were the committee who carried the petition
to Vandalia, Mr. Allin being in i r health and un-
able t" travel. Me however furnished the commit-
tee with letters to prominent politicians at Vandalia
whom he knew to 1«- in favor of the project.
< hi the 25th da) of December 1830 the hill was
passed by the Legislature and tin- count) was named
for lion, fohn McLean, who wa- 1". S. Senator for
several years. Mi- death occurred a few months
prior -,o the application of the Blooming drove
Committee, hut hi- popularity wa- such that the
Legislature cheerful!) gave hi- name to our county
through the advice of lion. W. I.. I). Ewing.
speaker of the House. The) arrived home with
their good new- after a hard long trip during the
dead of winter.
//'(• depict their reception and the ceremonies
attending their return.
INTERLUDE F( »UR
THE VOICE < IF McLEAN ( OUNTY
"School days, school days, dear old golden rule day-.
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic
raught to the tune of a hickory -tick.
You were my Queen of Calico
I wa- > our hashful barefoot beau —
You wrote on my -late — "I love you. Joe"
When we were a couple of kid-."
THE FIRST SCHOOL
The first school in this county wa- opened in
1825 in a private house, the home of John W. Daw-
son and Miss Delilah Mullins was the teacher. It
was an elementary school and intended mainly for
-mall children. There were about 16 pupils. Later
came Dr. Trabue, a Frenchman, and W. W
Hodge who were both very successful.
We depict a scene showing the early school room
in the home of John Dawson.
THE VOICE OF McLEAN COUNTY
"And hail to those Sturdy Red Men — no martial music
Nor flaunting banners led them; nor cheering voice
Hungry and cold and weary, unnoticed and unsung,
They failed not. nor yet faltered but to their faith they
EPIS* IDE FIVE
INDIANS AND RELIGII IN
With the arrivals of the early white settlers an
Indian from the Kickapoos, named Kaanakuck was
converted into the belief of Christ ianitv and hecame
famous for his religion- work among hi- fellow
tribesmen. So important wa- this turning point in
his religious belief that his influence spread and
even to this day the tribes of the Kicka] now liv-
ing in Kansas are embracing his word and his
A pioneer minister, named William Walker, vis-
ited the Indians at their camp situated at Kickapoo
Grove in the year 1832. He held regular services
every Sabbath. Their prayer hook- consisted of
walnut hoards upon which certain hieroglyphics
were painted and carved -uniform in size and held
very -acred during tin- services.
A public dinner wa- given to all members of the
tribe, old and voting alike sharing in the fe.i-t A
lire was kindled in the center of the tribesmen and
while the minister preached the go-pel to these un-
n<^ni— ii if
72 Years of Service
FURNACES — PAINT — STOVES
Established in 1858
110 West Front
CHASo L. MILLER
'"Bloomington's Oldest Reliable Jeweler"
113 W. FRONT ST.
Our 41 Years Reputation for Good
Jewelry is Your Guarantee
We wish to thank our friends of McLean
County for their patronage and confidence.
For 79 years we have sold
Quality 1 Lu&&a&e
to thousands of satisfied customers.
For Young Men and
Men Who Stay Young
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tutored men and women they sat and listened atten-
tively. Usually the) were divii men on one
side and the squaws on the other.
//'<• depict tin- above scene.
i in VOICE ( >i M« l.i. \.\ COUN I J
"All hail l" those hoar] pilgrims tramping on thru
Their glorj never waning; their vision was sublime.
No historj tells a grander tale. No marble slab 01
Can make the fame more lasting of those enduring
KIMS' IDE SIX
ABRAH \M LINO »LN
Abraham Lincoln more nearly presented ;i reali-
zation of the ideal American than an) other man in
cur history. He possessed courage; tenacity of
purpose; was fair minded; strong but humane;
"the patient foreseeing man."
Early in his life as a lawyer. Mr. Lincoln first
commenced "riding the circuit" by traveling on
horse-back with his papers and clothes in his
No lawyer tried as man) cases on the Circuit as
did Mr. Lincoln. In three-fourths of the jury eases
he appeared on one side or the other. This was
due to his greal personal popularity, to his suc-
cesses with the juries and to the small fees he
charged, always leaving the lion's -.hare to the local
The must important case he ever tried in our
court was the "Illinois Central Railroad vs. The
County of McLean."
We dipici Mr. Lincoln "riding the circuit" and
addressing the court at Bloomington on September
THE VOICE OF McLEAN COUNTY
"And so tin sound of whistles resound thru the air,
Waking the echoes and startling the wild beast from
Hanging low o'er the valleys the long black sn
i li ■in! lies,
Telling where Inm Charger, "ti tracks of commerce
Hundreds and hundreds of people in city, hamlet and
\re dwelling in peace and plenty where pioneers blazed
EPISt >DE SEVEN
THE FIRST RAILRI IAD
i in September 30, 1850, a law passed b) Con-
;s donating to the State of Illinois for the use of
the Illinois Central Railroad, nearly two and one-
half millions of acres of public land. It was de-
cided that the Company must perpetuall) pay into
the Illinois State Treasur) "'. of tin' gross receipts
of the road when finished. This is now over a mil-
lion dollars annually.
It was through tin- foresight of General A
Gridley that the general direction of the railroad
would he so near to Decatur. Clinton and I 'doom
ington that it could not well miss these points.
The completion of the railroad was about tin- first
of May, 1853. Cars began running during this
month and b) this time Mi l.i.in County was on the
high road to prosperity.
We depict the actttal laying of a section of the
Illinois Central Railroad mill the ceremonies that
nil \ . in i i ii \i, i.i \\ t > iUN i v
"Bj the flow "i the inland river.
Whence the fleets of iron hath tied,
Where the blades ol the nr.tw t;i;i~- quiver,
\ sleep are the rant lead.
i tin- so.l and the dew,
Waiting the judgment daj
I thl on. the blu<
I nder the . ither the graj .
No in' 'le shall the \\ ar i rj
< )r the winding rners be red
Thej banish our anger iore\er
When thej laurel the graves of our di
EPISt IDE EIGHT
THE CIVIL WAR
War began to he talked of during the Lincoln-
Douglas campaign of 1858. Both men were resi-
dents of this state and the campaign was one of
most intense excitement, hut public sentiment in
.McLean Count) was almost unanimously against
secession. The Republican part) was pledged not
to interfere with slavery. The Democrats con-
scientious!) believed that slaver) was allowed b)
tin- National Constitution; however, there was little
difference between their actual position.
Each party organized marching chilis and rallied
its voters in torch light processions of prodigious
magnitude. They were called "Douglas Invinci-
bles" and "Wide Awakes." The) learned march-
ing movements and fancy drills which, in 1861,
went far to facilitate the organization of volunteer
I in April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was fired upon.
War was declared. At a public gathering at Phoe-
nix Hall, McLean County united in spirit with the
rest of the loyal North by offering to pour out
it- best blood in defense of the Union.
i m the 18th of April, onl) three days after the
President's call, 113 volunteers left Bloomington
for Springfield under ('apt. Harvey. The heart of
McLean Count) went to the front with these men.
Ballet of the Civil War.
We depict the meeting at Phoenix Hall and the
call for volunteers. They muster for action and
depart for tear.
The Dance of the South -The Cra\s.
The I lance of the North — The Blues.
"Clouds of War" rise and the pcacefulness of the
dance is broken by the lifted "Veils of War." They
struggle fur supremac) onl) to fall wounded and
maimed upon the battlefield.
"The Spirits of Peace" appear in the distance
lift the fallen ones and in union and perfect har-
mony they dance together.
Lincoln, The Emancipatoi
« ieneral < '.rant
( Senei al Le
THE \ I IICE i IF M. LE \.\ C< IUNTY
"1 pledge allegiance to my flag; of the United States
\inl to tin- Republic for which it stands
line nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice tor All."
EPISt IDE NINE
Till'. HUMAN FLAG
Mere is shown the Stars and Stripes formed by
200 box s and girls doing attractive drills.
For one hundred years UlcLeari County
has been a good place to Hue — It still is.
S haue tried it for ouer a half century
and 1 am still sold on it... I always will be.
1 congratulate the people who hue here
that they can point with pride to a century
of proqress and happiness.
HOITIER ID. HALL
Representatiue in Congress
I11I-: \ I (ICE OF McLEAN ( I >UN IA
"The clouds consign their beauty to the fields, in loud
profusion the sunt wind steals and softly shaking on
the dimpled pool prelusive raindrops the earth to cool
["hen beautiful Rainbow— all woven in light, there's
not in thj tissue one shadow of night. Heaven surely
has opened when thou dosl appear.
"And bending over them the angels draw mar and
tin- Rainbow'— the "Rainbow.'
"The smile of I iod is here."
Following the Civil War. phenomenal growth
took place in the city and county and state. A
wealth of natural resources were developed. A
countrj which was once a prairie and wilderness,
within the memory of many of those here tonight,
became one of the garden spots of the United
Prosperous farms now dot the country and the
soil produces some of the finest crops in the world,
dairying is carried on in a large scale and coal min-
ing is a big industry. From a wide and open
prairie. McLean County has sprung into a flourish-
ing modern county within the memory of one gen-
Mere we compare the early farm machinery with
that of today.
THE BALLET OF THE HARVEST
The Toilers sow the grain.
The Spring rains come and the field begins to grow.
Toilers again appear to cultivate the soil.
The Sun appears to ripen King Corn.
Lastly, the Rainbow hursts forth.
THE GOLDEN HARVEST.
THE VOICE OF McLEAN COUNTY
"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow-
Between the crosses row
They mark our place and
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Take up our quarrel with the Foe
To you from falling hands we throw the torch.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep where poppies blow — in Flanders
EPIS< IDE ELEVEN
"W< IRLD WAR"
This episode will be devoted entirel) to the
"World War" 1917-1918 and by a series of tab-
leans and march and drill formations will show the
World War Heroes
They Leave their Cherished Ones at Home
The Red Cross Nurses
The Liberty Loans
I HE VOICE OF McLEAN COUNTY
"And then in the shadowed darkness the blasting
Startling the timid night things as a warning that they
A flash of flames awaki ike in -piral
And through the street- of Bloomington the red fire
I he startling i I ire" is heard — 'tis shrieked about
\ml soon the flames have spread until no power can
hold them down.
But when the -tore- and factories are leveled to the
A newer, better Bloomington is placed within our
EPIS< IDE TWELVE
THE FIRE ( >F l'>no
The most disastrous fire in the history of the
county occurred June 1'', l'KK).
An alarm of fire at midnight, the shrieking of
whistles, the hurrying of fire engines, the gathering
of excited crowd- watching the bursting of flames
from many buildings. In spite of the efforts of the
firemen, the dame- spread, more buildings catch fire
and fall in ruin- hour after hour. Appeal is made
li\ the mayor (Thomas) to Peoria and Springfield
for departments, who arrive with steam pumpers,
hose, etc. At last as dawn breaks, conflagration is
controlled, and the heart of the city is a heap of
smoking ruins. Then comes the era of rebuilding,
with new structures rising phoenix-like from the
ruins. It is the signal for the coming of a bigger
and better city and county seat of McLean County.
The new court hou-e typifies all the other modern
THE VOICE OF McLEAN COUNTY
"High o'er the waves of memory when other stars have
A grateful people still shall see their beacon- yet.
And a- you now lift up our praise through all the com-
The children of our Illinois will bless the pioneers."
EPISi IDE THIRTEEN
Wealth ami Progress have come to McLean
County to stay. Ours has been a steady develop-
ment and we find evidence on every hand of a more
prosperous county for the wind- of sorrows, dis-
appointments, hardships and sufferings have
pas-eel. Ahead, we see peace, prosperity and happi-
ness. May it alw.t\ - he so.
To Miss McLean and Miss Bloomington here
will In- presented characters in group formations
Music, Gold, Silver. Aviation, Racing, Dance,
Manufacturing, Commerce, and Science, Motoring,
S]Hirts, etc. ending with the
EPISODE Fi IURTEEN
LIVING \\ HEEL OF PRl iGRESS
Which will he a grand spectacle involving the
services of every participant from first settler to
the la-t appearing soldier.
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SALES and SERVICE
We Never Close General Repairing
EXPERT MECHANICS-DAY AND NIGHT
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Citizens and Friends oi McLean County: —
We arc n«nv closing our .\KI. ran Count) Centen-
nial. I am sure that ever) man, woman and child
agrees with me that 1 1n- has b
reatesl celebration ever held
in tlii— pari "t the state, h has
been more than McLean O iunt) 's
centennial, it has been more than
tin commemoration of the lives ol
those » li. i lived and sai t ifi< ed in
our count) during the past one
^. ^k hundred years, it has been Mi
Lean County's love feast, it has
been McLean County's good will
meeting. Never have I seen ex-
emplified over the entire county
such a fine spirit ol | 1 will,
possibli b) tlir generous co-
operation of the people in every
township of the county.
\t tlii— time, in behalf of the Executive Committee
and myself, I desire to express our thank- to the people
of each township in the count) for their loyal d
I want each one of the 1,000 members in the pag
■ cast to know that we realize and appreciate the
effort which you have made to depict the progress of
the count) during the past one hundred years. This
pageant will be remembered as one of the finest ever
Staged in this part of Illinois and I extend to each
member of the east our heartfelt thanks.
I want to thank the members <>i the General Com-
mittee, which include- all members of the County
Hoard of Supervisors and the Mayors of the cities and
villages of the county. Yonr loyalty ha- greatly con-
tributed to the -ncce-- of the Centennial.
Arthur S. Smith
Tile record of the tir-t one hundred war- i- dosed
Through the pageant we have been enabled to "count
our blessings, name them one b) one' and more fully
"see what Cod hath done." We are now entering upon
• mil'-, ,,i another hundred year- with our thoui
turn., I toward thi second mile-tone. It i- thi
■ hi General Chairman, and I am -nrr I bespeak
the same for all members ol the Executive I ommittei
that the prophec) ol Isaiah concerning that
righteousness -hall permeate all men'- mind-, shall be
otir aim: that we as a people -hall Strive to make the
brotherhood of man a reality; that we -hall strive to
make the principle- for which our Saviour lived and
died -o real m the lives ol men ii -hall he possible
P. symbolize them, thus: With the wolf ami the lamb
lying down together and being led b thi humility of
a little child.
I want to personall) thank the members of the
Executive Committee, composed of the following:
Eugene Funk, President; Paul F. Beich, Vice-Presi-
dent; M. J. Callahan, Secretary; Russell Shearer,
Treasurer; Henry Nierstheillier, \ II Belt, Walter
Vrmbruster, Perry LaBounty, \l. Ulbrich, Davis Mer-
win, Joe Meaney, F. D. E. B I \\ Orcutt, W.
E. Richardson, .1. 1.. Hasbrouck, liar. .Id Lang, Lloyd
Eyer, Blake Holton.
Yonr Executive Committee will endeavor to assem-
ble the records of tin- Centennial ami place them in
an iron box, securely sealed, for delivery to the Execu-
tive Committee ol Mi Lean County's Second Centen-
nial, one hundred years hence.
Chairman of McLean Count) Centennial
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The Only Book Store
Open Labor Day
in the Two
A. T. JACKSON
Every article marked in plain figures and each
and every price tag carries a special low price,
prices that are made possible only by low cost of
JACKSON'S GOOD FURNITURE
I- being placed in some ol the finest home- in
Central Illinois, for the reason that this store i
ig to the thrift) buyers who appreciate fine
furniture of guaranteed quality when it i an be
bought here lower in price than is ordinarily
a-ked for .heap eye value furniture.
t )r a-k any one of our hundred- of Satisfied CUS-
whose patronage has made this
in less than one year into one of the most
popular furniture -tore- m Central Illinois.
Broadway, Normal Telephone 6095
Open Evenings for Your Convenience
Edward A. Hayes, decatur, Commander
Arthur Poorman, Chicago heights, Senior
Vice Commanders —
Joseph F. Novotny, Chicago
Thomas O'Meara. Ottawa
David M. King, rock island
Harry Moses, Georgetown
John Stelle. McLeansboro
David L. Shillinglaw, Chicago, National
Exei utive Committeeman
Wm. C. Mundt, bloomington, Adjutant
Lester R. Benston, Chicago, Service Officer
Grover E. Whimsett, LL. D., glenn ellyn,
Erwin Albee, bloomington - , Child Welfare
^Department of Illinois
Edward A. Hayes, Commander, decatur
Arthur Poorman, Sr, Vice-Commander,
Joseph F. Novotny, Vice-Commander,
Thomas O'Meara, Vice-Commander,
David M. Kim,, Vice-Commander,
Harry Moses. Vice-i. ommander, Georgetown
John Stelle. Vice-Commander,
David L. Shillinglaw, National Executive
William C. Mundt, Adjutant, bloomington
Lester R. Benston, Service Officer, CHICAGO
Grover E. Whimsett, LL. D., Chaplain.
Henry Rhode. Sgt.-at-Arms. lake forest
Erwin Albee, Child Welfare Officer,
Robert E. Hafff,y, Chief Clerk,
Lyle K. Snavei.y, Asst. Org. Officer,
Dr. \Ym. H. Evans, Department Surgeon,
Service Office, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
Claims Section (Speedway Hospital). Hines.
Contact Officer, Jacksonville
Contact Officer, Elgin
Contact Officer. Danville (Soldiers' Home)
State Headquarters. 1
1 BELONG IN
RESUME of 1930
DEPARTMENT of ILLINOIS
The AMERICAN LEGION
Nineteen-thirty has been a wonderful year in
The American Legion, Departmenl of Illinois; in
services rendered, membership attained, and finan-
cial solicity assured. The Department maintains a
Service < •fHce in Chicago with a personnel of eight ;
at Speedway Hospital, I lines. Illinois, is a Claims
( (fficer, and we have three other Assistant Service
i (fficers, in East St. Louis, Danville and in Bloom-
ington, who look after all Service Claims in the
State; in addition, we have a Child Welfare < " ;
in Bloomington who supervises Claims, and the
activities of Child Welfare work in Illinois. This
office and its personnel is supported through the
poppies sold on .Memorial Day. This year a mil-
lion poppies were made by the disabled buddies in
Illinois hospitals and were in turn sold to the Posts
and I 'nits of the Auxiliary, who in turn sold them
to the public. The net revenue to the State was
over $42 .000.00, every cent of which is used for
service work in Illinois. Chicago Service < Iffice in
the period from August 1, 1929, to August 15th,
1930, handled over sixteen thousand claims of vari-
ous nature, including compensation, death claims,
lost discharges, etc. In fact the amount ><i recov-
eries for the ex-service men in the State of Illinois
amounted to approximately $10.00 secured for
every dollar extended in the Service Department.
The Department Rehabilitation Committee has
accomplished a great deal in lessening claims of all
kinds, and has kept a careful check in the various
bureaus and the hospitals in Illinois.
< Iver ninetv counties of the one hundred and two
ill Illinois have active functioning organizations and
have helped materially in holding together the 691
Posts in Illinois.
The official Close o| the Looks on August 15th
showed a membership of 7<>,(KHi, the highest in the
history of the Legion in Illinois, or any other he
partment in the United States. We have 432 Posts
I'M)' , or better over last year. All records from a
membership standpoint have been shattered.
Early in the year a Service Survey was conduct-
ed among the several thousand individual ix service
men in the State of Illinois, some eight or nine
thousand names being secured. Many of these men
have had claims, compensation and recoveries have
I' malices ,,! the Department were nevei better.
In 1922 the Department faced a deficite of approx-
imately $7.i.i)i k i in i Through accurate budgeting
and keeping check of the expenditures it has heen
built up with net assets of $l<)?.000.f)0 and all hills
A great deal of credit for the success of the De-
partment of Illinois goes to some prominent Bloom
ington men. Mr. Oscar Moose served on the I •■■
partment Finance Committee when there was a
large deficit to be overcome. Mr. T. !•". Harwood,
served as Senior Vice-Commander of Illinois, and
during the year 1930 served verv effectively as
Chairman of Child Welfare Committee. Mr. Ferre
C. Watkins, formerlj of Bloomington, now of Chi-
cago, served as Judge Advocate, Department Com-
mander and member of the Department Executive
Committee, and last year was honored by being the
Chairman of the National Legislative Committee.
Mr. I'M. Donnelly, a lawyer, acted as Division
Judge Advocate under Mr. Ferre C. Watkins. Our
genial Postmaster, Mr. Gene lliser, was a member
of the State Rehabilitation Committee. Mr. Earl
Bach, attorney, served as the 4th Division Judge
Advocate. Mr. J. I',. Murphy, 17th District Com-
mander, lias served through his two year term as a
Chairman of one of the most important commit-
tees, the Finance Committee. Mr. Rogers Hum-
phreys has served tor two years as a member of
the Department Aviation Committee. Mr. Erwin
Mb. ■ who is Child Welfare Officer, has had a
great deal to do with the efficient cooperation at the
( irpha'is' I lome.
There are plans which will be presented at the
Aurora Convention to be held on September 8th
and 9th, which will greatly increase the service
work to our disabled in the State of Illinois. In
all it has been a most successful and active year.
Wm. ( '. MUNDT,
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FUNK BROS. SEED CO. '
FUNK FARMS ESTABLISHED 1824
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We are located on the hard road West Washington St., V% mile west of
Union Depot, one mile from the Square
There is only one way in
which you can get a clear
and complete idea of how
wonderfully w e 1 1-
equipped this seed house
is, and that is to go
through it in person. Do
that. Come around when-
ever you can. We'll be
glad to show you through.
Then you will feel that
this plant of ours is a
real asset to your farm,
because what we do for
you will be clone better
than you can do it your-
McLean County Centennial Week
Tuesday, August 26th
7:30P.M. Count) w i>I«.- Religious Observ-
ance Meeting at Pageant Field,
Highland Park Municipal Golf
i ourse. Speaker, Rev. Edgar De
\\ iit ones.
Wednesday, August 2'/th
8:30A.M. 9:30A.M. Band Concert at Court
I louse Square.
9:30A.M.-10:00A. M. Free Acts and Music
at O iurt J louse Square.
10:OOA.M.-1 1:00 A.M. Speeches by Hon.
Mayor I '.en Rhodes, Congressman
Homer llall. General Frank Dick-
son, Mel ,ean ( i int) Supen is< >r
J. E. Smith. Federal Judge Louis
FitzHenrj at Court House Square.
11 on \ M.-12:00A.M. Coronation of Queens
on Float at Reviewing Stand at
• nit I [i iuse Square, by O
man 1 lomer 1 [all.
1:00 P.M. -3 :00 P.M. Historical Parade Re
view bj M< Lean Count) Board of
Supervisors, Mayoi Ben Rhodes,
Udermen, Congressman Homer
llall, General Frank Dickson, and
Federal Judge Louis FitzHenry.
4:00P.M. Free Acts and Music, at Court
I [i mse Squat e.
5:00 P.M. Band Concerts at Court House
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CLEAN HUMIDIFIED AIR
CIRCULATED IN YOUR HOME
P. H. MaGIRL FOUNDRY
AND FURNACE WORKS
Factory and Showroom
Phone 2840 401-13 East Oakland
K[pt So Old
But a Centenarian in
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TABLETS PENCILS NOTE BOOKS
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Bloomington High School Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois State Normal University
University High School
WEST SIDE SQUARE
211 W. WASHINGTON ST
7:00P.M. Free ^cts and Music at Court
I louse Square.
8:00 P.M. McLean Count) Historical Pag
cant of Progress at Highland I 'ark
Municipal < iolf Coui se.
Thursday. August 28th
9:00A.M. Band Concert at Court House
9:30A.M. Ball Game at III League Park-
Mi I. can Count] Farm Bureau vs.
Livingston Count] Farm Bureau.
10:30 \.M. Band Concert at Miller Park.
12 '.'cluck Dinner at .Miller Park.
1 :00 P. M. Band Music at Miller Park.
1 :30 P. M. Speei hes at Miller Park.
2:30P.M. Games and Contests ducted by
Mr. C. I ». ( iurtis and Mrs. Spei
Ewing at Miller I'ark.
i ', M. Free \< t- and ' fusi< al I iourt
1 [i iuse Square.
8:00 P.M. Mcl.cn Count) Historical ray-
cant of Progress al Highland Park
Municipal Golf Course.
Friday, August 29th
9:30 \.M. Band Concerts at Court Mouse
10:30 \. M. Free Acts at Court House Square.
1 :<ki I'. M.-2:u<) I'. M . Band Concerts at Court
I louse Square.
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What Is IT?
You will never want it
until you need it.
You never know when you WILL need it.
When you do you will need it bad.
Get it now and have it when you need it.
A FRIEND in need is a FRIEND indeed.
GORDON B. KAZAR. Mgr.
CHICAGO MOTOR CLUB
MEMBERSHIP SERVICE INSURANCE
222 W. Jefferson Bloomington, 111.
Lowest Prices On
504-06 N. MAIN ST.
B E I C H
McLean County Founded.
Business now known as Paul F.
BEICH COMPANY established.
PAUL F. BEICH COMPANY in-
Seventy-five years of candy manu-
facturing and merchandising, for
PAUL F. BEICH COMPANY and
Seventy-six years for PAUL F.
BEICH COMPANY and One Hun-
dred years for McLean County.
Are fresh candies, being made in
two modern daylight sanitary plants,
located at Bloomington and Chicago.
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2 P. M.-3 :00P.M. Free \. is at Court
I [i mse Square.
3:00 P. M S 00 P. M. Air Derby at Blooming-
5:30P.M. Free \>t> and Music at Court
I louse Square.
7:00P.M. Grand Parade of Industrial. Com
mercial, Club, Fraternal and Civic
< li ganizatii >ns.
8:30 P. M. McLean Count) Historical Pag
eant of Progress at Highland
Park Municipal Golf Course.
Saturday, August 30th
9:00 \ M. Concert at Lake Bloomington.
10:00 \..M. Free Acts at Lake Bloomington.
11:00 V M. Motor Boat Races at Lake Bloom-
12 o'clock— Dinner at Lake Bloomington.
1 :i«i P. M. Foi mal I ledication of Lake Bloom-
2:00P.M. Concert al Lake Bloomington.
3:00P.M. Boat Racing at Lake Bloomington.
5:30 P. M. Daj Fireworks at Miller Park.
6:00 P. M. Supper at Miller Lark.
7:00P.M. Concert at Miller Lark.
8:30P.M. Nighl Fireworks at Miller Lark.
9:30 P. M. Concert at Miller Park.
10:00P.M. Dance— Court House Square.
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Not One Hundred Years Old Hut"
Still mm tmrou*inu with Hloominutonr"'
64 YEARS IIO COUNT!
.... in the buying confidence of the public which
help us celebrate this "Centennial of McLean
County" and the continued growth of Blooming-
t< m's i ildest st< ire.
But 64 years makes no difference t'> us We
surge forward into our 65th year with the same
enthusiasm that we would enter a new era
Knowing that continued public confidence depends
only upon our ability to meel your modern and
ever varied demands —
This Has Always Been Our Aim
One of the First Meadows Washers
The Meadows Manufacturing Company
Thirty-one years ago near the little town
of Meadows,' McLean County, Illinois,
John Rocke conceived the idea of building
a mechanical device which would elevate
grain and corn into the crib, thus supplant-
in- the old, slow and laborious method of
scooping. He put his ideas into practical
shape, and made his first grain elevator,
using it on his own farm. This first grain
elevator proved to he quite a sensation.
Mr. Rocke's neighbors were struck with
the convenience and practical value of such
a machine, and besieged him with requests
thai he build duplicates for them. Farmers
from every section traveled many miles to
see one of the first grain elevators work.
Thus encouraged, Mr. Rocke started in
the business of building grain elevators,
ami improved on his original invention.
The continued demand for these elevators
grew very rapidly, outgrowing five fac-
tories before the present plant at Bloomington. Illinois, was built in 1920.
In 1903 the name "Meadows" was adopted as a trade mark and the company took on the
development of other ingenious devices. The first of these was the Meadows power wash-
ing machine which was the first power washing machine equipped with a power driven
wringer arranged so that it was of the
moving, reversible type. This was an orig-
inal pioneer invention in the washing ma-
chine industry, and controlling patents on
this device were obtained.
Since the original invention on the
wringer was conceived and patented, the
Meadows Company has been continuouslv
active in the development and improvement
of its washing machines. All other lines of
manufacture have been discontinued. Over
fifty patents have been issued to the c<>m-
pany, mainly through the inventive genius
of its founder. Mr. John Rocke.
In the upper left hand corner is a repro-
duction of one of the original washing ma-
chines manufactured by The Meadows
Manufacturing Company. In the lower
right hand corner is a picture showing the
latest Meadows Model V Select-a-Speed
washer, which represents today the highest
development in the washing machine in-
Meadows washers are distributed
throughout the United States and Canada,
and in many foreign countries, where they
are recognized as of the highest quality and
in the front rank of the industry.
The Latest Type— Meadows Select-A-Speed
"World's Finest Washer"
BIG ANNUAL PICNIC
for ALL FARM FAMILIES IN McLEAN COUNTY
FARM BUREAU and HOME BU REAU
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 1930
MIL LER PARK-BLOOMINGT ON
Come to the Season's Big Event
ALL DAY PROGRAM
9:30 — Baseball, McLean County vs. Livingston
County. Bloomington III ball park, South
Basket dinner at Miller Park.
12:00 to 1:30 — Band concert by Bloomington
1 :30 — Vocal solo and community sing, led by
Harold D. Saurer.
1 :45 — Address, Chas. A. Ewing, Pres. National
Livestock Marketing Assn.
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McLean County grandads
looked like this — -
no finer quality was known to the in-
dustry than was found in
"THE TIRE MAX"
210-212 W. Eront St. Phone 835
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A wonderful combination
LITTLE GIANT Chainless Bucket Elevator
Ventilated Concrete Stave
Also Little Qiant Galvanized Steel
PORTABLE ELEVATOR MFG. CO.
In Business Here 3 o Years
THE FIRST I'l.i »\\
Charles Newbold of Burlington, New Jersey,
took out the first U. S. patent on a plow made of
iron in 1797, Farmers said the iron would poison
the soil Vlthough he showed splendid fields
of grain grown on land he had plowed, and spent
.SSm.(KK) in hi-. (-(Torts— he finally gave up in disgust.
GRAIN HEADER USED IX V D. 70
Pliny describes :i grain header used A. D. 70 bj
the barbarians of Gaul — a two-wheeled, box-bod)
cart fitted with a sharp knife on the front end. It
was pushed through the field by an "x. the operator
walking beside the cart, striking the grain over the
knife with a stick. The heads fell into the box and
the straw was left standing for cattle to graze upon.
CORN FIRST GROUND IN A. D. 79
In the time of Pompeii (A. D. 7 C >) corn was
ground by revolving one heavy stone upon an-
other, the power for doing the work being supplied
by the toil-strained muscles of slaves chained to the
apparatus. Today flour is manufactured l>v a simi-
lar process of grinding, but tireless, efficient, me-
chanical power i- used ami the slave is free!
I l 'T'l'i IN GIN INVENTED IN 1792
Eli Whitney, a farm boj from Westborough,
Mass.. invented the cotton gin in 17 c '_' while visit-
ing a plantation in Georgia. At that time the
United States produced 189,316 pounds of cotton
annually. Toda) production amount- to .,
billion pounds. . . . Whitney's invention undoubt-
edlj did more to increase the nation's production
of cotton than any other single factor.
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112-114 MAIN ST.
Newly Remodeled and Stocked with
New Fall Clothing
Radio and Electric
The Home of Dependable Household Appliances
Electric Wiring — Fixtures — Lamps
Electric Appliances — Radios — Supplies
107 E. Front St.
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One cannot do very much.
We can solve the larger problems.
The Farm Bureau is the largest general
farm organization in the country. It
elects its own officers and shapes its
The Farm Bureau is an organization of
farm people grouped together to ac-
complish collectively what cannot be
©| Co-operation <JVlakes Strength fs
McLEAN COUNTY SERVICE
FARM BUREAU SUBSIDIARY OIL COMPANY
"RAT? A/f W OWNED AND
QUALITY Our FIRST CONSIDERATION
Tetroleum Products at Cos! to Members
McLEAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU
CORNER MONROE AND CENTER STREETS
Subsidiaries of Farm Bureau:
McLEAN COUNTY MILK PRODUCERS ASSN.—FARMERS MARKET.
McLEAN COUNTY PRODUCE MARKETING ASSN. — INSURANCE DEPARTMENT.
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McLEAN I I lUNTY FARM BURE VI
The McLean Count) Farm Bureau is an organi-
zation of farmers banded togethei for the purposi
of promoting more successful agricultural methods
and for the purpose of helping to place the agri-
cultural industry on the plane of importance which
it deserves among other industries. It is organized
for the purpose of doing things collectively that
cannot be done individually. The members of the
organization an- leading farmers in their communi-
ties who arc striving to do their work more effi-
ciently than in the pa-t I >y studying heller agricul-
tural business methods. They believe thai it is just
as important to save a dollar in cost of production,
through the use of better methods, a* in getting a
dollar more on the sale of a product.
I I ISTilNY
'['In McLean County harm Bureau was organ-
ized fourteen years ago. April 1, 1915, and is now
in it- fifteenth year of work and service and. judg-
ing from the response and interest of the members
in the membership renewal campaign which was
conducted last fall, is in a strong and thriving con-
dition. The membership renewal campaign was
conducted almost entirely by local men and our
membership at the present tune represents over
17(H) leading farmers in McLean County.
The McLean Count) Farm Bureau is a member
of the Illinois Agricultural Association, which was
organized for the purpose of assisting to solve
problems too large for a county organization. The
state organization is in turn federated with forty-
five other state farm bureaus which comprise the
American Farm Bureau Federation with over
1.5(10,000 members in the United States. I )ur Illi-
nois \gricultural Association is conceded to be the
strongest and most influential state organization in
the United States. It has seventeen different serv-
ice departments set up to serve its members along
the following lines: legislation, taxation, collection
of claims, transportation and railroad rates, dair)
marketing, grain marketing, livestock marketing.
produce and cream marketing, fruit and vegetable
marketing, a full line of reliable insurance at cost.
co-operative auditing, serum purchasing, gas and
petroleum products, limestone and phosphate, or-
ganization, and information.
Local < Organization
The organizaiton is financed through membership
due- of $15.00 per vcar. $5.00 of which goes to the
Illinois Agricultural .Association as dues to that or-
ganization and 50 cents of which goes to the Amer-
ican Farm Bureau Federation as dues. The local
organization is governed b) an executive hoard con-
sisting of ten men who meet monthly and look after
the detailed business affairs of the organization
Each township is represented by a director, whose
official name is "governor." The governor is a leg-
islative officer for the members of the township and
he attends meetings with other governors and casts
a vote for the members of his unit.
The activities of the organization are outlined at
the beginning of each year in the form of a pro-
ed program of work, setting forth the majoi
projects, the minor projects and the service proj-
ects, or, in other words, the activities to be accom
plished. Most of the results of our organization's
program ol work are accomplished through demon-
stration meetings conducted by the farm advisers.
The organization caters entire!) to it- members and
because of its wide program of work and varied in-
terests the McLean ( ounty harm Bureau has some-
thing of interest and value for ever) farmer in tin
county and can render service of sufficient value to
warrant every farmer belonging to the only farm-
ers' organization representing his interest to the
What The F vrm Bi read Is
The Farm Bureau is a cooperative association. It
has for it- object the well-being of agriculture eco-
nomically, educationally and socially. Its member-
ship i- composed of those directly or indirectly con-
nected with farms and farming who have paid their
harm Bureau membership fees in support of Farm
Its purpose is to assist in making the farm busi-
ness more profitable, the farm home more comfort-
able and attractive and the community a better
place in which to live. Besides co-operating with
the agricultural, educational and other agencies of
the county, State and nation, it also provides an or-
ganization of farmers through which they may
render for themselves man) lines of harm Bureau
service, including legislation, taxation, transporta-
tion, good roads, group insurance, auditing, rela-
tionship between public utilities and farmers, aid to
co-operative marketing and purchasing group-, and
main other lines of service to the members.
It brings to the federal department of agriculture
and the agricultural college the farmer's viewpoint
and likewise serves as an agenc) through which the
services of these and other great public institutions
can be made readily available to the people. It
serves to develop and popularize the best known
practices in agriculture and home economics.
The Farm Bureau is a non-partisan, non-secret
organization representing the whole farm popula-
tion, men. women and children. As the organiza-
tion has developed, the need and ini|>nrtance of the
more active participation of women as well as men
in every phase of Farm Bureau work has grown.
The harm Bureau is for the purpose of bringing
to the entire rural population, in the freest possible
manner, all of the latest information from public
sources, as well as affording an organized channel
through which the farmers may attempt other serv-
ice projects of their own.
In structure the harm Bureau is built upon a fed-
eration of local, county and state Farm Bureaus, all
federated under the American Farm Bureau Fed-
eration. In many respects the Farm Bureau may
be likened to the Chamber of Commerce, except
that it serves agriculture primarily — having its
roots in the country — whereas the Chamber of
Commerce serves primarily the interests of com-
merce with it- opening centers in the towns and
The Farm Bureau is the largest general farm
organization in the country. It elect- it- own
officers and shapes its own policies.
The national organization i- entering it- eleventh
year. Some of the fort) five state harm Bureau
Federations that go to make up the national fed-
eration have been formed considerably longer.
The earliest of the 1,800 County Farm Bureaus
were -et up as far back as 1911. Mam new com
munity and township harm Bureaus are added each
year until there are now over IJJXhi throughout
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A McLEAN COUNTY INSTITUTION
That is Klational in Scope of Service
State Farm Insurance
Will Continue to ^Protect and Serve you and Succeeding Generations
THROUGH THE CENTURIES TO COME
Home Office Building Owned
and Occupied Exclusively
STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES
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