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Yesteryears of Windsor" 

August 26 - September 1 

The Story of Windsor 
1856 -WINDSOR, ILLINOIS - 1956 

Windsor Centennial Souvenir Historical Book 



To the memory of those early pioneers who braved the perils 
of an unsettled wilderness, the bitter cold winters and the hot 
summers to bring to us a city and a community of which we can 
be proud. To those who have broughl spiritual guidance and 
education. To those who in later years have given of themselves 
unselfishly and untiringly to help in the growth and development 
of our community. To those who have served in our armed forces 
in time of war to maintain our American heritage. To our past 
and present city officials and members of our volunteer fire de- 
partment. To all those who have lived here, who live here now. 
and those who will live here in the future and have said, and will 
say, proudly, "Windsor is my home town." To these wonderful 
people we dedicate this history. 

Western Union Telegram 

The White House, 
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Charles E. Wall 

Chairman Windsor Centennial Committee, 

Windsor Fair Ass'n., Inc., Windsor, 111. 

To the citizens of Windsor, Illinois, Greetings as you cele- 
brate your first hundred years in the "Land of Lincoln.' 

Perhaps some of your forefathers heard Abraham Lincoln 
speak exactly one hundred years ago a few miles northeast of 
Windsor. Lincoln said then that America's welfare was not a 
sectional concern but the concern of the whole land. So now we 
say we all have a stake in the Land of Lincoln and we are proud 

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1856 . . A History of the City of Windsor . . 1956 

The territory in which Windsor 

is located was, like most of the 
Other areas in Illinois inhabited 
by Indians in the early days. They 
wire of three separate tribe.-, the 
Kickapoos, Pottawatomies and Del- 
The Kickapoos were the 
largest group. The last Indian chief 
in this area was called "Turkey." 
These Indians were friendly and 
mingled with the whites causing 
no trouble. 

The last camp near Windsor was 
in Ash Grove Township- in the 
winter of 1826 and 1S27. It was a 
large camp of 90 or 100 lodge-. 
This camp was a lively place on 
Sunday when they indulged in 
athletics. The white people would 
come from a distance and watch 
them run races, jump and run 
horse races. There were some ex- 
pert shooters among them and they 
would have shooting contests. 

There were some Indians in 
Windsor Township and also in 
Richland Township about this same 
time. Mrs. Anna Weeger, wife of 
John Weeger, gave birth to twin 
girls named Julia Ann and Jane 
on July 4, 1826. The neighboring 
Indians made a double papoose 
cradle for these twins. 

Early County History 

In 1827 the Illinois State Legis- 
lature in session at the Capitol in 
Vandalia, passed an act entitled, 
"An act creating the Countv of 
Shelby and appointing commission- 
ers to select a seat of justice." 
Shelbyville was selected. The first 
County officers were: William Wil- 
liamson, Sheriff; Isaac Martin, 
Coroner; John Whitley, Levi Casey 
and William Weger, Commission- 
ers; Joseph Oliver was appointed 
County Clerk and William Wil- 
liamson, the Sheriff was appointed 
County Surveyor and laid out the 
County Seat. 

Early Justice 

John Spalding on September 16, 
1828, was found guilty of larceny 
and his punishment was placed at 
39 lashes on his bare back and a 
fine of $2.71, this amount being 
one half of the value of the goods 
he had stolen. He was also im- 
prisoned for 3 days. 

The sentence of the court was 
carried out, and the prisoner was 
publicly whipped in accordance 
with the terms of the verdict. 

The first murder trial was on 
April 13, 1830. The defendant made 
his appearance in court and made 
a plea of not guilty. The petit 
jury had been discharged so a new 

states jury was ordered to be sum- 
moned, to wit;- Isaac Martin, 
James A. Baker, David Hinton, 
James Ledbetter, Barnet Bone, 
William Bone, John Hill. John 
Richardson, Isaac Rentfro and 
Bennet Robinson. Who being duly 
sworn to try the issue joined upon 
the oaths, do say, that we the jury, 
find the defendant not guilty. 
Therefor it is considered by the 
court now here, that the defendant 
be discharged, and go hence with- 
out delay. The defendant was Benj. 

In the May term of court in 1842, 
an important criminal case came 
up for trial. It was the case of the 
people vs. Robert Sellers. Sellers 
was indicted for killing James 
Rodman; he was found guilty of 
murder in the first degree, and 
sentenced to be hanged. The fol- 
lowing is in his sentence as copied 
from the record. "That the defen- 
dent, Robert Sellers, be again re- 
manded to jail, there to remain 
until Tuesday, the 21st. of June 
next, when he shall be taken to 
the place of execution, and there 
between the hours of ten o'clock 
in the forenoon and two o'clock of 
the afternoon of that day he be 
hanged by the neck until he is 
dead." By the manipulations of 
his attorneys he succeeded in get- 
ting a new trial, and on this trial 
plead guilty of manslaughter. He 
was sentenced for eight years to 
hard labor in the penitentiary, 
where he served his time. On his 
release he returned to Shelby 
County, but was soon afterwards 
thrown from a horse and killed. 

First Naturalization 

At the May term of court, A.D. 
1847 Soloman Stilgebauer applied 
for naturalization. Hi filed his dec- 
laration and took the oath of al- 
legiance and renounced all alle- 
giance to every foreign prince, po- 
tentate, state and sovereignty 
whatever, and particularly to the 
King of Bavaria, in Germany. 

He was admitted to all the 
rights, privileges and immunities 
of a citizen of the United States 
of America. 

Early Settlers 

David Elliot) was perhaps the 
first settler in Richland Township. 
He located there in 1825 an 
had a horse mill and still house. 
His brother Jacob Elliott can 
1826 but left soon after ami 
in Holland Township. William 
Weeger and his son John and 
their families also came to Rich- 

land in 182ti. 

In the fall of 1826 John Cochran 
\.ith his three sons-in-law, John, 
Daniel and William Price, settled 
in Ash Grove Township in what 
was later called Cochran's Grove. 
Other early pioneers in Ash Grove 
were: John Frazer, Robert Tem- 
pleton, Joseph Dixon, Robert Ran- 
kin, Daniel Green, John Bolin and 
John Storm. 

John and James Renshaw two 
enterprising men came to Shelby 
County in 1825 with a drove of 
hogs from White County, Illinois. 
They were so pleased with the 
country that they settled in Rich- 
land Township the next year. They 
started with 150 hogs and wolves 
killed 75. 

Benjamin Walden a native of 
North Carolina came to Shelby 
County in 1827 and settled in the 
north part of Richland Township. 
His son Hugh Walden came and 
settled near his father the same 

Other early settlers in Richland 
Township were John Richardson. 
John Cox, Bolen Reems, Obadiah 
Wade, Joseph Robinson and James 
Rather all of whom came in 1827. 
William Childers and David For- 
tenberry settled there in 1828. 
George Parks and James Poe came 
to Richland in 1830. 

Whitley Township was the first 
settled part of Moultrie County. 
John Whitley and family and his 
son-in-law Samuel Lindley came in 
the fall of 1826. They were natives 
of Maryland. The Whitleys were 
a large family and had eight or 
nine children, six of whom were 
boys all being married but one 
when they came to Whitley Creek. 
They built a crude horse mill which 
was the first in the township. Wm. 
Price came in 1827 or 1828 and 
married one of the Whitley girls. 
Hal McDaniel and two brothers 
Samuel and Jonathan Anderson 
came from Tennessee about the 
same time as Wm. Price. These 
people mentioned here-to-fore were 
transients and remained only 2 or 
3 years. Isaac Waggoner was a 
native of South Carolina and ser- 
ved three years in the Revolution- 
ary War. He came to Whitley in 
1828. He had four sons and two 

Harrison Smith came from 
North Carolina with the Waggon- 
ers in 1828. He also had a large 
family. Wright Little and William 
Walker came in 1830 as did Gideon 
Edwards and his brother John, and 
Isham and Jeduthun Hardy. They 


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all came from Kentucky. Samuel 
Hughes, a blacksmith, came in 
1830. He made rifles as well as 
doing- thi? smithing for his neigh- 
bors. John Hannon, Isaac Renfro 
and Joseph Henricks all came the 
same year 1830. 

The first settlers in Windsor 
Township were Elias Carr and 
Isaac Corbin. They settled on a 
branch of Sand Creek in 1826. This 
branch was called Carr's Creek. 
The place where they settled was 
in section 28 near where Sulphur 
Springs Church was later built. 
Early in 1827 Benjamin Moberley 
built a log cabin on the south side 
of Sand Creek in section 26. This 
was about two miles northwest of 
Windsor. Isaac Sherlv a brother-in- 
law of Mr. Moberley came with 
him from Kentucky. They brought 
with them a load of salt, and part 
of a barrel of whiskey, for which 
they found a ready sale. 

Joseph Baker came in 1827. 
Daniel Turrentine came in 1828 
and settled at the head of the 
north prong of Sand Creek and 
lived there his entire life time. 

Daniel Davis was another of the 
early settlers. He was a black- 
smith and although not an expert 
at the trade, he could do repair- 
ing and was considered a useful 
citizen. He sometimes preached' 
to the early settlers. 

Benjamin Bruce settled west of 
Sulphur Spring in 1829. He was 
married twice and raised a family 
of twelve children. 

Col. Peter Warren a native of 
Virginia came from Tennessee in 
1830. He raised a family of 15 
children. He was a militia colonel 
in Tennessee before he came to 
Illinois, and was a militia general 
in this state. He was Captain of 
a company in the Black Hawk 
war. He represented this district 
in the State Senate for a number 
of years. 

Alfred Wallis and Daniel Tull 
came in 1829 and David Robinson 
in 1830. The homes in which these 
early settlers lived were all built 
of logs. 

Judge William Williamson a 
native of North Carolina came to 
Shelby County in 1825 and moved 
near the head of Carr's Creek in 
1830. He was elected the first 
sheriff of Shelby County and filled 
the office two terms. He was First 
Lieutenant in Captain Price's com- 
pany in the Black Hawk war. He 
was the first Shelby County Sur- 
veyor and filled the office of Coun- 
ty Judge for some time. He after- 
wards represented this District in 
both houses of the State Legis- 

Assessed Valuation 

Total assessed valuation of all 
personal property in Shelby Coun- 

ty in 1859 was $1,141,649.00 The 
largest item in the list is domestic 
animals valued at $430,055.00. 
There were 12 pianos valued at 

Clothing Worn By 
Early Settlers 

The early settlers wore home- 
spun clothes. The men and boys 
wore jeans and linsey woolsey 
shirts. Women wore dresses made 
of linsey-woolsey. In the winter 
buckskin clothing was worn. 

The earliest Postoffice in this 
area was Cochran's Grove which 
was established in 1831 or 1832. 
John Price was the first Post- 
master, the office being in his 
home. The mail was carried from 
Paris to Vandalia by way of Shel- 
byville over what was known as 
the Old State Road. James Poe 
and Jesse Evans kept the office 
for a number of years. The last 
Postmaster at the Grove was 
James Cochran who held the office 
for fifteen years. 

Amusements and Parties 

Log-rollings and barn-raisings 
were times for community get- 
togethers and were enjoyed by 

Husking bees were among the 
■most enjoyable parties. Whole 
neighborhoods were invited, and 
corn was piled on the floor in two 
equal piles. Captains were chosen 
and they chose their helpers. The 
object was to see which group 
could shuck their pile first. When 
a red ear was found by a man he 
was entitled to a kiss from the 
girls. This caused a lot of fun. 
These husking bees usually ended 
in a dance. One fiddler furnished 
ill! the music. The fun lasted all 
night sometimes. 

Every man had a rifle, and he 
kept it in good order. Each one 
had his flints and bullet molds. A 
screwdriver, awl, butcher knife 
and tomahawk were fastened to 
his shot-pouch strap or to a belt 
around his waist. Target shooting 
was an enjoyable pastime. Jump- 
ing and wrestling were great sports 
and the best jumpers and the best 
wrestlers were considered men of 
notoriety. Many timesi if a dispute 
arose it was settled by a list fight 
and no one thought of using other 
weapons than his fists. They held 
no grudges after the fights because 
this was considered unmanly. 

When the railroad was built 
and Windsor established the Coch- 
ran' Grove Postoffice was dis- 
continued. Cochran's Grove Post- 
office was quite a distributing 
office. The following offices in this 
part of the County received their 
mail from this point: Hood, Sand 
Creek, Whitley's Point and Big 

Spring. Hood was in the southern 
part of Ash Grove Township. It 
was established about 1854 with 
Aaron Hood as Postmaster. This 
office was discontinued at the 
same time the Cochran's Grove 
office was. Sand Creek or Quigley 
as we know it now was located 
about 9 miles northwest of Wind- 
sor. This office was discontinued 
about 53 years ago when the rural 
routes were established. Whitley's 
Point was northeast of Gays in 
Section 12 of Whitley Township. 
This office was established at an 
early date in Daniel Ellington's 
store, Mr. Ellington being the first 
Postmaster. The mail was received 
and dispatched only once a week, 
on Saturdays. This office was dis- 
continued when the railroad was 
built in 1855, and was moved to 
Gays, then called Summit. It was 
named Summit by the Railroad 
officials, it being the highest point 
on the railroad between St. Louis 
and Terre Haute. 

Windsor, Illinois was first called 
Illiopolis, but was later changed 
when it was discovered there was 
already a town by that name in 
the state. 

1856— Last year of Franklin 
Pierce as President, James Bu- 
chanan being elected President in 
November, 1856. This was the year 
the Republican party nominated 
a candidate John C. Freemont for 
the first time. The electoral vote 
was: Buchanan 174 — Freemont 114. 
Their first slogan was: Freemont, 
free soil and victory. 

Joel A. Matteson was Governor 
of the State of Illinois. The Illi- 
nois Central Railroad had already 
been built from Chicago to Cairo. 

In 1853 the Terre Haute, Alton 
and St. Louis Railroad now called 
the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago 
and St. Louis and nicknamed the 
Big Four began to build it's line 
from Terre Haute west to Shelby- 
ville and from Alton east to Shel- 
hyville. Work was slow in those 
days and not much progress was 
made the first year, only a few 
grades being put in. By 1855, 
track was laid within one mile of 
the future city of Windsor. Early 
in 1856 the railroad was completed, 
the east and west building crews 
meeting at Shelbyville and joining 
the tracks. Trains then started to 

Barnes, Phelps and Mattoon was 
the name of the construction firm 
that built the railroad. All work 
was sublet, Harrison Messer of 
Ash Grove laid the ties and rails 
from Terre Haute to Shelbyville. 
He was one of the men who helped 
to lay out the city of Mattoon. He 
was connected with the railroad 
as fuel agent until 1860. He was 
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his death in 1864 owned 14,000 
acres of land in Ash Grove Town- 

P. C. Huggins of Bunker Hill, 
Illinois and Simeon Ryder of Alton, 
Illinois, purchased and laid out 
several sites along the route of 
the new railroad and four of these 
towns were Windsor, Tower Hill 
Gays and Pana. 

First Buildings In Windsor 

In 1856 Johnathan D. Bruce of 
Sand Creek ordered the frame for 
an 18x36 foot structure from David 
M. Robinson and built a hotel. 
This building was on the northwest 
corner of Virginia Avenue and 
Oak Street, On March 31, 1856, 
Bruce and his family moved into 
the building and became Wind- 
sor's first citizens. The roof was 
only about half on and the doors 
were not hung. 

The railroad was installing a 
switch at the time and Mr. Bruce 
put up ten men and the first night 
he was in business. They were no 
doubt grateful for their lodging 
because there was a fourteen inch 
snow on the ground. That year 
there was no rain in Windsor from 
April 1 to July 3. 

Mr. Bruce first called his hotel 
the Wilson Illiopolis but soon 
changed the name to Windsor 
House. He charged $2.50 a week 
for board and room and for three 
years did a thriving business. 

In 1858 while waging his cam- 
paign against Stephen A. Douglas, 
for United States Senator, Abra- 
ham Lincoln spent the night at 
Windsor House and held Mr. 
Bruce's small daughter Belle on 
his lap while her mother prepared 
his breakfast. It was the 1858 
campaign that set Lincoln on his 
way to the White House and in 
1860 the little girl who later be- 
came Mrs. George Garvin was 
able to boast that she had been 
held by the President of the United 
Itates. The first residence was 
built by Dr. Jesse York on the 
noitheast corner of Oak Street 
and Broadway. It is still standing. 
Thomas Kenny, who came with 
the railroad and helped work on it 
built the second house in Windsor. 
It was located on the north side 
(f K>ntl cky Avenue between Maple 
and Elm Streets. Mr. Kenny 
boarded railroad hands and his 
place was called "The Boarding 

The next building was a store 
building erected by Marsh Wallace 
who opened a saloon. 

I.. H. Keller then hired William 
rnd Joe Tull to build a store build- 
ing for him on the northeast corner 
of Virginia Avenue and Pine Street 
just east of J. D. Bruce's Windsor 

Sou e. .Mr. Keller moved in from 
the old stage road in Ash Gro 1 
on June 1, 1856 and started a Gen- 
eral Store. He bought wool for 
cash, and his store being the larg- 
est in this area, drew trade from as 
far as twenty-five miles. Alexander 
Rose was his first clerk and made 
his first sale from a barrel of New 
Orleans sugar while the goods were 
being taken into the si »re. He was 
heard to remark several times that 
he sold the first dry goods in town 
and Wat Wallace sold the first wet 

In 1856 James Hilsabeck and 
Dudley Smith of Shelbyville built 
the third store building on the 
northwest corner of Virginia Ave- 
nue and Oak Street. Hilsabeck con- 
ducted a store until the middle 70's 
when he moved his stock to the new 
town of Stewardson. 

The fourth store was erected by 
John L. Templeton and his nephew 
William A. Cochran on the south- 
east corner of Kentucky Avenue 
and Pine Street. In 1862 Charles 
Voris (of whom we shall hear more 
later) son-in-law of John L. Tem- 
pleton entered the business. 
Charles Voris came to Windsor 
February 13, 1860 as a represent- 
ative of the E & I Jennings Grain 
Company and married Mary Jane 
Templeton on November 6, 1860. 

Jonathan D. Bruce was the first 
postmaster and Alexander Rose 
was the second. 

Dr. Jesse York was the first 
doctor. He was a distinguished 
figure. He was both cultured and 
progressive and had a taste for 
fine living that not many of the 
townspeople possessed. His library 
was one of the best selected and 
finest bound in the county. Mr 
York was the first man in Windsor 
to keep ice. He bought the instru- 
ments for the first brass band in 
Windsor. He was the first member 
of the band and played the drum. 
E. D. (Dandy) Tull was one of the 
members and in later years was 
the leader. Dr. York did much to- 
ward building the First Christian 
Church and on one of his many 
trips he purchased for its steeple 
a fine weather vane decorated with 
a large golden fish. In those days 
the various Church organizations 
were highly prejudiced against 
each other and so many people 

joked about the fish being extreme- 
ly appropri ite because it took so 
much water for the Campbellites 
that in anger and chagrin the good 
Doctor York took it down. Worn 
out by the hardships of his profes- 
sion, Doctor York died in about 
1867 at the age of 38. It has been 

said that he liter illy gave his HI'' 
for his patients. In his will he left 
the Christian Church $1000, the in- 
terest from which was to go to- 
ward the upkeep of the building. 

His brother Dr. Eli York came 
in 1858. Dr. H. H. Aldridge came 
shortly afterward. Dr. Brunk came 
to Windsor in 1857. He was born in 
Grayson Co. Kentucky, October 17, 
L82B and attended country schools. 
He attended one term at Cumber- 
land College, Princeton, Ky. Stud- 
ied .nedicine under Dr. R. B. Eng- 
lish of Hardin Co., Ky., attended 
Louisville Medical College, Louis- 
ville, Ky., and attended Rush Med- 
ical College from which he was 
graduated. He located first at 
Springville, Illinois later called 
Lerna. Moved to Windsor in 1857 
and practiced until 1905. He died 
January 1, 1919 aged 93. Another 
Doctor was Dr. W. H. Dubler and 
he probably came sometime during 
1860. He served in the Union 
army and is buried in Windsor 
Cemetery. A Dr. Waite was the 
first Dentist and came to Windsor 
in the 1860's. Dr. W. H. Woolard 
and Dr. E. M. Scott were dentists 
from the SO's on for many years. 
In 1857 John Kieth of Indianap- 
olis built a mill. He ran this mill 
until 1863 when it was sold to 
Shew Garvin of Shelbyville who 
ran it for years. This mill was lo- 
cated on Virginia Avenue on the 
south side of the street in the 200 
block. George Garvin recalls that 
the railroad had a big pond just 
east of the mill. They dug a well 
near Pine Street but the water 
foamed and could not be used in 
the engines. This pond ran about 
'., mile south. There was a dam 
ten feet high at the north end to 
hold the water. The railroad bridge 
that crossed it was over 40 feet 
long. Mr. Garvin said it was an 
ideal place for skating in the win- 
ter and swimming in the summer. 
The first depot was a block east 
ef the one now in use. It was where 
Pine Street intersects the railroad. 
In those early days the locomotives 
burned wood and were obligated 
to mike frequent stops to refuel. 
There were 2 loading platforms in 
Windsor. One on the east side of 
Chestnut Street next to the rail- 
road ami the other was on the east 
side of Pine Street next to the 
railroad. Dr. Jesse York supplied 
a'l wood for the railroad the first 
few years. The wood was hauleo 
into town in pole lengths and sawed 
into proper lengths by a tread- 
mill powered by horses, and stack- 
ed in long ricks along the tracks. 
Some was kept piled on the loading 
platform ready to be loaded on 
the trains. When the' trains stop- 
i ed to refuel passengers often got 
off and helped the trainmen load 
the wood. 

There was another building con- 
nected with the railroad. It was the 
roundhouse and was on the west 
side of Maple Street next to the 
railroad. There was also a large 
wter tank next to the round 

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The railroad first planned to 
establish their shops here but be- 
cause of the better location of 
Mattoon the shops were moved to 
Bfattoon. There was also trouble 

between the railroad employee; 
and the merchants that caused 
them to move. The railroad em- 
ployees owed Lee Keller and J. 
N. Jones, merchants and refused 
to pay. Regardless of threats and 
persuasion they declined to meet 
their debts, whereupon Keller and 
Jones got a constable, went to the 
loundhouse attached the engines, 
and staked them down. It is not 
known if the men paid but the 
railroad officials were deeply of- 

The first station agent was L. 

B. Perkins. L. C. Jackson then be 
came agent and served for many 

At this period of Windsor's his- 
tory a fence enclosed the railroad 
right of way, which was a block 
wide for about 4 or 5 blocks. In- 
side this enclosure the Irish labor- 
ers built crude board shacks to 
live in. They had come straight 
from Ireland and were very poor 
and generally quarrelsome. These 
shacks were built alongside of most 
of the new railroads in the country 
and these people were known all 
over the country as "The Shanty 

Alexander Rose had one of the 
first restaurants in Windsor and 
sold out to L. B. Perkins and Dr. 

C. H. Brunk for $17.00 and soon 
afterward started a drugstore. 

L. B\ Perkins was appointed 
postmaster in 1858 and made Dr. 
Brunk his deputy. L. B. Perkins 
died in 1860. 

Joanna Kenny was the first child 
born in Windsor and G. F. Bruce 
■was the second. 

Windsor in the late 1850's was 
a town emerging from the wilder- 
ness; a line of frame stores strag- 
gling along unbelievably muddy 
streets and a scattered handful of 
dwellings. Prairie chickens were 
everywhere and a man could shoot 
enough of them at the edge of town 
to supply his family. During this 
early period a man shot a deer on 
the site of the present Methodist 
Church. Windsor was alive and 
progressive even at this early date. 

The people of the com nunity 
-were intensely Southern in their 
s\ mpathies. 

This article is written just as it 
was printed in an early Windsor 

During the Civil War Windsor 
was one of the worst Rebel holes 
in the country. While troop trains 
took on fuel many of the soldiers 

alighted to have a look at the city. 

i ii i in .ailed such infui iatin.; 
insults after them that word of 
Windsor's hostility soon -plead 

and when troop trains stopped, the 

soldiers who walked the Streets 
often tired into windows of stores 
and dwellings. While the soldiers 
were in town many people made 

it a practice to lie flat en the floor. 
A number of rallies and speak- 
ings were held in Windsor by 

Southern sympathizers. On these 
occasions butterwood badges were 
freely distributed. Once thi 
Knights of the Golden Circle held 

Grand \ ssembly here, and - 

than 800 horsemen paraded down 
the street of the city. 

Many people either evaded the 
draft or hired substitutes. The eap- 
turi oi Windsor by Union troops 
lias been previously related. A 
number of Northerners living in 
t'nd about Windsor were ordered 
to leave the country on threat of 
lynching. Though some "neck-tie 
parties*' were actually formed, no 
lynchings ever occurred. 

On the second -floor of Kellers 
store was a hall, sometimes known 
as Keller and Greer's Hall, in 
which the young folks of the city 
held their dances. The hall was 
leached by an outside stairway and 
it was while standing on this stair- 
way that James Horn, an intense 
Southern sympathizer, was shot 
and killed during the bitterness 
of war days. 

In spite of Windsor's partisan 
ship for the Confederacy, a number 
of its boys fought for the Union 
cause. Mrs. H. J. Hamlin recalls 
how as a child she attended a din- 
ner given the soldiers. The boys 
of Windsor and adjacent commu- 
nities had assembled to meet the 
troop train that was to take them 
away. At noon the women spread 
r huge feast for them in one of 
the empty warehouses that stood 
near the railroad track. Garbed in 
long calico dresses and long aprons, 
they set out cakes and meats and 
relishes. As they worked they 
turned their heads aside and reach- 
ed for a corner of their faded 
aprons to wipe away the tears. 
After the banquet the troop train 
arrived. Many who waved goodbye 
from its windows never returnee'.. 

On February 4, 1860 an election 
was held for or against incorpora- 
tion the town of Windsor: 36 votes 
wore cast for incorporation and ! 

On February 18, 1860 an election 
for trustees of the town was held 
and the following men were elect- 
ed: L. H. Keller, President. Mr. II. 
II. Aldridge, William Wells and 
Dr. C. II. Brunk. 

(in March 24 the trustees met 
rnd Dr's Brunk and Aldridge of- 
fered their resignations. The other 


members of the board when faced 
with the loss of two of their best 
men acted with brilliant resource. 
An Entry made in the Clerk's book 
runs as follows: On motion C. H. 
Brunk and II. II. Aldridge were 
appointed trustees of Windsor to 
fill the vacancy occasioned by their 
m. Confronted with this 
action Dr's Brunk and Aldridge 
gracefully bowed to the inevitable. 

I,. B. Muchmorc was the first 
clerk; John II. Whitestone, Trea- 
surer; I. I). Bruce, Assessor and 
Collector and I). P. Henry, Street 
Superinti ndent. 

The- new tin lees ordered fence 
posts for hitching racks and pro- 
vided for the construction of wood- 
en side walks where they were 
needed. Whiskey license was set 
at $50.00 a year; and beer license 
at $25.00. It was made unlawful to 
deposit in the streets and alleys 
any wood rails, posts or lumber. 
Selling whiskey or playing cards 
on the Sabbath was forbidden, un- 
I'.er penalty of a $3.00 to $25.00 
fine. A $1.00 to $l(i.()() fine was im- 
posed for neglecting to tie teams 
hitched to wagons. 

In the early days of Windsor the 
town was overgrown with dog fen- 
nel and every yard had a wood pile. 
Live stock ran at large, waded in 
the pond which stood where the 
city park now is and ate hay from 
the farmers wagon beds and sleds. 

The city was constantly allowing 
bills for the burial of dead dogs, 
hogs, cows and horses. At one time 
14 dead hogs were buried in one 
day and shortly afterward train- 
men threw off six dead hogs near 
the depot. 

The City Council passed a dog 
ordinance that was a masterpiece. 
It allowed the head of every fam- 
ily to keep one clog free of charge. 
For a second dog in each family an 
annual license of $5.00 was charged 
and for the third and every other 
dog added the annual license was 

On February 16, 1865 Windsor 
was made a city under a special 
charter. On April 10, 1865 the 
following councilmen were elected. 
Benjamin H. Logan, President; 
Charles Voris, J. B. Hardy, J. D. 
Bruce and Thomas Gilpin, Landy 
Waters was Marshall, Williair. 
Caldwell, City Clerk, G. W. Logan, 
City Treasurer, J. N. Jones, Asses- 
sor, and William Templeton, Street 

The new Council set Whiskey 
License at $75.00 a year. It passed 
Sunday laws prohibiting anyone 
from playing ball, pitching quoits 
or selling any goads on the Sab- 
bath. It made liable to a fine of 
from $1.00 to $50.00 any one who 
indulged in: blowing trumpets, 
ringing bolls, beating drums, Hal- 
lowing, singing profane or obscene 
songs, shouting, setting fire to tar 

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barrels at night time, fighting or 
crying fire without cause. 

There apparently was much 
drunkenness and hilarity. To bear 
this out here are some entries from 
the dork's book dated November 
28, 1866: 

"Motion, Robert Haines be al- 
lowed $20.00 to satisfy misfortunes 
in discharging his official duties as 

"On motion Will Caldwell be ap- 
pointed to repair calaboose and put 
new luck on same." 

In June 1866, the city council 
passed an ordinance forbidding any 
trains to pass through the city at 
more than five miles an hour. The 
next month they raised the speed 
limit to six miles an hour. 
Following Is A List Of The Firms 
Doing Business During The 1860s 

Cochran & Templeton 

Henry Smyser-Jeff Arnott 

Lee Keller-York Weeger & Co. 

York and Ferguson 

Starr and Price 

Shem Garvin 

William H. Woolard & John 
H. Price 

James Greer 

Samuel Rankin 

Constine Mast 

Monroe Harmon 

Laughlin & Shaw 

John Van Zant-Archie Smith 

Jenkins Riggs-John McDaniel 

Joseph Garrett 

Joe and Fletcher Hardy 

Ring Photograph Gallery 

The Windsor House 

David Triune, Prop. 

Theodore Hill, Hotel 

Cottlow's Clothing Store 

Could find no record of barber- 

John Malone 

John B. Holmes 

James Willis 

B. Wagner 

Jacob Shaffer 

Thomas Leggitt 

Sam Warren 

Bruce, Voris & York 

Tom Cavins 

D. P. Henry-Postmaster 

Richard Bourne 

had soda fountain and drugs 

in Postoffice 
Patrick Berry, Foreman 

Michael Calt 

Paddy O'Connor 

Michael Jillegin 

John Duffy 
Patrick Murphy 

In 1869 General Bull opened the 
first lumber yard on the south side 
of Virginia Avenue and there has 
been a lumber yard there ever 
since. This was sold after a few- 
years in John Moberley and Hugh 
Smysor, his son-in-law. 

In 1872 Lyman A. and George 
F. Gould built the first elevator on 
the block of ground bordered by 
Kentucky Avenue, Oak Street, 
Chestnut Street and the C. C. C. & 
St. Louis Railroad. 

Several years later Wm. Fitz- 
water built the first bank in Wind- 
sor and sold out in 1873 to a man 
named Westby. 

In 1871 Bruce, Voris and Mid- 
dlesworth bought the remaining 
town site from Huggins and Ryder 
and laid OCt the Bruce, Voris and 
MiddlesWOrth addition tO Windsor. 
Since Windsor was laid out in the 
middle of the original town site 
the Brute, Voris and Middlesworth 
addition lies on all four sides of 
the city. Some of the streets in 
the addition are crooked and the 
story was later told that Voris, a 
tall thin man, stepped them off in 
one direction and Bruce a short 
man stepped them off in the other. 

Jonathan D. Bruce, during his 
life, was interested in two dry 
goods stores, a hotel, a bank, a 
real estate business, grain and 
stock trade, building and contract- 
ing, a tile kiln, a railroad and farm- 
ing and was at one time one of the 
lichest men in the county. 

From his tile kiln came the 
brick for three of the finest houses 
that were then in the county: the 
William Middlesworth house still 
standing about 4 miles west of 
Windsor, the F. B. Thompson and 
the J. D. Bruce house still stand- 
ing on the north edge of Windsor. 
At one time Bruce owned 5000 
acres of land. He was a deacon in 
the Christian Church for more than 
25 years. This earned him the nick- 
name of "Deacon" Bruce. He was 
very shrewd and loved a good joke. 
— The Wabash Railroad — 

On June 30, 1870 a special elec- 
tion was held in Windsor for the 
purpose of voting on the question 
of issuing $20,000.00 in railroad aid 
bonds for the Bloomington and 
Ohio River Railroad. Eighty votes 
were cast: Seventy-nine for and 
one against. The payment of these 
bonds later caused the city much 
trouble and litigation. The railroad 
was completed by April 1872. They 
had agreed to build their shops 
here but failed to keep their agree- 
ment. Both J. D. Bruce and Charles 
Voris were interested in this rail- 
road. Mr. Bruce was a director of 
the road and the Village of Bruce 
was named for him. The railroad 
did a good business for a number 
of years. As late as 1920 they ran 
'our trains daily. A passenger 
train and a freight went north 

each morning and returned south 
in the evening. Sometime along the 
line the railroad was sold to the 
Wabash Railroad Company who 
ran it until November L938 when 
it was torn up and ceased opera- 

The Windsor Hotel was erected 
at the junction of the two railroads 
in 1874 by Amos Walker & Co. 
J. D. Bruce was the contractor and 
Philhower and Snyder managed the 
hotel for several years. It has been 
in the hands of the Bowen family 
for several years and still run by 

In 1877 D. N. Haiwood built his 
hay barns in Windsor. He handled 
2000 tons of hay a year. J. II. Wal- 
lace bought the hay barn and ran 
it until his death. 

Carriage and wagon shop was 
run by McDaniel and Wallace. 

In 1869 a smallpox epidemic 
broke out in the shanties along the 
railroad. Almost everyone who con- 
tracted the disease died. The dead 
were taken from their houses by 
night and buried on the J. D. 
Bruce farm north of Windsor. Tull 
and Gilpin were the undertakers 
and the coffins were made by them. 

Social Life In 

The 1860's and 1870's 

Early public gatherings in Wind- 
sor were held in the depot which 
was usually decorated with bunting 
for the occasion. 

The righteous went to temper- 
ance meetings and to Church on 
Sunday. The rest of the town got 
drunk and went to the horse races. 
These were at their best on Satur- 
day and were held northwest of 
town on the west side of what is 
now State Route 32. 

Item from a September 8, 1870 
paper: "There is horse racing 
every Saturday afternoon. A race 
came off last Saturday for a bet 
of $10.00 and several other races 
came off on smaller bets." 

From November 3, 1870 paper. 
"There has been no horse racing 
for two weeks. A horse has been 
.stolen. The other day a drunken 
man attacked the marshall with e 
knife. The Marshall got a club and 
p..t him in the calaboose. A man 
from the country got drunk and 
tried to ride his horse into the bar 
room of the hotel. He, too, was 
put in the calaboose. 

June 27, 1870, paper: "There 
has been a fire and a murder with- 
in the last 3 days. Harmon's sa- 
loon burned. John Erwin was 
murdered by Constine Mast in the 
1 tter's saloi n." 

May 30, 1870: "There is much 
fighting and drunkenness. Ladies 
are obliged to walk in the middle 
of the street to avoid fights going 
on outside saloons. Men may be 
often seen lying full length on the 
sidewalk, dead drunk. There is 

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A. R. Smith H. G. Smith 

horse racing every Saturday after- 
noon and at that time much drink- 
ing and fighting occurs." 

Young people went to the river 
for all day parties and spent the 
time boat riding and fishing. On 
one occasion two young women 
fell overboard and George Voris 
dived in after them. In doing so 
he lost his slippers and had to go 
home barefooted. 

In 1872 Dr. Pickett enterprising 
farmer and a physician living a 
few miles northeast of Windsor 
purchased $2700.00 worth of ma- 
chinery to use in the processing of 

In the 1870's Led Baldwin ran a 
livery stable in Windsor. He had 
a matched team of grays and it 
was the ambition of all the young 
men in town to hire this team and 
a buggy to take his best girl for 
a ride. Baldwin's second choice 
was a bav and a sway backed 

In the late 70's and 80's Windsor 
had a brass band that once played 
for the Shelby County Fair. Play- 
ers were Jim Moberley, John Mob- 
erley, Wilbur Jones, Toni Tice, 
Charles Gilpin, Perry Jackson, 
Frank Riggs, Gus Flowers and 
Charles Starr. 

In the 1880's Windsor was de- 
veloping into a prosperous, thriv- 
ing little city. During this period 
it enjoyed its largest population. 
Records show that there were 1200 
inhabitants at that time and it was 
the second largest town in Shelby 
County. The sidewalks were wood- 
en and there were large wooden 
awnings over the walks. There 
were several chances for factories 
and other industries to be brought 
here but there seemed to be quite 
a bit of indifference to such proj- 
ects, and they were allowed to go 

Roy Bowen had a bottling plant 
in Windsor and was doing a fine 
business. He delivered pop to all 
the surrounding towns with a team 
and wagon. It was while working 
in this plant that his brother-in- 
law, Ed Cassell, was killed by the 
explosion of a bottle of pop A piece 
of glass cut his jugular vein. 

It was during 1901 that the 
wooden sidewalks and the wooden 
awnings were done away with and 
a nice brick walk was laid in the 
down town district. 

The Annual Harvest Picnic was 
started in 1895. The plans were 
started on July 18, 1895, when a 
meeting was held and the following 
committees were appointed: W. H. 
Shaw, Chairman; H. R. Moberley, 
secretary; N. L. Baxter and W. B. 
Moberley, solicitors; executive 
committee, George E. Duscomb, 
Sherman Haupt and J. H. Wallace; 
speakers committee; T. N. Henry 

and W. II. Shaw; balloon ascen- 
sion, L. Rogers. 

The picnic was held on August 
29, 1895, and was a great success. 
The Knights of Pythias Band of 
Sullivan, which was the best band 
in this area at that time, played 
concerts in the morning, afternoon 
and at night. The Big Four Male 
Chorus of Shelbyville sung during 
the day and there was speaking 
by the ministers of the town, the 
mayor, T. N. Henry, and Charles 

People came to town in their 
big wagons, brought the whole 
family, tied their horses to the 
wagons where they could eat hay, 
and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

Some bad looking clouds came 
up during the evening concert 
which scared some people into go- 
ing home, but it did not rain, and 
those who stayed were richly re- 
warded by the music of the band 
and glee club. 

Thus ,-tarted one of the many 
fine programs that has become an 
institution in Windsor. Harvest 
Picnics have been held regularly 
ever since with the exception of 
2 or :; years during World War II, 
when people had too much on their 
mind' to enter into such things as 

There were no carnivals in con- 
nection with the picnic until later 
years. At the first picnic there was 
a balloon ascension and a para- 
chute drop by Madame Kirkendall. 
This was the only entertainment 
besides music and speaking. In 
those days it did not take much to 
entertain people, but they wanted 
something worthwhile when they 
did have it. Foot races, bicycle 
races and ball games were held. 

In this same year the Storm 
family reunion was held for the 
first time. This also became a big 
annual event in the life of Windsor 
but in recent years they have not 
been held. The old time reunions 
were similar to the Harvest Pic- 
nic so far as entertainment was 
concerned. It consisted of music 
and speaking. 

In this same period the first 
telephones were put into use in 
Windsor and in December, 1897, a 
telephone line was run from Mat- 
toon to Windsor, and people were 
promised that they would soon be 
able to talk to Chicago. 

In 1897 the city well on the corn- 
er of Virginia Avenue and Pine 
Street was drilled. 

In 1896 many political rallies 
were held by both parties. Torch- 
light processions were held fre- 
quently and feeling ran very high. 
Ii was estimated that there were 
6900 people at the second Harvest 
Picnic in 1896. 
In 1895 there was an opera house 
—15 — 

in Windsor, and the fust show was 
"Falka" presented by The Andrews 
i i|n ,.-, ( |o ill- opera house had a 
capacity of 300. 


There have been several oil and 
gas booms in Windsor's history, 
but nothing of any value was ever 
found. Gas has been piped into 
several homes but it soon gave out. 

On April 5, 1900, Windsor suf- 
fered a disastrous fire, which 
caused $85,000.00 damage. All the 
buildings in the east half of the 
west block (200 block) on Virginia 
Avenue were destroyed. 

There were 25 telephones in 

On Sept. 13, 1900, there were 
LS freight cars of broom corn ship- 
ped out of Windsor on the Big 
Four railroad. 

On August 15, 1901, C. V. Wall 
brought a new Locomobile car 
through Windsor on his way home 
to Mattoon. This was a great treat 
for the folks here for some of them 
had never seen a car before. 

On June 26, 1902, The Mutual 
Telephone Co. was incorporated. 

On March 13, 1902, J. H. Wal- 
lace bought the hay business which 
was started when Windsor was 
young by the Harwoods. 

In 1903 four rural mail routes 
were started for Windsor. 

In August, 1904, a band was or- 
ganized by local men. Albert Storm 
was elected manager; George Tull, 
secretary; and P. G. Matzen, lead- 
er. Other members were Newt 
Whitlatch, Bruce Garvin, Ward 
Walden, Jasper Neal, Carl Thoma- 
son, Rolla Cox, Sam Bruce, Forrest 
Storm, Bert Lemons and Gail 

This band played together for 
about 12 or 15 years, some mem- 
I- i dropping out and others tak- 
ing their place. 

Charles Voris took a great in- 
terest in this band and each year 
at Thanksgiving he would treat 
the members, their wives and 
sweethearts to a turkey dinner at 
the Windsor Hotel. The members 
named the band "The Voris Reed 
Band" in his honor. 

The Goat Farm 

James A. Moberley took a large 
number of his Angora goats to the 
State fair at Springfield, Illinois, I tOOll most of the best prizes in 
their class year after year. 

This farm, fifty years after that 
time, is still known as the "Goat 

1904 was the year of the Worlds 
Fair at St. Louis celebrating the 
anniversary of The Louisiana Pur- 
chase. Each week daring the sum- 
mer 10 to 30 Windsor families 
made the trip to see the fair. The 

Centennial Queen Contestants 

The Centennial Queen contestants are shown in the above picture. They are, reading from 
left to right, as follows: 

Front row — Clinton Wall, general chairman of the Centennial; Marilyn England, Janis Voris, 
Phyllis Helton, Patsy Daubs, Jo Ann Lovins, Rosann Passalacqua, Margaret Stilabower, 
Genean Craig, Nancy Clawson, Susie Olson, and Mrs. Virgil Grabb, chairman of Queen 

Second row — June Twitty, Virginia Hughes, Bea Daubs, Betty Hyland, Mary Jo Wise, 
Barbara Griffin, Joyce Elliott, Nancy Jo Freemon, Linda Neal, Harlene Bence, Louise 
Williamson, Kay Walker. 

Back row — Phyllis Larrew, Marilyn Kelley, Ruth Neal, Esther Cress, Jenean Finley, Emma 
Carter, Alberta Roellig, Kay Reynolds, Georgia Miller, Rita Wall, Mary Louise Young, Rose- 
mary Siolas, Jean Siolas. 

Big Four railroad ran excursions 

each week and the fair being only 
a little over 100 miles away, nearly 
everybody took advantage of the 

In 1U06 there was talk of erect- 
ing an electric light plant in Wind- 
sor. A franchise was granted to 
Thos. Lefforge but for some rea- 
son nothing was done about it. 

In 1906 Wm. Jennings Bryan, 
candidate for President in 1896 and 
1900, bought a set of single driving 
harness from R. M. Tull, Windsor 
harness maker, [nice (25.00. Mr. 
Bryan and Mr. Tu'l were warm 
personal friends. 

Many events took place in the 
intervening years but nothing sen- 

In 1924 the State of Illinois built 
Routes 16 and 32 through Windsor. 
The little prairie town that had 
wallowed so many years in the 
mud of the country roads could 
drive to all the surrounding towns 
on a high class pavement. 

On August 8, 1924, the City 
Council having felt the need for 
proper fire fighting equipment, 
bought a modern Reo Pumper. This 
machine was of the latest type and 
saved its price many times over. 
This pumper served until 1945 
when the City purchased the last 

word in lire fighting apparatus and 

now have as good a lire depart- 
ment as any town its size. 

In 1926 the pavement on Virgin- 
ia Avenue was laid and this was 
propably the biggest imp 
made up to that time in Windsor. 
Up to this time this street became 
impassable every winter, and no 
one who never had seen it in that 
condition knows how bad it could 
get. The pavement cosl ¥26,000.00 
and was opened to the public on 
June L8, 1926, 

The depression which started in 
1929 was indeed sad for a lot of 
people. Some lost their life's sav- 
ing. In 1933 and 1934 both Wind- 
sor banks failed and many people 
who had always had plenty became 
destitute. Many citizens worked on 
C. W. A. and P. W. A., both gov- 
ernment projects. 

I hi] me this period our water- 
works were built and partly fi- 
nanced with government funds. 
The work was done by James & 
Shinn Co. of Mattoon, being the 
low bidders, their bid was $56,962- 

The wage scale was unskilled 
labor 50c, semi-skilled labor 55c, 
foreman SSMjC, skilled labor $1.20, 
l'/ 2 ton truck $1.25, two horse 
team with driver 75c. 

The waterworks well is 26 inches 
in diameter and 125 feet deep and 
is located on the J. J. Chambers 
farm, one mile south of Windsor. 

Tien. arc 37 fire hydrants at 
various points over the City. 

In September, 1934, the Lee H. 
Keller building, which was the 
second store building built in 
Windsor, was torn down. 

On January 11, 1946, Windsor 
adopted the commission form of 
government which is another step 
forward for a city that has not 
been very much out of step in 100 

In January, 1956, we took 
another forward step when wo 
voted to build a new grade school 
building. This building will be of 
the most modern construction and 
will have every means whereby 
children can obtain the education 
which they need to make Windsor 
grow more, yes. much more than 
it has before. 

First Divorce 

Bennet Robinson obtained a 
divorce from his wife on the 
grounds of desertion. No date for 
this divorce is given in the History 
of Shelby County but it is pre- 
sumed that it must have been be- 
tween 1845 and 1850. 



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Prominent Men of Windsor and Four Townships 

Judge William Williamson, a 
native of North Carolina, rum to 
Windsor Township in about 1825 
and settled on a farm near a 
branch of Sand Creek. He was the 
first sheriff of Shelby County and 
was ele-tsd to a second term. He 
was a first lieutenant in Captain 
Price's company in the Black Hawk 
War. He filled the office of County 
Judge for some time and after- 
wards was elected to both I ouses 
of the State Legislature. He died 
in this township and is buried in 
Sulphur Springs Cemetery. 

Charles Voris of the -City of 
Windsor served as a representa- 
tive in the State Le ris'.atui ■ froi > 
1867 to 1869 and as a State Sen- 
ator from 1871 to 1873. He was 
a very tall m n and was known a-^ 
"The" Tall Sycamore of the Wa- 
bash." He held various city offices 
and was considered one of our 
most civic minded citizens. 

Howland J. Hamlin was born in 
1850 in New York state. He was 
educated there and came to Wind- 
sor in 1871 where he opened a se- 

lect school. He was very well liked 
and was given the office of Super- 
intendent of schools, which office 
he held three or four years. He 
read law while he taught school, 
passed the bar examination, and 
St) it d practicing law in Sullivan, 
Illinois, in 1875. He later entered 
politics and was elected Attorney 
General of the State of Illinois. He 
later ran for Governor but was de- 

Col, Peter Warren, a native of 
Virginia, came here from Tennes- 
see in 1830. He was the father of 
J.5 children. Colonel Warren w; s a 
militia colonel in Tennessee before 
coming to Illinois and was made a 
Genera] in the Illinois Militia. He 
served as a Captain in the Black 
Hawk War. He organized the com- 
pany in which he served rnd he 
and his men furnished their own 
horses, saddles and bridles. He re- 
presented this district in the State 
Senate for several years. 

Judge Truman E. Ames was 
born in New York January 1, 1850. 
He came to Windsor with Howland 

.1. Hamlin, George Po 
Edward Rose, all being former 
residents of New York. Alter Mr. 
Hamlin quit teaching in the Wind- 
sor schools, Mr. Ames was hired 
as principal for several terms. All 
four of these men were well edu- 
cate,! and no doubt had a great in- 
fluence on the life of our city. 
After coming to Windsor these 
men were regular attend, nt at 

Sunday school and church, al- 
though they had not attended 
church before coming here. They 
thoughl that due to the positions 
they held in the town they should 
attend church. One time in Sunday 
school their teat her asked Mr. 
Ames who the three wise men 
from the East were and without 
any hesitation he answered, Ham- 
lin, Powers and Rose. 

Thomas N. Henry, a merchant 
f.n 1 farmer mayor of Windsor, also 
served one or two terms in the 
lower house of the State Legis- 

The Ash Grove Christian Church 
was the first church founded in 
this community. It was founded 
on the first Sunday in June, 1832. 
and on the first Sunday in June, 
195r,. they celeb rated their 124th 

The first meeting place was a 
Ion- b. ildin-j h afe d by a 1 ■ 
place. The seats were made of 
split logs hewed with a broad axe. 
The seats had legs but no backs. 
This building was used until 1856. 
This church was organized wit 
18 members and the Reverend 
John Storm was their first min- 
ister. This man was very influen- 
tial in the early life of this fine 
community. The hardships that he 
and his congregation endured have 
brought to our present time a her- 
itage that will continue to live as 
long as time lasts. 

On the first Sunday in June, 
1856, the congregation, having 
outgrown the log church, a new 
frame building was dedicated. This 
building was adequate unti 1887 
when the. present building was 
erected. Improvements W< e adde I 
and in 1929 and 1930 the 
building was modernized and re- 
dedicated on the first Sunday in 
.Tune, 1930. 

This is the oldest church in our 
community and they are to be con- 
gratulated' for their long life of 
service to not only this immediate 

History Of Churches 

vicinity but to the Christian cans' 
in the world. 

Services are held regularly and 
each year on the first Sunday in 
June they hold a meeting which 
has been called the "June Meet- 
ing" for many years and at which 
time they celebrate the anniver- 
sary of their church. People come 
from long distances to attend this 
meeting which lasts all day, they 
having services in the morning and 
afternoon with a bountiful basket 
dinner at noon. The Rev. B. J. 
Steed is the present pastor. 

The Sand Creek Church of 
Christ was organized in 1834 by 
Elder John Storm. There were 11 
members at first. By 1880 they had 
a membership of 85. Elder Grinder 
was their minister for 44 years 
and Elder P. P. Warren was asso- 
ciated with him in this capacity 
for 30 years. The 109th Anniver- 
sary was held August 5, 1934. This 
church has produced several min- 
isters who have become forceful 
speakers and have done much to 
build the cause of Christ in the 
community. The present building 
was built in 1874 at a cost of 
$1200.00. This church is active and 
has services regularly. 

odist Church. It was a log house 
30x40 feet. It was heated by a fire 
place and the seats were hand 
hewn split logs on legs. This build- 
ing served the church until 1870, 
when a nice frame building was 
erected. The congregation disband- 
ed a few years ago, the members 
who were left transferring their 
membership to other churches. The 
church building was torn down in 

There were services held m 
Whitley Township in people's 
homes. The first sermon was 
preached in the cabin of Samuel 
Linley in 1828 by the Rev. Miles 
Hart, a Methodist minister. Wm. 
Martin, a Baptist, preached here 
in 1820 and organized a society 
the same year. The first church 
was lni ilt in section 8 by the Bap- 
tist Church, Rev. Whitfield being 
one of the first ministers. It was a 
hewed log structure with puncheon 
seats and floor. This church pros- 
pered for many years. No services 
have been held there for some 
'.ime but the church still stands as 
a silent reminder of the meetings 
held there in the long ago. 

The first Methodist Church in 
this community was built in 1840 
near Sulphur Spring and was 
called the Sulphur Springs Meth- 

The Smyser Christian Church 
was built soon after the Whitfield 
Church in 1837. The church was 
constituted by Elder Tobias Grider. 
There were only two charter mem- 
bers, John Hendricks and his wife, 
Cynthia. Samuel M. Smyser 

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joined the church immediately 
after its organization. His wife 
and the following: John W. Ed- 
wards and wife, Nancy Drain, 
Joseph Lilly and wife joined a 
short time afterward. In 1841 
Elder Grider, being engaged else- 
where, the congregation called 
Elder Levi Fleming to preach for 
them, They held a meeting for 
three or four days and eight or ten 
were added to the church by bap- 
tism. By 1843 there were about 25 
members and by 1877 there were 
around 120 members. The present 
church was built in 1S75. This is 
today a very active church with 
regular services as well as Sunday 
school. The Rev. Leroy Trulock is 
the present pastor. The 100th An- 
niversary was celebrated August 
1, 1937. 

A Cumberland Fresbyterian 
Church was organized in 1850 and 
a church was built of logs on Sand 
Creek and was called Pleasant 
Grove. After the city of Windsor 
was located, the congregation 
moved to town and erected a build- 
ing on the corner of Ohio and Elm. 
This building was 44x60. The name 
was changed from Pleasant Grove 
to Windsor. The Rev. W. M. 
Barber came to this church in 18G5 
and with the exception of five 
years spent in Colorado, served 
this church as Pastor until his 
death in 1921. In 1875 a new 
church was built on the corner of 
Ohio and Maple Streets at a cost 
of $2000.000. This Church disband- 
ed several years ago and the build- 
ing was sold to the Bethany 
Church of Christ who now occupy 

About 1840 a log house was 
built for meeting purposes in the 
northwest part of Windsor Town- 
ship. They were a part of the Sand 
Creek congregation until 18(1 
when they decided to organize a 
separate congregation. They met 
in the Dodson and Baker school 
houses and were known as the 
Wolf Creek congregation. They 
built a new church in 1874 for 
$1100.00 and changed their name 
to New Liberty. This church is 
active and holds services regular- 

The Richland Church was 
formed by John W. Morgan in 
1855. This church has been inter- 
denominational most <>f the time, 
ministers of different churches do- 
ing the preaching. The Rev. W. 
W. Barber preached there some 
as did Baptist and Methodist min- 
isters. The church has been closed 
for several years. 

The First Methodist servii e held 
in Windsor was held in a cabinet 

shop and J. W. Morgan 
the first sermon here. The first 
minister sent here by the Confer- 
ence was the Rev. J. B. Reynolds 
in 1858, and services were held in 
homes or some other convenient 
place. On July 8, 1863 the trustees 
of the Church bought a lot from 
Ryder and Huggins for $1.00, and 
one from Will Cochran. A small 
building was built on this lot and 
this served as a home for the 
Church until 1882. In that year a 
brick building was built during the 
pastorate of the Rev. M. B. Mc- 
Fadden. At this time the church 
had L02 members. Commencement 
exercises, lecture courses, and 
many community affairs 
here. A union revival held by the 
team of Kirkland and Leonard 
1911 was very successful and the 
old building being too small, they 
voted to build a new church. The 
new church was dedicated on Sun- 
day, March 9, 1913, with an im- 
pressive service. All the ministers 
of the town took part, in addition 
to the visiting pastors. This was 
the first building in town to be 
lighted with electricity. The Cen- 
tral Illinois Public Service Co. 
made a special effort to get it con- 
nected. This Church has been quite 
active through the years and d< - 
serves a lot of credit for its service 
to the community. They have had 
an active Ladies Aid Society, which 
has done much to help in the work 
of the Church. The present church 
membership is 270. 

The Windsor Christian Church 
was organized some time prior to 
1859. The first building was erect- 
ed in 1859, the ground for the 
Church being given to them by Dr. 
Je^se York, Windsor's first phy- 
sician. The first building cost $2,- 
500.00 and was dedicated by Elder 
John S. Sweeney of Paris, Ky. Dr. 
Jesse York, before his death, gave 
$1000.00 to be invested for the 
Church. The Church has been re- 
modeled several times and a base- 
ment has been added. At this 
writing the Church is undergoing 
a complete overhauling. The ca- 
pacity is to be almost doubled and 
it will be a beautiful Church when 
completed. This Church has en- 
joyed a steady growth for many 
years and is to be proud of it's ac- 
complishments in the Christian 
way. The Centennial will have a 
special significance with a fine 
new building. The Rev. Joe Veach 
is the present minister. Presenl 
membership is about 400. 

The Bethany Church of Christ 
held it's first meetings in a school 

1 se in the Bethany community 

in 1860. They took membership in 
Sai d < reek Church until their 
church was built in 1871, then 


transferred there. The building 
cost $1200.00, much of the work 
being done by members of the 
Church. They purchased the old 
Presbyterian Church in Windsor 
in 1952, selling the old house 
Church, and moved their meeting 
place to Windsor. They are quite 
active and hold services each Sun- 
day. Elder Forrest Sisk is their 
present minister. 

Gaskill Church was named for 
John Gaskill, an early educated 
Methodist minister, who was 
licensed to preach in Ohio in 1844. 
He enlisted in the Union Amiy in 
1861 in Company C, 51st regiment, 
Ohio Infantry, and on account of 
poor health resigned and came 
home in December, 1862. He was a 
Captain when discharged. He built 
up the Gaskill Church on his re- 
turn from the Army and in I860 
he was a traveling minister 
on the Windsor Circuit. He was a 
Whig and cast his first vote for 
President for Wm. Henry Harri- 
son in 1840. Gaskill Church still 
has services on alternate Sundays 
and Sunday school every Sunday. 

The Fletcher Chapel Methodist 
Church was built in 1874 at a cost 
of $1800.00. The first minister was 
J. W. Lapshaw. Meetings had been 
held before then in a log building, 
built by J. W. Reynolds in 1860. 
No meetings had been held in the 
Church for a long time, so it was 
sold and torn down in 1952. The 
last minister was H. H. Higgins. 

In connection with this early 
history of the churches of our 
community, the author thought 
that this item should be included 
here. This item was taken from an 
old Windsor paper. 

Carrie Brunk, daughter of Dr. C. 
H. Brunk, who later became the 
wife of l>r. E. M. Scott, was an ac- 
complished musician. She had the 
first melodion in Windsor and 
later owned the first piano. At one 
time she played for all three 
Windsor churches, they holding 
services at different times to make 
this possible. 

The Windsor Universalist church 
was the last church to be organized 
in the Windsor community. It was 
organized on August lit. 1880, and 
the church was built soon after in 
about 1882 or 1883. It was on the 
northeast corner of Chestnut and 
Broadway. The church was dis- 
banded in 1917 and was torn down 
in 1934. 

A church known as the Webb 
Church was located about three 
miles south of Windsor. It was of 
Baptist denomination and was torn 
down about 25 years ago. 



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"Yesteryears of Windsor" 

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WINDSOR ATHLETIC FIELD AUG. 28, 29, 30, 31, SEPT. 1, 1956 

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Synopsis Of Scenes 

— By Way of Introduction — 

We acquaint you with a mythical and wholly fanciful Character, who, nevertheless, is very much 
alive in the respect that he is most probably a sort of universal and composite picture of a homey 
and down-to-earth individual as everyone might visualize him at one time or another— A Pioneer 
Personage whose voice is heard at the beginning of our Story, to "kinda explain an' mebbe em- 
phasize a point or two that you folks would' ve otherwise overlooked'— An ancient fellow we 
shall affectionately call "The Old Timer" — 


Episode One 


A fanfare of trumpets heralds the arrival of our Celebration Queen "Miss Duchess of Windsor" 
preceded by her royal Ladies-in-Waiting and the Princesses of her Court, along with the Pages and 
Court Attendants of the Regal Entourage — Down through the Avenue of Flags comes Her Majesty, 
as the personified "Forty-Eight States" and the "UN Princesses" along with the "Military Cadets" 
and the "Sailorettes" plus the Boy and Girl Scouts, Brownies and other groups, pay homage 
to their Sovereign — 

Episode Two 


Scene One — "The Windsor Story" 

This is the Windsor Story: an epic of a tidal wave of freedom-loving men and women sweep 
ing on to a new world rich with natural resources beyond the dreams of the ages; rolling back the 
great unknown of darkness and wilderness they came, across the trackless plains, seeking the right 
to worship according to their light, to win sustenance and fortune, to live their lives untouched by 
tyrants' rule. 

Scene Two — "The Mound Builders" 

Once an ancient people inhabited this land, known as the "Mound Builders." Being pagan, 
they worshipped many gods, offering sacrifices and building funeral pyres. Then, they vanished 
as mysteriously as they came. 

Episode Three 


Where today a community stretches its streets, homes, civic buildings, industries, farms, offices 
and stores and weaves its daily life into the fabric of an energized nation, there once stood a virgin 
wilderness people by the Pottawatomies and the Delawares, along with remnants of the once power- 
ful tribe of Kickapoos. 

Episode Four 


No longer can the Red Man stem the tide. Across the mountains and plains, through the 
forest, moves the White God .... the Indians turn their faces towards the sunset. Some of the 
first arrivals in the section were Benjamin Moberly and family and Samuel and John Little. Then came 
an important event .... the birth of George Falconer Bruce .... the first white boy born in this 
section ! 

Episode Five 


Scene One — "Remember the Sabbath" 

The early settlers believed that every individual was able to enjoy unparalleled opportunity fo v 
the betterment of mankind .... to seek his own salvation in his own way and live as a free man, 
so our forefathers looked to their spiritual welfare These people were hardworking and courageous, 
but through all hardship they maintained their faith in God. 

Scene Two — "Readin', 'Ritin' and 'Rithmatic" 

Our early settlers realized that in order to build a foundation for a new life for the future gener- 
ations to come, their children must learn to read and write. To fully appreciate the great strides 
education has made we have only to look in on this first school. It seems, however, that teacher 
had some of the same troubles then as now .... 

Scene Three — "The Iron Horse" 

The railroad progressed rapidly and in 1856 the Big Four completed its line through Windsor. 
A large crowd turned out to celebrate the passage of the first train. 

Scene Four — "A Birthday" 

The early settlers were intensely civic minded and realized the time had come to incorporate as 
a village. Accordingly they met on the fourth of February, 1 860 and cast their ballots unanimously 
in favor of incorporation. 

Scene Five — "A Chapter in Black" 

The cataclysm of Civil War descends upon the nation over the question of States' rights. Windsor 
soldiers march to Armageddon. Out of this terrible conflict came one of the greatest figures in 
American History .... Abraham Lincoln. 


Episode Six 


Before returning to our history, we pay tribute to our youth — the spiritual descendants of those 
who were the Spirit of '76. Youth, upon whom the destiny of America depends! Youth, the Citizens 
of Tomorrow! In these faces we see a promise — a promise to us today of greater things to come! 

Episode Seven 


The period of the 90's was the decade of the telephone, the bicycle built for two, and the 
"Horseless Carriage." Women adopted gay and fantastic fashions; it was the day of the hour-glass 
figure and the Merry Widow hat. It was the period of the bustle and "every girl was a Gibson Girl." 
It was the day of the tintype, the handle-bar moustache, the bathing beauties, the Band Concert .... 
and the beginnings of the famous Windsor Picnic! We see them all, but wait, there's a fight develop- 
ing! Those Were The Days! 

Episode Eight 


Scene One — "The Flickers" 

People said they wouldn't last . . . that they were a fad, but soon nickelodeons were springing up 
all over. And now? Cinerama, Cinemascope, Stereophonic Sound — what next? 

Scene Two — "In the Cause of Freedom" 

The year was 1914 and again the people of Windsor heard the troubling sounds of war in 
the making. President Wilson protested "Unrestricted Submarine Warfare." The climax came in 1917 
when the Lusitania was sunk and the United States entered the war. 
Scene Three — "The Roaring Twenties — "The Golden Age" 

It was the golden age of "Yes, We Have No Bananas," plus-fours, and the Flappers. A dance 
sensation hit the nation and soon everyone was doing the Charleston. 

Episode Nine 


Scene One — "The Day of Infamy" 

With startling suddenness on the quiet afternoon of December 7, 1941, war came to the United 
States for the second time in a generation. The Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor! 

Scene Two — "Iwo Jima" 

From Guadalcanal to Omaha Beach the men and women of the nation helped to fight the battle 
against outrageous tyranny. 
Scene Three — "The Beginning of the End ?" 

Just a few years ago, residents of Windsor, like citizens all over the country, wondered how they 
would be affected by the recent experiments at Yucca Flats. This was the start of the Atomic Age. 

Episode Ten 


There are no bounds or limits to the frontiers of our freedom. We have built our schools, hos- 
pitals, libraries, laboratories, brought forth symphonies and created literature. The darkness and 
wilderness are far behind. Ahead lie new frontiers widening, expanding, certain to roll back before 
the same unquenchable spirit of which we are the heirs. Product of a pioneer people, it is ours to 
go forward, to surmount the obstacles, to keep the Faith! 





Morning — Special observances in all churches. 
8 p. m. — Union service at the Pageant grounds. 


Unveiling of historical windows 


Centennial Ball 


Hobby Show 

Agricultural and Industrial Exhibit? 

Mammoth Float and Marching Parade 

Band Concert 

Address by Mayor Merlin Yunker 

Crowning of "Miss Duchess of Windsor" 

Premier performance of "YESTERYEARS OF WINDSOR" pageant 

Fireworks display 



Band Concert 

Centennial Belles Style Show 

Hobby Show 


Fireworks display 



Harvest Picnic 

Band Concert 

Address by Lt. Governor John William Chapman 

Free Acts 

Hobby Show 

Organ concert by Rosann Passalacqua 


Fireworks display 

Free Acts 



Youth Pet and Costume Parade 

Band Concert 

Planting of the Tree of Peace 

Hobby Show 

Indian Dance demonstration 


Fireworks display 



Registration of all former residents and visitors 

Hobby Show 

Final judging of beards and dresser 

Whisker shaving contest 

Final performance of "YESTERYEARS OF WINDSOR" pageant 



Windsor Schools During The Past Century 

"School days, school days, 
Dear old golden rule days . . ." 

Yes, school 'lays are happy days 
and the pleasant memories of them 
continue with us during our life- 
time. And it doesn't seem to mat- 
ter, in retrospect, whether school 
was held in a little red school 
house, a log house or a modern 
fireproof structure. But schools 
exist for more than to provide 
happy memories and the history of 
our local schools reveals the many 
changes that have taken place, 
igress means change. 
In order to place Windsor in the 
proper time perspective, it should 
be pointed out that the first school 
house in Shelby County was built 
in Cold Springs township in 1821. 
The second school house was built 
in 1832 in Richland township. The 
first school house in Windsor town- 
ship was built in 1835 on Upper 
Sand Creek near what was known 
as the Ben Bruce place. The teach- 
n- the first year was S. R. Davis. 
John Price taught the first school 
in Ash Grove in an empty cabin en 
his place. The first school house 
in Ash Grove, a log building, was 
erected en the southeast corner 
cf section 4 and was taught by 
Younger Green. In 1843 Wm. G 
Hayden taught school in a log 
house in Whitley township. 

Up to 1855 schools had been sup- 
ported by voluntary tax or sub- 
scription and from the public fund. 
After the passage of the free 
school law of 1855, schools began 
to improve. 

The first school in Windsor was 
held in a church building located 
just south of the present grade 
school building. The teacher was D. 
V. Canan. The date of this is not 
known but it is believed to have 
been prior to 1860. Soon a one- 
room frame building was built 
on the present grade school site 
on the corner Ohio and Elm Street, 
and the old church building was 
moved to the north part of town 
to be used as a barn. 

By 1870 it became necessary 
to have a larger building and while 
the old frame building was being 
torn down and a brick building 
erected tool was held in the old 
Methodi t Church. Part i f the 
'unibei from the old huildii 
rsed in building the Lefforgi 
which sti 1 -tan Is north of the pre- 
s nt gr ;de school. John Weeks was 
ihe first teacher in the new build- 
tl ,, i ithei teachers in later years 
were II. J. Hamlin, afterwards 
Attorney General of Illinois, am! 
Trum n Anus, who later became 
county judge and circuit i 

addition to the public schools I 
was a "select" school taught by 
Mrs. Sue Calloway. The late 
George Garvin was a pupil in this 

The oldest records on file in the 
Windsor school office go back to 
1880. We find that year a high 
school class composed of Ida Bar- 
ber, Ella Kenney, Maude Bence, 
Minnie Brady, Lee W. Frazier, 
lln ley Moberly, Sherman Rigg-, 
Pail Glider and Benjamin Rector. 
The students were not classified as 
ides but as "A" el is-, "B' 

class, etc.. down to the beginners 

who were in the chart class. That 
year there were 179 in school, the 
; 'F" class (4th grade) having 45 
pupils. These records are in a 
large ledger, beautifully written. 
Tiie high school class had work in 
arithmetic, geography, reading and 
spelling — quite different from the 
high school program of today. 

On January 4, 1904, a letter 
appeared in the Gazette wanting 
to know why Windsor could not 
have a township high school made 
up of Whitley, Windsor, Ash Grove 
and Richland townships. Domestic 
art and agriculture were especially 
desired. The letter was signed 
"Progressive Hayseed." Others 
joined in the letter writing with 
good results for plans were made 
for a high school program and a 
contract was let to O. J. Swain for 
the erection of a new building. The 
corner stone was laid July 4, 1905. 
The members of the Board of 
Education were W. H. Poe, Presi- 
dent, I. H. Gilpin, J. A. Duncan, 
A. H. Storm, Thomas Banks, Mrs. 
Mary Moberley and Mrs. Lizzie D. 
Fortner. At the corner stone laying 
Kate Garvin and Lala Tull (Gad- 
dis) sang solos. While the build- 
ing was being built school wa% 
held in the old Keller building, at 
the corner of Virginia and Pine 
Street, then located just north of 
Shafers Drug store; in the Uni- 
versalist Church, located where 
Kill Hill's house now -toed, 
Chestnut & Broadway; and in the 
room over J. C. Smith's store, 
Chestnut & Virginia. School opened 
in the new building September 14, 

We find the names of Chas. B. 
Guin, O. C. Bailey, E. C. McClel- 
land, Simon Williams, J. C. Tilton, 
Bessie Sargent, Lala Z. Tull, Ber- 
lin Tu'l, Ergenia Tull, J. J. Love, 
I . Maye Gleason, Hettie Ens< y 
Allie Walden, Gertrude Lord, W. 
W. Griffith, Jennie Swiney, Nellie 
Ro.v, Minnie Goode, Nell Hanc3ck, 
M. M. Rodenberger, Charles E. 
I :, . and many others appearing 

on the record as teachers. 

i; L913 more room was needed 
and two more rooms were built on 
the north side of the building. By 
1918 the high school, under the 
principalships of O. N. Wing and 
Dean Parrill, had increased in 
number so that more room was 
needed. At a cost of $20,000 an ad- 
dition consisting of two class- 
rooms, an assembly room and a 
gymnasium was built. This addi- 
tion was finished in 1919. 

In 1921 a community high school 
district was formed, taking in 
parts of Windsor, Whitley, Ash 
Grove and Richland townships— 
79% square miles. J. A. Alexander 
was the first principal, followed 
by J. H. Dunscomb. A new high 
school building was completed in 
L936 at a cost of $118,000. 

In 1948 a community unit dis- 
trict was formed. .1. H. Dunscomb 
was the first superintendent, fol- 
lowed by Irvin Hill, Ellis Brant 
and J. R. Curry, who is the present 
superintendent. Prior to this there 
had been grade school consolida- 
tion—Ash Grove in 1946, Gays in 
HUT and Windsor in 1947. These 
became a part of the new com- 
munity unit district. 

In January, 1956, the voters of 
the unit district approved the is- 
suance of $400,000 in bonds for 
the purpose of building a new 
grade school in Windsor. 

In this brief outline nothing has 
been said about the developments 
that have really meant progress- 
such as improved administrative 
and supervisory procedures, test- 
ing and guidance programs, stu- 
dent records, higher teacher stand- 
ards, pupil transportation and 
school lunches, the enrichment of 
the curriculum with home eco- 
nomics, agriculture, manual arts, 
commercial subjects, band and 
vocal music, health and physical 
education, and interscholastic ath- 

Yes, progress has brought 
changes. — J. H. Dunscomb. 


Very few people know that we 
at one time had a Mormon settle- 
ment in this locality. Neither do 
they know that it almost took a 
war to get rid of them. Three very 
old settlers; Jimmy Cochran, Sam- 
my Rankin and Benny Moberly, 
were the gentlemen who gave the 
information to an early historian 
who made the following record. In 
about is;:7 the trouble began. This 
is their story. 

ll appears that about that time 
a young man came to Ash Grove 

Present Windsor Grade School 

Methodist Church 

Christian Church 


Main Street In Early Days 


and preached the Mormon doctrine 
and made many converts. In fact 
there were about 30 and for a 

time the Mormon Church in Ash 
Grove, Shelby County, Illinois; 
flourished like a patch of jimpson 
weeds in fertile soil and preached 
their pernicious doctrine to all who 
would hear them. They claimed 
that one man had as much right t i 
another man's wife as the old man 
himself and wanted all our old 
sisters and cousins and aunts some 
of whom already had husbands, to 
marry them without going to the 
trouble of a marriage ceremony; 
but the brothers and cousins (mas- 
culine) and uncles as well as the 
original and only genuine Husbands 

began to grumble and mutter and 

finally the fire of indignation and 
wrath broke out in full fury, ami 
the popular cry was, "Tin Mm 
mons must go." Accordingly a 
company of militia was raised and 
a warrant was issued for the ar- 
rest of the Saints. The men of 
many better halves, hearing of the 
preparations being made to arrest 
them, assembled and fortified 
themselves and said they would 
fight to the last man before they 
would surrender. 

The militia company was under 
the command of Colonel James 
Vaughan who later moved to .Moul- 
trie County. He was a very old man 
and a Baptist minister. They 

marched close to the Mormon camp 
and demanded a surrender. The 
Blormons refused to surrender to 
the militia, but said they would 
appear before any civil magistrate. 
A warrant was accordingly served 

on them to appear before I i 

Crockett the next day, which they 
r id. But instead of anyone appear- 
ing against them, they were given 
24 hours to leave the neighborhood 
and the Mormons seeing our 
fathers were in earnest, packed up 
their grip-Sacks and put off to 
Nauvoo. The militia was then di>- 
banded and thus ended the Mor- 
mon campaign in Ash Grove. 


The members of our Volunteer 
Fire Department are Virgil Grabb, 
Chief; John R. Bruce, assistant 
chief; Charles Fugate, fire com- 
missioner; Vernon Fugate, Marion 
Martin, William A. Camic, Clar- 
ence A. Shafer, Mac Sexson, Jerry 
Endsley, Arthur P. Stuckey, D. 
Robert Jones, Phil Passalacqua, 
Walter E. Rose, James R. Carter, 
Chester Chappel, Harold E. Baker, 
Max Kibler, Charles M. Swinford, 
Lee Slater and Floyd Paxton. 

These men stand ready to an- 

Present City Officials Listed 

The present city officials are 
Merlin H. Yunker, Mayor; Milton 
Yunker, clerk; John R. Bruce, 
treasurer: E. C. Eberspacher, at- 
torney; Edmund H. Ledbetter, 
commissioner of public grounds, 
buildings and cemetery; Max Kib- 

swer a call for help 24 hours a day 
and they deserve a lot of credit for 
the fine work they have done. 

ler, commissioner of police, finance 
and safety; Virgil Grabb, com- 
missioner of streets and alleys; 
Charles Fugate, commissioner of 
public health and fire department; 
Dean Thompson, commissioner of 
waterworks maintenance; George 
Allen, city police. 

These men handle the business 
affairs of our city and it is a pretty 
hard job to keep everybody happy 
but they try to do it. 



Established In 1949 

The Officers, Directors and Employees of the Windsor State Bank extend 
our congratulations to the various Committees and Individuals sponsoring the 
Windsor Centennial Celebration for their efforts in making this event possible 
for the enjoyment of the citizens of Windsor and surrounding communities. 
When attending this celebration, and at all times, we invite you to come in, 
visit with us and get better acquainted with your bank. 


J. Wilbur Haegen, President 
E. R. Duncan, Executive Vice 
President and Cashi 
Donald R. Carnes. Ass't. Ca 
Marlene Flesner, Teller 


Claude Anderson 
E. R. Duncan 

J. Wilbur Haegen 
Lloyd R. Haegen 
Ruth Haegen 

John W. Hagen 

Total Capital Accounts $95,000.00 Deposits more than $1,000,000.00 

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Black-Hawk War Thru Korean Conflict 

Black-Hawk War 1832 

tain ivi. i w ai n n bol h 
companies to serve in the Black- 
dawk War. Captain I i i< 
Ash Grove Township an 
lowing men are known to have 
enlisted in his company: Wm, 
Price, Elijah Biggs, .1. hn Cochran, 
■h-.. Green Fra 

David Elliott, John Simpson, Jol n 
Perdew, Nathan Curry, A. G. 
Prazer, Samuel Park . 
Rankin, Levi Casey, John, Green, 
Charles Welch, Thomas Hall, Jor- 
dan Ball, Tl as Scribner, Joseph 

McClain, John Hall, Wm. Green, 
Jami s Whasong, Wm. Templeton, 
"'ni. Sherrell and I.. Mosely. 
Captain Peter Warren lived in 

Windsor Township and rei ed 

his company in Shelbyville. We 
could not find a record of his men's 
names but neithei of | 
panies saw action, the war ending 
shortly after the companies were 

formed. These men furnished u 

own horses, bridles and saddles. 
Captain Warren later bee- me a 

Gem ial in the Illinois 

Mexican War 

i in in hed mi 
in the Mexican > 
wi re attached to the Third Regi- 
ment under Colonel Porman. 
Moultrie Countj mii ti 

nit , hey «rlr ,1 it II, e I 

because the call was full. 

1 In t Ml War is recorded in the 
1 i torj of the City of Windsor. 
Spanish-American War 

we have h en able to 
find em there wen only six men 
fr in Windsor who enlisted in the 
Spanish - American War: Joseph 
Shuck, David H. .M„n is, John W. 
Meiiis, Thurman Mont- mery, Ot- 
to Smith an. 1 Clyde I . Bowi n. 
Bowen and Smith are the one 

World War I 

We have no record of how man- 
served in World War I, but we 
know that Windsor and the sur- 
rounding community did theii 
share, not only in number of men 

sent, I 'ii t in am n of work doni 

by the local Red Cross, churches 

and ol hei organizations. t v\ u 

made the supreme sacrifice: Earl 
■ ' . Willie Lucas, 
• Cox an J 
v*ei ne Edwards. 

World War II 

A targe number of Windsor's 
fine young men responded to the 

c ill in this war. The organizations 
<f the town gave them excellent 
home support as they did in Worl I 
War I. Although World War II 
lasted much longer than World 
War I, there were only six who 
paid the supreme price: John 
Harold Baldridge, Wayne Per- 
ii < " John A. Worley, George 
Johnson. Kenneth Tull and Glen 
Korean Conflict 

This war was one of the most 
v icked of all wars because of the 
ess of the enemy. Wind- 
sor sent its share of fine youns 
men to this war too. No boys from 
Wind or were killed in this war 
but some were crippled for life 







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The Old Universalist Church 

The Last Run of the Wabash 


Windsor's First School 

Ash Grove Church and 

Windsor Gazette Was Founded In 1877 

The Windsor Gazette has in its 
possession Volume 1, No. 1, of The 
Windsor Advertiser, dated June, 
1877. It was published by J. L. 
Warden, uncle of Mrs. W. W. 
Griffith of Windsor. Warden was 
a boy of 17. This paper was a small 
sheet, 4 pages. The size of the page 
was 8x11 inches. It carried a few 
advertisements and a few items of 

The advertisers were J. II. 
Price, miller; D. F. Richardson and 
Co., druggists and stationers; Dr. 
H. H. Aldridge, physician; T. N. 
Henry, general store; Hugh F. 
Smyser, notary public; J. A. Hatch, 
watch maker and jewelry; The 
Bennett House, E. P. Bennett, 
proprietor; A. W. Peters, tailor; 
LaClair and Swain, carpenters and 
contractors; J. L. Bowman, black- 
smith; C. E. Storr; L. M. Kellar 
and son; Shaffer and Lefever, hard- 
ware; Dr. J. W. Busby, oculist; 
Kahn Brothers, clothiers, Mattoon, 
111., and J. L. Warden and Co., 
job printing. 

This little sheet was the begin- 
ning of the Windsor Gazette. Just 
when it was changed from a 
monthly advertising sheet to a 
weekly newspaper, The Windsor 
Gazette, is not known. The files 
of the paper from its beginning 
to 1894 have been lost or destroyed. 
J. L. (Joe) Warden published the 
paper for several years. His 
brother, Charles D. Warden, was 
associated with him for awhile. 
Then their father, the late Sala- 
thiel L. Warden, was the publisher 
until his death on Thanksgiving 
Day, Nov. 27, 1887. Miss May War- 
den, daughter of S. L. Warden, 
edited and managed the paper 
during her father's illness and for 
some time after his death. She was 
assisted by Alice Reed. Charles E. 
Miner bought the paper and pub- 
lished it until his death in 1892. 
Between 1892 and 1894, the record 
is not clear. Charles E. Gilpin and 
Guy Cutler published the paper for 
awhile. Whether they operated 
under lease or purchase is noi 
known. The late William McCor- 
mick had an interest of some kind. 
He may or may not have been th^ 
publisher, but he had a chatt.-l 
mortgage on the newspaper plant 
when Hugh S. Lilly and George E. 
Dunscomb bought the paper from 
H. Bart Grider, January 12, 1894. 
Mr. Grider had owned the paper 
only a few months. 

Lilly and Dunscomb published 
The Gazette until Mr. Lilly's 
death in 1936. George E. Dunscomb 
bought the Lilly interest and con- 
tinued the publication until Feb- 
ruary 29. 1944, when the present 
owner, R. R. Hall, bought the 


Windsor has had other news- 
papers besides The Gazette, name- 
ly: the Windsor Sentinel, brought 
to Windsor by A. M. Anderson 
from Clinton. The Sentinel started 
publication on May 25, 1876 and 
was taken to Paris on January 
7, 1877. The Dollar Sentinel was 
published from March, 1877, until 
August 1879, when it was moved 
to Shelbyville. The Windsor Advo- 
cate was published for a time in 
1885, by I. H. and Charles Gilpin. 

These other papers were short- 
lived, but The Gazette has endurerl 
for 79 years and is believed never 
to have missed an issue. 

Chautauqua Assemblies 

The Annual Chautauqua Assem- 
blies were started in 1890 at Lithia 
Springs, Illinois, about six miles 
west and one mile south of Wind- 

It got its name from the three 
mineral springs of never failing 
water, centrally located on the 
beautiful grounds. This water was 
analyzed by Professor Parker of 
the University of Illinois. Besides 
a variety of other minerals, iron 
carbonate was found in quantities 
varying from .37 gr. to .55 gr. per 
gallon and Lithium about .0025 
gr. per gallon. The analysis shows 
the properties of the water to be 
similar to the most celebrated 
springs in Europe and America. 

This place was noted for its 
wholesome and clean entertain- 
ment and in addition to its many 
cottages and cabins, where many 
people lived throughout the sum- 
mer, there would be over 100 tents 
pitched to take care of the visitors. 
People came from a dozen different 
states just to attend the Chautau- 
qua, which usually lasted two 
weeks. In 1898 100 tents were 
pitched on the grounds for 23 
days. A 32 page program was 
issued in 1899 and it is very in- 
teresting to read some of the items 
it contains. Admission prices were 
adults 25c; children 15c, except 
on special days when adults paid 
50c and children 25c. Season tickets 
were adults $3.00 and childron 
$1.50. There was a dormitory 
where you could sleep for 50c per 
night. Rent for a 10x14 ft. wall 
tent for the season was $4.50. 

Excursion rates were in effect on 
all railroads, the rate being 1% 
fare for a round trip and 25c ad- 
ditional. These rates were in effect 
on all roads within 75 miles of 
Lithia Springs. Lithia Springs was 
a regular post office and received 
and sent mail twice daily. There 
were also on the grounds a grocery 

store, restaurant, barber shop and 
check room. 

There was also a feed yard 
where horses could be cared for. 
Prices were feed for one horse, 
hay and grain, 25c, hay alone for 
one horse, once, 15c tie-in one 
horse, day or night, 10c, board 
per week one horse, $2.50. Hostler 
boys (with badges on caps) were 
ready at all times to take your 
horse to the feed yard or hitchrack 
for a fee of 5c and would return 
your horse to you for the same 

Meals were served in the dining 
hall at the following prices: break- 
fast or supper 25c and dinner 35c. 
Twenty meal tickets could bo 
bought for $5.00. 

Lithia Springs was owned and 
managed by Rev. Jasper L. Douth- 
it, a very derout minister of the 
Unitarian faith. It was his idea 
to furnish a place where people 
could gather and hear the very 
best in religious or secular ser- 
mons and lectures. World famous 
preachers and lecturers came here 
to speak. 

Each morning religious services 
were held in the chapel and right 
here many people received the in- 
spiration they needed to change 
their lives. Rev. Douthit ran this 
place as a non-profit project but 
he invaritbly went in debt each 
year and had to pay the balance 
Out of his own pocket. 

Among the famous men who 
spoke here were Col. Wm. Jennings 
Bryan, Democratic candidate for 
President of the United States in 
1896, 1900 and 1908, Dr. J. H. 
Kellogg of Battle Creek, Mich., 
founder of the Kellogg Co., General 
Ballington Booth and Maud Bal- 
lington Booth of the Salvation 
Army, Bishop Chas. C. McCabe, 
Civil War Chaplain, Sam Jones, 
noted evangelist comparable to 
Billy Graham, George Everett 
Adams, famous Chicago lawyer, 
Rev. Wm. Spurgeon. famous evan- 
gelist of London, England, Capt. 
Richmond P. Hobson, Spanish Am- 
erican War hero, John G. Wooley, 
Prohibition candidate for Presi- 
dent of the United States of Am- 
erica and many others. 

Musical organizations of the very 
best gave their talents to make 
this Chatauqua a success. Among 
these were the Mendelssohn Male 
Quartet, the Slayton Jubilee Sing- 
ers, the Carolina Jubilee Singers, 
the South African Boys Choir and 
many others. In addition there was 
the regular Lithia Springs Orches- 

The coming of the automobile, 
the moving picture industry and 
the passing of Rev. Douthit have 
caused Lithia Springs and its Cha- 
tauqua to become a memory and 
a delightful one to those who can 
remember it. 


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Organizations - Civic, Fraternal, Social, Etc. 

Masons Organized in 1858 

Windsor Lodge No. 322 Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons was or- 
ganized in October, 1858, under 
dispensation and received its chart- 
er on October 6, 1859. The charter 
members were William \ an K n 
non, W. M.; C. H. Brunk S. W.; 
John W. Giipin, J. \V ; [sa ic J. 
Sperry, treasurer; L. B. Perkins, 
secretary; B. F. Herrick, S. D.; 
Thomas Gilpise, Tyler; L. M. Kel- 
ler, John Goode, J. M. Keith, J. A. 
Hilsabe k, J. p. Van Kannen ami 
J. I',. Reynolds. In 1880 the mem- 
bership had grown to 75. This 
Lodge met in various halls in 
Windsor until 1913 when a new 
two story building was erected on 
the northeast coiner of Virginia 
Avenue and Pine Street. The 
present membership is 147. The 
1956 officers are: Malvin A. Rit- 
chie, Jr., W. M.; Jean Garrett, S. 
W.; Max Kibler, J. W.; John R. 
Bruce, treasurer; Leo C. Bennett, 
secretary; Clarence O. Soland, 
chaplain; Edmund Ledbetter, S. 
D.; John W. Hagen, J. D.; Howard 
Troutman, S. S.; Kenneth Strat- 
ton, J. S.; Charles M. Swinford, 
uarshal; Merlin H. Yunker, Tyler. 

Eastern Star 

Glenn Chapter No. 83 O.E.S 
was organized in 1872. It was 
known as Rebecca Chapter No. 30 
according to some family records. 
It was changed to Rebecca Chapter 
No. 40. In the Grand Chapter rec- 
ords of 1876 is the first record of 
Rebecca Chapter. The name was 
changed from Rebecca to Glenn 
Chapter and the charter was grant- 
ed in 1885. 

The first member to become a 
Grand Worthy Matron was Mrs. 
Jane Ricketts in 1892. Mattie 
Frazer Fearman served as Grand 
Esther in 1892 under Mrs. Jane 

Bro. Gideon Edwards served as 
Worthy Grand Patron in 1895. 

The first School of Instruction 
was in 1902 by Jane Ricketts. The 
dues were 60c per year and the 
initiation fee was $1. 

The chapter now has 162 mem- 
bers. The present officers are: W. 
M., Velma Bridges; W.P., Ra ; 
Hall; A.M., Wanda Bel'; A.P., 
Jesse Swinford; Sec, Elaine St rat- 
ton; Treas., Mary Annetta Jone 
Cond., Beatrice Hamilton; A.C. 
Billie Troutman; Chap., Mildred 
Hall; Marshal, Feme Swinford; 
Org., Katherine England; Adah, 
Vera Gilbert; Ruth, Betty Swin- 
ford; Esther, Mozelle Begeman 
Martha, Aileen Morford; Electa, 
Betty Jones; Warder, Violet 

Juhnke; Sentinel, Kenneth Strat- 
ton; Color Bearer, Mary Parnell; 
Soloist, Eleanor Walden. 

The "Star Dusters," E 1 a i n e 
Stratum, Donna Bennett. Eleanor 
Walden, Annabelle Griffin, Jean 
Glasscock, Velma Bridges, Dorenc 
Bennett, Sally Quigley, Mary A. 
netta Jones and Gertrude Green, 
were a group of singers organized 
in 1949. They sang many times in 
local community and surrounding 
area. In 1953 they sang at Grand 

Glenn Chapter No. 83 O. E. S. 
has known good times and bad, 
financially, but the principles of 
the order have guided it through 
the years and made the order an 
asset to the community. 

I. O. O. F. Chartered in 1875 

Fidelity Lodge No. 576 Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows was 
chartered October 13, 1875, with 
the following charter members: 
fiv vest?r Stor: l, G. R. Cochran, T. 
Riggs, J. M. Kuhl, Wm. Temple- 
ton, L. S. Baldwin, A. H. Messer, 
W. C. Smyser, A. Mahan, J. L. 
Storm, G. W. Hilligoss and James 
S. Nautz. 

In 1880 there were 41 members. 
There is a stone above the second 
story window with the following 
inscription: I. O. O. F. 1867. The 
lodge was on trial for ten years 
so it is supposed that they started 
in 1865 and built the building in 
> 67. The i resent officers are: Ora 
B -tier. Noble Grand; Dee Buckley 
Vice Grand; Hollock Storm, treas- 
urer; Eugene Price, secretary; 
Clinton Wall, chaplain. The lodge 
now has 40 members. 

Shelby Encampment No. 65 

The Shelby Encampment at 
Windsor No. 65 was chartered 
October 9, 1866, with the follow- 
ing charter members: Geo. C. 
Leathers, H. H. Aldridge, F. B. 
Thompson, W. S. Moore, H F. 
Hardy, W. W. Wilkins, Wm. 
Templeton and Charles Voris. The 
lodge has not functioned for a 
number of years. 

Knights of Pythias 

Knights of Pythias, Waldemar 
Lodge No. 77, was chartered Octo- 
ler 23, 1879, with the following 
charter members: Sylvester Storm. 
Amos H. Messer, Wm. Fisher, 
Edgar M. Scott. Philip Keller. Wm. 
Templeton, Truman Ames, O. Y. 
Robbins, Lyman A. Gould, Alvin 
M. Anderson, John Fox, W. W. M. 
Barber, John Crane, James L. 
Tin ini. Michael Montgomery, Wm. 
Bowen, George Cochi-n Henry 

Richman, David Richardson, J. Poe, 
W. H. Dubler, A. Martin, J. Willis, 
J. Price, O. Bandy, C. 0. Davis, 
J. Storm, A. J. Reed, A. M. Record, 

3. \ U g ei f, C. K. Hughes, 

I. F. Sexson and H. Dille. This 
lodge, in spite of its popularity and 
large membership, lias ceased to 


Knights of Honor 

Knights of Honor "Home Lodge," 
No. 990 was organized March 27, 
1878, with the following charter 
members: J. W. Brady, C. H. 
Brunk, Thomas Gavins, G. F. 
Gould, W. S. Glover, Thomas N. 
Henry, L. C. Jackson, J. N. Jones, 
A. A. Ricketts, Jacob Smyser, J. 
S. Wilkinson. J. P. Westbay. This 
Lodge too no longer meets. 

There was in the last fifty years 
a lodge of Independent Order of 
Red Men but records were hard to 
find and nothing definite could be 
found out about the organisation. 

Grand Army of the Republic 

The Grand Army of the Republic 
was an organization of veterans 
of the Civil War who fought on 
the Union side. According to the 
few things we were able to find 
out the Post at Windsor was or- 
ganized a': out 1880 and had quite 
a large membership. No one seems 
to know anything about whether 
any records were kept or not, but 
it they were, they have been lost, 
and we know nothing about where 
the Post was organized, who the 
first officers were or when they 
disbanded. One of the outstanding 
things this Post did was to attend 
a Memorial Service in a body at 
one of the churches annually. They 
always decorated the graves of 
their dead comrades on Decoration 

There were seven of these Civil 
War Veterans living in Windsor 
at the close of World War I and 
our local Legion Post gave all of 
them whose family desired it, a 
full military funeral. 

The G. A. R. had a branch or- 
ganization called the Sons of Union 
Veterans. They were what their 
names implies and they made it 
their business to be helpful t ■> 
their fathers. So far as we know 
none of these men are living. 

Rebekah Lodge 

The Grand Lodge of the State of 
Illinois: Of the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows- 
To all whom it may concern: 
Know ye, that the Grand Lodge 
en the application of these brothers 

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New Windsor Elementary School 

Big Four Railroad Station 

Old Wabash Depot and 
Railroad Tower 

Old Presbyterian Church 
(Now Church of Christ) 

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Windsor High School 

ami sisters of the order, viz: A. J. 
Reed, Alonzo Hatch, John G. 
Thomas, R. W. Record, L. C. Bald- 
win, Chris Shears, Mellon Moore, 
S. Storm, O. Y. Robbins, D. F. 
Richardson, John H. Potter, George 
Cochran, W. L. Bowen, Josephine 
Gharett, Daniel Dietst, II. Bartles, 
Nancy Bartles, Julia Hatch, Phebe 
Diet/., Emma Dietz, Lizzie Potter, 
Lydia Record; Doth hereby grant 
this warrant to establish 
lodge of the Daughters of Rebekah 
at Windsor in Shelby County, Illi- 
nois to be known and hailed as 
Eden Rebekah Lodge No. 118. 
In witness, pursuant to the order 
of the Grand Lodge, we have signed 
our names and affixed the seal ot 
the Grand Lodge of the State of 
Illinois this 22nd day of November, 

N. 0. Nason, Grand Secretary 
Alonzo Elhvood, Grand Master 

March 3, 1930 Queen City Re- 
bekah Lodge consolidated with 
Eden Rebekah Lodge under the 
name and number of Eden Re- 
bekah Lodge No. 118. There were 
16 members from Queen City. 

The following was written by- 
Florence Chambers: 

Queen City, our sisters on the 

After some struggle thought it 

To come to Eden for new pasture 

And bring to us another Grand 

Now we hope members no more 
will roam 

But stay with Eden and feel at 

We welcome you as Naomi did 

With open arms in Friendship, 
Love and Truth. 
Members who have received 50 
year pins are John Yantis, Delia 
Frizzel and Annie Sanders. 

The following members have 
served as president of District 23: 
Sarah Wallace in 1932, Mabie 
Bailey in 1948 and Nellie Cordes 
in 1954. 

The past Noble Grand Club was 
organized January 28, 1948. They 
adopted the same by-laws as the 
Stewardson Past Noble Grand Club. 
The first officers were Mattie Hud- 
son, president, Bess Horn, vice 
president, Aileen Morford, secre- 
tary, Nellie Cordes, treasurer. The 
club meets the fourth Wednesday 
of each month. 

Present officers are: Edna Jones, 
Noble Grand; Alice Morrison, Vice 
Grand, Nellie Cordes, Recording 
Secretary; Fern Swinford, Finan- 
cial Secretary; Jean Sanders, 
Treasurer; Mary Parnell, Chaplain; 
Daisy Buckley. Inside Guardian; 
Clara Bowen, Outside Guardian; 
Mabel Bailey, Musician; Myrtle 
Jones, Right Supporter to the Noble 
Grand; Mattie Hudson, Left Sup- 

the Noble Grand; Alene 

Miller, Right Supporter to the Vice 
(Iran. I; Laura King, Left Supporter 

to the Vice Grand; Doris Price, 
Past Noble Grand. 

Modern Woodmen of America 

The Modern Woodmen of Amer- 
ica, Camp No. 347, was organized 
and received its charter May 20, 
1887. The first officers were H. 
Gilpin, Venerable Consul; A. II. 
Hatch, Worthy Advisor; E. D. 
Tull, Excellent Banker; M. Mont- 
gomery, clerk; E. M. Scott, escort; 
J. Gharrett, watchman; J. Grubei, 
sentry; M. Montgomery, delegate; 
J. H. Potter, delegate; G. A. Ed- 
wards and W. B. Wallace, man- 
agers and associates. At that tinv 
J. C. Roof was national head con- 
sul and the national Head Camp 
was located at Fulton, 111. The 
lodge no longer holds meetings but 
boasts of 130 beneficial members 
who have insurance policies in the 
organization. Kenneth R. Davis is 
clerk of the local camp. 

Woman's Club 
Organized in 1904 

The Windsor Woman's Club was 
c rganized in the Spring of 1904 
through the planning of Mrs. Amos 
Walker, who had moved here from 
Chicago. The Constitution and By- 
Laws were submitted and accepted 
in May, 1904. The following officers 
were elected for the first year: 
President, Mrs. Amos Walker, vice- 
president, Mrs. James Moberley, 
recording secretary, Mrs. John 
Fortner, corresponding secretary, 
Miss Leota Garvin, treasurer, Mrs. 
Mollie Jones, and librarian, Mrs. 
W. F. Hilsabcck. 

In August, the president, vice- 
president and secretary resigned, 
and when the club year really 
started in October, the following 
officers had been elected: President, 
Mrs. J. D. Fortner, vice-president, 
Mrs. O. C. Bailey, treasurer, Mrs. 
George Huston, recording secre- 
tary, Miss Ida Barber, correspond- 
ing secretary, Miss Leota Garvin 
and librarian, Mrs. W. F. Hilsa- 

The departments were Domestic 
Science, Bible, Philanthropy, Chau- 
tauqua, Shakespeare and Music. 
They were all active for several 
years, but at present, the Bible is 
the only active department. 

The Club joined the Illinois Fed- 
eration of Woman's Clu'is in Sep- 
temrer and in March, 1905, the 
Club was federated with the Dis- 
trict. We joined the County Fed- 
eration in 192G. We participate in 
iects of the State E i dei 
ation and the departments of Pub- 
lic Health, Public Welfare, Civirs 
and Education and have occupied 
an important place in the club's 


During World War I and II. we 
cooperated in every way possible 
to help the service men in this 
country and overseas. 

In the Spring of 1911, the ceme- 
tery walk was completed at a cost 
if $280.00, the club paying the en- 
tire amount. In 1921, the park 
walk was built and paid for by the 
club and local contributions and 
the next year, the band stand wis 
built by the club and tin citj 
council. Many worthwhile things 
have been accomplished through 
the work of the club members. 

We have had 25 presidents, ten 
of whom are still members of the 
club; four are living but are not 
members, and eleven have died. 
The largest enrollment was in 
1908-1909, with 59 members, and 
the smallest was in 1919-1920, 
with 18 members. The present 
officers are: President, Mrs. El- 
mer Bailey, vice-president, Mrs. 
Oscar Turner, recording secretary, 
Mrs. C. O. Soland, corresponding 
secretary, Mis. Roscoe Hamilton 
and treasurer, Mrs. Bruce Munson. 
The enrollment is 48 members. Our 
c'ub still remembers its original 
purpose, that it is for women who 
are genuinely interested in the 
educational, cultural and social 
progress of our community. 

Our 50th anniversary was cele- 
brated in October, 1954, and guests 
Included our District president and 
the County president, and a num- 
ber of club members from Shelby- 
ville, Sullivan, Moweaqua and 
Tower Hill. 

Evening Woman's Club 

The Windsor Evening Woman's 
Club was organized June 22, 1954. 

Practically all of these women 
had been members of the Junior 
Woman's Club for many years, 
some from the very beginning. 
Since several had reached the age 
limit for membership in that or- 
ganization, they formed the Amer- 
ican Home Department of the 
Woman's Club in 1952. Mrs. Her- 
bert Clawson and Mrs. Phillip 
Passalacqua served as chairmen 
of this department. After two 
years, a more satisfactory solu- 
tion was sought, the result being 
the organization of a separate club 
called the Windsor Evening Wo- 
man's Club, which meets the second 
Wednesday evening of each month. 

Mrs. Phillip Passalacqua was the 
first president of this newly organ- 
ized club of 40 members, serving 
in that capacity for two success- 
ful years. Mrs. Basil Green is the 
president-elect for the ensuing 
year. This club is affiliated with 
the county, district, state and 
general federations. One of the 
aims of this club is to aid in the 

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betterment of our community. It 
is toward this goal that we are 
striving both individually and as 
a group. 

Windsor Junior Women's 
Club Organized in 1932 

The Junior Women's Club wa 
organized in 19J2. Miss Sar.ih 
Wallace was one of the people to 
get the young Windsor women 
interested in the organization. She 
is now a life time honorary mem- 
ber. Miss Evelyn Wallace (Lovins) 
was the first president for the 
year 1932-33. 

The club was discontinued for a 
short while during the war, but 
was reorganized and we now hav3 
approximately 42 members. The 
club meets the second Thursday 
evening of each month in the 
homes of members. We are affili- 
ated with the county, district, 
state and general federations. 
Our club pledge is: 

We pledge our Loyalty to the 
Junior Clubwomen, 

For doing better than ever 

What work we have to do, 

By being prompt, honest and 

By living each day trying to 
accomplish something, 

Not merely to exist. 
We all are trying to live up 
to our pledge in hopes that we may 
help ourselves as well as our fam- 
ilies and the community. 

The W. C. U. Club 

The W. C. U., a social club, 
was organized about 1906 and last- 
ed about twelve years. It was com- 
posed of 13 young women, and they 
met on the 13th of the month. If 
he 13th came on Friday they gave 
a big party, and defied r.ll the 
superstitions they knew. The lant- 
ern was their emblem and they had 
a W. C. U. Hymnal with black cats 
pasted on the front and on the 

The original 13 members were: 
Cora Athey, Ida Barber, Nellie 
Burson, Bertha Brill (McClain), 
Gertrude Brill (Swain), Hettie En- 
sey (Purvis), Leota Garvin, Kath- 
erine Garvin, Mabel Goodwin, 
Daisy Mcllwain (Griffith), Faith 
Mooberry, Minnie Richardson 
(Morris), and Lala Tull (Gaddis). 

If a member moved from Win 1- 
sor, or a death occurred, a new 
member was added. Mabel Good- 
win died in November, 1907. Ger- 
trude Brill was the first bride I nd 
she was given a shower, which was 
something new in those days. 

No one to this day knows what 
the letters W. C. U. represents. 
Each member took an oath that 
she would never tell and no mem- 

ber has. Of the original number, 
seven ale living. 

N. I. T. Club 

The N. I. T. Club was organized 
in 1907 by 12 young ladies of the 
Windsor community and was a 
purely social club. The meetings 
wera held at the hemes once a 
month, and many beautiful pin. 
of needlework were embroidered 
for their "hope chests." Several 
parties were held during the year, 
each one inviting a young man of 
her choice. When married, a com- 
fort was made and presented to 
the bride. 

The club was active for more 
than ten years, cr until a"l the 
members were mairied. The mem- 
bers were: Lela Ashbrook (Ghere), 
Maude Banks (Hennigh), Lena 
Gleason (Shores), Edna Harris 
'Tackett), Annie Matzen (Burns), 
Ludelia Matzen (Storm), Floss 
Moberley (Gordon), Oma Poo 
(Wallace), Edna Robinson (Tem- 
pleton), Olivia Robinson (Wallace), 
Irma Smysor (Barnhart), and Jen- 
nie Swiney (Lemons). 


A group of veterans of World 
War I met on April 8, 1921, on the 
second floor of a frame building 
located the second d< or east of the 
northeast corner of Virginia Ave- 
nue and Oak Street for the purpose 
of organizing an American Legion 

Earl Garrett was the first man 
from Windsor to be killed in thii 
war so it was voted to call our post 
Earl Garrett Post. The following 
men were elected as its first of- 
ficers: Burl H. Gray, Post Com- 
mander; Clarence 0. Soland, Vice 
Commander; Samuel Hugh Leeper, 
post adjutant; Roscoe B. VValkei . 
finance officer; Guy E. Morford, 
historian, and Grover Horn, ser- 
geant-at-arms. Commander Gray 
appointed the following commit- 

Executive committee, E'.don G. 
Turner, Ralph Horn, Harry Sexson, 
Wm. Cecil and Herbert Baldridge: 
finance committee, Roscoe B. Walk- 
er, S. H. Leeper, Guy Mo fore, 
Palmer M. Leffler and B. H. Gray; 
hall committee, Eldon G. Turner, 
Clarence O. Soland, Dellaven Ry- 
herd and Hurry Hood. 

The charter was dated Septem- 
ber 10, 1921, and was signed b- 
Wm. R. McCauley, department 
commander, Wm. O. Setliffe, de- 
partment adjutant, John G. Emery, 
natinal commander, and Lemuel 
Bolles, national adjutant. 

The number assigned to our 
Post was 725. 

When John Harold Baldridge be- 
came the first Windsor man to 
make the supreme sacrifice in 

World War II it was voted to 
change the name to Garrett- 
Baldridge Post No. 725 American 

The charter members of our 
original Post are B. 11. Gray, Hai- 
ry Hood, Ed Batson S. II. I per, 

( ii. Soland, Jack Horn, H. E. 
Spencer, Virgil Sharp. Dellaven 
RyherJ, Harry D. Leeds, Clark 
Wallace, Wm. C. Cecil, E. H. Alex- 
ander, Clarence Miller, Roscoe B. 
Walker, Herbert Baldridge, Law- 
rence L. Carroll, Bill Tull, Fred N. 
Cain, Raymond O. Davies, Ralph 
Horn, L. C. Hyland, John Pruitt, 
Lawrence Horn, E. T. Swiney, 
Harry Sexson, Morris Hancock. 
Conrad Dobson, Walter Shewmake, 
Guy E. Morford, George E. Lake, 
Eldon G. Turner, Jesse F. Swin- 
ford and Wm. Palnn r Leffler. 

After the Post name was chang- 
ed we were granted a new charter 
with 97 charter members. Out rf 
1 he 34 original members only four 
have held continuous membership: 
Wm. E. Jones, Hairy D. Leeds, H. 
Everett Spencer and Clarence O. 

The Post has a regular business 
meeting once a month on the sec- 
ond Thursday. They hold their 
meetings in their own building the 
first door east of the City Hall in 
the 100 block, East Virginia 

The present officers are Oliver 
E. Baugher, Commander; Alfred J. 
Mayer, vice commander; Eldon G. 
Turner, finance officer; Clarence 
O. Soland, ad'utant and chaplain, 
and Harry D. Leeds, sergeant-at- 

Legion Auxiliary 

The Woman's Auxiliary of the 
American Legion Unit 725 was or- 
ganized on December 6, 1948, by a 
group of mothers, wives and 
sisters of veterans of World Wars 
I and II. Mrs. Earl Summerlin, 
Mattoon, alternate director of the 
19th district, Mrs. Lester Bennett, 
county president, and several 
members from the Shelbyville unit 
were present to explain the work 
and to assist in the organizing. 

Installation was December 29, 
1948, with Mrs. Lester Cannon of 
Areola installing the following of- 
ficers: Mrs. C. O. Soland, Presi- 
dent; Mrs. Ruby Cecil, vice presi- 
dent; Mrs. Leo Latch, treasurer; 
Mrs. Orval Swain, Jr., secretary; 
Mrs. Ed Jones, sergeant-at-arms; 
Mrs. J. F. Swinford, chaplain. 
There were 20 charter members. 

Present officers are Mrs. Harold 
Minor, President; Mrs. Everett 
Spencer, vice president; Mrs. 
Bruce Smith, secretary; Mrs. C. O. 
Soland, treasurer; Mrs. Oscar 
Turner, chaplain, Mrs. John Mof- 
fitt and Mrs. J. F. Swinford, color 

>f the First Picnics 

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View of Main Street Today 



The Old Black Horse Tavern 
(Where Lincoln Stopped On His Regular Circuit Rides) 

bearers. Membership this year is 

The Kiwanis Club 

The Windsor Kiwanis Club held 
its organization meeting on Octo- 
ber 28, 1952, with Frank Lawrence 
of Kiwanis International as chair- 
man and advisor. The club was 
sponsored by the Mattoon, Shelby- 
ville and Sullivan clubs and had 40 
members at the beginning. The fol- 
lowing officers were elected: Ellis 
L. Brant, President; Virgil E. 
Grabb, vice president; Clarence O. 
Soland, secretary; John Hagen, 
treasurer. The following directors 
were elected: E. Ward Bridges, 
Malvin A. Ritchie, Jr., Phil Pas- 
salacqua, Thomas J. Leggitt, 0. 
H. Reynolds, Luther Hennigh, 
Luther Martz, and Walter E. Rose, 

Charter night was observed De- 
cember 10, 1952, with over 450 
guests, including several district 
officers, present. 

The club has been very active in 
youth services and citizenship 
services. They have installed play- 
ground apparatus in the City Park 
and also built three outdoor fur- 
naces. They keep the park mowed 
and cleaned of brush. They are 
planning a tree planting project 
for next year. They meet on Thurs- 
day at 6:30 p. m. each week in the 
basement of the Methodist Churc'i. 

The club now has 26 members 
and the present officers are h. 
Ward Bridges, President; Clarence 
O. Soland, vice president; Arnold 
Englund, secretary; Russell Curry, 
treasurer; Orvyll V. Bundy, ser- 
geant-at-arms. Directors, Ro' ert L 
Buchanan, O. C. Fisher, Eugene 
Norman, Orris A. Seng, Arthur 
P. Stuckey, Clarence A. Shafer 
and Leo C. Bennett. 

P. T. A. Organized in 1900 

The first P.T.A. was organized 
in 1900 by a group of interested 
parents who realized that through 
such an association a closer rela- 
tionship between parents and 
teachers could be brought about. 

To guide the association through 
its first year were Mrs. Ethel 
Rose, President; Mrs. Daisy Wal- 
lace, secretary; Mrs. Emma Moo- 
berry, treasurer. From the very 
start the members all worked hard 
to earn money to purchase needed 
equipment for our school. It was 
the P.T.A. who bought the first 
piano for the gym, a victrola for a 
lower grade room, maps and li- 
brary books for the upper grades 
and each year advanced $50 to 
help maintain the summer kinder- 

The first P.T.A. was discontin- 
ued in 1938-39 but was reorgan- 
ized in 1!)4S and each year has had 
worthwhile projects which bene- 
fited our school and community. 

It was through the combined 
efforts of the P.T.A. and other 
meetings that the community was 
made aware of the desperate need 
for more adequate housing for our 
school children. So in the near 
future we will have a new grade 
school where our citizens of to- 
morrow can be prepared to play 
their important roles as the leaders 
of this ond other communities. 

There are still problems to solve 
and we can solve them — our P.T.- 
A., an organization of parents 
and teachers, created in the in- 
terest of our most priceless pos- 
sessions — our children. — Ruby 
Bailey, President. 

Home Bureau 

Home Bureau, an organization 
of homemakers, came into exist- 
ence in Illinois in the early 1920's. 
An organization was started in 
Shelby County in 1936 and Moul- 
trie County in 1936. Windsor com- 
munity was well represented with 
many charter members. Miss Lu- 
einda Rose of Windsor was on the 
first county board as treasurer in 
Shelby County. 

The motto of Home Bureau is 
"The home is the center of every 
homemaker's interest but not the 
circumference." The aim is to have 
every home economically sound, 
mechanically convenient, morally 
wholesome, physically healthful, 
mentally stimulating, artistically 
satisfying, socially responsible, 
spiritually inspiring, founded upon 
mututal affection and respect. 

Home Bureau has a cooperative 
program. A continuing education 
in family and community living is 
provided through the cooperation 
of the county home bureau, the 
University of Illinois Cooperative 
Extension service in Agriculture 
and Home Economics and the 
United States Department of Ag- 
culture. The county program of 
work helps people better help 
- through organization 
and subject matter meetings as 
well as many other kinds of activ- 
ities for adults and youths. 

The counties are divided into 
units for convenience. There are 
seven of these units in \\ indsor 
community, four in Shelby I ounty 
and three in Moultrie. Tl 
were started about the same year 
the organizations began in their 
respective counties. 


At the present time Richland 
unit has an active membership of 
28. The unit chairman is Mrs. Gus 
Cress of Windsor. Ash Grove unit 
has 23 members. The chairman is 
Mrs. W. 1). White of near Neoga. 
Windsor A has 12 members and 
Mrs. Donald Davis is unit chair- 
man. Windsor B has 14 members 
and the present chairman is Mrs. 
Albin Koellig. 

The Moultrie County units are 
Gays with 12 members, Mrs. Roy 
Glasscock, chairman; Whitley with 
12 members, Mrs. Virgil Stirrett, 
chairman, and East Moultrie, Mrs. 
Spencer Black, chairman. 

Home Bureau sponsors Rural 
Youth and 4-H. It provides an ad- 
visor and an assistant. The as- 
sistant is Mrs. Marion Cordes of 
Windsor. Home Bureau provides 
leadership training, all manuals 
and record books necessary. It 
sponsors the 4-H Fair every year 
and provides ribbons and prizes. 

Windsor community is very 
proud of its 4-H clubs. There are 
10 clubs. The names, number of 
members, leaders and presidents 
are: Agriculture, Windsor Win- 
ners, 14, Dale Stremming, Monty 
Nohren; Silver Horse Shoe, 15, 
Floyd Haney, Theron Newell; 
Don's Doers, Donald Davis, Don 
Cameron; Whitley Whiz Kids, 25, 
Carl Cummings, Glen Harpster, 
W. W. Hilligoss, Lyle Huffmaster, 
Carl Edwards. Home Economics, 
Kum Join Us, 5, Annabelle Harp- 
ster; Gold and Silver Stars, 12, 
Mrs. Virgil Grabb, Mrs. Junior 
Swain, Joyce Johnson; Prairie 
Skippers, 11, Mrs. Clinton Wall, 
Genean Craig; Happy Helpers, 13, 
Mrs. Ethel Weakley, Mary Ruth 
Slifer; Richland Willing Workers, 
15, Mrs. Lueck, Mrs. Don Heller, 
Kathryn Schmitt; Moultrie Merry 
Makers, 14, Mrs. Ethel William- 
son, Mrs. Ralph Edwards; Victory 
Star, 15, Mrs. Donald Christie, 
Mrs. Mildred Phipps. 

Of the present active member- 
ship in both counties in Windsor 
community the following are 
charter members: Ash Grove, Mrs. 
Ethel Weakley, Mis. Vance Kerch- 
ival, Mrs. Myrtle Tressler; Rich- 
land, Mrs. Ed Duncan, Mrs. Chae. 
Krile; Windsor A, Mrs. Roy Spen- 
cer, Mis. Hugh Robinson, Mrs. 
Fred Walker, Sr.; Windsor B, 
Mrs. Katherine Bottrell. Mrs. 
Thomas Bottrell, Mrs. Luther 
Martz, Mrs. Harry Storm, Mrs. 
Ward Bridges; Gays, Mrs. Bruce 
Smith, Mrs. Paul Hostetter, Mrs. 
Roy Glasscock; Whitley, Mrs. 
Everett Spencer, Mrs. Omar Spen- 
cer, Osa Wright. — Mrs. Howard 
Clawson, Co. chairman, 1954-56. 

Compliments of 




Your local dealers 

Arnold Englund Arthur Stuckey 

J. C. Smith O. H. Reynolds 

Compliments of 



Branches: Charleston and Robinson, 111. 
1411 Broadway - Mattoon - All Phones 6425 



2017 Broadway 


the bread in the new orange picture wrapper 


Building Materials of All Kinds 
Celotex Seidlitz Paints 

Roofing Hardware 


Phone 30 

Windsor, 111. 






CONSTRUCTION— Frank Baugher 



SISTERS OF THE SWISH— Elaine Stratton 

SCENARIO AND TITLE— Clarence Soland 
CAST COMMITTEE— Helen Bridges 
CELEBRATION BALL — Clarence Shafer 
MEN'S HATS — Clarence Shafer 
LADIES' SUN BONNETS— Elaine Stratton 
MUSIC — Douglas Begeman 






V. E. P. 


Massey Harris 



Minneapolis Moline 


Sales and Service 



Phone 20 ShelbyviUe, EL 



- of - 








These Firms Are In Business Here Now 

Groceries and general stores: 
0. H. Reynolds, J. C. Smith, 
Arthur P. Stuckey, Arnold Eng- 
lund, Glenn Hart; hardware, Gar- 
vin & Son; lumber, hardware and 
building material, Windsor Lumber 
Co., Windsor Supply Co., Phil Pas 
salacqua; furniture, feed and seed 
Harrell Storm; hotel, Clyde M 
Bowen; poultry and egg buyers, 
Elmer Bailey, Luther G. Beuce 
cleaning and pressing, Max Kib 
ler; bulk oil and gas dealers 
Bennett Oil & Gas Co., Leo Ben 
nett, prop.; Standard Oil Co, 
Walter E. Rose, prop.; Socony Oil 
Co., Gerald Olson, prop., and 
athon Oil Co., Ward Bridges 
prop.; coal dealer, Howard Claw 
son; grain dealers, Neal-Cooper 
Grain Co.; marber shops, Harold 
Bullerman, John Robison; insur- 
ance, John Kasey, Glenn Hart and 
Logan Gover Insurance Co. 

Windsor State Bank, Windsor 
Building & Loan Association, 
Mayer's Tavern, Renshaws Dry 
Goods and Notions, C. A. Shafer 
Drug Store, Windsor Gazette 
Printing office, Windsor Post Of- 
fice, Daisy Wallace, postmaster; 
Don Horn, pool hall; restaurants, 
Irene Jones, Ruth Stillablower; 
locker plant, Clarence Veech; 
blacksmith, J. E. Carter; woodwork- 
ing shops, M. H. Yunker, Ben Klep- 
sig; automobile dealers and ga- 

rages, Clarence Doehring, Hudson 
cars and Case tractors and farm 
machinery; 0. C. Fisher, Chevro- 
let, and Virgil Grabb, Ford; auto- 
mobile repair shop, Jim Wallace; 
filling stations, Howard Trout man, 
Dean Bennett, Charles M. Swin- 
ford, Roger Bridges; Dr. Smith D. 
Taylor, physician; Dr. Harry E. 
Myers, dentist; feed stores, Down's 
Feed Mill, Reynolds & Cummings; 
Dean C. Fling, radio and television 
repairs; Windsor Mutual Telephone 
Co., C. H. Miner, manager. 

George Garvin Over 70 Years 
In Same Business Establishment 

George Garvin came to Windsor 
about 1863 when his father, Shem 
Garvin, bought a mill which he 
ran for some time. In the fall of 
1872 Mr. Garvin entered the hard- 
ware store of Shaffer & Turner to 
learn the tinner's trade. The firm 
changed hands several times but 
Mr. Garvin stayed on as an em- 
ployee until Mr. Shaffer's death 
when he was given an opportunity 
to manage the store and buy an 
interest in it which he did. The 
store then changed hands seven or 
eight times until in 1906 it became 
Garvin & Son which name it still 
bears. Mr. Garvin stayed with the 
firm through all these changes 
until his death in 1945. 

During Mr. Garvin's four years 

apprenticeship under Mr. Shaffer, 
he worked for $4 a week, making 
everything from tin cups to stove 
pipes. One year 5,000 tin fruit cans 
were made and sold by the firm. 
After he completed his apprentice- 
ship, he went to work in the store 
for $40 a month. He married Belle 
Bruce, daughter of J. D. Bruce, in 
1876 and continued in the same 

For 50 years he sold Moline 
plows. Mr. Garvin served on the 
Windsor Building & Loan Associa- 
tion board for 27 years and served 
as a director of the Windsor Tele- 
phone Co. from its organization 
through the rest of his life. He 
served as Windsor Township sup- 
ervisor for two years, being the 
first Republican elected to that 
office from this township. He was 
a Mason for over 50 years. 

This is a short sketch of the 
long and fruitful life of one of 
Windsor's best known citizens. It 
is doubtful if his record will be 
equalled in Windsor's second 
hundred years. To serve in one 
business in the same building for 
over 70 years is a record to be 
proud of. 

The business is now being run 
by Mr. Garvin's son, Bruce, who 
has been in the firm with his fa- 
ther since 1906, making 50 years 
for Bruce. 


Is A "MUST' 

To Live Better 


With Compliments Of And From 





Ruth and C. E. Stilabower 

Barber Shop 


Complete Line of Coal 

The place where the people enjoy 
getting trimmed 

Heating Equipment 



Since 1885 

Groceries and Meats 

Windsor, 111. 



" It Pays To Look Well' 


Sullivan, 111. 



Congratulations to Windsor 

on Their 1 00th Anniversary 



Maude — Bruce — Jack 

Wood Products 

CEN - PE - CO 


Oils and Grease 

Dale Butler 


Phone 135 7, Shelbyville 


912 East First St. — Phone 2 324 


Pana, III. 

Maltha Robinson, Prop. 



Beauty Shop Quality Work 

Pontiac, Ferguson and GMC 

Shelbyville, 111. 


Shelbyville, 111. 



Where Friends Meet 


Sullivan, 111. 

Chain Saw Sales and Tree Cutting 

Jean Walden 
Phone 2-60, Windsor, 111. 

Massey-Harris and New Holland 

Phone 79 39 — Mattoon 

Ruth VanDeren, Prop. 


Clyde Bowen 

Telephone 254 — Windsor, 111. 


So Ends History of Windsor's First Hundred Year's- 
Thanks To All Who Helped In It's Preparation 

Thus ends the history of Wind- 
sor's first hundred years. We hope 
the reading of it has been enjoy- 
able to you. We realize that there 
are some errors because the ma- 
terial was gathered from so many 
different places and our memory 
cannot always be trusted. 

We also realize that some im- 
portant events have been omitted 
and some things have been print- 
ed that may seem trivial but such 
are the frailties of human beings. 
After all we have tried to cover a 

century of time and the lives and 
experiences of several thousand 

There is no doubt but what some 
person in each church or organi- 
zation in Windsor could write a 
history of their own group which 
would contain as much material as 
this book. And it would be inter- 
esting, too. 

So, we ask your forgiveness for 
any mistakes we have made and 
we now leave the beginning of a 
new century to you. We hope that 

with the help of this history and 
with the records that some good 
citizens will keep that the year 
2056 will find some one who can 
write a better history than this 

We know that Windsor will keep 
right on being the fine little city 
it has been and that the home like, phere will prevail as long as 
time lasts. 

With these final words we lay 
the second hundred years in your 

The Authors. 




has opened two new branch offices. 


U. S. Route 24 
West Quiney, Mo. 
Phone Baldwin 3-4439 
P. O. Box 444, Quiney, III. 


Home Office 

43 DeWitt 
Phone 5491 

In this territory we supply parts and service as authorized by the 
franchises of our manufacturers. 


• Allis-Chalmers Mfg. Co. 

• Chain Belt Co. (Rex) 

• Bros. Boiler & Mfg. Co. 

• Joy Manufacturing Co. 

• Iowa Mfg. Co. (Cedar Rapids) 

• K. E. McConnaughy 

• Gar Wood Ind., Inc. 

• Northwest Engineering Co. 

• Buckeye Div., Gar Wood Ind., Inc 

• Pacific Car & Foundry Co. (Carco). 

• Standard Steel Works 

• Schield-Bantam Co. 

• Tractomatic Corp. 

• Union Wire Rope 


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