1LUN0IS HISTORICAL SURVEY
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,
Washington, D. C.
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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Windsor Centennial Steering Committee
Top row, left to right: Floyd Bauer, Bruce Smith, James Thompson,
Arnold Englund, Dale Baugher. Bottom row, left to right: Floyd
Fox, Russell Carr, M. H. Yunker, Clinton Wall
Dr. Jesse York
J. D. Bruce
Dr. C. H. Brunk
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Telephone: Shelbyville Co. 7623 or Windsor 332
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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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
Alfred Wallis and Daniel Tull
came in 1829 and David Robinson
in 1830. The homes in which these
early settlers lived were all built
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-
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
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
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
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
vrry wealthy and at the time of
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106 W. Harrison St.
6485 & 6486
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Home Killed Meats
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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
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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housi - rhe roundhouse wa fii - 1
built at Thornton Switch cast of
Shelbyville but in L856 or 1857 it
was moved n> Windsor,
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
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
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 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
The Best of the Best
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BROWN IMPLEMENT CO.
Youi Ford Farming Headquarters
600 Dewitt Mattoon, 111.
REYNOLDS AND CUMMINGS
F. S. Feeds, Seeds and Fertilizers
Limestone and Phosphate Petroleum Product*
Spreading Bulk Ferilizer
Phone 77 Windsor, III.
Carl Cummings, Phone 9 or 76
BENNETT OIL & GAS COMPANY
Windsor's Own Independent Fuel Company
Serving a Great Community With Fine Products
Gasoline Fuel Oil Bulk Propane Motor Oils Bottle Gas
Furnaces Heaters Ranges Tanks
You are cordially invited to make our exhibit tent your headquarters
during the Centennial. — Leo Bennett, President
Serving this community with oil products for 24 years — ■ 1932-1956
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
"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
William H. Woolard & John
Laughlin & Shaw
John Van Zant-Archie Smith
Jenkins Riggs-John McDaniel
Joe and Fletcher Hardy
OTHER BUSINESSES: '
Ring Photograph Gallery
The Windsor House
David Triune, Prop.
Theodore Hill, Hotel
Cottlow's Clothing Store
Could find no record of barber-
John B. Holmes
Bruce, Voris & York
D. P. Henry-Postmaster
had soda fountain and drugs
Patrick Berry, Foreman
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
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
Steel Farm Buildings
SALES & SERVICE
Pioneer Seed Corn
John Deere Farming Equipment
Congratulations to Windsor on its Centennial
by two Ex Windsorettes now located in Mattoon
THE SMITHS MACHINE SHOP
P. O. Box 14 Phone 3123
813 N. 21 St. "We Try To Do It Right" Mattoon, 111.
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
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
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
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
in Windsor, and the fust show was
"Falka" presented by The Andrews
i i|n ,.-, ( |o ill- opera house had a
capacity of 300.
WINDSOR FROM 1900 ON
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
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,
:.im 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
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-
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Windsor, Illinois 8:30 p. m.
Sound By Atomic Bomb By
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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" —
"QUEEN'S COURT OF HONOR"
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 —
"IN THE BEGINNING:"
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
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.
"RED MEN IN THE LAND UNKNOWN"
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.
"A NEW PEOPLE TO A NEW LAND"
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
"WINDSOR BEGINS TO GROW"
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.
FIFTEEN MINUTE INTERMISSION
"CITIZENS OF TOMORROW"
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!
"THE WINDSOR PICNIC"
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!
"WINDSOR GROWS UP"
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.
"LEST WE FORGET"
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.
"SALUTE TO OUR HERITAGE"
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!
OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM
SUNDAY— RELIGIOUS DEDICATION DAY
Morning — Special observances in all churches.
8 p. m. — Union service at the Pageant grounds.
MONDAY— MERCHANTS' DAY
Unveiling of historical windows
TUESDAY— AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL DAY
Agricultural and Industrial Exhibit?
Mammoth Float and Marching Parade
Address by Mayor Merlin Yunker
Crowning of "Miss Duchess of Windsor"
Premier performance of "YESTERYEARS OF WINDSOR" pageant
WEDNESDAY— FRATERNAL DAY
Centennial Belles Style Show
"YESTERYEARS OF WINDSOR" pageant
THURSDAY— HARVEST PICNIC DAY
Address by Lt. Governor John William Chapman
Organ concert by Rosann Passalacqua
"YESTERYEARS OF WINDSOR" pageant
FRIDAY— YOUTH DAY
Youth Pet and Costume Parade
Planting of the Tree of Peace
Indian Dance demonstration
"YESTERYEARS OF WINDSOR" pageant
SATURDAY— PIONEER RECOGNITION DAY
Registration of all former residents and visitors
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
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
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
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.
WELCOME TO WJNDSOR, AND THE
WINDSOR STATE BANK
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
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Marlene Flesner, Teller
E. R. Duncan
J. Wilbur Haegen
Lloyd R. Haegen
John W. Hagen
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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
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.
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
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.,
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.
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
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
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
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Lumber — Hardware
CARL E. MEROLD
Telephone 3 Windsor, 111.
TAYSTEE BREAD SALESMAN
& LOAN ASSOCIATION
Established in 1913
J. C. Smith, Pics. O. H. Reynolds
John Robinson, V. Pres. C. A. Shafer
Raymond R. Hall, Tres. Clarence Miller
Bertha Henderson, Sec. Joe Hudson
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COMPLETE BANKING SERVICES
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.
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
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.
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
New Windsor Elementary School
Big Four Railroad Station
Old Wabash Depot and
Old Presbyterian Church
(Now Church of Christ)
- si ill
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-
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
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
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.
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
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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Scooters, Boats, Outboard Motors, Fishing
Equipment, Hunting Supplies, Hobby Items
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We service what we sell
2713 Marshall Mattoon, 111.
Open 8:00 a. m. to 10:00 p. m.
Seven days a week
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SHANK ROAD OIL
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Manufacturers of Metal Culverts
Road Oil and Asphalt Furnished
P F E I F F E R
Roofing and Siding
More than just a Hardware Store
See Gehl's First
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betterment of our community. It
is toward this goal that we are
striving both individually and as
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
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
For doing better than ever
What work we have to do,
By being prompt, honest and
By living each day trying to
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 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).
THE AMERICAN LEGION
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-
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
m m i!
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
RATH PACKING CO.
Your local dealers
Arnold Englund Arthur Stuckey
J. C. Smith O. H. Reynolds
SCHWARZ AUTO PARTS
WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTORS and JOBBERS of
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIES and EQUIPMENT
Branches: Charleston and Robinson, 111.
1411 Broadway - Mattoon - All Phones 6425
ON YOUR 100th BIRTHDAY
MATTOON LIQUOR DRIVE-IN
the bread in the new orange picture wrapper
WINDSOR LUMBER CO.
Building Materials of All Kinds
Celotex Seidlitz Paints
CHAIRMEN OF CENTENNIAL COMMITTEES
REVENUE DIVISION— John Bruce
SPECTACLE TICKET DIVISION— Russell
SPECTACLE DIVISION— Jean Walden
PUBLICITY DIVISION— C. O. Soland, Orvyll
HOSPITALITY DIVISION— Leo Bennett
SPECIAL EVENTS DIVISION— Don Zabel
HISTORICAL PROGRAM— C. O. Soland
PRESS RELEASE COMMITTEE— Ray Hall
RADIO AND TV COMMITTEE— Lucille
DIGNITARIES AND GUESTS— Leo Bennett
OFFICIAL ENTERTAINING— Merlin Yunker
MERCHANTS' PROMOTION— J. C. Smith
HISTORICAL WINDOWS— Mable Bailey
PROPERTIES COMMITTEE— Mrs. Philip
CONSTRUCTION— Frank Baugher
DISTRIBUTIVE— Paul Miller
SPEAKERS' COMMITTEE— J. H. Dunscomb
HOUSING COMMITTEE— Mrs. Thomas
PIONEER RECOGNITION— Mable Bailey
NOVELTIES COMMITTEE— Gertrude Green
BROTHERS OF THE BRUSH— Kenneth
SISTERS OF THE SWISH— Elaine Stratton
TICKET COMMITTEE— Irl Schuyler
QUEEN CONTEST COMMITTEE— Hazel
SCENARIO AND TITLE— Clarence Soland
CAST COMMITTEE— Helen Bridges
CONCESSIONS COMMITTEE— Picnic Com-
CELEBRATION BALL — Clarence Shafer
MEN'S HATS — Clarence Shafer
LADIES' SUN BONNETS— Elaine Stratton
PATRONS TICKET— Orris Seng
CASHIERS AND GATES — Luther Martz
PARADES COMMITTEE— Art Stuckey
MUSIC — Douglas Begeman
PROMENADE AND CARAVAN — Picnic
KANGAROO COURT— Dale Baugher
SPECTACLE MUSIC— Donna Bennett
COSTUME AND MAKEUP— Jeannette
UNDERWRITING COMMITTEE— John
DECORATIONS COMMITTEE— Virgil
HEADQUARTERS SECRETARY— Ruth Fox
V. E. P.
THE OHIO OIL COMPANY
Sales and Service
JOHN J. SMITH
Phone 20 ShelbyviUe, EL
- of -
ENGINEERING SERVICE CORPORATION
GRABB MOTOR COMPANY
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
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
Is A "MUST'
To Live Better
CENTRAL ILLINOIS PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY
With Compliments Of And From
H. E. MYERS
DR. S. D. TAYLOR
RUTH AND CHET CAFE
Ruth and C. E. Stilabower
CLAWSON COAL CO.
Complete Line of Coal
The place where the people enjoy
GARVIN & SON
STUCKEY & SONS
Groceries and Meats
ROBISON'S BARBER SHOP
CARL F. ERICKSON
" It Pays To Look Well'
O. H. REYNOLDS
Congratulations to Windsor
on Their 1 00th Anniversary
Maude — Bruce — Jack
CEN - PE - CO
Oils and Grease
ANDY'S RADIO &
Phone 135 7, Shelbyville
912 East First St. — Phone 2 324
Maltha Robinson, Prop.
ADA MAXEDON SHAFER
FINK'S SALES CO.
Beauty Shop Quality Work
Pontiac, Ferguson and GMC
REYNOLD'S BLACKSMITH SHOP
Where Friends Meet
Chain Saw Sales and Tree Cutting
Phone 2-60, Windsor, 111.
Massey-Harris and New Holland
CONLIN IMPLEMENT DEALER
Phone 79 39 — Mattoon
Ruth VanDeren, Prop.
RUTH'S BEAUTY SALON
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-
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
..in., phere will prevail as long as
With these final words we lay
the second hundred years in your
TO SERVE YOU BETTER
THE ILLINOIS ROAD EQUIPMENT CO.
has opened two new branch offices.
U. S. Route 24
West Quiney, Mo.
Phone Baldwin 3-4439
P. O. Box 444, Quiney, III.
In this territory we supply parts and service as authorized by the
franchises of our manufacturers.
DISTRIBUTORS FOR THESE
NATIONALLY KNOWN 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
ILLINOIS ROAD EQUIPMENT CO.
1310 E. Jefferson Street - Springfield, Illinois