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April 2001

through Saturday, April 14
SPONSORS: City landfill
WHO: Lincoln residents
Free disposal of landscape waste
WHERE: Landfill on Broadwell Drive
Daily 8 am - 4 pm

Tuesday, April 3
SPONSORS: Lincoln Writers Club
WHO: Public
Presentation on haiku poetry by Dr. Lee Gurga; bring a pencil and paper
WHERE: Pegram Room of Lincoln Public Library
6 pm

Wednesday, April 4
SPONSORS: Lincoln Kiwanis
WHO: Public
American Red Cross blood drive
WHERE: Lincoln Sports Complex
Noon - 5 pm

Thursday, April 5
SPONSORS: University of Illinois Extension, Logan County
WHO: Public
"Putting Balance in Your Life" workshop
WHERE: Extension building, 980 N. Postville Drive
10 am

SPONSORS: Mason City Historical Society
WHO: Public
First in series of free Civil War period dance lessons; leads up to a May 26 ball
WHERE: 120 N. Main St., Mason City
7 pm

Wednesday, April 11
SPONSORS: Lincoln American Legion Post
WHO: Public
Rules of the Road" presentation
WHERE: Lincoln American Legion Post, 1740 Fifth St.; call 732-3743 for more information
1 pm

Thursday, April 12
SPONSORS: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
Blood drive
WHERE: Atlanta United Methodist Church
12-30-6:30 pm

Saturday, April 14
WHAT: Easter egg hunt
WHERE: Lincoln Park District Ballroom, 1400 Primm Road
WHEN: 10 am

Wednesday, April 18
SPONSORS: Lincoln Kiwanis
WHO: Public
American Red Cross blood drive
WHERE: Lincoln Sports Complex
Noon - 6 pm

Thursday, April 26
SPONSORS: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
Blood drive
WHERE: Lincoln College
10 am - 3 pm

WHAT: "Salute to the Office Professionals" luncheon; for ticket information, call (217) 735-2385
WHERE: Knights of Columbus, 217 N. Limit St.
WHEN: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29
SPONSOR: Clark's Greenhouse Herbal & Country Gardens
WHO: Public
Spring Thyme Plant Fair
WHERE: One mile east of San Jose on Route 136, one-fourth mile south on New Holland blacktop





SPECIAL EVENTS:  Baby-sitting clinicCity landfill welcomes landscape wasteExtension workshopSee Cards vs. Cubs; help local Habitat affiliateElkhart ChautauquaLincoln Woman's ClubSHARE

REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  American Red CrossGirl ScoutsLincoln American Legion PostLincoln Park DistrictLincoln Writers ClubLogan County Joint Solid Waste Agency (recycling)Mason City Historical SocietyOasisSalt Creek Prairie Chapter NSDAR


Baby-sitting clinic scheduled for April 7

A free baby-sitting clinic will be offered Saturday, April 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Young people in sixth, seventh and eighth grades who are interested in learning how to be a safe and successful baby sitter are invited to attend.

The clinic, sponsored by the Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, will cover numerous topics such as basic and emergency first aid, safety while baby-sitting, and basic child care for young children. Participants will also learn about the business of baby-sitting and how to do a professional job.

The clinic will be in the basement Conference Room A at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 315 Eighth St. in Lincoln. Registration is required, and the clinic is limited to the first 40 who sign up. Registration can be made by calling (217) 735-1643 or by writing to Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club, Box 152, Lincoln, IL 62656.

City landfill welcomes landscape waste

The landfill on Broadwell Drive will be open for two weeks to accept landscape waste, beginning Sunday, April 1, ending Saturday, April 14. The landfill will have its gates open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The disposal is free, but people bringing waste must keep all their bags and containers. Only leaves, branches and similar landscape waste will be accepted.

After two weeks, the landfill will resume its regular Wednesday-Saturday schedule, beginning with Wednesday, April 18.


Extension workshop

Learn to balance your life

A workshop called "Putting Balance in Your Life" will help participants understand the importance of keeping balance in their lives, identify what is needed for personal balance and set goals to balance their lives. The workshop will be at the local Extension building, 980 N. Postville Drive, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 5.

"Putting Balance in Your Life" is being sponsored without charge by University of Illinois Extension, Logan County, and will be taught by Patti Faughn, family life educator at the Springfield center.

For more information please contact the Extension office at (217) 732-8289.

See Cards vs. Cubs; help local Habitat affiliate

Logan County Day, Cardinals vs. Cubs, will be sponsored by the Logan County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. The game is Sunday, May 13, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Game time is 1:10 p.m.

Tickets are available at A.G. Edwards, Lincoln; Union Planters Bank, Lincoln; Farmers State Bank, Mount Pulaski; Hartsburg State Bank, Hartsburg; Lincoln Elks Golf Shop, Lincoln; Illini Bank, Lincoln and Elkhart; Bank of Chestnut, Chestnut; and Atlanta National Bank, Atlanta.

  The cost is $20 per ticket, and checks should be made payable to Habitat for Humanity. Each ticket includes a $2 donation to Habitat.

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519 Pulaski, Lincoln



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Elkhart Chautauqua planned for May 5

Lincoln look-alikes, ‘painless history,’ petting zoo, craft demos

The Elkhart Chautauqua for the year 2001 will open at 10 a.m. on May 5. Abraham Lincoln on horseback will be escorted onto the parade grounds by the Illinois 7th Cavalry Unit.

At 1 p.m. a Lincoln look-alike contest will be judged. The committee is encouraging young, beardless Lincolns to take part in the contest, as well as older, bearded Lincolns. A prize will be awarded to the winner.

A "Painless History Alert" is being released to encourage teachers and students to attend the festivities and learn history while having fun. Nancy Torgerson will explain "How Children Lived in Lincoln’s Time." She will tell about games children played in Abe Lincoln’s day, the chores children were required to do and the clothing they wore. This will be a great opportunity for young children to look back in time and see how different their lives might have been if they were born in 1830.

At the petting zoo, youngsters can pet angora rabbits, goats, a mini-horse and a variety of other small animals.

The Logan County Craft Guild will give demonstrations on a variety of crafts, including quilting, bobbin lace, candle-making, soap and spinning.

Workers in the sheep industry will give a herding demonstration on containing sheep and the production of wool. There will also be a goat-milking demonstration.

The American Legion will have a food booth for the sale of pork chops and rib-eye sandwiches. In addition, there will be other vendor booths selling sandwiches.

For more information, call Gillette Ransom, (217) 947-2238.

[Kathleen McCullough]

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A price break on food

If someone wanted to give you $15, a little more or less, every month, would you take it? Maybe, depends? Well, let’s see, $15 x 12 = $180 per year. Now we’re talking. How do I get that, you say? Well, that’s the amount you will save by buying some of your basic groceries through the local SHARE program. (SHARE is an acronym for Self-Help And Resources Exchange.)

The price break is achieved by buying food in bulk. "When we all pool our money, we can get a better price," says John Sutton, local SHARE coordinator. Volunteers drive to western Illinois and as far east as Terre Haute, Ind., for food purchases and pickups. Peoria is the central clearinghouse. The Peoria Catholic Diocese serves as coordinator of SHARE in central Illinois.

"SHARE is open to anyone who wants to plunk down their money and perform some community service," says Sutton. Community service constitutes just about any activity you would do for someone else, from praying for someone to taking someone to the hospital — anything to help out your fellow man.

Participants pay only $15 per month. From that total, $14 is used to buy the food, and $1 is for transportation costs. Last month’s food had an equal value of $28.05 at the grocery store. It is composed of the same basic everyday kinds of foods. The food that has been purchased is divided equally, with everyone getting exactly the same thing. Anyone wanting to see if it is something they would benefit from is welcome to come by and have a look while the pickup is going on. It’s a good deal if it is food you would ordinarily buy anyway. It’s essentially half the price.

SHARE food pickups are once a month. This month’s pickup is this afternoon from 4 to 5:30 at St. John United Church of Christ. Sutton invites you to "come have a look." You can sign up for next month’s pickup if it suits you. He and the other volunteers would like to see lots more people take advantage of this opportunity. There’s plenty of room for this program to grow.

Who: Anyone who buys groceries

What: Basic foods sold at great savings

Why: Because it’s a great way to reduce your grocery bill

Where: St. John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St.

When: 4-5:30 p.m. April 20


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American Red Cross

Blood drives in April

The American Red Cross blood drives on April 4 and 18 at the Lincoln Sports Complex will be sponsored by the Lincoln Kiwanis. Hours for April 4 are noon to 5 p.m., and on April 18, hours will be from noon to 6 p.m.

On Thursday, April 12, the Atlanta United Methodist Church will host a drive from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln College will be the site for a drive Thursday, April 26, with hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood donors reach goals

During March, the following people reached goals in their blood donations:

R.W. Shanle, 24 gallons; Maurice Doolin, 12; Helen E. Hoagland, eight; Daniel Jones, five; Cathy J. Renfro and A. Kay Thompson, four each; Amy S. Eads, three; Shawna L. Sisk and Vivian Worthey, two gallons each; Aimee Dierker, Maribeth Lauth, Donald D. Wolpert and Julie Piatchek, one gallon each.

Congratulations to these who continue to give the gift of life.

Girl Scouts dance with heroes

"My Hero Dance," a Girl Scout event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, will be at Carroll Catholic School in Lincoln. Girl Scouts and their special heroes are invited to the evening at Paradise Island.  Each Girl Scout can bring her dad, grandpa, uncle, brother or a friend, as long as they are at least 18 years old.  Each girl should also bring a bag of chips or snacks or half a dozen cookies.  Punch and dip will be provided.  The cost is $1 per person, and pictures will be available for $1 each. This is a family event, not a troop event.  The coordinator is Marcia Phillips.

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Activity ideas for Girl Scouts and others

Here are some links to websites with lots of ideas that Girl Scout leaders, families or kids can use. 

At Lincoln American Legion Post

Free class on road rules

Every second Wednesday of the month, a free review of "Rules of the Road" is offered at the Lincoln American Legion Post, 1740 Fifth St. The next review course will be Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 1 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 732-3743.

Lincoln Park District notes

March 31 was the last day to sign up for boys baseball and girls softball.  Any sign-ups after that will result in a late registration fee.  Young people can register at the Lincoln Park District.  If you have questions, representatives of the two leagues will be on hand with answers.

A lot of people have called wanting to know when sign-up is for men's and women's softball.   Registration will begin Monday, April 9, and end May 4.  The fees are the same as last year. 

Tee ball sign-up begins May 7 and ends May 27.  Tee ball is for boys and girls entering kindergarten through second grade.  We are very pleased to have Curt Nettles and Bob Jones returning as coaches again this year.  They did a great job last year, and we look forward to another "winning" season.

The plans for summer are nearly finalized.  The summer brochure will be out early in May.  We encourage you to keep this brochure as a reference so that you will know what is coming up at your Park District.

We have some new and very exciting programs to offer this summer.  One of our new ones will be horseback riding lessons hosted at Liesman Stables.  Longtime horse enthusiast Ann Liesman will be our instructor.  This class size will be limited, and early registration is strongly advised.

Another new twist for summer will be our Crafts Program for Kids. Andrea Niehaus will be our instructor, and she will feature painting on wood or terra cotta pots.  Each age group will make something different.  Andrea returns to our area after spending many years in South Africa, where she owned and operated her own art gallery.  Mrs. Niehaus will also offer a two-week session for adults. The first week will be spent making a predetermined object, and the second week you will be able to select from two or three different choices of what you want to make.

[Roy Logan, program coordinator]

Lincoln Writers Club will have program on haiku

Lincoln Writers Club will meet on Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in the Pegram Room of the Lincoln Public Library. Local dentist and writer Dr. Lee Gurga will present a program on haiku poetry. Everyone is welcome—just bring a pencil and some paper.

Click here for detailed information on recycling in Logan County

Includes "How to Prepare Recyclables?";
 "Logan County Recycling Sites"; "Where Can We Recycle??";
and a link to Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency site

Mason City Historical Society

Free dance lessons begin in Mason City

The Mason City Historical Society is happy to again offer free dance lessons for people who want to attend the military ball during Mason City’s Living History Weekend in May.  The venture proved to be a lot of fun for those participating in the free lessons last year. 

The Civic Center, 120 N. Main St. in downtown Mason City, will open each Thursday evening at 7 for two hours of fun and instruction.  The first session is Thursday, April 5. This will be a getting-acquainted session and a talk through the basics. Instructors will be Mr. and Mrs. David Kneiriem.

Have you ever noticed that when people dance, they wear a smile?  You'll be surprised at what dancing can do for the soul.  You'll be even more surprised what dancing can do for your figure.  A slow waltz, which will be taught, triples your metabolism.  Folk and square dancing increases your metabolism by 5½ times.  The Virginia reel, grand march, broom dance, other period dances and simple squares will be part of the fun.

MCHSociety is going to get you ready to strut your stuff to the music of the 133rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band at the Civil War Ball on Saturday, May 26, in the beautifully decorated Mason City Illini Central School cafeteria.  Though period attire is not a requirement, free admission will be granted to those in costumes of the era.

Don't worry if you don't have a partner. Come learn the dances, get your outfit and a partner can be arranged just for you. While reliving history, this fun event will allow you to make history.

[MCHSociety news release]

117 years later it’s time to restock a new time capsule

Items to seal into the new capsule that will replace the 1884 time capsule recently discovered in Mason City Soldiers Monument are currently being considered by the Mason City Historical Society.  The public is invited to take items of current interest to the city clerk’s office until the 4 p.m. deadline on April 10.

On April 13 a new and somewhat larger time capsule with copies of the 1884 historic items plus selected 2001 items will be embedded into a bit larger cavity of the old stone by Arnold's Monument, the company now in charge of re-carving the Civil War soldiers’ names for the local "Save A Site" project.

The newly restored Civil War Soldier's Monument with capsule intact will be set by the restoration company in time for a May 26, rededication ceremony during Living History Weekend in Mason City's Memorial Park. 

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Oasis update

The Oasis, Logan County’s Senior Citizen Center, is location at 501 Pulaski St. in Lincoln. The center is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for Friday and Sunday night pinochle and other table games. The center is closed on holidays. Activities are open to all Logan County senior citizens.

The Oasis Gift Shop Easter decorations now include table centerpieces, bonnets for wall and vignette settings, and cleverly decorated "eggs." Stop in during our regular business hours.

"I Live Alone Program": The Oasis currently provides a staff person for telephone contact with homebound people. Call with your referral, and we will schedule the calls.

The Bloomington Quilt Show trip on March 31 has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.

Schedule changes: The representative for the Office of Rehab Services has changed the regularly scheduled visit. Beginning April 2 and all subsequent Mondays, the representative will be available from 9 a.m. to noon.

The ceramics class scheduled for March 29 has been cancelled. Class will resume April 5.

The "Sleeping Beauty" ballet at UIS on April 6 still has a few spaces available. Call for a reservation. Ticket and transportation cost is $10.

The spring card party on April 7 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. still needs cookies donated. Please call with your contribution amount. Bring the cookies to the Oasis before 4 p.m. Friday, April 6.

The potluck luncheon on April 12 is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You are invited to participate in the luncheon. Call to sign up, and bring a dish or a donation of $2.

For the May 19 fund-raiser auction, the Oasis is accepting donations of new or gently used items during the month of April. Please bring the items at your convenience.

Game winners: Result of the Springfield Senior Center-Oasis pinochle game on March 21 was Springfield 61,370 points, Oasis 56,060 points. High scorers were Christine March and Leonard Krapp of the Oasis and Marvin Dennis and I.J. Elmore of Springfield. The regular, Friday evening pinochle winners for March 16 were Eleanor Barton and Helen Opperman. The 5-in-1 winners were Bernie De Puy, Ken McCrey and Louise Wieber. The pool winner was Alice Thornton. The pool winner on Sunday, March 18, was Alice Thornton. The rummy winners were Henry Warnisher and Tom Garrison.

Those who choose to have a Friends of the Oasis membership receive a bi-monthly newsletter in the mail. Call the Oasis, 732-6132, for further information.


Salt Creek Prairie Chapter

March DAR meetings announced

Salt Creek Prairie Chapter NSDAR will participate in the 105th Illinois State Conference to be at The Renaissance in Springfield. Members and guests planning to attend National Defense Night on Friday, March 23, include Mrs. H. W. Mangold, national defense chairman; Mrs. Stephen Harvey, treasurer; Mrs. David Bergman, program chairman; Mrs. Emmer Penewitt, chaplain; and Mrs. Moulton Binger, regent. The 144th Illinois Army National Guard Band will set the tone with patriotic and military music.  U.S. Navy Vice Adm. N. Ronald Thunman, Commander of the Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, will be guest speaker for the program.

At noon on Saturday, March 24, the Youth Day Luncheon will honor Good Citizens and essay winners from around the state.  Salt Creek Prairie Division V winners from Mason City include Lindsay Blane and Scott Bergman, who will be attending with their family and guests.  Chapter members registered to be in attendance honoring these students include Mrs. Robert Zimmerman, Good Citizen chairman; Mrs. Robert Bergman, American history essay chairman; Mrs. David Bergman; and Mrs. Moulton Binger, regent.

On March 25, the Chapter Recognition Sunday Brunch will bring the 105th convention activities to a close. Illinois state awards will be presented to outstanding DAR chapters, and Salt Creek Prairie delegates from the above-named members will be in attendance.

The regular Salt Creek Prairie Chapter monthly meeting will be Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. A book review of "My Love Affair with America," by N. Podhoretz, will be the Americanism program presented by Mrs. H.W. Mangold.  The meeting place has been changed to Mason City Museum, 120 N. Main St. in Mason City, which is currently featuring a literary exhibit.  The hostess committee for the meeting will be Mrs. Virgil Price and Mrs. Moulton Binger. 

LCHS class collected and donated teddy bears

[MARCH 31, 2001]  The Lincoln Community High School community service class had a "Teddy Bear Care for Kids" toy drive as a community service event. The class collected a large variety of stuffed teddy bears and donated them to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital pediatric patients.

The hospital sincerely appreciates the thoughtfulness of the students for their donation to ALMH and is sure that the teddy bears will be appreciated also by the children and families who receive them.

[ALMH news release]

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People all across this country and, in fact, around the world, claim roots in Logan County. They have very interesting stories to tell, and some of them like to connect with those of us who stayed at home. Logan County Diaspora publishes the stories of former Logan County residents. With their permission, we also include their e-mail addresses so that old friends might be reunited.  If you wish to be part of the Logan County Diaspora, e-mail  


Leigh Henson, now a college teacher in Missouri, remembers Miss Jones, Jefferson School principal

I graduated from LCHS in 1960, attended Lincoln College for a year and then transferred to Illinois State (then Illinois State Normal University).  I taught at Pekin Community High School for 30 years before taking early retirement in 1994.  Since then I have taught technical communication at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.  For more information about my career and teaching activities, please visit

The move to Missouri has increased my appreciation of the diversity of our society.  I always wondered what people meant by having to deal with "culture shock" in moving to a different section of the country.  Here in the Ozarks, there seems to be a blend of Midwestern, Southern and Western cultural influences. Let me cite an example of the Western influence. Missouri is nicknamed the "Show Me" state, and that often seems to translate as an attitude of "so what?" or "prove it."  The good thing is that here rugged individualism is alive and well.

As a teacher for nearly 37 years, I have been especially interested in communities composed of students, teachers and parents. Thus, many of my most vivid Lincoln memories have to do with school experiences. For example, I attended Jefferson School from 1949 through 1954 and remember being taught in fourth, fifth and sixth grades by the principal, Miss Bernadine Jones.  She kept us together as a class because she had taught most of our parents, aunts and uncles and so took a special interest in us. 



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Those were the times in which many students regarded teachers with awe.  At the beginning of fourth grade, I was so aware of Miss Jones' reputation for strictness that on the first day of school I attempted to avoid her class by enrolling myself in the other fourth-grade teacher's class.  About an hour or so went by, and I began to relax, thinking I had escaped.  Suddenly, Miss Jones walked briskly into the room.  She sternly asked if I were there and then escorted me to her classroom-office.

Fortunately, she did not take me to the nurse's office, where her infamous wooden paddle prominently hung on the wall, handy for private lessons.  When she took someone for those lessons, we often heard the results.

For three years, our class learned values as well as the "three R’s."  In the way she taught and ran the school, she exemplified discipline and responsibility and got respect for it. 

I would be interested in exchanging other stories with classmates.  For this reason, I have collaborated with other LCHS classmates in the creation of an interactive LCHS Class of 1960 site at

On behalf of my classmates, I am grateful to for helping us use Internet communication as a way to re-establish our community. 

Leigh Henson


 (Note: A link to the Internet site for 1960 graduates of LCHS is available regularly under "Reunions" in the LDN Diaspora section.)



Wants info on LCHS class reunion

I think LDN is just great. I live in San Antonio, Texas, so LDN is the only way I can keep up on what's happening in Lincoln.

I have just one request. Does anybody know when the class reunion for 1966 is going to be this year? I would really appreciate the information.


James Chandler  (Doc)

415 Pemcanyon

San Antonio, TX  78240

(210) 561-9505



Foreign Service officer recalls
infamous Valentine's Day '79 in Tehran

By George McKinney

Valentine’s Day brings back memories for all of us — the sweethearts we gave flowers to or chocolate candy or kind words to our mothers.

Valentine’s Day for me awakes the memories of being taken hostage in Tehran that very day. We at the American Embassy in Tehran nicknamed it the "Valentine's Day Massacre."

At about 10 a.m., Feb. 14, 1979, three vehicles pulled up at strategic locations around the embassy compound and opened fire with machine guns. Iranian fanatics under the Ayatollah Khomeni were attacking our embassy with the intent to close it and do serious bodily harm to the occupants, American and Iranian employees. Our Marine detachment was able to return fire and hold them off for about three hours, but were outnumbered and outgunned.

I was caught under heavy gunfire while setting up a "secure" telephone system in the embassy administrator's office on the first floor of the embassy. Through the grace of God, I was able to get upstairs to my own office, located in our communications vault, which I was in charge of. My staff were already in the process of destroying sensitive equipment and classified documents under the direction of my deputy communications officer. During this same time frame, as many employees as possible were making it to the vault, which was also the embassy's "safe haven" location.

Numerous firefights were taking place throughout the embassy at this time, as the Iranians had successfully gotten onto our compound. Some of our Marines were wounded, some were captured and taken away, and some people suffered the ultimate — death…

As our ambassador was doing what he could to assure the safety for as many as possible, there was no doubt we were going to have to surrender the embassy.

He yelled to me, "How much more time do you need?" (to destroy necessary equipment and documents).

I told him, "Thirty more minutes," but because of the atrocities taking place and to save as many lives as possible, we didn't get that 30 minutes.


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At that time, I was on one of our HF radio systems informing our embassy in Kuwait that we were under attack, surrendering the embassy and for them to inform the Department of State in Washington, D.C. The ambassador swung open the vault door and the Iranians busted in, saw me on the radio and bashed me in the head with an AK-47. As I got hit, I spun the dial on the radio so they would not know our radio frequency.

When I regained consciousness, armed Iranians were everywhere and were in the process of removing us from the vault. As they removed us, they body-searched us and forcefully took us to a large area to physically control us. They had us get on our knees with our hands behind our heads. We were held there for some time and physically abused at their whim.

We were later removed to the outside of the embassy and placed in front of a machine gun that had been set up. Many things took place at this time that I won't go into, but the international press (numerous) showed up, and that most likely saved our lives. I had been injured earlier, besides being hit in the head and again beaten when taken outside of the embassy. We were later taken to the ambassador's residence, located on the compound.

Some employees were released during the next days and weeks, but I did not leave until all of my staff were safe and accounted for and also safely gotten out of Tehran.

This was not my first encounter with terrorism, as I had been kidnapped in Fort Lamy, Tchad, in 1968. I believe my prior experience in the Marines, having served in unstable countries prior to being assigned to Iran, most likely prepared me for what took place.

Of course, not learning from these experiences, I continued to volunteer for the trouble spots around the world during the rest of my career in the Foreign Service.

It is one Valentine’s Day I will never forget.

[George A. McKinney, Pharr, Texas]




Tom Renner writes in

As a native Logan County resident, after high school in Mount Pulaski I went to the Navy in 1956. After getting out of the Navy in 1960, I moved to Southern California and spent most of 17 years working as a construction welder working out of the Boilermakers Union. Got tired of looking through a dark lens, so went to driving a truck cross-country for KLM out of Jackson, Miss., but now retired and living in Sun City, Ariz., enjoying the heat and the fishing.

So if any of the old bunch are still around, get in touch. I hear from George McKinney from time to time (alias Buster). I am sure he will like that.

All three of my girls live in Lincoln. Oldest is a nurse; No. 2 works in a factory in Lincoln; No. 3 — don’t know what she is doing.

Godspeed to all of my old classmates in Mount Pulaski, and live long and prosperous.

To contact me send e-mail to

Tom Renner



 Franz writes home

Although I have visited the Daily News several times, this was my first time in this section — really like it. Like many others have said, this column is a good place to get in touch and find friends you have not seen or heard from for years.

I am Wayne Franz:

—Graduated from LCHS in 1956 and left almost immediately for a career in the United States Air Force — almost 22 years, and [I’ve] seen a good part of the sphere we live on.

—Retired from the service in 1979 and settled in the Great Northwest — Everett, Wash., to be exact.

—Joined the Boeing company and, as part of the AOG (Airplane on Ground) team, managed to see quite a bit more.

—Retired from Boeing this past August.

—Married a wonderful California woman 42 years ago; have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Have not been back to Lincoln as often as I probably should have, but do think of it often. We are planning a visit this coming summer. Still have sisters in Atlanta and Springfield and a brother in Charleston. I have many fond memories of Lincoln.

I can be found at



Greg Schriber hopes to find old friends from Lincoln

Hello, Lincoln:

I live in Liberty, Mo., just north of Kansas City. I left Lincoln around 1984 and spent some time in Montana and now here. I miss Lincoln at times and hope to find some of my old friends from there. I keep in touch with only one to date. This website is the first link I have had with Lincoln other than my family and I appreciate it.

Greg Schriber 



Nancy Eichelberger still gets homesick for the Lincoln area

I graduated from L.C.H.S. in 1956 and would love to hear from some classmates.

We have been gone from the Lincoln area for over 20 years. I still get homesick even after so many years. I lived in Lincoln for eight years and then moved to a small town (Emden), where we lived for the next 22 years. We lived in Clearwater for 16 years and moved to Odessa Fla., which is really northwestern Tampa several years ago, as we wanted to be in the country again.

Both my husband, Wayne, and I are farm people and my parents lived in Lincoln until their deaths. The city was fine for a while but as they say, you can take us out of the country but you can't take the country out of us. We have over an acre of land here and really like living where we can hear the birds and see the horses and llamas daily. Yes, I did say llamas, our neighbor has six of them and they are beautiful.

It would be nice to hear from people that I used to know.

Nancy (Hatfield) Eichelberger 



Former residents Len and Rita Remmert "sure enjoy reading LDN"

Hello everyone in Lincoln/Logan County.

Len and I have lived in Henderson, Nev., for 16 years now and get back to Lincoln quite often, but I check the LDN every day to see what's happening. I was thrilled when my sister, Lana Miller, told me about this.

We used to co-own Landauer's in Lincoln. I sell real estate in the Las Vegas valley, and Len is sales manager for a ready-mix concrete company. Our son, Chad, is married with one daughter and expecting a son in November. He and his wife, Sandee, work for Southwest Airlines here in Las Vegas.

We attend Central Christian Church, where Gene Appel, former Lincolnite, is senior pastor. We just moved into a brand new church building that seats approximately 3000 people.

I would like to see more letters from people who have moved away from Lincoln/Logan County, so let's hear from you.

Rita Remmert 




Needs copy of local birth certificate

I was born in Lincoln but moved away quite a few years ago. I recently moved and can not seem to locate my birth certificate. I am going on a trip to Canada in a week and would like to have my certificate. Can you tell me who I should contact about getting this? Thanks!

Philip Gehlbach

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You can get that information from the county clerk's office, (217)732-4148.

Jan Youngquist



Brad Boss serves with the Army in Kentucky

As a person who is lucky enough to call Lincoln my hometown, I just wanted to say what a great Web site you have.

I am a resident of Lincoln not currently living there, because of my job. I'm serving on active duty with the Army at Fort Campbell, Ky.

I was born and raised in Lincoln, and have come to appreciate just what kind of community I come from. Lincoln isn't the biggest town I've lived in, and actually I guess it's about the smallest town I've lived in. Both of my parents, Roger and Connie Boss, and for that matter most of my immediate family, still live in Lincoln.

My mom routinely clips out sections of the Courier and sends them to me so I can keep up on what's going on back home. Recently they showed your Web site to me, and Mom, I think you can retire the scissors. It's great that I can just pull it up on the Web and see what my friends and family are doing, no matter if I'm in Korea or Kentucky.

You have a good thing going here. It helps all of us out here from feeling so homesick when we can't go take a walk around the courthouse square or down Broadway to the Depot.

Thanks again for a great Web site, and keep up the good work...

Sgt. Brad Boss



Brad Dye would like to communicate with classmates

Hello, my name is Brad Dye and I graduated from LCHS in 1960. I attended the old high school, near downtown, for two years and then the new high school at the edge of town when it opened.

I have hardly been back to Lincoln since I graduated. My parents moved to Decatur and I went off to see the world. So far, that desire to see the world has taken me to about 55 countries. I often think of Lincoln and wonder what has happened to my old friends in the last 40 years.

I live in Dallas now and work for a radio paging company, which will be no surprise to those who remember me as an avid ham radio operator.

My sister Pam, who lives in Miami Beach, and I are both wondering if there will be a class reunion this summer for the class of 1960? We would like to attend. If anyone knows about this (date, time, place, etc.), please let me know by e-mail to: [address updated 3-27-01] and to Pam at: 

I would love to communicate by e-mail with any of my former classmates.

I have a homepage on the Internet at: 

Best regards,

Brad Dye


‘Doc’ Chandler lists memories of Lincoln

I have fond memories of Lincoln as I was growing up...

The Lincoln Lakes was the place to go in the summer time.

I used to play basketball pickup games at the Central School outside courts. I couldn't believe the last time I was home in Lincoln…The drinking fountain is still by the basketball courts.

I can remember the racetracks and the A&W root beer stand.

Riggs Dairy was on Woodlawn Road…the old football field on Woodlawn…

The watermelon festival in the summertime... I was in my 30s when I found out that Lincoln used watermelon juice to christen the city with the name Lincoln. As a matter of fact, I am related to Abraham Lincoln, very distantly. My father (Warren Chandler), whose mother’s name was Edna Lincoln, was the connection.

The Logan County Fair, where, if you are by the beer tent, you might meet someone you haven't seen in a long time…

I also have fond memories of all my sporting endeavors at Lincoln Community High School (LCHS).

I still come back for my high school reunions

"Hi" to Sharon Webster and Tim Harmon … good friends.

I am glad that Lincoln has stayed about the same size. I live in San Antonio, Texas, and believe me, if I could, Lincoln would be the place for me.

James Chandler (Doc)



Where is everyone?

I am an avid reader of Lincoln Daily News. The reason for this is because I no longer live there, but was born and raised there, and it always remains in my mind. I am always looking to see something or someone I may remember from when I was there.

I really enjoy Diaspora, but not enough people are getting into it. I wish there was something I could do to raise that interest.

Come on Lincolnites, get on that computer and let us know what and how you are doing. (Go Railsplitters.)

Thank you,

George McKinney

Pharr, Texas




Brainard recalls Lincoln Skateland

Charles Brainard moved to Lincoln with his family when he was in sixth grade. He graduated from LCHS in 1979 and lived here until 1986.

He likes to remember the Indian summers and the skating rink, which his parents owned from 1972 to 1979. He thinks he misses the winter least and the summer most. "Compared to where I spend most summers, Lincoln’s weather is mild and wonderful," he says.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1986 and has been stationed in Georgia, Germany, Korea and Arizona. He was deployed to the Iraq area for Desert Storm. "Each station and area has had its own beauty," he says, "but not one of them was home."

"I am still on active duty in the Army. My specialty is communications. I work as a satellite communications network engineer and all-around communications techie. I enjoy several veterans associations – especially the American Legion and the 3rd Armored Division veterans (Spearhead) association."

His local family members are his parents, Charles and Carol Brainard; his brother, David, who just bought a house in Lincoln; and a sister, Laurie Armstrong. "My folks still live there at the homestead," he says. "The rest of us have scattered across the nation." Linda Jamison, another sister, resides in Shirley, Ill., and his sister Susan Conver lives in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area.

In closing, he tells us, "Enjoy your freedom? Thank a veteran!"



Weindorf remembers Lincoln Lakes

Donald Weindorf lived in Logan County from 1934 to 1946 and then from 1957 to 1959.

Of his years in Lincoln he says, "I like to remember my friends, the Arcade soda fountain, the old Recreation Center, the Lincoln Lakes and much more."

"I was pretty much raised in Boys Town outside of Omaha," he explains. "I got an opportunity to run Omaha Magazine and so I returned to Omaha."

He now owns and operates a group home for 20 at-risk boys.

"I love the range of weather we have here, the marvelous steak houses, the museums and the outside recreational facilities," he says.

Weindorf still has relatives living in Lincoln and gets back for a short visit every few years.

You can contact Weindorf via e-mail at



"Nothing compares with e-mail and Web pages" to keep friends in touch

I have lived in the Fort Myers, Fla., area for the last 14 years. I have tried to keep in touch by phone, mail, etc. with my friends in Illinois. Nothing compares with e-mail and Web pages to accomplish this! Many thanks to the people who started It is firmly placed in my favorite places and I check it every day.

Thanks again.

Bill Horn
Fort Myers, FL 



LDN makes Germany closer to home 

We just heard about the and are enjoying keeping up with latest. We are currently living in Germany and now we don't feel so far from home.

Tom and Kristy (Smith) Yarcho
Haupstuhl, Germany 



Lincoln remains close to her heart

Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay posted on the happenings in my hometown! I am currently living in the North Georgia mountains, but my children spend the summers in Lincoln visiting their grandparents, and they love to look at the pictures of places in Lincoln and stay familiar with their "summer surroundings" After viewing the message board that one other Lincoln site has, I think I will stick with, where I can see the news that I want to things are progressing, and the good that still comes from my little hometown. Keep up the good work! Lincoln may be 700 miles from my home, but is much closer to my heart!

Traycee Ritchhart-Pirkle


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World traveler keeps up on Lincoln

Thank you for My name is Denise and I am living in the Port Charlotte, Fla., area. I am getting established in real estate here in Southwest Florida after moving to this area within the last year from the north of England.

I lived in Lincoln until I was 27 in 1983, before starting a world traveling lifestyle. Although living thousands of miles away (i.e., Texas, California, Australia, England) over the years, I have managed to return to see my family, friends, and just to see Lincoln every six months on average. Now that plans have it that visits will be less often, it is absolutely great to have for that Lincoln connection.

My parents are down here for 'The Season." January to April. They are enjoying the benefits of the new lincolndailynews and the latitude of Florida, that of sun, warm, wildlife and the new pool construction going on in my back yard with the golf course view. Ya' all come down now! :o)

Now you won't miss out on any Lincoln area news either! I am so excited about lincolndailynews that I am starting a classified ad to help readers learn more about wintering in Florida.

Many thanks.

Denise Radcliffe Wood
Sunnybreeze, FL


Alabama resident likes Lincoln photos

Great Web page. My brother just sent me the link to the website so that I can keep up with the news from back home. I left Lincoln back in 1963 for the Air Force. I currently reside in Alabama but Lincoln is never far from my mind. I truly enjoyed seeing the pictures of the different places around town and what is going on. Keep up the good work.  

Dale A. Lowe
Huntsville, AL




Ongoing class reunion in cyberspace for 1960 graduates of LCHS


Class of ’76 plans reunion

[MARCH 10, 2001]   Saturday, Aug. 4, is the date set for the reunion of the Lincoln Community High School graduating class of 1976. A golf outing and dinner at the Elks Lodge in Lincoln is being planned. Twenty-five years have passed since graduation, and the planners need help locating several classmates. If anyone knows the address, or a person to call to get the address, of the classmates listed below, please call or e-mail Janice Greer at (217) 735-2621, Thank you for your help.

Classmates to be located

Terri Allen

Julie Altman

Beth Anderson

Nadine Barr

Barbara Benedict

Cindy Benskin

Donny Blair

Roger Bradburn

Dave Buch

Mary Check

Susan Comstock

Sharon Conrady

Kelly Cordrey

Mike Cox

Doris Dews

Larry Dunham

Randy Ellsberry

Dave Fair

Duane Foley

John Frye

Pam Gill

Dorrine Guzzo

Brian Hackett

Wendell Helton

Robert Hinton

Randy House

Cathy Houchin

Kim Hudson

Candy Hunter

Joe Hyde

Terry Hyde

Cindy Imlay

Ben Ingram

Debra Johnson

Debbie Johnston

Brenda Jones

Lori Joseph

Dee Knollenberg

Charles Krueger

Danny Landers

Jayne Landis

Randy Letterle

Pam Marcotte

Arthur Merritt

Vicki Miller

Joyce Moore

Tacy Moore

Ed Murrell

Leslie Myers

Joe Palmer

Virginia Parmer

Joyce Patton

Lori Pegram

Marcia Pegram

Don Prince

Mike Reaves

Tom Renn

Joyce Reveter

Wanda Reveter

Dave Rice

Joyce Rock

Janet Schroyer

Lynn Storment

Rebecca Turner

Liz West

Joyce Winkel

Brian Worth

Monica Wyland

Mike York

Tony Young

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