newest state champion
12, 2001] Lincoln
has a new state champion it can be proud of. Brian Dutz captured an
unprecedented two state titles in the 2001 State Dart Championships
recently at the Civic Center in Peoria. Never before had one
individual won two state singles titles in darts in Illinois.
Competing against 218 other contestants, Brian won the 501 Open
Singles title. Then he defeated 185 competitors for the Open Singles
those unfamiliar with the game of darts, 501 is a countdown game,
with each score/hit subtracted from the previous throw. The object
is to get to zero first.
is a bit more complicated. In cricket, scores count only when the
numbers 15 through 20 and the bulls-eye are hit. All of these must
be hit three times each to win. Once a player has hit a number three
times, all subsequent hits of that number will continue to tally
until the opponent has hit the number three times. This "closes
out" the number for further scoring. Highest score wins.
has been throwing for 15 years, the last 14 competitively. He quit
for a few years, but at the urging of his wife, Mary, he resumed
throwing. This time he took it more seriously, practicing 1½ to two
hours daily in the family room in their basement. His play began to
improve, culminating in his state titles this year. Darts may be his
sport, but not his life. Brian is a devoted husband and father,
finding time to help son Blake with his baseball and daughter
Katelyn with her volleyball and other activities.
[Brian with teammates (from left to right)
Jodie Campbell, Scott Sherren, Tandy Cox,
Brian and Rod Clarke.]
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game of darts has its origins in the pubs of Merry Ole England.
Today, competitive darts can be found thriving in the pubs, or
rather drinking establishments, of Lincoln. Brian, or "Dutzie"
as he is known to his friends, can be found on Wednesday evenings at
the OK Tavern, competing with his team, the Crackshots. Dutzie has
been with the Crackshots (Brian Green, Rick Sullivan, Keith Yeazle
and Danny Hall) for the last 10 years.
afternoons, Dutzie can be found at Al’s Main Event, crushing the
competition, with teammates Rod Clarke, Randy Cox, Jodie Campbell
and Scott Sherren.
This past Sunday was a typical afternoon for
Dutzie. With music blaring from the jukebox, high fives being tossed
around and beverages-of-choice disappearing, Dutzie stepped to the
line in the final game of the afternoon — 501 doubles. His team
needed only a 14 to win. Did Dutzie go for the spacious 14 on the
board? Mere mortals would take that easy route. In the fashion of a
true champion, he nailed the wafer-thin slice of double seven —
for 14 points and the win!
those of us who have a dartboard in our basement and enjoy playing,
you can get out to see Brian at the aforementioned places. The level
and quality of play are something to behold. You’ll see a dart
thrower worthy of being called state champion. Congratulations,
member questions county’s share of animal-control funding
proposed new three-year contract for animal-control services provided by Logan
County to the city of Lincoln drew sharp criticism from Alderman Stephen Mesner
at a work session of the city council Tuesday evening.
the fairness of the agreement, saying the county charges fees to Lincoln and
other municipalities for the service but does not contribute a fair share of
county funds to animal control.
"The city is
paying $27,000, and the county hasn’t paid a dime," he told the council.
"The county writes in $10,000 in its budget for animal control, but they
don’t spend it. I think the people of the city of Lincoln need to know about
The proposed budget, submitted for discussion by Alderman Benny Huskins Sr.,
chairman of the animal-control committee, calls for the city to pay the county
$27,951 per year for the next three fiscal years. The city has had such a
contract for the past two years at the same price, Huskins said.
states that Logan County will "furnish, operate and maintain an animal
shelter and pound for lost, strayed, captured, surrendered or homeless dogs and
cats" and shall "dispose of such animals as provided by statute."
It shall also employ people to run the shelter and carry out other duties.
Mesner said the
city’s police officers, not county personnel, do most of the work picking up
stray animals. City Attorney Jonathan Wright agreed that the city police
department usually responds first and "does quite a bit of the
Mitchell asked what fees the county is allowed to keep. According to the
proposed contract, Logan County retains animal registration fees, along with
rabies inoculation, housing, neutering and adoption fees.
Huskins said he
had not seen the county budget for animal control but would attend the next
meeting of the county’s animal-control committee and ask questions about costs
is mandated to do it," Huskins said. " We have an ordinance on the
books, and we are paying them to enforce our ordinance."
Mayor Joan Ritter
pointed out that the county was not asking for an increase in fees for the next
Mesner, who is
retiring from the council in May after an unsuccessful run for mayor, said if
the ordinance came up for a vote while he was still on the council, he would not
vote for it. "I don’t say we shouldn’t have an agreement [with the
county] and pay them, I’m saying come on, let’s be fair."
In other business,
the council heard a report from Paul Smith of T & T Truck and Trailer
Service on his plan to have his business included in an enterprise zone. Smith
plans to add a state-approved truck inspection lane, at a cost of about
$250,000, which would be the only state-approved lane in Logan County. He would
also add several new employees.
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Logan County regional planning commissioner, told the council the commission had
gone on record in support of adding the property to the enterprise zone. Smith
said he believed the addition to his business would be an asset to the city, as
it would bring owners of semi-trailers and farmers with tractors to Lincoln for
inspections. The closest place now to get such an inspection is Mason City, he
said. The council agreed to put the matter on the agenda for next Monday’s
chairman of the insurance committee, reported that costs for health insurance
for city employees will go up again this year, from $372 per individual per
month to $401. Costs for family care, now $976, would go up to more than $1,000;
however, the city presently has no family memberships on its health care
usually quotes on health insurance rates come in so close to the new fiscal year
that there is little time to look for alternative insurance plans. However, he
said some new health insurance programs are coming out in July of this year, and
he urged the council to look at them when there is time to consider making
we’re not going to be able to pay for this unless we get the costs under
control," he said.
Plans for the new
16-lot east-side subdivision, proposed by Rodney White of New Holland, were
discussed briefly. White has asked that the city absorb the entire cost of
upgrading Sherman Street, which the lots will face, so he can sell the lots at a
reasonable price. He has asked for some kind of commitment from the city for the
street upgrade to be made in three to five years.
Wright noted that the city does not have legal authority to enter into a
contract of this type for more than one year. Even if such an agreement was
made, it would not be binding on a future council, he said.
White said he
would go ahead and present his proposed subdivision to the plan commission and
continue to look for ways to reach an agreement with the city.
Bob Steele presented his plan to have
a soapbox derby in Lincoln during the weekend of the balloon fest and art fair.
He said he had the approval of the chamber of commerce, which is furnishing a $1
million blanket insurance policy for the event, as well as the approval of
residents and businesses along the Kickapoo Street location where the event will
be held. The derby plan was also put on the agenda for a vote at the regular
meeting April 16.
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Efforts to bring Soap
Box Derby to Lincoln begin
Steele of 25 Tulip Drive in Lincoln is hoping to bring area racing to this year’s
balloon fest. There won’t be any obnoxious fumes or incessant noise of motors
grinding through the calm air in Lincoln. Just perhaps the noise of a lot of
kids and their parents having fun together. Steele hopes to have a soapbox derby
race this summer and use the event and the participation as an impetus to have a
sanctioned Soap Box Derby organization in Lincoln.
Pulaski currently has their own association and fields up to 25 members and
their cars in two events tied into Mount Pulaski summer events. Steele hopes
that Lincoln families will be interested in creating their own club and going
over to Pulaski in future years "to win a few of their trophies."
Pulaski racers, of course, will be invited to Lincoln events, with the hope that
such a family activity with a broad county base will help bring the community
already has received approval from the chamber of commerce to have the
races during the balloon fest and now is awaiting city council
approval to start the momentum needed to field racers.
Soap Box Derby associations are commonplace throughout the country, it would
seem that council approval of this venture should be swift and positive once the
logistics for the event are laid out.
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a retired lumberyard owner, has extensive experience with soapbox racers and is
willing to walk any family interested in becoming involved through the basics of
fielding a car for the potential races. He stated that families can go any of
three ways to get a car ready for competition. A family can purchase a kit or
custom build their own or purchase a used racer at a price that Steele says
carries the least expensive cost of the three options.
is open to children 7 years of age to 16 and is a national pastime for families
across America. Steele was quick to point out that until city approval is
received, the race is not officially set for this August. However, families who
are interested in joining a new Lincoln Soap Box Racer Association can get in
touch with Bob at 732-9983 to receive more particulars on this family-oriented
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Choices for your child’s care
An overview of
local day cares and preschools
your child’s day care or preschool can be a difficult decision, considering
location, hours, curriculum, staff experience. To make the best choice, parents
have to locate each day care or school and interview the directors or teachers.
This is a lot of work!
To help parents
reduce some of their research time, LDN began to research local day-care centers
and preschool programs.
here for local day care and preschool directory]
delving into the programs, facilities and hours of operation, a few common
misconceptions need to be corrected. More than one day-care director stated that
day care is not just baby-sitting. Yes, the children are being watched; but
day-care workers also teach the children through play, love the children and
provide a sense of security for the young ones.
director said parents believe that because day care is so costly, day-care
workers make a lot of money — when in fact, the day-care profession is one of
the lowest paid careers. The average salary, even for those with college
educations, is $6 per hour!
below are brief descriptions of the day-care centers found in Logan County.
McAllister directs the Child Development Center, which began in July. They have
four day-care classrooms, for children who are 15 months to 5 years old. They
also have two Head Start classrooms, for students ages 3 to 5.
day-care workers have either 30 college credit hours (with six in early
childhood development) or 60 college credit hours (with 18 in early childhood).
The Head Start teachers and assistants have either degrees in early childhood or
CDA credentials—meaning they have 12 college credits and plenty of on-the-job
McAllister is in the child-care profession because she enjoys it. As a mother of
young children, she understands how difficult it is to find day care and how
costly day care can be.
Development Center is slightly more expensive than the other Logan County day
cares because the center adjusts rates to the state level. McAllister is also
trying to pay her staff little more, since she believes most child-care workers
are underpaid. The Development Center’s Head Start program is a granted
program, so families who qualify can get financial help for their child-care
recognizes that many day cares in Logan County have quality programs and people,
just like her center. She also knows that "every center in town struggles
to keep qualified staff." McAllister advertises the Child Development
Center as a fun, quality program that offers an additional choice to
Logan County’s parents for child care.
are accepted year-round at the Child Development Center; just stop by.
Ann Hart is the director for Christian Child Care (CCC). She works with CCC
because she loves children and believes it is "one of the gifts God gave me—to
work with children."
has 13 teachers and eight teacher assistants—many of whom are also qualified
to be teachers. According to Hart, the teachers are more than baby sitters. They
educate and love the children and offer a sense of security.
Hart encourages parents to choose CCC because it shares the love of God with the
children and provides high-quality day care.
does have a waiting list, so interested parents need to call as soon as
possible. Some parents put their child on CCC’s waiting list before he or she
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Lambs Day Care
Lambs Day Care is a ministry of New Wine Fellowship and has been serving Lincoln
since 1984. All of their teachers are state certified, and several of their
teachers meet or exceed the DCFS standards.
Jones is the day-care director. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Jones is in the day-care profession because she loves the children and believes
that it is a pleasure to work with them. She knows that parents must leave their
children for extended periods of time during the day, so she is happy to provide
a safe, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for the children.
knows that parents want the best care for their children; for example, that
their infants are held regularly. Many parents have complimented Little Lambs’
cleanliness and adult-child interaction. When there is an opening for a child at
the day care, Jones calls the parent or parents to come to the center, inspect
the facilities and talk to the teachers. The staff wants to be sure that parents
recognize Little Lambs as an "environment where parents feel at peace and
comfortable with leaving their children."
Ark Nurturing Center
Lynch is the director of Noah’s Ark Nurturing Center. She loves children,
likes working with them and enjoys watching them grow in a day-care setting;
that is why she completed an associate’s degree in early childhood
Ark has four qualified teachers, three teacher aides and two directors. The
center offers educational activities and toys but does not have structured class
Lynch believes that Noah’s Ark is important to the children who attend because
it is a Christian day-care center. Many of the families of the children who come
to Noah’s Ark do not attend church, so the teachers capitalize on their
opportunity to teach the children about Jesus and Christian values.
Ark is located in a building that used to house a church, but the day care is
not affiliated with any particular denomination.
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Illinois Senate gave unanimous approval Friday to legislation, sponsored by Sen.
Bob Madigan, to provide assistance to Illinoisans in need of insurance coverage…
Senate Bill 1505, the state would create an ombudsman to coordinate information
about the various government and non-government insurance plans that are
uninsured people, or those who are about to lose their health insurance coverage
are simply not aware of the various programs that exist to help them obtain
insurance," said Madigan (R-Lincoln). "For example, there are several
state programs, such as KidCare and the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan,
which were specifically created to help those who are uninsured because of an
inability to afford coverage."
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the ombudsman would provide information on private-sector insurance plans.
Madigan’s legislation also would allow counseling for the uninsured in the
discovery, evaluation and comparison of options for obtaining health insurance
coverage. Counseling could be one-on-one or through public forums.
Senate approved the proposal on a 55-0 vote, sending the measure to the House
continue to MAP Elkhart
was Elkhart’s Action Planning Session—the fourth meeting of their MAPPING
process. For the past three months Nancy Richman and Steve Kline, of the
Management And Planning Projects Involving Nonmetropolitan Groups program, have
been guiding the community of Elkhart through the planning process for community
the first three planning sessions, residents vocalized four main goals for
improving their town, listed projects to reach those goals, and prioritized the
suggested projects. The agenda for the Action Planning Session was twofold: List
informational resources the community needs to begin the projects and plan the
presentation for the entire town.
meeting began with four different groups summarizing the projects they want to
implement in the next three to five years in order to reach one of the specific
goals. The four groups even separated those projects they definitely plan to
pursue from those they hope to pursue.
first goal the resident planners vocalized is to increase Elkhart’s
population. In order to do that, the planners want to bring businesses to the
town and expand the town’s utilities for businesses and homes. Other projects
the group hopes to work on are advertising and community beautification.
second goal, high-quality K-12 education, will be met by creating a community
task force and ensuring the schools get proper funding. The group hopes to
expand technology, begin a tutoring program and add to the extracurricular
activities at Elkhart Grade School.
third goal is to create a stable business environment. The one project slated to
reach this goal is a new power generation plant. Other projects the group hopes
to begin are a town grocery store and tourist or recreational attractions.
fourth goal of a competitive, sustainable, convenient community will be met by
increasing the amount of family housing. The group also hopes to begin a
community day care center and welcome wagon.
and Kline shared with Elkhart’s planners how impressed they were with each
group’s detail. Not only had the groups brainstormed many
community-improvement projects, but they also vocalized ways of measuring their
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the four group reports, Richman and Kline introduced Robin Hanna of Rural
Economic Technical Assistance Center (RETAC). RETAC, just like MAPPING, is a
branch of Western Illinois University’s Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA).
RETAC is a funding resource for small Illinois towns. RETAC does not write
checks but tutors communities in economic matters and points them to groups that
do write checks.
experiences provide him with ideas for helping communities. Throughout his
presentation he shared stories of how other communities accomplished the same
goals Elkhart wrote. He described how those towns overcame challenges in the
same projects Elkhart envisioned.
on Hanna’s funding presentation, the planners noted resources he mentioned
that they wanted: guidelines for zoning, information on attracting businesses,
plans for developing housing and much more.
one of the breaks, Lincoln Daily News was able to ask some of the
planners why they had become involved in the MAPPING process. Jeff Gustafson, an
Elkhart resident for three and a half years, believes that Elkhart is a special
town and friendly community with a lot of potential. He sacrificed some of his
vacation days from work to help other residents turn Elkhart’s potential into
longtime Elkhart resident sees the MAPPING project as a key to the town’s
growth. She said that there was a need to pull ideas, because in the past
residents have held different opinions about community improvements. She
believes that the MAPPING process will help to unify residents around one
theory will be tested in the upcoming town meeting. On Thursday, May 10, the
resident planners will present their goals and project ideas to the entire
community. The planners hope to rally full community support for their vision
and ideas. All Elkhart residents are invited to the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the
If the town
meeting goes as well as all of the planning meetings, Logan County will see
Elkhart begin to grow over the next three to five years.
Easter egg hunt brings smiles
do smiling faces and eggs have in common? The annual Easter egg hunt in Elkhart.
year’s hunt was Saturday, April 7, in the Village Park of Elkhart. Over 950
eggs were hidden for the nearly 75 youngsters to find. Each egg contained candy
and, in some cases, certificates for prizes.
included play dough, bubbles, jumbo boxes of crayons, sidewalk chalk and hula
hoops, walkie-talkies, water cannons, assorted board games, and cameras.
prizes included $5, $10 and $20 awards in each of the four age groups.
Reeley, village board trustee, chaired the event, with Ann Curry, Charlie
Matthews, Cherri Reeley and Hallie Reeley assisting.
for the Easter egg hunt were contributed by the Needs and Goals Club of Elkhart
and the village board.
Thanks to the
generosity of these volunteers and others, lots of smiles and happy faces were
seen throughout Elkhart.
Eldredge, village president]
Easter egg hunt adds another year of success
hundreds of youth, place them in a large sunny park and say, "GO!"
Then sit back and watch the fun. Within moments kids start popping up with
brightly colored plastic eggs filling their baskets. They’re so fast it’s
almost like watching the rabbit himself.
only one rainout in its history, A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education hosted its
ninth annual Easter egg hunt at Kickapoo Creek Park Sunday afternoon. The
children were divided age groups: ages 1 to 3, 4 to 8 and 9 to 12. In less than
30 minutes the 158 dozen (that’s nearly 2,000) brightly colored plastic eggs
ABATE put out had been found. The eggs were filled with certificates and candy.
The certificates were turned in for cash, other candies and grab-bag prizes.
Illinois is a neutral nonprofit organization that allows all riders to unite in
A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education. ABATE works to safeguard motorcycling
rights, while allowing members to be individuals with different views.
video project outlined
video featuring young lawyer Abraham Lincoln as he was when he lived in and
visited the area is in the works. The plans are being put together by volunteers
in a subcommittee of the Looking for Lincoln project. The project will be funded
by a grant from the state of Illinois.
video is intended promote Lincoln as a tourist destination. It will be
distributed through varied tourism channels to encourage tourists to come visit
Logan County. Videos will also be made available to purchase for those who are
interested in owning a copy.
of the subcommittee putting the video together are Paul Beaver, Paul Gleason,
Steve Sauer and Charles Ott.
below is a sequence of the towns where Lincoln visited and worked in Logan
County before he was elected president. The video will present these sites and
the related history.
— Lincoln's first visit to
Logan County was as a surveyor. He first surveyed a site to the east of Rocky
Ford on Salt Creek in June 1836. He also witnessed the sale of the first lot in
Middletown in June 1833. Middletown was laid out in 1832 as a midway point on
the stagecoach route between Peoria and Springfield. This stagecoach stop led
shortly thereafter to the construction of the Dunlap Tavern, or Stagecoach Inn,
as it is commonly referred to today. The restored building stands one block
south of its original location in Middletown
Lincoln was an attorney at Postville during the spring and fall sessions of
court in the new Logan County Courthouse (Postville) in the new county of Logan,
which was created in 1839 by Lincoln when he was a state legislator.
often played "townball" and marbles with the local children in nearby
Postville Park. He stayed at the Deskins Inn, which was across the street. The
well from which he drank is still there.
Pulaski (Courthouse) —
During the 1840s Lincoln often was an attorney for local citizens and handled
their legal matters. Mount Pulaski was the county seat of Logan County from 1848
until 1854, when the newly constructed courthouse in the city of Lincoln was
completed and became the county courthouse.
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Drawing by Lloyd Ostendorf
— While Lincoln traveled the
judicial circuit, he often stopped in Atlanta on his way to Bloomington after
the conclusion of court in Logan County. Two of Lincoln's friends in Atlanta
were Sam and John Hoblit, with whom he often stayed the night. One night in
1858, Lincoln stayed in a carriage house on the Hoblit farm when all the rooms
in the main house were occupied. This small building still stands on the farm.
July 4, 1859, Lincoln spoke at a large Fourth of July celebration in Turners
Grove (near the Atlanta Cemetery). He was presented a silver-headed cane at this
time. One year later, he was nominated for the presidency.
Before Lincoln was famous, he was involved in helping create the first town to
bear his name. In the summer of 1853 the Chicago and Alton railroad line was
constructed and ran directly through Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln christened the town of
Lincoln at this site. This was also the site of Lincoln's farewell speech in
Lincoln and the site where his funeral train passed in May 1865.
appeared in Lincoln as both a lawyer and judge on many occasions in 1858 after
the completion of the Logan County Courthouse.
College was officially named in his honor on the day he gave his second
inaugural address, March 5, 1865. The Lincoln College Museum now contains many
items relating to his life in Illinois
— Some 10 miles south of
Lincoln rises Elkhart Hill, scene of one of the county's earliest settlements,
where the James Latham family lived. Most of this landmark became the property
of John D. Gillett. Gillett was born in Connecticut in 1819 and moved to Logan
County in 1838. He established a farm at Bald Knob near Cornland. After Abraham
Lincoln was selected as a presidential nominee, he visited his good friend
Gillett in Elkhart to ask him to help in the upcoming election. After Lincoln's
election, he also asked Gillett to attend his inaugural. Gillett accepted the
invitation and attended the inaugural in Washington, D.C.
projects, a dinner
and a birthday party planned
for J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator
restoration projects for the J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta are
planned for this spring and summer, two of them funded by a matching grant from
the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
In March the IHPA
approved a 60/40 matching grant totaling $16,200, with the local share being
$6,480. This money will be used to tuck-point the inside foundation of the
elevator and to install electricity for lighting to bring out the architectural
Sunday, April 8,
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlanta firehouse there will be a spaghetti dinner
to support the Hawes elevator. The menu offers spaghetti, salad, garlic bread,
drink, and homemade pie and cake, all for a donation. Proceeds will be used to
meet the local portion of the matching grant.
The third project
expected to be completed this summer is construction of a railroad siding next
to the elevator. Bill Thomas, chairman of the J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum
board of directors, said the time frame for a wooden boxcar to sit on the siding
is less certain. He has contacted several railroad museums and associations but
has not yet found an available boxcar.
The J. H. Hawes
Grain Elevator, built in 1904 and operated as a commercial enterprise until
1976, is the only fully restored wooden grain elevator in Illinois listed on the
National Register of Historic Buildings. The museum was dedicated on July 17,
1999. On March 4, 2001, the Illinois state organization of the Daughters of the
American Revolution (DAR) also recognized it as a historic site.
The DAR dedicatory
plaque describes how the elevator operated: "This restored elevator
demonstrates the general handling and storage of grain of that era [early
1900s]. Grain was dumped into a pit and, by a system of belts and pulleys
powered by a single cylinder engine, was elevated to storage bins and eventually
moved out to rail cars." DAR State Regent Mrs. Robert W. Mitchler dedicated
the marker before a crowd of 150.
Thomas said one
goal of the museum board is to develop a plan for conducting field trips for
elementary and middle school students. Though volunteers have guided many adult
groups through the elevator, elementary students are considered a special
audience requiring a different approach. Thomas, a former elementary principal
and middle school history teacher, said the tours will be "a very active
experience" for the students. He hopes to start the school tours in the
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Thomas said a
long-range goal is to erect or acquire a second building to house agricultural
exhibits. According to the museum brochure, grain storage facilities first
became important as pioneer farmers produced crops beyond the needs of their
families. By the mid-1800s milling and distilling industries created a market
for the excess grain, and the railroad built through Atlanta in the 1850s
provided a means of transportation. First flat storage warehouses, then
bridgelike granaries built over the railway provided facilities to store and
transfer the grain.
Responding to the
need for new technology, John H. Hawes, a farmer and grain dealer, built his
elevator between April and August 1904. He used a gasoline engine to power the
vertical bucket conveyor system that raised the grain to the top of the 60-foot
elevator and dumped it into vertical storage bins. The brick engine house has
been reconstructed with period materials and a 1920 Fairbanks Morse gasoline
engine donated by Eminence Grain and Coal Company of rural Atlanta and restored
by Deane May of Atlanta.
A period wooden
scalehouse, originally used at the CrackerJack Company in Chicago, illustrates
the way grain was weighed by the wagonload. The Stanford Grain Company of
Stanford donated the scalehouse, and Eugene Craft of Atlanta donated the period
97th birthday will be celebrated on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Community Band will provide music, and refreshments will be served. A special
highlight for the day will include an authentic re-enactment of the elevator's
early days. A team of horses will arrive delivering a grain wagon, to
demonstrate the elevator’s operation.
The birthday celebration also opens
the summer tour season. The elevator, engine house and scalehouse are open to
the public on Sundays during June, July and August from 1 to 3 p.m. Special
tours can be scheduled by calling (217) 648-2056 or (217) 648-5077. All tours
are free, and donations are accepted.
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