A Day in the Life...,
ALMH, first floor waiting area
9 am - noon
(217) 732-2161 Ext. 243 for more information
ALMH, on fourth floor
10 am - 2 pm
in July and August
Free tours of J.
H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum
BY: Main Street Lincoln and
Lincoln Area Music Society
Concert in the Park, featuring The Nostalgics; sponsored by Beans
and Such and Family Custom Cleaners and Laundry
Latham Park, downtown Lincoln
heart failure and diabetes support group; call
(217) 732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information
ALMH, first floor waiting area
9 am - noon
Cancer Awareness; call
(217) 732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information
Lincoln Sports Complex
noon - 6 pm
American Red Cross
covering adult CPR, infant and child CPR, and first aid; first
of two sessions
125 S. Kickapoo St.
ALMH, first floor waiting area
9 am - noon
Atlanta Christian Church
Atlanta Christian Church
noon - 6 pm
American Red Cross
covering adult CPR, infant and child CPR, and first aid; second
of two sessions
125 S. Kickapoo St.
BY: Main Street Lincoln and
Lincoln Area Music Society
Concert in the Park, featuring Angel Spiccia and Friends; sponsored
by Bassi Construction and The Tropics Restaurant
Latham Park, downtown Lincoln
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
REGULAR POSTINGS FOR
ORGANIZATIONS: Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Red Cross, Beta
Sigma Phi, Girl Scouts, Heritage In
Flight Museum, Girl Scouts,
Park District, Logan
County Extension office, Logan
County historical landmarks, Logan County
Joint Solid Waste Agency (recycling),
Courthouse, Vineyard Cafe
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
support group offered
Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Hospice Care of Illinois are offering "Always
in Our Hearts," an adult bereavement support group established to help
individuals cope with the loss of a loved one.
This group meets the fourth
Thursday of each month at the hospital in Lincoln. No reservations
are necessary, and there are no dues or fees. It is not necessary to attend any
set number of meetings. Come as you are, as often as you like — you are always
Always in Our
Hearts is facilitated by a bereavement counselor and is open to any central
Illinois resident dealing with a loss. Grief and mourning are an integral part
of the healing process for a spouse, family member or friend after the loss of a
loved one. Monthly meetings provide an opportunity for people to discuss their
feelings and the changes the loss has brought to their lives.
information, please call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 405.
Cross announces July blood drives
Printers will sponsor a blood drive at the Lincoln Sports Complex on Wednesday, July 18, from noon until 6 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial Hospital will have a drive on Monday, July 23, with hours from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Christian Church will be the site for a drive on Thursday, July 19, with hours
from noon until 6 p.m.
Peter’s Lutheran Church in Emden will have a drive from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday,
who reached goals in their blood donations in June were Mike Booher, 17 gallons;
Robert L. Thomas, 10; Dale Meier and Dorothy M. Fink, five each; Jeff Short,
four; Laura D. Papuga, three; Anne Conrady and Carol Borowiak, two each; and
Jeff Farmer, Sherry L. Hall and Susan Storey, one gallon each.
Cross classes in July
American Red Cross will offer a class on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, July 17
and 18, covering adult CPR, infant and child CPR, and first aid. Class sessions
will be in the Red Cross office at 125 S. Kickapoo St. Hours the first evening
are 6 to 10 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. on the second evening.
Challenge Class will be on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class
is for those who have had previous training and want to renew their
certification. Preregistration is required.
information, call 732-2134. Office hours are from noon until 4 p.m. weekdays.
Sigma Phi chapter installs officers
Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met recently at the home of Pam Schwarz in Lincoln for
the installation of officers. Those installed were Lois Vannoy, president; Jan
Van Bibber, vice president; Donna
Creager, secretary; Janielle Bunner, treasurer; and city council members Janet
Henrichsmeyer, Joyce Hyde, Lois Vannoy and alternate Jan Van Bibber.
also attended a social at Famous Dave’s in Bloomington to conclude the
Scouts invited to crocheting program in Indiana
Saturday, Sept. 22, will be dedicated as "I Can
Crochet" day at Crochet Renaissance 2001 in Indianapolis, Ind. Area Girl
Scouts are invited to attend the free session to earn credit toward their fabric
and textile merit badge as well as an "I Can Crochet" activity patch
for attending. CR 2001 is expecting a big turnout for this event, which is
sponsored by House of White Birches in Berne, Ind. Troop leaders are invited to
call coordinator Patsy Franz at (877) 282-4724, Ext. 317 or send e-mail to email@example.com
to register their troops to attend the free session.
Websites with lots of ideas that Girl Scout leaders, families
or kids can use:
the website for Girl Scouts, Land of Lincoln Council, at http://www.girlscoutsllc.org/.
can send questions and suggestions to the council by clicking here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, see the
national Girl Scouts site at http://www.girlscouts.org/.
In Flight Museum open on weekends
little-known historical site full of large and small treasures sits
on the outskirts of town on the Logan County Airport property. The
Heritage In Flight Museum building itself is a part of history. It
is a remnant of Camp Ellis, located west of Havana, which was the
largest military training and prisoner-of-war camp in the United
States during World War II. After the war the camp was closed and
the buildings were sold. Logan County Airport is fortunate to have
one of the few remaining structures from Camp Ellis.
historic items are found outside at the airport, including the
rotating beacon, the green-and-white light that identifies the
airport location to pilots flying at night. Before being moved to
Logan County Airport, it was part of the lighted airway system that
the airmail pilots in the 1920s used to navigate at night. The one
that now resides here was originally located between Lincoln and
Atlanta and provided a bright signal for Charles Lindbergh when he
flew the airmail route between St. Louis and Chicago.
outside you can also view a number of aircraft that are on display
from various time periods.
to the inside, you find that the Heritage in Flight Museum is filled
with items of aviation history from the military and civilian
branches of flying and from the earliest days of open-cockpit
biplanes to the latest jets. Veterans who reside in Logan County
have donated much of what the museum has. Families from the
community have donated items that belonged to our war heroes,
revealing special sentiments, symbolism and forgotten practices that
held a community together in war times. Other items offer a look at
early technology such as the airplane and ship radios. Of the
thousands of items in the museum, each can be said to teach us
something about our past. Visitors can relive history through the
numerous displays, mostly grouped in wartime periods, and gain a
strong sense of patriotism while studying military displays
throughout the building.
guided tour is recommended to get the most from these displays. The
volunteers are both knowledgeable and passionate about their subject
matter and will bring to light little-known nuances that make the
museum is always interested in adding items of aviation history. Its
greatest need, however, is for more volunteers to help in the
guardianship of this important gateway to Lincoln and Logan County.
museum requires lots of care and maintenance. Members are always
looking for interested people of all ages to help care for it, share
their interests and preserve a bit of aviation history.
In Flight Museum is operated by an all-volunteer, non-profit
organization: Heritage-In-Flight, Inc. You are invited to come meet
the members and sit in on their meetings anytime. Meetings take
place at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month in the terminal
museum is a great resource to educate our youth about our
aeronautical and military past and shares the wealth of military
traditions from a community and national perspective. Schools, youth
groups and families are welcome.
in Flight Museum
Airport Road, Lincoln
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
the airport and leave a message to request a guided tour, schedule a
time during the week or ask for more information.
can read more about HIF from the archives of LDN. Go to: http://archives.lincolndailynews.com/2001/Feb/15/comunity/business.shtml#Logan
County is host to a unique museum rich in special military stories
Park District notes
From Roy Logan,
you looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? If so, come on out
and enjoy our pool. On Saturday night from 8:30 to 10:30 we will offer an
"Adult Moonlight Swim." Cost is only $1 or your season pool
pass. Sorry, kids, this one is only for the adults.
be patient, young people, because your turn happens next Saturday, July 21.
"Splash Back to the ’60s" will go from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. DJ
Brando will spin the platters. Games, contests and surprises will
guarantee the fun. Just bring $1 or your pool pass to get in when we crank
up the fun!
"A Day in the Woods" at Memorial Park
July 12, your Lincoln Park District offers "A Day in the Woods." You
may have heard the expression "Can't see the forest for the trees."
Well, after that you'll know not only the names of the trees but how many trees
it takes to make a forest. Carol McFeeters Thompson, a natural resource
coordinator from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is coming to
teach us all about nature in Memorial Park. We'll start the day around the fire
getting our lunch ready. Just as the pioneers did years ago, we will have
a meal cooked in cast-iron Dutch ovens over the open fire. We’ll explore
birds, bugs, butterflies, leaves, trees and anything else nature shows us.
Insect repellant, long pants and comfortable tennis-style shoes are
suggested. Parents and guardians are responsible for transportation to and
from Memorial Park. Children entering first through third grades are
invited from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while students fourth through eighth grades are
welcome from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 for district residents and $6 for
those out of district.
Youth football sign-ups
football sign-up is July 16 through 20. Equipment checkout will be announced at
the sign-up. The schedule will be posted later. This football program is
for boys entering sixth through eighth grades. The fee is $45 per child and $25
for each additional family member. The commissioner is Greg Curry.
Aug. 25, Lincoln Park District will host the 13th annual 5K run in conjunction
with the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival. Race time is 8 a.m. The run
begins and ends at the Park District at 1400 Primm Road. Dan Slack, a veteran
cross-country record-holder for LCHS, is our race coordinator. T-shirts are
given to all participants, and awards are given to the top three finishers in
each age category. Refreshments are provided. Registration forms
will be available in July at both the Rec Center and the Lincoln Chamber office.
Writers Club to meet July 10
The Lincoln Writers Club will meet at the Lincoln
Public Library Annex on Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. Anyone in the community who
is interested in writing is invited to attend. For information, call Rebecca
Johnson at 732-2723.
County Extension office
Free newsletter for grandparents raising
who are raising their grandchildren can now get the FREE newsletter Parenting
Again from University of Illinois Extension.
newsletter offers practical advice on topics like helping grandchildren succeed
in school, finding support groups and resources, taking care of your own health,
and unique challenges for second-time parents.
Lock, unit staff member with U of I Extension in Logan County, says that
grandparents can get on the mailing list by phoning the local Extension office
at (217) 732-8289 or by sending a fax to (217) 735-5837 or e-mail to email@example.com.
County historical landmarks
H. Hawes wooden country elevator. Open Sunday afternoons June through
Public Library and Museum. On National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1908. Comer of Race and Arch. Phone (217) 648-2112. Free.
proclaims the geographic center of the state of Illinois. Town was
laid out in 1872.
Cemetery. Richard J. Oglesby, who was elected governor of Illinois in
1864, 1872 and 1884, is buried here; also John Dean Gillett, known as the
"Cattle King of the World," and Capt. Adam Bogardus, wing shot
champion of the world. For tours of the cemetery and John Dean Gillett
Chapel, please phone (217) 947-2238.
Church. Built in 1854. Three miles from Route 136 between Emden and
Atlanta on County Road 20.
of Deskin's Tavern. Across the street from Postville Courthouse, 915
Fifth St. Signage. Free.
of well Abraham Lincoln drank from. Across the street from Postville
Courthouse, 915 Fifth St. Free.
of town christening by Abraham Lincoln on Aug. 27, 1853. Lincoln was
the first community in the United States to be named for Abraham Lincoln
before he became famous. Also, Lincoln's funeral train stopped here on May
3,1865. Located at the south side of the Lincoln Depot, Broadway and
Chicago streets. Official Looking for Lincoln signage. Free.
County Courthouse. Contains second-largest courtroom in Illinois.
Built in 1905. Located on the courthouse square, downtown Lincoln. Open 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday until noon. Phone (217)
College Museum. Over 3,000 historic items. Lincoln College was founded
and named for President Lincoln on Feb. 12, 1865. Keokuk and Ottawa
streets. Summer hours: 9 to 4 Monday through Friday; 1 to 4 Saturday and
Sunday; closed May 28 and July 4. Free.
In Flight Museum. Museum is filled with memorabilia from all U.S.
military conflicts back to World War I. Located at the Logan County
Airport. Phone ahead (217) 732-3333 to confirm hours. Free but donations
Public Library. Original Carnegie library built in 1902. Tiffany-style
glass inner dome. 725 Pekin St. Open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8
p.m.; Friday, 9 to 6; Saturday, 9 to 3. Phone (217) 732-8878. Free.
Courthouse State Historic Site. Guided tours. 914 Fifth St. Noon to 5
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Ph. (217) 732-8930 for additional
information. Free but donations accepted.
Coach Inn. The inn was on the old stage route from Springfield to
Peoria. Built mid 1800’s. Village is also famous for its aeronautical
Pulaski Courthouse. This building is one of only two original 8th
Judicial Circuit courthouses in Illinois. On National Register of Historic Places.
Was Logan County Courthouse from 1847 to 1855. Guided tours. Open 12 to 5
Tuesday through Saturday. Phone (217) 732-8930. Free.
County Joint Solid Waste Agency
here for detailed information on recycling in Logan County]
"How to Prepare Recyclables?";
Recycling Sites"; "Where Can We Recycle??";
and a link to
Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency site.
Oasis, Logan County’s senior citizen center, at 501 Pulaski St. in
Lincoln, is open weekdays (except holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
center also is open on Friday and Sunday nights for table games. Dominic
Dalpoas is the executive director. Activities are open to all Logan
County senior citizens, regardless of membership.
July 9, at 10 a.m. the group will meet for advice and discussion with the
representatives. Please join them for mutual assistance.
July 11, at 7 p.m. there will be a special, organizational meeting for
all interested people who need assistance rearing their grandchildren.
luncheon and bingo
us Thursday, July 12, for our monthly potluck luncheon, starting at
11:30 a.m. If you cannot bring a dish to share, a $3 donation would be
appreciated. And, starting at 1 p.m., the Oasis will sponsor the weekly
bingo games with prizes.
Bureau special program
July 16, at 10 a.m. the Oasis will host a special program entitled
"Understanding Medicare." Please join us and have your
concerns addressed and questions answered.
Club special event
Tuesday, July 17, the club meets at the Oasis at 9 a.m. for a tour of
the John Raycraft garden.
friends of the Oasis
month Dominic Dalpoas, executive director, recognizes the Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital Pharmacy for their continuing support of the
Oasis and its members.
of weekly games
Hoagland won at pinochle June 29 and July 3. Grace McCrea won the June
29 evening pinochle game. Bernie DePuy, Betty Burger and Tom Garrison
were 5-in-1 winners. Alice Thornton won pool. Harley Heath was the
Sunday night winner for pool.
of the Oasis members receive bimonthly newsletters by mail. For more
information, people can call the Oasis at 732-6132 or 732-5844.
event raises May attendance at Postville
150 people attended the two-day "Remembering Our WWII Veterans"
event at Postville Courthouse on May 19 and 20. Several Illinois World War
II re-enactment units set up displays and gave demonstrations. The
re-enactors represented the U.S. Army GIs, Army airborne and Marines who
fought in the Pacific, along with a display for the Navy.
50 World War II veterans came during the event and signed a special
register in the Postville Courthouse. Many of the veterans shared their
experiences with the re-enactors and with others. A couple of Lincoln
World War II veterans helped raise a 48-star flag to start the activities
courthouse volunteers, Keith Leesman and Rodney Meyer, volunteered extra
hours on Sunday for the event. Site Manager R. Schachtsiek thanks them for
Lincoln schools that brought their students to visit the courthouse also
increased the attendance in May. On May 11, 57 junior high students toured
the courthouse, followed about a week later by 35 students from Northwest
the volunteer interpreters worked 121 hours. The following volunteers
helped give tours to the 314 visitors who came to Postville Courthouse in
May: S. Bartelmay, B. Behrends, J. Curtis, B. DePuy, D. Freeman, J.
Higgins, C. and R. Hurley, C. Kelley, N. Kleinman, C. Klink, L. Leonard,
B. Marvel, R. Meyer, M. Ott, W. Post, S. Schumacher, G. Semple, M. Smith,
L. Snyder, R. Sullivan, G. Wibben.
Cafe to feature the music of Bridge
Vineyard Cafe welcomes Bridge for a return engagement on Saturday, July
21. Bridge spans styles and generations with their high-energy
electro-acoustic sound. Tickets are available at the door, and baked
goods and coffeehouse beverages will be sold. Doors open at 7 p.m. The
Vineyard Cafe is at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Bloomington.
For more information or directions, phone (309) 6563-4943 or check www.communityzone.com/community/vineyardcafe.
Cross honors Logan County
29, 2001] At
a luncheon Thursday, June 21, at St. John United Church of Christ,
Logan County’s Red Cross volunteers were honored for their many
hours of work "Volunteers bring the human touch," said
speaker Mary Ogle, executive director of the Sangamon Valley Chapter
in Springfield. She told the members of the Logan County branch of
the chapter that there are 1.4 million volunteers nationwide, 45 for
every paid staff Red Cross member.
here to see photos from the luncheon]
is not just a nice thing to do, it is a necessary thing. Not only
are volunteers there to help those in need, they make a significant
financial contribution to the nation’s economy, estimated at $225
billion dollars, Ogle told the group.
the late anthropologist Margaret Mead, Ogle stressed the point that
volunteers can make big changes. "Never doubt that a small
group of committed citizens can change the world. They are the only
ones who ever have."
honor of a Red Cross volunteer who was killed June 20 in the
flooding in Texas, Ogle asked for a moment of silence.
Logan County volunteers, Jean McCue and LaDonna Alexander, were
presented certificates of appreciation for their many hours of work.
Padgett, donor recruitment representative from the Heart of America
Blood Region in Peoria, also addressed the group, commending them
for their success with the blood drives at the Recreation Center
Heart of America Region covers 73 counties in Illinois, Missouri and
Iowa and supplies blood to 43 hospitals, Padgett said. Fully
one-half of the nation’s blood supply comes from Red Cross blood
drives, he said.
had a blood drive here yesterday with a goal of 57 units. And you
got 57 units," he told the volunteers. "We truly
appreciate your time and your talents."
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thanked those who work on the twice-monthly blood drives, including
greeters, nurses, escorts, canteen workers, bag labelers, those who
load and unload trucks carrying supplies, and those who distribute
posters around the county.
particularly thanked the blood donors, including 24-gallon donor Bob
Shanle. Accompanying Padgett was Lisa Jeffers, customer service
representative for the Heart of America.
was provided by Jewel Strauss and her daughter, Joy Anderson, who
sang selections from "Sound of Music" and "My Fair
Lady," accompanied by Kay Dobson.
Sangamon Valley Chapter representatives who attended were Linda
Skeadas, developmental director; Heather Philpott, director of
emergency services; and Suzie Tucker, chairman of volunteers for the
has been a Red Cross volunteer for 52 years, starting when she was
in nurse’s training in Jacksonville. She teaches disaster, health
and safety classes.
"I’m still waiting
to see if I enjoy it," she joked.
Benevolent Fund helps local
18, 2001] Tina
Morrow is like most other almost-11-year-old girls. She is bright,
witty and energetic. Most of the time she is very talkative and
friendly. She enjoys spending time with her friends, playing video
games and is a good student. And Tina seems to be very happy.
most other almost-11-year-old girls, Tina has cerebral palsy and
gets around with the aid of a motorized wheelchair. She needs a
little help now and then doing some tasks, but she seems determined
to make the most of her time and efforts.
[Tina and her grandma, Jan Marcotte, get ready for a
new technology adventure.]
was selected recently to receive a little help from the Lincoln Elks
Benevolent Fund. Robert Cortelloni, president of the Benevolent
Fund, authorized the purchase of a laptop computer, voice
recognition software and special keyboard to help Tina with her
Elks Benevolent Fund provides funding for special projects in the
community such as the purchase of wheelchairs and other special
equipment for handicapped children in order to improve their quality
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teacher at Washington-Monroe School, Mrs. Jane Redding, recommended
the purchase of a computer to help Tina better develop her writing,
spelling and communications skills. Mrs. Redding, a wonderful
special-needs teacher, is very aware and concerned with her students’
care and development. As a result of her concern, Tina was the
recipient of this equipment.
Tina was asked what she would do with the computer, Tina remarked,
Tina is the granddaughter
of Jan Marcotte, a Lincoln resident, and is being helped on the
computer by her step-grandfather, Rich Marcotte.
[Her teacher, Mrs. Jane Redding, pays a home visit as
Tina gets her new equipment.]
your locks for St. Jude
6, 2001] Join
the first St. Jude Cut-A-Thon supporting the Lincoln to Peoria Run.
This event is walk-in haircuts at your local hair stylist on July 21
only, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great way to support area
youngsters who have cancer. Proceeds from this event (as well as
other local fund-raisers) are kept in central Illinois at the Peoria
Affiliate. St. Jude research is shared throughout the world, so this
is also a great opportunity to help children all over the globe.
Local participating stylist is Brett at Blades, phone 732-7213.
professor turns to police work for an exciting learning experience
4, 2001] Dr.
Howard Anderson, a retired Lincoln College professor, now rides
backup one night a week in a county squad car. He says he does it as
an exciting learning experience.
is a deputy in the Logan County Auxiliary Police. The group is
organized to aid the sheriff’s department by performing tasks that
would otherwise require a deputy. Such tasks include directing
traffic at fires and parades and making sure nothing is removed from
crime scenes. Anderson, however, has elected to ride with an officer
from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. once a week.
has a badge and carries a weapon. To become a member of the
auxiliary and earn the badge he had to pass a background check and
an interview. To carry the gun he also had to take the same 40-hour
training course from City Police Academy in Springfield that any
deputy must take. He took the course in May 2000, during his last
semester as a full-time teacher of history, political science and
English at Lincoln College. Shortly thereafter, he began to ride
with Deputy Bob Spickard and others as assigned.
officer never knows what will occur when he or she turns onto a
road, Anderson said. Once he and Sgt. Henry Bartman received word of
a robbery in progress at a gas station in Mount Pulaski. En route
they learned that the suspects had taken Route 121 toward Decatur.
As they pursued, they were flagged and directed down a side road
toward an outbuilding. They stopped the car and were joined by
another squad car, which parked behind them, blocking the road. The
two deputies, weapons drawn, moved around the building from opposite
remained behind to operate the radio and prevent any escape down the
road. For the first time he drew his weapon in the line of duty. He
heard shouting from behind the building and shortly after saw the
deputies returning with three men in handcuffs. Although a knife was
reported seen at the gas station, it was not found on the suspects.
One man was later determined to be an innocent bystander forced to
assist in the robbery. The other two are awaiting trial. Anderson
said the chase and apprehension were exciting.
time he was involved in a multi-car chase of a runaway who drove off
in a stolen vehicle without paying for gas. Near Lawndale, Spickard
and Anderson caught the vehicle and followed it north on old Route
66. Eventually, two city police cars, two county cars and one state
police car were involved at speeds up to 80 mph. Atlanta police
blocked the exit into Atlanta and joined the chase.
suspect exited at McLean, circled McDonald’s several times and
drove back onto old 66 going toward Bloomington, sideswiping a huge
tree. Spickard eventually got alongside the car, forcing the driver
off the road at a point where there was a deep ditch on the left.
Other cars boxed in the suspect, all gradually slowing to a stop.
Even then the suspect tried to run Spickard down when he left his
car but was unable to do so because of the placement of the
handled it perfectly," Anderson said, and there was no contact
except at the moment of stopping, when the suspect’s vehicle
briefly pressed the left front of the squad car. Deputies had to
smash in the window before the suspect would get out of his car.
riding with a deputy, Anderson’s two main duties are to serve as a
witness and to give backup to ensure safety. When a car is stopped
for probable cause, such as erratic driving or a broken taillight,
the deputy approaches on the driver’s side. Anderson also gets out
but lags behind until the deputy engages the driver’s attention.
Then Anderson moves up and looks into the interior of the car for
anything that appears wrong, such as an open container of alcohol or
drug paraphernalia. If he sees anything suspicious, he drops back
and tells the officer when he comes back with the license and
insurance papers. If Anderson sees a weapon, he is trained to shout
"Gun!" draw his weapon and drop back. If there is a
search, Anderson covers the occupants while the search is performed.
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would think that a driver with something to hide would be careful
not to draw attention, but Anderson said that on stops when drugs
and paraphernalia are discovered, often the driver is intoxicated or
there is something wrong with the vehicle that warrants a stop.
holds three degrees in history and English — a bachelor’s from
Roosevelt University and master’s and doctor of arts from Illinois
State University. He retired in 2000 after 33 years of teaching at
Lincoln College. He says he "wanted to do something different,
challenging and exciting" after retiring. He also wanted a new
learning experience. When his blood pressure put a stop to flying
lessons, he decided to become an auxiliary deputy.
has spent $1,500 on equipment, including weapons and a bulletproof
vest newer than the one issued by the county. He thinks that police
officers are underpaid considering the service they perform. He also
believes that not enough dollars are available for training. Classes
are offered frequently, he said, but getting the funds to attend is
aspect of the training course in Springfield was taught by a lawyer,
who described how easy it is for a law enforcement officer to get in
trouble. Whether paid or volunteer, a deputy is personally liable if
he or she wrongly uses force. Anderson identified several levels of
force: the officer’s presence, words and tone of voice, mace, a
baton, physical contact and a deadly weapon. If deadly force is used
when no life is threatened, the officer can lose everything
financially and can be imprisoned.
duty Anderson performs weekly is working the front office at the
Safety Complex during Sunday visiting hours from 12:30 to 4 p.m. He
gets the name of the visitor and the prisoner the visitor wants to
see, collects items to be given to the prisoner, gives a receipt,
and notifies the jailer. He also screens visitors and has denied
visiting privileges to someone who was overly intoxicated.
believes that inmates have too soft a life. "Prisoners have
learned to play the game," he said. "We need to return to
the philosophy that incarceration is punishment, not rehabilitation,
especially for repeat offenders." He believes in assigning work
such as cleaning county highways to inmates.
as a volunteer for the sheriff’s department has been an
eye-opening experience for Anderson. "It provides an
appreciation for some of the problems police face," he said.
"You see the seamier side of our society." He has also
experienced the camaraderie among police at all levels. "If you
receive a call that an officer needs backup, it doesn’t matter who
you are," he said; "if you are in the area you respond,
especially if there is some urgency."
the excitement and all that he has learned, Anderson recognizes some
limitations to police work. "I would never do this for a
living," he said, because it is too dangerous and the pay is
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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native Brad Boss writes home
am currently serving a six-month rotation in Macedonia with the
101st Airborne Division. We routinely fly missions within Kosovo and
Macedonia, and it's a little difficult to keep track of what's going
on at home. I like to check and see what went on in Lincoln after I
get back from a mission. Usually it's a lot quieter in Lincoln,
which is a good thing.
four weeks ago, we had a mission to haul Albanian prisoners from a
detention facility in Kosovo to another prison. As we are always
looking for ways to keep busy, we found some chalk, and my crew
chief, Sgt. Mario Fabela of Hebronville, Texas, and I promptly
chalked the Con Air logo from the Nicolas Cage movie on the side of
our CH-47D Chinook helicopter, along with our names and the pilot's
names. It got a lot of attention. The missions went off without a
hitch, and we all had a good time.
[Sgt. Mario Fabela is on the left,
Brad Boss on the right.]
Stringer tells story of
Mark Holland’s buzzing of Lincoln
year ago I received a copy of Paul Gleason’s "A Pictorial
History," and I found the pictures of Mark Holland’s
buzzing of Lincoln. Regrettably, the author did not make
attribution to the photographer for these or any other
photographs, and perhaps this was not possible, as so many dated
back so far. In any case, I thought your readers might enjoy a
story behind these pictures.
father, Charles M. Stringer, had a photography studio on the
second floor of the Marcucci building in the ’30s and ’40s.
During Mark’s later high school years he worked for my father
and at the same time developed an interest in flying. After our
entry into World War II, Mark entered the Army Air Corps and
flight school. At some point Mark told dad that if the opportunity
ever came that he could "buzz" Lincoln, he would
telegram dad the night before. Dad agreed he’d have his Speed
Grafix loaded and snap the pictures.
you can guess, Lincoln was not the only town being buzzed. There
was a general order prohibiting this, but there was little the
military could really do. Pilots were needed overseas, and buzzing
your hometown would not ground a qualified pilot.
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night the telegram came, something about seeing Lincoln soon. Dad
knew it meant Mark would buzz the town the next day. My dad told me
to keep all of this to myself, and I was certain I was in on a big
military secret. At the time, I was in the fourth grade at Monroe
Elementary School. My teacher was Miss Hazel Holland, and our
classroom was on the second floor. Miss Holland was a cousin of Mark’s.
to say, when Mark made his first run the class was out of hand. We
ran to the windows for a grand view of the action. After Mark
finished his runs and the class had quieted down, Miss Holland asked
if anyone knew who was flying that airplane. While I had to fake it,
we all had blank faces. I’m not sure if she suspected it was Mark,
but nothing more was said.
got the pictures, and these were kept out of circulation until Mark
returned. During the war each kid had his personal hometown heroes,
and Mark was one of mine.
writer seeks reunion information for class of ’71
am seeking information on the class of 1971 reunion. Any
information will be appreciated. Forward to me at email@example.com.
Henson, now a college teacher in Missouri, remembers Miss Jones,
Jefferson School principal
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 http://www.smsu.edu/english/dlhpages/dlh.html.
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.
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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column in this article]
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
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.
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.
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 http://www.geocities.com/lincolnhigh1960/.
behalf of my classmates, I am grateful to Lincolndailynews.com
for helping us use Internet communication as a way to
re-establish our community.
A link to the Internet site for 1960 graduates of LCHS is
available regularly under "Reunions.")
info on LCHS class reunion
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.
have just one request. Does anybody know when the class reunion
for 1966 is going to be this year? I would really appreciate the
Antonio, TX 78240
infamous Valentine's Day '79 in Tehran
By George McKinney
Day brings back memories for all of us — the sweethearts we gave
flowers to or chocolate candy or kind words to our mothers.
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."
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
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.
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…
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.
yelled to me, "How much more time do you need?" (to
destroy necessary equipment and documents).
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is one Valentine’s Day I will never forget.
A. McKinney, Pharr, Texas]
Renner writes in
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.
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.
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.
to all of my old classmates in Mount Pulaski, and live long and
contact me send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
am Wayne Franz:
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.
from the service in 1979 and settled in the Great Northwest —
Everett, Wash., to be exact.
the Boeing company and, as part of the AOG (Airplane on Ground)
team, managed to see quite a bit more.
from Boeing this past August.
a wonderful California woman 42 years ago; have two daughters and
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.
can be found at email@example.com.
Schriber hopes to find old friends from Lincoln
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
Eichelberger still gets homesick for the Lincoln area
graduated from L.C.H.S. in 1956 and would love to hear from some
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.
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.
would be nice to hear from people that I used to know.
Former residents Len and Rita
Remmert 'sure enjoy reading LDN'
everyone in Lincoln/Logan County.
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.
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.
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.
would like to see more letters from people who have moved away
from Lincoln/Logan County, so let's hear from you.
copy of local birth certificate
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
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can get that information from the county clerk's office, (217)
Brad Boss serves with the Army in
a person who is lucky enough to call Lincoln my hometown, I just
wanted to say what a great Web site you have.
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,
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.
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
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.
again for a great Web site, and keep up the good work...
here for a more recent letter]
Dye would like to communicate with classmates
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.
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.
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
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: BradDye@swbell.net
[address updated 3-27-01]
and to Pam at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
would love to communicate by e-mail with any of my former
have a homepage on the Internet at: http://braddye.com
‘Doc’ Chandler lists memories of
have fond memories of Lincoln as I was growing up...
Lincoln Lakes was the place to go in the summer time.
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.
can remember the racetracks and the A&W root beer stand.
Dairy was on Woodlawn Road…the old football field on Woodlawn…
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.
Logan County Fair, where, if you are by the beer tent, you might
meet someone you haven't seen in a long time…
also have fond memories of all my sporting endeavors at Lincoln
Community High School (LCHS).
still come back for my high school reunions
to Sharon Webster and Tim Harmon … good friends.
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.
here for a more recent letter]
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.
really enjoy Diaspora, but not enough people are getting into it.
I wish there was something I could do to raise that interest.
on Lincolnites, get on that computer and let us know what and how
you are doing. (Go Railsplitters.)
recalls Lincoln Skateland
Brainard moved to Lincoln with his family when he was in sixth
grade. He graduated from LCHS in 1979 and lived here until 1986.
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
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."
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."
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.
closing, he tells us, "Enjoy your freedom? Thank a
can send e-mail to Chuck Brainard at email@example.com.
remembers Lincoln Lakes
Weindorf lived in Logan County from 1934 to 1946 and then from
1957 to 1959.
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."
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."
now owns and operates a group home for 20 at-risk boys.
love the range of weather we have here, the marvelous steak
houses, the museums and the outside recreational facilities,"
still has relatives living in Lincoln and gets back for a short
visit every few years.
can contact Weindorf via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
compares with e-mail and Web pages" to keep friends in touch
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 lincolndailynews.com.
It is firmly placed in my favorite places and I check it every
Fort Myers, Fla.
makes Germany closer to home
We just heard about
the lincolndailynews.com 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
remains close to her heart
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 lincolndailynews.com,
where I can see the news that I want to see....how 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!
second column of letters]
traveler keeps up on Lincoln
you for lincolndailynews.com. 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.
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 lincolndailynews.com
for that Lincoln connection.
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)
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.
Denise Radcliffe Wood
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
class of ’76 reunion
10, 2001] The
25th year reunion for the Lincoln Community High School class of
1976 is planned for Saturday, Aug. 4. Any
classmates who would still like to attend, please call or e-mail
Janice Greer, (217) 735-2621, email@example.com
class reunion in cyberspace for 1960 graduates of LCHS
accompanying picture of the Lincoln Lakes beach was taken by Mark
Holland shortly before World War II. At this time Mark and Glenn
Courtwright were photographing local scenes and farms from the air
and hoping to develop a local interest in their pictures. The war
intervened, and Mark entered the Army Air Corps. Several extra
prints were made, and my father, Charles M. Stringer, saved this
picture was probably taken in June, as the lakes are flooded from
spring rains. The flooding isn’t obvious at first, but if one
looks closely, the wooden dock, which ran from the shore to the
diving platforms, is under water. A line of swimmers are standing or
walking along the dock. From June through August the water line
receded, so that the walk over the hot sand from the bathhouse to
the water’s edge seemed unending and unendurable.
For youngsters, a Saturday at the beach and swimming lessons in the
morning during the week were always great fun. As I recall, entry
cost a quarter, you were given a numbered basket and pin, and you
went to a changing stall. Girls and women went to one side and boys
and men to the other. Clothes and shoes went into the basket, and
the basket was turned in for holding. You fixed the numbered pin to
your trunks and later reclaimed your clothes with it.
many of us, swimming season lasted only until the end of July. In
August the radio and the newspapers began reporting the number of
new poliomyelitis cases. For many moms this was enough to forbid
further swimming. We thought this totally unfair. It may seem odd
nowadays, and while the press never photographed President Roosevelt
in a wheelchair, the public knew he suffered the effects of polio,
and the onset of his illness came after a swimming excursion.
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polio scourge is rarely thought of now, but until the advent of
massive polio inoculations the annual incidence of the paralytic
disease was 11.4 cases per 100,000 people. When polio inoculations
became prevalent, the incidence declined to 0.5 cases per 100,000,
and with the oral vaccine the present rate is 0.002 to 0.005 cases
the general maternal fear of polio then, I never personally knew
anyone in grade school, or later in high school, afflicted with the
disease. I might have continued with a childlike naiveté about the
disease, except for one Saturday in the fall shortly after the war.
I was then in junior high school. On that day, in the storefront of
what is now Sew Many Friends, an iron lung was on display. The iron
lung wasn’t empty. It was operating, and it held a girl a bit
younger than myself, afflicted with polio. While the presentation
was said to be for educational purposes, a freewill offering was
requested. Clearly the disease was not only physically but also
economically devastating, particularly in an era when health
insurance was almost unheard of. In passing, one thought how
unsettling it must be for the girl to be simultaneously subject to
scrutiny and sympathy.
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