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March/April 2001

Saturday, March 31
WHO: Public
WHAT: Annual
Lake Fork Community Sale; meal and fresh pork available
WHERE: Lake Fork
Breakfast begins at 7 am

SPONSORS: Lincoln Woman’s Club
WHO: Public
Pinochle benefit and lunch; call 732-3266 or 732-6227 for tickets
WHERE: Lincoln Woman’s Club Building, 230 N. McLean St.

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

Thursday, April 26
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:  Lincoln Woman's ClubLincoln Baseball AssociationMS Walk committeeSHARE

REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  American Red CrossCIEDCGirl ScoutsLincoln Writers’ ClubLogan County Joint Solid Waste Agency (recycling)Mason City Historical SocietyOasisSalt Creek Prairie Chapter NSDAR


Pinochle benefit sponsored by Lincoln Woman’s Club

The Lincoln Woman’s Club will be sponsoring a pinochle benefit on Saturday, March 31, at noon. The benefit will take place in the Lincoln Woman’s Club building on 230 N. McLean St. A chicken salad croissant lunch will be served with chips and a light dessert. Please call Winifred Trapp, 732-3266, or Mary Cooper, 732-6227, for tickets before Monday, March 26.

Softball sign-ups for girls

Softball sign-ups for girls will continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 at the Rec Center (same time and place as the Pony baseball sign-ups). The Girl's Softball League, run by the Lincoln Park District, is for girls in grades three through nine.

For additional information about the sign-ups, call the Rec Center, 732-8770, or check the Lincoln Baseball Association website:

Pony baseball sign-ups

The Lincoln Baseball Association will have their Pony sign-ups over the next few Saturdays for the upcoming summer baseball season. Pony baseball covers ages 7 to 14.

Sign-ups will continue at the Lincoln Rec Center on March 31 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  An LBA board member will be present on each of the sign-up Saturdays to answer any questions about the upcoming season.

Pony baseball is of a recreational nature and is for all of Lincoln's youth. Come on out and enjoy America's pastime the way it's supposed to be.

The baseball league now has a website to provide information, schedules, standings and game-of-the-week recaps. The site is at

[LBA news release]

Second chance to walk to benefit people with MS

The local 2001 MS Walk will be on April 1 at Kickapoo Creek Park in Lincoln. Funds received through the walk support research, education, advocacy and local programs that enhance the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families.

The first walk, last year, was tremendously successful, exceeded its goal and raised over $10,000, thanks to all who helped.

Anyone who wishes to form a walk team or make a donation for this year's walk should contact any member of the MS Walk committee: Brenda Centers, (217) 735-3667; Jeanne Handlin, (217) 732-3350; or Gene or Toni McDonald, (217) 732-8424. There is no minimum amount that must be donated by each walker.

[MS Walk committee announcement]

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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.

Red Cross classes in March

A Community First Aid and Safety Class will be March 28 and March 29 at the American Red Cross office, 125 S. Kickapoo in Lincoln. Hours on the 28th are 6 to 10 p.m.; on the 29th, hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. This class includes adult CPR, infant and child CPR, and first aid.

Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a Challenge call for the purpose of recertifying persons who have had previous training. Preregistration is required. For further information, call 732-2134 between noon and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

CIEDC annual dinner

The corporate board of Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation, the local Community Action agency, will have its annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, March 29, at the American Legion, 1740 Fifth St.

CIEDC is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is "to work towards the reduction and eventual elimination of the causes and effects of poverty." CIEDC was established in 1966 and provides a variety of programs to the low-income and elderly of its service area including Logan, Mason, Piatt, DeWitt, Menard and Fulton counties.

The CIEDC corporate board is a tripartite board of 36 members drawn from its service area. Membership on the board is evenly divided between three areas of representation: governmental, client and private sectors. CIEDC’s corporate board meets monthly at their administrative office in Lincoln.

The March 29 dinner at 6 p.m. is open to the public and will be followed by a brief program. Cost for the meal is $12.50 per person. Dinner reservations may be made up to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 26, by calling CIEDC’s administrative office at (217) 732-2159 and asking for Dee Altman or Nila Smith.

For more information on the annual meeting and dinner or any of CIEDC’s programs, contact your local CIEDC Community Action office.

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. 

Lincoln Writers’ Club meets

Dr. Lee Gurga is scheduled to discuss haiku poetry at the club’s April 3 meeting at 6 p.m. at the library.

Anyone interested in writing is welcome to attend. Subjects covered vary, including prose, poetry, fiction, autobiographies, history and other types of writing.



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

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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Civil War invitation

Mason City Historical Society issues a special invitation to their Civil War Living History Weekend on Memorial Day weekend.  Events will take place in Mason City Memorial Park on May 26 and 27.  Re-enactors will arrive from Illinois and various nearby states.  Cavalry, cannon, medical, infantry drill and other lifestyle demonstrations will be featured during the two days.

The special men, women and children who devote their weekends to the re-creation of this time period invite the public to visit with them, ask questions and watch their demonstrations.  It involves much research, learning, skill, time and money to be re-enactors. They really like to show off their talents and equipment.  The occasion is fun and also a learning experience for the visiting public.

The Civil War Ball and performance by the 133rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band on Saturday evening, May 26, will help raise funds for restoration of the local Soldier's Monument erected in 1868. The ball will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Illini Central School cafeteria.

The Civil War weekend, sponsored by the Mason City Historical Society, is free to the public. 

[Mason City Historical Society news release]



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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. 

Adams School students donate teddy bears to ALMH

[MARCH 8, 2001]  Dozens of stuffed teddy bears were donated to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital by children in kindergarten through third grade at Adams Grade School. These classes decided to buy bears to donate to pediatric patients rather than have a Christmas class exchange. Steven Cosby, first grade teacher at Adams, and his students made the presentation to the hospital.

ALMH sincerely appreciates the thoughtfulness of the students at Adams School in buying the teddy bears. The hospital is sure they will be appreciated by the children and families who receive them.

[ALMH news release]

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Habitat breaks ground in Mount Pulaski

[MARCH 5, 2001]  A small crowd huddled around for the groundbreaking of the first Habitat for Humanity House in Mount Pulaski. It was a fairly fast ceremony as the wind whipped them, and snowflakes dominated the scene.


Future inhabitant Cheryl Mittelsteadt stood by with shovel in hand, barely containing her excitement. First, the Rev. Paul Droegemueller blessed the site and workers in a brief prayer. Second, George Dahmm pointed out the Habitat board members who were in attendance. Next, Dahmm handed the ceremony back to the pastor to see if he wanted to say anything more before Cheryl dug in. He frankly replied, "It’s cold and she might as well go ahead!"

So she did.

She displaced two shovels of soggy Mount Pulaski earth while her sons posed beside her for a million different cameras.


Meanwhile, the crowd, now dancing to keep warm, broke into friendly chatter. Habitat board members, volunteers and Mount Pulaskians intermingled and grew excited talking about the project.

Marla Durst, Mount Pulaski city clerk, expressed her desires: "I hope the whole entire community will come out!"

Mittelsteadt herself did not know what to say at first but commented, "We’re very thankful that the mayor donated this lot. And we’re excited to be getting a home."


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John Bates, mayor of Mount Pulaski, also obviously excited, declared, "I think it’s wonderful."

The city of Mount Pulaski donated the lot to Habitat for Humanity. The lot had been seized by the city as abandoned property. A house that had stood on the now-vacant lot was demolished to make room for the new one.

Depending on the weather, the project could well be under way within the next couple of weeks. The foundation is scheduled to be poured within the month. "It’s up to the basement contractor and her dad," said board member Lyle Fout, referring to Mittelsteadt’s father. He will be aiding substantially in the construction. The framing of the house is slated for April 5-10.

Community members interested in getting involved can contact George Dahmm at 732-6234.

[Trisha Youngquist]



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Stuffed animals donated

[FEB. 26, 2001]  The Logan County Board of Realtors and affiliates donated dozens of stuffed teddy bears and other animals to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Joann McCullough, member of the Logan County Board of Realtors, made the presentation.

"So often children who are hospitalized are facing a very traumatic situation," said Susan Gleason, community development associate at the hospital. "These animals help remove some of the stress and fear by giving the children a warm friend to cuddle. We sincerely appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Board of Realtors in collecting these animals for ALMH. We know they will be appreciated by the children and families who receive them."

[ALMH news release]

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Lincoln woman rides to victory
― with a dollar under her leg
and an egg on a spoon

[FEB. 26, 2001]  Just over a year after suffering a concussion in a fall from her horse, Donna Laroux of Lincoln won four classes with him at a breed horse show. In between came seven months of lessons and practicing such skills as balancing a raw egg on a plastic spoon while riding.

"My feet have still not come down to earth," Laroux said of her trophy-filled day. "It was so exciting." She called her children, Justin, 11, and Stephanie, 9, her "biggest cheering section." In fact, Stephanie carried the trophies around all afternoon.

Laroux’s trophies plus six ribbons came at the Mid-States American Bashkir Curly Horse Show and Sale on Feb. 17 at the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Her horse Storm ― UB Stormy Mr. Lips, to be formal ― is a 6½-year-old American Bashkir Curly with straight hair.

That isn’t as impossible as it sounds. Although curly hair is a hallmark of the breed, a recessive gene produces straight hair on some horses. There is no effort to breed out this gene because some buyers like all other features of the breed except the curly coat. Those other features include an extremely calm and gentle disposition, slightly slanted eyes which enable greater rear vision, and tough black hooves which rarely need shoeing. Some people who are allergic to most horses are not allergic to Curlies.

Curliness of the hair varies and extends to eyelashes, mane, fetlocks and even the hair in the ears. Some manes split down the middle leaving ringlets on both sides of the neck.

Laroux rode horses as a child, so she had no qualms about getting into the saddle when she bought Storm in December 1999. Three weeks later, however, she fell from her horse and sustained a concussion. That meant six weeks of not riding and even longer before she rode Storm again.


Laroux’s husband, Greg, suggested that she practice on Spectacular Event, a 17-year-old appaloosa mare they had recently bought. In July, however, she retrieved a news article that had appeared months before and contacted Ann Liesman of rural Lincoln. Laroux moved Storm to Liesman’s stable and began lessons.

At first her goal was to master trail riding. That changed at the end of October when she received an e-mail from the couple who had sold her Storm. Sue and Jeff Davis of Lebanon, Ill., were organizing a breed horse show and asked Laroux to enter.

Liesman surveyed the list of planned classes and said, “Well, OK. Let’s get you ready.” From that point on, according to Laroux, her lessons concentrated on acquiring the finesse needed to show. She had to fine-tune her posture and practice hand positions and other techniques that weren’t important while riding in the pasture.

Storm is a gaited horse, but Laroux explained that she had been riding “strung out, not collected gait.” Another way of explaining it is that she had to switch from riding as she would a quarter horse to gaited riding. In the process she had to change from Aussie to Western and English saddles for different events. She also learned halter presentation ― where and how the exhibitor and horse must stand and how to present the horse to a judge. In January Jan Davis helped her perfect moves specific to Curlies.

The Egg and Spoon class and Ride-a-Buck class, both of which she won at the show, required careful practice. In Egg and Spoon the rider must balance a raw egg on a plastic spoon, without touching the egg, while the horse walks, trots and canters, or ― for gaited horses ― walks, slow gaits and fast gaits. Laroux said she practiced with a plastic Easter egg containing Hershey’s kisses to simulate the size and weight of an egg. At the show she was the last rider with an intact egg.


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The Ride-a-Buck class is performed bareback with a play dollar bill tucked under the back of the rider’s leg. Again, three gaits are performed without the rider’s touching or losing the bill. In practice Laroux, the bookkeeper for Steak ’n Shake, sometimes used real dollar bills and sometimes bills she had traced on paper. Whenever one fell out, she substituted another, then picked them all up afterward.


When it came time for the show, “Ann [Liesman] said I was ready, and I didn’t know any better,” Laroux admitted. “As far as I was concerned, I was as ready as I was going to get. I had no illusions; I went to have fun and meet Curly owners.” Because she didn’t expect to win, Laroux was overwhelmed when her name was called again and again.

Of the 35 classes offered, she entered 10 and won trophies in four: Egg and Spoon, Ride-a-Buck, Jack Benny Pleasure for adults over 39, and Gaited Country Pleasure Stake for both adult and junior exhibitors. In addition, she won ribbons in the six other classes she entered: second in Open Halter; third in Gaited Country Pleasure, English Walk-Trot/Favorite Gait for Adults and Western Walk-Trot/Favorite Gait for Adults; fourth in Adult Showmanship; and sixth in Best Color Halter.

For some events, such as Gaited Country Pleasure Stake, she wore English attire, consisting of bowler hat, gloves, dress shirt, man’s tie, and saddle seat suit with tails and flared pants. For others, such as Ride-a-Buck, her Western dress included Western shirt and hat, chaps, jeans and optional gloves.

The Open Halter judging is primarily on the horse’s appearance and behavior, while in Adult Showmanship the presenter is judged as he or she leads the horse through a prescribed pattern of moves.

Laroux commented that she thought the sixth place for Best Color was awarded only because her horse behaved so well. Although “any color of any horse shows up in Curlies,” her horse is not very colorful, she said. He is a blue roan, meaning a mixture of light and dark gray, but in winter only the dark gray shows.

A class that Laroux did not enter was Best Curly Coat Halter, judged on thickness, curliness and consistency of the coat. The show must be held in winter because Curlies lose some or most of their curl as they shed.

Laroux met Curly owners from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Oklahoma. She hopes that the American Bashkir Curly Show will become an annual event, so she can renew acquaintances every year. Curly owners also keep in touch through their newsletter, “Curly Cues.”

At the show Laroux and her husband purchased a second Curly, a yearling with curly hair, named WWW Proud Prince.

[Lynn Spellman]





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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  


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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]


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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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