donates rare handkerchief
to American Legion museum
6, 2001] A
silk handkerchief given as a souvenir of the Paris caucus that
created the American Legion in 1919 is finding its way home to the
Legion headquarters museum, thanks to C. Wayne Schrader of Lincoln.
memento is so rare that Joe Hobish, librarian and museum curator for
the American Legion national headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., did
not know until last year that such an item ever existed. At last
year’s convention, Schrader mentioned he had one, and Hobish said
he had never heard of it. Later, after checking with another
convention attendee, he returned to say, "You’re right."
portion of the handkerchief that survives has eight flags or
pennants embroidered on a piece of white silk about 5 inches square.
The flags, including American, French and British, are deeply
notched on the right border. Only one edge of the handkerchief
remains, but all the embroidery is intact. The words "Souvenir
de Paris" appear below the flags.
understanding," Schrader said, based on Hobish’s source,
"is that it was only handed to people who asked for one."
Schrader, who is finance officer of Post 263 in Lincoln, received
the handkerchief from Thomas Kerrick at a birthday party given for
him at the Legion building on Aug. 13, 1982. Kerrick, the owner of a
monument company in Lincoln at that time, presented the handkerchief
in a simple envelope. Schrader covered and framed it to protect the
mounted with the handkerchief read: "The American Legion was
born March 15-17, 1919, at a caucus of the First American
Expeditionary Force in Paris, France. This silk handkerchief was a
souvenir of this Paris caucus in which the American Legion received
its name." Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Gen. Pershing were among
the 2,500 who attended the caucus in the Cirque de Paris, according
to "The American Legion: An Official History, 1919-1989,"
by Thomas A. Rumer. Roosevelt also opened a second caucus in St.
Louis six weeks later that continued the process of organizing.
said of the souvenir, "That is the oldest thing you could have
from the American Legion. You couldn’t have anything older."
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does not know how Kerrick obtained the handkerchief. Since 1982 it
has had an honored place in Schrader’s extensive personal museum
of American Legion artifacts. He plans to give it away now so it can
reach a larger audience. "I think it belongs to the Legion as a
whole more than to me," he said. "I want to let other
people see part of American Legion history. It seems as though (up
to) now almost nobody even knows it existed."
and his wife, Marlene, 4th Division president of the American Legion
Auxiliary, left Aug. 21 for the annual Legion convention, held in
San Antonio this year. Following through on a promise made last
year, Schrader planned to present the handkerchief to Hobish, who
would probably give it to the national adjutant. Whether an official
announcement would be made at the convention he did not know.
Schraders planned to arrive early for the meeting of the National
Resolution Committee. Wayne Schrader is vice chairman of the
committee but was to conduct the meeting because of a serious
accident to the wife of the chairman, retired Judge Whit Lafon,
uncle of Al Gore. The committee was to assign approximately 200
resolutions to other committees that immediately consider them for
possible presentation to the convention.
Schraders have been attending national Legion conventions since the
one in Cincinnati in 1986. They said delegates usually number 3,000
to 4,000, and total attendance may exceed 5,000. At the six-day
convention, three organizations — the American Legion, the
American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion —
come together under the theme "We are family."
Wayne Schrader actually wrote this theme. He has a pocket protector
on which it was printed in 1985, but he says his authorship is not
widely known because he did not publicly take credit for it.
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receives safety award
6, 2001] Grant
Eaton from Environmental Management Corporation announced that the
city of Lincoln has been bestowed with the honor of the George W.
Burke Safety Award in regard to its water treatment program and
procedures. "It is truly an honor, as there is only one city in
the state of Illinois selected to receive this award each
year," said Eaton.
award comes after a lengthy process that started with an
application. Then came inspections. Three people inspected the
entire plant. The Illinois Water Environment Association inspects
all the EMC plants operated Illinois and Indiana yearly.
following letter was read at the city council meeting Tuesday
behalf of the Illinois Water Environment Association and as the
Chair of the I.W.E.A. Safety Committee, I wish to thank you for your
application for the George W. Burke Safety Award.
gives me great pleasure to inform you that your facility has been
selected as this year’s recipient of the George W. Burke Award.
The committee congratulates the collective efforts of all
individuals involved in your safety programs. Your current safety
manuals and operating procedures are comprehensive and consolidated
to meet the specific needs of your facility.
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Burke Award will be presented to your representatives at the award
banquet of the Illinois Water Environment Association Annual
Conference in March of 2002. The George W. Burke Award is presented
to publicly acknowledge and recognize facilities that demonstrate
continued efforts to a safe working environment. We congratulate you
and wish that your safety goals continue upward.
Safety Committee Co-Chair
the above letter was read, Mayor Beth Davis offered her
congratulation to Eaton. Eaton responded that this wasn’t really
his award, but that it belonged to the city of Lincoln.
approves zoning change
5, 2001] Citing
that "the City Council of the City of Lincoln has determined
that it is in the best interest of the City of Lincoln and the
citizens of Lincoln," the council voted to change the zoning of
the property that sits at 314 S. Jefferson St. from R-2 to C-2. The
zoning request was initiated by Casey’s Marketing Company on July
1. The council’s vote was 8-2, with Aldermen Glenn Shelton and
Michael Montcalm submitting the two "no" votes. The tally,
meeting the required total of two-thirds or more of the full
council, overturns the negative 6-3 recommendation made by the
Lincoln Planning Commission on Aug. 16.
following letter was received from the Coalition of Citizens with
Disabilities in Illinois:
the Logan County Chapter of Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
in Illinois, express our appreciation of Mayor Beth Davis; Alderman
Glenn Shelton; Grant Eaton, plant manager of the sewer plant; and
Donnie Osborne, superintendent of street department; for going on the
wheelchair tour of the downtown area.
it was rather hot that day, we didn’t get the whole downtown area
covered, but hope to in the near future. There are so many places we
cannot get into, and it would take so little to make them
accessible. We are very grateful to all those that are accessible.
we do say a heartfelt thank you to those that walked or rode in
wheelchairs with us.
Felton, Logan County Chapter secretary of CCDI
Pinkley, Logan County Chapter president of CCDI
request for right of way or easement has been granted, with
unanimous vote, to the county for their installation of a new fiber
optics system. The right of way allows for the fiber optic line
installation, maintenance, operation, renewal, and repairs in and
under city streets.
parking was unanimously approved for Larry Steffens at 121-131 S.
Sangamon St. The back one-third of the old Lincoln Hotel lot will be
used for tenant and out-of-town guest parking.
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Curry, owner of K&W Construction and a member of the Abraham
Lincoln Statue Committee, brought a brief update to the council. He
everything is on schedule at this time and the committee is pleased
with the progress being made. They anticipate meeting with
interested parties on either the West Coast or the East Coast soon
and expect to have something to present in a month or two. If all
follows as scheduled, the hope at this time is to have a spring
stated that he hopes that the businesses and people of Lincoln will
be ready to support this project and reap the potential benefits it
will bring the community.
the recommendation of Bill Bates, city attorney, the council
approved a newly written ordinance that moderates appeals of Lincoln
Liquor Control Commission rulings. An appeal made to the Illinois
State Liquor Commission will now be based solely on the transcript
of the hearing in Lincoln rather than retrying the entire case.
Should an appeal be made to the state, this will save the city time
and costs of a retrial.
Steve Fuhrer requested and it was granted that there be some money
spent to conduct a UCC search before purchasing the leaf vac for the
city. He said he would like to make sure it is free of any liens
before paying for it. He said they’re pushing to sell it quickly,
and "anytime that happens it makes me a little nervous."
public hearing was set for Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. concerning a request
made by Integrity Data. The downtown business is soliciting the city’s
support in applying for a $100,000 community development loan.
board adjourned to executive session to discuss possible
disciplinary measures against a city police officer, Mike Buchanan.
Chief Richard Montcalm was asked to participate.
death under investigation
5, 2001] Atlanta
police, state police forensic investigators and Logan County State’s
Attorney Tim Huyett are investigating the death of Steven D.
Petersen, age 37, of Atlanta.
was found in Atlanta yesterday morning, Sept. 4. He was pronounced
dead by Logan County Coroner Chuck Fricke at 9:39 a.m. His death was
determined to have been from a gunshot wound that appeared to be
self-inflicted. Time of death was given as between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
autopsy and toxicology tests are being performed, and reports will be
finished in about two weeks.
soars high with
winning plane, B-17 airtime
4, 2001] Comanche
5903P, a private aircraft owned by Henry Spellman of Lincoln,
earned best of class honors at the International Comanche Society
flagship competition in Detroit Aug. 11. At the society’s annual
convention Spellman also flew in the Yankee Air Force Museum’s
B-17 and logged half an hour in command of a turboprop Meridian.
Comanche is a low-wing airplane manufactured by Piper Aircraft from
1958 to 1973. It seats four to six and comes with an engine choice
of 180, 250, 260 or 400 horsepower or twin engines. Comanche
"five niner zero three papa" is a 1959 250 four-seater.
the past two years Spellman has updated the instrument panel,
reupholstered the interior in gray leather, re-carpeted, overhauled
the engine, and painted the aircraft white and deep red with gray
accents. New instruments include all new radios, an autopilot
coupled to the navigation radios, global positioning system receiver
and engine instrumentation.
plane has to be virtually perfect to win in the flagship
competition," Spellman said. "This year was my big chance
because by next year there will be dings in the paint job and scuffs
in the interior."
the first-place trophy, 5903P is not quite perfect, Spellman
conceded. As he pulled it from the hanger at Logan County Airport to
fly to Detroit, an antenna caught on the canvas cover and snapped
off. The offending dust cover is raised by pulleys, creating half a
dozen white peaks. Spellman’s wife, Lynn, refers to it as
"the Sydney opera house."
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a heavy four-engine bomber used by
the Army Air Force during World War II. Of his ride Spellman said,
"It was awesome. But as I moved around to the various crew
positions, I realized I was thinking more of the men who flew in the
airplane than of the airplane itself. They flew 12-hour missions
five miles above the earth with the temperature in the airplane at
30 degrees below zero. Early in the war the odds of living through a
25-mission tour of duty were only one in five. But the crews flew,
day after day. We owe them so much."
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won the flight on the Piper Meridian as a door prize. The Meridian
is a six-place turboprop pressurized single-engine airplane
representing the state of the art in light aircraft design. After
takeoff he was given command for about 30 minutes. "It flew
like a dream," he said, reporting a cruising speed of 175 knots
(over 200 mph). Spellman is not planning to purchase a Meridian, but
he did find several additions to his "wish list" for
improvements to his Comanche.
200 people in half as many planes attended the ICS convention. The
group is organized in regional tribes, with seven U.S. tribes, two
Canadian and one each in Europe, South Africa and Australia. The
aircraft in Detroit were mostly American and Canadian, with four
from Europe. Retiring president David Buttle of the United Kingdom
was one of the pilots who crossed the Atlantic.
more adventurous, one American and one South African plane made the
flight to the 1994 convention in Sydney, Australia. Though he has
never crossed an ocean, Spellman has flown 5903P north to the Arctic
Circle, south to Guatemala and to both the Atlantic and Pacific
just for kids!
4, 2001] Invite
them and they will come! The Lincoln Fire Department tours typically
consist of school-age children. Chief Bucky Washam thought he would
open up the facility to the community over the holiday. On Monday,
firemen played hosts to visitors ranging from children a few months
old to people in their 80s. Lots of adults were there without
children. The firemen gave tours and demonstrations and answered a
range of questions.
here for photos]
event was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By 12:30, with an
estimated 500 hot dogs cooked, Chief Washam had already had to run
out twice to add to the original purchase.
cooked, answered questions while cooking hot dogs, slid down the
firehouse pole, demonstrated hook-and-ladder maneuvers and
rappelling techniques, in addition to showing people their eating,
sleeping, living quarters and offices housed on the second floor of
City Hall. Not only did they do all that, but also they went out on
several calls that came during the course of the day.
attitude of the day was that all the equipment really belongs to the
people and the firemen were happy to show them how it works, what
they (the people of Lincoln) own.
30, 2001] The
city of Lincoln has received a lot of bad press both in and out of
Lincoln over an issue that was intended to help disabled citizens.
The subject of what to do with a pile of handicapped-parking tickets
was again broached for discussion by City Attorney Bill Bates. The
tickets are the result of an intensified program intended to punish
those who are illegally using handicapped-parking spaces.
citations carry a $100 fine if paid at City Hall within 48 hours
after they are issued. Bates wanted to know what the council wanted
him to do about the mounting unpaid pile of them. He could begin
submitting them to the Circuit Court for a notice of hearing. He
pointed out that prosecuting unpaid citations could result in the
ticket holder paying the $100 fine plus court costs if found guilty,
or the judge could throw it out, as has happened recently. Or it
could go to trial and a jury might dismiss it.
first Mayor Beth Davis said, "You know how I feel about it. Go
forth and file a complaint." Mayor Davis said she thought she
knew what the disabled persons would want done with them.
"Those citations were written to protect disabled
stated, "My legal fees will go up if I have to continue to go
to court for prosecution." He continued to caution the mayor
and council, "Strictly speaking, it is a matter of how long and
how hard you want to beat your head against the law." He also
stated that there are some legitimate tickets that need to be
Davis said some of the tickets, like those that were given when
tinted glass prevented the view of a properly placed placard and it
is a proven defense, need to be thrown out. "I agree with
that," she said.
after her recent experiences and time spent speaking with and
hearing from many disabled persons, she says that they have said
they want "a level playing field." She continued, "We’re
not out here to cause people problems. They have gone and gotten a
special handicap permit from the secretary of state. They get the
information of how to properly display their placard. They need to
obey the law."
Michael Montcalm backed her statement saying, "If this is the
law and they’re breaking the law, then how can we make a policy on
advised, "Some of them (the tickets) need the authority to have
someone say, ‘This ticket needs to be dropped.’"
there are some of the citations that clearly seem to call for
practicality, at the suggestion of the mayor a consensus was reached
that some tickets could be thrown out with the authority of the
mayor, city attorney or Police Chief Rich Montcalm. Her decision was
affirmed by the whole council.
about bird bangers
residents from Mayfair subdivision came to speak their piece about
the lack of peace in their neighborhood. The council listened
carefully as, first, Charles Williams spoke about the loud, intrusive
noises of bird bangers being shot off some evenings in the
neighborhood. Then Mary Gupton took the podium and aired her
objections to their use. Both said that the program is disruptive to
their lives, their pets’ lives, and that it chases away the good
birds too. They would rather have the noise of the birds and would
like the bangers stopped.
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practice of setting off the bird bangers began last year when the
council heard concerns from a number of citizens about the
accumulation of bird wastes in their neighborhoods. The volume of
bird waste was a great health concern. Extensive flocks of starlings
come in from the fall fields to roost in the protection of large
neighborhood trees for the night.
council asked the city police to aid in the disruption and
dispersion of these birds.
listening to Williams and Gupton, Mayor Davis said she would take
their complaints under advisement.
department receives top accolades in national survey
University of Washington, Seattle, has contacted the Lincoln City
Police Department with the results of their yearlong survey. Lincoln
was selected as one of only 24 cities nationwide to participate in
the survey. Chief Rich Montcalm said he believes, "We were
chosen because of the number of community policing programs offered
for a city of its size. This is a huge honor." He added,
"Our results were very impressive"
diversity of programs, including the DARE and violence prevention
programs, led in our strengths. The uncommon development and
implementation of the DARE program at three age levels puts us in
the top 4 percent at the state level. Lincoln ranked high in all
purpose of the survey is to assess and share information that can
help other police departments develop programs that will fit their
communities too. It is a project that shares the best ideas and
department has weekend plans
City Fire Department, 700 Broadway St., is hosting a first-time open
house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Labor Day. Anyone and
everyone is invited to stop in. Parents can bring their kids down
and get a tour of the firehouse and trucks. It will be a great time
for photo opportunities.
dogs and refreshments will be served. The firehouse often hosts
school children’s tour groups, but this gives the adults a chance
to come in too. Chief Bucky Washam says it will be a great time, and
he hopes lots of people will come visit.
times taxi’s too many?
30, 2001] Lincoln
City Council held a public hearing in reference to a permit request
for a new taxi service. The aldermen, city attorney and mayor
listened to arguments by both the current cab company owner, Gary
Donley, and the person requesting the permit, Kevin Sampson. Sampson
owned the current cab company, Safe Ride Taxi, until May 2000, when
he sold it to his now ex-brother-in-law, Donley.
spoke first, saying that he would like to start up a new service. He
cited unsubstantiated reports of poor service and a general
deterioration of a business that he originally started as reasons he
would like to get back into the business. He also stated,
"There’s room for competition, knowing what I know."
said he would start out with one vehicle that he would drive
himself. He intends to drive from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., during his
off-hours from his regular job with the Lincoln City Police
Department "As the pace picks up I will increase (the number of
vehicles). I already have people waiting to drive."
attempted to persuade the council when he took the floor to defend
his business and provide reason that another cab company should not
be granted a permit to operate in the city. He claimed not to have
had any registered complaints against his company. He did not
believe it possible for two cab companies to remain viable in a town
the size of Lincoln, clearly stating, "This community can not
support two cab companies."
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Glenn Shelton spoke, using an illustration of our free enterprise
system. "It’s like having two lemonade stands in a
neighborhood," he said. "One is either better or the other
costs less. I don’t see that we should stand in the way of either
Joseph Stone made a motion, it was quickly seconded, and passed
unanimously. Sampson was then told he only needs to get a license
and proof of insurance, and his permit will be granted.
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