man loses life in early morning accident
Atlanta man lost his life in a single vehicle accident south of
Atlanta at 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning. The only occupant, 37
year-old John P. Harmon was driving on Old 66 just south of Lazy Row
when his pickup truck left the road and struck a main line utility
Power was out about 3 hours to
Latham, McLean and Atlanta as CILCO replaced the pole and
transferred a high energy power line. It was a 34/5 line carrying
34,500 volts. Power was restored just after 7 a.m.
Atlanta Rescue, Atlanta
Police, Logan County Sheriffs Department, Illinois State Police and
Logan County Deputy Coroner Warren Rogers attended the scene.
The coroner’s office and the
state police are investigating. Funeral arrangements are being
handled by Quiram Funeral Home in Atlanta.
plan to save $24 million
heads to governor
11, 2002] SPRINGFIELD
— Sen. Larry Bomke’s and AFSCME’s plan to save the state more
than $24 million needs only the governor’s signature to become
law. Senate Bill 1859 is an attempt to free up funds that could save
state jobs or keep necessary programs in place during the state’s
is one area where we can trim funds without negatively affecting
state employees or Illinois residents," said Bomke,
R-Springfield. "State employees have asked me about this in the
past, so when AFSCME brought me the legislation, I was happy to
help. This will address the concerns of state employees with two
insurance providers and help close the budget deficit."
Bill 1859 would allow state employees to opt out of the state health
insurance plans if they have insurance through another provider.
Employees who have insurance through a previous employer, a spouse’s
plan or the military are among those who might be interested in the
to AFSCME, similar programs have had great success in the private
sector. Their projections show the state could save anywhere from $8
million to $32 million, depending on how many employees participate.
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all state employees are automatically covered by one of the state
health insurance plans. Under the legislation, opting out would be
completely voluntary for state employees. To opt out, they would
have to provide proof of alternative health insurance coverage.
the state employee later loses the alternative coverage, he or she
could re-enroll without evidence of insurability and with no
limitations within 63 days. Employees could also opt to re-enroll
without evidence of insurability during any annual benefit choice
signed into law, Senate Bill 1859 will take effect immediately.
made with honorary degree recipients
College commencement May 11
10, 2002] History
will be made at this year’s Lincoln College commencement when
Edward Rust Jr., CEO of State Farm Insurance, and Steve Forbes, CEO
of Forbes magazine, are awarded honorary degrees from Lincoln
College. Nineteen years ago the fathers of Rust Jr. and Forbes
received honorary degrees from the college. The 135th annual Lincoln
College spring commencement will be Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in
with Forbes and Rust Jr., the well-known economic forecaster Robert
J. Eggert Sr. and former state Sen. Robert A. Madigan will receive
honorary degrees. In lieu of a commencement speaker, all recipients
will speak on their accomplishments.
[Photos provided by Lincoln College]
Forbes is CEO of the nation’s leading business magazine, Forbes,
as well as a variety of new publications that reach a worldwide
audience of nearly five million readers. In both 1996 and 2000, he
campaigned for the Republican nomination for the presidency. He is
the author of "A New Birth of Freedom" (Regnery, 1999),
which outlines bold ideas for the new millennium.
[Edward Rust Jr.]
Jr. is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of State
Farm Mutual Insurance Company in Bloomington. He is also president
and chief executive officer of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company
and of State Farm Life Insurance Company. State Farm is nationally
recognized as a leader of the business community’s efforts to
improve the quality of education in the United States. Rust is a
former co-chairman of the Business Coalition for Excellence in
Education and served on President Bush’s Transition Advisory Team
committee on education.
[Robert Eggert Sr., Ph.D.]
J. Eggert Sr., Ph.D., is the founder and editor emeritus of the
well-known Blue Chip Economic Indicators newsletter. He has been an
economic forecaster for over 50 years and managed marketing research
for the Ford Motor Company and RCA before founding the economic
newsletter. He has been featured on television programs including
"Wall Street Week," "Today Show" and
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[Sen. Robert Madigan]
Robert A. Madigan represented the people of the 45th District of
Illinois until June 2001, when Gov. Ryan appointed Madigan to his
current position as the commissioner of the Illinois Industrial
Commission. During his time as an Illinois senator, he served on
multiple committees, including Agriculture and Conservation,
Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan, and Insurance and Pensions, of
which he was chairman.
220 students will receive associates of arts degrees at the Lincoln
College commencement ceremony. A reception for the graduates and
their families will immediately follow the ceremony.
from the area who are participating in the ceremony include Nathan
Dieckow, Shadd Gordon, John Hoblit, Janelle Hutchcraft, Rich Lynch
and Tiffany Sutton, all of Atlanta; Aaron Gullion of Beason; Tamar
Lyons and Lee Ann Schilling of Elkhart; Christina Alexander, Beau
Anderson, Troy Bauer, Todd Blaum, Joseph Borbely, Kari Borowiak,
Angela Bossingham, Daniel Bryson, Bryson Bunner, Jonathan Cook,
Miles Craig, Annalisa Curcuru, Lisa Curcuru, Kevin Curry,
Christopher Davenport, Andrew Dexter, Molly Donnelly, Stacey
Fillmore, Stephanie Geary, Erica Gokoo, Steven Goodman, Heidi Graff,
Brock Guzouskis, Julie Halcomb, Rachel Headrick, Amber Hieronymus,
Anthony Hoffert, Jacob Horton, Carlee Hunter, Brooke Huskins, Kelli
Jackson, Amy Janet, Trisha Kavelman, Sarah McLaughlin, Jeremy
Metelko, Emily Nichols, Elizabeth Pardo, Lyndsey Pickering, Charlene
Robb, Jonah Rosenthal, Anna Schmidt, Elizabeth Skelton, Angela
Smith, Clinton Smith, Kristina Snyder, Jennifer Story, Jennifer
Stout, Erica Tibbs, Joshua Twente, Erin Wind and Kate Winters, all
of Lincoln, and Felicia Haak of McLean.
College news release]
tornadoes cause two deaths
10, 2002] "The
first tornado-related death in the United States during 2002
occurred on April 21 in Wayne County, Ill. While no tornado deaths
occurred in Illinois in 2000 and 2001, the state experienced two
tornado-related deaths in April 2002," says Jim Angel, state
climatologist with the Illinois
State Water Survey, a division of the Illinois Department of
F3 tornado on April 21 also resulted in 42 injuries and an estimated
$4.9 million in damage and recovery costs. A second tornado death
and 14 injuries occurred on April 28 when a series of F2 to F3
tornadoes struck Union, Johnson, Pope and Saline counties, says
other less deadly tornadoes occurred in April. No damage or injuries
were reported on April 18 when a tornado on the beach of Lake
Michigan moved offshore or from a tornado near Equality on April 23.
reports of hail and wind damage followed severe weather on April 13,
18, 19, 21, 23 and 27. Louisville reported 3.5-inch hail on April
an average temperature of 53.4 F across Illinois, this was the
28th-warmest April and the warmest November-April period since 1895.
DeKalb reported 95 on April 18, the warmest reading for the month.
Streamwood reported 17 on April 5, the coolest reading.
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was also the 19th-wettest April since 1895, with precipitation
statewide averaging 5.18 inches, 136 percent of average. Windsor
reported the highest daily precipitation amount, 2.58 inches on
April 21, and also the highest monthly total, 8.21 inches. Many
stations on the northern side of the Illinois River reported 1-4
inches of snowfall as the result of an April 2 storm. Kewanee
reported 5 inches, the most snow for the month from this storm.
in Illinois is definitely a transition month in which it is possible
to have snow, high temperatures and severe weather all in the same
month," says Angel.
Illinois State Water Survey]
named Police Officer of the Year
9, 2002] Officer
Robert Rawlins, a member of the Lincoln Police Department since
1982, has been named Police Officer of the Year by the Lincoln/Logan
Crime Stoppers. The award was presented Monday evening at the
Lincoln City Council meeting by Crime Stopper member Ron Hall.
Chief Richard Montcalm cited Rawlins’ many achievements, including
an award by the state of Illinois for a heroic act on March 25,
1999, when Rawlins rescued a 3-year-old girl and another child from
a burning structure in the 200 block of South Chicago Street.
[Photo by Jan Youngquist]
[Rawlins volunteers at the Citizens' Police
Here he demonstrates a shield used by the SWAT team.]
a native of Lincoln, graduated from the Police Training Institute in
1982 and has been a member of the Lincoln Police Department since
then. He is trained in crime scene protection, arrest and control
tactics, DUI law, basic structural rescue, the Reid method of
criminal investigation and interrogation, and he has 440 hours
training in canine handling.
1993, he and his dog confiscated almost $1 million in drug money
during a traffic stop of a U-Haul truck. The truck was loaded with
furniture and boxes of money, totaling $945,000. The Lincoln Police
Department got to keep about $500,000 of the unclaimed money, he
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is also a squad leader and an original member of Lincoln’s
Emergency Response Team.
is well-deserving of this award," Chief Montcalm said. "He
is a professional on and off the job and very good at working with
people. He is well-liked by his fellow officers, by the state
police, the sheriff’s department and by other municipal agencies
that he works with.
also well-respected in the community outside of law enforcement and
is a good family man, too," Montcalm added.
and his wife, Gail, have two children, Sean, age 19, and Kirstin,
16, a sophomore at Lincoln Community High School. Sean is currently
taking classes at Lincoln Land Community College. The Rawlins family
raises emus on their farm west of Lincoln and sells them for meat.
The fat is sent off to be made into oil, which can be used for skin
problems. Rawlins says he uses it to relieve muscle cramps.
got into raising the emus about seven years ago through his
father-in-law, Harold Eimer. "We’re down to nine right now,
but at one point we had about 45 of them," he said.
Pharmaceutical companies are looking at emu oil as a carrier to get
medication deeper into the skin, he reports.
has served as the police department’s coordinator for Crime
Stoppers for about 15 years. "He keeps us informed and is very
knowledgeable," Hall said.
8, 2002] Mayor
Beth Davis announced new committee assignments for Lincoln aldermen,
as well as appointments to city commissions, at Monday evening’s
city council meeting, the first meeting of the new fiscal year.
of the Finance Committee for fiscal 2002-2003 will be Alderman Verl
Prather, with Joe Stone as vice chairman and Pat Madigan, Glenn
Shelton and Dave Armbrust members.
Michael Montcalm will head the Fire, Water and ESDA Committee, with
Bill Melton vice-chairman and Benny Huskins, Stone, and George
[Photos by Joan Crabb]
city department heads were sworn in for another year at the May 6
council meeting. They are (left to right) Les Last, building and
zoning department; Don Osborne, street superintendent; Rich
Montcalm, police chief, and Bucky Washam, fire chief.]
Grounds, Buildings and Local Improvements Committee will be headed
by Alderman Stone, with Armbrust vice-chairman and Steve Fuhrer,
Prather and Melton members. The Insurance Committee will be headed
by Alderman Shelton, with Mitchell vice chairman and Stone, Armbrust
and Fuhrer members.
Fuhrer will be chairman of the Ordinance and Zoning Committee, with
Prather vice chairman and Montcalm, Huskins and Melton members.
Police Committee will be headed by Alderman Madigan, with Shelton
vice chair and Stone, Prather and Huskins members. Alderman Armbrust
will head the Sanitation Committee, with Madigan vice chair and
Fuhrer, Shelton and Montcalm members.
City Police Officer Robert Rawlins (left) was named Police Officer
of the Year by Crime Stoppers and received a plaque from member Ron
Hall (center). Police Chief Rich Montcalm praised Rawlins’
Sewerage Treatment Plant and Sewers and Drains Committee will be
headed by Alderman Melton, with Huskins vice chair and Madigan,
Mitchell and Montcalm members.
Sidewalks, Forestry and Lighting Committee will be headed by
Alderman Mitchell, with Fuhrer vice chair and Prather, Madigan and
Shelton members. The Streets and Alleys Committee chairman is
Alderman Huskins, with Montcalm vice chair and Mitchell, Melton and
Mitchell will be the city council’s representative to the Healthy
Community Partnership Committee, the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce and the Lincoln Statue Corporation.
Huskins will be the representative to the Lincoln Planning
Commission and a voting member of the Logan County Joint Solid Waste
Melton will be the representative to the county’s Looking for
Lincoln program and also represent the city on the Mayor’s
Commission on Disabilities, Minorities, Seniors, Veterans and Youth.
Alderman Shelton will be the representative to the Main Street
Stone will be a representative to the Mayor’s Commission on
Disabilities, Minorities, Seniors, Veterans and Youth and to the
city’s Historic Homes and Buildings Commission.
Prather will be the representative to the Logan County Board as well
as the Logan County Economic Development Council. Alderman Armbrust
will serve as the city’s representative to the Tourism Bureau of
Logan County and will be a voting member of the Logan County
Planning and Zoning Commission. Alderman Fuhrer will be a voting
member of the Logan County Economic Development Foundation.
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also announced the membership of other city committees and
commissions. John Sutton is chairman of the Lincoln Zoning Board of
Appeals; members include Bob Johnson, Jim Drew, Tom Culnan, Ben
Grunder, Linda Aper, Mannie Gaston, City Attorney Bill Bates and
Logan County Regional Planner Phil Mahler.
members of the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, Minorities,
Seniors, Veterans and Youth attended the May 6 council meeting to
hear Mayor Beth Davis announce new commission members.]
Commission members are Mayor Davis, Lois Landes and City Treasurer
Lincoln Planning Commission chairman is Betty Gehlbach; members are
Mayor Davis, Alderman Huskins, Dave Klug, Ron Fox, Don Miller, Leon
Martin, Bob Wood, Mike Miller, Scott Cooper and John Guzzardo.
Civil Service Commission members are Jane Ryan, Julie Geradot and
Randy Matson. Fire and Police Commission members are Rex Mallekoote,
Nancy Amberg and Jim Levi.
Lincoln citizens commission is the Historic Homes and Buildings
Commission, with Betty York as chairman. Members are Shirley
Bartelmay, Phyllis Bryson, Bill Gosda, Bob Johnson, Anne LaForge,
David Lanterman, Charlie Ott, Richard Sumrall and Georgia Vinson.
of the Sesquicentennial Committee include Mayor Davis, president;
Paul Beaver, vice-president; Paul Short, treasurer; and Lori
Bottrell, secretary. Members include Bobbi Abbott, Wendy Bell, Paul
Gleason, Marshall Jacobs, Charlie Ott, Thressia Usherwood, Jean
Anderson, Sharon Awe, Shirley Bartelmay, Linda Churchill, Stewart
Churchill, Pat Gesky, Dick Hurley, Ron Keller, Dick Logan, Roger
Matson, Cindy McLaughlin, Steve Miller, Gus Otto, Greg Pelc,
Gillette Ransom, Wallace Reifsteck, Nancy Rollings Saul, Don Vinson
and Aldermen Melton, Prather and Shelton.
Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, Minorities, Seniors, Veterans
and Youth includes Betty Verderber, chairman on disabilities, along
with members Fern Pinkley and Bob Shanle; Alderman Glenn Shelton,
chairman on minorities; Alderman Joe Stone, chairman on seniors;
Alderman Melton, chairman on veterans, along with member Bruce
Huskins; and Pat O’Neill, chairman on youth, along with members
Alex Dawson, Jason Harlow, Kristi Simpson-Lessen, and Jeremy White.
Beautification Commission, just established by Mayor Davis, includes
Davis, Aldermen Stone and Huskins, City Inspector Les Last, City
Engineer Mark Mathon, City Attorney Bill Bates, Street
Superintendent Don Osborne, Terry James, Val Henrichsmeyer and Mike
Lincoln Statue Corporation is made up of Larry Steffans, president;
the Rev. S.M. Davis, vice-president; Steve Wurth, treasurer; Joyce
Board, secretary. Members are Beth Davis, Marshall Jacobs, Phil
Montalvo and Alderman Mitchell.
Davis made no change in department heads for the city for the coming
year. Rich Montcalm remains police chief, Bucky Washam is fire
chief, Les Last is zoning officer, Don Osborne is street
superintendent, and Bill Bates remains city attorney.
postal service threatened
7, 2002] It
is a tough day in America when the most steadfast public service is
challenged to slow or halt. Pipe bombs have interfered with the U.S.
mail delivery service across the Midwest. The bombs that began
appearing in residential rural mailboxes last week and on Monday
this week have caused the U.S. Postal Service some disruption of
one has yet died from any of the 17 bombs placed in boxes in
Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado. Four employees and two
customers have been injured. Most bombs have been detected intact.
bombs have been placed directly in the customer mailboxes by the
assailants. The devices have not gone through the post offices.
rural postal carriers are taking a little added precaution
delivering the mail. Postmaster Jeff Poole says, "Our carriers
have been instructed to be cautious. They have been told what to
look for and if anything looks suspicious to contact the law
said the U.S. Postal Service has requested residents in affected
areas (areas that have had pipe bombs) to leave their mailbox doors
open. We are not one of those areas. For now we are just to keep our
eyes open and be aware.
more information, see http://www.usps.com/news/facts/lfu_050602b.htm.
to purchase CILCO; representatives address council
7, 2002] Two
representatives from Ameren, the company that is purchasing CILCO,
the utility that serves Lincoln, attended the Lincoln City Council
meeting Monday evening to introduce themselves to city officials.
L. Davis, vice president of customer services, and Robert J. Mill,
manager of the regulatory services department, spoke briefly to the
purpose is to put a face to the company name," Davis told the
council. "The process [of buying CILCO] will likely take about
a year. We will keep you informed through the process."
Corporation has agreed to purchase CILCORP for $1.4 billion, which
will make Ameren the second-largest electric provider in Illinois.
CILCORP is the parent company of Peoria-based Central Illinois Light
serves Logan and Tazewell counties, western Woodford and Marshall
counties and several towns in McLean County. CILCO has approximately
200,000 electric and 200,000 gas customers and has been in business
in central Illinois since 1915.
is a $10 billion-asset company based in St. Louis, and provides
energy to 1.5 million electric and 300,000 natural gas customers
over a 44,500-square-mile area in Illinois and Missouri.
Illinois subsidiary, AmerenCIPS, was formed in 1997 by a merger of
Union Electric and Central Illinois Public Service, and currently
serves 323,000 electric and 169,000 natural gas customers.
to the Ameren press release, electric rates will remain frozen at
current levels until at least 2004 because of a state freeze on
Missouri, according to Ameren’s corporate fact sheet, electric
rates are 14 percent below the national average, and the company has
reduced rates three times in the past seven years. In Illinois,
AmerenCIPS has not had a retail electric rate increase since March
of 1992. In August of 1998 the company reduced residential rates by
5 percent, the fact sheet says.
Ameren is a large company, Davis told the council, "We think of
ourselves as coming from small-town roots. We serve a lot of small
said he believed the merger will be a "win-win situation for
the area. It will be best for shareholders and best for the
Benny Huskins asked if the merger would affect the local CILCO
will be some duplication, but I don’t believe there will be any
meaningful adjustments in Lincoln," Davis said.
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representatives also said the new company would be prepared to
assist in the economic development of the cities in its service area
but did not make any specific commitments.
Ameren press release said the company plans to increase CILCO’s
civic, charitable and social service contributions and continue its
low-income energy assistance program. It will also continue to
support programs helping youth sports teams and installing
energy-efficient lighting in public areas. AmerenCILCO headquarters
will remain in Peoria.
other business, the council agreed to approve Final Plat II of the
Austman/Johnson subdivision on Route 10. The plat, which will add
two lots to the subdivision, has already been approved by the
also heard Fern Pinkley, president of the Logan County Chapter of
the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois, announce a
new program to assist those with disabilities to own their own
want to make sure that people who are disabled and want their own
homes can get homes," she said. Those who are interested in the
program may call Robin Benson, project manager of the Homeownership
Coalition for People with Disabilities at 217-523-2587, Ext. 211 or
e-mail her at email@example.com.
a public hearing before the meeting, Mark Gates spoke to oppose
vacating an undeveloped extension of Ophir Street on the west side
of North Kickapoo as requested by Richard and Jean Moody.
who recently purchased the property, is building self-storage units
and wants the street to be vacated so he does not have to meet a
35-foot setback requirement and can construct a 30-foot-wide
building instead of a 24-foot-wide unit.
said he opposes vacating the 60-foot-wide street for two reasons. He
wants to put in a sewer line to property he owns in the area, and he
will be running large trucks in and out of a cement plant that
operates in the area.
council tabled the matter until the May 14 committee-of-the-whole
centennial marked with rededication ceremony
6, 2002] "This
community has pulled together to care for its own with passion and
grace," said chief executive officer Woody Hester as he
rededicated Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital at the start of its
second hundred years.
crowd of about 75 gathered outside near the hospital’s Eighth
Street entrance at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, for the rededication
ceremony. Emil Stahlhut, hospital administrator from 1953 to 1983,
recalled his years at ALMH: "We may have lacked money at the
right time to do what we had to do, but we did not lack the spirit
and the zip." It was that spirit, he said, which brought the
hospital to its centennial.
[Emil Stahlhut, hospital administrator 1953-1983]
was administrator when the local institution was transformed from
Evangelical Deaconess Hospital into Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital. Begun in 1902 under the auspices of St. John’s
Evangelical Church, the old hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary
in June 1952. By that time, however, it was clear that the
facilities had become inadequate, and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital project had begun as an ecumenical movement. In May 1952
ground was broken for the new hospital building, and ALMH was
dedicated April 2, 1954. The first patients were transferred a few
[Woody Hester, ALMH president and CEO]
ALMH president and CEO, referred to Stahlhut’s "gesture of
genius" when he threw away the hospital keys at the 1954
dedication ceremony, symbolizing that the hospital would never lock
its doors to those in need.
the rededication Hester recognized four nurses who were trained at
the Deaconess Hospital: Margaret Montgomery, Iva Blaum and Margaret
Deverman, all of Lincoln, and Marian Buse of New Holland. Deverman,
who graduated in 1935, was operating supervisor at the old hospital
and helped train the other three, all 1942 graduates. Blaum was
director of nursing from 1958 to 1985. Montgomery and Buse are
past and present "community courage and resourcefulness,"
Hester expressed his thanks for the support ALMH has received over
the years. "May God give us the strength and wisdom to be good
stewards of our gifts," he added.
final speaker was Joe Heidbreder of Lincoln, representing the
community’s next generation. He ended the ceremony by proclaiming,
"And now let the second hundred years begin." Roger
Michalsen, church council president at St. John United Church of
Christ, formerly St. John’s Evangelical Church, gave the
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showcased the present hospital. Historical displays lined the walls
of Conference Room A, tracing the growth of the hospital as a
building and an institution.
first hospital in Lincoln was the Catholic St. Clara’s Hospital,
opened in 1884. It served the needs of the community until the
typhoid epidemic of 1898 overwhelmed its capacity. At that time the
Rev. F.W. Schnathorst of St. John’s Evangelical Church appealed to
the Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, which sent two deaconesses to
Lincoln to care for the sick. The work of deaconesses was not new to
the church, since Adelheid Schmidt, the wife of the previous pastor,
the Rev. Hermann Schmidt, had been a deaconess before her marriage.
Evangelical deaconesses took a vow to care for the sick, the poor
and the elderly, but they were free to leave the order and to marry.
cities in the Midwest have both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals
dating to the typhoid epidemic of the late 19th century, according
to Hester. Other communities besides Lincoln had had one hospital
before that time but found it insufficient to handle the load. In
larger cities the two hospitals continue; in Lincoln one was found
to be sufficient, and St. Clara’s closed in 1962. The nursing home
St. Clara’s Manor opened in August 1971 in a new building on the
April 23, 1899, the deaconess hospital society was formed, and the
first board was elected on May 14 of that year. Matthew Reinhardt,
president of the St. John’s congregation, led the fund drive. From
the beginning people from outside the congregation were encouraged
to participate, with Capt. David Harts being an early example.
John’s Evangelical Home and Hospital was built at the northwest
corner of Seventh and Walnut streets. The cornerstone was laid Nov.
4, 1900, and the building was dedicated Jan. 19, 1902. It cost over
$37,000, which was $15,000 more than originally estimated, according
to the St. John centennial history.
old hospital had a dirt-floor basement and an unfinished third
floor. The word "Home" in its title referred to the fact
that the deaconesses also lived there. At first money was so scarce
that two women from the church, Mrs. Adam Denger and Mrs. Gustave
Briegel, drove a one-horse cart to homes of church members to
collect food. The hospital also had its own vegetable garden.
September 1902 the Rev. Gustav Niebuhr replaced Schnathorst as St.
John’s pastor and hospital administrator. Until 1924 the two
positions were combined. Stahlhut is the most recent administrator
to belong to St. John Church.
to the church history, the earliest physicians’ group consisted of
Dr. Edward Rembe, Dr. H.B. Brown, Dr. F.M. Ewing, surgeon Dr. Cosby
and Dr. Katherine Miller, who was particularly interested in this
hospital because it accepted maternity patients.
1926 the hospital dropped St. John’s from its name and began
naming trustees from outside the congregation.
[Nurses trained at Evangelical Deaconess Hospital: (front, from
left) Margaret Montgomery and Marian Buse, (back, from left) Iva Blaum
and Margaret Deverman]
World War II, when expansion was needed, government funds were
available for new construction but not additions. In November 1947
the vote was taken to build a new hospital, and ground was broken 50
years ago, in May 1952.
hospital has been added to three times and extensively remodeled.
September1994 Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital has been affiliated
with Memorial Health System, which includes Memorial Medical Center
in Springfield and St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville.
is a time like no other. Since Sept. 11 we are a changed nation.
Individually, our daily sensitivity toward whom and what we have in
our lives has been heightened. We are more conscious and
appreciative, first about those we love and see everyday. Next, we
have a newfound appreciation for those who risk their lives every
day as rescue workers and protectors of life and property in our
communities. We also now think more about our military men and women
who are committed to serve and protect our country. Many are away
engaged in battle, some are in waiting to go, all are ready to lay
their lives on the line in defense of our freedom.
Daily News is
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please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete list will be made available and kept updated through the
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we prepared for terrorism
in Logan County?
on the radio, TV, in all the media. You hear it in the office, on
the street and maybe at home — threats of terrorism. America is on
high alert. Here in central Illinois, away from any supposed
practical target areas, perhaps we feel a little less threatened,
but we are still concerned. So how concerned should we be, and how
prepared are we for the types of situations that could occur?
the threat is domestic or foreign, violent, biological or chemical,
our public health and rescue agencies have been preparing to respond
to the situations. Lincoln Daily News has been at meetings where all
the agencies gather together as the Logan County Emergency Planning
Committee to strategize for just such a time. Our reports have not
even provided every detail that every agency has reported; i.e., a
number of representatives from differing agencies such as the health
and fire departments, CILCO and ESDA went to a bioterrorism and
hazmat (hazardous materials) seminar this past August.
are some of the articles that LDN has posted pre- and post-Tuesday,
Sept. 11. Hopefully you will see in them that WE ARE WELL PREPARED.
At least as much as any area can be. Every agency has been planning,
training, submitting for grants to buy equipment long before Sept.
11. We can be thankful for all of the dedicated, insightful leaders
we have in this community.
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day after ‘Attack on America’
Area leaders respond to national tragedy
and LEPC conduct successful hazardous materials exercise at water
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs - Part 1
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs – Part 2
nuclear power plant safety measures in place
County agencies meet to discuss protocol for suspicious mail
promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack
began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on
air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps,
destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting
than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have
pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.
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