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Courthouse 100th anniversary celebration Nov. 5          Send a link to a friend

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, Logan County will commemorate a milestone. The Logan County Courthouse will observe its 100th birthday. Constructed at a cost of $157,000, the courthouse was originally dedicated on Nov. 9, 1905, with a parade and dedication ceremony.

A photograph taken of the courthouse on dedication day, decorated with ribbons cascading from the balconies, will be on display in the courthouse during our centennial activities. In the 1905 photograph, the streets -- brick at that time
-- were busy with people downtown along the sidewalks. Horses hitched to wagons can be seen at the hitching post along McLean Street in front of the building. This historical photograph has been donated for display on rededication day and is owned by Doug and Laurie Muck.

Rededication day will begin as it did for the original dedication of the building in 1905, with a parade at 1 p.m. Following the parade there will be a rededication ceremony in the third-floor courtroom. We are honored to have [Illinois] Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman and Congressman Ray LaHood as our featured speakers. Honorable David L. Coogan, resident circuit judge, will lead the program and Honorable Paul Gleason will serve as chief marshal of the event.

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Judge Coogan, Mr. Gleason and the Courthouse Centennial Committee members invite all Logan County citizens to the festivities. Come out and gather around the square for the parade and then join us in rededicating the courthouse. The ceremony, scheduled for 2:15, will be followed by a reception open to all, with tours of the building and refreshments. Coloring and essay contests are currently under way in the public schools around the county to include our young people in the events. Please join us as we commemorate the significance of the courthouse to our citizens and celebrate the rich history of the building and of our county.

Carla Bender
Logan County Circuit Court clerk
Chairman, Employee Courthouse Centennial Committee

(Posted Oct. 26, 2005)

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