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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
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
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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.
Logan County Circuit Court clerk
Chairman, Employee Courthouse Centennial Committee
(Posted Oct. 26, 2005)
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