To the editor:
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of
Lincoln, Illinois, is deeply appreciative of the tremendous show of
support from the entire community for the "Abraham Lincoln rally"
held at the courthouse on Oct. 16. Approximately 1,500 residents,
and several from out of town, were present to witness our living
history. From the girls in white dresses, the music, the 1858
campaign signs, to the staging itself, it was an incredible sight to
behold. We thank all the teachers, students and administrators for
your allowing part of your school day to attend and participate. You
really added to the spectacular nature of the event.
So many others need thanks for the time and effort they put
A special thanks to Wanda Lee Rohlfs and Main Street Lincoln, who
spent a great amount of time in the logistical planning. Thanks to
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County and the city of
Lincoln for your financial support and planning.
Thank you to Habitat for Humanity of Logan County for donating
time to build the stage and to Alexander Lumber for donating the
Thank you to Jim and Deb Rohrer and to Irwin Conklen for use of
the wagons, and to Gene Rohlfs and Roger Matson for transporting
Thank you to Lincoln Community High School students and Joyce
Hubbard, Cheryl Spove and Leslie Kroeger for the constructing the
terrific banners used in the rally.
Thank you to the Lincoln Courier, Lincoln Daily News, WLCN and
other media outlets for promoting the event.
Thank you to Wayne Morris for your videography.
Thank you to Tim Searby for lending your great voice to the
Thank you, Leigh Henson, for developing the script and serving as
"speechwriter" for Abraham Lincoln.
We also thank Sean Leonard for
your wonderful performance as Lincoln.
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Thank you to the girls in white dresses: Brianna Batley, Madison
Bishop, Molly Buss, Katelyn Cecil, Alyssa Colgan, Kelsey Fults,
Tiffany Houghton, Amanda Jones, Kiersten Meagher, Kelly Knecht,
Raeann Sheley, Rachel Skelton, Ellen Splain, Katie Treakle and
Thanks also go to the following individuals and businesses: Kathy
Vinyard, St. John United Church of Christ, the city street, fire and
police departments, Sheriff Nichols, the Logan County Board, Jackie
Baker, Chuck and Judy Conzo, Glenn Brunk Stationers, IGA,
Sorrento's, Guzzardo's, Joe's Pizzeria, Lincoln Christian College
and Seminary, Lincoln Christian Church, Martin Holden, Tom Kavelman,
Scott Jones, Chris Elam, Richard Sumrall, Brian Messner, Todd
Spellman, Mercedes Rohlfs, Paul Beaver, Darlene Begolka, Ron and
Marilyn Craig, John Sutton, Mary Ellen Martin, Bill and Jean
Gossett, Kathy Horn, Jonie Tibbs, Ivan and Elaine Ray, Cliff
Sullivan, JoAnne Marlin, Terry Carlton, Dr. Yeh, Jon Diers, Pat and
Gary Freese, and any others whom we may have inadvertently omitted.
As you can see, this was truly a community effort. We believe
Abraham Lincoln would be proud to see that his namesake town not
only has amounted to a great deal, but also that we have recognized
the importance of our heritage and reflected upon the ideals that
make our city and country a great place to live.
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, Illinois
October 24, 2008]
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