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Dear Ms. Youngquist:
I am pleased to announce a new chapter/page recently
added to my community history site -- Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, and
Other Highlights of Lincoln, Illinois -- which received the Best Web
Site of the Year award from the Illinois State Historical Society
last spring. The new page features the writing and photos of former
Lincolnite Stan Stringer, who would have graduated from LCHS in 1952
if his family had not moved. I write to ask you to consider
announcing this new chapter of Lincoln's history in
LincolnDailyNews.com because it should interest many of your
readers. The URL is
This new page includes previously published and new
material from Stan. The new material helps to explain the
circumstances that led to the construction of the present-day (Greisheim
and Marcucci buildings on the Logan County Courthouse square.
Specifically, Stan tells the stories of the fires that destroyed
these original buildings early in 1932: the Oglesby Building in
February and the Marcucci Building in March. Stan has researched
these fires, using published sources, and also has used the oral
history passed down from his father, Charles Stringer, and recent
communication with his cousin Loren Stringer, who witnessed these
fires. Stan's father was a professional photographer, and he took a
dramatic photo of the smoldering Oglesby Building from the Marcucci
Building, where he had his studio. I have included a full-screen
version of that photo on Stan's page. His story of the fire that
destroyed the Marcucci Building describes the role that his cousin
Loren played in assisting the firemen who fought that conflagration.
[to top of second column in this letter]
The page I created for Stan's material also features
his story of how his father became a professional photographer:
Charles's apprenticeship to C.L. Venard, a distinguished
photographer from Lincoln; Charles' photography experience in World
War I; the establishment of Charles' studio in Lincoln; and Charles'
employment by Henry Ford to photograph the disassembly of the
original Postville Courthouse when Henry Ford brought it and moved
it to Greenfield, Mich., in 1929. Additionally, Stan tells the story
of how his young assistant, Lincolnite Mark Holland, took an aerial
photograph of the Lincoln Lakes beach in 1939, how Mark buzzed
Lincoln, Ill., with a Douglas Skytrain C-47 in 1943, and how Mark
and Charles collaborated to photograph this historic event. I have
credited LincolnDailyNews.com as the source of original publication
where appropriate for some of this material. Also included on Stan's
page is an amusing photo taken by Mark Holland of Charles in an
authentic fascist uniform parodying Mussolini in the Hotel Lincoln
Tap Room some time after World War II.
The Stringer Web page also includes Stan's
previously unpublished account of his Stringer grandparents, Henry
and Jane Stringer, who immigrated from England, first to Chicago and
then to Lincoln. Henry Stringer was a brush maker who worked at the
Lincoln State School training patients in this craft. The Stringer
page presents photos of Henry and Jane Stringer, Henry with his
apprentices, and examples of his brushes.
Leigh Henson, Ph.D., associate professor of English,
Southwest Missouri State University
Note: The site's home
page is at http://www.geocities.com/findinglincolnillinois/.
(Posted Aug. 26, 2005)
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