Friday, April 4, 2014

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit

For the first time, the Princeville Heritage Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit titled Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.  The exhibit is a joint effort between the museum and Lillie M. Evans Library.  Our museum director and volunteers have been very busy getting the exhibit ready.  In addition to the traveling exhibit, you will also view diplays about local Civil War history. 

The museum will have extended hours during the exhibit which will be on display through May 9.  In addition to the Opening Reception, there are 4 programs planned during April.

On Tuesday, April 8, we will be hosting "Illinois in the Civil War" with Tom Emery at 6:30 pm.  "Black Jack Logan: Civil War General, Senator, King-Maker" with Brian Fox Ellis will be on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 pm.  You won't want to miss "Mrs. Lincoln's Salon" and Tea with Debra Ann Miller on Tuesday, April 22 at 1:00 pm (reservations required).  The final program is "The Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White" with Jeanne Schultz Angel will be on Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm.

During the exhibit, the museum will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesdays 2:00 to 6:00 pm and Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  We do schedule classroom visits as well as large groups (senior living facilities, community groups, scout troops, service organizations, etc.). Please plan for at least an hour for your visit.

Here are a few pictures of the exhibit:

The museum volunteers have spent a lot of time researching local Civil War soldiers and other local history relating to the Civil War.  
  • Do you know about the "Lucky 13" from Princeville?  
  • Most of the local men were enlisted in Company K, 86th IL Infantry.
  • Read the Coburn Civil War letters. 
  • Much, much more!!
A few photos of local Civil War history:

Soldier's Memorial of Company K 86th Reg. Vol. Infantry.  Man local men enlisted
 in Company K of 86th IL.  You can view all the names and photos of the officers.

As you can see, this is an exhibit you won't want to miss!!

To learn more about the Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War exhibit, click here for the link to LME Library.  For additional resources and information, including a Teacher's Guide, scroll to the bottom of the page to see additional links.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

1960-1961 Blackhawk Champions

I have had these photos ready for a blog post for a few weeks now.  We are in the midst of winter weather and clearing out from the latest snow so I thought today would be a good time to post the photos.  These photos were donated to the museum by Mildred and Evelyn Snyder.  We don't have all the names of all the boys in the photos, so if you can help identify them, please email us at

The 1960-61 Princeville High School football team were the Blackhawk Conference Champions.  This first photo was taken in the 100 block of East Main Street near the VFW which was on the north side of the street in 1960.  I assume that is the football coach on the trailer with the team making a speech.  The trailer advertises LE German Implement Co.  We don't have any identification on the players of the trailer.  Looks like there was a large turnout to help the team celebrate their championship.

Identification of players in photo below from Rick Martin: to left of speaker is Principal William (Bull) Cordis; behind speaker is Coach Ernie Hoff; on his left is Coach Bob Johns.   Players #40 Lee Strietmatter, between #13 & 27 is Dave Swanson, #27 is Ralph Fusco.  

It looks like the whole team is posed in front of Princeville High School for this next photo.  The players that have been identified in this photo are: Bob Teske (#38), Bob Riggen, Jeff Givens, Chuck Beall, Ralph Fusco (#27), Ron Williams, Tom Harmon, Claude Lorance and Bob Swanson.

Rick Martin identifies the following players in this next photo:  #80 Bill Kraft; #40 Lee Strietmatter; #13 Roger Maddox; #11 Joe Harwood; behind #11 is Steve Sutherland.  Other side, #42 Dick Calhoun; back row behind Ron Williams is Norm Stahl; Tom Boylan in front of #38(Bob Teske)

We have identified all the players in this next photo.  They are: Bill Kraft (#80), Steve Sutherland (#84), Wylvan Parker (#19), Dick Calhoun (#42), Bob Swanson (#70), Norm Stahl (#64), Nollan Harwood (#11).

Friday, January 24, 2014

Shopping on Walnut Street

The 100 block of North Walnut Street has seen many changes.  Over the years, buildings in this block have housed stores, offices, restaurants, library and even a movie theater, to name a few.  During a recent visit to the museum, Wendy Kneer shared a few of her family's photos.  Wendy's grandmother was Ada Harrison Kneer.

The photo below is of the Golden Rule store.  Since it appears that the store is empty, we can assume the photo was taken after the store closed.  The store was located on the west side of Walnut Street.  Currently, this building is part of the Cordis and Cordis Law Office.  The storefront to the left of the Golden Rule Store is where the Princeville Post Office used to be. The building on the right is the building that is currently on the corner of Walnut and Evans.  Notice the sign in the window advertising a Pool Room.  Do you think the "Golden Rule Store" imprint is still on the building?

The next two photos are of the H. Harrison Hardware Store.  The hardware store was located on the east side of Walnut Street.  Currently, Los Jimadores restaurant is located in this building.  Notice the wagons for sale to the left of the door.  I keep looking at this photo to see what is in the windows, but I can't figure out what is there. The next photo shows the inside of the store.  The shelves were stocked from floor to ceiling.  Notice the stoves in the front on the left.  Looking closely at the Public Sale notices, these photos were taken in 1915.

The ad below is from the February 16, 1899 Princeville Republican newspaper.  I believe that the store above is a predecessor of the H. Harrison Hardware store. 

Do you have any information on these businesses?  The museum is always looking for additional information on Princeville businesses.  If you can help, please email or call the museum at (309)385-1916.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

1915 Princeville High School Sophomores

The Buck/Lauber family was in this week and shared some of their family photos with us.  Like many of you, they have some old family photos and newspaper clippings dating back to the 1800s.  The museum does take donations of local family photos and clippings which prove invaluable to our volunteers, members and visitors who do genealogy research.  If you aren't quite ready to let go of your family photos, please consider allowing us to make digital scans of the photos.  When we are given a collection of newspaper clippings (wedding announcements, obituaries and other articles) we put them together in a scrapbook, mark it with the family's name and place it in the reference area for all who are interested to view. 

One of the items the family allowed us to scan was a group photo of the Princeville High School Sophomores in 1915.  These students graduated in 1917.  This photo is from Hazel Buck's scrapbook.  She was a scrapbooker before scrapbooking was popular! Hazel was a school teacher at Monica Grade School until she became ill and had to quit teaching.  She passed away in 1928 at the young age of 28.

Using old yearbooks and the names written in the scrapbook, I think I have figured out who everyone is in the photo.  The alumni lists in the old yearbooks also helped me figure out the girls' married names. 

Back row (left to right):  Harriet Hofer Hinnen, May Cheesman, Carl Cheesman (Red), Fred Jackson, Clarence Graham, Free Slane, Hazel Tucker Nelson.

Middle row (left to right): Bernice Taylor Manker, Maude Shane Sloan, Mabel DeBord Gelling, Bettie Gourley, Ellen Edwards.

Front row (left to right): Florence Oertley Barnes, Pearl Barrett Flake, Helen Tracy Hansen, Hazel Buck, Helen Gaster Weidner

If you are decluttering or just not sure what to do with all the family photos and papers, please consider donating them to the museum.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Akron Townhouse School Luncheon

Yesterday was the annual Akron Townhouse School Luncheon which was held in the museum meeting room.  This is the annual fundraiser for the one room school which is host to many 4th grade classes during the year.  At their visit, they spend the morning in the school learning what is was like to attend a one room school. 

The luncheon is unique because each table is decorated by a supporter of the school.  Each year, the tables are more magnificent than the previous year and this year was no exception.  Since the luncheon has limited seating, many of you were not able to attend so I thought I would share the pictures of the tables on the blog.

Next year will be the 10th anniversary of this annual luncheon.  I  can't wait to see what the ladies will come up with next year!

Partial view of the room before the luncheon

Table decorated by Judy Sutherland with a Christmas theme. 

Judy Sutherland also decorated this ivy-filled table.

A beautiful table decorated by Kathy Hill.

This gold and white themed table with amber glass was decorated by Cathy German.

 Joy Baurer's blue and silver china sets the theme for a very elegant table.

Susan Streitmatter sets a new theme every year. Her brightly colored plates and 
placemats really pop with the floral centerpiece.

This Christmas themed table was decorated by Becky Webster.

Janet Rasmussen set a winter-themed table with blue and silver.

A Gingerbread House and hand painted chargers show how much work each table decorater puts into her table.  Kathy Messersmith and Kay German designed this table.

A friend of Ann Cordis' decorated this table with a rustic holiday theme complete with antlers.

 Candy canes and snowmen were the theme for Caryl D'Hondt's table.

It took a team of three to put this table together.  Julie Delbridge, Suzy Gill and Diana Davis used peacock feathers, dried hydrangeas and grapevine balls to make a fall themed table.

Marge Dell and friend made this autumn themed table.

Friday, November 22, 2013

1964 Princeville High School FFA Members

Once again, I find myself working with the large donation of old FFA slides donated by Princeville High School.    This time, I have a number of slides of individual FFA members.  Stamped on the back of the slides is October 1964, so I assume these were taken during the 1964-1965 school year.  Last month, on this blog, we posted photos of the FFA parents.  I think the individual member snapshots and the photos of the parents were taken the same year.  Click here to view the photos of the FFA parents.

Below are all the FFA member individual photos with all of them in their official tie and jacket. To identify these boys, I used the name that was written on the slide, not on their FFA jacket.  Some of these boys are borrowing a jacket to get their picture taken. These photos are all boys because girls were not allowed to be FFA members until the 1970s.  Enjoy your trip down memory lane.

George Baer

David Begner

Steve Begner

James (Jim) Boylan

Tom Boylan

David Brittingham

Murray Campbell

Bill Clark

Bill Damitz

Richard (Dick) Donath

Don Donsbach

 Gene Donsbach

 Jerry Donsbach

 Steve Elsasser

 Steve Fuller

 Terry Galetti

 Jim Gehrig

Ken (Kenny) Gehrig

David (Dave) Gibbs

 Ray Gilles

Rod Grunloh

Tom Haney

Stanley Hurt

 Steve Lauber

Fred Menold

Mike Menold

Robert (Bob) Myers

Larry Parkhill

 Ronald (Ron) Peterson

Howard Rumbold

 Tim Selburg

 Jerry Sloan

Milton Smith

Leslie Stone

 Carl Theobald

James White

 Paul Whittaker

Ronald Wisner