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TAMPICO Newsletter & website updates for Aug. 08

Sep 1, 2008

This has been a really fun month. Les Niemi has been posting “This Day in Tampico History” from his Tampico Tornado transcriptions. It has developed quite a following and makes for a great morning “read” with that first cup of java. It’s amazing how the more things change, the more they stay the same. You’ll find these vignettes in time in our MESSAGE BOARD section of the site. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Message_Board.html

I ran across an interesting article submitted in 1938 by one of our local gents that was working at Boys’ Town in NE during the filming of the oscar-winning movie with Spencer Tracy & Mickey Rooney. You’ll find it in our ARTICLES & LOCAL HISTORY section of the site. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/22587/107592.htm

What Tampico-ite was born in 1932, tipping the scales at 12 pounds? Whew! Jim has submitted his birth announcement in our ARTICLES & LOCAL HISTORY section. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/22587/108492.htm

We have something new on the site – Two videos! A friend informed me of the “Honor Flight Chicago” program, which flies area WWII vets to Washington, D.C. for free. One of the participants from the past flight made a video of the trip. It is quite moving. The next scheduled trip is Sept. 17th. His video inspired me to experiment with one for our vets. I put together a 46 photo video of some of our vets. We have so many photos; it would take hours to watch just one video, so I am not sure how I will continue. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/board/board_topic/23882/371490.htm

The TAHS held our annual Pot Luck Picnic in the Community Building on August 26th . This is usually our largest turn-out. Many came to hear our scheduled speaker, Harold Wright tells us of the Eclipse Lawnmower Co.. However, Harold was not feeling well enough to speak, so we were very fortunate to get his brother, Gene, in his stead. Gene brought three of his civil war characters; civil war POW, John Janeway, aka: “John January”; Richard Kirkland, known as “Angel of Marey’s Heights and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. Photos can be found in our Picasa Photo Album: http://picasaweb.google.com/TampicoHistoricalSociety/TAHSPrograms

Our next meeting is Sept. 23 and will be held in the Museum, 119 Main Street, Tampico, IL. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., with guest speaker, Barb Ballew, Director of the Prophetstown Main Street program.

Our new roof project has been completed! It is impossible to thank all of those who contributed towards this very necessary project. Organizations such the RNA, Tampico Community Building, TAHS Bake sale & Rummage sale, and the Village of Tampico as well as individual donations are what made it possible. Many thanks to Anita Stickel, G. Wright, W. Whalen, B. Sherman, Coers family, Etta Mae Tufte Memorial, Ruth Thompson, Sue Hilfiker, E. Rosene, Brown family, M. Glassburn, Gary & Joan Johnson, Duane Thompson, G. M. Johnson, P. Clark and the families of: Lendman, Wetzell, Widolff, Cassens, Deets, and Conners. YOU made it happen – THANK YOU!

We are open to suggestions for some quick fund raisers this fall to help replenish our funds to pay those nasty winter utility bills.

On September 20th, I will be meeting with the coordinator for the IL Newspaper Project (INP) to decide which Tampico Tornados they will be taking for micro-filming. This service is provided by a grant, so there is no expense to the TAHS. However, originally I was under the impression that we would receive a free copy of the micro-film but have been informed that we would need to purchase that from the vendor for $50. A future project for the TAHS is to purchase all of the micro-films for the Tampico newspapers. We have m/f readers, but we will also need a reader/printer.

New acquisitions: Mrs. Isabelle Hein (a member of the Cain family) donated a ledger of the auditor notes of Tampico Township starting in 1873.

Geri Cassens has spoken with Leona Reberts who has some of the old movies taken by Potty Cain. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. What a treasure that would be for our historical society.

For a direct link to each new entry, please see our “WHAT’S NEW” page of website:


August 14, 21 & 28 (Thursday), 6 p.m. - Mexican Train Dominoes in Tampico Community Building, W. Market St. All invited, $5/play, prizes, snacks. Contact Terry Gaskill
August 26 (Tuesday) - TAHS Annual Pot Luck Picnic, 6 p.m. - Bring dish to pass/table setting. Meet in the Community Bldg, W. Market Street, Tampico. (note we meet earlier than usual). Guest Speaker: Harold Wright/Eclipse Lawn Mower Co.. All invited - please join us. Contact: Joan Johnson, 815-438-7581
August 30, 31 & Sept. 1, (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) , 11:00 a.m. - Ladies' Tea & Fashion Show @ Sandy Pine Elk Farm sandypine@thewisp.net 815-438-2463
August 30 & 31, (Saturday & Sunday), 2:00 p.m. - Civil War Re-enactment @ Sandy Pine Elk Farm
Sept. 1, (Monday) Living History@ Sandy Pine Elk Farm sandypine@thewisp.net 815-438-2463
Sept. 13, (Saturday) 4p.m. - Tampico Ambulance Annual Hog Roast http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/calendar/calendar_day/22558/2008-9-13.htm
Sept. 20, (Saturday) – 1:00 p.m. I will be meeting with the coordinator for the IL Newspaper Project (INP) to decide which Tampico Tornados they will be taking for micro-filming. This service is provided by a grant, so there is no expense to the TAHS. However, originally I was under the impression that we would receive a free copy of the micro-film but have been informed that we would need to purchase that from the vendor for $50.
Sept. 23, (Tuesday) 7 p.m. - TAHS Monthly meeting - Guest Speaker: Barb Ballew, Prophetstown Main Street Project. Meet in TAHS building - 119 Main Street, Tampico. Contact: Joan Johnson, 815-438-7581 or garyjoan@thewisp.net
Sept. 24, (Wed.) – The Tampico Area Historical Society will be open at 9:00 a..m. The Motor Iowa club is expected to visit with some 85 vehicles signed up for the trip. Volunteers would be appreciated.

Oct. 12 (Sunday) – Tentative date for the annual Yorktown Cemetery Walk. Louise Miller will represent the Gudgell family. The Saathoff family may be represented. We are still seeking suggestions and people to do a brief presentation. April Hinton will host the event.

Oct. 17 (Friday) – The TAHS will be open at 1:00 p.m. We are expecting an antique auto group to visit. Volunteer “greeters” would be appreciated.

1895 - Barton Brooks - Les Niemi
1898 - Margaret (Staff) Conroy - Les Niemi
1903 - Millie Wheelock Breckenridge - Les Niemi
1906 - Fannie Beardsley - Les Niemi
1906 - Ellis Love (infant) - Les Niemi
1907 - Herbert Denison - Les Niemi
1912 - Myron Luverne Forbes (infant) - ddm
1916 - Ferdinand Barenthin - Les Niemi
1918 - Eva (Bryson) Woodyatt - Jack Pritchard
1922 - Anna L. Watson Yarde - ddm
1934 - John W Yarde - ddm
1938 - Anna Barenthin Pump - ddm
1938 - Minerva Miller Lyon - Sandi Hartnell
1956 - Burton Clyde Bunker - ddm
1956 - William F. Burden - ddm
1956 - Alice Estella Yarde - ddm
1960 - Homer H. Burns - ddm
1964 - Archie A. Yarde, Sr. - ddm
1977 - Kathryn Keefe - MLT
1983 - Leonard K. Howlett - MLT
1983 - George A. Johnson - MLT
1983 - Florence A. (Munson) Fanning - MLT
1983 - Julia Callahan - MLT
1983 - George Albert Forward - MLT
1994 - George "Bud" Forward - MLT
1994 - Donald Oppendike - MLT
1994 - George Klockenga - MLT
1995 - Sharon Ann (Hansen) Kerchner - MLT
1995 - Veneita A. (Mickle) Dennis - MLT
1995 - Oscar T. Pletsch - MLT
1995 - Diana Renner - MLT
1995 - William Roselieb - MLT
1995 - Cecelia Scanlan - MLT
2008 - Kate Peach (child) - ddm
2008 - Robert Smith - ddm
2008 - Kenneth Harms - ddm
2008 - Mary (Heeren) Pletsch - ddm
2008 - Howard Ackeberg - ddm
2008 - E. Harrel Cato - ddm

1906 - Mr. & Mrs. B. F. Dow - 50th Anniversary

1907 - Emma Baxter - Henry Johnson - ddm

1938 - Former Tampico Boy Tells of Life at Home For Boys (Fr. Flanagan's Boys Town)
1932 - Birth Announcement of Jim Stevens

This week in Tampico History - Week of 7/27
Swan Family
Arts or Womens' Club
Horace Avery
Bealuh Russell
FYI - Catholic Cemeteries in Sterling
LaRue Family
Herman Kerber Family
This Week in Tampico History - Week of Aug. 3
Barenthin Family
This Week in Tampico History - Week of Aug. 10
Lee County Research
Amos Short (2 pages)
This Week in Tampico History - Week of Aug. 17
Animated Video of our Local Vets
Need Recipes for Cook Book
Black Family
Heintzelman Family
New Search Site (FHL Pilot site)
This Week in Tampico History - Week of Aug. 24

BIOGRAPHIES - Whiteside County 1908
Christian Nelson

***THIS IS A MUST SEE!*** I have added a video to our Military album in memory of our WWII vets.

PICASA PHOTO ALBUMS (These are a web-based, off-line photo program)

New Album! LYON & HARTNELL Families

Denise McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society
cell: 815-590-2065
Donations: TAHS, POB 154, Tampico, IL 61283

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