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Newsletters > TAHS Website & Research Updates - Jan, 2011
TAHS Website & Research Updates - Jan, 2011

Jan 22, 2011


February 4-6, 2011 is probably the only time the world will really know where Tampico, IL is as well as it's significance. The sixth of February will be the Centennial Birth date of Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President and the ONLY president born in Illinois. NOT in Dixon. TAMPICO! Regardless of your political persuasion, you have to appreciate the historic prestige of being associated with or living in Tampico, IL.

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission starts off with a Centennial Gala Celebration on Feb. 4, 2011 at Deer Valley Golf Club, in Deer Grove, IL. There will be a dinner with Newt Gingrich as the keynote speaker. You can visit the official Centennial site for more detailed information: http://www.illinoisreagancentennial.com/gala.htm

If you prefer a more intimate dinner, you may want to attend the dinner at the Tampico Middle school, catered by the R&B Dutch Diner. For $35/person, you will receive dinner, possibly a live video feed of Newt Gingrich's speech and a live band afterward. You will need to contact the Dutch Diner ASAP to reserve a place as there is very limited seating. Butch or Rita McNinch can be reached at the Diner at 815-438-2096.

On his actual birth date of Feb. 6, the Tampico Historical Society will sponsor the annual Reagan Birthday party. Tours will be available in both the Historical Building, 119 Main St., as well as the Birthplace & Museum, 111 Main Street. A temporary Post Office will be set up at the Birthplace where you can purchase a unique Rainbow Stamp as well as a silk-screen cachet (envelope) of the Double Rainbow, specifically designed for the Centennial birthday. They can be be canceled with the Feb. 6, 2011 Centennial date. Price for canceled cachet & stamp is $7.50.Price of double rainbow stamp only will be $1.00. Refreshments will be served in the Tampico Historical Bldg. (119 Main St.) and old Reagan movies will be playing in the Tampico Library. The Celebration will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rumor has it that Dallas, TX is so excited, they are having a huge football game in their arena to celebrate this date!

On Feb. 10, 2011, the new Reagan Forever Stamp will be unveiled. A special ceremony will take place at the Reagan Birthplace at 10:00 a.m. Afterward, you can purchase the Forever stamp and the new Centennial cachet and have them canceled with the Feb. 10, 2011 date. The canceled Forever stamp & cachet will be $7.50. The Reagan Forever stamp will be 44 cents. Both of the new stamps and cachets will be available on Feb. 10th.

Mail orders will be available for $10/ea. Contact Joan Johnson at reaganbirthplace@thewisp.net or 815=622-8705 for details.

A separate Calendar of Events for Jan./Feb was sent earlier. A reminder of our TAHS Board meeting, Feb. 1, 2011 @ 7p.m. An earlier time had been discussed, but we will meet at usual time of 7p.m. for this meeting.

TAHS regular meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in the Historical Bldg., 111 Main Street. Program: Cathy Foes, PR Director of "Friends of the Hennepin" will give a presentation on their "Renaissance Hennepin Canal Project." Part of this endeavor is to restore three of the 29 locks of the canal - Locks 22, 23, and 24. These locks encompass a 50-mile stretch between Sterling/Rockfalls and Geneseo. I have invited the Prophetstown Historical Society to attend this special program as well. It would be helpful if you would call or email if you plan on attending, so that we are sure to have appropriate seating arrangements. Thank you.

TAHS Member, Jean Anderson, requested information on her Brown & Whipple families. They are buried in the Yorktown & Union Cemeteries. I have contacted the sexton for Union, Cynthia Dahl, the cemetery secretary for YT cemetery, Kathy Kelly and fellow Brown researcher, Lynn Kolb. Lynn has contributed many BROWN family genealogy charts to our website. If you can help, contact the TAHS.

Tammy Jorgensen has inquired about a lady known only as L. L. Higday. She is referred to as "Miss L. L. Higday" in news articles, tax roll and even in her obituary. She is buried in our Tampico Memorial Cemetery in section J. Miss Higday owned a Millinery business next to Cain Drugs for about 20 years until her death in November, 1895. Tammy would like to know what the L. L. initials stood for as well as who Miss Higday's parents were. We think she was born in Indiana per census record. County clerk has no record of any Higday, not even her death! If you can contribute to this, please post to the Message Thread on L. L. Higday: http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/board/board_topic/23882/873703.htm?page=1 or email me at tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com with subject: Higday.

We have lost several local people this month. Flowerland Flowers, in Prophetstown, IL offers a "community bouquet" where you can purchase a flower & sign the Community Card. The flower is incorporated into the Community Bouquet. It is a great, inexpensive way to express your condolences. You can call owner Cindy Pratt at Flowerland Flowers, 815-537-2590. Visit her website: www.flowerland.biz or visit them on Facebook: Flowerland Flowers. Email: Flowerland@frontiernet.net (Note: Flowerland Flowers will again help with our Adopt-A-Grave program)

FEBRUARY 22 - Renaissance Hennepin Canal Project, presented by Cathy Foes, P. R. Director of Friends of the Canal

MARCH 22 - MAIN STREET BUSINESS - Members will be apprised of information I need. Hand outs will be given for "homework" and sign-up sheet for committees will be available.

APRIL - 26 - Follow-up to MAIN STREET BUSINESSES (Possibly Moore Monument & Granite Co.)

MAY 24 - No program scheduled at this writing

MAY 30 - TAMPICO MEMORIAL DAY CEMETERY WALK held in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery & Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Start at 10:00 a.m. If inclement weather, meet in Community Bldg. on W. Market Street. If you would like to see a particular person represented, or would like to volunteer to be a presenter, please contact Denise McLoughlin, 815-590-2143 or email tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail. We will once again offer the "Adopt-a-Grave" program. More details will follow as we get closer.

JUNE 28 - No program scheduled at this time
JULY 26 - No program scheduled at this time

AUGUST 23 - Our annual Pot Luck dinner, held at the Community Bldg on W. Market Street. Program will be a presentation on Tampico-born Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves by Prof. Gene Wright. Bring a dish to pass and own tableware. Beverages will be provided. Bring a friend!

SEPTEMBER 27 - No program
OCTOBER 25 - No program
NOVEMBER 22 - No program

Suggestions are needed for more Programs. Contact Denise McLoughlin, 815-590-2143 or tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com

TAMPICO MEMORIAL CEMETERY - The secretary of the TMC has been kind enough to lend me a copy of her records of the burials in our Memorial Cemetery. Currently, I am cross-referencing it with the list we have posted on our website and making necessary additions/corrections. It is a very tedious job - blah! But a very necessary one. We actually have records they don't have (per family, obits, burial permits, etc.)and vice-versa. I am currently finished with A through E listings. Hopefully, this project will be complete within the next couple of weeks. Here is a link to our Memorial Cemetery Index on the site: http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/TampicoMemCemIndex.html

I have added direct links to some off-site web pages. The Reagan Statue project has a dedicated web page for information and on-line donations. http://www.reaganstatue.org/

You can keep updated on the REAGAN CENTENNIAL EVENTS on their official website: http://www.illinoisreagancentennial.com/ (click on CALENDAR)

Another new link on the REAGAN BIRTHPLACE web page - The Birthplace was visited by the Tenuto Family and were so impressed, they created a Blog (web page) telling of their visit. It is almost like a virtual tour. Here is their web site address: http://www.reaganrecord.com/2011/01/nice-place-to-visit-seymourreagan.html I love the name of the Blog.

TAMPICO CALENDAR OF EVENTS can be found on our web site:
http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/page/page/22558/2011-1.htm The top of page is a grid and you can also scroll down to bottom of page for text version.

Our faithful contributor, Melva Taylor has been a busy lady as usual. Sometimes I don't think I will ever catch up. You can check our WHAT'S NEW page for any site updates and new surnames added: http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whats_New.html Our OBITUARY INDEX can be found here: http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Obit_Index.html

I hope you will peruse the message boards and help answer any that you are able. I am very proud of this inter-active message board and am so grateful to those that continuously help. Jack P. has been such a help with the Higday dilemma as well as other history he has enlightened us with. Thank you, Jack!

PROJECT - For many years I have wanted to put together a book on the Tampico Main Street Businesses. It's funny - I have stood on Main Street with several "old timers" and each one swears a particular building housed something different or was located in a different building. It would be wonderful if you help me with this project so it can come to fruition this year. Photos, both inside and outside of the business(es), names of who owned it, when (dates if possible), type of business and any "stories" that may be of interest, would be very helpful. Photos of the owners would be great as well. Physical address would be great or if not known, any other identifying information, such as - "it was next to 'such-n-such' business" or even which side of Main Street it was located. Yes, I know I can get a lot of the stats from Morrison, and I will, but Morrison can't give me the personal touches. Besides, the way you have to track the business name and/or owner of the property is tedious, so any info I have before hand is helpful. Per usual, this is a one-woman-show, so if anyone would like to help in the coordinating of this, no help is too little or unappreciated, please email or call me: Denise 815-590-2143 or tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com - Subject: Tampico Businesses. Due credit will be given, if used.

The RONALD REAGAN BIRTHPLACE web page of our site has moved from #3 to #1 most visited page of our website from Jan. 1 - Jan. 27, 2011. The REAGAN PHOTO GALLERY has made the chart for the first time that I can remember. The #2 visited page was the MESSAGE BOARDS.


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Denise McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

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