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TAHS Newsletter & Website Updates April 2012

Apr 17, 2012

Tampico Area Historical Society recently held their annual Mexican Train Domino Nite, sponsored by Thomas RNA chapter 1570. Over 40 players enjoyed the evening featured with many door prizes and lots of delicious snacks. Low & High score prize winners were: Alice Grimes, Betty Widolff, Anita Elgin and Nate Wolf. Submitted by Joan Johnson Tampico - 815-622-8705 - garyjoan@thewisp.net

Our March program was a visit from members of the Whiteside County Genealogical Society. They are in the process of creating and publishing a new Whiteside County History Book, including biographical sketches. Now is your opportunity to "go down in history"! They are asking all residents to contribute 500 word biographies of your family in Whiteside County. Your roots do not need to run deep or for a long, long time. If you or your family have made contributions to your Whiteside community, then lets get it on the books. Pamphlets are available with information and contact people. You can submit a 500-word biography with one photo at no charge. Click here to read the brochure in pdf: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2BY7meZr6uAY29RVFpZSFRNb0k
Don Mulnix & Terry Buckaloo are the coordinators for this project. You can also order your copy in advance of this limited edition book that is sure to sell out fast. Contact information is included in the brochure. June 30, 2012 is the deadline to submit your biographies & photo. Everyone should also receive the brochure in your mail, so start thinking about what you would like to include in this newest Whiteside County book.

Our April program was a wonderful presentation by Carol Crady from the Lyndon Area Historical Society. Their Society has a record book containing the minutes of the Old Settlers Reunions from 1839-19__. Carol read some of the minutes of the old reunion picnics which included lists of who had passed since the last reunion. It was a great glimpse into the past and many familiar names were heard.

Mrs. Doubler-Wangelin's 4th grade class spent the afternoon of April 24 in the Tampico Area Historical Museum researching family histories, the HY&T railroad, the canal and early community history. Students - Brady & Cameron Abell, Mack Foy, Ruby Jackley, Logan Johnson, Eric Robinson, Sean Sandrock, Mason Simmons and Luke Wetzell diligently worked on their reports with the help of Denise McLoughlin, TAHS family history coordinator, Shirley Lester and Joan Johnson, TAHS members. The Tampico Historical Museum has a wealth of information regarding the area and welcomes any visitors interested in genealogy and local history. Please call Joan Johnson @ 815-622-8705 or e-mail tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com to schedule a visit. We welcome all inquiries. Joan Johnson, President - Tampico Area Historical Society

The IL State Genealogical Society is holding their Fall Conference in Rockford, IL. Everyone from novice genealogists to hobbyists to people interested in becoming professional researchers will find something of value at the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) 2012 Fall Conference scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20 at the Best Western Clock Tower Resort Conference Center in Rockford. Online registration is available. ilgensoc.org/index.php

Do you have an ancestor that fought in the Civil War? Blackhawk War? War of 1812? The ISGS is offering a Military certificate to honor these people. Details: http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=125

Are you interested in your "roots" in the area? The Tampico Area Historical Society archives the Tampico Tornado newspapers (pub. 1876-1966) in it's Family History Library/Research Center, located in the upstairs of their Historical Building. Other resources available to researchers are plat books, funeral logs, cemetery lists, County History Books, including Biographical Sketches, burial permits, year books, and other materials to help you track your family connections. The FHL/RC is open by appointment or chance. Please call Denise McLoughlin, 815-590-2143 or email tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com to schedule a time. Wi-fi available. Research assistance available.

Tampico Historical Society's membership runs from May 1 through April 30. If you have not yet sent your dues in for May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013, please do so at your earliest convenience. We thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Membership_Donations.html

MONDAY, MAY 28, 10:00 A.M.
CHANGE IN VENUE - REAGAN MEMORIAL PARK - BY CIVIL WAR STATUE (In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the Community Bldg on Market St.)
We would like to do something a little different at this year's annual Memorial Day Cemetery Walk. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we would like to hold our "Walk" in Reagan Memorial Park instead of the cemeteries. In 1907, Tampico erected a civil war monument. Here is the history of that monument: http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/albums/album_image/1269128/310919.htm I am looking for narrators to tell this history, give the history of the four battles listed on the monument and/or tell of the civil war soldiers buried in our Tampico cemeteries. This would be a wonderful opportunity for the descendants of these soldiers to honor these men. Please contact me asap, if you are interested in participating in this special cemetery walk ceremony this year.

The four battles engraved on the statue are: Pea Ridge (AR), Gettysburg (PA), Atlanta (GA) & Reseca (GA). Pea Ridge was the only major Civil War battle in which Indian troops participated. Almost 1,000 Cherokee made up two Confederate regiments, with Cherokee Stand Watie as their Colonel. The Indian Brigade joined McCulloch’s division. Ref: http://www.nps.gov/peri/index.htm

FYI: Henry Wetzell is one of the soldiers to be represented. Here is the list of others buried here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2BY7meZr6uAWWk0TndyZmJfRG8 Contact me at tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call 815-590-2143, or contact Joan Johnson, garyjoan@thewisp.net or 815-622-8705. Thank you. (Monday, May 28, 2012 at 10a.m.)

Tampico American Legion Post 574 will present the Color Guard & rifle salute to begin the ceremony.
Please help us make this ceremony an extra special one this year. I will be more than happy to help with research and obtaining material for the presentations.

Many thanks to TAHS member Ron Sharp, Sr. Ron has be doing our photographing and video-taping of meeting and events, helping with our DVD productions. This service is so needed and we are all very appreciative for his donation of time and expertise.

THE RONALD REAGAN BIRTHPLACE & MUSEUM http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/R_Reagan_Birthplace_Museum.html
The Birthplace, located at 111-113 Main Street, Tampico is open for tours 7 days a week.
Mon. through Saturday: 10a.m.- 4p.m.
Sunday: 1p.m. - 4p.m.
Open by appointment for non-business hours.
Contact: Joan Johnson, Mgr., 815-622-8705

Open by appointment. Contact: Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705, President, garyjoan@thewisp.net; or Denise McLoughlin, Family History Coordinator, 815-590-2143 or tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

There is still time to purchase your memorial brick or paver for the pathway to the Ronald Reagan Statue in Reagan park.

Memorial Brick Form: https://docs.google.com/open?id=1ywZn3dAx3N5nLljVz-ogrdbOPUxk20OcWnUF9zuQTivfOBXo1Z_8b2XveX15

Granite Paver: https://docs.google.com/open?id=1jtoc-2kUO2f18WY7ATTiywk7bLZanpEQcHAsNxxUTujUeouaDIJdeNN8qAbU

Dedicated website to order & pay online: http://www.reaganstatue.org/
Contact: Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705 or reaganbirthplace@thewisp.net

OBITUARIES http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Obit_Index.html

2012 - Ruth Ellen Jacobs Cummings, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
1982 - Elma Bruder, Yorktown Cemetery
1982 - Maurice Linsay, Prophetstown (memorial service)
1982- Hilda Anderson, Riverside Cemetery
1982 - Lela Tonkinson, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
1982 - Louis Sandrock, Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown
1978 - Mildred Tyler, Body Donated
1998 - Norman Crowder, St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Tampicoy
2010 - Helen Andreas, Riverside Cemetery, Sterling
2012 - Kenneth Roman
2012 - Duane Wetzell, Riverside Cemetery, Sterling
2011 - Ruby Newman, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2011 - James Chalupnik, cremated

MESSAGE BOARDS http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Message_Board.html

SMITH - Fred & Anna (Peckham)
NEW! Whiteside History Book coming
Edward Quinn 1907-1936

NEW ENTRIES FOR MARCH, 2012 http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whats_New.html

Historic Preservation

Welcome to our newest Contributor, Robin Pardus!

BIOGRAPHIES - WHITESIDE COUNTY, 1885 http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whiteside_Co_1885_Biographies.html
John Tyler
James Bryant
William Bryant
Thomas Galt
David McMillan

BIOGRAPHIES - WHITESIDE COUNTY - 1900 http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whiteside_Co_Bios_1900_Index.html
Oliver D. Olson

ARTICLES & LOCAL HISTORY http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Articles_Local_History.html
1972 - Tampico Native Builds $223 Million Refinery

MESSAGE BOARDS http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Message_Board.html
Cemeteries - Prophetstown (McKenzie family discussion)
Lizzie Seymour
Levi Lane
Seyller, Hirschberger, Humphreys
Henry Ford
Crook Families

OBITUARIES http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Obit_Index.html
2012- Norma Hatten, Yorktown Cemetery
1953 - Beryl DAvis, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
1943 - Frank Davis, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2012 - S Stanley Maxfield, Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo
1929 - Charles Fisher, Erie Cemetery
1896 - Asa Crook, Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo
2012 - Mary Creston, Henreyville Cemetery
1929 - Rod Lee Douglas, Sharon Cemetery
2008 - Rebecca Findley, Sharon Cemetery
1929 - Myrtle Urick, Sharon Cemetery
1896 - Lottie Arnett, possibly Sharon Cemetery
2011 - Donald Bons, Sharon Cemetery
2004 - Verlon G Croft, Sharon Cemetery
2009 - Pauline Stone, Sharon Cemetery
1999 - Buell Young, out-of-state (from Erie, IL)
2003 - Keith "Casey" Young, Sharon Cemetery
2012 - Edward Seyller, Hooppole Cemetery

FAMILY HISTORIES & GEN CHARTS http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/FamilyHistories_GenCharts.html
Descendants of Johan Jorgensen - updated & submitted by Wm. Bonner https://docs.google.com/open?id=1w-x8QcY2qugPMWqQwNzWI2XuoHZL45Q46ZGSXTWg_rY3U9DouUQQc_Lg9_Ef

Note: You cannot "reply" to this "listserver" email. If you need to contact the TAHS, please contact President Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705 or garyjoan@thewisp.net or if it is research related, contact Denise McLoughlin, 815-590-2143 or tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Denise McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

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