Green River Ordnance – Submitted by Gene Swanson: https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326/GreenRiverOrdnancePlant?authuser=0&feat=directlink


Tampico High School Alumni Reunion



Reagan Birthplace Clock/Plate Auction

This “one of a kind” plate/clock is being offered by “Silent Auction” with October 31, 2014 being the last day to place a bid. Proceeds from the Auction will be used for the upkeep of the Tampico Historical Museum. The Plate is on display in the Ronald Reagan Birthplace Museum and can be viewed anytime daily from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM. For more information, contact Joan Johnson at 815-622-8705 or e-mail garyjoan@thewisp.net.




July 2014 Program – Using a diving rod to locate bodies & determine gender. Held in our Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

The Tampico Area Historical Society (TAHS) changed the venue for their monthly meeting and met in their cemetery. Guest speaker was Mike Chandler from the Dixon area. Mike demonstrated how to use a divining rod to locate bodies and also to determine the gender. This was very helpful since there was some question about a specific grave of Howell Searcy, the only confederate soldier buried in the Memorial Cemetery. Documents prove his wife was buried there in 1902. An obituary for Howell noted he was buried in Round Grove after a lengthy stay in the County Home in 1929. However, a small news article in the Sterling Gazette said his body had been exhumed and moved to the Memorial Cemetery in 1930. The ‘rod’ clearly showed that two bodies were in the area where his headstone is located; one male, one female. Mr. Searcy has quite a file at the Family History Library/Research Center in the historical society. He is also a 1st cousin to Jesse James – one of each of their parents are sibling

s. The TAHS would like to find a way to provide a ‘properly engraved headstone. Valentine Iamartino came all the way from Connecticut and made a point of attending this program. The photo shows Valentine experimenting with the divining rod. The rod will point to the left if the body is female and right if the body is male. Mike brought extra rods so anyone that wanted to try it could do so. It seemed to work for everyone – some better than others. Plans are in the making to use this technique to find and mark burial sites in the old, original Tampico Cemetery just south of town. Contact Denise McLoughlin, 815-590-2143 or tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with this project. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/bPwntuhg8FycyJwPf8cKwtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink


See our WHAT’S NEW page for direct links to all new items added to website. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whats_New.html






Updated Sharon Cemetery Information by Robin Pardus & Fama Prokup

Robin & her friend Fama have been working for a few years on the Sharon Cemetery. They are gathering photographs of the headstones as well as obituaries, Military information, etc. If you would like to contribute to their project, contact Robin: robin59@aeroinc.net She is sharing her information with us, which is very appreciated. She sends a periodic update, which I post at the above listed URL. We also have some photos of headstones for the Sharon Cemetery in our Picasa Web Albums. I have more to add when time allows.




1924 – J C Lanphere, Sharon Cemetery

1954 – Maurice Martin, Sharon Cemetery

1973 – Dora (nee: Nicely) Ballard, Sandytown Cemetery

1902 – Benjamin Wallingford, Sandytown Cemetery

2014 – Clarke Devore, Tampico Memorial Cemetery










2014 – Danny Swanson – Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham, IL

2014 – Aaron Swanson

2014 – Arlyn Cady, Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown

2014 – Lawrence Thome, Sacred Heart, Annawan

1949 – Laura Gaskill, Riverside Cemetery, Sterling

2004 – Ferne Berge, Tampico Memorial Cemetery

1922 – Rebecca Kepner, St. Johns Church Cemetery, Markelsville, PA

2006 – Homer W Kepner, Walnut Cemetery

1975 – Cora Braasch, Walnut Cemetery

1984 – Ida M Bruder, Yorktown Cemetery

1975 – Vernon Bruder, Yorktown Cemetery

1935 – Bertha Buchwald, Yorktown Cemetery

1957 – Frederic Berge, Yorktown Cemetery

1955 – Mary (Sandrock) Berge, Yorktown Cemetery

2004 – Donald Brophy, Cremation – Ladd, IL

2013 – Dorothy Moews, Riverside Cemetery, Prophetown

2013 – Patty Fritsch, Tampico Memorial Cemetery

2013 – Rosalind Reed

1999 – Gerald Franks, Walnut Cemetery

2014 – Gailya Chapin, Tampico Memorial Cemetery

2014 – Pricilla Shelton, St. Patrick Cemetery, Rochelle, IL






1977 – Schmitt Funeral Home – End of an Era




2014 – Janice Crenshaw, Tampico Memorial Cemetery

2014 – Delores R Lench, Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling

2014 – James E Stevens, Scottsdale, AZ

2014 – Dean Pierson, , Rockford, IL

2012 – Marilyn Pierson, Rockford, IL

2014 – Emmagene Ulrich

1995 – Otis Paul Nicely, Tampico Memorial Cemetery

2014 – Lois Willis, Erie Cemetery

1915 – Henry P Allen, Tampico Memorial Cemetery


Next TAHS Meeting

August 26, 2014 – This is our annual “Potluck Picnic” held at 6 p.m. in the Tampico Community Bldg. on W. Market Street. Bring a dish to pass & own table setting. Beverage will be provided. Program: THE GREEN RIVER ORDNANCE PLANT, presented by Duane Paulsen & Pat Gorman. Duane Paulsen, historian from Grand DeTour, Illinois donated the records for the Green River Ordnance Plant in Amboy/Dixon, Illinois to the Regional History Center on May 25, 2008. Pat Gorman is the president of the Lee County Genealogical Society & the Lee County Historical Society. Pass this along to anyone with an interest. Open to public. Bring a friend. Contact Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705 or garyjoan@thewisp.net.


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