TAHS August News & Website Updates

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in News & Announcements | 0 comments


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.


Ronald Reagan Statue Dedication

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

We finally did it! The statue has been completed. Please join us for the unveiling in Reagan Park, on November 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Rep. Jerry Mitchell will be the Master of Ceremony. Dr. David Arnold, president of Eureka College will be the speaker.

You may want to bring your own lawn chair. Contact: Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705 or garyjoan@thewisp.net

Denise McLoughlin

Family History Coordinator


Republished with permission from Tampico Historical Society


We Did It!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

We have finally achieved our goal of $50,000 and paid for the Ronald Reagan Statue to be unveiled in Reagan Park this fall. Here is a wonderful article in the Saukvalley newspaper that summarizes our journey in attaining this long-time objective – here

The deadline for ordering the memorial bricks & pavers is SEPTEMBER 1, 2013. To order, contact Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705, garyjoan@thewisp.net or Shirley Lester, dslester@frontiernet.net or 815-499-4770.


SS Leopoldville?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

The Tampico Area Historical Society is compiling information from descendants of soldiers and/or possible survivors of the SS Leopoldville Troop ship that was sunk by a German U 486 on December 24, 1944. We are interested in communicating with anyone that meets that criteria, but have a special interest in the Dronenberg family. T/Sgt. Donald P Dronenberg, son of Ralph & Nellie [nee: Brady), was one of the servicemen lost at sea. He was a ‘local boy’ from the Tampico, IL area.

I am contacting anyone with the surname of Dronenberg (mostly in Princeton or Peoria, IL area) in the hopes that they may connect to this family. If so, I’m hoping they have family stories or photos that could give us some insight into Donald’s short life, or perhaps share what their personal family history may reveal about that historic day. Donald was the only son of Ralph & Nellie (nee: Brady), however Ralph (1888-1976) had a brother, George (1881-?) and an adopted sister, Carrie.

If you think you may link to this family, have information on someone who does, or can offer any account of the SS Leopoldville on that tragic day, please contact me at your earliest convenience. My email is tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com (subject line should read: Dronenberg or Leopoldville), and my cell# is 815-590-2143. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

Denise Wranik McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

TAHS Board Mtg & Regular Meeting Reminder

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

Greetings Historical Society members:
Suddenly the month has ticked away and our monthly meeting is this coming Tuesday evening. Board meeting will begin at 6:30, with regular meeting to follow at 7 PM. An interesting program has been lined up as well as some information on some of Denise’s research. Please plan to attend.
Thank you,

TAHS Newsletter for April, 2013

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

If you are interested in having someone in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery or the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery represented for this year’s Memorial Day Cemetery Walk, please contact Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705/garyjoan@thewisp.net or Denise McLoughlin, 815-590-2143/tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com ASAP. If you do not have any family member buried in either cemetery, please consider honoring one of our Veterans buried there. We can help you with a bio on the veteran if you like.

We are getting so close to our goal. If you haven’t ordered your brick or paver yet, please do so asap! We are $13,000 short of our $50,000 goal (not including landscaping).
4X8 Memorial Brick – https://docs.google.com/file/d/1ywZn3dAx3N5nLljVz-ogrdbOPUxk20OcWnUF9zuQTivfOBXo1Z_8b2XveX15/edit?usp=sharing
12X6 Granite Paver – https://docs.google.com/file/d/1jtoc-2kUO2f18WY7ATTiywk7bLZanpEQcHAsNxxUTujUeouaDIJdeNN8qAbU/edit?usp=sharing
Dedicated website for online orders: http://www.reaganstatue.org/
CONTACT INFO FOR ORDERS: Shirley Lester @ 815-499-4770 or Terry Gaskill @ 815-535-3665.

Visit from Mrs. Wangelin’s 4th grade class on May 8th. Mrs. Wangelin does a great job bringing her classes to the Historical Society and the Birthplace to learn more about their hometown history. Last year she came back for a ‘hands-on’ approach. Stations were set up with information depicting some part of Tampico’s history. There were questionnaires for each child to use as a guideline and volunteers available to assist the children and answer their questions. Afterward, the children wrote about their experiences and sent them to us as a thank you. We are looking forward to continuing this fun & educational day with this year’s class.

Rock River Water Trail now a National Water Trail. First one in Illinois and one of ten in the country recognized by The Department Of Interior..

I received the following message from Marion Meginnis –
We now have a printable brochure for the tour. We will be handing out one on the tour, but this is for folks who like to have something in hand prior to arrival. It prints on 8.5 x 11 paper..
Marion Meginnis
624 W. 6th St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Mark your calendar for the Hilltop Altar Crawl, Sunday, May 19th, 1-5PM. Some of Davenport’s most historic churches, located in and around Hilltop Campus Village, will welcome visitors in this free, first time event. For more information, contact Marion Meginnis at marion_meginnis@msn.com.

Click for printable brochure: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrMw5UYYFoT3ki61WYkOZLnijysrwwUQqG89Lf-4M-U/edit?usp=sharing

Tampico Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is looking for one more new member. They can be found on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tampico-Historic-Preservation-Advisory-Committee/146785648825922 call Kate Fisk at 815-766-0732 to answer any of your questions.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE TAHS WEBSITE? http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whats_New.html

The TAHS recently lost one of its Charter members, Margaret Smith Glassburn. She served on the TAHS Board for many years and will be very missed in this community. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1323792/169740.htm

FUNd Raiser – MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOS NIGHT – June 8th, 2013. Doors open at 6p.m. Play begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp! Light refreshments, door prizes, High/Low score prizes. Held in Tampico Community Building. Contact: Joan Johnson, 815-622-8705. BRING A FRIEND(s)!

SHOW & TELL – Do you have an interesting piece of history you could share with us? An artifact depicting days-gone-by, military photos or uniforms, unusual items, or a news article? If so, please consider sharing it with our group. You do not need to be a member of the society to attend the meetings.

This is located upstairs in the Historical Building at 119 Main St. It is open by chance or by appointment. We archive the Tampico Tornado newspapers, published from 1876-1966, plat books, funeral logs, cemetery lists, family files & histories, photographs and miscellaneous items from Tampico’s history. If you would like to come and research your roots in Tampico, please contact Denise McLoughlin, 815-590-2143 to schedule an appointment. We have a computer with I-net access. Members can access various subscription websites – These subscription services are available onsite only and only to TAHS Members. You do not have to be a TAHS member to use the Family Library & Research Center. Membership application: http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Membership_Donations.html

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
6:30p – TAHS BOARD MTG 815-622-8705

7p – TAHS Regular Meeting – Program Orin Rockhold, “Saving Pioneer Cemeteries”
Orin R Rockhold
Home (309) 787-4548
1115 155th Ave W
Milan, IL 61264-4807

News article in The Dispatch & Rock Island Argus – B1
Oct. 29, 2012
Contact: Joan Johnson, garyjoan@thewisp.net or 815-622-8705

NOTE: You CANNOT reply to this newletter. If you wish to contact anyone from the Tampico Historical Society, please contact Joan Johnson, president of TAHS & Curator for Birthplace at 815-622-8705 or garyjoan@thewisp.net or reaganbirthplace@thewisp.net.

Respectfully Submitted,
Denise Wranik McLoughlin
Volunteer Family History Coordinator

Tour of historic churches

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

Dear Folks:
Please share the attached information with your members. Some of Davenport’s most historic churches are opening their doors to the public on May 19th. Five of these churches are more than 100 years old and retain much of their original beauty. We hope you can join us! I’ve attached a pdf version with and without photos. Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide.

Marion Meginnis
624 W. 6th St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Mark your calendar for the Hilltop Altar Crawl, Sunday, May 19th, 1-5PM. Some of Davenport’s most historic churches, located in and around Hilltop Campus Village, will welcome visitors in this free, first time event. For more information, contact Marion Meginnis at marion_meginnis@msn.com.

For Immediate Release

April 1, 2013
May 19th Event Features Hilltop Places of Worship
Doors of the churches of some of Davenport’s most historic congregations will be open to visitors, Sunday, May 19th for the Hilltop Campus Village Altar Crawl. Six churches in and around the boundaries of The Village will welcome visitors for the free, first-time event. Hours are 1-5PM. Participating churches include: Bethel A.M.E., First Baptist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, St. John’s United Methodist, and Trinity Episcopal.
May is designated as Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. All of these churches are home to some of Davenport’s earliest communities of faith, tracing their roots to the city’s beginnings. Their first meetings were in homes and buildings located in early Davenport. As the city grew, the congregations moved to the hills above downtown. Most of the structures, built between 1867 and 1964, were designed by master architects from Davenport, Chicago and New York. Five of the six are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Not content to rest on their historic foundations, these congregations continue to give back by hosting many social programs benefitting people living in Davenport. “Churches have always been secure cornerstones of villages, and we are privileged to be home to some of the most historic, architecturally significant and deeply-rooted places of worship in the Quad Cities. We think people will find this unique and attractive feature of the area very interesting,” said Scott Tunnicliff, Director of Hilltop Campus Village.
The May 19th open house will allow the churches to showcase the architecture of their buildings, history of the churches and their congregations, as well as current community programs and services. Visitors may begin their tour at any participating church where guides will be on hand to welcome guests and direct them to points of interest.

A tour brochure with map and more information will be available at all locations or can be downloaded at the Hilltop Campus Village website beginning May 1st.

What: The Hilltop Campus Village Altar Crawl.
When: Sunday, May 19th, 2013, 1-5PM.
Where: Participating churches in and around the boundaries of Hilltop Campus Village, Davenport, Iowa.
Tickets: No tickets required, free to the public.
Parking: In church lots and surrounding streets.
More Information: visit www.hilltopcampusvillage.org or Marion Meginnis, 563-326-3290, marion_meginnis@msn.com
Participating Churches &History of their Congregations:
Bethel A.M.E. Church, 323 W. 11th St.*- Bethel A.M.E. traces its roots to its founding in 1866 when four men came together to organize the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Davenport. It was the first African American congregation in Davenport and among the earliest in the state of Iowa. The stucco and half timbered building, designed by the noted Davenport architectural firm of Clausen and Clausen, has been in service since 1908. The interior features a barrel vaulting over the nave and a domed apse behind the altar; the stained glass windows were donated by members of the congregation.

First Baptist Church, 1401 Perry St.*- The cornerstone of the present church building was laid in 1889 during the 50th anniversary of the founding of the congregation. Then called “Calvary Baptist,” the sanctuary was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by John S. Wollacott of Chicago. Wells Glass Company of Chicago created the stained glass windows. Davenport’s Baptists held their first service on September 13, 1839. The congregation’s first church was built at the corner of 4th and Brady on land donated by Antoine LeClaire, making the congregation the oldest continuously meeting Protestant congregation in Davenport. During the tour there will be historical items on display and refreshments available in Fellowship Hall.

First Christian Church, 510 E. 15th St. – With its current building constructed in 1964, this congregation will celebrate its 175th year in Davenport in 2014. Davenport’s First Christian Church began in a house at 3rd and Main on July 28, 1839, with 21 charter members. The first church home was in the Tapley carpenter shop at 2nd and Brady. As the congregation grew, it moved to different locations, building two churches in the process. First Christian is affiliated with the Christian Church, also known as the Disciples of Christ. The Christian Church is a denomination that grew out of the Scottish Presbyterian Church and is recognized as having its roots in the United States. The tour will feature music, visits to the sanctuary, prayer chapel, fellowship hall and gymnasium as well as an historical display and refreshments.

First Presbyterian Church,* 1702 Iowa St.- Built 1897-98 in the classic Romanesque style, First Presbyterian’s sanctuary was designed by the Galesburg architectural firm of Gottschalk & Beadle who designed a nearly identical church on Galesburg Square that was completed one year prior. Its stained glass windows are by J and R Lamb Studios of New York City. The founding congregation met in April, 1838, in a small building on Ripley Street with 10 members. During the past 175 years, the congregation has worshiped at five different locations and built three churches. Altar crawl visitors are invited to tour the sanctuary, balcony, chapel and elaborately decorated original pastor’s study, as well as enjoy an organ demonstration and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.

St. John’s United Methodist Church, 109 E. 14th St.*- The cornerstone for today’s church was laid in 1902, and services began there in 1903. It was designed by Parke T. Burrows with F. G. Clausen serving as the supervising engineer. Davenport Methodists trace their beginnings to a small congregation in Rockingham, a settlement located on Davenport’s southwest side. The first services in Davenport began in 1837, and the first Methodist church was erected in 1843. During the 19th Century, several Methodist congregations formed and additional buildings erected. Two churches came together to form the congregation that dedicated St. John’s in 1903. Highlights of the May 19th tour include the sanctuary, a conference/history room, the downstairs of the former parsonage, plus refreshments at The Center, located across 14th Street and home to the popular “Skate Church” and many other community activities.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St.*- Built 1867-1873, this Gothic-style church is the oldest on the tour and was consecrated as Grace Cathedral. It was the first cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. It was designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter of New York City, one of the leading church architects of his time. The first Episcopal parish was established in 1841. Its first church was a small frame building erected at Fourth and Main Streets, with a crude altar, plank benches and a round stove in the nave; a second church, destroyed by fire in 1873, featured the first pipe organ in Iowa. Congregations from the old Trinity Episcopal Parish and Grace Cathedral merged in 1910 to form Trinity Cathedral. Visitors will tour the sanctuary and rarely opened original sacristy.

* Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Sponsored by:
Hilltop Campus Village: An Iowa Main Street Community located in Davenport, Iowa. Its goals include creation of a revitalized, mixed-use neighborhood that is family friendly, clean and safe, alive with activities and excitement, and retention of a diverse population living and working in the established district.
P.U.N.C.H. (People Uniting Neighbors and Churches): Formed in 2004 by the churches in the Brady Hill neighborhood of Davenport, its goal is to make the neighborhood a better place to work, worship and live in.


TAHS Regular Meeting Reminder

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

The Regular March meeting is scheduled for this coming Tuesday evening, March 26 at 7 PM in the Museum. Please plan to attend and if you should have ANY FRIENDS AND/OR RELATIVES who would be able to come , please bring them along too.

TAHS Regular Meeting Reminder

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

Reminder of the regular Historical Society meeting this coming Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 PM in the Museum.

TAHS – August & September Updates

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in News & Announcements | 0 comments

We continue to have our “Show & Tell” at each of our regular Historical Society meetings. At the September meeting, Roy & Mary Lou Haney brought an unusual item and asked everyone try to guess what it was. No one guessed correctly. It was a long pole with what looked something like a garden spade on the end. The handle had a grip that allowed you to turn it. Several of us guessed it as a post hole digger. It turned out it was an ice digger for cutting hole in ice for ice fishing. The spade or spoon type end would then be used to scoop out the ice after you hand-cranked the hole! Mary Lou researched it and said they were somewhat “rare” and she was thinking of selling it. It was a fun time guessing. Please continue to bring your “Show & Tell” items to each meeting, even if we have a program scheduled. Thank you!

THE RONALD REAGAN BIRTHPLACE – Oct. 31, 2012 is the last day for the 2012 Season. To schedule a visit after this date, please contact: 815-622-8705 or 815-499-4770 to schedule a tour. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com/R_Reagan_Birthplace_Museum.html

The TAMPICO CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY committee has selected the 2nd Saturday in December – Dec. 8, 2012 – for the annual Tree Lighting and Royalty selection festivities. In conjunction with this, the Tampico Volunteer Ambulance Service is making plans for a Chili Supper following the Crowning Ceremony.  The Committee wishes to Thank Kay Lancaster and Denise Mickelson for all the time and effort they have provided over the years as they helped with the Festivities and the Giving Tree.  We are in need of suggestions and volunteers as we proceed with plans for this Annual Celebration.  Please contact Joan Johnson @ 815-622-8705 or Shirley Lester @ 815-499-4770
Thank you.

TAMPICO AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEBSITE – www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com  The website is paid for by the Village of Tampico, for which we are very grateful!  The Village has their own website http://www.tampicoil.com/
October 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – TAHS Board meeting. We will meet just before the regular meeting.
October 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – TAHS regular meeting. Program: Veterans will tell of their experience on the HONOR FLIGHT trip. Please join us. 815-622-8705

Due to many requests from those researching family histories  we have extended the deadline for submitting family stories for the new Whiteside Co. History and Families Book to Dec.1st. If you haven’t sent your family’s story you still  have time to have it  included.  Whether your family has lived in the county five months or five generations, we want your story.

Over 200 articles have been received along with 195 pictures.  While most replies were from Whiteside Co., we have received articles from residents living in all parts of the U.S.  Many have ordered the book.. Libraries and Historical Societies also have placed orders.  Staff member from universities in Grand Forks, ND and New Haven, CT have submitted stories and ordered this publication.

The book is available through pre-publication sales only.  A limited number will be printed.  It will be an attractive 81/2″ by 11″  book,  beautifully bound in swirl-grained leatherette with a gold stamped seal depicting the Morrison depot.  The cost is $54.95 plus $6.50 for shipping.  Local residents may choose to pick up the book and avoid the shipping fee.  Please make this option known with your order.  Send orders to:  Whiteside Co. Histories and  Families Book,  Whiteside Co., Genealogists, PO Box 145, Sterling, IL 61081.

Brochures notifying  residents of the Dec. 1st deadline have been mailed.   Histories of local churches and schools are now being accepted.  There is a discounted charge of $75 for 1/4 page, $85 for 1/2 page and $125 for a full page in the book.  We are sure you will want your church or school to be included in the special section of the new county book.

Visit from Ronald Reagan Trail Board Members – https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/S14zmUQ_8znb1dCiY0czftMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
Click here to view all photos in Ronald Reagan Birthplace Album: https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326/RonaldReaganBirthplace
September 21, 2012 – Docents (Guides) from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, CA: visited  Ronald Reagan Birthplace & Museum and the Tampico Area Historical Society. They were very impressed with what we had to offer, including photos that they did not have! Photos taken by Ron Sharp, Sr.: https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326/SimiValleyDocentsVisit2012?authuser=0&feat=directlink

CALENDAR OF EVENTS –  http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/page/page/22558.htm

Our “What’s New”? page offers direct links to each new entry for the month. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whats_New.html
PICASA WEB ALBUMS – https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326

EMMONS FAMILY ALBUM – https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326/Emmons?authuser=0&feat=directlink
Barb Chandler submitted two more photos for the Emmons Family Album – Nancy Booth Emmons & Nancy Cora Emmons

OBITUARIES – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Obit_Index.html
1943 – Anthony Lauff, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tampico
1943 – JOhn Yonk, Manlius Cemetery
1943 – Bertha Gertrude (Wetzell) Elgin,
2012 – Bernadine Elgin, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2012 – Howard C Rasmussen, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
1988 – Grace Bos, Sharon Cemetery
1918 – Mrs. Margaret Rieger, Sharon Cemetery
2012 – Margaret E Johnson, Greenville/Fairfield Cemetery, New Bedford
2012 – David E Gerdes, South Elkhorn Cemetery in rural Milledgeville.
2012 – Howard C Rasmussen, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2012 – Doris May (Hostetler) Gerdes, Fairfield A. M. Cemetery, Tampico
2012 – Dora Fay Hostetler, Fairfield A.M. Cemetery, Tampico
2012 – Curvin Kropf, Fairfield A.M. Cemetery, Tampico
2012 – Dorothy Etheridge, Yorktown Cemetery
2012 – Lawrence J Rajnowski, Cremation
1881 – William Booth
1911 – Mary J (Wood) Glassburn, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2012 – Kirk Williams, cremation

MESSAGE BOARDS – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Message_Board.html
Emmons burial
Purcells and Brenners in the 1850’s and 1860’s
OTT information
Copyright & Your Society


BIOGRAPHIES – Whiteside County, 1908 – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whiteside_Co_1908_Biographies.html
Martha A John (Requested by J. Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167146.htm
William W Davis (Requested by J Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167147.htm
William Detweiler (Req. by J Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167163.htm
J. L. Myers (Req. by J. Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167161.htm

ILLINOIS SOLDIER’S & SAILOR’S HOME AT QUINCY – Admissions of Mexican War & Civil War Veterans 1887-1898 – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/IL_Soldier_Sailor_Home_Quincy.html
John McCauley – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1731723/167305.htm

ARTICLES & LOCAL HISTORY  http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Articles_Local_History.html
Sharon Cemetery – Submitted by Robin Pardus

I have been very fortunate to have a helper for the last few month to help organize upstairs in our Family History Library & Research Center. She has really helped put a dent in our filing! Her time is getting more limited to help, so I’m still looking for helpers. An hour or two a week would really help get things in order. I was amazed at all the “finds” up there. We’re very fortunate to have this building and a place to archive our history. Our membership is very low, especially for local people. Please consider joining our Historical Society. We welcome anyone of any age, but really hope to appeal to a “new, younger generation” to carry on for us. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Membership_Donations.html

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Denise McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator

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