Shelby County (Images of America)

By Julie A. Elbert


Shelby County has a wealthy and engaging heritage. Shelby County used to be created in 1827 and initially integrated just about all of Moultrie County, Pana, Assumption, and so much of Praireton Township in Christian County. this day it truly is nonetheless one of many biggest counties in Illinois.

The county seat, Shelbyville, is traditionally associated with Abraham Lincoln, who made a number of visits to Shelby County in the course of his circuit driving days. Early pioneers discovered plentiful natural world within the forests and prairies. within the 1840s, the pioneers started to holiday the prairie and located fertile soil. the coming of the railroad spurred the wealthy agricultural heritage of the county that keeps to this present day. Samuel Moulton, nation consultant and U.S. congressman from Shelbyville, brought the invoice that proven the Illinois loose Public university method. Chautauquas have been provided on the Auditorium in Shelbyville, which nonetheless exists at the present time, and at Lithia Springs.

More than a dozen towns, cities, and villages mix to create a desirable heritage of this county.

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Bowen held a franchise for specific bottling of Coca-Cola, which coated numerous counties. In 1925, the franchise used to be bought to the Mattoon Coca-Cola Bottling works. REVIVAL PARADE. a wide union tent revival used to be held for 4 weeks in 1911. The parade happened on August 6, 1911. Over 1,500 humans participated within the parade, and the procession was once 4 blocks lengthy. It was once led through Evangelist Sam Kirkland and his spouse using on white horses. Kirkland used to be the organizer of the tent revival. DUBLER place of abode. Dr. W. H. Dubler was once a doctor in Windsor, even if Dr. York was once the 1st medical professional to settle in Windsor and the 1st to construct a home within the 1850s. Dr. Dubler got here to Windsor within the 1870s and equipped this huge place of dwelling within the urban. BLACK HORSE TAVERN. Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Tressler bought the log tavern within the 1840s. It used to be almost always a drovers hotel, yet different site visitors on their method to Shelbyville or Charleston have been universal buyers. well-known visitors have been Martin Van Buren, pass judgement on David Davis (later leader justice of the ideally suited Court), Samuel Moulton, pass judgement on Anthony Thornton, and Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln loved the Tressler’s sauerkraut. 1900 FINDLAY. This view comprises the Stumpf and Earp Dram store. E. E. Earp was once granted a correct to run a dram store for a 12 months after which on April 30, 1898, he bought a saloon license for $483. ninety five. O. E. Stumpf joined the firm someday among 1898 and 1900. Dram store is a felony time period for a tavern. The identify got here from the truth that those outlets offered spirits through the “dram. ” (Courtesy of Lois Cruitt. ) DEPOT AND RAILROAD VIEW. The C&EI Depot is at the back of the lone guy during this photo. The elevator is found beside the railroad. The Globe lodge is found on the correct and in among the resort and depot is a restaurant. (Courtesy of Lois Cruitt. ) MRS. WORLEY AT firm place of work, 1904. William Johns offered the paper to the Worleys in 1903. Mr. Worley labored on the Shelbyville Democrat and Mrs. Worley taught college. Mr. Worley died on March nine, 1904, and Mrs. Worley turned the editor, and her daughter and her ran the paper. Her daughter, Bonnie, endured the paper after her mother’s loss of life. In 1947 she offered it to Elmer McIlwain and persisted as a reporter. (Courtesy of Lois Cruitt. ) QUIGLEY shop. This shop used to be one of many few constructions in Quigley. shop proprietors and staff pose for a photo. This photo used to be most likely taken within the past due Nineties while Quigley used to be at its top. The balcony is sort of ornate, and the second one ground was once used for dwelling quarters. there's anyone sitting at the balcony. 8 OCONEE AND TOWER HILL Dr. Ballard laid out a city referred to as Luro. even though it was once situated at the Illinois important Railroad, the railroad corporation refused to install a swap. with out the change, the few companies situated right here quick died out. In April 1855, a 12 months after Luro was once laid out, the city of Oconee used to be surveyed. the companies from Luro moved to the hot city, and town started to develop. Oconee is the identify of the daughter of a local American leader. it truly is Shawanese for “bone.

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