Earlville Community Historical Society

A historical review of Earlville Illinois

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2019 Calendars On Sale Now!

The 2019 ECHS calendars are on sale and selling fast!  This calendar includes completely different pictures from the 2018 calendar plus a few mystery items to challenge your memory!

The calendars are $15 each (plus $2 postage for each calendar ordered). Checks can be made out to the Earlville Community Historical Society and sent to PO Box 683, Earlville IL 60518 (please add “Attention: Calendars”). Include the number of calendars and complete contact information including your email address so that we can confirm your order. The calendars are also available at a Sandy’s Shear Magic and First State Insurance as well as the Museum during business hours until Dec. 23rd.

These make great Christmas gifts so be sure to get your order in soon!

2019 Membership Drive!

It’s that time of year again!  Time to renew your membership if you are an Annual Member.  It’s also time to encourage your friends and relatives to consider joining the Earlville Community Historical Society.  Your memberships, donations and support of our fundraisers make it possible to keep the Museum open and filled with great memories of Earlville’s past.  Membership forms are available on this site.  $15/year for an Annual (renewable) membership and $150 for a Lifetime (non-renewable) membership.  We’d love to have you join us!

Margaret Bullock Johnson

During our ECHS monthly meeting in December, Janice Wolff presented information on the life of Margaret Bullock Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson was a beloved teacher and principal for many years in the Earlville School system.  Her family has deep roots in our community, and her home is one of most elegant houses still standing today.  Many of our members shared memories and stories about Mrs. Johnson as part of the discussion.  Our meetings have concluded for the year but will start up again on the first Saturday of April, 2019.  Please plan on joining us!

EBA Christmas Festival

Although the weather was somewhat “frightful”, many residents and Museum volunteers came out to support the 2nd Annual Earlville Business Association’s Christmas Festival on Sunday, December 2nd.  The rain/ice storm prior to the date caused a bit of havoc, but the EBA committee and the City of Earlville workers did a great job getting the park and downtown ready with only a few last-minute changes to the itinerary. Since there wasn’t much snow left, Santa arrived by horse and carriage.  He greeted more than 100 children, (most of them) anxious to tell him what was on their Christmas lists.  Even a few of our members took a few minutes to pose with Santa and whisper in his ear!

American Legion Restores Monument

WRC Monument – Precinct Cemetery

Our local American Legion Post recently took on the project of having the Civil War monument in Precinct Cemetery repaired and reconditioned.  The monument was erected by the Women’s Relief Corps in 1896 “In Memory of Our Unreturned Soldiers.”  It is located in the center of the military circle on the west side of the cemetery.  The Legion discovered that the large ball on the top had actually rotated over the years!  After a little investigation they found an article that was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not (1929) that documented the same mysterious rotation in a similar stone in Marion, Ohio.

The Earlville Community Historical Society will also be working with the Precinct Cemetery Board in the spring to revitalize the entrance to the cemetery.

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