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Alice Davis Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award The Christian Village recently honored Alice Davis of Mount Pulaski with an embroidered blanket. The staff and residents of Vonderlieth Living Center, along with Alice's friends and family, joined in the celebration to honor Alice who spent much of the last 50 years in service to the residents of The Christian Village: When Alice Davis (Right-front sitting at table) first signed up to volunteer at The Christian Village, the community had been in existence less than a year. Area churches were eagerly embrac- ing "their" home by raising up women who would come at least once a month to lend a hand and love the residents of the nursing home. For forty-five years, Alice served in some capacity at The Christian Village, either as a volunteer, auxiliary officer, key lady for the volunteer auxiliary or volunteer coordinator (a staff posi- tion). Staff and volunteers remember Alice and her giving spirit. She not only volunteered with the residents, she was a constant source of encouragement to the staffas well. Alice's sweet smile will long be an influence on the community. "She has been our co-worker, working in activities and social services," says Chaplain Ryan Edgecombe. "She has been the most committed of volunteers as well, serving on the steering committee and as an officer in the auxiliary. Alice represents the best of The Christian Village; she is who we are and who we seek to be in our mission to honor our God. In Alice Davis we experience a disciple of Jesus Christ who has always been here when we have needed her. She has always relished the opportunity to serve." "From War's Ashes to the Birth of Lincoln Professor Emeritus, Paul Beaver of Lincoln College, once again held his audience spell- bound with his 5th Elkhart Wild Hare Car6 dirmer/lec- , ture, this time on: From War s Ashes to the Birth of' Lincoln College", which gave insights on the founding of Lincoln Uni- versity (now Lincoln College), which was the first and only institution named for Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. Paul recounted the horrific & paralyzing Civil War that was witnessed by all that both sides lost so very much -- more lives, causalities and property loss than any war before or since. He used this short but vivid recounting to set the stage of Lincoln University's "Rise from the Ashes" -- which has led us to believe that its formation, struggle and existence through- out the years was in laxge part both a benevolent as well as an obligated undertaking to for- ever establish and continue our fallen namesake's institution of higher learning here in Lincoln, Illinois. Paul showed a power-point copy of the letter by trustee, Col. Robert B. Latham, that was sent to President Lincoln in early March, 1865, which spelled out the existence of the University's charter established earlier in the year and plans of endow- ment, The letter also mentioned "...to inform you more fully of the University and of the pros- perity of our town, believing you feel a lively interest in it, on account of its being named for you before Presidential honors had any influence." Beaver pro- vided additional documentation of Col. Richard Oglesby's (later twice Governor of Illinois) visit to the White House on the very day of Lincoln's assassination -- leaving Beaver and the rest of us to believe that President Lincoln and Oglesby truly must have talked a bit about the for- mation of Lincoln University in the President's name, albeit just a few days following Lee's surrender at Appomattox April 9 -- just six days before the ter- rible deed. Paul also pointed out that a Central Illinois land baron, William Scully, reached: into his vest pocket and took out a check that he promptly made out on the spot for $5,000 for an immediate payment on the University's loan note that was due. There were many others, said Beaver, namely local cattle baron and a close friend of Lin- coln, John D. Gillette, who also solicited and provided fund- ing -- with Gillette and Scully, probably lots of it. An extremely interesting side bar was revealed when Beaver told of the invitation by a local Lincoln Presbyterian Church Pastor of John Brown Gordon, a Confederate General who fought with Lee on the Eastern front, to speak at his church in the late 1800s. The pastor was also of Southern military back- ground, but Who long ago had forgiven the North -- who had grown to understand the fallen President's fervent desire to keep the union intact as Well as to prove to the Europeans that the United States no longer College" 12 harbored the medieval institu- tion of slavery. To aid in this . transformation from hatred and sorrow to love and acceptance, the Pastor invited General Gordon to speak at one of his " services -- the General, himself, having experienced this trans- formation. Here is Professor Beaver's description of the event from  u" Chapter 7 of his recent book, Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois- 1834 - 1860: Signs that the wounds from a the war had begun to heal were o evidenced on a winter evening on December 1, 1898, when over 500 local citizens, many Union veterans, gathered in the "new" First Presbyterian Church on Pekin Street in Lin- coln to hear an address by former Confederate General John Brown Gordon. Gordon had been one of General Robert E. Lee's most trusted command- ers. The man who introduced Gordon that evening was three- time Governor of Illinois Rich- ard J. Oglesby. The event was arranged in part by the church's pastor, Dr. R. M. Tinnon, who himself was a four-year Confed- erate war veteran who had suf- fered three combat wounds, and with efforts by the local Leo W. Myers G.A.R. Post. The article in the December 2, 1898 Lin- coln Dally Courier noted that General Gordon was often inter- rupted with applause during his nearly two-hour address. Lin- coln's population at this time had grown to around 8,000. The Elkhart Historical Soci- ety, at Wild Hare Caf6 in Elkhart, undertake an annual dinner/lecture series, featuring speakers who speak on engag- ing topics -- often on some aspect of the history of Logan County or of some former Logan County personality of importance. Check these web- sites for future events: www. elkharthistoricalsociety.org and www.wildharecafe-elk-il.com. Submitted By - Phil Bertoni