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Cheers from the Topper - and future Topper - Cheerleaders. Alien Schaal Photo 14 t-I O to o ol Michael Lowery faced offwith Riverton's Blake Suhling. Allen Schaal Photo Editor, Please allow me to submit some additions and corrections to the story published in the Mt. Pulaski Times which was entitled , "History of Lincoln College Topic of Elkhart Dinner Series". Unfortunately, Robert B. Latham's March 1965 letter to President Abraham Lincoln failed to mention that just a few weeks previous, the State of Illinois had issued the school a four-year university status char- ter. William Scully was not involved with Lincoln College. In fact, during the year 1865 when the College was founded, Scully was in Kilkenny, Ireland dealing with a legal matter. Elkhart, Illinois cattle and land Baron, John D. Gillette did donate land for the school's buildings and probably assured the Board of Trustees of addi- tional financial backing if needed. David Harts told me that Thomas Scully, William's son, was on the Lincoln College Board of Trustees with him (Harts). Harts said that Scully would match his contributions to Lincoln College during times of real economic stress as seen during the Depression and the World War II period. The exact amounts of these gifts, how- ever, are not known. Remem- ber that many of the College's records were lost in that disas- trous fire in January of 1969, which destroyed the adminis- tration building. Ex-Confeder- ate General John Brown Gordon was with Robert E. Lee at the surrender to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Vir- ginia in April, I865. In fact, it was General Gordon who informed Lee that a breakout through the encircled Union forces was probably not pos- sible. The pastor at the First Pres- byterian Church was Dr. R. M. Tinnon, a four-year confederate veteran from Tennessee who undoubtedly had the help of Elkhart's Richard J. Oglesby, a former Union General and three term Governor of Illinois. It is believed these two men were instrumental in bringing about General Gordon's December 1, 1898 appearance before a crowd of over 500 mostly union civil war veterans. Sincerely, Paul J. Beaver Professor Emeritus in History Lincoln College