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Tom Martin, chairing second meeting of the group working on the 175 year celebration, yesterday, February 20, at the VFW Hall. Dan Phillips Photo Memorial Playground Fund To honor the memory of the Gee/Constant Children, a new Memorial Playground will be built at the park in which they enjoyed playing. The new play- ground will serve as a safe and fun place for all kids to play and for families to gather. The cost for the new playground and renovation of the existing equipment is $20,000.00. The Beason Community has been working very hard to raise the funds needed to make this Memorial Playground a reality. We are asking for a financial donation of any dollar amount. Your contribution will be recognized on a custom play- ground sign as a sponsor of the Memorial Playground. The support you lend to the Memorial Playground is not counted in dollars and cents but in the "spirit of commu- nity". However, your donation of dollars makes sense in what it means to the youth and families of our community. That is truly priceless, both now and in our future. Please make your donation check payable to the Beason Memorial Playground Fund. Send to - Beason Playground Fund / P.O. Box 161 / Beason, IL 62512. Romer Bros. Tree Service was hired to take down the tree on East Wayne. The tree roots had rotted and the tree was literally in danger of tipping over. The tree was too close to AMEREN power lines and Public Works Director Mike Patridge decided the City should not attempt the job. When one of the falling chunks bounced into his equipment, Bob Romer's only comment was a very calm, "there's another dent". Times Photo 90 th Anniversary Open House Cornland Banking Center of State Bank of Lincoln will hold an 'later served as directors include open house Saturday, March 13 from 10 until noon to celebrate the 90 th Anniversary of the opening of State Bank of Cornland in March 1920. The Cornland community was without banking service until March 2, 1920 when M. B. Drake and George Volle started State Bank of Cornland with capital of $35,000, which was supplied by 68 investors. Drake was named cashier, and by June 30, 1920 the new bank had total assets of $105,651 The original building cost $8,875 and was badly damaged by a tornado on April 19, 1927 which devastated several communities in Logan and Sangamon Coun- ties. The building was re-built according to the original plans and continued in' use until 1979 when a new bank building was erected across the street. M. B. Drake served as cashier until 1949. His son, George E. Drake, who served through 1964, replaced him. Other cashiers included Lee D. Stults, Gary M. Eike, and W. Dale Lyons. Paul Moody was cashier for a short time just prior to the merger with State Bank of Lincoln in 1990 when the Cornland Bank had deposits of $6 million. Minnie D. Bryson was a long time employee of the State Bank of Cornland, starting as a part time employee when she was still in high school. She was named vice president in 1948 and retired in 1987 after serving the bank for more than 50 years. Most of the original directors served on the board until their deaths. Some of the people who Lulu Day Lanham, David L. Drake, Dan Volle, and Allen C. Drake. At the open house, a money collection will be displayed. It was started in the 1920s by M. B. Drake and includes some gold coins and some large size paper money, which was issued by a number of area banks. This cur- rency, while rather unusual, was considered legal tender and had the backing of the federal gov- ernment. Some currency, known as "gold backs" is included in the collection. Some Cornland memorabilia will also be on display at the open house. Donald L [DL] Stanfield is manager in Cornland and has been with the bank for 31 years. Carla Clark who has been with the bank since 2004 assists him. Gaii L. Nunnery Vice President Trust OErcer David Irwil Vice Presient Farm Lns Broadway St. Elkhart 6 March 12 Event To celebrate the first of the Elkhart Historical Society's 2010 Dinner Lecture Series, the Elkhart Public Library will have a special display of books related to the topic for readers who are interested in learning more. " The displays will be offered on Friday and Saturday. $= Plan on taking the short drive from Elkhart into Springfield to see the exhibit, "Illinois Stories --" - How Vast and How Varied a ( Field... The Agricultural Vision . of Abraham Lincoln" at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum before the dinner lec- , ture on Friday or on Saturday. , Elkhart's John Dean Gillett is featured in the exhibit, which ( includes a brief biography as " well as several of Gillett's arti- O facts such as ledgers, a branding iron, and a cattle registry. The Elkhart Historical Soci- ety will present "Tales of Hog 1r Marches and Cattle Kings," the first of their 2010 dinner lecture series, on Friday, March 12, 2010. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with the talks following from 7-8 at The Wild Hare Caf6 in historic downtown Elkhart. Two speak- ers will talk about how our local cattle and hog industries were influenced by the historic indi- viduals who raised and sold live- stock in central Illinois. Res- ervations are required and the deadline is Thursday, March 4. For information... www.elkhar or call 217-947-2046. Bill Kemp will begin the eve- ning on March 12 with a talk on "Pioneer Cattle and Hog Driv- ing." Kemp, librarian / archivist at the McLean County Museum of History, has researched Isaac Funk and other influential live- stock farmers about how they marched livestock to markets as far away as Chicago and Cincin- nati from McLean County. "John Dean Gillett - Cattle King of The World" will be the topic of the second talk of the evening. During the late 1800's Gillett shipped over 2,000 head of cattle and 1,000 head of hogs to Europe annually from Elkhart. Gillette Ransom, is a direct descendent of Gillett and a resident of Elkhart, will lead the discussion on the cattle baron. The dinner lecture series includes presentations April 16, April 23, and July 16. Tours in Elkhart for include Wildflower Nature Walks Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, April 24 and His- torical Hill Tours on Saturday, July 17 and Saturday, September 25. At Horsefeathers in Elkhart Delicious Home Cooking at its Best! Offering Scrumptious Lunches Tuesday - Sunday 11-2:30 Daily Specials - Seasonal Dishes Now Open Saturday Nights 5 to 9Pm Saturday Nights Choice of 3 dishes. Bring your own wine! Reservations & Credit Carc Accepted Horsefeathers Antique & Gift Shop 10Am to 4Pm & Sun. 5 to 9Pro 104 Governor Oglesby st 947-2100