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Saturday Services hurch That 1 223 W. Cooke St. 792-5502 better water, pure and simple. Water Softeners Iron Filters Bottled Water Joel & Deanna Jacobs Eddie Combs 318 N. Chicago St. - Lincoln You Have a Choice Clemons for Mayor - Roger Bohn Campaign Manager Question Sparks Investigation of Local Connection to William Herndon 8 Brian "Fox" Ellis portrayed Wil- liam Herndon, Lincoln's law partner Mt. Pulaski Courthouse in February. A member of the audience asked him whether there were still Herndons in Springfield. He could not know about something so many years into the future. There are still Herndons in Spring- field. In that family there is a direct con- nection to Mt. Pulaski. William Henry Herndon, whom Abra- ham Lincoln algvays called "Billie," was born on Christmas Day in Green County, Kentucky. After he was born, the family moved to Springfield where his father, Archer Gray Herndon, was an innkeeper. Abraham Lincoln stayed at the inn during his early days in Springfield. Lincoln met BiUie and convinced him to study the -law. Later Abraham Lincoln and William Henry Herndon became law partners. William Henry Herndon married Mary Jane Maxcy in March of 1840. One of their children, Leigh William Hem- don, was born on Springfield in October of 1852. He lived until May of 1901. Leigh Williarh Herndon and his wife, Julia Drone/had a son named Edward Leigh Herndon, who was born in 1878. He married Jenny Watts. Jenny and Edward Leigh Herndon had a son named Jesse Leigh Herndon, who was born on December 10, 1904. Jesse Leigh Herndon married Maria Cox and had a son named WiUiam Henry Herndon, born in August of 1940. In October of 1960, William Henry Herndon married Christine Ann Jans- sen. One of their sons, named John Archer Herndon, was born in August of 1967. John, who is the great, great, great, great grandson of William Henry "Billie" Herndon, became an attorney. John Archer Herndon married Karen Lee Schrishuhn of Mt. Pulaski in June of 1993. John and Karen Herndon live in 0 lu QO W REAGAN HERNDON in her Abe Lincoln costume on the steps of the Courthouse, September of 2009. Photo was taken by Victor Schrishuhn. Ohio. They have one daughter, Reagan Christine Herndon, who was born on September 14, 1998. Reagan's grand- mother Margaret Schrishuhn made her an Abraham Lincoln costume in 2009. At Mt. Pulaski's Fall Festival of 2010, she came and portrayed Abraham Lincoln on the St. John's Lutheran flog in the parade. The theme was "With Charity and Justice For ALl." Every time Reagan Herndon comes to Illinois, she and her Mt. Pulaski Grand- parents go to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and L rary. She has always been interested to learn more about her great, great, great, great, great Grandfather, William "Billie" Herndon, who was the law partner of Abraham Lincoln. Submitted by Barbara Stroud-Borth REOPENS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 - Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Soci- ety Museum will reopen Wednesdays through.Saturdays, Noon - 4 pro. Check the museum door for visitation arrangements at other times. Volunteers always needed to help keep our wonderful 2-building, 2-story museum open - contact Sue Shaffenacker 671-8633 or Teaser: Have you seen our donated 1900's Mt. Pulaski Windmill Company vane? What about our USS Casimir Pulaski SSBN-633 life preserver? A study says that surgeons whoplay Nintendo Wii games outperform their peers. FISH FRY 11 am - 1:30 pm, Sunday, March 24 at Chestnut Fire House; hosted by Chestnut Fire & EMS. $8 Adults, $4 Children 4 - 12, and Free Children 3-and under. Menu: WaUeye, Scalloped Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Bread and Butter, Dessert and Beverage (Tea, Lemonade, Water, or Coffee). Hot dogs will also be available for the non-fish lover. Proceeds go toward Chestnut Fire and EMS. A 7-year-olcl student in Baltimore was suspended after shaping a Pop-Tart to I )ok like a gun.