Andy and Holly Riggins decorated the sign that commemorates the site of the McDonough County Almshouse, or poor farm, that once occupied their property from 1884 to 1949.
In early 1884 the county board purchased 160 acres from Beverly Westfall for $10,000 for a new Almshouse. (This same land had been awarded to Benjamin McCleary on January 1, 1818 by President James Monroe as a bounty for military service in the War of 1812. It changed hands many times before Mr. Westfall sold it to the county in 1884.)
October 14, 2010
Eldorado Township - WIU Professor Tom Green of Macomb, agronomist and cemetery historian, recently cleared weeds and brush for a new sign donated by the McDonough County Historical Society for the Dailey Cemetery.
The Dailey Cemetery is located in northwest Eldorado Township in McDonough County. It is an inactive and abandoned cemetery founded in 1844 containing approximately 10 graves interred from then to 1867.
Thomas Dailey (1783-1854), born in West Virginia, moved to Eldorado Township in 1836. He owned and farmed 160 acres. When his wife Sarah died at age 72 (1862), she had buried two daughters and her 71 year old husband in this family cemetery.
Their daughter Rebecca married George Greenup. He and his mother Catherine also rest in this plot.
The cemetery sign project is supported by the McDonough County Genealogical Society, the McDonough County Highway Department, Niemann’s County Market and Pepsi, Gene and David Raymond, and the McDonough County Historical Society.
Gerald Thrapp, current owner of the land on which the Hays Cemetery lies,
accepted two new signs installed by the McDonough County Historical Society.
Courses of interest offered by the LIFE (Learning is Forever) program at WIU
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McDonough County Cemeteries
For over four years, the McDonough County Historical Society (MCHS) has attempted to locate and bring due recognition to the more than 100 cemeteries in McDonough County. While some of the county’s cemeteries are still in use and well-maintained, a large number are sadly neglected. In many instances, the installation of a new MCHS sign has provided motivation for volunteers to clean up an abandoned cemetery and restore it to dignity, order, and respect. In the process, often fascinating stories emerge about those laid to rest in a particular site, their families, jobs, migrations, and other important life events. Each Saturday morning, participants in this class will visit three or four rural cemeteries located in one of the quadrants of the county. Each class will begin with an orientation (conducted in the lobby of the Radio Information Services Building, formerly the Hy-Vee market), after which they will car pool and caravan to the various cemeteries.
Coordinator: Gil Belles
Class sessions: Saturdays, September 11 & 18; October 2 & 9
Time: 9:30 am--approximately noon
Place: Radio Information Services lobby on W. University Drive and N. Lafayette Street
Parking: At the site Cost: $10.00
Scrapbooking Your Family History
A great way to preserve your family history and the interesting stories accumulated through the years is to put them into a scrapbook that is sure to become a family treasure, passed down (and added to) from generation to generation. This course will include lists of local genealogical resources and useful Internet sites that will enable participants to gather information about their ancestors. The class will explore the process of designing scrapbook pages and will study examples created by a local artist. The class will also make a trip to the Scrapbook Nook in Colchester to purchase the necessary supplies.
Coordinators: Betty Kaspar and Patricia Hobbs
Class sessions: Thursdays, October 14, 21 & 28
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center
Parking: At the site Cost: $10.00
A Trip Back to the One-Room School: Seeing Is Remembering
No history of rural education is complete without the inclusion of the one-room school. By means of a visit to a museum dedicated to the topic, this class will address this important aspect of McDonough County’s past. Participants will receive an orientation about one-room schools in our area and then carpool to Ipava where Mr. and Mrs. Marian Cornelius have developed a restored one-room school that is part of a larger museum project that also includes Camp Ellis material as well as the remains of a log cabin. Following the tour of the museum, the class will drive on to the historic community of Bernadotte for lunch in a café overlooking the Spoon River. The return trip to Macomb should occur by mid-afternoon. Maximum enrollment: 30.
Coordinator: Louis Battin
Class session: Thursday, September 23
Time: 8:45 am-midafternoon
Place: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1212 W. Calhoun Street
Parking: At the site, lower level lot Cost: $5.00