April 21, 2014
Trivia Too
John Tyler’s purpose came late in life PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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John Tyler was a guest at our home many times when he was a child. He has given over $80,000 to charity in the last ten years. John Tyler is a third cousin of our children, but to go back farther, his great-great-grandfather was John Looman who came to America from Holland when he was three years old. He grew up in Beardstown and fought three years with General Grant and General Sherman in the Civil War, being wounded at the start of the Battle of Atlanta. His grandfather was Carl Looman, who ran an appliance store across the street from the State Bank at State and Second Street. Both of those men would be proud of John Tyler, and pleased with the talent that he has accomplished under the most adverse conditions.

 
Will the movies ever come back to town? PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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Karl Schewe was so good to Beardstown, and he donated much for his home town. After his donation to the Park District Community Center I approached him with another idea, saying it was a shame that people had to go out of town to see a movie. He agreed and had me go to a friend of his who was an architect in Canton.
That architect made a plan for a $300,000 theater/auditorium, speculating on getting the job if the building would be a reality.
The building would have been owned by the Park District and would be located about where the new Clinic is located now. There would be a large auditorium, much needed by the high school at that time. It could be used for band concerts, school drama and other events.

 
Traveling to presidential libraries PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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When we had our motor home, a used one that I purchased from Art Jones, we sure enjoyed traveling in it. While traveling we were fortunate to have visited a lot of the Presidential Libraries. Roosevelt’s up in Hyde Park, The Kennedy Library in New York, the Truman and Eisenhower Libraries in Kansas, the Carter Library in Georgia, The Nixon and Hoover Libraries in California, the Gerald Ford Library in Michigan and the Johnson and George Bush Sr. Libraries in Texas and the best of all of them, the Abe Lincoln Library in Springfield. At one of the libraries it was stated that the children’s questions were unbelievable. It stated that the children today aren’t taught enough about the past great presidents. In a test administered by the U.S. Department of Education, 52 percent of the students thought either Germany, Italy or Japan was an ALLY of the United States during WWII.

 
One last game with Mylo PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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He told her, “We have had a good life and a nice family; the two kids will take care of you, like you have been taking care of me. You know we aren’t having a quality life now, and if you don’t care I would like to give up the dialysis.”
I think most of my readers know that I had a brother Dale and a sister Jane, but didn’t ever know I had an older brother, Mylo. He would be 100 years old if he was living, and he is on my mind right now. Mother and Dad had Mylo, and thought that was their family. About eight years later, in quick succession they had Roy, Dale and Jane.

 
Lunch time becomes a real treat PDF Print E-mail

A few days ago it was our doctor day. I had an appointment with a retina specialist who comes from Peoria one day each week. I have a liquid bubble behind the eye ball and they are trying to evaporate it. Our son Don is retired and took me, and stayed with me while I was at the doctor’s office. We were out of the doctor’s office in time to pick up Christine who had a routine check-up with her doctor.

 
The names we’re given PDF Print E-mail

We are going to have another great-granddaughter. Granddaughter Heidi and her husband Matt have finally been successful in getting a baby. The surrogate mother is due to be in the hospital on June 11. They know it is a little girl, and her name will be Avery Eleanor. Just curious, I looked up the list of the 100 most popular kids’ names in 2013. Avery ranks about 20th and Eleanor wasn’t listed but that name was selected as Matt has a mother and grandmother with the name Eleanor.

 
The down-to-earth weddings of years past PDF Print E-mail

The two most important and memory incidents in one’s life is the honeymoon and the birth of one’s first baby.
Our good friends, Lois and Frank Matsler told about their honeymoon and that started me asking many others of the senior citizens here where we live. They were all willing to talk, and I received a variety of answers. Since most lived during the depression when money was scarce a lot of their stories were similar.

 
The down-to-earth weddings of years past PDF Print E-mail

The two most important and memory incidents in one’s life is the honeymoon and the birth of one’s first baby.
Our good friends, Lois and Frank Matsler told about their honeymoon and that started me asking many others of the senior citizens here where we live. They were all willing to talk, and I received a variety of answers. Since most lived during the depression when money was scarce a lot of their stories were similar.

 
A winter to be remembered PDF Print E-mail

This winter will no doubt be one we remember a long time. It’s been colder here in central Illinois than in Alaska, and I’ve been told, even at the North Pole. It seems like there have been more “snow days” for the kids in the last two months than there was in my entire high school career. Come to think about it, we never had “snow days” when I was a kid. No one had a car except the farmer students and they made it to school if the drifts weren’t too high. Now, 90 percent of the students have a car to drive to school and there are a lot of snow days.

 
Retirement home brings romance PDF Print E-mail

They said they would be sitting down at their wedding, and that is what they did. That was during the wedding we had here at the Blair House on this past Saturday.
We are here living at the Blair House, a dignified retirement home. Let’s face it, one doesn’t come here for a vacation, they come here to spend the rest of their lives.
Seven months ago Judy Stein, 71, a retired high school librarian, moved into Blair House. On her first day she went down to breakfast and found an empty chair at a table in the corner of the room. At that table was Myron Tepper, 78, a retired hospital pharmacist, there was another gentleman and a 98-year-old lady in a wheelchair who made up the foursome at that table. The four had breakfast, lunch and supper there every day and soon became good friends.

 
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