EVACUEES RE-ENACT LAND RUSH DAYS; 400 IN LINE AT 9 A.M.
At last, the evacuation of Beardstown during the 1943 flood threat had come to an end, as the above headline of the June 4, 1943, edition of the Illinoian-Star attested.
The starting point for this “land rush” was the intersection of 15th and Wall streets. First in line for the return were Mrs. Grover Summey, 509 W. Second St., and Mrs. C.A. Bixler, 517 W. Second St. The two had spent their exile at the Gus Ruppel farm, about seven miles outside of Beardstown.