August 23, 2014

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When a lynching isn’t a lynching

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
After years of gathering dust in my “story ideas” file, I finally decided to check out the veracity of two published reports about Beardstown’s one and only lynching.
According to those reports, Adam Baker was a proprietor of a Beardstown saloon. Apparently, Baker was a pretty popular with everyone. Well, everyone except the fellow who murdered him. Or perhaps it was two fellows who murdered him. A gent named Wilcox and another named Charlie Blohm were together one evening in 1873 or 1874 when Baker lost his life. No one seemed to know exactly how Baker met his demise or at least it wasn’t mentioned.
When Baker was murdered, Blohm decided the time had come to make a hasty retreat from town. He fled by wading and swimming the Illinois River. Once across, he hoofed it all the way to Galesburg. Supposedly, Blohm later became a railroad conductor.

Lippincott: Civil War hero, political leader, perjurer

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
Though Charles Lippincott considered volunteering for the military in April of 1861, the thought of leaving his wife and two children caused him to hesitate. Perhaps the war would come to a swift conclusion, erasing any need for his service.
A few months later Union forces suffered a humiliating defeat at the Battle of Bull Run. Both North and South realized this would be a long conflict. For Lippincott, his course became clear. The doctor would form a company and volunteer for duty.

Standing room only at Park District Theatre class play, ‘Thwacked’

The parking spaces around the Beardstown square and beyond were completely filled on Wednesday, July 2. People passing by123 State Street asked, “What’s going on?”
What was going on was a standing-room-only children’s play entitled, “Thwacked.” The play was being presented by the Park District Theatre class in cooperation with the Beardstown Opera House.

Family makes the Fourth fun

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
What a nice weekend, the Fourth turned out to be. We haven’t had family here for the Fourth in many years.
My oldest son from Missouri was here with his fiancee and her children and grandchildren. His daughter and her son came also.
My daughter and her husband had been staying but went to his family’s party for the weekend.
My second oldest son came from Macomb, and my third son came from Beardstown along with his wife and oldest daughter. Her husband and daughter were here too. She has passed her boards for Physicians Assistant so its off to work in August. Congrats’ Granddaughter!!

Fireworks on TV not the same as in person

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
This is an after-the-Fourth of July column. Friday, July 4th, Saturday, July 5th, Sunday, 6th wasn’t it nice to have a three-day holiday? It was the 238th birthday of our country and I noticed in an area paper that there were 32 towns here in central Illinois that were going to have fireworks on the Fourth. If that many had fireworks in one 50-mile radius just imagine the millions of dollars that were spent for the celebration in the towns all across the country.

Hiding head in the sand is not a pretty picture

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
My cousin Bernice drives me crazy. She’s cancelled her subscription to the local newspaper because in her words, “There’s nothing in it,” she doesn’t listen to local news on the radio, she only goes online to play games and check her Facebook page, she watches news on a biased cable channel when Wheel of Fortune isn’t on, and she complains about how she never knows what’s going on. It’s the “Duh” syndrome.

Lippincott fights a duel that scars his life

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
It didn’t take long for Charles Lippincott to establish himself in California. Within a year he was elected to the California State Senate.
Then trouble began to brew in the summer of 1855. The Democrat party, of which Lippincott was a leader, had procured two columns for its use in every edition of the Downieville newspaper, the Sierra Citizen, with Lippincott as the editor. The sharp witted Lippincott decided to take aim at young attorney named Robert Tevis, an outspoken member of the American (Know-Nothing) party.
In early July 1855, Lippincott roasted Tevis in print. A gifted writer, Lippincott used his pen to lampoon Tevis and the xenophobic Know-Nothings. Lippincott’s prose caused a great deal of amusement in town while angering Tevis. For his part, Tevis published a vitriolic response that labeled Lippincott “a liar and a slanderer.”

What Do You Think? Should We / Shouldn’t We?

Should We / Shouldn’t We?

The “Civil War” in Iraq has escalated to a very serious stage, whereby the US could possibly be drawn back into another long drawn-out conflict.
Vietnam began with President Kennedy sending in Military Advisors to help the Vietnam puppet regime; from there it escalated into a full blown “War”.
Will President Obama do the same thing by sending 300 Military Advisors to help the present Iraq Regime?
Are we to stand by idle and let ISIS take control of a great portion of Iraq, including the Iraqis’ oil fields with Iran just licking its chops to gain control of Iraq?
Should we have sent air strikes against the ISIS long before now when they were vulnerable and an easy target for our Air Force and Drones?
Weren’t Drones available early on as they are now being used this very day for surveillance?
Why did we beef up all of our Embassies in this area if we thought ISIS and Al Qaeda were not legitimate threats to the US and our allies?
My son (Matt) was a MI Analyst (Military Intel) for over 20 years. When I spoke to him when this first began he said, “Dad, we know where they are, and how many. If they say they don’t know the numbers then why in the Hell did we fly our (Spy in the Sky) over Iraq on a daily basis? The Brass knows what’s going on.”
Once again it seems the various branches of the government, executive, DOD, Pentagon, and State Department, and Congress all differ on what kind of action should be taken.
Someone far wiser than me once said, “Seize the Day.” It may be too little too late.
I don’t believe this country is ready to go to
What do you think?
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“War” again. However, we can’t stand by idly and let ISIS or Al QUADA get a stronghold over our friends in the Mid-East which includes Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan and others. They even have their sights set on Africa.
The President, the DOD, State Department, Pentagon, Congress and the CIA must put their heads together and work out one plan and then take decisive action.
What Do You Think?

A miscellaneous column of ‘Did you know?’

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
This is another trivia column, kind of a miscellaneous,“Did You Know: type.”
*** For example, did you know that Gov. Bill Haslem of Tennessee is promoting a program to let any high school graduate go to college free. They will be able to go to a community college for two years, which reminds me of Mexico where a college education is free, but only for the brightest students.
*** In two years all new cars will have a TV screen in front of the driver that will picture what is in back of the car when backing up. Too many children have been killed by cars backing into them.  When our children were young I recall a grandfather did just that.  Our garage on the farm at that time was an unusual double garage, only it was a long building where two cars could park one in front of the other. I quickly put doors at the other end so that grandmother, Christine or I could have a clear view when pulling out of the garage.

Many hands make light work! Volunteers have opportunity to have a ‘Demo Party’

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Virginia Public Library's "Paws to Read" July 9 program is "Brrr! It's cold in the Artic" and the July 16 program will be "Puppy Dog Tails and Kitty Cat Whiskers."