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Lindell Loveless shares history with Rotary

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The Benld Area Rotary met for a regular luncheon Tuesday, June 19 to listen to Lindell Loveless. Loveless, along with a friend: Tom Emry, has published three books covering the history of this area. “I just love history and if you don’t, you may as well just leave now,” Loveless started.

Loveless is known to be a farmer, meat processor, aviator, and a writer. “I have tried everything that was honest, most I have failed at. But, I have won at a few too, so I guess I am alright.” Loveless wanted to share the history of the area with the Benld Area Rotary during his short time at the podium.

“I could easily get carried away with this, but I have learned more than I could even imagine.” Loveless started in highlighting the events that took place in the first two books.

In 1812, Indian Edwards came through this area. The area was full of 8 foot high grass and this was the first white man to ever look over this area, Loveless stated. The following year, a white guy came near Bunker Hill and then in 1813, the first settler made his mark East of Carlinville. I just find this awesome to think about, Loveless smiled.

“The soldiers came up Macoupin Creek and they were right here, you know.” These things just interest Loveless. First we were a territory and then we became a state in 1818. The thing that interests Loveless is Edwards was the third governor of Illinois and he married a lady with the last name of Todd. She had a sister named Mary and they came to Springfield to visit. There she met Abraham Lincoln and then became Mary Todd Lincoln!

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were married in Edwards’ home, according to Loveless. The next book was a Howard Knox book and recently, Loveless was able to tour the Knox’s home. “It is beautiful,” Loveless added. After the book was already printed, Loveless and Tom found out more information about the Knox family.

One of the things he found out was Knox also was an aviator, like Loveless. He flew many planes. The interesting thing was he taught himself to fly in a single day. “You can’t do that anymore,” Loveless commented. In the next morning, he tag sheeted his airplane and was making straight hops by lunch time. After lunch, he flew a complete flight around the airport and passed his flight examination in the afternoon and got his pilot license. Then, he took up his first passenger before dinner.

“How do you like that,” Loveless questioned. Two years later, Knox was regarded as the most experienced aviator in the world. The aircraft Knox flew was pretty dangerous, Loveless explained. It has rotary engines. The propeller bolted on the engine and the entire engine would turn.

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His plane also did not have a throttle. To land, they just shorted out the spark plugs. “When that thing was coming into land, it was missing most of the plugs and was usually just firing on one.” That kind of stuff always intrigued Loveless. He is the type of guy that is interested in how things are done.

The latest book Loveless and Emry have done is about the CCC. “To make it short, Civilian Conservation was probably the most successful government programs ever ran,” Loveless said. Because, Roosevelt was inaugurated in 1933 and in just two weeks he had a bill through congress to fund the CCC. 30 days later, he had young men living in camps and buildings and then they moved on to public buildings.

The camp in this area was on the Carlinville Fairgrounds. The book contains 38 pictures of the barracks of the inside and outside. According to Loveless, military people were brought in to show them the order and how things they are done. Then, they would hire local contractors to show the men how things are done and finally, they had educators at the last stage. “It was 3 tiers of people to teach them how things were done, depending on what you wanted to do,” Loveless explained.

The CCC did a lot of conservation work which was big during the dry depression years, according to Loveless. Nationally, they planted 2 billion trees as there were only 22 camps nationwide. “3.5 million men were involved at one point in time,” Emry added.

In addition, 89 thousand miles of telephone wire was laid, 3,400 fire lookout towers were built, 6 million man-made days were spent fighting forest fires, and 52,000 acres of public camp development. 13 thousand foot trails were created and 972 million fish were restocked. “The work was tremendous!”

“The CCC had a tremendous impact in Illinois. Pretty much every building in Pere Marquette was built by the CCC, cabins in New Salem were built, and a number of men from the BenGil area were involved in this program,” Emry explained. He went on to say that we don’t think much of government programs today, but this one was the best program ever.

Members made $30 a month and sent $25 home to their family while keeping $5 for their self. There was no messing around either, Loveless added. You got kicked out if you were messing around and then you went home and caused your family to starve.

The 70th anniversary of the CCC is coming up on June 30.

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The books that Loveless and Emry wrote are available at Michelle’s Pharmacy in both Gillespie and Carlinville. The small books are $5 while the bigger books are $10.

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Gillespie Police Report: April 14-20, 2024

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Oak Street in reference to a dog bite.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street to pick up a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a burglary.

An officer was out in the 200 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Schmidt Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft in the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

Nicholas O. Landolt, 36, of Gillespie was arrested on multiple warrants including one out of St. Clair County for possession for methamphetamine, a second one out of Montgomery County for failure to appear for driving while license was revoked, and a third out of Macoupin County for failure to appear for methamphetamine.

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An officer was dispatched to East Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical alarm.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 200 block of West Oak Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to her property.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to identity theft.

An officer spoke with a female in the 100 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Southern Street in reference to a suspicious person.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property. Melissa J. Hughes, 49, of Benld was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for theft/larceny.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Francis Street in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine Street to assist the Department of Children and Family Services.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to fraud in the 200 block of South Macoupin.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Staunton Road in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to High Street and Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of High Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was flagged down at Elm Street and Clinton Street and spoke with an individual in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a panic alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Second Street in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street in reference to a dog bite.  Heather L. Kimberlin, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was out with a suspicious vehicle in the alley in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to East Walnut and South Main Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle that had been parked there for a couple of days.

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Gillespie Police Department was requested for traffic control by the Gillespie Fire Department for a fire on Eagarville Road.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in Gillespie in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person at the storage units. Kathy J. Henderson, 49, of Sawyerville was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for bad checks

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Maple Street and Macoupin Street. Kenny L. Fults, 18, of Belleville was issued a citation for possession of cannabis.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Burton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespassing. Timothy J. Dalpozzo, 57, of Benld was arrested for criminal trespassing to residence and a Macoupin County warrant for criminal trespassing to a residence.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Street and Chestnut Street and charges are pending crime lab results.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Elm Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Osie Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to medical assist.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an ordinance issue.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers volunteer opportunities for feens

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LITCHFIELD, Ill. — HSHS St. Francis Hospital is offering service opportunities to area teens this summer through the 2024 Junior Volunteer Program. Applications are being accepted now through May 1.

Applicants must be high school students maintaining at least a “C” average, be a minimum of 14 years of age by June 1 and be willing to volunteer at least two hours per week during the summer program. Junior volunteers will perform a variety of duties in various hospital departments. 

Registration materials are available on the hospital’s website volunteer page at https://www.hshs.org/st-francis/community/volunteer.

All participants in the program will be required to present proof of immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Varicella (chicken pox). An additional requirement includes attendance at a hospital orientation.

A limited number of positions will be available. For more information, contact HSHS St. Francis Hospital at 217-324-8200.

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