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Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation holding frozen meal fundraiser

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The Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation is holding a frozen meal fundraiser now through May 6.  Proceeds from the sale of the frozen meals will assist the Foundation in making possible exciting activities including scholarships for outstanding agriculture students, improvements in agriculture literacy, and enhanced leadership activities. 

To order, visit www.thegivingplatefundraisers.com between now and May 6 and select the Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation icon. 

Meals will be available for pick-up on Thursday, May 23 from 3-5 pm at the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, 220 N. Broad St., Carlinville. 

If you have questions about the fundraiser, contact the Macoupin County Farm Bureau office at 217-854-2571 or mcfb@gomadison.com.

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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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Craft fair, flea market, and coffee and cars event set for Oct. 14 in Gillespie

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A huge craft fair, flea market and coffee and cars will be held on Saturday, October 14 at Gillespie United Methodist Church starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

It’s not too early to think Christmas. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy those unique gifts and decorations to make your holidays special. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 900 West Broadway, Gillespie, IL, rain or shine.

One-of-a-kind purses by local artist, beautiful woodwork, Primitive decor, fresh Georgia pecans for baking and gifting, local honey, Tastefully Simple, Norwex, and more will be available.

Sandwiches and desserts will also be for sale inside while cool rides will be on display at “Coffee and Cars!” in the parking lot of the church. Owners of the cars will receive a coupon for free coffee and donut upon arrival.

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Commemoration of Virden Gun Battle set for October 8

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A gun battle took place on October 12, 1898, in Virden, Illinois, and this year is the 125th anniversary of that event; October 8, in Union Miners Cemetery, located at 5585 Mt Olive Rd, Mt Olive, a commemoration of the battle will be held at noon.

John Alexander will be the keynote speaker. Additional speakers include IL AFL-CIO President Tim Drea, Mother Jones, and General Alexander Bradley. Bradley was present at the gun battle and wrote in a telegram asking the Mt. Olive miners not to send more men but to send doctors instead. 

The Macoupin County Illinois Board, on September 11, unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the importance of an October 12, 1898, gun battle in Virden to the county’s history. Eight miners lost their lives that day when gunfire broke out between locked-out UMWA members and company guards as a trainload of replacement workers arrived.  

This incident is why Union Miners’ Cemetery on the outskirts of Mt. Olive was created. Three of the miners killed that day are buried there. It remains the only union-owned cemetery in the USA and is where the legendary Irish firebrand Mother Jones is buried. In 1923, Jones requested to be buried there with “…those brave boys” who died in the gun battle. 

Jones is an international figure and the only labor figure of note who has a festival in her name in the country of her birth, Cork, Ireland, and at her final resting place. 

With the resolution, the board recognized Virden historian John Alexander for his diligent research into this incident and for making it widely available. 

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