Of those from Lincoln and Logan county who served their country in all her wars, and of their Gold Star mothers and widows, we dedicate this park. From these grounds, those who served entrained to answer their country's call.
In gratitude for those who were returned may future generations revere the devotion of those who made the supreme sacrifice, this monument was erected September 6, , A. Beneath this stone we have placed the story of Lincoln's first one hundred years with the hope that it will be uncovered and honored on the second centennial, A. For a detailed account of the contents of the Centennial time capsule buried beneath this monument and the dedication of Centennial Park, see Does any of that ring a bell? Food Stores of the Route 66f Era.
Presently, the Lincoln Depot building contains a restaurant, and the facility includes railroad cars. The location of the depot is marked on Today a different marker commemorates Mr. Lincoln's christening of this namesake city, but the famous watermelon statue is still in place.
The christening monument is located on the south end of the Amtrak Depot grounds, N. Photo below at right, by Leigh Henson's wife, Pat Hartman. Ford Was a Lincoln: Mr. This lot is located at Pulaski Street and is marked with a plaque. This lot is the only known property owned by Abraham Lincoln in his first namesake town.
From: LeRoy Miller [mailto:lmillertekdok yahoo. If so, I find this pretty interesting. As I am sure you know, Matteson, a Democrat, was Lincoln's opponent in the Senatorial election of It was to prevent Matteson's election that Lincoln threw his support to Lyman Trumbull who was elected , sabotaging his own chances.
If this was indeed Governor Matteson, Lincoln obviously did not hold grudges!
Thanks for your very interesting and useful website. I had the pleasure of passing through Lincoln the town a while back and seeing the various sites associated with Lincoln the President , including the plaque on the courthouse square. Miller's perceptive inquiry, which is significant for several reasons: it shows the power of the Internet to expedite insightful communication; it points out the problem that summarizing something in the interest of conciseness can sometimes compromise clarity; and it also points out a fresh example of a well-noted trait of Lincoln's character.
Matteson, governor of Illinois from to Apparently Matteson was a personal friend of Primm. Matteson should have been clearly identified in my summary above. In Lincoln's day, the Illinois legislature elected the state's senators. Matteson as US senator by deferring the full support of him until a later ballot. That later ballot forced Lincoln to direct his people to support another candidate, Trumbull, in order to gain an anti-Nebraska advocate in the senate someone who would oppose the potential spread of slavery.
Don E. Fehrenbacher notes that Lincoln had good reason to begrudge Matteson: "As for Lincoln, although his pleasure at the anti-Nebraska victory was obviously mixed with great personal disappointment, he exhibited less bitterness than some of his partisans. He did not bear a grudge against the five original Trumbull men whose steadfast opposition had contributed so much to his undoing, but placed the primary blame upon 'the secret Matteson men ' within the fusionist ranks.
David Herbert Donald explains "Matteson's double game": Matteson was "a wealthy contractor for public works [who] had said just enough in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act not to offend Douglas but in private had expressed enough opposition to convince many of Douglas's enemies" Lincoln , p. Despite this certain basis for holding a grudge against Matteson in , Lincoln apparently did not do so as suggested by the business process of acquiring the lot in Lincoln, Illinois, just two years after being derailed by Matteson.
In buying Primm's note from Matteson, Lincoln was relieving him from the risk of not being repaid by Primm.
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Lincoln also apparently did not blame Matteson for allegedly directing Primm to impose upon Lincoln for a loan: "Matteson. Thirty days after date I promise to pay A. Lincoln two hundred dollars with interest at ten per annum exchange on New-York value received" Hickey, p. Harts, Jr. Most likely these materials are now in the museum of Lincoln College.
The Lincoln literature well documents his tendency not to hold grudges. Arguably, the most significant example of Lincoln's ability not to hold grudges is that he appointed to his cabinet his Republican rivals for the Presidency Seward, Chase, and Bates , as fully explained in Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Rivals. Lincoln biographers have especially noted that the key appointment of Edward Stanton as Secretary of War exemplifies Lincoln's ability not to let grudges stand in the way of recruiting the best people to his administration.
Stanton had not been a rival for the Presidency, but Stanton's "appointment was a surprising one. In view of Lincoln's well-known unwillingness to cherish grudges, it was not important [to Lincoln] that Stanton was the lawyer who had snubbed him in the McCormick reaper case.
Donald, Lincoln , p. Lincoln and Stanton "established the closest daily working relationship that Lincoln had with any of his cabinet members--the two men, back and forth to each other, conducting this great war" William Lee Miller, Lincoln's Virtues , p. Logan County, Illinois, historian Lawrence Stringer reports an anecdote attributed to "Lewis Rosenthall, deputy sheriff of Logan County and collector of taxes," in which Rosenthall in a conversation with Lincoln disguised his identity as the one who had erected a shed to shelter horses on Lincoln's lot without asking Lincoln's permission.
Lincoln said the person actually using the lot ought to pay taxes on it. Rosenthall said he knew the person would not pay and that he was indeed that person. According to Stringer, Lincoln, amused, paid his taxes as he intended to do Stringer, p. That letter was written by Rosenthall a year and half after the alleged conversation between Lincoln and Rosenthall, and the letter requests permission from Lincoln to use his property for a hay lot without mentioning the alleged previous conversation or shed Hickey, "Abraham Lincoln's Lot in Lincoln, Illinois," p.
On April 18, , Mrs. Lincoln deeded the lot to her son, Robert Todd, who sold it to David H. Harts, Sr. Inheriting this lot, David Harts, Jr. The following accounts of Lincoln's speeches in his first namesake town do not include those he gave in Postville, which are not well documented and thus impossible to date and number.
Lincoln made a speech most triumphantly vindicating the nationality [patriotism] of the supporters of Col. Fremont" Illinois State Journal , 4 September That research, however, has pleasantly led me back to the history of the first Lincoln namesake town. Not all roads lead back to Lincoln, but some certainly do.
As a Lincoln buff and native son of Lincoln, I was pleased to discover information that confirms a previously unverified local legend of a speech Lincoln gave there during the Senate race of just before the Lincoln-Douglas debates. A number of old settlers are positive that Lincoln spoke here quite early that year, but no newspaper notice of same can be found. In the late Lloyd Ostendorf, a renowned Lincoln photo expert and artist, created a drawing of Lincoln speaking at Lincoln in front of the Lincoln House hotel, located across the street from the train station at Broadway and Chicago Streets.
Ostendorf dated that speech July 13, , but cited no source for that date. The man at the far left in the beret is Volk, and next to him is Douglas.
The bearded man standing to the right of Lincoln and holding a piece of paper is Robert Latham, one of the town's three founding fathers. Latham can be identified because he resembles a published photo of him, and he appears the same in other Ostendorf artwork. No source is known to indicate that Latham was present at this time and place. The close-up below shows Ostendorf's documentation. The entry for July 12 placed Lincoln in Chicago, and the entry for July 14 said he returned to Springfield that evening. The route ran through Lincoln's first namesake town.
Yet Ostendorf's undocumented date still puzzled, so I kept looking for more information. The next day Douglas's train continued south toward Springfield with Lincoln onboard. Running for re-election to the Senate, Douglas was conducting an aggressive campaign to defend his leadership in passing the Kansas-Nebraska Act of , which was highly controversial because it allowed for slavery extension in areas previously prohibited by the Missouri Compromise of Douglas was also defending himself against criticism by President Buchanan because Douglas and the President, a fellow Democrat, had conflicting views on how popular sovereignty was being carried out in recent Kansas politics.
Douglas's train from Chicago to Springfield included the booming cannon that became the trademark of Douglas's train travel during the Lincoln-Douglas debates. On July 17 after Douglas's train departed from Bloomington, the first stop was Atlanta, and Douglas spoke there. Then, locals loudly urged Lincoln to speak, but again he declined. My research has located four sources that refer to that stop. A large dinner was served at the Lincoln House, and Douglas spoke afterward.
Those reports neither confirm nor deny Lincoln spoke—curious but not entirely surprising because the trip was all about Douglas, not Lincoln. Yet a fourth source says Lincoln did speak briefly on this occasion.
In this instance he is surely more valuable than the optimist who sits dreamily admiring the daisies. Post hired John B. And where the optimists of his time would fail, he would succeed, envisioning and articulating a durable idea of free society. No source is known to indicate that Latham was present at this time and place. William H. Ohio Standards Connection Writing Applications Benchmark E Write a persuasive piece that states a clear position, includes relevant information and offers compelling in the form of facts and details.
That source is an article that sculptor Leonard Wells Volk — wrote and published in an issue of the Century Magazine, and that article was reprinted in a issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. Volk wrote that he was on the train that took Douglas from Chicago to Springfield with a stop in Bloomington, where Douglas was scheduled to speak on the evening of July Volk said Lincoln was in Bloomington to witness that speech.
Lincoln came out on the plank walk in front, I was formally presented to him. Volk wrote that he asked Lincoln to sit for a bust sometime in Chicago, and Lincoln agreed. The first sitting took place at Chicago in April The marker does not mention any public speaking. I have sent my findings to Dr. Daniel W. Yet the depiction of Lincoln speaking in front of the Lincoln House hotel remains speculative.
The speech might have been given at the train station, in the open area between the station and the hotel, or in front of the courthouse just a block away from the hotel, as was the custom of the day. Rice was a famous clown, animal trainer, and humorist who parodied some of the great speeches in Shakespearean tragedies and who became a friend of Lincoln, visiting him in the White House.
Rice was even nicknamed "the President's court jester. These two other speeches are cited in The Lincoln Log. Volk designed the tomb of Stephen A. That date fell between the debates at Freeport and Jonesboro Stringer says the occasion of the speech in Lincoln, Illinois, was part of a day-long Douglas rally leading up to a "monster demonstration" Stringer's term for Douglas in Springfield, Illinois.
Douglas, of course, would have taken special pleasure in speaking in the namesake town of his Senatorial campaign opponent. I do not know whether Douglas knew that the Lincoln namesake town had played a brief but notable part in the hoopla of the Republican Party's selection of Mr. Lincoln as its "first and only choice" for Senator. Historian Don E. Fehrenbacher mentions that when the Cook County Republican delegates traveled by train to the state convention in Springfield June, , they proudly " emblazoned his [Lincoln's] name on their railroad car, and when the train stopped at the town of Lincoln, they all piled out to give three cheers for their favorite " [bold mine] Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the s , p.
When Douglas traveled to Springfield by train on September 4th, Stringer writes, "Lincoln was also on the train, desiring to hear what Douglas would say and ready to take advantage of any indiscretions in the way of expressions, which Douglas might make, born in the heat of excitement and the adulation of and plaudits of his friends" p.
In describing Abraham Lincoln on the day of Douglas's speech, Stringer relies on an eye-witness account S.