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Links & Things 

Brad Dye's Lincoln Web Site (click on underlined phrase)

Brad offers an impressive combination of brilliant photos and extensive writing.  This writing ranges from autobiographical sketch to creative writing (romance at Lincoln Lakes!).  His photos show downtown Lincoln, Central Junior High School, the remaining half (for now) of our "old, old friend" on Broadway St. (now Lincoln Junior High), Lincoln churches, and Lincoln Lakes.  These photos were taken on a sunny day in the fall of 2000.  Brad, who uses the best equipment, makes a major contribution as a photographer and writer.  You will want to return to Brad's remarkable site time and again to enjoy its ongoing development. 

Other Links Relating to Lincoln, Illinois, and Central Illinois

Official Web site of Lincoln Community High School

Commercial Web site of Lincoln Community High School,4588,518,000.html  

Official City Web Site with Information about
Location, Business, Education, Government, Housing, Recreation, Transportation, Financial Services, and Civic Groups

Online News    Link provided by Judith (Heinzel) Gordon (3-24-01)

Web Sites Concerned with History and Popular Culture

The Clown Band has been a feature of the Illinois State Fair for years and years.  I shot  this picture in the mid 1970s, when I took my children there almost every year for their education of the popular culture. Buildings in the background are show horse barns.
Sam,  the Candy Man, was the Guru of Fudge.  He made it on a marble slab, which became his tombstone.  He happily explained this circumstance to people as they watched him at his craft, and he always offered free samples.

Other suggestions are requested for hometown or Central Illinois Web sites.

Links Relating to our Generation

    Enough time has elapsed for historians to complete a significant body of work on how our parents' generation survived the Depression and won WW II.  Our generation has not been thrust onto the stage of history so dramatically.  For this reason and because we are just now entering "the golden years," historians are just beginning to tell our story.  

    As they do, what will they say?  What will they even call us?  Do you know that some historians include us in our parents' generation, the "Silent Generation" (1930-1945)?  It's not entirely logical that we should be so classified.  Also, we don't exactly belong to the "Baby Boomer" generation because we were not born after the war's end.  Then who are we?  If we are "War Babies" (not the familiar way this word is used), we are rather small in number and perhaps especially difficult to define.  What does it mean to be a "War Baby"?  In what ways are we or are we not a hybrid of the more conspicuous generations that preceded and followed us?

The 1950s

The popular culture (once on this page, scroll to links near two standing ladies):

A hyperlink-rich resource of more "highbrow" cultural and historical subjects: ̃afilreis/50s/home.html

Mr. Paul Million and the Lincoln Theatre Roy Rogers' Riders Club
(compliments of Fred Blanford, LCHS Class of 1959)

        Photos 1, 2, & 3   Photos 4, 5, 6, & 7 (forthcoming)

Other suggestions are requested for links to information about our generation.

Extracurricular Campuses
     The background image of the home page shows the drawing of the "new campus" adapted from inside the cover of the diploma.  The background images of the 1960s photos and guestbook pages show the buildings of the "old campus."  For many of us, informal education occurred at certain "extracurricular campuses"; one of the more respectable is depicted here.  Do you have a picture of another extracurricular campus?  For example, Leonard's?  Dial's?  If so, mail or email it (and your favorite stories about it) so I can publish them. 

Searching for a Pic of Dial's Texaco at Fifth & Union Streets--got any ideas?

An All-Purpose Hangout

     This image, unaltered, is from a full-page ad in the Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Two, Wednesday, August 26, 1953, page 3.  In addition to the coffee shop, the ad refers to the "Fire Side Dining Room" and the "'Cub Room' Cocktail Bar."  I remember that in the entrance hallway across from the door to the coffee shop there was a framed letter signed by Abraham Lincoln.


Something I Could Not Live Without

     With plans to attend Lincoln College in the fall of 1960 as a "commuter," I bought this 1949 Ford (flathead V-8, standard transmission) with $300 I earned working for the Illinois Department of Conservation in the summer of 1960, a job I got thanks to the kindly political influence of Mr. Joe Sapp. To my father, he was a good-old boy mentor and fellow baseball fan. For most of my 1960 summer job, I mowed grass and cut weeds at the Springfield game farm (long since gone), located on the northwest corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds (now the site of the new Department of Conservation Headquarters).  In other summers at the State Fair, I joined Jeff and Bob Fults, Tom Culnan, and others in selling lemonade for Jim McInstry (and there are some good stories to be told there).

      During the State Fair in the summer of 1960, I worked in the Conservation Department exhibit, then housed in the Centennial Building (on the east side of the Fairgrounds).  There, I replaced the fish in the display tanks when they floated to the surface, belly up.  It was a simple, easy job, but I thought the biologists and Department administrators, the latter then the beneficiaries of a political patronage system, had really cushy positions.  These bureaucrats conducted the business of making phone calls to friends setting up golf dates and sitting around in the self-importance of their uniforms.  I was important looking, too, as I moved around in sunglasses with dark frames on which I had painted white pin stripes. 

     Of course, my 1949 Ford enabled me to make many trips to various town and rural extracurricular campuses.  At Lincoln College, I took two semesters of literature with Mrs. Florence Molen, whose teaching fired my interest in English.  In the fall of 1961, I transferred to Illinois State Normal University to major in English, driving the Ford but using it only on weekends and ordinarily needing only $1.00 per week for gas.   

Another Thing of the Past

Source:  Lincoln Evening Courier, Centennial Edition, Section One, Wednesday, August 26, 1953, page 10.




1960 Photos of Classmates, Faculty, & Staff

Mementos, including The Railsplitter 5-60

Reunion Photos

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