Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2002 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

Heard of this graveyard?

We're back! After a respite in January, the genealogy library is open
again. Librarian Pat Davis worked hard typing on cemeteries all during

SOME PERKS OF THE JOB: Denise Okada of Kaamea, Hawaii was so happy with
some research we did for her she sent us a box of chocolate-covered
macadamia nuts, which we are rationing out to our volunteers.

Pam Dixon found in some of her ancestral records that part of the family
was buried in Toombs Cemetery in Emma Township. Does anyone know of this
cemetery? I've never heard of it. However, there are lots of little
family cemeteries which have disappeared. Would this be one of them?

This is the week we are most prone to think of Abraham Lincoln. There's
a wonderful abundance of Lincoln lore.

One well-documented story which has always fascinated me is the
celebrated dream which Mr. Lincoln had not long before his death. This
dream was so vivid it bore on his mind, and he told several friends and
government officials about it.

In his dream, Mr. Lincoln heard a number of people weeping. He thought
he left his bed and went downstairs, wandering from room to room with no
one to be seen, but sobbing becoming more evident as he went along.
When he came to the East Room of the White House, there was a catafalque
on which rested a casket. Around it soldiers were stationed as guards.
Throngs of people were sobbing. The face of the corpse was covered. Mr.
Lincoln asked the guards, "Who is dead in the White House?" A guard
answered, "The President. He was killed by an assassin."

Was this a case of pre-cognition? Or coincidence? Whatever the origin
of the dream, President Lincoln fully expected it to come true but,
with a fatalistic attitude, went ahead performing his presidential

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