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 ©2001 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

Have a photo of Fleck School you'd share?

The weather is getting about right for our volunteers to go to the
cemeteries and start reading monuments again. Remember, we have plenty
of cemeteries that no one has offered to read. More about this later.


Does anyone have a picture of the Fleck School building? Louis H. Fleck
(5400 Korressel Road, Evansville, IN 47720) visited us last week looking
for such a picture. His son, a school administrator in Evansville,
wants a picture of Fleck School to hang in his office.


Nita Anderson of Weatherford, Texas (a Marlin descendant) is planning
another genealogical jaunt to Scotland in May. She planned to visit the
ancestral farm, but with the hoof-and-mouth disease over there, she
believes she'll have to cancel that part of her trip. She writes, "I
understand that Tron Kirk in Edinburg was built over Marlin Wynd, a
street named for a French Huguenot, and I intend to visit and claim it
for myself and other Marlins. The Kirk is also known for a prayer
offered up by the minister in 1693: 'Lord, have mercy on aa (every) fool
and idiot, and particularly on the Magistrates of Edinburgh.' I intend
to say 'Amen.'"


Last week I mentioned how the local paper was delivered one week in 1928
by air mail. I wondered how long that continued, but reading the
following week's paper disclosed this took place only once. The weather
was balmy, the delivery ran ahead of schedule, and large crowds turned
out in each burg to witness the mail's arrival. The newspaper office
received many congratulatory messages. However, the account said,
"Doubtless, the time has not come for such an effort to be regularly
made, but consider this example and let your head do some thinking." So
this air mail delivery of The Democrat must have been a one-time thing.


It has been a hobby of mine to collect pithy sayings and bits of
philosophy. Carmi's Western Auto store ads in The Times have had some
good ones recently. One I especially liked: "Never be afraid to try
something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built
the Titanic!"


Just realized last week: For my entire life I've been spelling
"Culpeper" (as in Culpeper County, Va.) incorrectly. I've been putting
two p's in Culpeper.


The Genealogy Library is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 2.
Librarian Pat Davis has been working hard to organize boxes of
information we've been too busy to attack before and to get the wealth
of material which we have in more usable order. Come visit.

Address letters to Genealogy, White County Historical Society, PO Box
121, Carmi, IL 62821.

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