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."

You live in Waconteby?

Today we take a hiatus from the Rev. Mr. Parrish's story of his life in
Southern Illinois in the early 1800s. We will continue his dissertation
next week.

By now you've probably seen a news release about Willard Library's
Midnight Madness, which starts Monday, June 17. This is a week-long
evening workshop which lasts until midnight, and covers special
genealogy topics. It's free, but one must make reservations. Call
1-812-425-4309 or e-mail: [email protected]


A look at our guest book at mid-week showed visitors at the library from
Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.

Some new books which came in this week look interesting: Kentucky Land
Grants 1782-1924 by Jillson, two volumes and Maryland Records-Colonial,
Revolutionary War, County and Church, by Brumbaugh, two volumes.

Does anyone have any history on the early townships of White County?
The 1820 White County census lists people living in Waconteby Township,
Priary Township, Mantua Township and Fox River Township, among others.
When did the names change?

Food for thought: The February 2002 Atlantic Monthly quotes David B.
Barrett, editor of the World Christian Encyclopedia, as saying, "We have
identified 9,900 distinct and separate religions in the world,
increasing by two or three new religions every day."

I have read that early clocks had no hands; they struck on the hour. So
clocks were to be heard?not seen. (It is said the word "clock" comes
from the Latin word "cloca," which means "bell".) I've seen later
clocks, probably a couple of hundred years old, which had just an hour
hand. Minute and second hands are a comparatively "new" innovation. Now
the digital clocks have no hands?so we've completed some kind of circle.
During the early 1800s, the "grandfather" clock was considered a status
symbol by the Pennsylvania German settlers.

Sign at New Life Church in Brownsburg, Ind.: Don't give up; Moses was
once a basket case!

I read it somewhere: UPS maintains its brown delivery trucks so
scrupulously they are washed at least once every other day. The life
span of these trucks is between 20 and 25 years. When they are
permanently taken out of service, they are not traded in--they are

The Genealogy Library is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.

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

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