100 Years - The Kinmundy Centennial

                               Kinmundy, Marion Co., Illinois

       

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                       208 Joan Dr.; Divernon, IL  62530; (217) 625-7527

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                                         408 S. Washington St.; Kinmundy, IL 62854; (618) 547-7731

 


 

 

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial News - Feb. 17, 1957 

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial News - March 5, 1957

 

 

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial News - April 2, 1957

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial News - April-May

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial News - May-June

 

 

 


 

 

 

"Tomorrow Marks the 100th birthday of Kinmundy, Illinois, but this centennial board has its sights upon three big days in August for the celebration - August 2-4.

Seated, left to right: Mayor E.E. Jahraus, Miss Luella Parrill, 94, one of the community's oldest citizens; Mrs. Lura Robnett, board secreatary; \

Mrs. Dwight Hanna, funding-raising dinner chairman.

Standing, left to right; Rodney Schooley, Carl Dunlap, Lewis O'Dell, board beards; Mrs. Maxine Robb, Treasurer; Jesse Geroge, member,

and Dr. Dwight Hanna, board president."

 

 

 

Centennial Kick Off Dinner

 

Back: Mrs. Addie Crouse Carroll and Mrs. Dwight Hanna

Front: Rev. A.A. Vance Comer, Mayor E.E. Jahraus, and Miss Luella Parrill

 

 

May E.E. Jahraus, Luella Parrill, and Mrs. Dwight Hanna

 

 

Mrs. Hanna and Mrs. Effie Crain.                                                                                                                            Dr. John W. Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

(CentTB-2)

 

(CentTB-1)  Teenage Centennial Banquet held at the grade school cafeteria on Louisville Rd.

 

(CentTB-3)  Teenage Centennial Banquet held at the grade school cafeteria on Louisville Rd.

 


 

William Doolen and Floyd Garrett

(CentB-2) "Best Mutton Chops" - Bill Doolen (2nd place) and Floyd Garrett (1st place)                                                                                                                           

 

 

Charles Lowe, Charles Lee Ford, Clyde Bassett, Harry Rittenhouse

(CentB-1) Best Mustache or Goatee - Charles Lowe (best mustache), Charles Lee Ford (third best mustache),

                Clyde Bassett (best goatee), Harry Rittenhouse (best mustache and goatee combination)

 

 

(CentB-4) Best untrimmed beards since last March:

                 Carroll Garrett (1st), Virgil See (2nd), Raymond Tipsword  and Wesley Headley (tied for 3rd)

 

 

 

(CentB-3)

 

 

Kenneth Alberson family, Kenneth Wilkinson family, Wayne Robb family

(CentD-26a) Best old fashioned dressed family - Kenneth Alberson family, Kenneth Wilkinson family, Wayne Robb family

 

 

Charles George, Joyce Layne, Dickie Lane, Barbara Wilson, Steve Hanna, Kay Hanna, and Alice and Virginia Chasteen.  At rear are Richard Robb, Janet Pickle,Terry Gordon, Judy Ford, Jan Hanna, Donna Pickle, and Connie Leach

(CentD-16a) "The youngsters have entered into the spirit of the occasion, too, at Kinmundy, and are looking forward to the three-day celebration perhaps

with greater anticipation than the adults.  There will be carnival rides, pony rides, concessions, games and contests for them.  In front are Charles George,

Joyce Layne, Dickie Lane, Barbara Wilson, Steve Hanna, Kay Hanna, and Alice and Virginia Chasteen.  At rear are Richard Robb, Janet Pickle,

Terry Gordon, Judy Ford, Jan Hanna, Donna Pickle, and Connie Leach."

 

 

(CentD-61) Girls eighteen and under costume contest

(L to R) Iris Ford, __________, Terry Gordon, Karen Reese, Fleta Conant, Ella Mulvaney, Karen Lane, Nelda Reese (2nd place winner), Linda Wilkinson,

             Theresa Doolen (1st place winner), Mary Jo Pagano, Sherry Doolen, Connie Leach, Jane Hammer, and Kay Hanna

 

 

(CentD-40) Theresa Doolen (1st prize winner) and Nelda Reese Zinser (2nd prize winner)

 

 

(CentD-20) Boys eighteen and under costume contest

(L to R): Donnie Gordon, Frankie Hammer (1st prize winner), Dwain Ford, Bud Alberson, Mike Gordon (2nd prize winner), Richard Robb, and Larry Mulvaney

 

 

 

CentD-69 Dinner for the women

 

 

Diane (Gray) Hanks, Judi (Gray) Slane, Nelda (Reese) Zinser    Judi (Gray) Slane, Jean Gray, and Nelda (Reese) Zinser

(CentD-23a) Diane (Gray) Hanks, Judi (Gray) Slane, Nelda (Reese) Zinser                         (CentD-24a) Judi (Gray) Slane, Jean Gray, and Diane (Gray) Hanks

 

(CentD-63) Paul Gray & Albert Gray

Mary Reese and Nelda (Reese) Zinser     

(CentD-59) Mary Reese and Nelda (Reese) Zinser                                                          (CentD-70) ?Dr. Franklin's wife? and  Mrs. Fred Grissom

 

 

(CentD-30c)  Front: Nancy Swift, Preacher Everett Thompson's daughter, Linda Wilkinson, Ginny (Johnston) Randolph, Francis Lemay. 

Directly behind him is Adina Lemay (his mother).  Blonde girl behind is Amy Jo (Lemay) Wagner.  Lady to left is Ellen Seift. 

Lady in white hat by umbrella is Ella Thompson ( Donnie and Ivan's mother).

 

 

(CentD-31a) ______________, Lillian Grissom, Ferdie Leach, Lura Robnett, Florence Franklin

 

 

(CentD-32)

 

 

(CentD-55b)     Silver Colonial Tea - The official opening of the Kinmundy Centennial Celebration was held in the American Legion Hall on March 1, 1957.

  Highlight of the program was the group of ladies singing old fashioned songs led by members of P.T.A. Mother's Chorus. 

  (L to R): Lillian Grissom (leader of the group), Florence Franklin, Retha Allen, Millie Bassett, Virginia Greenwood, Lillie Mangner, Goldie Baylis, Maxine Robb,

                Jean Gray, Mary Garrett, Alta Baggot, Ferdy Leach, Alma Ernst, Velma Wilkinson, Kate Keen, Pola Robb, Ann See, and (barely visible) Mary Reese.

 

 

(CentD-11a) Pollie Bagott, Mildred, Brown, Pearl Fischer, Bettie Dennis, Alta Bagott, Maude Holt, Olga Alderson along Madison street

 

 

(CentD-74) Ruby Arnold, Ethel Hanna, Florence (Osborne) Bassett, and (possibly) Elma Jones - March 30, 1957

 

 

 

 

(CentD-52b) Group of ladies on Madison Street

 

 

 

 

Elno Brown, Mrs. Marjorie Green, Mrs. F.O. Grissom, Chester Kline, Mrs. Olga Alderson, Mrs. Sam Lowe, Mrs. Bert Garrett, Mrs. Bessie Diss, Mrs. Mildred Brown, MRs. Dorothy McCulley, and Leland Brasel

(CentD-70a) "A Strawberry festival last Saturday evening brought about 500 customers to the Legion Hall for fresh strawberries, ice cream, and cake,

and about 1,000 people to a street dance following - all for the benefit of Kinmundy's Centennieal, which will be observed Aug. 2-4.  A total of $157 were added

to the centennial fund.  Here are members of the festival committee helping out in the kitchen: Elno Brown, Mrs. Marjorie Green, Mrs. F.O. Grissom, general chairman,

Chester Kline, Mrs. Olga Alderson, Mrs. Sam Lowe, Mrs. Bert Garrett, Mrs. Bessie Diss, Mrs. Mildred Brown, Mrs. Dorothy McCulley, and Leland Brasel."

 

 

Jim Eagan   

(CentD-59) Jim Eagan                                                                           (CentD-53) Ladies in costume

 

   Lura Robnett

(CentD-54) Lady in costume                                                                         (CentD-4) Lura Robnett

 

 

 

 

(CentD-71) Art and Betty Mulvaney with Larry & Ella

 

(CentD-62) Ella & Larry Mulvany

 

Darrel Reese, Eugene Reese

(CentD-56b) Darrel Reese, Eugene Reese, and _______________

 

 

Darrel Reese, and Nelda (Reese) Zinser 

(CentD-2b) Darrel Reese, and Nelda (Reese) Zinser                                                                            (CentD-2) From Elsie Reese

 

 

(CentD-57)  Maxine Robb

 

 

 

                                 Clyde C. Bassett                                                            Lewis J.T. O'Dell.  (He was also Superintendent of Schools for Kinmundy-Alma.)

 

   

                 (CentPgm-1) Kinmundy Centennial Pageant - Page 1                                                           (CentPgm-2) Kinmundy Centennial Pageant - Page 2

 

 

    

             (CentPgm-3) Kinmundy Centennial Pageant - Page 3                                                         (CentPgm-4) Kinmundy Centennial Pageant - Page 4

 

 

 

(CentNews-2)

 

(CentNews-3)

 

(CentNews-4)  Kinmundy High School band, William Pottebaum - director, is playing the sousaphone.

 

(CentP-10)  Madison Street scene - Tremendous crowds were met with the most extreme hot and humid weather of the summer.

                   It lasted through Friday, but the intense weather was broken Saturday by wind and rain.

 

Centennial celebration on Madison (Main) Street (CentP-10b)

 

(CentP-93) The Parade begins!  Deanna and Edgar Stevenson, the Parade Marshalls

 

 

(CentP-94)  Deanna and Edgar Stevenson, the Parade Marshalls

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-7b) American Legion float

 

(CentP-7c) American Legion float

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-5) Baton Twirlers and Horses - Aug. 2, 1957

 

(CentP-83)

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-20) Boy Scout float

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-70) "Kinmundy Fox Meet float - Aug 29, 30, 31 with Clyde Bassett's mules and wagon"

 

 

(CentP-80) "Kinmundy Fox Meet float - Aug 29, 30, 31 with Clyde Bassett's mules and wagon"

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-51c) Christian Church Children's Choir float

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-3) Kinmundy Christian Church Float - First prize in the Kinmundy section of the Centennial Parade went to the children's robed choir of the

                 Christian Church.  The tractor driver is Gene Montgomery.

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-56c) Oldest entry powered with team of oxen - Driver, R.H. Kissich said that the old Conestoga Wagon was built in 1821 by Emanuel Custer,

father of General George Custer of Little Big Horn battle.  The bed is fourteen feet and three inches long with the center being deeper to keep loads

from shifting when going up and down hills.  This entry belonged to the New Salem State Park.

 

 

Fred Gammon, Irene (Livesay) Gammon, Tim Gammon, Fred Gammon

(CentP-22a) Fred & Irene Gammon with sons, Tim and Fred in 1917 Overland car

 

(CentP-87) Fred & Irene Gammon with sons, Tim and Fred in 1917 Overland car

 

 

Carroll Garrett

(CentP-30a) Soon hunter - Carroll Garrett is shown with mule and hound dog.  Carroll also won first place in the full beard untrimmed contest.

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-8) Kinmundy Lions Club float

 

 

(CentP-82) The Dr. Dwight Hanna family driving Kinmundy's second oldest resident, Mrs. Luella Parrill, 94 in a surrey with the fringe on top.

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-4c)  P.T.A. float - P.T.A. was a very active entity in the organization of the Centennial celebration.

 

 

(CentP-95) Parade floats

 

 

Wayne and Maxine Robb family

(CentP-40) Wayne and Maxine Robb and family in horse and carriage

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

   (CentP-58) Family in carriage with horses

 

 

(CentP-84)  Parade Horses and Carriages

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-19b) Royal Neighbors of America Lodge float - Second place in the Kinmundy section was won by this float. 

                    Wes Robb owned the team of horses pulling it.  Seated from left to right:

                     Driver (unknown), Diana Gray, Mrs. Harry Gray, Jr.; _____________, young lad Francis Lemay

                     

 

(CentP-88) Edgewood Methodist Church float

 

 

(CentP-98) Kinmundy Womans Club leads more floats

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-12b) Kinmundy Woman's clubs Parade float

 

Nature's Acres float and the Vandeveer family (CentP-101)

 

Nature's Acres float and the Vandeveer family (CentP-102)

 

 

(CentP-85) Horses and wagons

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-6b) Teenagers float -  This "School Days" float was awarded third place in the Kinmundy section.  It was entered by the active group of teens who

 helped with the Centennial Celebration.  Their efforts started a Teen Center for the centennial and made it possible for the center to continue after the celebration.

(L to R): Bruce Gray (with dunce hat), Patty Olden (teacher), Bud Alberson (in boulder cap), Linda Robb(?) (girl with long hair), Dave White (with cowboy hat),

              Mary Jo Pagano (with long pig tails.)

 

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-7) Teenagers float - "School Days"

 

 

(CentP-97) the Kinmundy Methodist Church float leads other entries

 

 

(CentP-91)  Kinmundy Alma School Band (Photo #1)

 

 

(CentP-92)  Kinmundy Alma School Band (Photo #2)

 

 

(CentP-90)  Trains, Covered Wagons, and Fox Hunters

 

(CentP-86)  An old fashioned funeral - Linton and Sons

 

(CentP-86b)  An old fashioned funeral - Linton and Sons

 

Kinmundy Centennial Parade - 1957

(CentP-40) Queen Float - This float led off the floats for the Kinmundy Centennial Parade.  Those riding were:

 (L to R): Margaret (Bouseman) Olden, sponsored by Royal Neighbors and Rebecca Lodge;

               Ruth (Duke) Ford, sponsored by Kinmundy Lion's Organization;

               Brenda Gray (not visible), sponsored by Kinmundy High School and P.T.A.;

               Harry Michael, driver;

               Carolyn (Alberson) Diss, sponsored by Kinmundy Home Bureau Unit;

               Millie (Bailey) Bassett, sponsored by Kinmundy Woman's Club and Junior Woman's Club;

               Dorothy McCulley, sponsored by Kinmundy American Legion;

               Queen Karen (Jones) Robnett, sponsored by Kinmundy Eastern Star organizaion.

 

 

(CentP-89)  Queen's Court

 

 

(CentQ-12c)  Queen's Court

Bill Jones & Brenda Gray, Dorothy McCulley & (?) Wayne Robb; Charles Bassett & Millie (Bailey) Bassett; "Doc" Hanna;

Karen (Jones) Robnett & Rodney Schooley; Gene Williams & Carolyn Alberson; Harvey Hanna & Ruth (Duke) Ford; Bob Lee & Margaret (Bouseman) Olden

 

 

(CentQ-2b) Queen's Court

 

 

(CentQ-11) Queen's Court                                                                                                                     (CentQ-12) Ruth (Duke) Ford and Harvey Hanna

 

 

  

(CentQ-13) Queen's Court                                                                                          (CentQ-1) Karen (Jones) Robnett

 


(CentT-1)  View of crowd at one of the Centennial events in tent

 


 

Mrs. Lura Robnett

 

(CentA -1)  Antiques on display

 

 


 

 


 

 

Mrs. Luella Parrill

 

 


 

 

 

Mrs. Harriet DeVore

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Dr. and Mrs. Dwight Hanna, and their children, Jan, Steve, and Kay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodney Schooley, Carl Dunlap, Lewis O'Dell, Mrs. Maxine Robb, Jesse George, Dr. Dwight Hanna, E.E. Jahraus, Mrs. Lura Robnett

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Millie Bassett, Carolyn Alberson, Karen Jones, Mrs. Dorothy McCulley, Ruth Duke, and Brenda Gray   (Margaret Olden not present)

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Robb, Charles Bassett, Cliff Olden, George Feather, Mrs. Alecia White, Frosty Jones, Mrs. Pola Robb, and Merle Jackson.

 

Front: Charles George, Joyce Lane, Dickie Lane, Barbara Wilson, Steve Hanna, Kay Hanna, Alice and Virginia Chasteen,

Back: Richard Robb, Janet Pickle, Terry Gordon, Judy Ford, Jan Hanna, Donna Pickle, and Connie Leach.

 

 

Here's a tie worn at the Kinmundy Centennial (donated by the family of Margaret (Warren) Shufeldt)

 

 

"Sister of the Swish (1857-1957)"  from the Centennial

 

 

    

                                  Souvenir glassware from Kinmundy, IL

 

 

Mrs. Kenneth Wilkinson, Mrs. Glen Brasel, and Mrs. Clifton Lemay

 

Mrs. Dwight Hanna, Mrs. Elwyn Ingram, and Mrs. Carolyn Robnett


 

 

 

 

Dr. Dwight Hanna, Karen (Jones) Robnett, and Rodney Schooley

 

        

 

 


 

 

 

Mrs. Huffy Hanna, Mrs. Erma Ingram, Mrs. Maxine Robb, Mrs. Caroline Robnett

 

 

Kenneth Alberson family, Kenneth Wilkinson family, Wayne Robb family

 

 

Nancy Middleton, Mrs. Lela Mae Doolen, Mrs. Nora Olden

 

 

 

William Pottebaum, director

 


 

Barbara Combs, Rhythm Cats of Flora, Karen Lefferson

 

Bill Doolen and Floyd Garrett

 

 

 

Charles Lowe, Charles Lee Ford, Clyde Bassett, Harry Tittenhouse

 

Gene Williams, Taylor Batts, Darrell Reese

 

Carroll Garrett, Virgil See, Raymond Tipsword, Wesley Headley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

  

Carroll Garrett

 

Deanna and Edgar Stevenson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick Clark, P.J. Garich, Carl Robison

 

Mayor F.O. Grissom, Paul Farlow, R.R. "Red" Atkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Orous Leach & Glenn Doolen dressed up for event at the Centennial or Homecoming  

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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