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   Omega Township, Marion County, Illinois


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        We are looking for photos of people and/or places from around Kinmundy & Alma.  Can you help?

Or maybe you have stories or memories from the "Good Old Days"?  What do YOU remember?

        The Kinmundy Historical Society would be honored to preserve your memories and stories.  We also have the

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   Dolores (Ford) Mobley –

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



            Gladys (Corrie) See –

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



Teachers from  SILOAM SCHOOL – District #87 (Omega twp.)


(1903-04)  F.A. Rogers ($40)


(1916-17)  Loren Middleton


(1919-20)   Ethel Painter


(1930-31)   Jessie Long      

(1931-32)   Jessie Long


(1939-40)  Goldie Beard



(The above information was gathered from "The Kinmundy Express" articles, school photos, County Directories of School Teachers, and information from those who had attended school there.)




    The Siloam School was organized in 1851. The first ten years of Siloam School were held in the little log school house in the southwestern part of the pasture in Section 1927, owned by George Long, an Englishman.

    The log school house was built with a log left out for light. The seats were hewn out of slabs and legs were fastened in with wooden pegs hewn out of small pieces of wood. The first secretary’s book from this church and Sunday school runs from 1865 to 1875 and through the whole 10 years, George Long was the secretary.

    This book is still being kept and is well preserved. All the officers during that period were Rogers, Chapman, Long, Mulvaney, and Bradley. Rev. VanCleve was the District Superintendent. At that time, members were taken into the church, on probation for six months at quarterly conference. Mr. VanCleve asked these questions:

    1) Are there any members who walk disorderly and will not be reproved?

    2) Are there any who willfully neglect the means of grace?

3) Are there any probationers for full membership? The people of the church were responsible for their acceptance in the church. Eight members were accepted and voted into full membership among them Martha Jane Mjulvaney Long, on Sept. 6, 1873.

    A number of preachers went out from Siloam Church: William Mulvaney, Jim Mulvaney, William Bradley, E. Paul Rogers, Luther A. Rogers and J. Grant Rogers (Luther Rogers was an evangelist in Kansas), Uncle Daniel Chapman (A local preacher), and H.M. Long (who served as a minister at Watson, Beecher City and Mt. Carmel.)

    After these years in the school house, these folks decided to build a church on the road west of the George Long home. The main carpenter was John Beck, who died in march 2, 1892. Other men helped with the building and Siloam Sunday School and church was held there for many many years. The walnut lumber was given by Daniel W. Chapman for the pews, etc. Orville Chapman served as Sunday School Superintendent for 12 years. Revivals lasted as long as six weeks and many, many souls were saved. Services were held in the afternoons, as well as, at night. In later years the Southern Methodist Conference ordered the church sold. George Long bid it off and later, as his health was failing, he sold it to Sherrill Vandeveer, the present owner.


Siloam School location - Go north on Iuka-Omega Rd. to Lovell’s Grove Church; East ½ mile; South ½ mile; East ½ mile. 

The school house was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Weyhrich when school was no longer held there. 

The old bell was sold for about $100 at their sale.

                                                                                                                                                                        ("Omega - 1823-1973")





Siloam School; Omega twp., Marion Co., IL; ____________________, teacher – 1913

Back Row: Ula Middleton Beard, Rose Rogers Fulfer, Irmine Dunn, Jessie Long Weyhrich, Chester George Long, Maude Bass Barksdale, Teacher,

Mary Mulvaney, Clark Howe, Ethel Painter Williams, Fairy Laymon Howe

Third Row:  Arthur Long, Bessie Howe Uchitjil, Vera Jackson Barksdale Middleton, Bernice Long Wells, Omah Mulvaney, Neva Long Lungard,

Opal Rogers Branch, Carrie Linder, Opal Mulvaney Luttrell, Gerald Mulvaney, Mildred Chapman Middleton, Basil Mulvaney

Second Row: Velma Rogers Beard, Collins Lindey, Isola Laymon Howe, John Chapman, Madonna Linder, Berthal Middleton, Nonda Rogers,

Easley Chapman, Paul Long, Neil Laymon Olson, Eveline Linder, Eva Laymon Beaver

Front Row: Sylvia Beard Peterson, Ivan Linder, Fay Howe, Archie Mulvaney, Lois Lonnon Alderson, Lena Baker Hays, Nelda Long Hanks, Verada Jay,

Lesta Linder, Everett Long, Sylvia Jay


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