100 Years - The Kinmundy Centennial
Kinmundy, Marion Co., Illinois
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Dolores (Ford) Mobley – Dolores@ford-mobley.com
208 Joan Dr.; Divernon, IL 62530; (217) 625-7527
Gladys (Corrie) See – firstname.lastname@example.org
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-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.
(CentB-2) "Best Mutton Chops" - Bill Doolen (2nd place) and Floyd Garrett (1st place)
(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)
(CentD-26a) Best old fashioned dressed family - Kenneth Alberson family, Kenneth Wilkinson family, Wayne Robb family
(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
(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
(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-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
(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."
(CentD-59) Jim Eagan (CentD-53) Ladies in costume
(CentD-54) Lady in costume (CentD-4) Lura Robnett
(CentD-71) Art and Betty Mulvaney with Larry & Ella
(CentD-62) Ella & Larry Mulvany
(CentD-56b) Darrel Reese, Eugene Reese, and _______________
(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-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
(CentP-7b) American Legion float
(CentP-7c) American Legion float
(CentP-5) Baton Twirlers and Horses - Aug. 2, 1957
(CentP-20) Boy Scout float
(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"
(CentP-51c) Christian Church Children's Choir float
(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.
(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.
(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
(CentP-30a) Soon hunter - Carroll Garrett is shown with mule and hound dog. Carroll also won first place in the full beard untrimmed contest.
(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.
(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
(CentP-40) Wayne and Maxine Robb and family in horse and carriage
(CentP-58) Family in carriage with horses
(CentP-84) Parade Horses and Carriages
(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
(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
(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.)
(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
(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
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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