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Near the main entry to the hospital is this simple declaration, “Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital erected in the year of our Lord 1952.” However, the story behind those words is one of great triumph over the most tragic experience that Effingham County has ever suffered.

The demolition of Effingham’s Police Department building in order to clear the way for a new police station in Effingham caused many people to reflect on personal memories of the building and the history of Kroger Company in Effingham.

World War II. The women of Effingham County were there. Some served in the military. Some worked in defense plants. Some planted Victory Gardens even as they watched their sons go to war. No matter what they did, they knew the importance of pulling together for the sake of our country. I’m g…

What was life like for the typical Effingham County resident in the early 20th Century? How was daily life different from today’s experiences? Those are questions which many people wonder about when studying their personal family history. What are the sources of the needed information?

The latter part of the 19th century witnessed great change in Effingham County’s seat of government as it changed from the simple Pre-Civil War village to an up-and-coming commercial center in the middle of the United States. Fortunately, people from the time period of 1866-1930 often left d…

As over 1,500 conventioneers with their spouses gathered in Effingham for the 15th annual meeting of the Federation of German Catholic Societies of Illinois in mid-May of 1907, the large banner high above Effingham’s Jefferson Avenue boldly proclaimed “Willkommen Delegaten.” The event was an…

If Americans are asked to list items which are the mental images and physical representations of freedom, one item which most people can easily think of is the beloved and historic Liberty Bell.

In April of 1861, two political leaders issued calls for help from citizens: First, President Lincoln issued his call: “WHEREAS, The laws of the United States have been and are opposed in several states by combinations too powerful to be suppressed in the ordinary way, I therefore call for t…

“At midnight we started for Teutopolis, where we have a branch house. Bishop Juncker, whom I had met at Munich, had persistently urged its foundation. We rode in the railroad cars till five in the evening and then a two hours’ journey in a rattling cart over a non-descript road was yet befor…

The Springfield Ladies’ Soldiers’ Aid Society recently dressed in Civil War-era clothing and re-enacted a historical “sanitary fair” at the Shelbyville Senior Center, including original pieces and reproductions of quilts, toys, jewelry and embroidered handkerchiefs of the time period.

There is a strong military tradition in Effingham County. The numerous veterans memorials throughout the area and the large collection of military artifacts in the Effingham County Museum attest to that fact. That tradition goes back to the days when the county was in its infancy, going back…

When people think about Abraham Lincoln, much of the focus is on the incredibly great things he did, things like keeping the Union together and emancipating the slaves in the Confederate States. Some will remember him for his great oratory, such as the two inaugural addresses, or the Gettysb…

There were two basic factors that had an impact on the development of Effingham County: The path of the National Road and the construction of railroads through the county, according to the book “History of Effingham County, Illinois,” edited by William Henry Perrin, published in 1883.

Effingham County is rich in history. However, some history was lost in a fire at the courthouse in 1868, according to “History of Effingham County, Illinois,” edited by William Henry Perrin, published in 1883. The book mentioned legal papers and documentation were lost due to the fire.

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Shelbyville resident Charla Fischbach has a special connection to Effingham County. She is the descendant of the first white man to settle in the county, Griffin Tipsword.

Documented in the 1883 publication “History of Effingham County, Illinois,” Griffin Tipsword came to Effingham County in either 1814 or 1815 taking up residence with the Kickapoo Indians. The Kickapoo established a community in the area comprised of parts of what is now known as Fayette, Eff…

Trains brought Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Illinois, transported southern blacks escaping Jim Crow laws to Chicago, and now carry a labor force of thousands between the suburbs and downtown Chicago daily.

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David Andrews Sr. 86, of Jewett, IL passed away at 10:00 AM on September 13, 2019 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. Memorial services will be at a later date. The Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup is assisting the family. David was born on July 2, 1933 in Tyler, TX the son …