Wednesday, October 18, 2017
PLANNING MEETING FOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL OF THE WRECK OF THE STEAMER COLUMBIA IS HELD AT THE TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM
Members of the 100th Memorial of the Steamer Columbia meet Tuesday afternoon at the Tazewell County Museum. From left to right are Katy Shackelford, Jeff Brooks, Christal Dagit, Sue Beeney, and Gary Gillis
Photo and Story by Ed Emmons (TCM)
Next year will represent the 100th remembrance of the wreck of the Steamship Columbia which hit a stump and sank just off shore near Creve Coeur. The Steamer was carrying over 500 men, women, and children, killing 87. Of those 57 were from Pekin. Next July 5, 2018 will mark the anniversary or remembrance of the tragedy. A group has formed from various business backgrounds to work on a ceremony marking the tragedy near the river front.
Steamship Columbia after it sank July 5, 1918
Saturday, July 1, 2017
TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM HOLDS CEREMONY TODAY MARKING THE 99TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STEAMER COLUMBIA SINKING
Story and Photos by Ed Emmons
The Tazewell County Museum and the community paid tribute today to the 87 people killed when the Steamer Columbia hit a stump and sank just offshore near Creve Coeur 99 years ago.
The Pekin South Side Social Club sponsored an Illinois River excursion heading form Kingston Mines to just north of Peoria.
The Steamer carrying over 500 men, women, and children hit a tree stump around 7:30 pm on July 5, 1918 and sank. Of the 87 killed, 57 were from Pekin. The last known survivor from Pekin Lucille AdCock passed away at the age of 106 in 2006. Her two daughters, Pat Lohmann, and Beverly Bauman still survive.
Left: Ken Zurski author of a book about the Columbia disaster, ( THE WRECK OF THE COLUMBIA ) was guest speaker. Ken is also the Author of (PEORIA STORIES), a book about when President Teddy Roosevelt visited Peoria in 1910. His book may be bought online for $16.95.
Right: Ginsey Campbell played special music for the event, playing Amazing Grace and Hail Columbia.
Right:Reading of the Victims was done by great grand-daughter of Lucille AdCock Lucille Bruder Adcock, and below, Bryan Soady.
Pekin Firefighters Local 524 International Association of Firefighters were also represented.
Lucille AdCocks daughters Beverly Bowman and Pat Lohmann lay flowers by the marker of the Columbia by the River.
Steamer Columbia wreckage in 1918
Author Ken Zurski signs his book for Carol McCabe
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Hopedale Medical Complex COO Mark Rossi (left) and Sculpture designer Morgan Elser (right) unveil the new Major Reid Nannen Sculpture and Memorial this afternoon in Hopedale.
As the day heated up and the clouds came and went, hundreds of Veterans and audience members came out today to honor Major Reid Nannen with the unveiling of the new Sculpture of Nannen and Veterans Memorial. The Sculpture was done by local artist Morgan Elser. Morgan also Sculptured the Scott Altman Bust, which currently sits in the Scott Altman Grade School in Pekin which honors him.
Major Reid Nannen was killed Sunday, March 1, 2014, while training at TOPGUN, in Fallon Nevada. Reid was just 32 years old. Major Nannen leaves behind his wife, Sarah, 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Captain Altman was the keynote speaker at today's event, coming in from Washington D.C. Altman from Pekin, flew 4 shuttle missions, and was a pilot in the United States Navy, retiring in 2010. He is currently living in D.C. working in the private sector.
ALL PHOTOS BY ED EMMONS
Right: Captain Altman talks with Reid Nannen's parents Dale and Mary Ann Nannen before today's dedication. There are 6 marble stones with the names of each Veteran from the Hopedale area, ranging from the Civil War to those currently serving. Each stone weighs 3,000 pounds.
Delavan native Morgan Elser told me that Sculpture is 8 ft high, and that the project with herself and COO Mark Rossi just throwing ideas around for a memorial. The project started in October 2015.
Posing with the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen from left to right. Captain Scott Altman, Dale Nannen, Sculpture artist Morgan Elswer, and Mary Ann Nannen.
Among the hundreds of Veterans in attendance today were Leonard Kruseman, 87, and Wayne Peterson who served in WW2.
Right: World War 2 veteran Wayne Peterson is wheeled past the memorial in search of his name and those he served with.
Top Right: WW2 Veteran Wayne Peterson is wheeled past the Memorial in search of his name on the stones. Mr. Peterson told me that he thought the memorial ( was great ).
Hopedale Medical Complex COO Mark Rossi
Members of the Armed Services get ready to hoist the American Flag
The U.S. Flag is hoisted by the United States Military
Audience members stand as the Flag is hoisted up
Captain Scott Altman gives the Keynote address as the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen looms in the background.
Military Flags wave as the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen stands at the newly dedicated Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial.
A sister of Major Reid Nannen speaks at today's dedicated of her brothers memorial.
Flags of Freedom wave at today's dedication
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Left: Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian poses with Abraham Lincoln Artifacts at the Tazewell County Museum Thursday evening.
Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian and the Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at the Abrahan Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. was the Guest Speaker Thursday evening at the Museum's Annual Dinner Meeting at Avanti's in Pekin. His talk was entitled "Why Public History Matters."
Dr. Wheeler is the tenth State Historian in Illinois History. He specializes in the history of Illinois, the Civil War Era, and the Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
In addition to being an award-winning university instructor, he has devoted much of his professional career to the field of Public History assisting Museums, historic sites, documenting editing projects, historical societies, Libraries, and archives their missions effectively and efficiently.
He regularly speaks to diverse audiences across the country, writes for scholarly journals and popular magazines, and offers commentary to newspaper, radio, and television outlets.
As the Illinois State Historian, Dr. Wheeler serves as the Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois and is the historian of record for the state's 56 historic sites.