Friday, June 26, 2015

DR. MANIVALD HARM OF MACKINAW HONORED AT MACK-CA-FEST BY THE MACKINAW AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Photos by TCM Ed Emmons

Left: Dr. Manivald Harm and family


Dr. Manivald Harm was honored at this years Mack-Ca-Fest in Mackinaw by the Mackinaw Area Historical Society with a plaque being presented by President Karan Parmele.

Dr. Harm's three sons also attended the interview and presentation. Mike if from the Boston area, Tom is from Minnesota, and Eric is from Florida.

Dr. Harm came from Estonia with his wife Melosina and eldest son Mike, and moved to Mackinaw in 1955.

Dr. Harm was honored with the plaque for his outstanding and dedicated service to the Village of Mackinaw, and surrounding communities.

Right: President of the Mackinaw Area Historical Society Karan Parmele presents a plaque to 94 year old Dr. Manivald Harm at this years Mack-Ca-Fest in Mackinaw Illinois.







Left: Plaque presented to Dr. Manivald Harm.

During his time in Mackinaw and surrounding communities, Dr. Harm delivered many babies, many of whom attended the presentation.

Dr. Harm is still lives in the Mackinaw area still living on his 7 acre home site and is active with the Mackinaw Lions Club, and American Legion, and Young at Heart.


Also included in the festivities was a portrayal of Dr. William O. Powell, by Bruce Walcott. The portrayal told of his background and coming to Mackinaw in the late 1800's. He purchased a drugstore. Dr. Powell was known to be one of the best surgeons in Central Illinois. He was an artist in both China and oil painting and took pride in making and having talents in both theater and was a fine vocalist.


Right: Bruce Walcott portrays Dr. William O. Powell during Mack-Ca-Fest farm days, presented by the Mackinaw Area Historical Society.

He was also well known for his participation in the "Mackinaw Fairs". He was President of the Electric Light Co. Dr. Powell was also the physician for both the Vandalia and Big Four Railroads. He died of a heart attack on January 23, 1906 while on a hunting trip.



Left: Dr. Harm and his sons ride in the Mack-Ca-Fest Parade.

The afternoon started with a question andinterview of Dr. Harm from Dr. Powell (Portrayed by Bruce Walcott).

Right: Dr. Manivald Harm (right), answers question put to him by Dr. Powell, (portrayed by Bruce Walcott)



Left: Crowds watch as the two Dr.'s talk in the uptown park in Mackinaw during Mack-Ca-Fest.






























 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MACKINAW AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPONSORING A PROGRAM AT MACK-CA- FEST THIS YEAR

Left: Karan Parmele of the Mackinaw Area Historical Society displays items at Veterans Park in June of 2014 as part of Mack-Ca-Fest


Story by TCM

Its time for MACK-CA-FEST once again! The 36th  annual Mack-Ca-Fest farm days festival is going to run this weekend in Mackinaw IL.

In conjunction with Mack-Ca-Fest, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society will be sponsoring a program June 20 at 2 p.m. in the uptown park immediately following the Mack-Ca-Fest Parade. Two doctors will be highlighted with special recognition given to Dr. Manivald Harm who gave 34 years service to Mackinaw and the surrounding towns.

The Mack-Ca-Fest celebration features entertainment, parade, flea market, and many other events. Please bring your own lawn chairs if possible.

 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

MUSEUM PRESENTS CHECK TO THE PEKIN PARK DEPOT FOUNDATION

Story and Photo by TCM


Left to Right: Cameron Bettin, Executive Director of the Pekin Park District, Christal Dagit, President of the Tazewell County Museum and Kenny Crawford who is on the  Board of Directors.

A check was presented today to the Pekin Park Foundation from the Tazewell County Museum. Presenting the check were President Christal Dagit, (Board of Directors) Kenny Crawford, and (Board of Directors) Ed Emmons, who took this photo.

The money raised for this venture was gained through fundraising efforts, and Mary Ann Milam from her "Joey" Books for children. Our heart felt thanks to Mary Ann. This will be used by the Park to further the restoration of the Pekin Depot.