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Tracing Abe Lincoln’s Springfield, IL, footsteps, Part 3


By Gerri Nielsen

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

WEDNESDAY: Today included a field trip to the New Salem open-air history museum and state park with our own personal guide, Charles Starling, a retired Illinois Historical Preservation Agency Site interpreter. Charlie gave us all the facts we could ever want to know about Lincoln’s New Salem stay. He was particularly adept at explaining early 1800s-style school to us. He turned us teachers all into students and ran us through our paces in the 1-room schoolhouse experience.

Lincoln attended in total only about one year of school, spread out over five years with five different teachers. His mother, Nancy, also taught him quite a lot at home. Public schools were not available, so parents had to pay $2.50 per student, per quarter, and $3 with grammar and geography. In New Salem, Mentor Graham was the school master during Lincoln’s time, and he was strict. He taught students about money (a half-dollar was actually a dollar coin cut in half; a quarter-dollar or 2 bits was a dollar coin cut in 1/4s, down to a 6-cent piece, the smallest denomination). Graham’s school was known as “blab” school, because either the teacher or the students were blabbing all day--there were constant questions and answers being recited loudly. Readin’, writin’, cypherin’, and more subjects were taught in the one-room school house.

The village contained several log cabins, strong split-rail fences, and an amazing relic--an ox-driven mill, one of only five in existence in the world! Visitors see costumed interpreters who are excited to tell them about Lincoln’s time here, including his work in the two village stores.

Back in our Library classroom, Dr. James Cornelius, the Lincoln Curator of the ALPLM, gave his presentation “Lincoln, Slavery, and Emancipation.” In 1837, when Lincoln was serving his second term as state legislator in the first capital city of Vandalia, he and the “Long Nine” (nine legislators all over 6-feet tall) proposed moving the capitol to Springfield. Lincoln also proposed a resolution that slavery is founded on injustice and bad policy. His resolution failed 73-6, but the capitol site moved.

From 1846-1848, Lincoln found plenty of failure in Congress. He was the only Whig from Illinois and couldn’t pass many resolutions. He came back to Springfield and worked hard as a lawyer in the new capitol building.

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Harmony Enterprises, Inc. celebrating 50 years

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

For the past 50 years, the small town of Harmony has been home to a large worldwide business, and many people aren’t even aware of what goes on there. Harmony Enterprises, Inc., known to the local residents as HECO, offers more to the world than c ..... 
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Engagement-Brunsvold - Kaase

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Angi Brunsvold and Joe Kaase, both of Harmony, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Angi is the daughter of Dean and Mavis Brunsvold of Harmony. Joe is the son of Stan and Shirley Kaase of Harmony. Angi is the showroom ..... 
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Tracing Abe Lincoln’s Springfield, IL, footsteps

By Gerri Nielsen

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Remember the saying, “Be nice to nerds--someday you’ll be working for one”? Our 16th President was a nerd--a 6’-4,” book-readin’, rail-splittin’, 6-inches-too-short-trousers-wearin’ doofus. He also was somewhat of a loser--he lost j ..... 
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Ione Barclay

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Frances Ione Barclay was born September 29, 1926, in Miller, South Dakota, daughter of Grace (Dynes) and Arthur Logan Barclay. The family moved to Lime Springs, Iowa in November 1929. Ione graduated from Cresco Public High School in 1944. She worked ..... 
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Ione Barclay

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Frances Ione Barclay was born September 29, 1926, in Miller, South Dakota, daughter of Grace (Dynes) and Arthur Logan Barclay. The family moved to Lime Springs, Iowa in November 1929. Ione graduated from Cresco Public High School in 1944. She worked ..... 
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Ione Barclay

Tue, Jul 24th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Funeral services for Ione Barclay, 85, of Harmony, Minnesota will be Friday, July 27, 11 a.m. at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, Minnesota. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Ione died July 22, 2012 at Evans Memorial ..... 
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Wedding - Cline-Schmidt

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Cline ~ Schmidt Christina Cline and Robert Schmidt, both of Harmony, Minn. were united in marriage on June 23, 2012, in Wykoff, Minn. Parents of the bride are Dave and Paula McBain of Marshfield, Wisc. Parents of the groom are Garry and Becky ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 50 units

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 2, 2012, succeeded in collecting 50 units of blood. There were 53 donors that presented and six first-time participants. Congratulations to these two donors who reached the following milestones: Marilyn D ..... 
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