Colorfest Home Tours
P.A.S.T. annual home tours will take place on Oct. 10, 2009 from
10:00a.m. til 5 pm. This year P.A.S.T. will feature three unique
Union County homes for display and three local historical
churches. Ticket for the events will be on sale at the Stinson
Library Flea Market, any of the participating homes, and St.
Anne’s Church. Cost is $10 for all three homes or $5 for each
individual home. Church tours at St. Anne’s, Kornthal and Ebenezer
Church and admission is free.
The home of Jonathan Plemon at 200 West Market St. in
Jonesboro, IL was built in 1922 by Will Lingle. The stone fountain
and pool and the variety of trees on the large yard are typical of
the era. This craftman style home remained in the Lingle family
until 2005 upon the death of Marjorie, the 83 year old daughter of
Will Lingle. Mr. Plemon has totally restored the home to preserve
the original look which features burl walnut woodwork, French
doors, leaded glass windows, ceiling beams and custom built-ins.
Jonathan has also added stunning contemporary updates to complete
Take a few moments to visit historical St. Anne’s Church on Main
Street in Anna where a 20x6 foot Lincoln-Douglas Presidential
Museum display board can be viewed. This is a traveling exhibit
from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in
Springfield. The board explains the Lincoln-Douglas debates in
Jonesboro. Kornthal Church is located on highway 127 south and the
Ebenezer Church is on Ebenezer Church Road in Jonesboro.
One of the most unique homes in southern Illinois is located on
State Forest Road and belongs to Don and Sharon Laster. Renowned
SIU professor and international architect, R. Buckminster Fuller,
whose philosophy of doing more with less holds the patent for
geodesic dome design, was the inspiration for the Laster’s home
built in 1982. Unique features are rooms with no square corners,
wooden ceilings formed by triangular structures, wrap around
porches and decks surrounded by a beautiful outdoor natural
Randy and Angie Cerney’s home on 970 Ebenezer Church Road was
bought by Randy’s grandparents during the Great Depression. They
lived there until the untimely death of Mr. Cerney. Randy and
Angie then bought the home and started renovating and building on
to accommodate their growing family. An interesting aspect of the
home is the kitchen which was moved from a neighboring farm and
attached to the existing structure.
P.A.S.T. July Meeting at
Rustle Hill Winery
Rustle Hill Winery was host to twenty P.A.S.T. board members and
“Friends of the P.A.S.T at the monthly meeting on July 14th. A
short business meeting was followed by a delicious lunch. Everyone
enjoyed viewing the ampitheater, landscaped grounds and winery.
St. Anne’s Church Open for
Historic St. Anne’s Church will now be open for viewing by
individuals or groups the last Saturday of each month now through
November from 10-2. Other appointments may be made by calling
833-9441 or 833-6989. There is no charge for the tour.
Educational Grants Available
Monetary Grants (not to exceed $100) are once again provided to
Union County Educators who wish to encourage student investigation
and appreciation for Union County history and its structures. A
simple application is necessary and is provided on the P.A.S.T.
website. Copies of the projects generated are to be kept in the
archive repository and thus available to other educators. Please
to view and apply.
Saint Anne’s Mothers donation
deadline is September 10th.
Wayside Marker Dedication
Dedication of the Jonesboro Station, Anna Wayside Marker in the
Anna-Jo Garden Club Park in Anna, was held July 16, 2009. Anna and
Donald Rogers from Jonesboro, and Hunter Davie Smithey of Wolf
Lake helped Linda Hileman unveil the new “Looking for Lincoln”
sign. Special guests in attendance at the dedication included
descendents of the Winstead and Anna Davie family and the D.L.
Phillips family who owned the home in Anna where Lincoln stayed.
There were also descendents of John Pelley, an early railroad
employee and executive. PA.S.T. President Linda Hileman,
introduced David Blanchette from the Lincoln Presidential Library
and Museum in Springfield who congratulated the community for its
historical preservation efforts.
Hunter Davie Smithey, a Winstead Davie descendent
tries his hand at doing a rubbing on the locomotive medallion on
the Wayside Marker.