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P.A.S.T. Times News August 2009

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 the home.
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 environment.

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 Tours

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 visit www.pastonline.org  to view and apply.

Saint Anne’s Mothers donation deadline is September 10th.

Jonesboro Station, Anna
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.



2009 Events

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