As May comes to close we have been reminded of the power that mother nature holds. As I sit here writing our city crews are out repairing power lines that were damaged in this afternoons storm, numerous people are out cleaning up the aftermath of the strong winds, and some are still scratching their heads trying to figure out where to start.

Last Saturday I spent the afternoon at the Johnson building welcoming a family from the Newton area if my memory serves me correctly. The spent the better part of two hours looking through all 3 museum buildings to see what unusual things could be discovered. I think the highlight for the two young boys with them was the train layout in the depot. They circled it for nearly 45 minutes pointing out things they were finding in it. Can’t forget the daughter that found it terribly funny to give the old train horn a yank and scaring her mother nearly to death. The boys also enjoyed checking out the different eras of military uniforms that we have on display at the Military Museum. It was a joy listening to their father telling them about each one and about members of their family that had served in different branches of the military.

Again this week has just been another round of adding to the school listings. I’ve added information for Brown, Brushy Ridge, Buchanan, Buck Branch, Burge, and Butterfly schools. Take a look at them and travel through time as we continue our journey of the history of schools within Cumberland County. If you have any information about a school that I haven’t shared I’d be happy to include it in the listings. Just send it to kyle@cumberlandcountyhistory.org and I’ll add it in when time allows.


From work life to home life, it sure has been a busy week for me. I haven’t got as much done around the site as I had planned for the week due to work hours, helping a neighbor with tree removal, and of course the kids keeping me on my toes, but somehow I still manage to squeeze in just a few additions to the schools, so stop in and check them out.

I hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, be safe and have fun.


Some times the desk can become quite disorganized and cluttered simply due to the vast amounts of information that must be sorted through and placed where needed. This week has been no exception as I start getting things added to the site. There has been some major updating going on with our newest section being added for the history of schools that have called Cumberland County home. It has been a fascinating journey thus far digging through all the data on some places that I personally never knew existed. I hope you enjoy looking through it as much as I have, stay tuned for more updates as I add more and more information to the site.

This weeks updates and additions

  1. Added the following pages to the school listings: Aleshire, Antioch, Apperson, Baumgartner, Block, CumberlandPioneer, Silver Leaf
    • Started working on Neoga Unit #3
  2. Restructured the cemetery listings to allow for future updates to them in a more organized manner. This change is something that was needed on the backend structure of the site. From a viewers standpoint it will still cosmetically appear the same as it always has.
  3. Added post about the history of the Ettlebrick Shoe Company that was complied by Kay Ettelbruck Ziegler in 2002, daughter of August Ettelbrick.
  4. Added post from scanned article about Lincoln, Needham, Gibbs – 1832
  5. Updated the location & contact page.

Last weeks “From The Desk” post was quick and to the point on what I wanted to say about some changes I was making to the site. Thinking back to it over the past week I realize it was rather vague on what the changes meant. As I said last week I had created a couple new sections of the site with future development planned for them.

From The Desk” is a category I have added to the blog as a means to organize my writings about site development. From time to time I may post some personal interest work in it but for the most part it will contain items such as what you are reading now, updates and information relating to changes made to the site. All postings in this category will be made solely by me. If and when the time comes that others decide they would like to write weekly articles for the site I will create categories for them to assign their writings too. Thus keeping things a bit more organized.

Community Corner” is another category I have added to the blog with the intention of opening our site up for the local community to share stories, photos, events, etc. Submitted items will be reviewed by a member of the site staff before being posted. In the event that a submitted item is rejected, you will receive an email in regards as to why your item was rejected, along with steps you may need to take to have it approved. See below for some general guidelines for submissions:

  • Contact Information is required for all submissions (Your name will be included on the post but contact information will be for our records in the event it is needed)
  • Event listings must include location, time, cost, description of event, a contact name/info for event (this will be posted)
  • submissions must be made via email to cc@cumberlandcountyhistory.org


Special Announcement

Over the past year I have allowed people to register an account on our website as a means to receive updates via email however over the past 2 weeks I have seen an significant increase in malicious login attempts and creation of spam accounts, along with verification that the system was not sending emails out when it was updated as intended. As a result I have made a few drastic changes to the backend system to increase security of the site, while still giving visitors an option to receive updates via email.

  1. User registration has been disabled. All accounts going forward must be approved and manually created by the developer.
  2. All current non-administrative accounts have been deleted from the system.
  3. User accounts will only be created for site moderators, contributors, administrators, and members of the Historical Society.
  4. A new email subscription system has been tested and implemented to allow viewers to subscribe to updates via email.
  5. Commenting has been set to require name and email. The first time you leave a comment, it must be approved by an administrator prior to showing on the site.


From The Desk

It has now been over a year since I took over management of the Cumberland County Historical & Genealogical website. I started my tenure with a complete redesign of the site which started with a new name, an evolution of looks, and the implementation of a content management system. With all the bugs worked out it is time to get this project revved up and expanding. So lets get on with what is currently in the works…..

  1. From The Desk
    • Blog category created as a means to keep viewers updated on what is going on around the website
    • Planned for bi-weekly updating
    • Will include links to the newest articles, updated articles, and future plans
  2. Community Corner
    • Blog category created to feature viewer submitted content
    • Updated as needed
    • Will include stories, photos, news, events, etc from viewer submissions
  3. Cumberland County Schools
    • Created under the “Sections” heading of the main menu
    • Will feature information about schools that once existed within Cumberland County
    • Goal is to add information for 2-3 schools per week until all are added to the site

If you would like to have something featured in the Community Corner it may be submitted via email to cc@cumberlandcountyhistory.org

Questions/Comments regarding CumberlandCountyHistory.org may be submitted via email to kyle@cumberlandcountyhistory.org

News Releases – April 2, 2015 Meeting

What happened at the April 2 Historical Society Meeting? – published in local papers

The Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting began with a visit from Phillip Green. He dropped off the original 1898 charter from the Greenup Chapter of the Improved Order of Red Men. Thanks to Kent Howell for donating the historic charter and to Philip Green for presenting it to CCHGS. Come by the Johnson Building Saturday, Sunday, or any day you see the “OPEN” sign to have a look at the charter and the other IORM paraphernalia that we have.

The other highlight of the evening was a video on How to Clean a Gravestone. It was great for genealogy buffs who like to get out in the graveyards and clear things up. Von and Ruth Blankenbaker demonstrated a simple procedure that doesn’t damage the stone and is capable of revealing a lot of information hidden by the ravages of time. Jerry Brown filmed the steps they suggested to follow. The video can be seen on our facebook page in Jerry’s entry from March 23. Or the DVD can be viewed at the Johnson building.

The regular meeting, conducted by president Kristan Scott, included the usual discussion of building visitation and maintenance. In the past three months, visitors have come to all three museum buildings, the main displays in the buildings have been cleaned as necessary, and Larry Kemper repaired the pipes damaged by the cold weather.

Thanks to Kenny Shook for helping to carry the remaining Christmas decorations from the Johnson Building and Depot across the street to the Military Building for storage.

The memorial stones for Bobbi Goodman and Ina Dillier have arrived and been placed in the park in front of the depot. The flowers are starting to come up; visit the garden soon for a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the spring weather.

Also, CCHGS members made initial plans for participation in Toledo Springfest, Neoga Days, and other activities in Greenup later in the year. Everyone was especially excited that we are planning once again planning to have the Cumberland County Historical Society’s Jeep Run during Toledo Freedom Days. This time we are looking for interesting new sites and routes. Different routes for jeeps and for cars to reach the designated points will ensure that everyone can enjoy part of the day outdoors with history.

The next meeting of the Historical Society will take place at 6:30 on Thursday, May 7 at the Military Museum in Greenup. Remember, current hours for the museums in Greenup are Saturdays 11-3, Sundays 1-3, and by appointment. Call 923-9306 for information or special tours. Check out our website at www.cumberlandcountyhistory.org and our facebook page.

News Releases – March 5, 2015 Meeting

Historical Society Meeting on March 5 – published in local papers

Guests and members of the Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society gathered at the Military Museum in Greenup for the March 5 meeting and for the privilege of hearing two interesting presentations.

At the beginning of the meeting, in a special presentation, Phillip Green, currently a Grand Master at the Greenup Masonic Lodge, gave CCHGS members a presentation about the history and functions of fraternal organizations, some of which started in the late 1800s and have continued until the present day.

The main focus of Green’s talk was the history and current charity work of the Improved Order of Red Men (IORM). He also brought exciting information about the possible donation from Kent Howell of the original charter certificate for the Greenup chapter of the IORM which was found at a yard sale.

The Johnson Building currently has a small collection of pamphlets and other artifacts from Greenup’s Tahoma Tribe #25 and the women’s Pocahontas organization, both parts of the IORM. The Tahoma Tribe met between 1898 and 1933 in the IOOF Hall and other locations around Greenup. Their charter will be a welcome addition.

Mr. Green also emphasized the importance of preserving labeled photographs and talked about his current goal to locate photos, paintings, or drawings of all past and present members of the Greenup Masonic Lodge for display and historical reference.

Next, several items were covered in the business meeting. The minutes and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. The ongoing issues of building repair and maintenance were addressed. Kirstan Scott asked for feedback on the presentation she made to represent the organization. The members made plans to participate in Springfest, Neoga Days, the Jeep Run, and other County activities.

Special thanks this month, go to Jim Grant and to the family of Bobbi Goodman for donations to CCHGS. Also, a big thank you goes to Mark Reese for his help shoveling the walk and stairs of the Museum for the March meeting.

The second program of the evening was Jerry Brown’s presentation of his sister’s findings about a relative on their mother’s side, Eli Gardner. Eli and John Van Dyke went from Cumberland County to California during the gold rush. Though his traveling companions reportedly did not do as well, Eli made a lot of money and had a family there, but the story was not all happy. Jerry and his sister were surprised to learn that Eli’s granddaughter became a killer, infamous as “The Trunk Murderess” – Emma LeDoux, and the first woman to be sentenced to death in California (the sentence was reduced, but she died in prison). Find details about her at http://emmaledoux.com/

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, April 2 at the Military Museum in Greenup. Remember, winter hours for the museums in Greenup are Saturdays 11-3, Sundays 1-3, and by appointment. Call 923-9306 for information or special tours. Check out our website at www.cumberlandcountyhistory.org and our facebook page www.facebook.com/historicalsociety.greenupill

News Releases – February 5, 2015 Meeting

Article for local papers about Feb 5,2015 Meeting

Historical Society Meets
A regular meeting of the Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society was held on February 5 at the Military Museum in Greenup. A little salt on the stairs helped everyone successfully arrive by 6:30. President Kristan Scott called the meeting to order and led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
A moment of silence and a candle that burned throughout the meeting honored long-time member, Bobby Goodman, who passed away on January 27 in Terre Haute.
The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were approved and members were reminded to pay dues and join committees.
CCHGS members decided to continue membership in the National Road Association. Remember, there is more to learn about the national road and some jazzy video about Greenup, Jewett and other cities on the national road at http://www.nationalroad.org
Volunteers reported that visitors came to the Johnson Building and Depot each day they were open.
Kristan Scott contacted school officials with the Cumberland County and Neoga school systems. Some teachers and grade levels are very interested in coming to the museums on field trips in the spring.
This year’s jeep run is once again planned to coincide with Toledo’s Freedom Day activities on June 27th. Creative Journey wants to work with CCHGS once again on the T-shirts. Members were reminded to think of what they would like to visit in the county ¬ and what route(s) will give greater satisfaction to both backroad jeepers and history buffs in cars as well.
A memorial was suggested for Bobby Goodman and for Ina Dillier, a founding member of the Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society. Bobby was a great source of information and an inspiring, entertaining and enthusiastic historian much appreciated at CCHGS. Ina Dillier donated many popular items of interest to the museums, volunteered much of her time, and was responsible for acquiring and planting many of the flowers in the Depot garden. Lottie Shook made a motion that we purchase memorial stones for these two women, and Kyle McCullough seconded it.
According to Bobby Goodman’s family, while Bobby Claire was living in Terre Haute, she continued to organize her research and her collection of historical artifacts and papers. She set aside several boxes for CCHGS and the family has kindly offered to bring them to Greenup soon.
Members were reminded about the Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker exhibit and presentations happening this month at EIU.
The program was a short video Bobby Goodman wanted to make. It featured Bobby reading three fairy tales as she interpreted them, in verse with some unexpected twists and turns.
The next meeting of the Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Military Museum in Greenup.
Remember, winter hours for the museums in Greenup are Saturdays 11-3, Sundays 1-3, and by appointment. Call 923-9306 for information or special tours. Check out our website at www.cumberlandcountyhistory.org and our facebook page www.facebook.com/historicalsociety.greenupill

News Releases – Jan. 8, 2015 meeting

Meeting Notes for Local Papers: January 8, 2015
Secretary: Martha Compton

Historical Society Meets

The Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society met on January 8, 2015 at 6:30. The Military Museum in Greenup had warmed up nicely for the hardy folk, who came out in windy 20 degree weather for the first general meeting of the year.
President Kristin Scott called the meeting to order and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.
The meeting began with the reading of secretary’s and treasurer’s reports.
Linda Matherly reported on the Johnson Building. Linda is working Saturdays only for the winter and has had visitors on each day she has had the buildings open. Among the calls she received, one person planning a vacation called from New Hampshire. Others called with genealogical questions and to express interest in donating artifacts and display items. Linda also reported that she was unable to purchase the display case previously approved because it was no longer available.
Reporting on the Military Museum, Lottie Shook noted that some basement repairs were still not completed.
Lottie and others went on with comments that the House Walk in December was fairly well attended. The three museums welcomed around 30 participants. People often visited all three buildings and spent time at the special photography exhibit in the Johnson Building.
Several members checked the windows after the New Year’s vandalism. Fortunately, the museums were not damaged.
Christmas decorations in the three buildings were taken down, mostly on the day of the meeting by Tammy Beck.
For new business, there was a discussion of ways to encourage further interest in the museums and membership in CCHGS.
Kristan Scott’s idea was to contact the schools to find out which of their classes would enjoy and benefit from a field trip to the museums. Kathy Scott suggested that we could possibly come up with materials for different age groups that would spark interest in the young visitors. Once again mentioned were materials for teachers and possible tours for them. We could reacquaint them with what the museums have to offer and get their ideas to help create interest for their students.
Another idea was to have more frequent CCGHS field trips to local attractions and possibly trips to places like Lincoln Log Cabin or other state historical sites. There was also interest in matching up with Coles County Historical Society, attending some of their functions or inviting them to join ours. Linda Matherly also reintroduced the idea of having some meetings in the other cities in the county to emphasize our county-wide interest.
The members discussed some possible partnering with cities and businesses in the county, creating organization memberships for them, and representing CCGHS by joining more city and or county activities . The final new business was a plan to get started on making the next Jeep Rally of exciting for both jeepers and history buffs.
The meeting was adjourned with a motion by Linda Matherly and a second by Elsie Short.
As the group enjoyed refreshments, Martha Compton presented a short program featuring some January-related Illinois historical figures from This Day in Illinois History by J. Ruetsche. Have you heard of these Illinois natives? McHenry county farmer, Fred Hatch, is credited with inventing the vertical silo. World famous Illinois poet, Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. In 1924, Bloomington native, Florence Fifer Bohrer, was the first woman elected to the state senate; working for the rights of women, children, the sick, and the poor, she helped make Illinois a better place to live.
The next meeting of the Cumberland County Historical society will be February 6 at 6:30 at the Military Museum in Greenup.
For now, visit the museums during winter hours Saturdays 11-3 and Sundays 1-3. Call 923-9306 for information or special tours. Check out our website at www.cumberlandcountyhistory.org and our facebook page www.facebook.com/historicalsociety.greenupill

News Releases – Dec. 2014

The Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society met in the Military Museum December 4, 2014 for their annual Christmas dinner. We all enjoyed the soup supper and many sumptuous desserts.

The meeting was called to order by President Kristan Scott and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

The secretary report was approved by a motion by Kyle McCullough and seconded by Lottie Shook.

The treasurer report was approved by a motion by Elsie Short and seconded by Kyle McCullough.

Reporting on the Johnson building and the Depot, Linda Matherly told us there were three donations recently. The uniform and memorabilia of Jeffrey Carrell and several books on the subject of World War II. The third is an entire tote of old sheet music from Joanne Easton. These will be available for viewing soon.

We also had visitors from New Zealand this month.

Jerry Brown reported that Jim Winnett of Casey has donated several cassette tapes he had recorded from the early 1970’s. One is a recording of a CCH&GS meeting. Several were recordings of Jim reading 1890 newspapers to preserve them. These will be digitized by Jerry and be available at the Museum soon.

We discussed the Christmas house walk to be held December 7 and arrangements were made to man the 3 buildings.

The Photo show is being set up in the Johnson building. There are over 50 photos on display for viewing.

Linda Matherly reported that a display case was advertised and asked about purchasing it. Kyle McCullough made a motion with Lottie Shook seconding. The vote was taken and the purchase was approved. Linda will make the arrangements.

The Christmas trees have been decorated in all the buildings. A big thank you goes out to Tammy Beck , Lottie Shook, Kristan Scott and Linda Matherly.

The election was held and the results were: Kristan Scott, President, Lottie Shook, Vice President, Martha Compton, Secretary, Linda Matherly, Treasurer. These new officers were installed by Elsie Short.

The meeting was adjourned by motion by Kyle McCullough and seconded by Louise Oakley.

Those attending were: Kristan Scott, Kathy Scott, Elsie Short, Louise Oakley, Lottie Shook, Kyle McCu llough Dixie Howard, Jerry Brown, Tip Carlen, John Thomas, Martha Compton, Linda Matherly.