November 14, 2017

lelia Place A great lady gets her Angel wings

Lelia (Whisenand) Place

October 8, 1918 - November 11, 2017

Lelia (Whisenand) Place, 99, of Compton, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Lelia was born October 8, 1918 in Brooklyn, Missouri, the daughter of Henry and Pearl (Helms) Whisenand. She graduated from Dixon High School in 1937. She married Charles Place May 20, 1938 in Dixon, IL.
Lelia grew up during the Depression and learned a sense of hard-work early on. To her younger siblings, she was a motherly figure. After her marriage to Charles, she became his partner in farming. She tended to the garden, raised her own livestock, drove the tractor, and did just about anything else the farm required. She and her husband enjoyed attending farm sales together as well as traveling, having taken many trips through the years.
After Charles’ death, she worked at Clayton’s Floral in Dixon for many years. Lelia was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Dixon but also attended the Paw Paw United Methodist Church and Reynolds Methodist Church in Ashton. She was also a member of the Lee County Home Extension as well as the Hobby Club, which would meet at the homes of the members. Lelia volunteered at the Shabbona Nursing Home in the crafts and activities department. She was very community minded, volunteering her time and skills (baking and cooking) to benefit others. She enjoyed painting and crafting. She had a vast collection of rocks, minerals, agates, and even seashells. This was a testament to her love of nature and ability to find beauty wherever she went. Lelia always made time for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took pride in passing on the skills she had learned to them.
Lelia is survived by her children, Norma Davis of Mt. Horeb, WI and Nancy (Richard) Eggers of Paw Paw, IL; nine grandchildren, Holly Feuling of Platteville, WI, Heather Hansen of Madison, WI, Kristine Meadows of St. Charles, IL, Michelle (John) Hilleson of Lee, IL, Kevin (Michelle) Eggers of Indianapolis, IN, Jason Eggers of Glen Ellyn, IL, Sue (Robert) Bertenshaw of Puyallup, WA, Anthony (Theresa) Eggers of Grimes, IA, and Justin (Rachel) Eggers of Hinckley, IL; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence (Donna) Whisenand of Atlanta, GA and Ralph Whisenand of Amboy, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Lelia is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; a grandson, Jason Davis; and five siblings, Raymond Whisenand, Henry Whisenand Jr., Eloise Radke, Jewel Wakely, and Robert Whisenand.
Visitation for Lelia will be from 3-7 P.M. Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Torman Funeral Home, 510 Flagg St. in Paw Paw.
A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, November 20, 2017 at Reynolds United Methodist Church, 2496 Reynolds Rd, in Ashton, IL with Pastor Seamus Enright officiating. Additional visitation will be from 10-11 A.M. at the church. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
Contributions in Lelia’s memory may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.

November 11, 2017

Aunt Leona's birthday surprise.

All Aboard the "Happy Birthday Train!"
A beautiful memory of our Aunt Leona


October 22, 2017

(175 years ) October 18th 2017 Meeting


(175 years ) October 18th 2017 Meeting

Cindy Boyenga, Sharon Brown, Nancy Lohse, Sandy Wittenauer, Pat Summers, Larry Mary WagnerCater, Edie Cater and Mary Wagner present

Reviewed minutes of last meeting and that of council regarding the anniversary celebration July 15, 2018

Subcommittee reports

1) Confirmed that Rock River Barbershop Singers agree to one hour performance after meal, and will sing inside the church sanctuary for one hour. Charge of 200.00 .

2)Discussed rental options/ costs for tents, chairs and tables. Also questioned if funding was availble to the committee to pay for them . Cindy will notify Moderator Kurt Kemmerer plus , Marilyn Kemmerer and Kathy Prestegaard regarding funds available.. Possible places to obtain chairs and tables discussed but in leau of age of our members and work involved lifting and setting up 20 by 40 ft tent , 10 tables and chairs for 100 people . Safety precautions are a big consideration. It was decided to rent them from Grummerts 1112 1st avenue ROCK FALLS il 61071 . As the company needs to know asap to reserve
date, we decided that Mary call and confirm July 15th . They will do all set up and take down. We are to send them a security deposit of $50.00 by January to hold the date. Cindy will notify church treasurer of this and projected costs so far. Mary suggested we use table we have available for serving food from. a 20 by 40 ft tent is $250 + $100 travel. Chair are 0.85 each times 100 anticipated to be needed . Extras would have to come from our basement. 

3) We discussed hiring a catering service to assist with the meal. We will ask Donna Lessman Catering . She will be providing sandwiches, cheesecakes and such and we plan to ask members of our church to provide salads and deserts. Further details pending on meal planning. Caterer has been booked for July 15th . Cost being determined yet.

Edie and Larry Cater have offered to get a small 175th anniversary cake.

4) Regarding church historical books and registry, Mary showed a booklet she had that would be a quality booklet featuring historical photos along with present church registry family photos. She has spoken to Angie and Callie Shrimplin, who expressed interest in taking these photos. Mary suggested a fee of 10.00 each . A time best take them would be in January during our chili supper. These photos would be included in the church registry given in July. The ten dollars could help defray the cost of photo taking and printing the book . Mary searching historical information of the church and photos that can be used in the book.

Annex display
In discussing the historical display we ask all to bring what memorabilia they have to offer. we will set up displays in church annex and the pastors study. It was suggested we use a dress form for displaying Shirley Caters wedding dress and use that area of bridal display in the study with photos of brides, marriaGE certificates, ect. (also use the railing that is stored away in the belfry as part of the bridal display, along with tooling and mini lights.. ) this room could also feature baptism and confirmation photos and info. We will request te church save frames for using in the displaying of photos in the annex, painting them all same color. (Cindy is thinking of starting a "175th Needs list" for photo frames, and other things that come up ) Requesting three hole punches which 3-4 persons say they have in order to assemble cook books prior to May 30th -.

Pastor can set up power point display in annex as well possibly on exisiting plant area facing head of stairs wall?

Decided due to cost and lateness of the year a calendar would not be doable. Donna well,an has offered to provide list of birthdays and anniversaries that she has, to use as insert into our regular calendars Decided commemorative no cups or plates due to lack of funds and interest plus would would need order quite a few. We will compile list of birthdays and anniversaries to be inserts to church calendars if they have them .

Announcements and Invitations
Cindy working on invitation bulletin inserts for area churches to announce./place on BB . We will print off special invitations for known addresses of previous living pastiors and Prairie Assn leadership persons. Also will be creating a bulletin announcement for pastor to include in special letter for the Prairie Association newsletter

Special Commemorative Service
Pastor will plan commemorative serve and recognize previous pastors and moderators. Amy Schnell Gibe and family will provide special music for the service and maybe a trio of church ladies.

Sharon Schnell and Kathy Haenitsch will be making a commemorative 175th church banner.

Pastor will write a special letter of invitation to Prairie Assn leadership and letter to be distributed to newletter for other churches to see. Cindy will print out flyers to be bulletin inserts, be mailed to our area churches, and special invitations.

A suggestion that we invite Mike Jahn to do a historical presentation about Lee center one sunday afternoon in the New Year.

Cindy will provide pastor of list of previous pastors and moderators that we have info available Pastor will contact Prairie Asn regarding any info they have on previous pastors.

Cook Books "Lee Center Cooks~Then & Now"
Cindy Boyenga collecting several recipes of our ancestors and recent favorites of our church members. We will print and assemble the cook book ourselves. She hopes people will include notations of their memories along with these recipes, when applicable. .

Also Donna Wellman has offered to help address and send out invitations to those we list for her to do.

Next meeting Wed ~Novemeber 15 at 6:30 pm Pastors Study

October 7, 2017


There comes a time in our lives we meet some pretty special people, and I for one, was blessed to become lasting friends with each of the dear KSB Hospital Nurse graduates. Our motto was "Ache and pains we will fix, We're the class of 66!" . As look back over the years, I give each of the gals full credit of inspiring each other to study hard, and learn to be the best nurses we could be. We owe our success to several instructors . our director of nurses Maxine Peterson, and staff of KSB Hospital for all the clinical hours they nurtured us.( I have to insert, this was before the 40 hr work week came into law, so we ate ,slept , worked and breathed hospital most of 24/7, including on call ) This photo was taken at an all school of nursing class reunion many years ago. Since that time , Sheila has passed away . Mary ,Kathy , Wanda , Judy , and I remain besties. This was a good memory I wanted to share . It may have been 51 years ago, but to me it seems like yesterday.

August 14, 2017


I will never forget the 1st day your Mom went to school; Jill and I walked with her until we got her across the highway. She went to Nash school so that was quite a walk. I fully expected she would want to come back home with us; but instead she went on and Jill cried all the way back home(LOL). She really missed her sister; we played a lot of board games for a while until she got used to it.  Written by Helen 

August 11, 2017

howard wellman

It was this time of month that I lost my brother Howard Wellman Jr. and also lost my father, Howard Sr...Both were such wonderful men and special dads that blessed the lives of many... especially my dear family.
Memories of our family ...and childhood are what shape our personality and who we are. Whether we like it (or not), our personality is formed by our parents, brothers, sisters, and the environment that we grew up in. I was so fortunate to have been raised in a family as we had! We realize that our past continues to affect who we are. Thank you for your unselfish love, dad and Howie! We miss you so much, but know you are always walking along side us, and guiding us with your words of wisdom and enduring love, ..that will never vanish. 

This is dad having some fun while traveling in the Appalachians.

Kind eyes

Hippie Tom "Kind Eyes"  by Terry Alby

old elevator

Helen submitted info  about this old grain elevator on Pine Hill Road. "  was called the Aschenbrenner elevator.I found information in a book called The Lee County Central Electric Railway by Philip L.  Keister. Elenor Baylor told us about it so we bought one. Doris Hillison grew up in a house next to it."

August 2, 2017

"Casey" Page has seen these tracks a few times.

As I recall. the Jeanblanc brothers once owned  (tracks and elevator) in Lee Center.  The little puffer belly locomotive  pulled grain cars.  Ferd Jeanblanc was the engineer  to Amboy and back.  Later the Lee Co Grain used these tracks still and my bil Voris Page engineered this train I believe, and was dubbed the name "Casey"  Interestingly, my grandmother was pictured putting a pike into this railroad in Lee Center. Also my mother June Wellman was head bookkeeper for Lee Co Grain many years.  They lived on a farm nearby the tracks between Amboy and Lee Center.( later owned by Bob and Jackie Delhotel

July 26, 2017

Cubs hx

July 25, 1988, today's date in Chicago Cubs history........The Cubs test their $5 million lighting system prior to their historic first night game at Wrigley Field scheduled for August 8th against the Phillies. Six banks of lights on 33-foot steel towers along the first-base and third-base baselines illuminate the field during the charity event in which players take batting practice and participate in a home run derby. The Cubs hosted "Cubs Care" under the lights from 6 to 9 p.m. The club held an informal workout and home run hitting contest featuring Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg. Ken Holtzman and Fergie Jenkins were the pitchers. The photo is six banks of lights illuminated Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs held their first official night practice in Chicago, July 25, 1988. Wrigley Field is the last major league park to install lights and will have their first night game on Aug. 8, against the Phillies. (AP Photo/John Swart)


Tomorrow June27th would be my nieces birthday. Remembering her birth, I recall her dad coming home from the Navy, joining his wife Donice, for  a couple weeks, to be with her when their first child was born . As often happens, the baby said not yet. Unable to extend his furlough, Don headed back , driving to east coast naval station . Donice went into labor about 2 hrs after he left Mom made calls and soon Don found himself surrounded by State police in  Indiana . He had been driving fast , so he was rather nervous until they told him to "turn around son, you've got a baby coming" . Deborah Lynn Wellman entered the world soon after . Donice and their new baby joined Don 6 weeks later.   (Newprt)
Deb passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 47 yrs. She was such a joy to me to later babysit for and watch her grow up over the years. One memory I have, was taking her exploring for fossils at box canyon. She loved fishing trips with her family, cookouts in the woods, and later proved skilled in crafts. She became interested in making quilts . So many memories fading away but her smiles and laughter remain with me always . Deb worked many years at KSB in housekeeping. She also worked at O'Connell camp resort and At Franklin  Grove HS in custodial work. She has a daughter Elizabeth Bartlett , who lives in Missouri.  Happy Birthday in Heaven Debbie. In know your parents and grandparents joined with you there with  much love  in their hearts for you as well. May each  Rest in Peace with the Lord now, and , know they  were loved .  

This is another photo of Don, Donice,Deb and Joan, taken in 1969, the year Stephanie was born. When we would go visit them, they had a dry sink in the old fashioned pantry and we could lay her inside with blankets, but as it always turned out Aunt Donice and the girls held her most the time! I love this sweet picture of them ! It was a good memory I decided to stick into my blog today