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Photograph of the William Warnick Homestead

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Photograph of the William Warnick Homestead. This house, seven miles southwest of Decatur, was built by William Warnick after 1833, and became known as the "Thirty-Three Mile House" when owned by John Eckle and used as part of his tavern property to…

Drawings of the Wigwam

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Drawings of a recreation of the Wigwam tent set up on S. Park St. across from Central Park where Abraham Lincoln was nominated for president on May 9-10, 1860.

George S. Simpson

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Photograph of George S. Simpson; (died 4/14/1923). Pioneer of Decatur and Macon County. He helped to build the political wigwam in in State Street in which Abraham Lincoln spoke during his presidential campaign. He served as alderman from the Third…

Thomas Benton Shoaff

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Photograph of Thomas Benton Shoaff, oldest active newspaper printer, Shelbyville Publisher was struck by an automobile and killed. He died 10/20/1932. Mr. Shoaff married Ella W. Lytle Nov. 15, 1871, in St. Paul Episcopal church, Brainerd, MInn. Full…

Judge William L. Hammer

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Photograph of Judge William L. Hammer (d. 5/20/1903). Hammer held the following offices: Christian Co. constable (1843-1846), Christian Co. sheriff (1846-1854), Decatur Justice of the Peace (1857-1860), Macon Co. Circuit Clerk (1860-1868), President…

"Immortal J.N." Free

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Photograph of "Immortal J.N." (Jacob Newman) Free (d. 6/27/1906). Free was a wanderer who traveled throughout the United States for 50 years by riding for free on every railroad, and staying in hotels at their expense. He was considered harmlessly…