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Lynn Potter's Oral History

This is the oral history of Lynn Potter. She was interviewed by Sally Krigbaum on June 12, 2018 in Mrs. Potter's home. The oral history covers her life in Springfield, Millikin University, her family with Duanne, historic preservation, NWRAPS,…

Joni Quintenz

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Photograph of Joni Quintenz Sadorus Homecoming Queen candidate St. Teresa High School. Married George P. Sadorus, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sadorus. She worked for Block & Kuhl Co. George worked at Macon Arms. Joni (born 3/10/1937; died 2/17/2015;…

Mrs. Carl C. Block (Jeanette Powers)

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Photograph of Mrs. Carl C. Block holding her violin. She was Jeanette Powers before she married Carl Block. Mrs. Block died Aug 1, 1942. She lived in Peoria, formerly Decatur. She was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Block & Kuhl Department…

John H. Park

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Photograph of John H. Park; (died 6/8/1926) resident of Harristown for many years. He was for many years a traveling salesman. He first sold for the Haworth Wagon Factory in Decatur and later for other concerns. He retired from the road in 1900 but…

Dr. Benjamin L. Maienthal

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Photograph of Dr. Benjamin L. Maienthal taken by Vandeventer's, and used in the Decatur Daily Review, Dec. 19, 1927. Member of the U. S. Pension Board 30 years. In 1897 organized Decatur Lodge No. 401, B.P.O.E. and State Elks Assn. and was its first…

Photo of 1st Lt. William L. Janssen in Uniform

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Herald and Review Library: Photo of 1st Lt. William L. Janssen; Article on back of photo; "William L. Janssen, son of J. W. Janssen, 312 South Edward street, recently received his silver pilot's wings and the commission of second lieutenant at the…

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Kreher

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Photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Kreher. Mr. Kreher came to Decatur in 1875, and worked at Blenz and Danzeisen for 2 years. He also worked with the Imboden Brothers Market for 2 years. Later, he went back to work with Adam Blenz, then went into…

George W. Kraft

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Photograph of George W. Kraft (d. 8/21/1851, d. 8/26/1931). He was a business man and hotel owner, who was originally from Baltimore, MD. He came to Decatur at 13 years old, and was enrolled in the 3rd Ward School. He spent his summers working for…

A.S. Knouff

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Photograph of A.S. Knouff (b. 3/17/1837, d. 3/26/1926). He was the secretary of Decatur Lumber & Manufacturing Co. He worked there for 35 years, and retired in January 1926. Knouff was a member of the First Methodist Church. The photo was taken…

William "Bill" Knight

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Photograph of William "Bill" Knight. Knight ran a news stand at N. Water and E. North Sts., and later, in the Post Office. He was also an inspector at the Mueller Co. until 1930. In 1952, an article appeared in the Coronet Magazine that stated…