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Decatur Public Library Local History Photo Collection

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  • Tags: Masons

Photo of Stapp's Chapel

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Photograph of Stapp's Chapel. for many years the church building that housed the Grace Methodist congregation at Eldorado and Franklin Streets was known as Stapp's Chapel. the church was organized in 1866 and a mission building erected. As the…

James Monroe Willard

Photograph of James Monroe Willard; (died 4/18/1940). Macon County pioneer and extensive landowner. He was once vice president of the Municipal Electric Co. and was treasurer of the Culver Monument Co. in about 1900. Later he was one of the owners of…

Albert T. Summers

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Photograph of Albert T. Summers; (born: 12/21/1857; died 2/27/1916). He and his son Charles P., ran a collection agency in Decatur. He was a member of the Macon County Bar Association. He was admitted to the bar in 1880 but most of his time was taken…

William Lincoln Shellabarger

Photograph of William Lincoln Shellabarger; (died 2/3/1920) Secretary and Manager for American Hominy Co. until 1904, resigning to take over Shellabarger Elevator Co. Established line of mills and elevators in Central Illinois. 32nd Degree Mason,…

William T. Peake

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Photograph of William T. Peake (died 4/29/1921) Decatur jeweler and watch maker. For 18 years he was employed in the jewelry store of his father's, J. L. Peake. In 1904 he went into business for himself at 149 E. Main St. For eight years he served…

Edward D. Mattes

Photography of Edward D. Mattes (died June 28, 1946). Former operator of the Decatur Brick Co. he was a son of Frederick Mattes who founded the Mattes & Sons brick yard. It was later incorporated as Decatur Brick co. He then became general manager of…

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…

Mrs. Charles L. Hovey

Photograph of Mrs. Charles L. (Anna) Hovey (d. 1/4/1946). She was the wife of Charles L. Hovey, and both were prominent in Masonic circles. He was the first superintendent at the Illinois Masonic Home in Sullivan, and she was the first matron…

Elmer R. Elder and His Family

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Photograph of Elmer R. Elder (b. 1/13/1878, d. 2/4/1928) and his family. Elder was elected mayor of Decatur in 1923 over Dan Dinneen. He entered politics in 1920, and was elected to the board of supervisors as the Assistant Supervisor of Decatur…

Dr. William Parr Davidson

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Photograph of Dr. William Parr Davidson (b. 8/1/1871, d. 2/10/1944), a doctor who practiced medicine for 46 years, 18 of which were in Decatur. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the American Legion, and the Masons. The photo was…