Illinois State Director’s Report, by Ruth Frantz, excerpt from The Lincoln Highway Forum, Summer 1997, Vol. 4, No. 4.
“The spring meet of the Illinois chapter was held in Morrison in April. After a superb lunch put on by one of the churches, we had a bus tour both east and west, into Clinton, Iowa. Returning to Morrison, we were invited to Mike and Barbara Winandy’s Hillendale Bed & Breakfast for refreshments and a tour of the steady home that overlooks the Lincoln, and was built by an associate consul.
On April 19th a crowd met in front of the H.I. Lincoln Building in Franklin Grove to witness the unveiling of the restored front facade. Master of ceremony Roger Taylor, standing on the back end of a pickup beside a 1932 Chevy, introduced many of the people responsible for the work taking place on the building. Farming Heritage, Inc. members – the men actually doing the work – Ivan and Maxine Hulla, owners of the ’32 Chevy and great civic-minded residents of Franklin Grove, Bob Logan, mayor of Franklin Grove, Ron Nelson, the expert guiding the work, officers of the Illinois chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, and John Weiss for the Road Runner Route 66 old cars. John is also an LHA member who will be hosting our July meeting. Abe Lincoln (Dick Pumphrey) spoke of his coming to see this building that he had heard his distant cousin had built. . . .”