EUREKA – Heroes must not remain unsung. The story of four heroes of WWII will be told by Gary Fyke at the March meeting of the Woodford County Historical Society. Attracted by an inconspicuous monument in Chillicothe dedicated to the Four Chaplains, Fyke did some research and uncovered a story that needs to be told. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on March 14 at Maple Lawn’s Memorial Hall. All meetings are free and open to the public.
Maple Lawn is on the north edge of Eureka on IL Rte. 117. To get to Memorial Hall, turn west at the lighted sign (S. Clinton Drive) and drive on the winding street for about two blocks. Memorial Hall is a brick building with double doors on your left.
Mr. Fyke, current president of the Chillicothe Historical Society, has several research projects on-going at all times, and is a resource for historical questions in and around Peoria County. Always on the look-out for associations with Woodford County, he has noticed a strong connection between the two counties dating from the time when there was a ferry across the Illinois River from Spring Bay to Rome.
The March program is the first of the year’s 10 events sponsored by the Woodford County Historical Society. Dedicated to preserving the past for the future, the Society also maintains a research facility in downtown Eureka where people can go to seek out their genealogical connections in Woodford County. The Research Room and its mini museum are open to the public from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday afternoons or at other times by appointment. For more information about the March program or any other aspect of the Society, call Karen Fyke at 309-467-4525 (cell 309-360-6772) or Barbara Bradle at 309-467-3106.