2 years ago by Bob Gough
War of 1812 to be recognized
The 4th annual Frontier Settlement Day 2012, this Saturday, September 8th from 11 to 4 with a theme of "commemorating the soldiers who served in the War of 1812" is coming together.
John Gebhardt, President of the Friends of the Log Cabins said "we have several scheduled events, along with continuous events throughout the day for the whole family and best of all it's free".
The day starts with a 1812 Flag raising Ceremony by soldiers of the war of 1812 along with local Scout Troop 99 from Melrose Church. Then at 12 o'clock Rev. Asa Turner, played by Rev. Paul Schwartzkopf will talk about 1800's Religious life in the 1800's at the Log Church referred to as the "Lord's Cabin. At 12:30 Steve Tieken & Joseph Bartholamew will talk about the discovery War of 1812 Fort Johnson in Warsaw, Il. At 1:30 Rev. Asa Turner will conduct a Pioneer wedding with a couple dressed in period Costumes. At 2:00 Gillum Ferguson, from Naperville, IL will be here to talk about his new book "Illinois in the War of 1812". He will have copies for sale and be available to autograph them. Bill Wilson from Albers, IL will talk about his book " John Campbell & Campbell's Island". Bill is also the President of the Il War 1812 Bicentennial Commission and he is also here to lead a discussion along with the Daughters & Men of 1812 about honoring War of 1812 soldiers, who are buried locally. Thus far he has found 8 War of 1812 soldiers buried in Woodland Cemetery and a total of 24 in Adams County most of whose graves are not marked that these were soldiers who served in the War of 1812. He invites anyone who thinks they are a descendent of one of these soldiers to come and be a part of the process of recognizing those soldiers.
Several activities that will be going on throughout the day are Pioneer Kids Crafts led by Friends of the Log Cabins member Caroline Collins, Wool Spinning by Master Spinner, Suzanne Geczi, and kids can learn how to make a rope by Curt and Alec Scheiter. Blacksmith, Richard Stephens will be showing blacksmith techniques and the Adams County Olde Tyme Association will have displays of tools used in the 1800's. Dave Lubbert a member as well as a member of the Friends, will demonstrate Shingle Making and Wood Burning. Co-sponsors of the event, Quincy Park District will show the kids pioneer kids games and then conduct races at 1, 2 & 3 PM. Retired school teachers, Paul and Jane Moody will show kids how school was taught in the 1800's. Alesa Spangler and Terri Hanlin will talk and provide a handout on the herbs pioneers used next to Village Herb Garden. Bob Craig Curator of the All Wars Museum at the Il Vets Home will display War of 1812 artifacts. Throughout the day, Prairie Troubadour Edwin Waters will be strolling grounds playing period music. The Mississippi Thespians will be in costume selling sarsaparilla and Evertt Jackson will be selling Kettle Corn.
The Log Cabins and Church will be open for viewing inside and Sullivan Antiques and More will have the Herleman Cabin decorated with items from the 1800's. The Friends of the Log Cabins and the Quincy park District sponsor this even every year to encourage people to bring their families and visit the Lincoln-era Log Cabin village to see what pioneers use to live and work in when the settled the area in the 1800's. The land Quincy and Adams County is known as the Military Tract as it was bounty land given to soldiers of the War of 1812 as payment for their service. John Wood and Willard Keyes purchased some of this land from those soldiers to establish the City of Quincy.