Somewhere in one of the innumerable boxes of “stuff” packed into every nook and cranny of 1435 West Macon, is a remnant of the 1964 election—a lighted sign to be placed either on the dashboard or the rear window of an automobile, simply reading in black print on an orange background “Kerner.” My father would occasionally let me plug it into the lighter socket and place it in the rear […]
Navy officer Stephen Decatur and his crew entered Tripoli harbor under the cover of night on a top-secret mission to capture and destroy the United States’ second largest naval ship of the day, the US Philadelphia, a 36-cannon sailing naval ship captured by the Barbary Coast Mediterranean pirates a few months earlier.
These photos, along with the others Helm has created, are reminders not only of Decatur and its streets, but also how a pair of sons had a major impact on their mother’s art. Thanks John and David, because we are all benefiting from your beauty. Jeannie lives in Oreana with her husband, Ron.
Last week, I joined some other adults, picked up eight four-year-olds at their day care center, and we all went for a half-hour walk through the neighborhood.
I’m a hummer. I come by it naturally. My dad was a hummer. Of course we, his adoring children, would snicker and roll our eyes when he would putz around the house or yard humming unrecognizable tunes.
Even though Abraham Lincoln spent the majority of his prairie years in the city of Springfield, Decatur was actually the first Illinois home of the future president. Even after he had established his residence in Springfield, he returned frequently to Decatur while riding the law circuit and it would be in this city that Illinois Republicans would endorse Lincoln as the “rail-splitter candidate” for the party’s nominee for president of the United States.