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Illinois Heritage

A Publication of The Illinois State Historical Society
Fall-Winter 2000                       Volume 3 Numbers 1 & 2


4 Confessions of an All-American Girl
by John B. Holway with Faye Dancer

12 The Lost Tombstone
by Dennis L. Davenport

18 Lincoln's Pittsfield
by Warren D. Winston

26 Memorial to Ralph G. Newman
by John Y. Simon


3 Letters to the Editor

10 A Review of Midwestern Landscape Architecture
by Barbara Geiger

16 A Review of History of the Development of Building
Construction in Chicago, 2nd Edition

by Harry Klinkhamer

Illinois Heritage is published by The Illinois State Historical Society and is printed by William Street Press, Decatur. The Society is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Illinois. Articles and reviews appearing in Illinois Heritage are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and in America: History and Life.

Cover: The cover for the 1947 program of the Peoria Redwings. Courtesy of The National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY.

Illinois Heritage (ISSN 1094-0596) is published by The Illinois State Historical Society, 210-1/2 South Sixth Street, Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701-1503. It is distributed without charge to members of The Illinois State Historical Society. Membership dues are: student $ 15 (with current, full-time i.d.); public and school library $30; teacher $30; individual $30; Association of Illinois Museums and Historical Societies $30; household $40; organizational partner $50; sustaining $50; contributing $100; business $100; and life $750. Single issues, when available, are $5.45 each postpaid. A limited number of back issues are available.

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Illinois Heritage
Mission Statement

Illinois Heritage is an illustrated magazine published quarterly by The Illinois State Historical Society and distributed to the Society's 2,400 members. Conceived as a vehicle to bring to the public good narrative and analytical history about Illinois in its local and broader contexts of region and nation, the magazine explores the lives and work of architects, artists, entrepreneurs, homemakers, laborers, naturalists, performers, politicians, reformers, soldiers, and writers. It traces the impact of Illinois on the nation and the world through events that took place here and through well-known figures such as Jane Addams, Jack Benny, Black Hawk, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Jennings Bryan, Al Capone, Richard J. Daley, John Deere, Everett Dirksen, Stephen Douglas, Ulysses Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Ingersoll, John A. Logan, Elijah Lovejoy, Cyrus McCormick, Fibber McGee & Molly, George Pullman, Carl Sandburg, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Harold Washington. Illinois Heritage examines the influence on the state of non-Illinoisans such as George Rogers Clark, Eugene V. Debs, Enrico Fermi, Mary Garden, Louis Jolliet, Charles Lindbergh, A. Philip Randolph, and Joseph Smith. Just as important, it features ordinary Illinois men and women, bringing to light obscure lives and work. In this vein, the editorial staff seeks nonfiction articles that are solidly researched, attractively written, and amenable to illustration. Scholars, journalists, and freelance writers are encouraged to contribute to the magazine.


Editor's Message

As the new editor of Illinois Heritage, I am delighted to be involved in what has quickly become one of the Society's most popular endeavors. It is important that we show the relevance of history to all people in a variety of ways. The four articles included in this issue reflect how the past can touch all of us.

Our first article, by John B. Holway, is an oral history dealing with women's professional baseball in the 1940's. The popularity in women's sports has risen in recent years with the success of women's basketball and the U.S. women's soccer team. Faye Dancers tales and recollections show us that women played with grit back then as they do today. Next up, Dennis Davenport takes us through the tale of a mysterious Civil War headstone that was found abandoned in some brush. Through research that would make any genealogist proud, he discovered who the tombstone honored and was able to return it to its proper home back in Illinois. Our third piece is on Lincoln and his many connections to Pittsfield, Illinois. Warren Winston, an active promoter of history in his community, rings true the saying that "Lincoln slept here." The preservation and promotion of Lincoln's Pittsfield connections are tied into a new heritage tourism campaign called "Looking for Lincoln." Finally, John Y. Simon shares with us his memorial to Ralph G. Newman. Newman's contribution to history can be found in his interest in old and rare manuscripts. The Abraham Lincoln Bookshop has become a staple in used books and manuscripts on Lincoln and the Civil War. For many, Newman and his shop helped to shape people's ideas about the war and our 16th President.

The above-mentioned articles seem very diverse, but they all share a commonality in that history touches us in many ways. It is important for us to realize that history is not only something to be learned, but also shared. Through Illinois Heritage, the Society and its editor will continue to build a platform for many voices to speak. With production getting back on track, I look forward to seeing contributions from a variety of sources on a myriad of topics.

Best wishes,

Harry Klinkhamer, Editor

The Illinois State
Historical Society

210-1/2 South Sixth Street
Suite 200
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1503

fax: 217/525-2783


Harry G. Klinkhamer
Interim Executive Director and Editor

Jason A. Meyers
Assistant to the Executive Director
and Associate Editor

Position Vacant
Programs Assistant

Sallie L. Brittin
Membership Secretary

Mui Le Vu


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