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Bond County Takes Lead - First In State to Organize an Illinois Centennial Association

Springfield, Ill. Feb. 18 – Bond County holds the distinction of being the first county in the s tate to organize an Illinois Centennial Association, to prepare for the celebration in 1918 of the 100th anniversary of the admission of Illinois to statehood.

At a meeting at Greenville an organization was effected and active steps were taken to make the 1918 celebration the most significant and stupendous in the history of Bond County. Membership in the association includes city and county officials, lawyers, doctors and other professional men, members of the County Historical Society, school teachers, Daughters of the American Revolution, the local Women’s Club and all others interested in the fitting observance of the anniversary.

These local enthusiasts will develop their association so as to include in its membership every resident of their county who is sufficiently patriotic to join. They will have entire charge of the Bond County celebration, which will take place at the same time every other county in the state is celebrating the Centennial.

State Senator Kent E. Keller of Ava, chairman of the state-wide celebration committee of the Illinois Centennial Commission, called and presided over the Greenville meeting. In like manner he will assist in the organization of a Centennial Association in every other county.

The Illinois Centennial Commission, created by the last Legislature, will have general charge of the Centennial celebration throughout the state, but each county celebration will be left in the hands of the local association, the State Commission standing ready to assist in an advisory capacity or otherwise, if required.

Mrs. Jessie Palmer Weber of Springfield, secretary of the Centennial Commission, is in charge of the women’s part of the celebration. [Source: Belleville News Democrat, Vol. 59, Issue 43, page 3, 19 Feb 1914 - Submitted by S. McKnight] ]

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