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Collection Description

From 1885 to 1915, self-described “old settlers” of eastern McLean County held an annual picnic celebrating the bygone pioneer era. At its height, these gatherings attracted upwards of 10,000 area residents for a day of patriotic speeches, music and fried chicken.  The last Old Settlers Association of Eastern McLean County reunion was held September 16, 1915. On August 19, 1979, the LeRoy Historical Society dedicated a stone marker commemorating the reunions. The marker sits at the site of old Betzer Park.  This collection contains newspaper articles, programs, and bills and receipts from the Eastern McLean County Old Settlers Association.  Two manuscripts are also included in this collection.


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