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Tim Hendryx

Tim Hendryx

Is this a dream? I need to pinch myself. Can a small town boy born in LeRoy, Illinois actually be playing in the big leagues? I wonder if my classmates at Washington School and my shoe shine customers at the J.K. Kincaid Barbershop have followed my career? Maybe they’ve forgotten about me since my family… Continue Reading

Washington Bailey

Washington Bailey

Well I was born in Ohio, moved to Indiana with my parents,  came back from California to settle in Cheney’s Grove, now  called Saybrook,  and ended up living in LeRoy in 1891. They call my house commodious, but I am still not too sure about this town livin. However  now that I am 84, I… Continue Reading

Robert Flegel

Robert Flegel

My name is Robert Flegel and although I wasn’t one of the first settlers in LeRoy, Illinois, I did travel over much of this country when it was young and still wilderness. I was born in Nordhausen, Prussia, Germany on May 18, 1830, the oldest of three children born to Christian and Augusta Fleugel. My… Continue Reading

Looking for Christmas Photos

For one of this year’s Christmas displays the museum would like to do a display of photos with Santa. Please share photos and stories to the Empire Township Historical Museum Facebook page, upload to our website or email to empiretwspmuseum@gmail.com. We will download them and print them. Or you can bring them by the museum… Continue Reading

LeRoy School Hall of Fame

LeRoy School Hall of Fame

The Empire Township Historical Museum is pleased to announce that their nomination of Wallace A. Wesley has been selected and Wesley will be inducted into LeRoy High School’s “Hall of Fame” as a Distinguished Alumni on Friday, November 6. Her photograph and biography will be displayed on the Hall of Fame plaques.   Wallace Ann… Continue Reading

World Trade Center Artifact on Display at Museum

World Trade Center Artifact on Display at Museum

The Empire Township Historical Museum has received an artifact which will evoke a lot of emotion for many visitors. After several years of paperwork, an artifact from one of the World Trade Center towers which were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 arrived at the museum. An official unveiling was held Saturday, June 13, 2014. It… Continue Reading

Washington School Corner

Washington School Corner

Ryan Miles donated and delivered a corner from Washington School. Washington School filled the block where Replex now stands. After it was no longer in use by school district it was purchased for a small fee by the LeRoy Recreation Committee which later became the LeRoy Community Park District. The school was torn down and… Continue Reading

The Punkin Vine

The Punkin Vine

The “Punkin Vine Railroad” is the popular or common name for a 75-mile rail which had its terminals in West Lebanon. Indiana and here in LeRoy. The railroad has had many official names during its more than 100 years of existence and has had a number of nicknames such as “The Dinky,”The LeRoy Narrow Gauge,”… Continue Reading

Gun Case

Gun Case

Information written by Wallace Wesley, April 1994 When Tina Wesley married Jackson Wesley in Bethelridge, Kentucky, they expected to live there as generations had done before them. Jack went to Illinois to shuck corn. At that time they decided to sell their farm “behind the Knob” and move to LeRoy. This was in 1913 (spring,… Continue Reading

Turkey Trot had a carnival atmosphere

Turkey Trot had a carnival atmosphere

One of the more unique events in LeRoy history was Turkey Trot Day. According to the LeRoy history book red edition of “Heritage of the Prairie,” a jaunty spirit would pervade the crowds on Turkey Trot Day. The town would swarm with people hoping to catch a turkey or other fowl for Thanksgiving dinner. It… Continue Reading

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