They Left Their Mark In Oakford, 1872

Modern Woodman Picnics
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Some of the older residents of the community can remember the good times had by all who attended. Each year, beginning in the 1890s, the Royal Neighbors and the Modern Woodmen planned and held their annual picnics in the Lounsberry timber east of town. They generally consisted of speeches, and singing, games, and fireworks. At some of them a balloon ascension was held which, in those days was a great event. All in all, those days are referred to as "happy days."

Modern Woodman Of America

This lodge was organized during the year 1889 known as Tar Creek Camp No. 1135 located at Oakford, Illinois. This picture was taken around 1890 in front of the old Kendall Building. We selected to place this picture in our book because it is the oldest picture know to have been taken in Oakford. Very few of the members have been identified; however, there are three we know, One was J.J. Stroh who was a very active citizen of the village. He came to Oakford from Salisbury shortly after the town was founded and established a blacksmith shop which he operated till the turn of the century. Stroh was the town's first mayor, very active in its incorporation, and active in the Modern Woodman of America Lodge and other civic affairs.

John Whitley is also identified. He was very active in the forming of the lodge and a faithful member until his death in the early 1900s. Henry Baker, a farmer, was also very active in civic affairs. He always served as a school director, and was a partner with Sloan in the grain and implement business. He helped Sloan at the elevator, however, they sold implements in partnership. Baker was a very successful farmer.



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