D. F. Lee Left His Mark
As The County Constable
It was said David Franklin Lee did more for this
young community than any other one person. Besides
operating a boarding house and livery stable, at
different times he ran a threshing machine, a corn
sheller, a saw mill and an ice house.
He also operated the "opry House," bringing
Lyceum courses and stage plays to town and
providing a place for revival meetings with men like
Sam Jones, strawberry festivals, oyster stews and
A skating rink and country dances provided
entertainment for all.
While Dave was constable of Menard County,
he always served the papers whether the offender lived
in Menard, Mason, Cass, or Fulton County. He was
also Oakford correspondent for the Illinois State Journal.
Dave Lee (1846-1914) was a versatile man who left
his mark in many places.
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