Long-awaited veterans books arrive
Jim Fyke, president of the Woodford County Historical Society, has announced that the long-awaited book, Woodford County Veterans: Respect and Remember, has been delivered from the publisher and copies are ready for pick-up.
Volunteers will be on hand at the Historical Society from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons through the month of August.
To prevent problems, the Society requests that people picking up books for other persons have a signed paper giving them the authority to pick up a book.
The 62 cartons of books, all 3,000 pounds of them, were delivered to 112 N. Main early on Aug. 13.
Paul Burton, owner of Eureka Printing and Stationery, assisted in carting the cartons into the building.
The book contains over 5,000 names of veterans from the Revolutionary War up to the present. Most of the biographies were submitted by the veterans or their families or friends, and many contain a picture that was provided by the submitter.
The 8-1/2 x 11 inch hardbound book can be purchased for $55.
The books will also be available at the Eureka Public Library. For an additional $7 the Society will ship a book by U.S. Postal mail.
To have a book sent to you, send a check for $62 made out to WCHS to 112 N. Main, Eureka, IL 61530.
The Woodford County Historical Society has created the book as an honor to all those who have served or are serving in the military in any capacity.
Eligibility required that the person reside in Woodford County for at least two weeks or be buried in the County.
Requiring 2-1/2 years to complete, the book contains 400 pages.
Although there are over 5,000 names in the book, there are probably another 5,000 who are not included, because their information was not submitted or found.
To remedy the omissions, data is being collected so that an Addendum to the book can be published in the near future. People can send information and photos to Editor, 112 N. Main, Eureka, IL 61530.
For more information call Karen Fyke at 467-4525 or Barbara Bradle at 467-3106.