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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2017
CELEBRATIONS

Libertyville: A look back in time

Oct 05, 2017

NOTE: Libertyville will be celebrating its 175th anniversary on Saturday. To lead up to the event, the town, its businesses and residents will be sharing highlights from the community’s history.

In 1996 a large goal was achieved with over $22,000 raised in just over six months for new playground equipment. The ACTION Team (Adults and Children Together in Our Neighborhood) was created by Jeff Proctor, school board member Gene Parker, and then-principal Sue McCracken. The goal was to raise money for extra things not included in the school district’s budget for Libertyville Elementary School. Playground equipment was the first project.

After several months looking over other playgrounds, work began in earnest. The area had to be dug out, then leveled, over 40 holes measured and dug, much thanks to Iowa Electric’s auger truck, and over three ton of parts unloaded.

Volunteer workers assembled at 7 a.m. to begin the task of putting all the playground pieces together. By night, all the assembly had been completed and that remained was to finish the base with consisted of six inches of pea gravel covered by six inches of wood shavings. The play area is nearly 3000 square feet and features slides, crawl tube, web climber, overhead flyer, and other climbing devices.

The ACTION team, over the next 21 years, would raise and donate tens of thousands of dollars to Libertyville school for library books, handicap swings, mats under the playground, electronic equipment, field trips, laminators, chairs, and much more for teachers and students.

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Libertyville celebrated its Centennial in July of 1942 with a crowd of over 500.

Highlights of the centennial celebration included a picnic dinner served at noon in the city park, a historical pageant, and an address by the Rev. S. P. Williamson, pastor of the First Christian Church in Fairfield. The Rev. Williamson’s topic was “Those Self-Evident Truths.”

Another speaker for the day was the history of the community read by Mrs. J.O. Boyd. Mac Davis served as master of ceremonies. Mrs. Harry Colvin was narrator for the pageant entitled “A Pioneer’s Vision.” Music was provided by a choir group accompanied by Ruth Moss and the Zuehlke Brothers of Batavia. Mrs. Jess Gallup gave the history of her great-aunt who was born in Libertyville and lived to be 101. A variety of games and contests were held during the afternoon.

A large hobby and antique show was also held. The larges hobby exhibit was a collection of 8,300 buttons displayed by Mrs. George Schwartz. Many unusual antiques were displayed by the Fordyce, Swanson and Buerkens families. John Creek had a large display of antique farm machinery and tools.

One of the most popular things at the celebration was a tank full of ice water provided by Russell Bonnett.

Small Town — Great Place

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