Robinson Local Customs

  • WTAY/WTYE Radio Station in Robinson
    WTAY/WTYE Radio Station in Robinson
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  • Crawford County Heroes Sign, Courthouse Lawn
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    Robinson Old Cemetery
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    Interesting & Weird Facts:

    by deecat Updated May 28, 2008

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    I did not know where else to place these fascinating bits of information and history, so I decided Local Customs.

    After reading these tid-bits, it should be obvious that CRAWFORD COUNTY had a colorful past!

    Many of these bits of knowledge came from a rootsweb.ancestry.com.

    The most interesting new fact that I learned was:

    "In 1821, an important U.S. Land Grant Office opened in Palestine [Crawford County]. At that time, Palestine was the County Seat for an area that went north as far as Canada. In 1833, the office's most famous grant was issued to Robert Kinzie, who for a mere $1.25 an acre, purchased 102.29 acres of land now known as the CHICAGO LOOP!"

    "The mussel beds near Hutsonville [Crawford County] in the early 1900's were the discovery site for many a fine and expensive pearl. Pearls found in the WABASH RIVER at Hutsonville have found their way into TIFFANY'S SHOWROOMS AND QUEEN VICTORIA'S CROWN JEWELS. One eventually became the favorite jewel in the famous Dagmar necklace of QUEEN ALEXANDRIA."

    In 1906 on the John Shire Farm near Stoy [Crawford County], a drilling site was decided by tossing an empty whiskey bottle into the air. Fourteen feet down, oil was struck, and the Crawford County oil boom was on...From 1908 to 1910, Crawford County was credited as being THE GREATEST OIL PRODUCING AREA IN THE WORLD!"

    "It's a fact that more oil came out of CRAWFORD COUNTY in one year [in its boom] than has EVER come out of the state of Texas!"

    Soldiers under LT. COL. GEORGE ROGERS CLARK fought one of the most crucial naval battle of the Revolution near HEATHSVILLE [Crawford County] in 1779...the only one fought on the WABASH RIVER."

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    Robinson Old Cemetery

    by deecat Updated May 28, 2008

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    On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in May, 2008, my sister, brother-in-law, and I visited the Robinson Old Cemetery at the end of King Street. Just that afternoon, the Crawford County Historical Society had a tea at the museum to celebrate the re-opening and clean-up, and repair of this cemetery.

    Even though I grew up in Robinson, this was the first time I had ever visited it.

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    Photo #1 The entrace to this beautiful old cemetery.

    Photo # 2 The old entry sign to the cemetery.

    Photo #3 A view of this shady cemetery that was recently cleaned and repaired.

    Photo #4 William Turner grave...he was in the Illinois Infantry in the Civil War.

    Photo #5 Unique family graves where the plaques are on a raised platform all in a row.

    My sister told me that there had been vandalism of this graveyard and I read that Crime Stoppers was offering an award for conviction. I don't know if the culprits were ever caught.

    We noted that there had been a recent burial, which my brother-in-law says had not happened here in years.

    Thank goodness the Historical Society saw fit to clean and repair this lovely old cemetery.

    Robinson Old Cemetery Entry Sign to Robinson Old Cemetery Recently Cleaned and Repaired Gravesites Civil War Grave at Robinson Old Cemetery Unique Family Graves at Robinson Old Cemetery
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    Very Patriotic Town: Robinson

    by deecat Updated May 27, 2008

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    One of insights I had immediately about Robinson, Illinois, was how patrotic the town seems to be.

    All through the town, there are signs [See photo #1] on the telephone poles that picture a Yellow ribbon and the name of a service man or woman along with information as to whether the person is serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Airforce, National Guard. I also saw homes that had an identical sign with the addition of "Welcome Home!".

    Also, I was quite impressed with the patriotic spirit displayed in front of the new Veterans War Memorial and Museum [see photo # 2]

    Another example would be the large wooden panels with the names of those serving in Iraq and Afganistan. Enlarge Photo #3. The last name on the list, Darron Mikeworth, is my sister's son-in-law.

    Remembering Those Serving Their Nation One Memorial at the Veteran's Museum Crawford County Heroes Sign, Courthouse Lawn
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    Robinson's WTAY RadioStation

    by deecat Updated May 27, 2008

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    The radio station in Robinson, Illinois, is located on West Route 33. The WTAY daytime format is Adult Contemporary Music. They use a Playlist. It is 1570 on the dial. During the day, WTAY AM broadcast with a power of 0.25 kilowatts.

    All this is just statistics. My connection to WTAY is emotional:

    While in high school at Robinson Community High School in Robinson, Illinois, I worked at the local radio station, WTAY as a DJ on Saturday mornings with my best friend, Bruce Gould.

    Our program was a teen format program called "T Time With Teen Topics & Top Tunes". [I guess we were into alliteration!]

    People could call the radio station and request songs to be played. Also, teens would come to the station, look through the window into the studio where Bruce and I were broadcasting or they could dance to the requested tunes.

    WTAY still exists, but "T Time" does not.

    You will find WTAY at 1570AM. It is owned by Ann Broadcasting Corp. They also have a FM radio station, WTYE at 101.7 FM for your listening pleasure.

    When Bruce and I worked at WTAY I think that those were great times in the late 1950's.

    The photo of Bruce and I selecting tunes for our broadcast sure brings back bittersweet memories for me since Bruce Gould died while in the Peace Corps when he was in his early 20's.

    Phone: (618)-544-2191

    Dee Dee & Bruce Selecting Tunes for WTAY/WTYE Radio Station in Robinson
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    Festivals & Celebrations in Crawford County

    by deecat Updated May 25, 2008

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    Robinson and the rest of Crawford County have many celebrations and festivals. Here are the highlights of those:

    Heath Harvest Festival is a combination of commemorating Heath Candy that's made in Robinson and the long-time Fall Festival in Robinson. It takes place the first Saturday in October in the Courthouse Square. There is also a Crafts fair, live entertainment, toffee bake off, a parade, High School band competition, chili supper. But on Friday, there is a Friday Night Auto show and Street Dance {Photos #1 and 2}.

    July Fourth Celebration with a carnival, live entertainment, superior fireworks [on Independence Day], but the celebration takes place during the week leading up to July 4th. It is held at Robinson City Park.

    Palestine's Labor Day Festival & Pioneer City Rodeo is held on and around Labor Day. They have a Camp-in, carnival, live entertainment, flea markets, town-wide yard sales as well as Four Shows of PRCA Rodeo. There is an Arts Festival on Sunday and a Labor Day parade on Monday.

    Oldies in the Park is held at the Oblong Park/Lake Complex on the second Saturday in September. There you are able to enjoy classic cars, classic music, and classic colors of the fall.

    Hutson Pageant is held in the Even Years, and the Wabash Pearl Show is held in the ODD years on the first Saturday in August. Even years always has the Hutson Massacre re-enacted. Odd years has exhibits of pearls and related memorabilia at the Hutson Complex.

    CCA Art Show & Sale takes place in Palestine at the Fife Opera House [opens Sunday after Easter for two weeks]. All mediums of original art works. It is free to the public, and the artwork is available for purchase.

    Crawford County Fair has a carnival with a midway, a fair queen pageant, 4-H exhibits, tractor pull, Demolition Derby, and much more. It starts on Sunday of the last full week in July at the county fairgrounds in Oblong.

    Palestine Wine & Arts Festival is held on the first Saturday and Sunday in October in Palestine. Several Illinois wineries offer wine tasting and sales. There is live acoustic entertainment, poetry reading, open-air art exhibits, and food booths.

    Civil War Ball and Debutante Cotillion is a most unusual celebration that takes place the first Saturday in December at the Fife Opera House in Palestine. It is where area debutantes are introduced to society 1860s style!

    Others worth mentioning:
    Rockin' the Bowl Concert Series [robinsonbowlingcenter.com]

    Taste of Crawford County

    Kiwanis Fish Fry

    Shriners BBQ

    Hometown Christmas in Oblong

    Robinson's Fall Festival in October Heath Fall Festival in October Robinson's July 4th Celebration Palestine's Pioneer City Rodeo Labor Day
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    Pride Corner

    by deecat Updated May 24, 2008

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    I, myself, was quite "proud" when I saw Pride Corner for the first time in May of 2008. It is located very near to where I lived for many years. Its exact location is the corner of East Main and North Jackson.

    It was built in 2001 to honor individual state champions as well as team state champions and runner ups. [See Photogrpah #3] It also serves to welcome people to the community.

    There is a digital sign [see my #1 photograph] which was donated by the First Robinson Savings Bank. This sign announces school, Park, and local non-profit events which involve the young people of the community.

    They also offer (for a $5.00 service fee) announcements placed on the revolving digital sign of such events as birthdays, anniversaries, and birth announcements. This is considered a Park.

    Phone: (618)-544-7616

    Pride Corner Digital Sign Pride Corner corner of East Main & N. Jackson Individual Achievement at Pride Corner
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    Santa's Cottage

    by deecat Updated May 24, 2008

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    While walking around Robinson on the first day of my trip, I came across an adorable little house at the corner of South Lincoln and East Walnut Streets. It looked like some kind of Christmas Decoration; thus, I went closer and read the sign Photo #2.

    The little house is called Santa's Cottage. It was created by S. D. Meadows, a local artist and craftsman. It's his original design so it's the only one of its kind.

    It is used during the Christmas Season to serve as Santa's home, not only for the children of Robinson but for all of Crawford County.

    It's these small, original concepts that add to the delight of Robinson. It made me smile and reminded me that I'm glad that I spent the most important 15 years of my life.

    Santa's Cottage Sign for Santa's Cottage
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