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Bobbie Goodman
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Historical society

by Bobbie Claire Goodman
Greenup Corr.

GREENUP - In recent years, a favorite topic of some metropolitan Illinois journalists has been to launch an offensive against small towns with reference to their demise.

Such descriptive adjectives as "ghostly, "lifeless", "drowning" and  "defunct." are applicable to the subject and though these news stories are becoming a bit repetitious, they achieve their response via a barrage of "Letters to the Editor" from outraged citizens of said small towns. The most recent attack has had Greenup as its objective and appeared in a Chicago paper on Sept. 29, 1972. Regarding the impact of Interstate 70 on the village of Greenup, the advice given was: "Travelers whizz by like Greenup wasn't even here." ... "Forget it!"

Aparently the journalist was not aware that daily during the tourist season and holiday weekends, upwards of 1,000 of these motorists apply their brakes long enough to eat at the Dutch Pantry and refuel at the new service stations on the
interchange, many of whom inquire about the downtown shops, overnight accommodations and stop in the shade of the village square to picnic and rest before continuing on their way. The East End intersection remains forlorn and the high-way took three businesses with it. Three took their place nearer the interchange. With the annexation by the village council of additional property near 1-70 projected for the coming year, it is not likely that Greenup will be forgotten.

Active Downtown

For the first time in many years, every downtown business building is occupied with the exception of the Greek's Candy Kitchen which has been closed since the late Angela and Sam Loomis went to Greece eleven years ago. Family members from Chicago are in Greenup each weekend making building repairs with the intent of re-opening the Confectionary.

Numerous persons who grew up in the community have purchased homes or building sites with a move "back home" in mind for their retirement. In addition to continuous remodeling of older dwellings, 100 new homes have been constructed in the community in the past fifteen years, 10 more near the Cumberland Campus, and of these, 16 have been built since the new Interstate was begun.

New Ordinances

A beautification program was begun last year by various organizations in a "Work Together" project and the Village Council actively indorsed a clean-up campaign by passing legal ordinances to promote the health, safety and welfare of the public. Ordinances deal with the definition, prevention and abatement of nuisances such as trash and rubbish, animal carcasses, stagnant water, noise, air and land pollution, weeds, traffic obstructions, delapidated structures, livestock, open or unguarded excavations, toilet facilities, inoperative motor vehicles, location and regulation of places of business of dealers in junk and regulation of mobile homes .or similar portable structures.
Village officials reserve inspection rights, and after serving written notice, may evoke fines and penalties or institute legal action to abate the nuisance. .
The board has had the ordinances under study for several years, however previously had no legal document to enforce such laws. John P. Ewart, a native of Greenup, and member of the firm of Craig and Craig of Mattoon was retained as village attorney. .
Utilities were made available to existing homes .and new residences under construction on South Mill Street by annexation of property a half mile south and completion of electricity and gas and water lines under ' the Penn-Central railroad. More homes were serviced by a sewage system extension to the end of North Delaware street.

Retire Bonds

The last payment, retiring $50,000 in bonds, was made on the Municipal building. The $80,000 center which houses village offices, maintenance and fire departments and a civic auditorium was constructed in 1962 and financed entirely with local funds. Greenup .city employees were granted a 5.5 per cent pay increase.
The board is currently investigating employment of a deputy to assist the chief of police. Recent purchases include two new half ton trucks and one used truck for the street and alley department. Work on the water tower, at a cost of $7,600, included draining, cleaning, seam welding and painting. The new color is sea green and has "Greenup" lettered on two sides.
The Greenup cemetery was substantially increased by the township's purchase of the Mullen Addition, thus making  available for sale, 325 new lots.

It's Moving Ahead
New Businesses

New businesses included the 500 Platolene Service Station, Bus's Restaurant, Naomi's Fabric Shop, Daphena's Beauty Shop, Paul's Repair and towing Service, Smyser's Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Devall's Construction, Old Trails Public Auction and Linda's Wig and Wiglet Shop. Dr. R.L.Redman, a chiropractor of Springfield and native of Greenup, took over the practice of the late Dr. Lowell Newlin on a two-day per week basis. Mrs. Newlin remained as office receptionist. Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Bud) Mitchell remodeled the interior of their Chevrolet Agency with wood paneling, new offices and a service-parts counter and storage area. They purchased the site of the Winnett Hotel (formerly Greenup's oldest landmark, the historic 141 year old Barbour Inn), razed the building  and  converted the corner into a car and truck display lot.
Jay's IGA Supermarket has undergone extensive face lifting with a new mansard roof, brick and iron grillwork  and new Foodliner signs. The Greenup-Toledo Builders Supply Co. gave the exterior of the lumberyard a more modern look with cedar siding and shake shingle roofing. Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly of Alhens, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rowenhorst of Centralia. members of Triple A and associated with Friendship Inns, purchased the Five Star Motel. The Rowenhorsts assumed management and began a program of upgrading the facilities.
Following his purchase of the Kirk Ford Sales in Toledo. Lendon Darling assigned management and operation of Mac's Service Station to the Finn Brothers. Vic Brooks, a Greenup businessman for 36 years, continues employment at the Radio and TV Sales which he sold to George Seiler. McDonald's Welding Shop, constructed last year on Elizabeth street, has proved to be a lucrative venture requiring larger quarters and has relocated in the Virgil Freeman building on East Cumberland Street..
Don Barnes entered the association of Carlen's TV Sales and Service, making the firm a partnership. D.L; Trigg, of Janesville, purchased the Pool Room operated by the late David Beavers. The Ettelbrick Shoe Company instituted a recognition program whereby service pins were presented to employees with from five to 45 years of employment at the factory.

Expand Park

Haughton Park continues lo expand its facilities. Under sponsorship of the Land of Lincoln Club, aided by many  civic organizations, a picnic pavilion was constructed, and playground equipment painted and repaired and moved from the village square to the park site.
A stone entrance sign was a project of the Kiwanis Club as well as a directional sign, made by the high school industrial arts class and set by the village, on Cumberland (Main) Street. Transformers have been installed to light the second ball diamond, with plans to go to mercury vapor lighting and add fencing on the larger diamond under discussion. The tennis court has been poured and the asphalt made an inch thicker than the basketball courts, with flooding for winter ice skating still being considered, Plans call for lighting these areas for night time use.
Members of the Historical Society have been assured the cooperation of the Village Council and are seeking the assistance of other organizations and individuals in the depot project. It is desired to move the railroad depot to the park for Scout meetings, equipment storage and general public use.
special projects
Although each organization has its "pet project" even less physically active club members continue with support for each other when donations are called for in the "Work Together" programs, which, in addition to Haughton Park, include charitable acts such as remembering needy families and individuals at Christmas and periodic gifts and entertainment for residents of the two nursing-care facilities.
The Kiwanian's Easter Egg Hunt,  Little  League wiener roast, home lighting contest and   the  Greenup Women's Club's Halloween celebration are  numbered among the worthwhile activities that have become annual events. Continuous projects are the Civic Club's Redbud   Lane and the Chamber   of Commerce's sidewalk   sales   and cash awards. Currently on the scene is the Kiwanis tree replacement program to begin this spring and the town clock project, backed by the Monday Nite
Club. The Santa Claus house, sponsored last year by the Land of Lincoln Club, received new wood paneling, a red fireplace and a mail box with letter answering service. This group, along with the C of C and
Kiwanis were active with new Christmas events such as a registry for children's prizes, turkey awards and a free hotdog, doughnut and coffee day for Christmas shoppers in 1972.
Area fishermen showed enthusiasm for the recently organized Bass Club.

Scoutmaster Retires

Richard Lyons, Scoutmaster of Greenup Troop 58 for the past 19 years, retired and the position was accepted by Frank Kuhn with Bruce Fiscus as assistant scoutmaster.
Easter Sunrise services were held and the cornerstone laid at the Mt. Zion (Block) Church which was rebuilt and rededicated following its destruction by the tornado of December 1971, Rev. Carl Holt, formerly of Maumee, Ohio, was installed as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Rev. Paul McLaughlin.
Significant improvements at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds were made and included a $1.200, 45-foot addition to the 4-H barn and new fencing and gates near the stage area of the race track.

School Improvements

An active Parent Teachers Organization sponsors the annual grade school, carnival and uses the proceeds for school needs. The board of education voted to pay the balance remaining from $850 tendered by the PTO for bleachers for one side of the gymnasium.
The new Prescription Learning Corporation at Cumberland elementary is now providing for math as well as reading needs with 45 stations in the unit. The central lab handles approximately 140 children per day from grades 2 through 8 with mini labs for the expanded programing of students in 3, 4 and 5 not involved in the central lab work.
Two new language arts programs developed by New Dimensions in Education have been incorporated at the primary and junior high schools; designated as Alpha Time, for beginners, with active participation and visual mediums for learning the alphabet, and Alpha One, multi sensory reading and spelling emphasizing' word mastery through phonics.
The Great Books Program, a discussion and shared inquiry method, is now offered as an elective in the 6, 7 and 8th grades. Primary age students are participating in a physical development program in the cafeteria which utilizes record players, films, balls, jump ropes and indoor obstacle course equipment.
Cumberland high school continues to expand its services to an increasing student body. In operation, and available to all departments, is a new wireless lab, using earphones and tapes, which provides six different programs going into classrooms simultaneously. An independent study program provides students, with academic ability in this field, with an extra year of science.
Cumberland has one of the best equipped weather stations in the state which was recently installed near the Unit offices. Plans were submitted by Mr. Roberts of WCIA and include recording anemometer, hygrometer, thermometer, barometer, dew point apparatus and rain gauge.
A new industrial arts club, named "Little Shavers" was formed, bowling introduced into the Girls Physical
Education program and a golf team organized for spring play and competition.Driveways and parking lots were resurfaced and four new mercury vapor lights purchased. Reseeding of Pirate
Field is scheduled for spring. In the planning stage are consolidation into a Multi-County
Educational Service Region as well as Vocational Co-op programs and Night Adult Education Classes in conjunction with Lake Land Junior College.

Add to High School

Bids will be open in January for an $80,000 to $110,000 addition to the high school, providing space for four to five new classrooms. The 55 by 72 foot extension, designed by Lee Gatewood of Mattoon, will be added to the south of the study hall. Construction is scheduled for completion by the fall of 1973.
Two of Cumberland's administrators, Unit Superintendent Harold Garner and Elementary Principal Pat Smith, received their doctorate degrees.
The board of directors of the Cumberland Nursing Center is studying the extension of facilities. Originally, a 24-bed addition to the present structure was desired, however members have been meeting with the FHA to discuss a Shelter-Care Home, to be constructed north of the present center, as a more favorable plan. Work has begun on the red brick foundation for a new sign for the Center; a project of the Nursing Auxiliary.
The State if Illinois, which at the present time rents a building in the business district and uses its property south of the Route 121 cutoff for parking highway equipment, is in the process of surveying for the construction of a new state maintenance building at the site.

Install Storm Sewers
Last year the village installed new storm sewers to take care of roof water for businesses on the north side of main street, however the alley which runs behind is too high and causes water to flow into the back of stores during heavy rainfall. Lowering the alleyway as a solution to the problem is being studied by the board.
Greenup's first increase in water rates in 33 years was seen at the end of 1972. Monthly charges are now $3 for the minimum (1500 gallon) and 15 cents for each 100 thereafter. 30c for purchasers outside the corporation.
According to Mayor Bill Eastern, the city must have quality water to meet state specifications and the rate
increase and water tower repair are the forerunners of the city's major project for 1973, a new water filtration and treatment plant. The Greenup National Bank is purchaser of the $160,000 in revenue bonds issued.
Some pipe have already arrived for the river crossing from the pumping station to the plant site. Contracts were awarded to Keefer Brothers of Mt. Vernon for the pipe line construction and to Nolan Building Supply of Stonington for the building, fillers and pump controls. The 30 by 70 foot building, to be constructed of brick aid concrete block at the water lower site will contain chemical feed equipment, filters, laboratory and offices with adequate room for softeners if recommended a: a later date. Plans for a new sanitary sewage and treatment plan to comply with state regulations are in the hands the EPA for approval and are awaiting state and federal funding.
Mayor Easton wishes to have his newly appointed City Planning Commission  in operation by the first of the  year.

Traffic signals at the intersection of U.S. 40 and III. Rte. 130 were removed in favor of two-way stop -control to require route 40 traffic to stop for state 130 traffic as a result of the Increased volume  of vehicles with the opening of 170
The State of Illinois which at Planning Commission in operation by the first, of the year.
In a progress report one would not be expected to tear asunder, however in retrospect it appears that with a progressive-minded mayor and village council combined with civic-minded citizens in community service, one fact remains: Greenup is not dead. Greenup Is moving ahead

Effingham Daily News Friday December 29, 1972

Historical society

Historical Society Buys Landmark At Greenup

by Bobbie Claire Goodman
Greenup Corr.

GREENUP - The Cumberland   County Historical Society, led In the long-sought project by Mrs. Nora Sperry, purchased the Greenup RaiIroad Depot from Illinois Central Gulf of Chicago for the cost of $25.
It was moved June 17 to Haughton Park, donated to the  village, and will he restored for public use as time and funds permit.
The old building is said to be one of only two (the other located in Casey) original depots in the area and though exact date is not known, it was constructed prior to the year1890.
Through the years, many hobbyists have visited here to see its measurements for use in their scale model railroad
The Vandalia Railroad (Pennsylvania) came through Greenup in 1869 and was owed by the Peoria. Decatur Evansville (Illinois Central) in 1877. At this time, the tracks crossed. The Pennsylvania constructed a grade near the IC in about 1927.
Both railroad companies had depots in the same area (near the village light plant on South Mill St. ). however, the I.C. depot burned down, the present Pennsylvania building was moved, and they consolidated into a joint agency, or Union
Station. It consisted of an office, waiting room, and freight house downstairs with the four upstairs rooms used as the agent's living quarters. At one time, public dances were held up-stairs.
Around 1918. it became a favorite Sunday evening outing for the villagers to go down and watch what was known as "The Bob" come through on its way from St. Louis to Indianapolis. "Special Excursions." with bargain rates, afforded the
opportunity to attend the circus in Mattoon and other events held in surrounding cities.
"The Junction House", a hotel, provided meals and lodging at the site in the early days. Later, an old dray was used to transport passengers and express uptown. In 1900. John Jacob Astor, New York millionaire, stopped here to
have his shoes shined. umbrella brushed, and purchase cigars as he was changing trains from the " I C Officer's Special"  to the No. 2. bound for New York. His excessive gratuities for valet services in the amounts of 50 cents and $I created enough talk to record the story.
The I.C. ran its last passenger train on July 24. 1939; however tickets were sold for the Pennsy until the mid 1960s. The depot continued as a freight and express agency and Western Union office until March 7. 1967 when the last agent and
telegraph operator. William Kent, retired.
The railroads brought with them many "kings of the road" whose campfires could be seen along the tracks near the station and whose daily rapping at the backdoors of the local housewives meant a request for a "hand-out".
Though the window lights have fallen prey to vandalism, the old grey building still retains its charm and many citizens followed its journey to 'its new home at Haughton Park. Flowering crab apple trees, planted near the site by
the Civic Club, will in time provide landscaping for the village landmark. A dedication is planned for the future.
The Historical Society will be restoring relics such as spikes and anchors found on the premises to sell as paper-weights and candleholders as a fund-raising project to defray the expenses of moving and renovation.
Donations are being sought from clubs and individuals and may be sent to: Mrs. Olive Holsapple. Mary Holt or Nora Sperry, Greenup.

Effingham Daily News Friday July 30, 1973

Greenup's Landmark Goes
by Bobbie Claire Goodman
Greenup Corr.

GREENUP - The village of Greenup established its town; around the old Barbour Inn With its demise, Monday, Oct 30, 1972. many citizens interested in historical lore were reluctant to see the 141-year-old landmark go.
A crowd began to gather a 8:90 a.m. to witness the razing operation which was completed under direction of Taylor Construction Co., by two machines in 1 1/2hours.
Both fable and fact was passed along in conversation from one bystander to another as viewers reminisced about the days when Concord Coaches, drawn by six horses covering ten miles per hour, stopped to pick up passengers at the old roadside tavern and inn.
Operated last as the Greenup Hotel by Mr and Mrs. Lee Winnett, the establishment closed its doors to the public three years ago and the property has been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Bud) Mitchell to be used for their Chevrolet Agency display lot.
Many fascinating stories are told concerning the celebrated stage coach stop on the old Cumberland Trail. According to tradition, when Tom and Sarah Bush Lincoln's 13-member family group left their Indiana home in 1830, the caravan traveled via the Palestine (later called York) Road and made their overnight encampment nearby.
Twenty-one year old Abe offered his services to assist a group of men building a well of native stone on the northeast corner of the premises. According to an old guest registry, Lincoln was a visitor at the hotel on several occasions He gave a campaign speech, when running for state office, under a poplar tree on the old Ely Place, which adjoins the hotel site on the south.
In 1831, Joseph Barbour bought 160 acres, at $1.25 per acre, from the US. Government Land Office and erected the Traveler's   Inn. Pioneer settlers, soldiers of fortune, actors, salesmen, and legislators, as well as a future President, spun yarns about the Indian legends and prairie wilderness, ate, drank, sang and occasionally engaged in fisticuffs within its walls Frank, brother of the infamous Jesse James, availed himself of its rooming and boarding services while in Greenup where he acted as official race starter for the Cumberland County Fairs in the 1880's.
Barbour donated lots for the establishment of the town, along with William C. Greenup, for whom it was named. Greenup. Clerk of the Legislative Council and House of Representative in 1815 and Secretary at the First Constitutional Convention of 1818, was employed by the U.S. Government as superintendent of the building of the transcontinental highway from Terre Haute, Ind. to Vandalia, III.
The Barbour Inn had a succession of owners. It became a hotel with the construction of the Greenup House by Cap;. Ed Talbot, and was purchased from John Sheplor in 1854 by Charles Conzet "Uncle Charlie" entertained the public at The Conzet House for 48 years.
In 1891. the original part was removed to the rear and a new front designed. White weatherboard with scrollwork trim. scalloped awnings and a veranda were the decor of the day Beginning with the Public Square, Barbour and Greenup had laid out 102 lots for the original village. The hotel is located on Lots 6 and 7. Hitching posts along the street as well as a horse watering trough, under the pump at the historic well, were a necessity. In the early days, platters of food were heaped on the long dining room table for meals served "family style" at a charge of 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children.
Greenup's water works came with the year 1897 and the 100,000 gallon tower-tank called "The Big Kettle." Still preserved in the Greeenup Hotel was one of the first flush toilets installed in the village The old relic had a wooden tank and push-button handle. It was followed by the first bathroom in town, built in the Ely House.
In 1912, William Garrett purchased  the establishment and operated it for 32 years. In 1914, rough cement was laid to replace the old board walks. For many years, Greenup's only fire alarm, to signal the hand pulled, two wheeled hose cart, was located at the hotel. A favorite dining and meeting place for clubs and organizations, the food service remained available until the late 1930's.
Additions to the two-story structure through the years could be seen through the various kinds of masonry, lumber and workmanship. Upon purchase in 1944, the Winnet's remodeled the hotel, covering the white weather-board with red brick veneer siding. All of the 17 upstairs rooms were rented in addition to some on the first floor, with portions of the five small downstairs apartments being converted to their living quarters.
Old wallpaper in Room 4, removed in redecorating, turned up the crayola markings of an autograph, reading: "Hall — 1857", thought to be a relative of Lincolns.
According to Mr. Winnett, at the time of their retirement, the 29 room hotel was said to be the oldest operating west of the Alleghenies. The last meal served in the old dining room was the 1969 Thanksgiving dinner served to a large family gathering of Winnetts.
Oldtimers claim that it was a stage stop as early as 1815. Members of the Bi-Weekly Club sponsored a memorial to the inn which was established in 1915 and stands on the north side of the property. The monument marks the site and is engraved with the name of the village founder, William C. Greenup. It Is hard to visualize the site as a vacant lot and, with the exception of its old age, no knowledge of damage by fire or natural elements to the hotel has ever been recorded. The destruction of the building, felled by the machinery of modern man is called progress. The memory left of the old Barbour Inn within its walls is called history.

Monday November 6, 1972

Showhouse Becomes Showroom
Progress Claims Another Victim

Bobbie Claire Goodman

GREENUP-Another one of Greenup's landmarks has  been erased by the march of modernization as a welcome banner over the canopy of the former Old Trails theater announces the grand opening of a new business.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Highfill have purchased the building, completely remodeled the interior and moved their Western Auto Store to the location.

One trace of the cinema's former self remains on a lobby mural depicting Indian totem poles. A scenic mural which had been mirrored over, was discovered in renovation and preserved by constructing a frame around it. It serves as a picture of the past and, with nostalgia in the 1974 spotlight, a fitting reminder of the many hours of entertainment  afforded the public in the establishments almost sixty years as a movie theater,

John Pinkney Ewart. owner of the Lumberyard which encompassed the the remainder of the block to the east, erected the original Ewart Theater which had it's grand opening on Feb. 11. 1909 with a bill of fare entitled "Isle of Spice." Pictured on the first program were scenes of the Greenup School and Public Library  along  with advertisements of Tonsorial Artists.   Harness Shops, Blacksmiths,  Butchers and other merchants of the day.

A barker, the late Bennie Peters, in addition to calling out the evening's program and show time, hawked vegetables which could be purchased in a room off the lobby and thrown, according to personal tastes, in the stew pot at home or at the actors on stage.

While the young in years will recall Technicolor, pop-corn and a place where boy meets girl, the young in heart reminisce over stopping at the Greek's Candy Kitchen for a bag of hot salted peanuts mixed with red hots en route to the nickelodeon; or one could always purchase a box of candy kisses, with a big prize inside, during intermission.

Theater Jobs provided spending money for many of the community's youth through the years, however, Ewart himself faced no problems in finding employees. As the father of 17, his sons learned the art of movie projection, sold tickets and ushered, while daughters were utilized as pianists during the silent film era. When an orchestra was required, the theater's musical director. Carl Parker, was assisted by his sister Annis and brother Emil. The original building had a balcony, loges. orchestra pit, and a basement area under the stage which provided space for prop storage and live dressing rooms. It's location on the old mast to coast National Trail (original route 401 brought unexpected entertainment to the stage in the form of vaudeville troupes which saw the opportunity to earn the profits from a one night stand, enroute from New York City to St. Louis.

Greenup could boast or three hotels at the time, where road show performers could find lodging for $1 per night. Gene Autry. on his way to fame and fortune in Hollywood, was one of many cowboy and western acts to grace the Greenup stage along with magicians, fortune tellers, performing dogs and a man who billed himself as "The Human Fly" with an attempt to scale the brick wall of the two-story broom factory building, directly across the street. Minstrels, variety extravaganzas (patterned after the follies and George White's Scandals), locally produced school class plays and operetta's prior to construction of the Greenup High School gymnasium) and nightly shows during fair week (before the advent of grandstand attractions) all drew a packed house.

In 1925. Harry Branch purchased the theater from the Ewart heirs for a sum of $5,000. The old opera house was not without its lean years and. feeling the effects of the Depression, was sustained for several years with the aid of mortgages and loans until M.O. Musser. wife Ella and son Paul, of Casey's Lyric Theater assumed operation from 1932 until 1956.

Ed Medley, a Flora car dealer, leased the building for a time and in an effort to boost ticket sales, solicited several Flora citizens to chauffeur some of his automobiles to Greenup to drive voters to the polls and defeat a "No Sunday Movies" village ordinance.

Ernest Rodgers of Greenup was an employee for many years, beginning at the age of 13 by distributing show bills around town and working his way up in ticket sales, the projection room and later traveling the area with the Paul (Musser) Murl (Burdett)  Film Company. Following the 30 per cent and 40 per cent sound films, supplemented by script, talkies were tried with a home-made system and the showing of "Forty Fathoms Deep.*' Rodgers felt that it would have taken an octopus to correlate the recording with the lip movements of the actors on film. The venture did not prove successful and patrons began to wish for Bennie and his garden produce once again.

When the Musser family assumed operation, sound track film became available and with with the aid of Depression glass give-aways and cash prize bank nights.
the establishment got on its feet once more. In 1936 the building was completely remodeled inside and out A lighted marquee was installed, the concrete block exterior faced with white stucco and a western-Indian decor set the scene for a new name: "The Old Trails."

The doors were closed from 1956-61 when Mr. and Mrs. Phil Harlan again redecorated and reopened the business until television took its toll and in 1972 the building was sold and used for a public auction house by Linus McFarlin.

The Highfills have removed the stage and seats and converted this area for merchandise display and wall shelving. Additional space has been added (or home furnishings by constructing an upstairs section over the stage area and a repair shop facility in the orchestra pit-basement section.  Office space is provided in the lobby with wood paneling and carpeting installed throughout. Picture windows have replaced the twin double doors and a new doorway placed in the ticket booth location. As the old show house turns into a showroom, they plan on having the aisles spiced with bargains for a fall grand opening.

Times-Courier Charleston Illinois August 29, 1974

Dr. Haughton Epitomized Horse and Buggy Doctor

Dr. NJ. Haughton of Greenup died Saturday night at the age of 92. Our Greenup correspondent, Mrs. Bobbie Claire Goodman, was granted "what was I imagine, the only newspaper interview he ever gave, for he shunned publicity and picture taking like the plague. Greenup citizens were always wanting to have a 'Doc Haughton Day' or celebration, but he would have no part of glory being connected with his name."
The following article was adapted from part of an upcoming feature on Greenup's Mineral Well Springs, which may soon become part of Haughton Park, named after the doctor.
Dr. Haughton was buried Wednesday, and Mrs. Goodman says, "I am sorry Doc didn't live to read it. He will be missed greatly."
By Bobbie Claire Goodman

GREENUP - A visit for treatment to the office of Dr. N.J. Haughton in Greenup often resulted in a patient leaving with, in addition to some medicine, given with his celebrated and encouraging quote: "You won't die this time," a bouquet of flowers or the start of a new shrub. Doc knew plenty about the "birds and bees" and has hobby. However, in his 66 years of medical practice he has delivered too many babies to keep count. After office hours, in the warm weather months, one could find him digging in his beautifully landscaped yard where his love of nature took over and the many plants proved that hands, once skillful with a scalpel, still had "green thumbs."
Science students head for Haughton Drive in Greenup during leaf collecting season, for specimens from his 21 varieties of trees.
The good Doctor's daughter, Helen, who resided with him, fought a losing battle in trying to keep him from over-working, for at the age of 92, retirement was still out of the question and Doc continued to maintain hours for an office which was usually packed with patients.
He epitomized the dedicated, but now declining, family doctor whose beginning was in the horse and buggy days and in his words, "on foot, when you couldn't get through the mud."
How fascinating, during the days when he made routine house calls, to see the black bag with it's literal pharmacy of bright colored pills unfold; and few children when upon presentation of a necessary needle, accompanied by his humorous: "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?", dared to let pride give in to fear but courageously answered: "Not I."
Dr. Haughton graduated from medical school in St. Louis in 1905 and practiced in Janesville for five years before moving to Greenup His wife, Bertha, companion for 64 years, died in 1971. A son, John, resides in Greenup.
In the past four years the Greenup Village has purchased two 5 acre tracts of land in the northeast section of town for baseball diamonds and a recreation area. It was named Haughton Park in honor of the community's most beloved and respected citizen
Between the years 1891 to 1915, many physicians and chemists in Illinois and Indiana wrote testimonials as to the curative properties of the waters of Greenup's Mineral Springs; among them was Dr. Haughton. In summarizing his endonemont, it is noted that he claimed no real curative powers, but recommended it as an aid to other medicinal measures and as an excellent bath and table water.
In today's age of highly technical  medical procedures, the Doctor was again asked his opinion, providing the well could be reopened and once again put in use. His answer, basically the same as 56 years ago, was, "It won't cure anything, but if you don't drink enough water, it's fine for you,"
He appeared to have the opinion that people tend to be lax in their consumption of good drinking water, which he advocated, and his philosophy in the use of any treatment for an ailment was: "If it isn't harmful, and it makes you feel better, go ahead and use it."
Dignified and extremely modest, yet blessed with a subtle wit. Doc Haughton was an astute diagnostician and it has always been said that he was always ahead of his time.

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