Old Homes, Hotels & Buildings

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The Adams Mansion
Atlas Township, Pike Co., Illinois
Photo contributed by Shari Borrowman - Information from Kathy Robinson

The fence has been removed between the road and the row of 19 beautiful hard maple trees at the Maggie and Laura Adams home in Atlas where Pike county had its start - three miles south of Rockport - but when the new road is built these lovely old trees will not have to be sacrificed. The Adams home, as many know, is the old brick homestead of Colonel William Ross now 118 years old. The home surmounts a steep sloop within the little town. Age has made necessary several changes, that have altered the appearance of the original homestead, the house in which Nancy Ross, first white child in Pike county, was born, but it remains dignified and still abounds in history. A relative of Colonel Ross, the grandfather of Miss Maggie and Miss Laura Adams, bought the place from the builder.
The Barry Adage July 5, 1939(cw)

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P.F. and E.J. (Wells) Barton in Pleasant Hills
Contributed by Donna Eitel

Photos were taken in the 1930's by James Richard Barton ("Dick"), a son (the 3rd of 7 children) of Perry Franklin Barton and Elizabeth Jane (Wells) Barton.
Photo currently owned by Dick Barton's son John, of Bend, Oregon

Isaac & Rachel Barton Residence
Isaac & Rachel Barton Residence
Contributed by Donna Eitel
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Cash - Ogle Farm - Summer 1938 - Located near Dutch Creek
The house was built in 1871 by Isaac and Rachel Barton.
They sold in 1880 to Thomas Corrill.
By the 1930's the house was the Cash & Cora Ogle home.Contributed by Donna Eitel (the house is no longer standing)
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Huff Home on South Bainbridge

The new home of Mrs. Lena Huff on South Bainbridge Street is nearing completion, only the landscaping outside and the interior decorating inside is needed to make the home ready for occupancy. Constructed by Mrs. Frank Brinkman, Hull contractor, and his brothers, this new semi-Colonial bungalow-type house is modern throughout. A large-enclosed porch fronts the house and connects with the combination living room and dining room. A modern kitchen, two bedrooms and bath room complete the floor plan. The house has a full basement, and will be heated by oil. The lot is located between the homes of Mrs. Gretta Wike and Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hays, formerly the George Wike and the John Weber houses, across the street from the Terry Lumber Company. The only thing your reporter doesn't like about the house is - when Mrs. Huff moves to town we will be without a correspondent at Buckeye, and without the Buckeye news the old Adage won't be the same. Anyway, we congratulate Mrs. Huff on her new home and wish her lots of happiness in it.
From the Barry Adade November 19, 1947

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Residence of William Gerald and Opal Reel
Contributed by Joyce (Reel) Jackson

The original owner of the home was Bernard W. Flinn 1. He was a Pike County community leader who was a millionaire and benefactor of Quincy schools. He did some trust funds for Bethel Church and cemeteries...His wife was former Sarah Brownell Flinn, well educated herself and taught New York schools. He built a house and aquired 378 acre of land. They had 9 children. Louis, father of B.W Flinn 2 was born in that house March 26, 1858. Bernard W. Flinn 1 served in many official positions as road overseer, collector of taxes for five years, trustee of Detroit Township four years, school director for 16 years and supervisor for 10 years. In 1879 he was elected treasurer of Pike County and served for three years.He was one of three men who made possible the first old settlers meeting of Pike and Calhoun Counties, held on lands he cleared
Note by Contributer Joyce (Reel) Jackson
This is the oldest picture of the house with the barn and with a new shed my dad built in May, 1973.
I stood on the top hill of pasture where my dad drove the tractor to the barn. The New shed was built in May, 1973 (which my little sisters, Kimberly and Jerri stood before the new shed) And in October 1985 final picture of barn before my dad and my husband Bill Jackson and all brothers in laws tore it down in a day. In torn down barn there was my husband, Bill standing in top of the barn.
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The Rupert Home - Rockport, Illinois
Contributed by Billie Browning

The Rupert home in Rockport built about 1840 by Dr Whiting. The house was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Rupert and following his death his widow Mrs. Ellen L. Rupert and her step-son Deacon Rupert made it their home. In the background the barn and the spire of the Methodist Episcopal
(from the book "A History Of Gilgal Landing and Rockport", Illinois by Haines)

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Shastid House - Rockport, Illinois
Photo by Dan Long

A Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibit is in place at the Shastid House, 326 E. Jefferston, Pittsfield. Wayside Exhibit are storyboards with pictures and stories about Abraham Lincoln connection to the site. The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition is a collection of central-Illinois communities with ties to Lincoln. Each year, Looking for Lincoln puts out a brochure for tourists with information about each community and its Lincoln sights. Pittsfield is one of about 50 communities with wayside exhibits. The Shastid House was owned by John Greene Shastid. He and his family entertained Lincoln at the home during his visits to Pittsfield. The Wayside Exhibit features the history of the house and its connection to Lincoln. Three more exhibits are on their way to Pittsfield and should be installed in April. There will be one at the John G. Nicolay House, one at the John Hay House, and one on the courthouse lawn. Nicolay and Hay both served as secretaries to Lincoln during his administration. Lincoln practiced law cases at the former courthouse in Pittsfield. It was torn down in 1893. All four signs have been funded through Pittsfield's Lincoln Bi-Centennial Commission, grants from Looking for Lincoln, and private donations. Lincoln had many connections to Pittsfield, which has more surviving homes visited by him than any other city in the world. The Talking House tour offers information about 11 Lincoln sites in Pittsfield. Persons can pull up in front of each site and listen to stories about Lincoln and his connection to the site through a car radio
Article by Allison Lyon - Contributed by Billie Browning

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Swainson Building - Pleasant Hill, Illinois
Photos contributed by Billie Browning
Swainson Building

The Swainson Building at the corner of Quincy and Main Street is the last and oldest structure of that block which housed businesses in Pleasant Hill. Through the years, fires have completely destroyed the many businesses in Pleasant Hill. They were rebuilt and burned more than than once. In 1906, fire destroyed the Swainson Building. We have no picture of the older building. However by the summer of 1906 a new brick structure consisting of three stories, side by side was completed and ready for tenants. They shared a roof and a wing. The new building was made of brick which was formed at our very own brickyard on the property where Lois and Harris Franklin built their home on rte. 96 near the high school. This wa a sun brick which probably accounts for making it easy to carve your name on the west facing wall !! (Did you ever do that?). The deposit of clay on that hillside was found suitable for making brick so that business was there for years, providing the village with a good source of building material. The remains ofit are still there, although it is buried. And so today, the Swainson Building still stands and is the oldest business structure in that block. The next oldest would have been the hotel and resturant which unfortunately burned three years ago. It had been built about 1914 and Ida Priestley was the owner / operator.
Article from the Harman House Museum Newsletter, September 9, 2009