This article is the very first page of my grandfather’s scrapbook. In fact, it is glued to the front cover on the inside. I think this must have been in 1954 as there is also a receipt on this page dated March 4, 1954 from my grandfather. It is for receipt of money from him to the Hospital Building Fund and it is signed by a Laura L. Winter, Sec’y.
As you can see, these are from 1954 so I am pretty positive that the above articles are, in fact, from 1954.
Above and below the following articles in the scrapbook are lots of notes made by Grandpa. He may have just been sharing his opinions. I will not share them as I do not know the situation. Nothing bad is written, I just decided not to share, but I have no problem sharing the articles. The water situation was of a great importance to him and to the city as I have so, so many items on this, including an entire book, green in color, that has map after map and many more things. Well, the water situation was of great importance to everyone.
I have heard of a Bob Black, but I am pretty certain it is not this Bob Black as the age would not match. Perhaps, his father?
I remember when I worked at EIU in 1974 a story was told of Eastern looking for a place to settle. They had a few towns to consider. I remember the story that water was an issue. When the people determining just where to build Eastern, the committee or whatever, were to come through town, even though there was a water issue, they wanted everyone in town to stand outside along the route and water their lawns or wash their cars and smile and wave to the committee as they passed through. This was to show that we had plenty of water! I think the offer made to the committee was free water and they would not be billed for 50 years or something like that. I am not stating this as a fact. It is just what I remember being told. In fact, we repeated it to students and their parents visiting EIU. If you would like, you are welcome to make your own comments correcting me. I did not go into all of the detail that I was told regarding this story, but it is a shortened version of what I was told. I thought it was a delightful story and it made me smile to hear it. I loved how they planned this to “win” the home of EIU.