Historical figures reminisce on Clinton Founders’ Day

Gordon Woods / Journal — Residents attending Sunday’s Founders’ Day event gathered on the lawn of the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum to watch a brief, sometimes humorous, conversation between three important Clinton historical figures. Below: Left to right, Jesse Fell, C.H. Moore and President Abraham Lincoln talk about the founding of Clinton and trade friendly barbs during their revisit.

CLINTON — About 75 residents assembled on Sunday, first on Mr. Lincoln’s Square and later at the Homestead, to mark the founding of Clinton.

The Founders’ Day event, organized by the Celebrate Clinton group, invited some local speakers and actors in the personalities of three key historical figures who played pivotal roles in Clinton’s establishment as a community.

Celebrate Clinton’s Helen Michelassi served as emcee for the downtown portion of Sunday’s event.  Clinton schools’ band director Nathan Wheeler led a high school ensemble in several period-appropriate American tunes.

City commissioner John Wise spoke to the crowd about his life and about the benefits of living in Clinton, and reasons residents like calling Clinton home.

Clinton High School teacher Kelby McMath spoke about his “Cemeterian Project.”  The project brought together students to perform cleaning and restoration work on headstones in the cemetery’s Civil War plot.

McMath said retired CJHS teacher April Martens was one of the people who inspired him to become a teacher.  While on a vacation with his family, McMath came across some Civil War bullets, “and couldn’t wait to get back to share them with her.”

• See the complete story in the Friday, Aug. 26 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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