Dick, Arthur b. April 1, 1911 d. July 2, 1978 Entertainer. Arthur Dick did the impossible on crutches, with a routine of runs, tricks roller skating, dancing, high jumping and comedy. One of his most amazing accomplishments was competing in the mile run on crutches in competition with two legged athletes & although he never won first place, he never finished last. His best time was 5 minutes & 14 seconds. During WWII he spent several years overseas with the U.S. Navy entertaining & instructing the hospitalized veterans. He also made 3...[Read More] Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Green, Nancy b. December 30, 1793 d. December 20, 1867 The Greens were early pioneers & settled 1/2 mile north of New Salem, Illinois.
Bowling Green was a close friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln. Bowling Green sort of nudged Abraham Lincoln into politics. Bowling and Nancy Green took Mr. Lincoln into their home when he was despondent over the death of Ann Rutledge. They may have saved his life since many witnesses felt that Mr. Lincoln was close to suicide. Abraham Lincoln again stayed with Mrs...[Read More] (Bio by: Michael Ratliff Lutz) Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Rutledge, Ann Mayes b. January 7, 1813 d. August 25, 1835 She was Abraham Lincolnís First Love. Her death at the age of 22 led to Lincolnís first known severe depression. Born Ann Mayes Rutledge near Henderson, Kentucky, she was the third of ten children born to Mary and James Rutledge. In 1829, her father, along with John M. Cameron, founded New Salem, Illinois, building a dam, sawmill and gristmill. As their business expanded, James Rutledge decided to lay out a town and sell lots of land. After the town started becoming populated, James Rutledge...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Wilcox, Hannah Jones b. August 2, 1810 d. August 19, 1890 Literary Subject. She was the subject of one of Edgar Lee Master's poems in his book "Spoon River Anthology." She was the wife of Jack Armstrong, who challenged Abraham Lincoln to a wrestling match in New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln won the match and the two men became such good friends that Lincoln stayed in their home when he was periodically out of work. The sign next to monument says "Hannah Armstrong," but tombstone says "Hannah Wilcox" because after Jack Armstrong's death in 1857, she and...[Read More] (Bio by: Connie Nisinger) Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA