Friday, June 14, 2013

McCracken, Lane, and Benefiel

Lawrence County News July 9, 1959 Obituary for William E. McCracken. Mr. McCracken had served as justice of the peace, and was for years the district manager of the Modern Woodmen of America. Many years ago he was an agent for Standard Oil Company, driving a team that brought oil from Vincennes to Lawrenceville. He often told of the long days he spent with his team, making his deliveries.  He was 84 years old, having been born May 6, 1875.

Lawrence County News July 2, 1959 Arthur D. Lane and his wife Ella M. Peecher Lane came to Lawrenceville in 1901 where they operated a photography studio. In 1903 they along with Mrs. Lane's parents entered the mercantile business in the building now occupied by Hedde Pharmacy, which they named the bazaar. They soon outgrew their quarters and moved to a room later included in the building now occupied by the People's National Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Peecher retired from the business in 1912, and Mr. and Mrs. Lane gradually diverted  their business to a ladies ready- to- wear  and changed the name to Lanes. During 1923 they moved to the South side of the square where they continued until their retirement in 1947. At the time of their retirement Mr. Lane was 82 and Mrs. Lane was 75. The picture above was taken in their home on 1004 11th Street in 1955.

Lawrence County News June 25, 1959 Ross J. Benefiel ( 1889-1959)  was the son of a surveyor and civil engineer and early in life began learning his profession. He attended Cross Roads school and by home study and attendance at the engineering college at Dixon became proficient in his profession. As a young man he was elected County surveyor, and when the Illinois statute provided for County engineer and superintendent of highways, he was appointed to the position, and reappointed each six years until his retirement in 1951. Ross Benefiel did the engineering work for most of the bridges and highways in the County; and did the engineering for the straightening of the Embarras River. He also acted as engineer for the city of Lawrenceville, being charge of the streets that have been constructed during his activity in the city.

Ever wonder how Lawrence County got its name?  Come to the June 24th, Monday night meeting at 7:00 pm at the Museum....and find out!