Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fish Stories

Have you seen the movie about the making of Red Hills State Park Lake?  Stop by the History Center to see it....and tell us your fish stories.....

DECEMBER 6, 1899  As reported in the Robinson Constitution
Fred Highsmith, with a company of 23 men of South Honey Creek, spent last week at Garvey Pond near Lawrenceville fishing. They report eleven thousand pounds of fish caught, the largest weighed 9 pounds.

 A week later the newspaper reported:

Garvey Pond in Lawrence County has produced the largest fresh water bass on record, and a number of Crawford County people enjoy the distinction of taking him. It weighed 9 pounds and was  the daddy of all basses. One was caught out of the Wabash once that weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and the story goes that a reward of $50 was offered for one that exceeded it in weight.

Back to Back programs

Dennis Stroughmatt  invites audiences to visit the history of early-20th-century Illinois and even sing along to the music of the age at the Lawrence County Historical Society’s program on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. September 11.  The program will be held at the Lawrenceville High School Auditorium, 2200 James Street.  Admission is free.   



Paul Umfleet, local woodcarver and 'lover of all things Audubon', will educate the public with his program, Audubon on the Water Ways, 7 pm  Monday evening, September 12 at the Lawrenceville Public Library (12th Street). Admission is Free.  Come find out Audubon's connection with Lawrence County.


We have started taking reservations for the Water/Ways bus tours. There will be a total of four tours, all the same.  (There are not four different ones, just four different times.....same tour, different Saturday)  Each will be about 1 ½ hours long and will consist of a loop through Allison Prairie, with stories along the way about George Field, Lake Lawrence, the major floods, and other water related stories.  The cost is $10 a person; the dates are Saturday, September 24th and Saturday October 1st, with the first tour of the day starting at 10 am and the second starting at noon.   The handicap accessible buses have seating for 26 people on each tour, so availability is limited.  Payment must be made in advance to insure a seat, and there will be no refunds.  Reservations can be made at the History Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.