Oregon Illinois Depot

Oregon Illinois Depot The very first depot in Oregon was a two-story building constructed in 1872.

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Tomorrow at 10:00 am, Kris Gilbert will discuss her 20+ years of researching and cataloging Ogle County cemeteries. Topi...
06/28/2019

Tomorrow at 10:00 am, Kris Gilbert will discuss her 20+ years of researching and cataloging Ogle County cemeteries. Topics will include gps-ing graves, finding veterans, and long lost cemeteries.

Oregon Illinois Depot
06/08/2019

Oregon Illinois Depot

The Ogle County Historical Society
04/24/2019

The Ogle County Historical Society

A Whitcomb 50-ton Switching locomotive (Whitcomb 50-DE-58a-1) in Rochelle, Illinois at the Railroad Park, April 22, 2014. Photo credit to Bubba Harmon of Bubba's Garage.

"The Rochelle Railroad Park is situated in the eastern side of a diamond crossing between the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and BNSF Railway (BNSF) mainlines. It is one of only a few places in the US where two double tracks cross each other at grade to form four “diamonds.” It is a very busy spot for train watchers with up to 120 trains passing in a 24 hour period. There is a nice pavilion to shield you from the elements as well as listen to the train chatter from the trains which is broadcast over speakers. There is also "hobo art" hung in the rafters. A Whitcomb 50-ton Switching locomotive (Whitcomb 50-DE-58a-1) is here on display as well. Rochelle was home to Whitcomb Locomotive which made more than 5000 locomotives from 1907-1952."

http://blog.bubbasgarage.com/2014/04/traveling-lincoln-highway-day-5.html?fbclid=IwAR2GgvTDnvt7ThnJvLrn1xhRyws0D3eN52n7lOe5K6_15Og07cuozZkNk7k

02/23/2019

Due to the inclement weather today, the "Those Were The Days" session is canceled, thank you for your understanding.

The Ogle County Historical Society
01/20/2019

The Ogle County Historical Society

In yesterday’s Republican Reporter, Otto Dick, local historian, wrote about an article that ran in the Oregon Republican newspaper on January 25, 1895 stating that “Oregon Is The Proper Site” for the new State Normal School for Northern Illinois. Later that same year, DeKalb was chosen as the site of the new school and the name was later changed to Northern Illinois University. It was chartered in 1895 and opened its doors in 1899. Altgeld Hall (The Castle) was the first real campus building built in a European Style.

One of the reasons that Oregon was being considered was that it had the Wells Training School, which at the time had already trained many teachers. In 1879 E. L. Wells established the Wells Teacher Training School located on N. 4th Street near the rock where Lincoln spoke in 1856. The school quickly gained a reputation as a fine teacher’s training school.

After graduating from Oregon High School, Otto attended Northern Illinois University where he met, attended school with and later married Marilyn Mattison. Pictured are Altgeld Hall and Otto and Marilyn at NIU.

105 years ago yesterday, this appeared in the local newspaper about the new depot. Reprinted from the Ogle County Report...
01/16/2019

105 years ago yesterday, this appeared in the local newspaper about the new depot.

Reprinted from the Ogle County Reporter of January 15, 1914.

Citizens Are Proud of New Depot

FINE NEW PASSENGER STATION AT OREGON

The depot is open every Saturday morning from 9-12. The Those Were The Days programs featuring various local speakers happens the the last Saturday of every month 10:00 to 12:00. Chris Martin has lined up excellent speakers.

For more information about the depot or to share a story with us contact Roger Cain, 815.732.2318, Otto Dick, 815.440.0639 or Chris Martin, 815.742.8471.

http://www.oregondepot.org/depot.html

"The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad box cars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from at ...
01/15/2019

"The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad box cars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from at least that many individual French citizens. They were showing their appreciation for the more than 700 American box cars of relief goods sent to them by (primarily) individual Americans in 1948. The Merci Train arrived in New York harbor on February 3rd, 1949 and each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift laden box cars. The 49th box car was shared by Washington D.C. and the Territory of Hawaii. Parades and ceremonies of welcome were conducted in the state capitols and major cities of almost all the states. The largest and most attended was in New York City where more than 200,000 people turned out to welcome that state's assigned box car."

http://mercitrain.org/?fbclid=IwAR1VhW_t_wd7LGYsGJVKdrvlB17QThBNp6OipAq6NGO3OUBHCbwNLyq1gic

This Rodin was a gift from France🇫🇷to Illinois from the Merci train of 1949 as thanks for the Liberation in WWII and the more than 40 mil in food and aid by U.S. citizens to France and Italy 🇮🇹 in 1948. #artifactoftheweek #illinoislegacycollection #museum #twitter #storyofillinois

Henry "Hank" Fruit of Taylor Township was the engineer of Burlington RR locomotive #2852 when it left the rails between ...
12/17/2018

Henry "Hank" Fruit of Taylor Township was the engineer of Burlington RR locomotive #2852 when it left the rails between Oregon and Mt. Morris on July 15, 1948. It hit 16 inches of gravel that had been accidentally spread on the rails. Henry Fruit is standing in the rear with Virgil Butcher and Millard Wilson (hand on light), son of Maude Reed Wilson who had been a teacher at the Carthage school.

http://www.oregondepot.org/

Honoring our Ogle County veterans this 100th veteran's day, November 11, 2018.The Oregon VFW will have a Veteran's Day C...
11/09/2018

Honoring our Ogle County veterans this 100th veteran's day, November 11, 2018.

The Oregon VFW will have a Veteran's Day Celebration on Sunday November 11th at 11:00. At the ceremony the Oregon High School Choir will be singing the National Anthem plus other patriotic songs. Ogle County veteran, Doug Wean will speak and the service will end with the traditional 21 gun salute ending with Taps performed by the VFW.

There will be the traditional pot luck following the ceremony at the VFW. The public is invited.

Shared from the Rochelle Flagg Township Museum's page!https://www.facebook.com/RochelleFlaggTownshipMuseum/
10/10/2018

Shared from the Rochelle Flagg Township Museum's page!

https://www.facebook.com/RochelleFlaggTownshipMuseum/

August 31, 1947. C & NW steam locomotive #3025 'Northern' ( Class H, 4-8-4 built by Baldwin in October, 1929 ) hauling mail through the diamond. Bill Landis collection shared by the Chicago & North Western Historical Society.

Thank you to all who attended the "Those were the days" session today we had a great turn out with 46 guests!
09/29/2018

Thank you to all who attended the "Those were the days" session today we had a great turn out with 46 guests!

Rochelle Flagg Township Museum
09/05/2018

Rochelle Flagg Township Museum

C&NW FT # 4051 approaching the Rochelle tower from the west. June 20, 1948. Wallace Abbey photograph.

Oregon Illinois Depot, late 1940s. According to Bob Rees, this photo was taken by Jim Purcel in the late 1940's when he ...
08/30/2018

Oregon Illinois Depot, late 1940s.

According to Bob Rees, this photo was taken by Jim Purcel in the late 1940's when he was a Western Union Telegraph messenger operating out of the Oregon Depot. The engineer by the Prairie Type 2-6-2 local "Dinky" was Hank Fruit who did the local in Oregon and Mt Morris. Jim was on the top of the cattle pens when he took the photo.

Don't forget the depot is open every Saturday from 9-12 and we have our special Those Were The Days programs the last Saturday of every month at 10:00.

http://www.oregondepot.org/depot.html

From Doug Wean.
08/21/2018

From Doug Wean.

I am looking forward to joining the "Those were the Days" crew this Saturday, August 25th at 10 AM at the Oregon Train Depot. This is a photo taken at the 'Great Lakes Naval Hospital' in March of 1969 having been awarded our Nations third highest Combat Medal: "The Silver Star for Gallantry in Action." I served as a Navy Corpsman with the 3rd Marine Division, during the "TET" Offensive of 1968.

Railroad workers from the Oregon Illinois Depot across the street at the Railway Hotel & Cafe, 1930s. Does anyone recogn...
08/13/2018

Railroad workers from the Oregon Illinois Depot across the street at the Railway Hotel & Cafe, 1930s. Does anyone recognize any familiar faces? Perhaps these men are section hands who came and went as needed.

Photo credit to Daryl Bacon whose grandparents ran the Railway Hotel & Cafe for a number of years and lived next door at 1101 S. 4th Street.

The Railway Hotel & Cafe across from the Oregon Illinois Depot, 1930s. Look at all those cigars and chewing tobacco! Pho...
08/10/2018

The Railway Hotel & Cafe across from the Oregon Illinois Depot, 1930s. Look at all those cigars and chewing tobacco!

Photo credit to Daryl Bacon whose grandmother Addie Helman Lumsden lived next door to the hotel and whose mother worked at the hotel and cafe.

Marlene Hobbs, one of the earliest Oregon Illinois Depot restoration workers, 2001. Marlene had just gotten a new Cadill...
07/28/2018

Marlene Hobbs, one of the earliest Oregon Illinois Depot restoration workers, 2001.

Marlene had just gotten a new Cadillac and when the RR Boom truck went by he ripped the electric wires out of the depot and they landed across the trunk of her new Cadillac and put burn marks on it.

Progress through 2002 as told by Bob Rees - The Start of It All.

http://www.oregondepot.org/prog02.html

Don't miss the special Those Were The Days presentation at the Oregon Illinois Depot tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Davi...
07/13/2018

Don't miss the special Those Were The Days presentation at the Oregon Illinois Depot tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. David Krogh will speak about the history of Oregon Bible College/Atlanta Bible College 1923-2018 and Russ Magaw will speak about the history of the Restitution Herald, a popular publication of the bible college. This article is in today's Republican Reporter.

10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14th!

http://www.oregondepot.org/depot.html

http://www.oglecountyhistoricalsociety.com/

BNSF train heading east on the railroad bridge at Oregon, Illinois, date unknown. The Ogle County courthouse cupola can ...
06/24/2018

BNSF train heading east on the railroad bridge at Oregon, Illinois, date unknown. The Ogle County courthouse cupola can be seen in the background and the Ogle County Sheriff's Tower to the left.

On Sunday, June 17th our Oregon Illinois Depot had a visit from the Railroad Station Historical Society and featured on ...
06/21/2018

On Sunday, June 17th our Oregon Illinois Depot had a visit from the Railroad Station Historical Society and featured on their page! They have a lot of great depot pictures! ❤️🚂🚃

Railroad Station Historical Society

https://www.facebook.com/railroadstationhistoricalsociety/

Late in the day we visited the restored 1914 CB&Q Depot in Oregon IL.

Looking upstream at the railroad bridge across the Rock River from Golden Rocks, Oregon, Illinois, date unknown. The Ore...
06/18/2018

Looking upstream at the railroad bridge across the Rock River from Golden Rocks, Oregon, Illinois, date unknown. The Oregon Illinois Depot is to the left or west in this picture. The photo was taken by turn of the century photographer, Charles Curtis.

Remember the depot is open every Saturday morning from 9-12 and for Those Were The Days programs at 10:00 on the last Saturday of every month.

http://www.oregondepot.org/depot.html

From the William P. Diven Collection, a picture of one of the two steam engines the CB&Q kept operating for excursions a...
05/20/2018

From the William P. Diven Collection, a picture of one of the two steam engines the CB&Q kept operating for excursions and public relations well into the 1960s often stopping in Oregon. This one didn't stop and blasted through Oregon in 1960 probably at a speed limit of 75 mph. Nearby the limit was 90 mph; these engines could easily do 100 pulling a passenger train.

http://www.oregondepot.org/depot.html

A train load of Etnyre sprinklers at the Oregon Illinois Depot, probably 1910s. This pictures shows nineteenth century s...
04/24/2018

A train load of Etnyre sprinklers at the Oregon Illinois Depot, probably 1910s. This pictures shows nineteenth century steam locomotive and horse-drawn water wagons.

Newspaper clip courtesy of Liz Gamble.

Rich Rhoads (on the freight wagon) waiting with his family for the sleek, silver, speedster Zephyr at the Oregon Illinoi...
04/09/2018

Rich Rhoads (on the freight wagon) waiting with his family for the sleek, silver, speedster Zephyr at the Oregon Illinois Depot.

From Otto Dick's historical article in Thursday's Republican Reporter newspaper, April 5, 1918.

“After the record setting Denver to Chicago ‘Dawn to Dusk’ of the pioneer Zephyr the CB&Q established the Twin Cities streamlined passenger train running through Oregon between Chicago and the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul in Minnesota.

“Two three-car train sets were delivered to the CB&Q for the Oregon depot in April of 1935. These proved too small so a second pair of six car trains with matching locomotives were ordered as replacements.

“The second pair entered service on December 18, 1936. These train sets were permanently coupled together. Thus, additional cars were not an option.
“In 1935, Zephyrs were scheduled to cover 431 miles between Chicago and Saint Paul in six and a half hours. Later this time was reduced to six hours, 15 minutes.

“On the two, six car train sets one was called the “Train of the Gods” and the cars were named after mythological figures, Apollo, Cupid, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Vulcan.

“On the other train set, known as the “Train of the Goddesses” the cars were named Ceres, Diana, Juno, Minerva, Phyche, Venus and Vesta.

“The engines for the 2nd pair of diesel locomotives were 9904 (Pegasus) and 9905 (Zephrus).”

"Otto is the Man" was the title of a featured article in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the Ogle County Living magazine...
04/07/2018

"Otto is the Man" was the title of a featured article in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the Ogle County Living magazine.

"Otto has lived in Oregon, Illinois since moving here as a 6th grader from Indiana where his mother was an English teacher and his father a superintendent of schools. He and his siblings - two brothers and a sister - all were musically inclined. The family had three pianos in the living room, including a Schiller Piano which was made in the Conover-Cable Piano Company, now Conover Square Shopping Mall in Oregon. When the family moved to Oregon in 1946 his mother said that they were bringing the piano "back home."

"A mechanical and drafting teacher at Dixon High School for 24 years and a Dixon building inspector for 9 years, Otto is now retired and continues to work every day with the Oregon Illinois Depot and The Ogle County Historical Society. Otto writes a weekly historical item for The Republican Reporter newspaper and his big love these days is the ongoing restoration of the Oregon depot.

"Known as one of Ogle County's best historians, Otto's efforts were recognized in 2014 when he was named Oregon's Citizen of the Year by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce. "I love Oregon," Dick said in his acceptance speech. "It's a great place; I'm just so happy to be here. I'd choose no place else to live. We have a great history here. Let's be positive about our town."

http://www.oregondepot.org/people.html

Oregon, Illinois depot, late 1930s.The Oregon Depot is opened every Saturday from 9-12 and for special hours and events....
04/07/2018

Oregon, Illinois depot, late 1930s.

The Oregon Depot is opened every Saturday from 9-12 and for special hours and events. They will have open hours during Oregon's 47th annual Autumn on Parade, October 7th and 8th as will The Ogle County Historical Society. Details to come.

Check out the depot's website!

http://www.oregondepot.org/depot.html

Wouldn't it be grand to see this sight once again? There's good reason to hope for just that! Stay tuned.....The Unveili...
04/06/2018

Wouldn't it be grand to see this sight once again? There's good reason to hope for just that! Stay tuned.....

The Unveiling of Lorado Taft's Blackhawk statue, July 1, 1911 written by Heckman, Wallace, 1851-1927 in 1912. Only a limited number of copies of this account were published.

https://archive.org/details/loradotaftsindia00heck

Burlington Route System Time Table, May-Oct, 1965. You could leave on the Morning Zephyr at 12:59 from the Oregon Illino...
03/31/2018

Burlington Route System Time Table, May-Oct, 1965. You could leave on the Morning Zephyr at 12:59 from the Oregon Illinois Depot and be at Union Station in Chicago at 2:40 in the afternoon.

(See attached schedule for north and south departures and arrivals daily)

Remember we're open every Saturday from 9-12 and have a Those Were The Days program, organized by Chris Martin, the last Saturday of every month at 10:00. This morning Betty Obendorf of the Polo Historical Society spoke to us about the Underground Railroad.

http://www.oregondepot.org/depot.html

Pictured here is what was called the Abolitionist’ Church, the Independent Presbyterian Church which is now the Polo, ...
03/26/2018

Pictured here is what was called the Abolitionist’ Church, the Independent Presbyterian Church which is now the Polo, Illinois Historic Wedding Chapel.

The speaker for our Those Were The Days’ program this Saturday, March 31st will be local historian, Betty Obendorf, curator of the Polo Historical Society. She will speak to us about letters, diaries and newspaper articles documenting the activities of the local abolitionists in the Underground Railroad in Polo, Byron and all of Ogle County.

Betty has been the curator of the Polo Historical Society ever since she retired from teaching about 20 years ago. The society’s collection is housed in a small storefront on North Franklin Avenue – the former newspaper office, now the Polo History Museum. Betty is known throughout the northern Illinois area for her vast knowledge of this region’s history.

If you'd like to be a speaker at one of our monthly "Those Were The Days" presentations or know of someone who would like to be, call Chris Martin at 815 742 8471, Otto Dick at 815 440 0369 or Roger Cain at 815 757 9715.

We hope to see you at the Oregon Illinois Depot, Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 a.m. Travel south on 4th Street to the end and you’ll be at the depot’s front door.

http://oldnorthwestterritory.northwestquarterly.com/2010/09/local-ties-to-the-underground-railroad/

https://www.illinoisinfocus.com/polo.html

The original Oregon Illinois Depot Gang, Oregon, Illinois, 2002. In 2002 Oregon high school grads from all over the coun...
03/06/2018

The original Oregon Illinois Depot Gang, Oregon, Illinois, 2002.

In 2002 Oregon high school grads from all over the country starting meeting for a week each year to restore the Oregon Depot.

Front, left to right: Norma ?, Loraine Hiscox, Sue Zick, Skip Johnson, Lois Medlar, Pat Medlar and Bob Rees.

Back, left to right: Gene Medlar, Don Capes, Ann ?, Jack Keast, Bob Zick and “Tas” Huerman.

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Oregon, IL
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Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

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