I’ve long held a false opinion about Lincoln, Illinois, my hometown. I had always heard that the city fathers had the choice between the University of Illinois and the State School and Colony—and chose the State School and Colony.
According to a story in the Lincoln Semi-Weekly Star, February 18, 1919, page 5, a Mrs. W. R. Whetsler wrote an objection to a speaker’s reference to the above untruth at a community supper. In its place she offered proof of its prevarication. Fact 1. In 1867 Logan County offered $300,000 and the City of Lincoln $50,000 if the University located there. Fact 2. The legislature in Springfield instead voted on the choice between Lincoln and Urbana. Lincoln received 21 votes, a very small number, Urbana the rest. The State School and Colony didn’t locate in Lincoln until 1875. Roots and Branches, Spring 2019, Published by Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society
In ignorance of the facts, I had always disrespected the Lincoln city fathers. Now corrected, I issue an apology to those long-deceased men. Which goes to show: it’s never too late to repent of past sins. God forgives any sin we repent. He’s kind and gracious. Let us seek him while he may be found to forgive; before he’s faced as Judge.