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Echoes of Effingham

Exploring the Gnann and Wilson lineage

Exploring the Gnann and Wilson lineage

John Sylvester Gnann (b. 1860 d. 1936) married in 1886 Ella Gertrude Weitman (b.1868 d. 1945). » Read More
The Birds in early Springfield

The Birds in early Springfield

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Exley at 754-6681 or email ... » Read More
Finding a biography of James Bird

Finding a biography of James Bird

At the beginning of the War Between the States, Captain Bird was anxious to enlist in the Army of the CSA. However, his brother Edward ... » Read More
Finding the Bird family roots

Finding the Bird family roots

The Bird family came to America as Dutch (Palatine) immigrants. The first settler was Andreas Bort, Sr. (c. 1650-1723). After settling in the New York ... » Read More
With increasing frequency over the past 10 years or so, parents have asked me various questions abou

With increasing frequency over the past 10 years or so, parents have asked me various questions abou

Early timber harvesting was done with mules and timber carts after the trees were taken down with axes and crosscut saws. » Read More
Hot weather at Campmeetings

Hot weather at Campmeetings

I am sure those at Campmeeting are glad for some cooling rain on Sunday afternoon. Back in 1906, Methodist Camp Meeting was held in October ... » Read More
Reviewing a Herald correspondent

Reviewing a Herald correspondent

For many years each community had a correspondent who sent weekly news to the Springfield Herald. Bethesda's news came from Mrs. Alma Zipperer for ... » Read More
225 years of Camp Meeting

225 years of Camp Meeting

For 225 years, the Effingham County United Methodists have held an annual camp meeting. This is the fourth site where the week of services has ... » Read More


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