SAY, "I SAW IT IN
THE CRYSTAL LAKE TIMES." October 6, 1995
School is a history display of the school - a time line, if you
will, of pictures and information for nearly every year since its
inception in 1859. This 35' long horizontal strip of computer paper,
equally divided, is fixed to the gymnasium wall for all to see what
happened when, during Prairie Grove's 136 years. This very unique
presentation was compiled by teacher Mary Vitek and is available to
the general public. Her goals, as headlined on the same wall, state:
"Learn from the past, live in the present, plan for the future." -
coincidentally a statement I campaigned with while running for the
County Board, almost 3 years ago.
While taking me through the highlights of the Prairie Grove
Time Line, Principal, Bob Nesladek paused at an 1865 entry noting
the hiring of L.L. Lincoln as a teacher. The Civil War buff in Bob
came out as he wondered if this gentleman could be related to
Abraham Lincoln. Yes he is, Bob. I think Prairie Grove's time line
at the 1865 position should be altered to read: S.L. Lincoln
(descendent of Abraham Lincoln). Sometimes fancy script Ls and Ss
can be mixed up and if that's the case, we have a real winner here.
My research led me to p. 700 - 701, Vol. 11 of the History of
McHenry Co., 1922. An early settler by the name of "Apollos Lincoln,
born at BrattleBuro, VT, June 2, 1802, died February 22, 1880 was
the father to Gooding W., Henry M., Elizabeth A., Eunice A., Mary
S., Samuel L. & Omar H. Samuel was born in Alexander Township,
Genesse Co., NY,
June 7,1840, a
grandson of Daniel Lincoln, great grandson of Purvis Lincoln and a
descendant of General Lincoln of Revolutionary fame, from whom
Abraham Lincoln was also descended.
The Apollos Lincoln family owned 120 acres of timberland in
Township but later bought a farm and moved to Marengo Township.
Youngest son, Omar H. Lincoln owned a cheese factory in Barreville
and also taught school part time.
Samuel L. Lincoln was not quite 5 years old when he moved to
from New York He was educated locally and alternated being a student
at the academy in Wauconda, NY while working on the farm for 2
years. After completing his schooling, he began teaching school and
followed the practice for 35 years during the winter months and
farming in the summer. All his schools being located in either
Boone, Lake or McHenry Co. He was most influential in the area.
At its beginning in 1859, Prairie Grove was a one-room free
School on the prairie in section 26 of
Today, it is a 66,000 sq. foot building with 44 teachers helping 473
students achieve on their own time line. P.S. The school is still
out on the prairie, but the neighbors are getting much closer.