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MURPHYSBORO Produced by students in the college of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Illinois Humanities Council


Foreword By Joanna Beth Tweedy

As a Murphysboro native, I was delighted to learn about the “Weekend in Murphysboro” project. I presently live in Springfield, Illinois, but was in Murphysboro the weekend the project took place and saw how excited the town was to welcome the students and the project into the community.

Introduction This book represents the work of students in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, captured over the course of a single weekend. When we first decided to undertake this project and were thinking about which community to document, Murphysboro was the first one I considered – only eight miles down the road from Carbondale, I had been there often and thought it would be perfect. The community was small enough to represent that “small town” feel, while still being large enough to offer us the diversity we sought. After speaking to a friend in the community, Mike Mills of 17th St. Bar and Grill, to ask what he thought the town’s reaction would be, I approached Mayor Ron Williams about the project. His response could not have been more enthusiastic. Not only was he excited about the prospect of our students coming in to document his community, he wanted to know what Murphysboro could do to help make the project happen. During the months leading up to our weekend workshop, we had numerous meetings with a wide variety of community organizations as we sought to learn more about some of the people they thought made Murphysboro special. That input helped us determine where we would focus our efforts during the weekend.

As we arrived in town Friday morning, we were greeted with a message on marquees throughout the town: “Welcome To A Weekend In Murphysboro.” It was an auspicious start to a wonderful weekend experience. Guided by the visiting professionals who came in to coach and edit them, the students were sent out into the community to explore. They were invited into the schools and churches, the businesses and homes. They visited with community members as they played and as they worked, as they rested and as they worshipped. They were looking to capture moments – moments of action, reaction and interaction. The images you see in this book, along with the project website (, are the results of their efforts. No single project such as this could ever hope to capture all that is distinctive in a community such as Murphysboro. What this project offers is a “taste” of the community and a sense of it – a taste of the faces and places that make this community special, and a sense of the friends and neighbors who help make Murphysboro the unique place it is. Our goal is that people looking at this work now and in the future will have a true feel of what life was like for members of this community during this point in time. Mark Dolan – Project Director


On Saturday of the October “Weekend,” my mother – Judith Ann White Tweedy, also born and raised in Murphysboro – and I had the pleasure of visiting the Community Center, where the students had set up their base of operations. We were invited by one of the photojournalism students we had encountered that day to view a multimedia presentation the students and their mentors had worked to put together, showcasing the events of the past two days. I was overcome by the depth and scope of the project; and the energy, invigoration, and enthusiasm in the room – from students, mentors, and community members alike – were palpable. The students had captured the very essence of the community through their figurative and literal lenses, which brought to bear the places and people of the region in an exquisite manner that neither glossed nor criticized in its honest documentation. We returned the next day to the Community Center to watch the students at work with their mentors. The Center was abuzz with activity – students on assignment coming and going, training sessions underway surrounding everything from equipment to

artistic honesty, and students with their mentors involved in the professional discourse of critique. Watching the students at work with the mentors was a highlight. As an instructor, I appreciated immensely the cogent immersion experience available to the students through the “Weekend” project. But as I listened to the students’ and mentors’ conversations, it was apparent that the immersion offered a tremendous and unusual opportunity that would remain not only a highlight but also an invaluable experience throughout the students’ future careers. The capacity to imbue the artistic landscape as subject is a terrific talent. The ability to do so in a manner that captures the human landscape, permeated with the radiant dignity of the other as subject, is an exacting grace. It happens in moments of fugitive embrace – moments that occur between reader and writer, viewer and artist – moments sometimes unexpected and often ephemeral, of shared and keen understanding, moments that can happen across time, culture, and distance, coalescing these into a distillate spark of acute discernment. In these evanescent moments, object arrives at subject. Receiver and artist are joined in manduction, constructs converge, humanistic and spiritual pursuits become one another, each drawing the other into a wider world. It is a consummate moment. It is the syntax of hope. And it is precisely this that the students of the “Weekend in Murphysboro” project have captured over and again. Joanna Beth Tweedy is a poet, novelist, educator, and the founding editor and host of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program. 3

Third graders in Darl Young’s class at St. Andrew Catholic School start off their morning with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer. Unlike the first grade students, who sing their prayers, or the seventh grade students, who recite passages from the Bible, Mr. Young’s class takes turns thanking God for things that are important to them, such as family and friends. Young, the school’s only male teacher, has been teaching the third grade for five years • Photo by Pat Sutphin 4

Assistant Principal David Brauer of Murphysboro Middle School looks over the assembly of students before addressing them Friday morning. Each morning, instead of going directly to class, the students gather in the gymnasium for Brauer’s lesson of the day. The sessions are intended to give the students a positive start to their day, while teaching them life lessons about character, respect and responsibility. Brauer said that through this program, students have learned how to treat others and how to make positive choices in their life. Brauer ends each morning “Words of Wisdom” talk with the phrase: “Have a great day – or not – that choice is yours” • Photo by Edyta Blaszczyk


Ellen Rohling of Murphysboro walks her two Great Danes, Beemer and Duke, along the bridge at Lake Murphysboro State Park. She is one of many people who use the area to exercise, whether alone or with friends or pets. Photo by Genna Ord

Murphysboro resident Beth Hall walks with her dog, Louie, a Lab-chow “pound pup” she brought home from an animal shelter near St. Louis. Hall said she and Louie walk about twice a day in every type of weather • Photo by Joseph Rehana

Murphysboro residents Janet and Terry Graeff take a break from the bait and tackle shop they operate next door to their home. The Graeffs said their dogs, Anamchara and Harley, are always nearby and help fill the “empty nest” since their children moved away • Photo by Joseph Rehana 6

Kelly Pocci, of Downers Grove, IL, walks up the Kinkaid Lake Spillway with her 14-month-old Great Dane, Jaxson. Pocci, an alumna of SIUC, was in Murphysboro visiting friends for the weekend. The lake’s dam creates a waterfall that is a popular place for fishing and hiking in the spring and fall, and swimming and sunbathing in the summer • Photo by Ashley Anderson 7

Logan Museum Mileur’s Orchard

Gen. John A. Logan’s Murphysboro home Photos by Suzanne Caraker General John A. Logan (1826–1886) played an important role in our country’s history. At a young age, he rose to prominence in state politics. The Civil War brought him national fame as a volunteer general. After the war, Logan’s Senate career, his leadership of the powerful veterans organization (the Grand Army of the Republic), and his campaign for the vice presidency in 1884 made him one of the most famous men in the nation. Logan’s fame did not end with his death — he would be honored well into the 20th century as the founder of Memorial Day and is one of only three individuals mentioned by name in the Illinois state song.

Preston “Mike” Jones is one of the co-founders and the coordinator of the museum. Jones gave up the life of a sixth-grade teacher to pursue his dream of creating a museum to celebrate the life and history of Logan and the Southern Illinois Region.

Darby Ortolano reads through one of the many new wall hangings Friday checking for spelling mistakes. Ortolano is one of the volunteers, and considers herself the proofreader for the museum.

For the past 20 years the General John A. Logan Museum has had a home in Murphysboro.

An image of Logan is displayed with a quote by Civil War General Oliver Otis Howard.

Phyllis and Allis Hays walk through the museum Saturday. Their group, Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional teachers association, held its monthly meeting there.

Phyllis and Allis Hays of West Frankfort listen to a presentation given by Preston “Mike” Jones before wandering through the museum to look at the exhibits.

Above: A painting of Gen. John A. Logan in battle during the Civil War hangs in the Museum. Logan was born in Murphysboro in 1826 and fought in eight major campaigns during the Civil War. Left: Rep. Mike Bost and author and Murphysboro native Joanna Beth Tweedy react to a comment from Gary Metro, editor for the Southern Illinoisan, during a panel discussion at the museum Saturday.

Above: A portrait of Logan as a young attorney Right: A bust of Gen. John A. Logan sits on display next to a quote by Michael Yost.

Phyllis Hays examines one of the exhibits as she walks through the museum Saturday. 11

Matthew Williams, 12, stumbles after failing to “ollie” down a flight of stairs with his skateboard. “I like to skate because it’s challenging and a way for me to push myself,” Williams said. The DuQuoin Middle School school was in town for the weekend celebrating his mother’s birthday, and said he always finds time to take advantage of the nice weather and his skateboard. Photo by Pat Sutphin


Todd Cole takes a break from playing with a basketball in the parking lot of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Todd and his friend, Ryan Cunningham, said they play everyday in the Murphysboro streets and parks • Photo by Bruno Maestrini


John Medwedeff, owner of Medwedeff Forge and Design, uses a pneumatic hammer to shape square steel bars into a six-sided handrail for an outdoor staircase. The hammer is powered by a ten-horsepower motor turning a 3000-lb flywheel and fills the work area with a cacophony of rhythmic whirring, chugging and banging • Photo by James McDonnough

Dr. R.J. Brewer uses a laparoscope to perform a gallbladder surgery at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. On average, the laparoscopic gallbladder surgery takes only 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the patient • Photo by Ian McComas 14

Scott Albert, the wine maker at Kite Hill Winery, picks grapes off the vine. Albert graduated in 2009 from SIUC and has been working at Kite Hill Winery for two years. He said that the winery planted its grapes in 1998 and opened in 2002. Photo by Edyta Blaszczyk

Robert Moore, 75, works alone on his 60-acre farm in Murphysboro. Moore, who has operated the farm by himself for over 40 years, raises lambs, cows and rabbits. He sells the rabbits frozen and dressed for $6 each, or about $2 a pound. “There ain’t no money in it (rabbit farming). I don’t know why I do it - for something to do I guess,” he said. Moore works sunup to sundown everyday in the fields and barns on his farm. Moore’s wife of 45 years, Shirley, describes her husband as a workaholic. “He’ll never retire,” she said • Photo by Julia Rendleman 15

Marian WrightCavitt shares a laugh inside her Walnut St. hair salon. WrightCavitt was the first African-American to own a business on the main street in Murphysboro. Photo by Julia Rendleman


Friends Amber Segler (back) and Breanna Gardner roll down a hill in front of Tower Grove Cemetery. Segler, age 10, and Gardner, 13, were excited to see each other and play after almost a year of no contact since Gardner moved away. “We’re best friends, and I’m so excited to finally get to play with Breanna again,” Segler said • Photo by Pat Sutphin

Angie Tuthill laughs with her friend, Christina Buser, at the Elks Lodge in Murphysboro. The Elks threw a fundraiser in honor of a member’s mother who had passed away. “I’m due Thursday,” Buser said. “I’m just hoping it doesn’t happen here.” She said she wanted to go out one more time before the baby came • Photo by Sami Bowden

Landess Mills laughs with his friend, Barbara Dallas, at the monthly steak dinner hosted by the Murphysboro VFW Post. Mills has been a resident of Murphysboro his entire life. “He’s a true Southern Gentleman,” Dallas said • Photo by Isaac Smith Jan Etherton receives a flu shot at Murphy Pride Carwash Saturday afternoon. The second annual flu clinic was offered by two nurses, Amie Killman (pictured) and Desiree Hamilton, from the area. “I get my flu shot every year,” Etherton said. “Don’t wait to take my chances” • Photo by Diana Soliwon


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Take me out to the ball game Photos by Jess Vermeulen The Murphysboro Clarkes are the only “vintage base ball” team south of I-64. The Clarkes’ matches are played according to the rules of base ball (two words when referring to the vintage game) rules of 1859-60. The team’s cranks (fans) regularly gather at Longfellow Park, the club’s home field, to watch the team play. “Clarke players are good guys,” team General Manager Russ “Redleggs” Wright said. “They are gentlemen who take great pride in playing a friendly, family-oriented sport as it was played in earlier days.”

“Black” Bart Hagston, Jim “Lefty” Henson, Eric Ralphs, Jeff Wright and fellow Clarkes celebrate Saturday’s win over the St. Charles Capitols with a wave of their hats and a loud huzzah.

General Manager Russ “Redleggs” Wright looks on as the Clarkes take the field.

Three of the Clarkes take a break on the haystacks that serve as the players’ dugout during their game against the St. Charles Capitols Saturday afternoon.

Eric Heiple, Jerry Richards and Jeff “Flash” Craig watch the action as they wait for their turn to step up to the plate.

Jim “Lefty” Henson takes a small lead as he waits for his fellow teammate to send him home. The Clarkes allow runners to take a lead off, but base stealing is not permitted under the rules by which they play.


In keeping with tradition, the Clarkes use only authentic, leather-covered balls when they play the game.

Jim “Lefty” Henson (front) along with fellow teammates “Black” Bart Hagston, Larry “Legs” Reinhardt, Eric Ralphs and Jeff Wright gain their composure before the start of Saturday’s game.


The Clarkes all wear the same uniforms, consisting of oldfashioned navy trousers, white jerseys and red caps.

Jeff “Flash” Craig takes one long breath before pitching to one of the visitors at bat for the St. Charles Capitols.

Jim “Lefty” Henson swings for the fences during Saturday’s game. The Clarkes use only wooden bats similar to those that would have been used in 1860.

One of the Clarkes strikes a cowbell with his bat to signal another run for the home team. When the dust settled, the Clarkes won Saturday’s game by a wide margin.

The Clarkes’ mascot, JJ, patiently waits for another ball to retrieve for his team. JJ has been a beloved member of the team for more than five years. “Black” Bart Hagston, one of the Murphysboro Clarkes, congratulates Katherine Jones, Miss Apple Festival 2009, for successfully hitting a ball hurled by Captain Applesauce during pre-game festivities Saturday, at Longfellow Park. “It only took me a few tries, but I finally hit it,” Jones said.


Craig Stevenson’s shadow begins to creep across Riverside Park’s Chep Kessel Field Saturday during a slow-pitch softball game. “Slow-pitch softball is more about the people and the players and the atmosphere before and after the game than it is about the competition itself,” said Lloyd Nelson, head of the Murphysboro men’s softball league. Men’s softball leagues are known for an easygoing atmosphere and are generally used as a social gathering rather than an ultra competitive sport • Photo by Dan Dwyer


Chester “Chep” Kessel said he has been a fan of baseball since he was in grade school. He started a Khoury youth baseball league in Murphysboro, which eventually became the Murphysboro Little League. In 1961, he began following American Legion baseball and his daughter, Jan Etherton, said he has since attended 48 American Legion World series tournaments in a row, collecting autographed balls from the winners at each one. “He had to miss it this year for the first time, and I can tell you he wasn’t happy about it,” Etherton said. The ball field at Riverside Park, named Chep Kessel Field in his honor, has played host to tryouts for two Major League teams, the New York Yankees (1948) and multiple times for the St. Louis Cardinals. Born in 1911, Kessel turned 98 on Oct. 15th, 2009 • Photo by Rachel Snow


Even with the thousands of items in George’s Resale, finding accessories for your miniature Chihuahua can be tough. Although the task is daunting, Robin Hoskins still searches for something for her dog Lilly to wear • Photos by Steven Berczynski

Gary Greem, who works full-time in the Murphysboro School District maintenance department, spends much of his free time volunteering at the thrift store. “There’s no glory or anything glamorous in this. It’s work and some of the time it gets to be hard work,” Gary said. Photo by Devin Miller

Murphysboro residents came out for a Saturday auction at 21st and Dewey Streets on a bright October morning. The house and all of its contents were up for sale following the death of one the homeowners • Photo by Adriane Matkovitch 24

Bethany Wagmon was on a hunt for the perfect guy. Wagmon and her grandma Judy Knust found an ad in the local newspaper for a yard sale with 2,000 Barbie dolls. Knust said they were looking for boy Barbies because they are harder to come by. The yard sale was held by David Carter, who said all the dolls were donated. He said some of the profits of the yard sale would be going to a local church • Photo by Rachel Snow


To bee or not to bee

Pate Chapel’s peanut rolls Photos by Rachel Snow “Sold out!” It’s not an uncommon set of words for the members of Pate Chapel church to say during their monthly peanut roll sale. Lucille Lasley, secretary at Pate Chapel, said they sell these peanut rolls to help pay for their new church.

“Bees are really interesting because no matter where you take them, they will always find their way home,” beekeeper Scott Martin said. “It’s like they have their own personal beacon that tells them where to go.” Martin had worked with bees before, but this is his first year working his own hive. “We have to leave the honey in there over the winter for the bees to feed off of or they’ll die,” Martin explained. Martin is said to be the second “bee man” in Murphysboro. He said another man in the town is known as the “bee whisperer” and he sells queen bees for as much as $100 to form a colony of bees. This particular hive is located at the Murphysboro University of Illinois Extension office, and is kept up by Angie Kuehl.


A bee to honey • Photo by Rachel Snow

So what is a peanut roll? Lasley said they are actually squares of sponge cake cut and coated with homemade icing on all sides and then dipped into crushed peanuts. She said they make as many as 125 dozen peanut rolls each month – and they always sell out.

The cakes are hand-rolled in peanuts that are freshly ground by Homer Richards.

Scott Martin and Angie Kuehl check their beehives at the 4-H Community Garden • Photo by Pat Sutphin

Verna Caplinger ices a peanut roll for the monthly Pate Chapel peanut roll sale. “The icing has real butter in it Paula Dean only allows you to use the real stuff,” Lasley said.

“There’s a couple of churches that make them once or twice a year, but they do not make them like we do,” Lasley said.


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Traveling Art Teacher

Her work is motivated by love Beth Smout, a traveling art teacher who works with students at both Carruthers Elementary School and the General John A. Logan Attendance Center, says two things motivate her in her classroom. First is her love for children, and second is her love for teaching them how to use different materials and techniques and then seeing their excitement for what they create. Over the course of six days, Beth teaches approximately 1,000 elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grade

at the two schools. On her own time, Beth enjoys painting and drawing and often has more than one project going at a time. In their home pottery studio, Beth and her husband Gene collaborate on potter pieces together. They enjoy different parts of the process, Gene the symmetry of the potter’s wheel and the problem solving aspects of design and developing the right glaze while Beth enjoys designing and altering pieces through carving or adding carved pieces to something that Gene has thrown for her. Photos by Adriane Matkovitch

Smout teaches young students how to use the tip of the brush to pull the paint and not to push hard, flattening the brush.

Smout uses this day’s story as a tool to introduce the day’s art project, painting pumpkins.

Beth Smout reads from The Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, a class favorite, to her art class at General John A. Logan Attendance Center.

Smout’s art students pay close attention during story time.

Students draw pumpkins as part of an art exercise. This was their first painting experience using a paint brush.

First grade student Oliviea Sands pays close attention to detail adding eye lashes to the pumpkin she draws for her art class exercise at the General John A. Logan Attendance Center.


“Some of the most exciting things for me is when you’re teaching kids how to ...draw something and it’s a step-by-step process, and then having them look up at me in class, ‘I did it, Mrs. Smout. Look, I did it,’ ...and they’re just so excited.” -Beth Smout

“There’s always things out there to try and to experience that bring satisfaction to your life.” -Beth Smout

Beth and husband Gene Smout work on pottery together in their home studio. While they approach pottery differently, they enjoy collaborating. Gene enjoys the symmetry of the potter’s wheel and the problem solving aspects of design and developing the right glaze. First grader Catrina Moreno gets a hug from Smout after telling the teacher this will be her last art class because she’s moving out of the school district.

Students share a crayon box during free art time, when students are allowed to choose from a number of different projects.

Julie Dominguez, a fifth grade student at General John A. Logan Attendance Center, builds a Ferris Wheel during free art time.

Beth enjoys designing and altering pieces through carving or adding carved pieces to something that Gene has thrown for her.

The Smouts’ house and property suffered extreme damage during the May 2009 storm but the garage and the attached studio were spared major damage.



Murphysboro Middle School students race with sixth grade teacher Richard Tillitt from one end of a baseball field to another during recess to relieve energy before returning to their classrooms. The school serves students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. In 1998, the school was featured in a documentary about exemplary schools in the state by the Illinois Education Association. The principal is Mr. Bill Huppert and the assistant principal is Mr. David Brauer • Photo by Edyta Blaszczyk


Bruce Dallas readies pork butts for an overnight slow cook as part of the Patriots Bravo Company’s BBQ fundraiser for Relay for Life. The Patriots Bravo Company, a veterans group, raises money to help veterans and others throughout the year • Photo by Isaac Smith

Letter carrier Willard “Brad” Bradley Jr. stops to give directions between deliveries on his mail route. Bradley said he has worked the same route for about 20 years, and that the average carrier walks close to ten miles each day • Photo by Will Roberts

Bill Murphy scoops up some popcorn at the Liberty Theater. The downtown landmark first opened its doors in 1913 and is a popular venue for old films, concerts by local musicians and numerous special events throughout the year • Photo by Edyta Blaszczyk

Russ Breading straightens the welcome mat outside of his shop, Breading’s Shoes, which he has owned for more than 30 years. “I like the shoe business,” he said. “I like people. I enjoy talking to people. I have fun doing what I do” • Photo by Diana Soliwon

“Car wash!” shouted Logan Thompson, member of Cub Scout Pack 112 of Murphysboro, as he tried to entice drivers into the annual fall car wash held to raise money for local organizations. On this day, the scouts raised approximately $200 for the Murphysboro food pantry. “Cub Scout Pack 112 is chartered by Murphysboro United Methodist Church and celebrated its 50th year in 2010,” said Cubmaster Scott Satterlee • Photo by Dan Dwyer


“I pick up food for the pantry basically seven days a week,” said Jack Cunneen, operator of the local food pantry in Murphysboro. “We get all the left over bread from Krogers, as well as other food items from many other local businesses.” Cunneen said the food pantry serves upwards of 450 local families during any given month, and takes donations from local businesses as well as private citizens • Photo by Dan Dwyer


Mileur’s Orchard Gibbs Barbershop

Aaron Boyd finishes up Will Cox’s haircut to the left while “Purp” Lavender works on Jim Fricke on the right. Aaron Boyd initially worked as a barber at a shop in Chicago, later moving to Murphysboro and starting work at Gibbs Barbershop.

A little off the top Photos by Issac Smith

After high school, David “Purp” Lavender took a chance on barber school and has been cutting hair ever since. After a period in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam, Lavender came back to work at Gibbs Barbershop, one of 18 barbershops in Murphysboro at the time. Now, Lavender said, Gibbs is the only barbershop in town and has served several generations of Murphysboro families. Along with a quality haircut, Lavender said the people who come into Gibbs are as much friends as they are customers.

Regular customer Charlie Crowell at Gibbs Barbershop on Oct. 3. Crowell, a World War II veteran, has been coming to the shop nearly since it opened.

Adam Coleman receives a quick trim from barber Aaron Boyd at Gibbs Barbershop before a baseball game on Saturday. Coleman is a member of a local vintage baseball team that plays by rules established in 1860.

“Here in Murphysboro, our customers aren’t just our customers, they’re also our friends.” - David “Purp” Lavender

“Purp” Lavender begins work on a new customer at Gibbs Barbershop. 37

Lavender removes any loose hair before finishing up Bill Glenn’s haircut.

Lavender breaks out a razor to provide a precision trim behind the ears.

Cleaning up some hair clippings before another customer stops by.

David “Purp” Lavender, established Murphysboro barber, gives Ron Simpson a trim at Gibbs Barbershop, which has been open on the same corner for the last 40 years. 38

Lavender looks on as he recalls his start at Gibbs Barbershop nearly 40 years ago.

Lavender makes change with another happy customer. 39

Mike Mills, owner and founder of the 17th St. Bar and Grill, and Phillip Heern, his apprentice and pitmaster, show off some of the pork ribs they have become famous for. Mills and his Apple City Barbecue team were the first to win the World Grand Championship title three times at the Memphis in May barbecue competition. Mills and his daughter, Amy, co-wrote the book, Peace, Love and Barbecue • Photo by Bruno Maestrini 40

Margaret Hand, owner of B & W Lounge, smiles while talking with a customer. Hand is 83 and has owned and operated the bar, which is more affectionately known as “Marge’s Bar,” since her husband, who died in 2003, bought it in 1975. Hand said her relationships with her customers, many of whom are regulars, are what makes it easy for her to want to work there for the rest of her life. “I can take care of anybody or any problem there is to be had,” Hand said. “I’ll probably work until I physically can’t no more” • Photo by Diana Soliwon 41

Bob Angarola has been working with glass for more than 30 years. He moved to Murphysboro from Chicago, where he worked in several large glass studios, about a year ago. Angarola displays his pieces in the front of his studio on Walnut Street. On any given day you can find him designing windows and assembling the glass pieces. Photo by Ashley Andersen

Jack Lipe, 67, waits for a tune up on his ‘97 maroon GMC truck Saturday at Neal Tire. “I just hang out and joke around with these guys while they fix my truck. I’ve been coming here for years and it never ever gets old,” Lipe said. Lipe was born and raised in Murphysboro. Photo by Jess Vermeulen


Eight year fire department veteran Ben Mundstock takes a break from his duties at the station. The department celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007 • Photo by Adriane Matkovitch

Dave Auxier, longtime Lions Club member, was posted at the exit of the Murphysboro Wal-Mart during their most profitable fundraiser, Candy Days. “The Lions Club is all about helping other people. Its original purpose was to help the blind, now we help anybody who is not as well off,” Auxier said. The Lions Club was founded in 1917 by a Chicago business leader named Melvin Jones, with the vision of people putting their talents to good use by improving their communities. In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions Club International Convention and set out a challenge to the club to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions Club has worked to improve the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired since this time with the simple motto, “We Serve” • Photo by Dan Dwyer 43

Chip and Joannie Hillesheim of Murphysboro peddle down this cobblestone street almost every afternoon. Their rides together allow them to get out of the house,  communicate with one another and have some time away from their two teenage children • Photo by Suzanne Caraker

Bubby Ellis rides to McDonald’s for a soda break after mowing a lawn. Ellis has no vehicle so he takes his push lawnmower from job to job by tying it to the back of his bicycle • Photo by Isaac Smith

Brandon Mims, 17, practices some tricks while riding his bike near Walnut Street in Murphysboro. The high school student said he considers himself to be “the 4th or 5th best biker in town.” Mims said that in addition to spending time on his schoolwork and bike tricks, he also sings in a local choir • Photo by Bruno Maestrini 44


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Apples moving down the packing line.

A day at the orchard Photos by Jenna Richardson Mileur’s Orhard has been a family owned farm since the 1960’s. Howard and Lisa Mileur have been owners of Mileur’s Orchard since 1996. This orchard was planted by Howard’s parents in 1961 and has been in the family ever since. Mileur’s Orchard is located several miles just west of Murphysboro on Highway 149. The orchard is known for quality, and when you buy from Mileur’s Orchard, you’re buying directly from the person who grew it. “We want people to come back so we try to keep them happy and give them the best fruit we can,” Lisa said, “I think they come out here for freshness and our taste is a little bit better.” The apples at Mileur’s Orchard are picked riper than apples sold in grocery stores, and they also don’t have to be stored or shipped.

Apples sold in grocery stores have been picked in the fall of the year if they’re grown within the United States, “so when you buy an apple in May or June, it’s last fall’s apple,” Lisa said. The apples have been stored and brought out of cold storage from a warehouse and sent to the various grocery store chains. Lisa comments about their storage, “we store in our cooler, but it’s right here. It’s not getting shipped anywhere.” Mileur’s Orchard not only sells fresh fruit that hasn’t gone through the long process of shipping, but they also do their best not to sell anything that isn’t their top quality. The apples go through a process before being sold. They are dumped onto the packing line, get brushed, scrubbed with sponges, polished, and then sorted. Workers take the washed apples and pick out the bruised or rotten ones. In addition to apples, Mileur’s Orchard grows peaches, nectarines, white peaches, white nectarines, apricots, plums, and pears.

Mileur’s Orchard has been family owned since the 1960’s.

Apples are placed in boxes to be sold.

Natalia Hernandez and Leticia Hernandez work on sorting the apples as they go through the packing line. Natalia and Leticia take the washed apples and pick out the bruised ones to be put in a bin and sold as seconds.


Owning an orchard has to be a passion. “There are a lot of jobs that would make me a whole lot more money and I would have a lot less wear and tear on myself,” Howard Mileur said.

Lisa Mileur starts off the day by setting out fresh bags of apples.


Lisa Mileur makes change with a regular customer. Mileur’s Orchard is known for their quality. They provide customers with the best fruit possible to keep their customers happy.

Lisa Mileur, Co-Owner of Mileur’s Orchard, thinks there is something about people coming out to the orchard to buy their fruit. “You are buying it directly from the person that grew it. Customers know that our fruit is fresh and has just been picked,” Lisa said. “I have a lot of repeat customers and they spread the word and that’s the whole thing with the farm market. That’s what keeps it going.”

After apples are picked, they are placed in a shed until it’s time for the cleaning process. Co-owner Howard Mileur can pick their entire orchard in about a week and a half or two weeks. Big orchards can take anywhere from four to six weeks. “You have to start when the apples are a little green and finish when they are a little over ripe. And there’s a spot in-between, that’s where I pick them,” Howard said.


Morgan Hartung, Rosie Wece and Sue Estes evaluate their progress on the 4-H display going up in the window of the Building Services Supply Co. “Our display has won the last couple of years and we hope to win again,” Wece said • Photo by Rachel Snow

Bailey Melvin, a special education teacher at Murphysboro High School, keeps one eye on Bryant Moniger, 3, while she helps paint the school’s mascot on the window of the Murphysboro General Store for homecoming weekend. “It’s called ‘Paint the Town,’” she said. The 2009 theme was “A Haunted Homecoming.” “We’re haunting the Red Birds this year,” she said, referring to the West Frankfort football team • Photo by Lela Norem 50

Ivan Ewing (left) and Kathryn Gerhard (right) raise their hands to answer a question in Mrs. Canaley’s first grade class at St. Andrew Catholic School. The students in this class have their desks arranged in a U shape so they can all see each other and help one another if they have trouble answering a question • Photo by Pat Sutphin 51

Connor Graeff, 10, sprints towards the end zone just before scoring a touchdown Saturday at the Murphysboro Middle School fields during a flag football game for 8 to 10-year-olds. Lance Russell, the Murphysboro Park District Director, is in charge of all of the youth activities throughout the park district. “It’s nice to watch the kids start really playing football here. You get to watch them grow up on the field and it’s fun for them, the coaches and their families,” said Russell. Youth flag football is offered to 5 to 10-year-old boys and girls at the Murphysboro Middle School during September and October • Photo by Jess Vermeulen 52

Calvin Whitfield, a seventh grade student at Murphysboro Middle School, answers a question in his math class. Whitfield said that math was his favorite subject in school because he is the best at it. Whitfield said he also enjoys football where he plays both the tight end and outside linebacker positions.The school serves students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Photo by Edyta Blaszczyk 53


The Crimson Express band practices one last time Friday afternoon before their field show competition in Lebanon, IL. Band director Michael Moreland directs the wind and horn instruments for a warm up before beginning to practice the songs. Moreland has been the Murphysboro High School band director for three years. The Crimson Express is one of the most decorated bands in the region winning numerous competitions. “We’re not satisfied with mediocrity – that word isn’t allowed in here” • Photo by Sami Bowden


Mileur’s High School Orchard Football

Saturday night lights

Far left: Murphysboro sophomore head coach, Jason LeGrand, expresses his frustration during the Murphysboro-Herrin game on Saturday. “You know better than that!” LeGrand said.

Photos by Evan Davis “Murphy Pride” is a well known saying around town, but Murphysboro High School is where the phrase is used most. Teachers, administrators, coaches and teammates all use the slogan to encourage and inspire students. The Red Devils football team knows all too well what it means to have Murphy Pride. They work hard in school and on the field. Whether they win or lose they show satisfaction in their accomplishments, and look to improve their shortcomings.

The Red Devils’ team captains head to the 50-yard line for the opening coin toss to determine which team will kick off and which will receive.

“The one thing that I try to teach is you’ve got to have Murphy Pride to play the game.” -Coach Jason LeGrand

The Murphysboro Red Devils raise their helmets and cheer in preparation for Saturday’s challenging matchup against Herrin. The Red Devils were visitors at Harrison-Bruce Sports Complex, but showed no signs of weakness as they geared up for the night’s game.

Neil Hutchings chews on his mouthguard before kickoff as he and his fellow teammates line up for the singing of the National Anthem. 57

Eben Brooks shows his frustration as he sits with his back to his team and stares into the lockers at halftime. At halftime, with a score of 0-39, Ray Loyd, left, and Josh Thompson, right, climbed into the lockers of the visitor’s locker room at the Harrison-Bruce Sports complex in Herrin, IL.


They might be down, but they’re not out. With an intimidating difference on the scoreboard, Head Coach Bob Stiley gives his best pep talk in an attempt to raise the team’s morale during halftime of Saturday’s game.

Caleb Bost, a junior quarterback and outside linebacker for the Murphysboro Red Devils embraces his teammate’s hand during the team prayer before the start of their matchup against the Herrin Tigers.


Randy “Crash” Meyers leans in and steals a kiss from his girlfriend, JoAnn Easterly. The Murphysboro couple were enjoying each other’s company Saturday at the B & W Lounge, commonly known as “Marge’s Bar.” Meyers said he’s been coming in to the watering hole three or four times a week for years. “Oh, Marge will take care of you,” he said. “She can take care of most things, good or bad” • Photo by Diana Soliwon German foreign exchange student Fritz Leidinger, 17, attends a Friday trivia night fundraiser with 16-year-old Samantha Terry of Murphysboro. Leidinger and Terry have been dating for a month. “I don’t know if we’re in love, but we definitely are crazy about each other,” Terry said. Leidinger said they didn’t know if they would stay together after he returned to Germany once the school year ended. “We are just taking it day by day.” Photo by Alex Brahler


Sandra Jacobs and Steve Carter share some alone time after an early dinner at Cindy B’s Cafe. The cafe serves home-cooked food in a quaint, small-town diner environment • Photo by Lela Norem


Youth boot camp

Police patrol

Photos and introduction by Emily Sunblade

Photos by James Durbin

The days leading up to the workshop had left me a little uneasy; journalists always seem to have this weird thing about cops. We don’t know whether they are going to help us or hinder us, either with shooting our photographs or writing our stories. I didn’t know if they would embrace the fact that I was there or if they would dictate the story that I was trying to tell. My weekend finished with a couple of good photographs but also with a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes aspects of police work.

Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro works with boys from ages 14 to 18 who are sent to the center after getting in trouble with the law. Going through the program gives troubled youths an opportunity to get their lives back on track.

Patrolman Jeffrey Bishop shows the results of a breathalyzer test to Sgt. Phil Royster. The man’s blood alcohol content did not register above the legal limit.

A cadet irons his pants alone while his fellow cadets watch a movie.

Cadets run around the perimeter of the compound at sunrise as part of their morning physical exercise routine.

Cadets at the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro participate in physical training at sunrise.

Youth Center guard William Leggett demonstrates to a fresh class of cadets the proper way to make their bunks.

Illinois Youth Center Murphysboro cadet detainees eat lunch in silence under close observation from guards.

Patrolman Jeffrey Bishop performs a field sobriety test on a male driver near the Logan Public Library around 2 a.m. on Saturday. In February 2009, Bishop and fellow Patrolman Jeremy Kranawetter were awarded departmental commendations from Murphysboro Mayor Ron Williams for apprehending three burglary suspects in January.

A state patrolman marks the vehicle location of a passenger mini van after it collided with a car near the intersection of Kimmel Bridge Road and Il Route 127 outside of Murphysboro. The two vehicles collided as the van attempted a left hand turn. No passengers of either vehicle were injured but the mini van was totaled . 63

The sun sets on Lake Murphysboro as a couple heads to their car. The 145-acre lake attracts thousands of visitors to the region each year, bringing a fishing and outdoor culture market to Murphysboro. The lake has a reputation for its fishing and hosts largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and crappie • Photo by Joseph Rehana

Curt Tow checks the levels of his gasoline tanks by hand every day. Tow has owned and operated gas stations for the past 30 years, the last 20 in Murphysboro • Photo by Suzanne Caraker

A man strolls past a mural of John A. Logan, a Murphysboro native and Civil War general. The General John A. Logan Museum in Muprhysboro is dedicated to teaching visitors about Logan, President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War • Photo by Suzanne Caraker


Francis Aline Gearhart, 82, looks over an application for heating and weatherization assistance at her home in Murphysboro. Assistance is available to Gearhart through the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP was in their “priority period” during which only disabled or elderly customers can apply for assistance. Gearhart said she receives no pension from her past employer and the heating program goes a long way in helping her stay warm during the winter • Photo by Julia Rendleman

Father Gary Gummersheimer, pastor for St. Andrew Catholic Church, gives his sermon to the patients and family of the Rehabilitation and Care Center of Jackson County, a nursing home and medical facility offering resident care to the elderly. Eigth grade and kindergarden students from St. Andrew Catholic School go to the center the first Friday of every month, with the older and younger students pairing up • Photo by Sami Bowden 67

From left, Julia Jones, Betty Mae Jackson and B. Ann Bowers look over their boards as they wait for the next numbers to be called.

B. Ann Bowers waits for just the right number to call out Bingo!

Betty Mae Jackson looks over her gift for winning a previous game. Fellow player Julia Jones looks on.

Story by Jacob Mayer • Photos by Anthony Souffle Walk in to the Murphysboro Senior Citizen Center, and you will see all types of activities from bingo to exercise classes. The center sits on 14th Street and serves as a place of fun and relaxation for seniors in Murphysboro. Frances Weber, president of the Senior Center Bingo Club, said they get together each Friday afternoon. Members of the eight person group each bring gifts that are given to the winners. “Everybody brings two gifts, and everybody gets two gifts,” she said. Although playing the game is fun, the women come to the center primarily to enjoy each other’s company. “It’s a get-together,” Weber said. “It gives us an activity to enjoy.” Marie Schumaker, a bingo group member, said the games started many years ago as a way of relaxation for the quilters group when they got stressed. There is no longer a quilting group at the center, but the bingo continues each week. “I enjoy the friendship,” she said. “It’s something different.” The center offers several activities for seniors. Throughout the week different groups play pinochle games, eat lunch together and have exercise classes, Weber said. Daryl Varble of Elm Street Baptist Church in Murphysboro leads the congregation in song. Brother Charles Allen is the pastor, and has been at Elm Street Baptist Church for more than 16 years. “The people are just lovely people. It’s a good church, a very good church,” says Allen. “We stepped out on faith to become a part of this church, and it’s been what God wanted for us. It’s been good for our family, good for our ministry, and good for the church, I believe” • Photo By Ian McComas

Ruth Milburn, member of the exercise group, said she enjoys the hugs that follow an exercise session. “We really enjoy each other’s company,” she said. “If you don’t show up, you don’t get a hug.”


Lake Murphysboro Mileur’s Orchard

Enjoy the outdoors

Photos by Genna Ord

With its gentle hills and ample woods and wildlife, Lake Murphysboro State Park, located about one mile west of Murphysboro, offers visitors a way to escape their daily routine and enjoy the outdoors. The 145-acre lake was built in 1950, and today offers anglers a variety of fish, as well as

being a popular location for boaters. A three-mile hiking trail winds through the park, and several campsites can be found across the area’s 1,022 acres. An archery range is also available to visitors, though there is no hunting in the park. Perhaps due to this ban, wildlife abound, from fox and whitetail deer to great egrets and waterfowl.

A solitary great egret stands offshore of Lake Murphysboro on a crisp autumn morning. The great egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society.

A doe watches intently from the trees along the roadside of Lake Murphysboro State Park as her fawn waits further back in the undergrowth.

A common snapping turtle peeks its head out of the lake to examine its surroundings. Snappinng turtles are among the largest freshwater turtles in the world.

Park officials say the beautiful backdrop of colors in the fall make the park a popular location for couples to hold their wedding ceremonies every year.


Third graders Daylen Flynn, (right) Kelly Bunselmeyer, (middle) and Bella Smyder play on the jungle gym and read the school newsletter during recess at St. Andrew School. Some students are required to finish homework during recess, but for most students it is a time to get outside and play. Photo by Pat Sutphin

Jasmine Estes, a member of the Summerset Clovers 4-H club, works on many projects with animals, according to Angie Kuehl, the advisor and organizer for the local 4-H students. “Jasmine takes on more 4-H projects than any other 4-H kid I know,” Kuehl said • Photo by Rachel Snow

Tori Gill, 13, uses red paint to put the finishing touches on the face of Staci Lebranch, 12, before leaving to watch the Murphysboro Red Devils eighth grade football team play the Herrin Tigers for the Southern Illinois Youth Football Conference eighth grade championship • Photo by James McDonnough


Jasmine Buchannan,15, a freshman at Murphysboro High School, sells small bags of peanuts as a fundraiser for the school’s Key Club. The Key Club, part of the Kiwanis International organization, is the oldest and largest service leadership organization for teens. The Murphysboro chapter has received international recognition for its service. Photo by Lela Norem

Flower girls Sarah Reiman, left, and Taylor Reiman precede the bride and her father at the wedding of Benjamin Reiman to Kristin Ziegler at Lake Murphysboro State Park Saturday. Photo by Genna Ord


Cameron Mitchell, 3, plays with his mom, Renata Alexander, bouncing a basketball back and forth to each other. The two were in attendance for an event put on by a local church, Light-House Ministries. There was face painting, a bouncy house, music and food. Photo by Sami Bowden

Murphysboro natives Justin Rhodes and Tony Lyerla pass an afternoon riding Justin’s motorcycle in an alley near their homes. Justin said the motorcycle had not been running for a while, “but my dad cleaned out the carburetor and it started running!” Photo By Ian McComas

Marshall Nance, 5, and his 3-year-old brother, David Nance II, ride in their Ford Monster Tractor in the front yard of their house as their father watches. The boys’ parents, David and Hydie Nance, moved to Murphysboro four years ago • Photo by Lela Norem

Mike Wilson and Jason Abbott, both of Oak Lawn, IL, take the afternoon to fish at the Kinkaid Lake Spillway. Wilson attended SIUC as a freshman and still comes down to fish and enjoy the parks and landscape of Southern Illinois, while Abbott is a freshman studying Zoology at SIUC. They said they didn’t catch any big fish, but still enjoyed being out by the pond. Photo by Jess Vermeulen

Ryan Cunningham takes a spin on a merry-go-round in the public park behind the Saint Andrew Catholic Church on Mulberry Street. Ryan said he and his friend Todd Cole enjoy playing in the Murphysboro streets and parks every day. Photo by Bruno Maestrini


After volunteering in 1995 at Cascades of Colors, a balloon festival in Carbondale, Mark Gindlesparger and his wife gained a true appreciation for hot air ballooning. After flying with an instructor and taking an exam with the FAA, Mark became a pilot. This photo shows Gindlesparger preparing his custom designed hot air balloon before takeoff in a field outside of Murphysboro early Sunday morning • Photo by Edyta Blaszczyk

A power paraglider pilot takes off at Tim Boucher’s fourth annual power paraglider fly-in near Murphysboro. Participants come in from around the U.S. to fly, watch and picnic. The paragliders are powered by propellers turned by an engine with lift provided by a fabric canopy. The pilots usually fly at altitudes between 100 and 300 feet over land but can fly as high as 10,000 feet • Photo by Al Anderson




A Weekend in Murphsyboro was made possible by The City of Murphysboro: With special thanks to Mayor Ron Williams, Bob Fenwick, Mike Mills, Mike Jones, Chris Grode and particularly to Barbara “The Fixer” Dallas for her continuous efforts before, during and after the weekend workshop Local Businesses: 17th Street Bar and Grill, Wiffle Boys Pizza, Big Charlie’s BBQ, Cindy B’s, Cummare’s Italian Restaurant, Annie Mae’s, Murphysboro Dairy Queen, Murphysboro Hardee’s, Murphysboro Wal-Mart

The Southern Illinoisan: With special thanks to Gary Metro, Thomas Barker, Rhonda Ethridge, Brenda Kirkpatrick, Chuck Novara, Cara Recine, Adam Testa Southern Illinois University, and the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts: With special thanks to Nancy Cantor, Gary Kolb, William Freivogel, Debi Harmon, Matt McCrimmon, David Henderson, Mike Holder, Meg Zimlich Martin, Mark Stoffel, Lyle Fuchs SIUC/MCMA Faculty: Bruce Baumann, Mark Dolan, Phil Greer, Roger Hart, Eileen Waldron The Illinois Humanities Council: This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly; with special thanks to Jessica Besser-Rosenburg National Sponsors: Apple Inc., with special thanks to Dan Senstock & Don Henderson; Canon USA Inc., with special thanks to Bob Malish and Brian Matsumoto; Camera Bits, with special thanks to Katie Werremeyer

Photo by Pat Sutphin

Photography by

Ashley Andersen, Al Anderson, Steven Berczynski, Edyta Blaszczyk, Sami Bowden, Alex Brahler, Suzanne Caraker, Evan A. Davis, Kerry Dougherty, James Durbin, Dan Dwyer, Mariona Jones, Bruno Maestrini, Adriane Matkovich, Jacob Mayer, Ian McComas, James McDonnough, Devin Miller, Lela Norem, Genna Ord, Ian Preston, Joe Rehana, Julia Rendleman, Jenna Richardson, Lauren Roberts, Will Roberts, Nadia Samie, Isaac Smith, Rachel Snow, Diana Soliwon, Anthony Souffle, Emily Sunblade, Pat Sutphin, Jess Vermeulen

Book Layout & Design

Photo by Pat Sutphin

Al Anderson, Evan A. Davis, Mallory Henkelman, Kraig Koch, Jacob Mayer, Justin Peterman Photo Editor & Project Director: Mark Dolan Design Manager: Aaron S. Veenstra To see more student work from this project, please visit

The students and faculty would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following professionals who were extremely generous in volunteering their time and expertise to work directly with us. We could not have done this without them. Chris Anderson, Momenta Workshops; Ryan Anson, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Dave Carson, St. Louis Post Dispatch; Lane Christiansen, Chicago Tribune; Gail Fisher, National Geographic; Julia Cumes, Julia Cumes Photo; Justin Fowler, Springfield Register; Christian Fuchs, Jesuit Refuge Services; Danese Kenon, Indianapolis Star; Becky Lettenberger, National Public Radio; Carrie Niland, AOL; Chuck Novara, The Southern Illinoisan; Todd Panagopoulos, Chicago Tribune; Mike Roy, Mike Roy Media; Seth Siditsky, The (Newark, NJ) Star-Ledger; Chris Ware, The (Danbury, CT) News-Times; Justin Yurkanin, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Visiting Professionals

Photo by Al Anderson 79

The City of Murphysboro The Murphysboro Tourism Commission The Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce The First Bank and Trust Company of Murphysboro & The General John A. Logan Museum

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