McDonough County Historical Society

Includes GPS Coordinates
11:19 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Guide to McDonough County Historic Cemeteries

Arberghast-Pearce Cemetery
McDonough County Historical Society

A new guide makes it a bit easier to find some of McDonough County’s rural cemeteries. The full color publication was put together by the McDonough County Historical Society. The Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the GIS Center at Western Illinois University also helped with the project.

The Historical Society’s Gil Belles said people are interested in cemeteries for a variety of reasons.

“There are a lot of people who just love to go into cemeteries. They’re quiet, they’re peaceful, you can look at the native flora and fauna and the birds,” Belles said.

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Old Macomb Cemetery
3:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Macomb Accepts Land Donation

A view of the donated land. The Old Macomb Cemetery can be seen in the background.
  • The June 11 committee of the whole discussion about the land donation

The Western Illinois University Foundation is donating a two-acre site to the city of Macomb. The plot is along West Adams Street, just south of the Old Macomb Cemetery.

Now that aldermen agreed during their June 18 meeting to accept the land, the McDonough County Historical Society can develop it into an entryway for the cemetery.

President Gordana Rezab told aldermen the Historical Society has consulted with landscape specialists who suggested creation of a wooded area and a restored prairie.

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Dr Gil Belles
2:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Emphasis - June 1

Dr Gil Belles
courtesy photo

Rich Egger's guest is Dr Gil Belles, who is being honored with the National Historic Preservation Medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

DAR's Dr Elizabeth Kaspar, Regent of the General Macomb Chapter, said Belles is only the second Illinois resident ever to receive the medal. It will be presented to him during a reception on Sunday, June 3, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Community Room at Macomb City Hall.

The DAR chapter said Belles is being honored for his leadership in restoring nearly 100 cemeteries in McDonough County.

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