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Lavina Walton
Photo Credit: Carol Longwell Miller, March 1999

The Rushville Times
Wednesday, September 15, 1999

The Illinois Humanities Council, along with Rushville Mayor Lynn D. Smith are pleased to announce that Lavina Walton is the recipient of the first Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. This local "humanities hero" has been recognized by the mayor and the City of Rushville for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the humanities in the community.

Lavina Walton is honored for her efforts in raising awareness of local history. She was one of three volunteers who saved the historic 1856 county jail; and she has continued to dedicate her efforts to fulfilling her dream of creating the Schuyler County Jail Museum and Genealogical Center as one of the largest and best of its kind in the state. Through her efforts and those of volunteers she recruited, two heritage rooms were added to the original building and provide full genealogical services to any who want to research the people who made Schuyler County.

At the age of 86, Mrs. Walton continues to research and record Schuyler County history so that others may learn of the very rich and interesting past that is so special to our county.

This award will be presented to Mrs. Walton on Sept. 24 at 2 p. m. in the Central Park Gazebo during the Smiles Day activities.

The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and services, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by the citizens of Illinois, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location.

Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1974, the IHC is now a private nonprofit organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly and by the NEH.

Copyright 1999-2007 Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum; all rights reserved. For personal use only. Commercial use of the information contained in these pages is strictly prohibited without prior permission. If copied, this copyright must appear with the information.

 


 

Obituary of Lavina Vearl Waters Walton
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, July 26, 2006 page 48
Eagle Publications, July 26, 2006
Canton Daily Ledger, Friday, July 28, 2006
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, August 2, 2006, correction
Fulton County Democrat, Wednesday, August 2, 2006

picture: Lavina Walton
  Lavina V. Walton, 93, of Browning, died Monday, July 24, 2006, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  She was born Jan. 6, 1913, in Browning, the daughter of Warren and Lucy (Fish) Waters.
  She married Francis F. Walton Dec. 17, 1930, in Rushville. He died Oct. 20, 1997.
  She also was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Waters.
  Survivors include a daughter, Dianne (husband Robert) Hutton of Naples; one granddaughter, Mrs. Nita (husband John) Corson of Macomb; two {three} grandsons, Darrell (Vicki) Ruth, Mt. Carmel, Gareld (wife Lori) Ruth of Rushville and Roger (Bob Giganti) Ruth of Springfield; 11 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; and a nephew {Paul Waters, Aurora}.
  She was a homemaker.
  She was a member of the Browning Methodist Church.  She was active in the Schuyler Brown Historical Society.  She was one of the persons responsible for the restoration of the Schuyler Jail into the museum it is today.  She was a wealth of knowledge when it come to genealogy and helped many people trace their ancestry roots.  She was always enthusiastic in sharing Schuyler County history with school children when they came to the museum and to others in the community.
  In 1999, she was awarded the first Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for her part in creating awareness of local history in Rushville.  She was the grand marshall of the Rushville Smiles Day Parade.  While active in many endeavors, she found time to be a member of many organizations, including the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Schuyler County Women's Club, Schuyler Historical Society, the DAR, and the Schuyler Home Bureau.  She was the Browning Township Assessor for many years and was active in politics..
  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2006, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with David Haney officiating.  Interment will be at Bader Cemetery near Browning.
  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria.
  Memorials may be made to the Schuyler Jail Museum or the Browning Rescue Squad.

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Lavina Walton
Photo Credit: Carol Longwell Miller, March 1999

The Rushville Times
Wednesday, September 15, 1999

The Illinois Humanities Council, along with Rushville Mayor Lynn D. Smith are pleased to announce that Lavina Walton is the recipient of the first Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. This local "humanities hero" has been recognized by the mayor and the City of Rushville for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the humanities in the community.

Lavina Walton is honored for her efforts in raising awareness of local history. She was one of three volunteers who saved the historic 1856 county jail; and she has continued to dedicate her efforts to fulfilling her dream of creating the Schuyler County Jail Museum and Genealogical Center as one of the largest and best of its kind in the state. Through her efforts and those of volunteers she recruited, two heritage rooms were added to the original building and provide full genealogical services to any who want to research the people who made Schuyler County.

At the age of 86, Mrs. Walton continues to research and record Schuyler County history so that others may learn of the very rich and interesting past that is so special to our county.

This award will be presented to Mrs. Walton on Sept. 24 at 2 p. m. in the Central Park Gazebo during the Smiles Day activities.

The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and services, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by the citizens of Illinois, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location.

Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1974, the IHC is now a private nonprofit organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly and by the NEH.

Copyright 1999-2007 Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum; all rights reserved. For personal use only. Commercial use of the information contained in these pages is strictly prohibited without prior permission. If copied, this copyright must appear with the information.

 


 

Obituary of Lavina Vearl Waters Walton
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, July 26, 2006 page 48
Eagle Publications, July 26, 2006
Canton Daily Ledger, Friday, July 28, 2006
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, August 2, 2006, correction
Fulton County Democrat, Wednesday, August 2, 2006

picture: Lavina Walton
  Lavina V. Walton, 93, of Browning, died Monday, July 24, 2006, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  She was born Jan. 6, 1913, in Browning, the daughter of Warren and Lucy (Fish) Waters.
  She married Francis F. Walton Dec. 17, 1930, in Rushville. He died Oct. 20, 1997.
  She also was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Waters.
  Survivors include a daughter, Dianne (husband Robert) Hutton of Naples; one granddaughter, Mrs. Nita (husband John) Corson of Macomb; two {three} grandsons, Darrell (Vicki) Ruth, Mt. Carmel, Gareld (wife Lori) Ruth of Rushville and Roger (Bob Giganti) Ruth of Springfield; 11 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; and a nephew {Paul Waters, Aurora}.
  She was a homemaker.
  She was a member of the Browning Methodist Church.  She was active in the Schuyler Brown Historical Society.  She was one of the persons responsible for the restoration of the Schuyler Jail into the museum it is today.  She was a wealth of knowledge when it come to genealogy and helped many people trace their ancestry roots.  She was always enthusiastic in sharing Schuyler County history with school children when they came to the museum and to others in the community.
  In 1999, she was awarded the first Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for her part in creating awareness of local history in Rushville.  She was the grand marshall of the Rushville Smiles Day Parade.  While active in many endeavors, she found time to be a member of many organizations, including the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Schuyler County Women's Club, Schuyler Historical Society, the DAR, and the Schuyler Home Bureau.  She was the Browning Township Assessor for many years and was active in politics..
  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2006, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with David Haney officiating.  Interment will be at Bader Cemetery near Browning.
  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria.
  Memorials may be made to the Schuyler Jail Museum or the Browning Rescue Squad.

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Copyright by Judi Gilker 2007