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From the January 4th edition of the Manito Review:

Sesquicentennial News

Green Valley, Illinois

August 26, 27 & 28, 2022

The Green Valley Sesquicentennial Book Committee has begun collecting information to publish a book celebrating the One Hundred and Fifty Years of Green Valley becoming a town. The two townships involved are Malone Township and Sand Prairie Township. Within these two townships is a rich history of settlement, farming, and family history. The plan is to bring forward history from the 135th Celebration Book of Green Valley to the present 150th Celebration. The 125th Celebration was very thorough and detailed and covered a lot of the history of the community. The 150th year book will include the Green Valley Celebration of August 2022 so the book will be published after August of 2022 as well as there will be aspects included that haven’t been shared before as well as updating the information in the former books of Green Valley’s history. The Committee is asking for current and former Green Valley citizens to submit articles that “Enhance the History of Green Valley Through Your Family Story”. Also, information on the history of the street names and older homes in the original city are a new aspect of the book to be included so the committee is looking for any information people have on these two areas of Green Valley History. If you can share history of ownership of your home, the committee would like people to share any information on original owners, additions to the homes, as well as changes to the home for the book.

The committee is interviewing elder residents of Green Valley. A centurion, a number of +90 and +80 year olds are contributing their memories and information about Green Valley and the two townships over the years as it impacted them and their growing up in the area.

Information and several documents are being assimilated about the long history of the Grain elevators and Railroad on the east side of Green Valley. The name of James Robert Barker is present in this information with the first Barker Grain being built around 1896. He will be mentioned further in the book as he is, according to some recollections, was one of the last survivors of the Civil War in Illinois having died in 1940. He lived his final years on the corner of Main Street and Barker Street but is buried across northwest border of Malone Township in Mason County in Langston Cemetery.

One topic new to this book is about the Orphan Train. A number of books have been written about this but Clark Kidder has written a three volume in depth history of this event and the New York Asylum from which many children were housed and their journeys westward. Children were at this home and others for various reasons such as being an orphan or parent/parents that couldn’t care for the children. An ancestor of Cyrus B. Chase, Sr. and his wife Hannah (Annis) Chase was approached about information Clark Kidder, the author of the three volume A History of the New York Juvenile Asylum and Its Orphan Train had found. The Orphan Train concept was formed to move children from New York area west to other locations as adoptees, farm labor, or indentured servants in some cases. Cyrus Chase was found in 1856 records about the Asylum children by Mr. Kidder and was involved in getting children to Illinois which was a state of several “conductors”. Illinois was one of the prime areas for the Orphan
Train journey. The 1860 census shows five extra children living in the Chase home in the location of Belfami (northwest corner of Malone Township) which Mr. Chase was postmaster of. This story as related to Green Valley history will be further detailed in the book. Anyone who has any other information about “conductors” or children that came to this are can submit information to the book committee.

The Sesquicentennial Book Committee of Green Valley would like to have any information or questions sent to



Coats for Kids

Cooler weather has set in, Fall is in the air and winter is not far behind. Once again, we are asking for your help, with outgrown coats, hats and gloves in sizes small, medium, large and x-large. The need is always there. We appreciate any and all donations. Articles of clothing may be dropped off at 202 E. Glendale, Manito or call Charlene Nall at 309/202-2105 for more information.



Green Valley Sesquicentennial Committee

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Committee will be Thursday, January 20th at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings are held at the Village Hall.  In order to make this event a great success, many volunteers are needed.  Please come to the meeting and bring your ideas for making the celebration a memorable one.



WCTU School & Community Contests

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Normal is sponsoring the McLean County and Tazewell County Coloring, Poster, and Essay Contest’s that promote abstinence and present a message about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.

It is important to note that entries on the local, or county level, are due on February 15, 2021.  Local winners will be announced and monetary awards presented in each category on the local and state level before summer 2022 school vacation. Due to the COVID19 virus, feel free to call and notify us of your school summer vacation date. First place entries will be forwarded to the state contest by April 15, and the national contest by June 1.

Topics for the essay contests are as follows:  Division I (grades 4-6, 200-300 words), “What are the dangers of Electronic Cigarettes?”; Division II (grades 7-9, 300-500 words), “What is the impact of drug addiction on society?”; Division III (grades 10-12, 600-1,000 words), “Why is alcohol use dangerous for adolescents?”.  For more information and rules in each contest, please call Loreta Jent at 309-963-4521.



Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, January 8th at Emmanuel’s Warehouse (108 N. Adams Street, Manito, IL). The times are by appointment only, call 309-267-6185 (Heather Williams) to make your appointment.

Be sure to have your license (ID card or even bill with your name and address) to confirm your name and address.

Remember no proxies unless approved. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Please call Heather Williams at (309) 267-6185 for any needed information.



Protecting Public Health and Property in Mason County

Havana, IL~Projects and activities to prevent injuries and fatalities while maintaining vital services for Mason County residents will be the main topic of discussion at the Mason County Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee meeting on January 13, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.

The Committee began work in April 2021 to update the County’s Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This Plan details the past severe weather events that have impacted the County and identifies mitigation projects and activities that can be taken before a severe weather event occurs to protect residents and critical services and infrastructure.

“There has been at least $14.8 million in verified property damages and $81.7 million in crop damages caused by severe weather events in the County. Obtaining FEMA’s approval of our updated Plan will make all of the participants eligible to receive federal grant money for mitigation projects and activities” according Joe Ragle, Interim Mason County Emergency Management Agency Director.

Projects identified by Committee members at this meeting will become part of the Mason County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.  While the public has provided input on portions of the Plan, the entire Plan will be presented for public review and comment before it is submitted to the state and federal government for approval.

“A public forum will be conducted later this spring for interested persons to review the Plan update and ask questions of Committee Members.  A two-week public comment period will be held following the public forum to accommodate interested persons who are unable to attend.  We want to make sure that anybody who is interested has an opportunity to review and comment on the draft Plan update,” added Ragle.

Interested persons can submit questions and comments directly to the Mason County Emergency Management Agency.

Committee meetings are open to the public.  Persons interested in participating in the meeting should contact Andrea Bostwick, American Environmental Corp. at (217)-585-9517 Ext. 9,



2021 Mason County Tentative Multiplier Announced

Mason County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0618, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts).  If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

State law requires property in Illinois to be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value.  Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland and farm buildings assessed according to standards based on productivity.

The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the sales price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor.

If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be one (1).  If the average level of assessment is greater than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be less than one (1).  And if the average level of assessment is less than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be greater than one (1).

Assessments in Mason County are at  31.39 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2021 taxes, payable in 2022.

Last year’s equalization factor for the county was 1.0218.

The tentative factor is subject to change (1) if the County Board of Review takes actions which significantly affect the county assessments or (2) if local officials or others can present data showing that the Department of Revenue’s estimates of the average level of assessments in the county should be adjusted.  A public hearing on the tentative multiplier will be held between 20 and 30 days after the tentative factor is published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county.

A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease.  Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request money each year to provide services to local citizens.  If the amount requested by local taxing districts is not greater than the amount received in the previous year, then total property taxes will not increase even if assessments may have increased.

The assessed value of an individual property determines what portion of the tax burden a specific taxpayer will assume.  That individual’s portion of tax responsibility is not changed by the multiplier.




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