Full Text:Woodstock SESQUICENTENNIAL 1 8 5 2 - 2 0 0 2 Over 150 years ago Woodstock's founders came to this roadless land of ancient hardwood trees and grassy prairies. Mostly from northeastern states, those hardy pioneers brought with them their respect for education, religion and free enterprise. In a few years, when leading citizens acknowledged the obvious need to impose law and order on this rough frontier, the town of Woodstock was born. From the beginning, Woodstock citizens have been energetically involved in education, religion, drama, music and social causes. Civic leaders have had to address many of the same concerns through the years. As part of Woodstock's Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2002 this book has been prepared by a group of very dedicated volunteers. The mission was to relate the history of Woodstock, Illinois concisely, with words and pictures. Some errors and discrepancies may have crept into this book despite our best efforts to prevent them. Sometimes the source material may be at fault and some we may have contributed. If so, we apologize. The Volunteer Researchers: Betty Babcock, Barbara Carroll, Karlen Cooney, Jane Dahm, Darlene & Ken Fiske, Ron Hansen, Joy Isbister, Lisa Kelly, Caryl Lemanski, Joan Mansfield, Lynn & Karl Nielsen, Joyce & Bob Shook, Paul Thuma, Diane Treese. Staff members at the Woodstock Public Library and the McHenry County Historical Society Research Library were most cooperative. Copies of the research notes, with sources, are available at both libraries. Thanks to The Copy Express for the cover. Jane Dahm and Joan Mansfield, Editors SPONSORS OF THE 2002 SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Platinum Sponsor Centegra Health Systems Gold Sponsors Fifth Third Bank Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle Baxter & Woodman, Inc. Silver Sponsors Alliance Contractors, Inc., D. B. Hess Company, Automatic Liquid Packaging, Inc., LaSalle Bank, Amcore Bank N. A., Wells Manufacturing Company, Thatcher Tubes, Town Square Players, Inc., Associated Electrical Contractors, Emtech Machining & Grinding, Inc., Colonial Antique Mall Bronze Sponsors American Community Bank & Trust, Blazier's Pharmacy, Northwest Herald, Knuth's Published by the City of Woodstock, Illinois, June 2002 The Copy Express, Inc.