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Gerald Campbell - Rochester

Jerry Campbell grew up in Rochester, Illinois on the very same property that his great great grandfather purchased in 1858. The Campbell family has been a part of the Rochester community ever since. The family is very proud of their connection to Abraham Lincoln, that he purportedly delivered a speech on their property in 1832 when he was running for the state legislature. The speech took place in front of what was later the home of Nelson Campbell in front of a walnut tree.

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Lyman, Hugh, and Nelson Campbell pose for a portrait in 1909.

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Unknown

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1909

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Narrator's photo

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Hugh, Isabel, Lyman, and Nelson Campbell with a wagon drawn by a farm animal in 1914.

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Unknown

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1914

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Narrator's photo

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Nelson Campbell stands in front of the Orange Judd house in 1918. The family states that Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech on the grounds in 1832. The house was torn down in the 1950s.

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Orange Judd House

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1918

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Narrator's photo

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Molly (Isabel, Jerry’s aunt) and Bert Wolford stood in front of a Henry Horner Governor sign in about 1935.

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Unknown

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1935

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Narrator's photo

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William E. Campbell, Jerry’s father, is riding a tractor, circa 1940.

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Unknown

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circa 1940

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Narrator's photo

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Jerry’s mother, Helen Campbell, using a three-way knife trimmer while working at Frye Williamson Press in the 1940s.

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Frye Williamson Press

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1940s

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.)

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Helen Campbell, in the back, used a Smyth sewing machine for binding at Frye Williamson Press in 1942.

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Frye Williamson Press

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1942

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.)

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William E Campbell, Jerry’s father, is pictured by a United Transports tow truck, circa 1950.

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Unknown

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circa 1950

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Narrator's photo

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The Lincoln box (closed) was made from a walnut tree that grew in front of the Campbell family home in the early to mid-19th century.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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The Lincoln box (opened) was made from a walnut tree that grew in front of the Campbell family home in the early to mid-19th century.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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This photo of Gerald “Jerry” Campbell was taken on April 11, 2019.

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Unknown

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April 11, 2019

Ownership:

Property of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.



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