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Phyllis Cheaney - Tumultuous 2020

Phyllis (Cline) Cheaney discusses the traumatic experience of caring for her father Carroll after he came down with COVID-19 in August 2020. She discussed growing up on a farm, her marriage to Dick Cheaney, and their parallel careers as teachers and educators in Springfield, Illinois. Following her father's diagnosis with COVID-19, she and her sister Patricia cared for their father in the family home in Petersburg. During that time, Phyllis, Pat and their mother also caught the disease, but did not suffer from severe symptoms. Carrol Cline died on September 21 from COVID-19.

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Feature Excerpt

Seeds of His Life

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life, family story and professional career as an educator

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Father’s battle with COVID-19, his care and death in Sep 2020


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Caption:
Phyllis was Dick’s date for the Petersburg High School prom, one of their first dates. Dick was a junior at the time, while Phyllis was in 9th grade.

Where:
Unknown

When:
Unknown

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Carroll and Imie (Imogene) Cline shortly after their marriage in 1946. Carroll was a tenant farmer in rural Pleasant Plains, Illinois at the time.

Where:
Pleasant Plains, Illinois

When:
1946

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Phyllis Cline was on the family farm practicing moving four spotted Poland China hogs (two boars and two barrows) in preparation for the Menard County Fair project on August 10, 1960.

Where:
Menard County, Illinois

When:
August 10, 1960

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
The Cline family took time out for a photo while living on the farmhouse where Carroll worked as a tenant farmer. From left to right are Carroll, Imie, Phyllis and Patti.

Where:
Menard County, Illinois

When:
October 1964

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Dick Cheaney and Phyllis Cline were married on August 18, 1968 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Illinois. Dick and Phyllis still attended the church at the time of the interview.

Where:
Petersburg, Illinois

When:
August 18, 1968

Ownership:
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Caption:
Phyllis Cheaney was teaching at DuBois School in Springfield, Illinois in the early 1970s. She always enjoyed story time with her students.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
Early 1970's

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Phyllis was principal at Lincoln School in Springfield in the late 1980s when this photo was taken while working at her desk.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
Early 1980's

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Phyllis was serving as principal at Butler School in Springfield in the mid-1990s.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
Early 1990's

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Carroll and Imie Cline celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 1, 1996. They were living in Petersburg at the time, in a home they had built in 1992.

Where:
Petersburg, Illinois

When:
October 1, 1996

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Caption:
Carroll Cline received this ear of corn in 2019 from a farmer who rented his farmland in rural Pleasant Plains, Illinois. It was a sign of things to come as harvest time was approaching.

Where:
Petersburg, Illinois

When:
2019

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Phyllis enjoyed the chance to jump rope with Septembra, a student at Butler School where Phyllis served as principal when the photo was taken in 2002 by a Springfield State Journal Register. The photo was used for an article announcing Phyllis’s retirement.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
2002

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



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