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Decatur Club Founded in 1883

"On Wednesday evening, May 23, 1883, the Decatur Daily Republican reported that on the previous evening charter members of the recently incorporated Decatur Social and Business Club met in the grand jury room of the courthouse. They elected the following officers:

President – Charles A. Ewing
Vice President – Lowber Burrows
Secretary – S. J. Bumstead
Treasurer – William H. Linn
Directors – L. L. Haworth, J. E. Bering, B. K. Durfee, R. P. Lytle, T. A. Buckingham, and W. C. Johns

It was also reported in that paper that the Club would soon be fitting up a suite of rooms that would be elegantly furnished. These rooms were to be open to all 100 members, each of whom would hold a share worth $30, the total of the capital stock being worth $3000. This first meeting place was a suite of rooms on the third floor of the Haworth Building located on the northeast corner of North Water and North Park streets. Mr. James Haworth, a member of the Club, had erected this building.

The organization of this group was obviously seen as a positive move even at that time, as the following evening’s paper reported that Danville citizens were meeting to organize a social and business club, copying after Decatur. It was predicted that Paris and Bloomington citizens would probably shortly follow suit because their attention had been attracted by Decatur’s actions.

The men who founded this organization were doctors, lawyers, merchants, and industrialists. They were far-sighted and enterprising; the type who saw a need or a challenge and met it. What they saw in Decatur in 1883 was opportunity. They saw opportunity to build a rather small town with potential into a thriving city, with good jobs and an outstanding social life. They were the builders of modern Decatur."

This is an expert fromThe Decatur Club 1883-2003: Our 12oth Anniversary
written by Dayle Cochran Irwin.

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Club Presidents

1883-1922

Charles Ewing 1883-1884
John Warren 1885
William Chambers 1886
W.C. Johns 1887
J.E. Bering 1888
Lowber Burrows 1889
D.H. Conklin 1890
William Barnes 1891
Frank Hayes 1892
James Millikin 1893
Peter Loeb 1894
Frank Pratt 1895
O.B. Gorin 1896
A.R. Montgomery 1897
D.A. Maffit 1898
William Barnes 1899
W.L. Shellabarger 1900
W.M. Bering 1901
Robert Hunt 1902
Adolph Mueller 1903
William Hostetler 1904
M.F. Kanan 1905
B.W. Dillehunt 1906
Robert Mueller 1907
C.H. Leon 1908
Charles H. Dawson 1909
J.M. Brownbeck 1910
W.M. Bering 1911
Walter Mills 1912
Will Chenoweth 1913
C.A. McMillen 1914
E.B. Tyler 1915
W.J. Grady 1916
Max Hurd 1917
J.M. Allen 1918
F.L. Evans 1919
H.I. Baldwin 1920
George Hayes 1921
C.R. Dick 1922
H.S. Gebhart 1923
W.H. Wiley 1924
J.D. Johnson 1925

1926-1968

C.Y. Miller 1926
Clyde Lyon 1927
L.W. Shade 1928
Walker Mills 1929
William A. Shorb 1930
J. Reaves Holt 1931
Forest Wikoff 1932
Corwin Johns 1933
B.C. Whitsett 1934
W.M. Bering Jr. 1935
Frank Walker 1936
Carl Miller 1937
W.G. Traver 1938
Richard Gray 1939
E.L. Simmons 1940
C.H. Ruedi 1941
E.K. Scheiter 1942
David Jones 1943
E.E. Lindsay 1944
Ira Abbott 1945
W.L. Huff 1946
Honore Owen 1947
J.K. MacLennan 1948
E.B. Evans 1949
Fraser Bassett 1950
Robert Linn 1951
Fletcher Ransom 1952
C.M. Nicholson 1953
W.D. Kilborn 1954
Donald Radcliffe 1955
D.M. Burner 1956
Richard Welsh 1958
Ted Harris 1959
William Van Law 1960
J. William Record 1961
Royce Huss 1962
Lester Foltz 1963
Scott Cleave 1964
Roy Chapman 1965
Thurman McDavid 1966
John Wagner Jr. 1967
Donald Nordlund 1968

1969-2013

William Braun 1969
Jerald Jackson 1970
Dr. James Waller 1971
Charles Perkinson 1972
Ray Livesay 1973
Tom Dickes 1974
Rodger Quigle 1975
T. Graham Bradley 1976
Jerry Bickes 1977
Michael Campbell 1978
Dale Arnold 1979
George Prust 1980
T.G. Bolen 1981
Claud Thompson 1982
John Strong 1983
Robert Nichols 1984
Thomas Duffield 1985
Larry Cunningham 1986
Robert Lloyd 1987
Phillip Thompson 1988
Gerald Stitt 1989
Pete Grosso 1990
Thomas Hill 1991
Kevin Breheny 1992
Randall Earl 1993
Patrick Dawson 1994
Jefferson Hunt 1995
Roger Chandler 1996
Carla Brinkoetter 1997
Stephen Minder 1998
Robert Reynolds 1999
Norman Fombelle 2000-2001
Claudia Madding 2002
Larry Foster 2003
Robert Disbrow 2004
Mark Jackson 2005
Brett Swallow 2006
Harry Cook 2007
Scott Striglos 2008
J. Bentley Bolen 2009
Julie Moore Wolfe 2010

Greg Florian 2011

Dennis Espinoza 2012

 

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Club Managers

Dan MacKnetz • 1920-1922
Enos Kelpey • 1923-1929
D.J. Kenney • 1930-1931
S.T. Hoyt • 1932
J.E. Tackaberry • 1933-1934
Robert Guynn, Sr. • 1935-1972
Michael E. McCarthy • 1973-1975
Jerome Saksefski • 1976-1977
Omar Carl Schmeusser • 1978-1979
Richard Pierceall • 1980
Paul Collins • 1981
Robert Deffenbaugh • 1982-1990
Sue Montague • 1990
Michael Kampe • 1990-1996
Robbie McGrath • 1997-1999
Dan Carlson • 1999-2000
Jeff Ingle • 2000-present

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