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Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post 571
The Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post 571 was chartered March 24,
1920. The post was named in memory and in honor of First Sergeant
Paul C. Rowan of Company D, 61st Infantry, who was killed in
action in France on October 15, 1918. First Sergeant Rowan was
posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation’s
second highest award for bravery. First Sergeant Rowan was a
Hardin County native. Thirty-Six World War I veterans were charter
members of the post. The first Post Commander was Donald W. Rowan,
Paul C. Rowan’s brother.
The American Legion is the world’s largest veteran’s organization
with three million members. Founded in 1919 the Legion’s basic
ideals and purposes are:
• Veterans’ Rehabilitation
• Child Welfare
• National Security
Post 571 currently has about 75 dues paying members; Veterans of
World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam era,
Lebanon/Grenada/ Panama, the Persian Gulf wars and the War on
Terrorism. Eleven members of Post 571 have been legion members for
50 or more continuous years. William (Bill) Wallace is the present
Post 571 meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the
legion hall at the corner of Hopkinton and fourth streets in
Rosiclare. Gene Reed, the Post Adjutant, is available at
618-285-6898 to provide any additional information about Post 511
and the American legion.
Cave-In-Rock Improvement Committee
For more information contact: Jerry and
Winnie Oxford 618-289-3915
Cave-In-Rock Lions Club
The Cave-In-Rock Lions Club was incorporated 34 years ago in 1972.
Currently there are seventeen members, with four new members
joining in 2003.
The Cave-In-Rock Lions Club hosts and participates in numerous
worthwhile activities throughout the year which benefit disabled,
blind or deaf children and adults. Some of the programs and
• Obtain eyeglasses for needy adults and children
• Eye and hearing examinations provided free to the public in
Lion’s Club traveling eye and sound bus.
• Halloween party for children in Hardin County
• Local talent show for November Telethon benefiting Illinois
• Christmas baskets provided for needy in Cave-In-Rock
• Wheelchairs or other medical equipment acquired when needed.
Anyone who would like to be a member and enjoy the feeling of
helping are invited to contact one of the member. Dues are $40.00
per year and the club meets the 4th Monday of every month at
Duttons Café in Cave-In-Rock at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and meeting.
The District Governor or representative is available to give a
talk on Lionism. Just contact one of the officers below.
Cave-In-Rock Masonic Lodge
The Cave-In-Rock Masonic lodge # 444, of the Grand Lodge of
Illinois, meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Meetings are held at the Cave-In-Rock Lodge, located at 100 Canal
All members welcome
Elizabethtown Improvement Committee
For information contact Rose Mary Riley
Fluorspar Festival Committee
Since 1965, the annual Hardin County Fluorspar Festival has been
held in the fall in Rosiclare, Illinois to celebrate the
influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Industry.
Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Rosiclare, once known as
the "Fluorspar Capital of the World", has a colorful history
that revolved around this mineral, which is also the State
Mineral of Illinois. Each year, the Festival highlights
and brings back memories of days gone by.
Held on the first weekend in October in
downtown Rosiclare, the Festival features an ever-growing list
of activities and things to do. Events include a Miss
Fluorspar Pageant, carnival, pet parade, bicycle & golf cart
contest & parade, car/motorcycle show, photo contest, food and
craft vendors, barbeque, open house at the American Fluorite
Museum, local musical talent, the Festival parade at 2:00 p.m.
on Saturday and the finale on Saturday evening featuring a
fireworks display at the City Park overlooking the river.
Contact Information: Please contact the
Hardin County Fluorspar Committee at
or write us at P>O>Box 396, Rosiclare, Illinois
Hardin County Historical & Genealogical Society
Established in December, 1983
A 501 (c) (3) organization
To bring together those people of all ages interested in the
history and genealogy of Hardin County;
To discover, collect & preserve any material which may help to
establish or illustrate the history of the area & its entire
people who contributed in any way in establishing Hardin County.
To provide for the cataloging and preservation of such material &
for its accessibility to those who wish to examine or study it;
To stimulate & encourage an interest in the genealogy of our
To publish historical & genealogical material covering Hardin
To work toward establishing a Hardin County museum and library;
To receive & hold gifts & devises of real & personal estate from
any source for the benefit of the society & and dispose of any
real estate not needed;
To use solely for the purpose of the society any funds derived
there from or from it generally;
To do all things incident to the perpetuation of the society
Meetings are held the first Monday (except July and September) of the month at
7:00 p.m. in
the Rose Clare Craft and Antique Mall in Rosiclare. For more
information call Ben Roberts
Hardin County Main Street
What is Hardin county Main Street?
Hardin County Main Street is a 501(c) 3, not-for-profit
Corporation, organized in April of 2000 to serve as an umbrella
organization for groups and committees seeking to improve the
community and promote economic development in Hardin County,
Hardin County Main Street has a governing board of directors but
individual committees carry out most activities. Standing
committees include the Rural Economic Development Council,
Heritage Festival Committee, Rosiclare Improvement Committee,
Cave-In-Rock Improvement Committee, and Elizabethtown improvement
Committee. Additionally, members of Main Street serve on many
regional boards and committees for regional economic development
and tourism initiatives. Hardin County Main Street’s approach is
to foster partnerships between existing boards and committees
where a common vision exists or to facilitate the development of a
common vision and shared goals.
Our mission statement:
”The Hardin County Main Street organization is a unified, county
effort to restore and revitalize our historical heritage and
community pride by capitalizing on our economic assets and
promoting our scenic and natural resources."
How was Hardin County Main Street formed?
Various committees of concerned citizens and economic development
groups have met over the years in Hardin County. in 1993, local
community leaders and residents, the Hardin County Board of
Commissioners, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest
Service and Southeastern Illinois regional planning and
development commission formed the Hardin county rural economic
Development Council. Through the Forest Service’s Economic
Recovery Rrogram, the Economic Development Council wrote the first
Hardin County action plan. This action plan is a strategic plan
for Hardin County and has been revised annually since 1994.
In 1999 the Economic Development Council felt the county needed a
nonprofit development agency. Recognizing the success of the Main
Street program at Golconda in adjoining Pope County, the council
sought guidance from the Illinois State Main Street program. The
state director encouraged and promoted the Hardin County Main
Street program as a pilot project for the state as the first
county-wide program in the State of Illinois. Similar county-wide
approaches had been established in other parts of the country. A
steering committee was formed and a public meeting was held in
September of 1999 to gage public interest. By November all three
municipalities and the County Board passed resolutions of support
for Hardin County Main Street.
The three municipalities and County Board seated the first Board
of Directors by each board submitting 3 directors. The initial
12-member board organized in January of 2000 and developed
articles of incorporation and bylaws. Hardin County Main Street
became a legal entity in April of 2000 and completed and submitted
the application to the Illinois Main Street program.
After submitting the application, the group learned the state
program had changed directors. The new director informed Main
Street that it would not be a pilot project for the state, would
have to be placed in a pool of other communities wanting Illinois
main street recognition, and the Main Street program wouldn’t be
appropriate in Hardin County. It was recommended then that Hardin
County pursue the CCI program through the Department of Commerce
and Community Affairs, a program Hardin County had been involved
in since 1995. It was also not-so-subtly-hinted by the state that
Hardin County Main Street could have potential legal problems
continuing to use the “Main Street” name. Despite the setback,
Hardin County Main Street decided to await the selection of new
programs by Illinois Main Street program.
In February 2001, Hardin County Main Street was not chosen as an
Illinois Main Street program. The National Main Street center in
Washington, D.C. was contacted and permission was received to
continue operating as a “Main Street” community under the National
Main Street center. Hardin County Main Street is the only
county-wide Main Street program in the State of Illinois.
Since its formation, Hardin County Main Street has continued to
develop partnerships with existing organizations and represent
Hardin County in regional initiatives.
Funds leveraged since 2000 calendar year county/city contribution
total revenue for the year percent increase every $1.00 was
The Main Street approach
”Main Street” is not just a name. It is a methodology for downtown
revitalization that has been successful in more than a thousand
towns and cities throughout the country.
The Main Street approach to downtown revitalization is based on
design involves improving the downtown’s image by enhancing its
physical appearance; not just the appearance of buildings, but
also that of streetlights, window displays, parking areas, signs
sidewalks, promotional materials and all other elements that
convey a visual message about the downtown and what it has to
Educating others about good design
Providing good design advice
Planning Main Street’s development
Motivating others to make changes
Organization means building consensus and cooperation among the
groups that play roles in the downtown. many individuals and
organizations in the community have a stake in the economic
viability of the downtown, including: bankers, property owners,
city and county officials, merchants, downtown residents,
professionals, chamber of commerce representatives, local
industries, civic groups, historical societies, schools,
consumers, real estate agents, local media.
Managing staff and volunteers
Promoting the program
Managing the finances
Promotion involves marketing the downtown’s unique characteristics
to shoppers, investors, new businesses, tourists and others.
Effective promotion creates a positive image of the downtown
through retail promotional activity, special events and ongoing
programs to build positive perceptions of the district.
Understanding the changing market
Identifying downtown assets
Defining Main Street’s market niche
Creating new image campaigns, retail promotions and special events
Economic restructuring means strengthening the existing economic
base of the downtown while diversifying it. Economic restructuring
activities include helping existing downtown businesses expand,
recruiting new businesses to provide a balanced mix, converting
unused space into productive property and sharpening the
competitiveness of downtown merchants. By strengthening the
downtown’s economy, communities are able to support the ongoing
use of historic commercial buildings, preserving unique community
Learning about the district’s current economic condition and
identifying opportunities for market growth
Strengthening existing businesses and recruiting new ones
Finding new economic uses for traditional Main Street buildings
Developing financial incentives and capital for building
rehabilitations and business development
Monitoring the economic performance of the district
Hardin County Main Street has the following four goals. Each goal
is represented by various projects in the Hardin County action
plan; a strategic plan that has been updated and revised since
Goal #1: to provide a strong, viable community organization
Goal #2: to improve the community’s physical quality (design)
Goal #3: to improve the image of the community through marketing
Goal #4: to rebuild the community’s economic vitality (economic
Heritage Festival Committee
The Hardin County Heritage Festival Committee was established in
1999, and operates under the umbrella of Hardin County Main
Street, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Heritage
Festival Committee promotes Tourism in Southern Illinois with good
clean family fun at the lowest cost possible, and attempts to
teach and promote our heritage to our children.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in
the Hardin County Main Street building in Elizabethtown. For more
information call Wesley Donithan 618-287-7090
Jammin Clovers 4H Club
For information contact Jan Goolsby 618-287-7261
Karbers Ridge Riding Club
For information contact John Price 618-289-3389
River To River Trail Society
The River to River Trail Society is a not for profit corporation
dedicated to the Rver to Rver Trail and southern Illinois. Funds
for this group are provided only through membership and gifts that
benefactors have provided the society.
The River to River Trail starts in Hardin County at Battery Rock
on the Ohio River about four miles above Cave-In-Rock. The River
to River Rrail follows an east to west description to honor the
migration routes of the pioneers.
If you would like to become a member of the society or would like
more information on the River to River Rrail, or would like to
help on the trail, please contact:
John O’Dell, chairman
1142 Winkleman Road
Harrisburg, IL. 62946 618-252-6789
Rosiclare Improvement Committee
For more information please contact:
Kay Talbort 618-285-6837
Rita Mathews 618-285-3676
Rosiclare Masonic Lodge
The Rosiclare Masonic Lodge # 1144, of the Grand
Lodge of Illinois, meets the first and third Monday of the
Meetings are held at the Old YMCA Building, Main
All members welcome
Smiley Christmas Club, Inc
The Smiley Christmas Club was formed in fall of 1998.
The original thought was just a few friends getting together for a
little cookout. As more people were invited to participate in this
cookout there were more ideas of what food was to be prepared. A
bar-be-que was then mentioned and from there it took off.
With more than just a few interested the thought for raising money
came about, then what to do with it? It was decided to give the
money back to the county for those in need at Christmas time and
putting smiles on the children's faces. This is how the club's
name came about.
Each May and October the Smiley Christmas club sponsors a cookout
to raise money for the less fortunate at Christmas, but it doesn’t
stop there. We have helped with cancer patients, people burned out
of their homes, donations for facilities such as our Golden Circle
building and a host of other cases where people needed a little
We are strictly volunteers and we are a not for profit group.
There is no outside help other than donations from citizens and
businesses from our area.
For more information about the Smiley Christmas Club. Smiley
Christmas Club, PO Box 597, Rosiclare, Il. 62982 or email