Friday, July 17, 2009

Champaign, IL

We'll be staying in Champaign, IL for the next few days. This morning, we drove south to Tolono, IL to find the farmland once owned by Susan's family. Thanks to an old document drawn by Susan's father, we drove right to it and, guess what, it looked like every other corn/soybean field in the state. ;-) Unfortunately, the old family house was no longer standing. Next, we searched several local cemeteries and we found the burial sites of Susan's grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents, plus several other distant relatives.

Then we drove north to Rantoul, IL and visited the Chanute Air Museum. Rantoul used to be a school and training area for pilots and support personnel during the Second World War and beyond. This was also the home of the Tuskogee Airmen. It was closed in the 1990's and now the town and museum are looking pretty sad. It's a shame because the museum houses quite a collection of old aircraft.

1 comment:

D McGinnis said...

Deane, my hubby, was stationed at Chanute AFB from July 65 thru March 66. Cold in the winter & Hot in the summer! No trees, no water, no mountains, no women, no nothing!