MCLEANSBORO – Hamilton County held a ceremony Monday morning at the courthouse in McLeansboro to mark the county’s 200th birthday.
Hamilton County formed out of White County on Feb. 8, 1821.
Co-chairs of the Hamilton County Bicentennial 2021 Committee, Jerry Prince and Andy Rubenacker, were on hand. Rubenacker shared a brief history of the county and how it was started. He also referenced some of the famous people who have come out of Hamilton County including famous author H. Allen Smith, professional athletes including Jerry Slone and a governor, John Steele.
Several county officeholders and local mayors were recognized including McLeansboro Mayor Dick Deitz, Dahlgren Mayor Steve Wilkerson and Broughton Mayor David Essary. McLeansboro City Aldermen Dox Cox, Dale Biggerstaff and Billy Glenn were also recognized.
State Representative Dave Severin and Patrick Windhorst also spoke and congratulated the county on 200 years. State Sen. Dale Fowler presented a plaque to commemorate the Bicentennial. Congresswoman Mary Miller presented a flag to commemorate the event.
Monday’s ceremony concluded with the official flag raising of the Bicentennial flag by Hamilton County Sheriff Tracy Lakin, Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Bryson and McLeansboro Police Chief Nathan Taylor.
You can find out more about Hamilton County Bicentennial 2021 by visiting the event’s Facebook page.