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Annual Report


(number 7)




President’s Message

Dear Friends:


Thank you for your support of the Academic Foundation. 


This past year the Foundation continued its mission of supporting students and academic projects, increasing the community pride in the educational programs, and enhancing the level of communication between the school system and the community. The Foundation funded many worthwhile educational projects, hosted the annual fundraiser golf outing, honored the Class of 1950 at the all school reunion, and awarded academic scholarships to two graduating OHS seniors.


 Students benefited from over $13,000 of funding requests. The single largest donation was a grant of $4500 as the Foundation partnered with the school district to install air conditioners in the elementary school.  Now, all classrooms at the grade school have air conditioning available, resulting in an environment much more conducive to learning.  The high school also received $2,500 from the Foundation to update the library book collection as well as  $1300 to purchase a projection unit for the agriculture department.


The largest fundraiser, the annual golf outing, was played at Oak Glen Golf Course in August.  This well attended event raised over $4,000 for the Foundation.  In addition, an all school reunion celebration was held in September in conjunction with homecoming weekend.  The highlight of the weekend was a dinner reception where over 200 attendees honored the Class of 1950.    


Jackson Jenkins and Misty Shipman were awarded scholarships by the Foundation as the class of 2000 recipients. Both students were recognized at graduation in honor of their achievements.


The spring of 2001 signals another exciting time for our schools and our community.  A proposal is underway to renovate the grade school buildings with a new addition.  This proposed expansion is overwhelmingly supported by the Academic Foundation and provides the opportunity for our community and individuals to once again come together in support of our schools and town.


Again, on behalf of the Academic Foundation Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to another great academic year in 2001!


Best wishes,


Steve Holliday


Oblong Academic Foundation






2000 Scholarship


Community support of the Foundation made possible two $750.00 scholarships to the class of 2000.

These were awarded to Misty Shipman and Jackson Jenkins.



Misty Shipman is the daughter of Dan and Molly Shipman. She is attending Ivy Tech State College in Evansville, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Finance and Accounting.

Jackson Jenkins is the son of Jack and Cindy Jenkins. He is attending Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.






Donations allow the Foundation to provide extras for students and faculty at OHS/OES.

We wish to give special recognition to donors in 2000:

Dana Corp

1st Robinson Savings Bank         


Kemper CPA Group- Tom Moore

Mont Eagle Mills






Richard/Louise Bidle   

Dane/Lora Branson

Victor/Anne Calvert

John Collings

Paul/Dottie Glezen

David Martin               

Fred/Joan Newton

Class of 1950

Oblong Township

Edwin/Dorothy Ryan

Max Leichty

Hugh/Marjorie Deale

Frank Weber


The Foundation diligently tries to acknowledge every donor. If we missed anyone we apologize.


Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation may do so by sending a check to:

Oblong Schools Academic Foundation

P.O. Box 205

Oblong IL 62449


Foundation Members


Steve Holliday President

Howard Bilyew Vice President

Diana Woodland Secretary

Diane Glezen Treasurer


Amy Angle

Tim Attaway

Phil Boyd

Linda Cravens


Gene Dart

Danny Deatherage

Earl Deckard

Chad Harmon

Donna Henry

Jodi Littlejohn

Mitzi Martin

Kathleen Moore

Fannie Roberts








Ribbons & awards for 4th  grade Science Fair            $200

Cafeteria program to promote breakfast/lunch         $500

Projection unit for Agriculture Department             $1250

Accu/cut patterns for OES faculty                           $445

Equipment to update Industrial Arts lab                   $711

Computer for Physical Ed Dept at OHS                 $1410

Air conditioners for classrooms at OES                  $4500

Updates for high school library book collection      $2500

Math team meal – Springfield Trip                            $274

CD/tape players for (3) 3rd grade classrooms            $360

Assignment notebooks for grades 3-5                        $816

˝ Farm Dayta subscription & printer                        $750

TV/VCR/Cart for 8th grade                                       $600

Accelerated Reading via Hershey                            $5000

Weather Station via Dana Corp                               $2000





Since 1990 – the Foundation has had the privilege of giving assistance in excess of $100,000 through the generous support of the community.




2000 All School Reunion

Homecoming 2000, September 29&30, at Oblong High School hosted approximately 300 alumni for the second All School Reunion.  This successful event was sponsored by the Oblong Schools Academic Foundation and supported by the First Robinson Savings Bank.  The event honored the class of 1950 as they celebrated their 50-year reunion.


Although the football game on Friday evening did not have the desired result, the socializing on the perimeter of the football field was in high gear. The dinner on Saturday evening was delightful and the entertainment was superb.  Phil Boyd, as Master of Ceremonies, recognized people from as near as Oblong and as far away as Anchorage, Alaska.  Richard Staten and his wife traveled from Anchorage, Alaska for the event.  







Other states represented included Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.  Phil also recognized Leonard Kirk as the most senior person representing the Class of 1925.


The entertainment for the evening was also home grown.  Darice Bailey-Green(1996), along with two Millikin University classmates, have published a successful CD.  Since one member of the group was unable to attend, Darice’s brother Kyle (1992) filled in as the substitute.   The group was accompanied by Phyllis Henry, another Oblong graduate.







Farm Plot Supporters


The following people donated labor, supplies and/or cash to produce the soybean harvest in 2000:


Don Harper Jr & Charley Miller


Planting, Harvesting & Hauling

Emmit Rains (Rains Oil Co.)



Wabash Valley Service Company 

(Crawford County Plant)

Seed, Fertilizer and Chemicals




Log onto the web at:






Golf Outing


The Oblong Schools Academic Foundation held its fifth and most successful outing on August 4, 2000 at Oak Glen Golf Course. We raised over $4100 to be used for the students of the Oblong School District. This year 72 golfers participated and enjoyed a great day of golf and food. As in the past, the event included lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart and prizes.

All of our golfers had a great time and many of them have been with us all five years.      Our biggest increase this year came from our HOLE SPONSORS. We had 31 sponsors in 2000 up from 23 in 1999. A SPECIAL THANKS to these fine people who are really important to our success each year.  We gain hole sponsors every year and they all come back year after year.

ome hole sponsors even brought teams to play in the outing. This was great because it gave the people of the Foundation a chance to meet and thank the businesses and individuals for the support of our school.

All persons interested in helping make the 2001 event even better should mark their calendar for Friday August 3, 2001. For more information, or to be put on our mailing list, please contact the Golf Committee at P.O. Box 205, Oblong, IL. 62449. 



Alblinger & Kirts  -Oblong

Anderson Machine & Welding - Oblong

Balfour-Taylor Agency - Carbondale

Bunn Capitol  -  Springfield

Charlie Inc.  – Robinson

Irma Coats  -  Oblong

Cox, Phillips, Weber & Tedford –Oblong

Crawford County Ins. Co. –Oblong

Cross Oil & Well Service – Oblong

Daybreak Landscape – Oblong

FGM Architects/Engineers Mt. Vernon

First Crawford State Bank - Oblong

First Robinson Savings Bank - Oblong

Harmon’s Drug Store -Oblong

Katherine Hart, in memory of

Hershey’s  - Robinson

Ickes Chevrolet   - Robinson

Illinois Consolidated Telephone-Mattoon

Jerry Ping Trucking – Oblong

Louis Ochs Chevrolet  - Newton

Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Paisley – Monticello

Mont Eagle Mills – Oblong

Oblong Gem  - Oblong

Old National Bank  - Oblong

Pepsi Cola  -  Marion

Pulliam Funeral Homes  - Oblong

Rains Oil Company  - Oblong

Ron’s Repair Service  -Oblong

M/M Bill Rosborough - Oblong

Sam White ROE#12  - Robinson

Superior Welding  - Robinson

T-Graphics  - Oblong




2000 Memorial Listing


Homer “Bud” Settlemeyer:  Richard/Jo Wilkin, Jim/Mary McColpin, Steve/Diana Woodland, Fred/Vera Kirts, Bill/Louise Black, Jay/Becky Haines,  Eleanor Riker, Clarence/Jenny Smith, Terry/Kim McCleave, Jim/Angie Jenkins, Joe/Virginia Bayless, Josephine Jarboe, Ruby Maus, Larry/Norma Lorance.


Maxine Henry:  M/M Keith Sheridan, M/M Sam Robinson, Virginia Robinson, M/M Charlie Miller, M/M Rick Kirk, Bill/Jane Lewis, Rick/Karen Holt family, Dean/Betty Siverly, Judy McCleave, Mildred McCleave, Jim/Patsy Kirts, J.D.Kirts, Jill Kirts, Randy/Jodi Litttlejohn family, John/Phyllis Meese, Raymond/Pauline Musgrave, Lawrence/Carolee Musgrave, Jeff/Loretta Musgrave, Warren/Mary Jo Parker, Arthur/Janie Baker family, Scotty/Jamie Chiddis, Steve/Susan Bell, Leah Chiddix, Chuck/Donna Baker, Bruce/Jill/Braxton Young, Larry/Martha Dennis, Jack/Betty Gallion, Carl/Sandra Veach, Orren/Marylan Leggitt, Betty Veach, Bob/Diane Glezen


Floyd Hinterscher: Bob/Diane Glezen


Harold Deatherage: Peggy Kirk Lippold


Louise Wood: Kathryn Huser


Gary Zellars: Shirley Zellars


Albert Munson: Myrl/Donna Littlejohn


Gerald McCarty: Randy/Jodi Littlejohn

Heloise Darnold: Dan/Phyllis/Robert Weck, M/M Charles Darnold,    M/M Delmar Harris, Larene Adams, Larry/Rheta Waldrop, Randall/Janice Matheny, Charles/Doretha Barnbrook, Florence Adkisson, Linda Parrott, John/Susan Sutfin, James/Ava Lansbery, Annapolis Home Extension, Oblong Band Boosters, Jan/Gleela Kolakowski, Crawford County Home -makers, Leland Detar, Ray/Reva Mattix
Harold Jones: Marty/Gina Elliott

Basil Ikemire:  John/Phyllis Neeley, Berlin Church, Lyle/Linda  Bailey, Randy/Vickie Sholders, Harold Sholders family, Chuck/Karen/Michael Bailey, Betty Veach, David Veach family, James Woods Jr., Louise/Red Waggoner family, Charleene/Dean Boelt family, Billie/Bill Cox family, Rick/Sue Catt, Sandra Beard, JoAnn Persinger, Roy/Pauline Hill, Alan/Sue Woods

Guy Fielder:  Searcher’s Sunday School Class-Central United Methodist Church, Harold/Neva Otey, Jack/Betty Gallion, Steve Bell family, Larry/Norma Lorance, Maxine Turner, Dale/Hazel Turner, Don/Donna Newbold, LeRoy/Diana Sparks, Dorothy Wiman, Myrl/Donna Littlejohn, Joe/Virginia Bayless, Jack/Beverly Kilburn, Charlie/Betty Alumbaugh, Mark/Teresa/Lyndsay Fielder, Marilyn Turner, Betty Veach, M/M Ralph Dart, Anita Catt, Rick/Sue Catt, Mac McCoy family, Buster/Pod Lorance, Gene/Louise Purcell, Delbert/Janet Neidigh, Joan Knollenberg, Charles/Virginia Ammons, Bob/Kay Weekes, Lula Rushing, Bill/Myrna Stine, White Oak Church, Leah Chiddix, Warren/Mary Jo Parker,  Chuck/Donna Baker

Charles L. “Charlie” Graham:  Sarah Ann/Craig/Carol Ann Randolph, Anna Fay Bush, Ken/Kathy Caraway, Dorothy Wiman, Paul Perkins/Lois Ikemire & families, Max/Wanda Rice, OCUSD#4 Board of Education, faculty, staff, students, John/Deb Miller & girls, Tom/Virginia Price, Bill/Becky Bandy, Joan Knollenberg, Bob/Diane Glezen, Larry/Charlotte Sackrider & family, Judy McCleave, Treva Beals, Butch/Cindy Lockley, Roger/Diane Henry, Lyle/Linda Bailey, Herb Russell, Rhonda Musgrave, Max/Sue Musgrave, Junior/Hazel Scherer, Bob/Sherry Catt, Vince Keller, Bob/Sally/Steve Berry, Eugene Bradbury, Fern Bradbury, Sue/Dan Walker, Donna/Glen, Dick/Roberta Ridlen, Kim/Kelly Smith, Brian/Don/Sunny Bradbury, Monte/Sherri Bradbury, John/Betty Miller, Michael Weaver, Sue Zirkle & Larry/Laura/Abby/Cole/Jeremy/Kelli/Alexis, Helen/Vivian Snyder, Barbara Doenges Green, Mary/James Williams, Robert/Marjorie Borchardt, Mary Hamilton, East Richland Middle School, East Richland Jazz Band, Allen Price, Mary Winchester