The Galesburg Project:

As of October 21, 2010

 

The Galesburg project will attempt to document the names and dates of as many people as possible for whom Galesburg is a part of their lives. As we can determine the names of individuals who were or became famous nationally or internationally who either were born in, lived in, or visited Galesburg, they shall become part of the roster. Their listing will eventually include a biographical sentence or two and the dates they lived in Galesburg. There is a second category for those people whose time in Galesburg was very brief, either to perform, speak or to visit — as long as a date or time period can be identified.

 

This list is expected to be continually evolving but when it approaches completion, we will print a copy.

 

If you have additional names to be added to the list please email them to editor@thezephyr.com.

 

Persons who were born in Galesburg or resided in Galesburg for at least some time in their life and achieved fame — including Knox and Lombard College students.

 

Grover Cleveland Alexander

Cyrus M. Avery

William Bainbridge

Newton Bateman

Jodie Bernstein

Mary Ann (Mother) Bickerdyke

Jonathan Blanchard

John Block (Ill. and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture)

Jerry Blundy

Richard L. Bowman (Knox College Football Coach 1965-1970, drafted by NY Giants)

Aaron Boyer

Hiawatha Bray (Knox 1976, Technology Columnist for Boston Globe)

Albert Britt

George W. Brown

General John Buford

Earnest Elmo Calkins

John D. Campbell (Knox 1943, co-author, The Men of Company K)

Amy Carlson (Actress on "Third Watch" TV Show, went to Knox)

Julia Fletcher Carney

Clark E. Carr

Clarence "Sunny" Clapp (1890-1939, Musician (Sunny Clapp and His Band O' Sunshine), composer, lived, retired, died in Galesburg)

Charles Cohen (Convicted multiple murderer)

Ira Clifton Copley

George Radcliffe Colton (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1909-13)

Peter Cousins

Alfred M. Craig

Dwight R. "Rocky" Crandall (Volcanologist, born in Galesburg, Knox College Grad) b 1923 d 2009

Omer N. Custer (Illinois State Treasurer, owner of Register-Mail, WGIL, Intra-State Telephone Co., First Galesburg National Bank…)

John Damgard, (president Futures Industry Assoc. Knox 1964)

Dr. Loyal Davis

Rodney Davis

Michael L. Davison

John Denny

Dennis Doyle

Ethyl Eichelberger

Joe Ferguson

George Washington Gale Ferris (Inventor of Ferris Wheel, born in Galesburg)

Eugene Field

John Huston Finley

Jack Finney

George Fitch

Jimmie Foxx (Baseball great, owned restaurant in Galesburg post-career)

George Washington Gale

Hobart "Hap" Gay (Knox 1917, 3-star General, Gen. George Patton's Chief of Staff, WWII)

Allen Green

Bruce C. Greenberg

Ruby Hamerstrom (Mrs. Clarence Darrow)

Todd Hamilton (Golfer, 2004 British Open Champion)

Ben Hampton

Robert Philip Hanssen

Otto Harbach

Phil Hare (Illinois Congressman, born in Galesburg)

T. N. Hasselquist

Robert Hellenga

Irma Hopper (Olympic fencer)

George W. Hunter

Ellsworth Huntington, (1876–1947) Geographer, b. Galesburg 1876

Bob Jamieson

David Starr Jordan

Garson Kanin

Edward John King

Richard Cyril Kirby (b Gbg 11/22/1922) Dir. Inst. of Telecommunication in Geneva, SUI

James Knox

A Kimbrough

Elbert Kimbrough (NFL, 1961-68)

Harold P. Leinbaugh (Knox 1946, co-author, The Men of Company K)

Archie Lieberman

David Lundstrom

Don Marquis (Author)

Leroy Marsh

Edgar Lee Masters

Harvey Henry May

S. S. McClure

Semenya McCord

Emily Arnold McCully (Children's author, 1993 Caldecott Medal winner)

Elof W. "E. W." Mureen (Mayor, State Rep., railroad historian)

Simon Peter Nelson

Robert "Shad" Northshield

Charles Osgood (Photographer)

Harold Peterson (professor, Univ. of Buffalo)

John Podesta (Chief of Staff, President Bill Clinton)

Jent Greig Post

Philip S. Post

George W. Prince

Robert Prout (Knox 1973, played with Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, N.Y. Jets)

Janet Wagner Rafferty (Model, Knox '54)

Gene Reyburn

Nancy Davis Reagan

Ronald Reagan (Lived here and visited as a Presidential candidate March 16, 1980)

George Reeves (mother lived here, he was her as an infant)

Paul Reuschel

Rick Reuschel

Hiram Revels

Gene Reyburn (Game show host. Knox '39, under his real name Eugene Rubessa)

Sukey Richardson

Paul Robsky (one of Eliot Ness' "Untouchables")

Carl Sandburg

Ellen Browning Scripps

Kevin Seitzer

Chief Shaubena

Joe Sisco

Gerry Spence

James B. Stockdale (Admiral, MOH Winner, Vice-Presidential candidate)

Lonnie Stewart

Marjabelle Stewart

Jim Sundberg

Evar Swanson

Dorothea Tanning

Thompson, Edward Lee II (Negro league baseball player buried in East Linwood Cemetery (d 1979)

Arthur S. "Old Hoss" Twineham

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk (f/k/a Betty Harler) Children's author

Chris Verene

Charles Rudolph Walgreen

Robert Wallace

Pete Weber (Sportcaster)

Mary Allen West

Moses Ocean Williamson

Joseph P. Williams (Mayor, Mich. State Rep.)

Doug Wilson (Lincoln scholar and author)

Philip Green Wright

Sewall Wright (Geneticist: GHS 1906, Lombard, B.S.  1911)

 

 

Persons who visited Galesburg at least once in their life and achieved fame elsewhere.

 

Aaron Bohrod (Artist, painted mural on Galesburg Post Office lobby wall)

Abraham Lincoln (October 7, 1858)

Adlai Stevenson II Governor, (U. N. Ambassador, Presidential candidate)

Adlai Stevenson III (U.S. Senator, Governor candidate)

Al Capone (?)

Alabama

Alan Dixon (U.S. Senator)

Albert A. Gore, Sr. (1960)

Alexander Kerensky (1944)

Alice Cooper

Amazing Kreskin

Amelia Earhart (Oct. 16, 1935)

Andrea Mitchell

Angela Davis (2000)

Anita Ekberg

Anthony "Tony, Big Tuna" Accardo (visited his sister in Galesburg)

Antonin Scalia

Archibald Macleish

Armando Ghitalla (Knoxville H.S., trumpet player w/Boston Pops)

Arthur Rubinstein

Association, The

B. J. Thomas

Barack Obama (April 11, 2003, March 18, 2004, July 31, 2004, August 2, 2004, September 4, 2004 & June 5, 2005 plus several other private events)

Barbara Hale (1941)

Barbara Bush

Barry Goldwater (09/64) (U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate)

Barry Williams

Basil Rathbone

Benjamin Harrison (October 8, 1890)

Benjamin Hooks (2004)

Bennett Cerf (1955)

Bert Parks

Betty Ford (GHS, 4/21/85)

Betty Friedan (1965)

Bill Buckner

Billy "Crash" Craddock

Billy Jean King

Billy Sunday (September 28-November 4, 1907)

Billy Williams

Bjorn Borg

Bob Dole (U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate, (March 13, 1988))

Bob Feller

Bob Jones

Bobby Dunlap

Boog Powell

Booker T. Washington (1912)

Boris Karloff (?)

Boxcar Willie

Brian Howe

Britt Hume (1/15/1995)

Bruce Catton (1958)

Bruce Kulick

Buckinghams, The

Buddy Guy

Burl Ives (1/6/1978)

Burt Ward (1973)

Burton Cummings

Carl Perkins (1990)

Carl Schurz

Carol Moseley Braun (U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate)

Carrie Nation

Charlie Craig (2/1/1966)

Charlie Daniels

Charles Deere

Charles Kuralt

Chauncey M. Depew

Chet Atkins

Chico Hamilton

Chubby Checker

Chuck Berry

Chuck Percy

Chuck Yeager

Christy Minstrels

Clarence Darrow

The Coasters

Conway Twitty

Christy Lane

Daniel Ruge, M.D. (R. Reagan's personal physician, 1st term, in Gbg 3/16/85)

David Brinkley

David Halberstam

David Hartman (2001)

Dean Atcheson

Del Shannon

Denny Doyle

Dean Martin (?)

Dennis Kucinich (U.S. Congressman, Presidential Candidate)

Dennis Morgan

Dennis Weaver

Desi Arnez and his orchestra (1947)

Dick Butkus

Dick Durbin

Dion

Dixie Dregs

Doobie Brothers (7/15/2004)

Duane Eddy

Duke Ellington (performed at Mayo Hospital 8/20/1944)

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ed Asner

Eddie Foy

Eddie Kantor

Eddie Money

Edgar Snow

Edward Albee (1987)

Edward M. Kennedy

Edward Steichen (1957?)

Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Enos Slaughter

Eugene Carr (General, MOH winner)

Eugene Debs (Presidential Candidate)

Eugene McCarthy (5/18/1976) (U.S. Senator)

Everett McKinley Dirksen (U.S. Senator)

F. Lee Bailey

Fabian

Fanny Brice

Fishbone

Four Freshman (1950s)

Frances Willard

François Mitterand

Frank Church (1959)

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Jackson Turner (1892-93)

G. Gordon Liddy

Gary Hart (1984)

Garry Wills

George Burns (10/12/84)

George Herbert Walker Bush (March 13, 1988)

George Harrison (?)

George Lynch

George McGovern

George Wallace

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Gordon Jump

Gordon Parks

Gwendolyn Brooks (1/6/78 and 9/15/89)

Harry Houdini (?)

Harry S. Truman

Head East

Helen Keller/Anne Sullivan

Helga Sandburg Crile

Henry M. Stanley

Henry Mancini (May 5,1988)

Henry Ward Beecher

Horace Greeley

Horace Mann

Howard K. Smith

Ida M. Tarbell

Ike & Tina Turner

Isaac Stern

J. D. Sumner

Jack Benny (?)

Jack Dempsey

James Anthony Bailey

James Cash Penney (March 1949)

James Cotton

James J. Corbett

James Whitcomb Riley

Jane Addams (1880)

Jenny Lind

Jesse Jackson

Jim Kaat

Jim Nabors

Jimmy Dean

Jimmy J.J. Walker

Joe Buck

Joe DiMaggio

Joe Ferguson

Joe Louis

Joe Pass

John Peter Altgeld

John B. Anderson

John Cage

John Ciardi (1959)

John Connally

John Sherman Cooper

John Deere

John Dillinger (?)

John Wayne Gacy (?)

John Hay

John Kerry

John Looney (1925) (Road to Perdition)

John McCain (2000)

John M. Palmer (1896)

John Philip Sousa

John Prine

John L. Sullivan

John Tower (1962)

John Walsh

Johnny Weismuller

Jonathan Kozol

Josef von Sternberg

Judds, The

Julian Bond

Kathleen Turner (?)

Keith Hernandez

Ken Berry

Ken Reitz

Kenneth Starr

Kingston Trio

Lamar Alexander

Lawrence Welk

Lee Greenwood

Levon Helm (of The Band) 1983

Little River Band

Louis Armstrong

Louis Bellson

Lyman Trumbull

Madeleine Albright (June 2008)

Mahalia Jackson

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Margaret Mead

Mark Elf

Mark Lane (5/13/1975)

Mark Twain (1/9/1869, cannot confirm)

Mark Van Doren

Marshall Tucker Band

Marx Bros.

Matt Wilson (Knoxville, drummer)

Maynard Ferguson

Max Ernst

Mercedes McCambridge (1977)

Michael Gross

Michael Martin Murphey

Mickey Rooney

Mike Schmidt

Milton Friedman

Muddy Waters

Myrtle Frankovitz

MxPx

Neal Schon

Nelson Rockefeller

Norman Thomas (1952)

Orville H. Browning

Otis Wilson

Owen Lovejoy

Ozzie Smith

Pam Shriver

Pat Quinn (Ill. Governor)

Pat Robertson

Pat Travers

Patricia Schroeder (Congresswoman)

Patrick Fitzgerald (U.S. Attorney/Prosecutor of Geirge Ryan, Scooter Libby and Rod Blagojevich)

Paul Douglas (U.S. senator)

Paul Harvey (1957)

Paul Simon (U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate)

Pearl S. Buck (1947)

Penelope Niven

Pete Rose

Pete Seeger

Peter Fitzgerald

Philip Roth

Platters, The (1988)

Porter Wagoner

Preston Jackson

R. E. O. Speedwagon

Rachel Barton

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ramones, The (Oct. 12, 1979)

Ramsey Lewis Trio (1973-74?)

Rare Earth

Red Auerbach (former Boston Celtics coach, brought Tri-City Blackhawks to Galesburg during 1949-50 season)

Red Schoendienst (≈1975–80)

Richard J. Daley

Richard Gephardt

Richard Pryor (?)

Richard Speck (?)

Richard T. Ely (1892-94)

Rick Danko (of The Band) 1983

Rick Derringer

Rita Dove

Robert Coles

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert G. Ingersoll

Robert LaFollette

Robert Michel

Robert Novak

Robert Reich (1/10/1995)

Robert Todd Lincoln (10/7/1896)

Robert Young

Rockwell Kent (1942)

Rod Blagojevich (Impeached Ill. Governor)

Roland Burris (U.S. Senator)

Roy Acuff (1950s)

Roy Clark

Rudy Gatlin

Rueben Askew

Russ Carlyle

Ruth Gordon

Rutherford B. Hayes

Samuel Gompers

Sawyer Brown

Scatman Crothers

Scott Lucas

Scott Turow

Seymour Hersh

Sheila Young

Shirley Jones

Siegel Schwall Band

Slide Hampton

Smashing Pumpkins, The

Smothers Brothers

Spike Jones (and his City Slickers)

Spiro T. Agnew

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Stan Musial (1960)

Stephen A. Douglas (10/7/1858) (U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate)

Steve Goodman

Steven Colbert (June 2006)

Stuart Udall

Studs Terkel

Susan B. Anthony

Susan Sontag

Suzy Bogguss

Ted Koppel

Ted Mack

Theodore Roosevelt (July 5, 1900)

Thomas Hart Benton

Tiny Hill

Tony Accardo (?)

Tracey Needham

Turtles, The

Ulysses S. Grant

Verne Gagne

Victor Borge

Vincent Bugliosi

Vinson Champ

Vladimir Nabokov (1942)

Vogues

W. H. Auden

Wallace Stegner (1961)

Wayne King Band

Westbrook Pegler (June 1943)

William Ayers (2/28/2009) 1970s radical

William Bendix (≈1947)

William Howard Taft (October 7, 1908)

William Holden

William Jefferson Clinton (1/10/1995 and 6/2/2007)

William Jennings Bryan

William Kellogg (Judge)

William McKinley (October 7, 1899)

William O. Douglas

William Proxmire (1959)

William Simon

William Allen White (1941)

Willie Mays

Willie McGee

Wolf Blitzer (1/10/1995)

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Sept. 21-21, 2005)

Zazu Pitts

 

Galesburg references in movies and on TV

 

Democratic National Convention, 2004. On July 27, 2004, Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, in the keynote address, spoke these words: "And fellow Americans — Democrats, Republicans, Independents — I say to you tonight: we have more work to do. More to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour."

 

State of the Union address, January 27, 2010, President Barack Obama spoke these words: "So I know the anxieties that are out there right now. They're not new. These struggles are the reason I ran for President. These struggles are what I've witnessed for years in places like Elkhart, Indiana; Galesburg, Illinois. I hear about them in the letters that I read each night. The toughest to read are those written by children asking why they have to move from their home, or when their mom or dad will be able to go back to work."

 

Movie: 1940, "Those Were The Days." Set at a fictional college, filmed at Knox College. Stars William Holden with Alan Ladd and Bonita Granville.

 

Movie: 1947, "Nightmare Alley," starring Tyrone Power. Galesburg mentioned.

 

Movie: 1952, "The Winning Team" stars Ronald Reagan as Grover Cleveland Alexander during his playing days in Galesburg. Reagan wears a Galesburg uniform. Also stars Doris Day.

 

Movie: 1952, "Sailor Beware," starriung Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Lewis asks MC Don Wilson where's he's from and he answers "Galesburg, Illinois."

 

Movie: 1953, “Call Me Madam” with Ethyl Merman and Donald O’Connor. Merman says at one point, “I wonder what they would think about that in Galesburg, Illinois.”

 

Movie: 1981, "Dead Kids," AKA "Strange Behavior," setting is in a college in Galesburg, Illinois, not filmed in Galesburg. Stars Louise Fletcher and Michael Murphy.

 

Movie: 1984, "Supergirl." Helen Slater, as Supergirl looks at a map trying to locate Smallville. On the map, it was in between Galesburg and Peoria.

 

Movie: 2000, "The Golden Bowl." Lead character, played by Uma Thurman, is from Galesburg, seen in a newspaper clip during the epilogue.

 

Movie: 2006, "Hollywoodland." The scene in the movie was Ben Affleck playing George Reeves as Superman, they were filming a scene of Superman flying and one of the cables holding Ben in the air broke and Ben crashes to the floor. As Ben gets up he brushes himself off and says "I want to thank all the good people of Galesburg, Ill. For making me what I am today"

 

Movie: 2009, "Everybody's Fine." Robert DeNiro is standing in fornt of a placard in Union Station in Chicago listing the stops for the train he's about to board. Galesburg is listed first.

 

"Six Million Dollar Man" Season One, Episode Four: A robot says he learned a trick because his "ol' man ran a gym back in Galesburg, Illinois."

 

Cinemax comedy short, "The Birthday Boy," starring James Belushi. Features Galesburg but not filmed here

 

TV show, “Tuesday Rendezvous," 1969 episode features footage of the Galesburg Silver Streaks.

 

Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Interview with Garsin Kanin where Kanin talks about living as a hobo for a summer in the railyards of Galesburg.

 

Perry Mason episode 74, The Case of the Startled Stallion, first aired October 31, 1959. Detective Paul Drake to Perry Mason (paraphrased) "Perry, I've got the dope on the Brant woman. Born Clara Tinsley, Galesburg, Illinois. Went to high school there."

 

Bonanza episode, April 1962: "Inger, My Love.” Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) was flashing back to the time when he met Hoss's mother who was a Swedish lass by the name of Inger in Galesburg, Illinois. Ben was traveling to the West and just happened to stop off in the 'Burg.

 

 

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