From the McDonough County Voice newspaper -

MACOMB - The historic preservation commission Tuesday began discussion of a new activity required under its state mandate. Vice-Chairman Allen Nemec said research must be gathered on the history of buildings and landmarks.
Nemec presented a form that could be used by commissioners in gathering property information. As an example, he used it to trace the history of 314 West Carroll Street, a private residence built in the Greek Revival style between 1840 and 1860.
"The father of C.V. Chandler sold the home to Jonathan Baker in 1852," Nemec said. Baker was a city alderman, judge, and postmaster during his career. "Judge Baker and WIU President Walter P. Morgan lived in the home at different times," he said.
Nemec included photos of the home with his history review and also a list of the various property owners. "We all have different areas of interest in local history," he told the other commissioners. 
"We should each try to do one property history next year."
Chairman Dennis Danowski asked commissioners to review the property history format developed by Nemec and revisit the task during the commission's January meeting.
Nemec also provided commissioners with a rough draft of rules for the city's new historic homes program. He said a design has been submitted for plaques to be placed on properties selected. The first set of historic homes is scheduled to be announced in conjunction with Macomb Heritage Days next summer.

Reach Patrick Stout by email at