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American Legion Announces...

This year's flag days:

16 May, 0700 hours (7:00 a.m.) - Put flags out at Galva Cemetery and Bishop Hill Cemetery


25 May, 0600 hours (6:00 a.m.) - Put up Avenue of Flags at Galva Cemetery, retrieve them at 1600 hours (4:00 p.m.)


30 May, 0700 hours (7:00 a.m.) - Retrieve flags from Galva and Bishop Hill Cemetery


Bishop Hill Cemetery


Memorial Day


Bishop Hill Quilt Show is Back!

The 2015 Bishop Hill Quilt Show will be from May 15 to May 17. This year's theme is "Wine, Women, and Windows."


At the Colony School, there will be over 100 quilts on display, raffle baskets, free demonstrations, and a Trash & Treasures Corner that has some great bargains.


Admission fee for the Colony School is $5. Proceeds from the show will be used for various charity quilts distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need.


Throughout the rest of Bishop Hill, there will be additional quilt exhibits in a variety of shops and museums, including a special display in the Steeple Building Museum and the Challenge Quilts in the Welcome Center.


The quilt show is sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club and the Bishop Hill Arts Council. Show hours for May 15 and 16 are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show hours for May 17 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


For more details, please call 309 927-3851.


Photos courtesy of Lou Lourdeau...









War is coming to Bishop Hill...

To honor Bishop Hill's very own Company D, IL 57th Volunteer Infantry during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the BHHA has organized Bishop Hill Civil War Day for Saturday May 9, 2015.


There will be a Civil War encampment in the village park, with programs every hour throughout the day.


Meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, General Blackjack Logan, and other Civil War figures. Witness an artillery demonstration, skirmish, and much more.


Finish your visit by attending an evening Civil War Dance at the Colony School. All these programs are free and open to the public. Also, the Steeple Building Museum, Henry County Museum, and Bishop Hill Museum will have special Civil War displays.


For more details, go to www.bishophillheritage.org, call 309 927-3899, or email bhha@mymctc.net.





Program Schedule for May 9 Bishop Hill Civil War Day

  • 9 a.m. - General John "Black Jack" Logan performance by Brian "Fox" Ellis; Village Park Gazebo
  • 10:15 a.m. - Artillery Demonstration by Battery G, 2nd IL Light Artillery; Coopers' Field
  • 11:00 a.m. - Mother Bickerdyke performance by Helen Milan; Dairy Building
  • 11:00 a.m. - Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White program by Jeanne Schultz Angel; Henry County Museum
  • 12:15 p.m. - Civil War Field Embalming demonstration by Jon Austin; Twinflower Inn
  • 12:15 p.m. - Ladies Tea by the Ladies of Charity; Steeple Building - Reservations Required
  • 1:15 p.m. - The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln as portrayed by Max and Donna Daniels; Village Park Gazebo
  • 2:30 p.m. - Skirmish; Coopers' Field
  • 3:15 p.m. - Medical Demonstration by the 17th Corps Field Hospital; Village Park at the 17th Corps Field Hospital
  • 4:00 p.m. - Civil War Music by Hammer and Pick; Steeple Building
  • 7:00 p.m. - Civil War Dance featuring "Too Old to Be Controlled" with caller Gail Hintze; Colony School

Company D, 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry History "Swedish Union Guard"

For the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Bishop Hill is honoring its very own Company D. Organized in September and October 1861, at Bishop Hill, Company D of the 57th Illinois Infantry was composed of Swedes mainly from Henry County.


The 57th was mustered into service on December 26, 1861 at Camp Douglas in Chicago with S. D. Baldwin as Colonel. This unit fought in the Battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, and "Sherman's March to the Sea." Company D also took part in the Grand Review at Washington D.C., before President Johnson and General Grant, on May 24, 1865. The Swedish Union Guard was mustered out on July 7, 1865.


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Battery G




Thank you to all the reenactors, too numerous to list, who participated this year. Without all your help and support, Bishop Hill Civil War Days would not have been possible! Also, thank you to the following organizations, individuals, and foundations for sponsoring programs today: Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Galesburg Community Foundation, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Robert Mellon, Neal and Diana Cooper, Henry County Museum, and Twinflower Inn.


Brian "Fox" Ellis as General Logan

Brian Elliis as General Logan



First United Methodist Church Announces 2015 iServe Day...iServe Logo

If you need help with odd jobs, painting, carpentry, yard work, cleaning or errands, the iServeVolunteers may be able to help you.


On 27 June, 2015, a team of iServe Volunteers may be able to come to your home or nonprofit location and do jobs that you need help doing.


To apply for help, fill out an application *and return it to the Neighbors in Christ Parish Office located at 214 NW 2nd Avenue in Galva.


The deadline for applications is 31 May, 2015, so don't delay, get your application in as soon as possible.


Questions about the program may be directed to the Parish Office at 932 - 2460 or submitted by Email to: galvafirst@frontier.net


*Applications may be filled out on line, however, you must save the application to your computer in order to attach it to an Email message or for printing and mailing to the address above.


Applications may also be obtained from City Hall during normal working hours.

Murray Remembers Rich Falk...City Participates in Falk Fundraiser...

Like the rest of Galva, Jordan Murray is a Rich Falk fan and has tracked the gentleman-athlete's exploits since watching him practice basketball in Wiley Park. The following is from a draft of a forthcoming brochure about Galva's superstar as envisioned by our artist emeritus, Jordan Murray, and which will accompany the release of his tribute maquette of Mr. Falk. The maquette, which awaits finishing touches by the master and a fundraising to complete, is the fourth in a line of bronze tributes which Murray calls his "Heroes of Galva" series:


"Born to Don and Charlotte Falk of Bishop Hill, Rich was an honor student and was constantly practicing basketball. I remember his practicing basketball in Wily Park while he was a junior at Galva High and I was only in the 6th grade at Lincoln. He was remarkable as he was a star not only in basketball but as a quarterback in football and as an athlete in track. He was named to the second string western Illinois all-conference football team. Nonetheless, his shining glory was in basketball."


Murray continues: "Even in his sophomore year he scored 421 points, scored 637 points as a junior but in his senior year in 1959-60, he put up 833 points in 28 games for an average of 29.7 points per game. A remarkable feat as there wasn't a 3-point shot back then!"


Jordan works on Falk


Murray's clay study of Falk stands about 22" high and is to be cast in bronze with a 1/4" wall. When finished, the tribute will weigh about 40 pounds. Murray notes that Rich Falk was much admired for his six foot muscular frame and while in Galva sported a widows-peak hair line and flat top hair style that did nothing but add to his signature clean-cut image. Naturally, Murray's tribute will have Falk sporting his Galva basketball jersey, and when finished, the bronze will be supported by a hand-crafted custom base.


Murray and Falk


Murray anticipates that he will need about $5,000 dollars to finish the piece with the bulk of those funds going to the bronze and casting; and the City of Galva is proud to act as the agent for the requisite funds. Help us pay tribute to this hero of Galva and bring your donations by City Hall or drop them in the mail to us with a note that the money is to be used only for the Rich Falk tribute.


Jordan Murray in his studio

Murray in his studio



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Galva City Administration Building

P. O. 171

311 N.W. 4th Avenue, Suite B

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 phone

(309) 932 - 3306 fax

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M,T,W,Th, F 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Galva Police Department

P. O. Box 1

210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 3720 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

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Galva Fire Department

210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2114 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

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Galva - Bishop Hill Ambulance Service

310 S.E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2120 phone (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

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210 Front Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2890 (NOT FOR EMERGENCIES!)

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Galva Street Department

Maintenance Yard

949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 3624 or for after hours emergencies (309) 932 - 3900

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Galva Water & Sewer

949 S. E. 2nd Street

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555 or for after hours emergencies (309) 932 - 3900

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Galva Freedom Fest Committee

311 N. W. 4th Avenue

P. O. Box 171

Galva, IL 61434

(309) 932 - 2555


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