For 20 years I worked as a Highway Maintainer for the Illinois Dep. of Transportation. My duties were varied from day to day but our main job was to keep the highways safe for the motoring public. This included pothole patching. mowing. snow removal, assisting local law enforcement during traffic accidents, stockpiling salt and other chemicals for snow removal and Supervising up to 14 men in their daily work. I was responsible for putting in the daily time, fuel tickets and billing all items bought at the local level. We were put on different jobs and expected to take charge and complete the task in a timely manner.
After retiring I have been involved in helping the local FFA by putting together a group of folks to build a FFA Alumni chapter in our county. We wanted to raise money to furnish scholarships to students that want to have a career in agriculture. I was elected president and served for 3 years. During this time we started an annual fish fry. It started out small but after three years we were serving just under 1600 meals. This allowed us to send FFA members to the national convention, attend conferences, and go to different judging shows. The program is still going on but has been curtailed due to COVID.
I enjoy raising a big garden every year. It gives me time outdoors and also allows me the chance to give my produce away to folks that are unable to get out and do it.
In 1990 I was elected to be the Republican County Chairman for Gallatin County. During this time I dealt with the local committee and the state party. I sat in on several meeting with Gov. Edgar and his people and was allowed to give ideas on helping our area in jobs and transportation.
I am a life long resident of Gallatin County. My family has lived here for over a 150 years. My children have moved to larger communities to be able and find work. My Son Travis is a teacher at Marion Il and my Daughter Katie is a radiology tech at Evansville Indiana. I would love to see jobs come to our local area so the young people can stay and raise their families here.
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