Humorous Moments

Humorous Moments (HMG2P)

Location: Clinton, IL 61727 De Witt County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 9.113', W 88° 57.624'

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— Looking for Lincoln —

Barnett Tavern, owned and operated by Alvin and Rebecca Barnett, stood at 200 South Center Street. The two-story home was a stopping-place for weary travelers, circuit lawyers, and judges journeying across the Illinois prairie. When in Clinton, Lincoln and his associates were often guests. Lincoln once jokingly commented on Mrs. Barnett's custard. Having overheard, she never served him custard again.

One day, a farm boy sat on the ?rascal bench' outside the Barnett Tavern. On horseback, Lincoln approached the inn and inquired about accommodation. A mischievous boy hurried over to kindly greet Lincoln and offered to get the innkeeper, but he warned Lincoln that the man was nearly deaf. So, as a courtesy, Lincoln would have to speak up when he brought the innkeeper out.When the boy returned with the proprietor, Lincoln greeted Mr. Barnett loudly. In turn, Barnett also spoke in a loud voice, for the boy had told Barnett that Lincoln was hard of hearing. Thus, the conversation continued until Lincoln asked Barnett whey he was hollering and informed him that he was not deaf. The innkeeper replied that he was not hard of hearing, either.It was not until then that the two men realized the boy had fooled them, and they shared a good laugh. The farm boy who witnessed the prank shared the story many years later, saying he himself laughed every time he thought of it.

Wilson Allen was suing the Illinois Central Railroad for "cutting a ditch causing water to back up on Allen's [rural] property." Lincoln was defending the railroad. Knowing Allen was in town, Lincoln took the opportunity of Allen's absence from home and investigated. Lincoln walked to Allen's residence and observed water being carried from the ditch and Mrs. Allen doing laundry in the same. Lincoln then approached and asked for a drink of water, which Mrs. Allen drew from the ditch, apologizing that the well was dry. She explained that they were also hauling the water for their livestock. Lincoln returned to the Hill residence where he was lodging and invited George Hill to court saying, "...come to town, I have something rich this afternoon." Lincoln put on quite a show, proving the ditch to be a blessing.
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HM NumberHMG2P
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series
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Year Placed2009
Placed ByClinton Wal-Mart, Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 3:21am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 333026 N 4446457
Decimal Degrees40.15188333, -88.96040000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 9.113', W 88° 57.624'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 9' 6.78" N, 88° 57' 37.44" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 S Center St, Clinton IL 61727, US
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