Zumwalt's Fort

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October 2009 Update 

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The center chimney awaits the completion of the main section of the homestead fort as the easternmost cabin, nearly completed, is the object of everyone’s attention.

On September 30, 2009, the O’Fallon Community Foundation held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the reconstruction of Jacob Zumwalt’s homestead fort. Though the floor of the east cabin and the chimney remain to be completed, everyone present felt the elation of seeing the tangible results of many years of research and fund raising.

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Lewis Swinger exhibits the model of the Fort built by Raleigh Jessup to Councilman Mark Perkins and Nancy Hadler Tulley of MasterCard.

 President Jeanette Koechner Thomas expressed the Foundation’s gratitude for the many organizations and individuals who have supported this endeavor, among them MasterCard International, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Charles Brunjes, the O’Fallon Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Joe Harl of Archaeological Research Center, Tim Kilby, Jesse Francis, and members of the city staff.

Notable among those attending were speakers Steve Ehlmann, St. Charles County Executive, and Bill Hennessy, Mayor of O’Fallon. Also on hand to receive the Foundation’s sincere appreciation for their generous support was Nancy Hadler Tully, Senior Vice President - Worldwide Communications of MasterCard International.

Blue skies and mild temperatures provided a perfect backdrop for the event and the evening would have been perfect had it not been for the absence of Raleigh Jessup due to ill health. Raleigh has been the moving force for this project since his term as an alderman for the City of O’Fallon in the early 1970s. His son, Ken Jessup, used an ax against a slab of white oak from the trees harvested by Charlie Brunjes for the Fort to cut the ribbon in his father’s stead.

Following the ceremony, attendees were treated to a casual dinner of roast pig with all the trimmings. The O’Fallon Community Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this event:

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Foundation Board members Jeanette Koechner Thomas, Pat Swinger, Wendy Prakop, Don Schappe, Darrell Mueller, Dennis Maher, John Griesenauer, and Jerry Hurlbert hold the ribbon as Ken Jessup uses an axe to make the cut.
  • Enterprise Bank & Trust
  • George Butler Associates, Inc.
  • Midwest ENT Centre
  • Betty Leary and Cheryl Tevis
  • Bill and Jeanette Koechner Thomas
  • Patraba Electric
  • O’Fallon Knights of Columbus
  • Bank of Old Monroe
  • Bernard and JoAnn Dubray
  • Dean and Jackie Whitworth
  • O’Fallon Brewery

 

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Mayor Bill Hennessy (above) and County Executive Steve Ehlmann (right) were honored speakers at the ribbon cutting.
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Pat McMenomy treated guests to dulcimer music during dinner.

 

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