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It's a White County Christmas
.. a celebration honoring the small town traditions of the holiday season.
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
Discover the magic of Christmas
in Carmi
Festival Notes

DAR Contact
Barbara Karger
  103 E. Main St.
  Carmi, IL 62821
  PH: 618-382-3841

You may decorate any full size live or artificial tree in any theme you choose. It will remain on display from 9 AM through 3 PM Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Community Room of Old National Bank in Carmi.

Feel free to sell ornaments, crafts or other items from the tree to help your organization.

There is no cost to display your tree

You may decorate your tree Friday afternoon and evening or early Saturday morning.

To enter, call Barbara Karger at 382-2612 or Marjorie Brown at 382-4010.

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The Carmi Chamber of Commerce is in the business of making smiles.

People want to live in a thriving community. Happiness is contagious. Events such as “It's a White County Christmas”show our commitment to building a happy, thriving, prosperous community.

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Festival Notes
Festival of Trees
Lights Way to Holidays
Sponsored by Wabash Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution

Since 1995, the Wabash Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution has sponsored a community project aimed at helping the area celebrate the beauty of Christmas. The Festival of Trees welcomes in the spirit and beauty of the holiday season.
Saturday, Nov. 19
9 AM - 3 PM, Old National Bank
112 W. Main Street, Carmi, IL
The History of the Wabash Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution

The history begins with the recognition of Catherine Harrell Dartt, daughter of Revolutionary War Soldier Joel Harrell, as the last "REAL DAUGHTER" in Illinois in 1927.

Suma Randloph Powell organized the Wabash Chaper on June 18, 1930 with 26 charter members. The name WABASH was chosen due to the river, presumably named by the Shawnee Indians "Wabashkiki" meaning "gleaming white" because of the bright limestone in the upper part of the river.

Revolutionary Patriot graves marked include:
  • Zachariah Cross (Burnt Prairie) September 28, 1930
  • Joseph Hawthorne (Enfield) October 11, 1934
  • Arthur Johnson (Johnson Cemetery) 1994
  • William Stewart (Old Graveyard, Carmi) June 2, 2002 Rededication
  • Joel Harrell and his daugher Taletha Catherine Harrell Dartt (Enfield) 1996 Rededication

A bronze plaque on a granite marker in Carmi Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated in 1936 with names of Revolutionary War soldiers buried in White County. The Revolutionary War Soldiers Memorial was dedicated in 1994 in the Old Graveyard in Carmi.

Organizing Chapter Regent Suma Randolph Powell was State Vice Regent in 1934. She also served as District VII Director along with Bernice Rice, Barbara Karger and Marjorie Brown.

In 1935, the Little Wabash Society, C.A.R. was organized. The chapter continues to work with the youth projects with success in the state and north central division contests.

Book donations to the Carmi Public Library, McCoy Memorial Library, Brehm Library and the DAR National Library are made in memory of deceased chapter members. Members have read inscriptions of several county cemeteries and have sent them to state genealogical records. Members continue to be involved in community activites of education, historical and preservation benefits.

On September 12, 2002, the Wayne Prairie Chapter of Fairfield merged with Wabash Chapter. Wayne Prairie was organized on Apri 17, 1965 by Organizaing Regent Charlene French Tickner. The name if for the county of Wayne which received its name from General Anthony Wayne who passed through Wayne County, as well as "Prairie" refering to the "Prairie State of Illinois." The chapter organized the Little Egypt Society, C.A.R. Charlene French Tickner served as State Historian (1977-79) and State Chaplain (1971-1973. Lula Jane Crain Feller served as State Historian (1977-79) and also as District VII Director. Thirteen Revolutionary War soldiers' graves were located but not recorded as marked.

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