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Chester in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen

 
 
Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
1. Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Marker
Inscription.  Castor, Olive's brother, was always a schemer. In 1929 he met Bernice the Magical Hen, and planned a boat trip to Dice Island. A very young Popeye was hired to pilot their boat. Elzie Segar, the year before he died, introduced "Castor Oyl, the Detective". The likeness erected above during Castor's 90th year.
 
Erected 2009 by City of Chester.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 37° 55.084′ N, 89° 48.781′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is on State Street (Illinois Route 150) west of Memorial Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker and statue are outside the Memorial Hospital. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 State St, Chester IL 62233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prof. O.G. Wotasnozzle (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); King Blozo (approx. half a mile away); Bluto (approx. half a mile away); War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wimpy
Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
2. Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Marker
Back side of the statue with historical text on the base
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Sea Hag & Bernard the Vulture (approx. 0.7 miles away); Governor Shadrach Bond (approx. ¾ mile away); Elias Kent Kane (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Castor Oyl on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 5, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Popeye and Friends Character Trail. The City of Chester has celebrated one of its most famous residents, E.C. Segar (creator of Popeye comic strip), for many years. In 1977, a park by the Mississippi River was dedicated and named after Segar. That same year, a statue of Popeye was placed there. Every year since 2006 (as of 2020), there have been Popeye character statues erected around town at various places. All of those typically have the donors' names on the base, as well as the city leaders of that year. Most of the statues have historical text on them. (Submitted on December 5, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Additional keywords. cartoon characters, comic strip character
 
Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
3. Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Marker
In front of Memorial Hospital.
Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Statue image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
4. Castor Oyl & Bernice the Whiffle Hen Statue
Front of the statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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