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

Cole Oyl

 
 
Cole Oyl Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
1. Cole Oyl Marker
Inscription.  Father of Olive & Castor Oyl, husband to Nana and original cast member of Thimble Theater in 1919. Cole's character was inspired by Chester Library's founder, C.B. Cole
 
Erected 2011 by City of Chester.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 37° 54.377′ N, 89° 49.589′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is on State Street (Illinois Route 150) north of Mullins Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker and statue are located in front of Chester Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 733 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. Weistar House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Statehood of Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Mather (approx. 0.4 miles away); Toar (approx. 0.4 miles away); Popeye (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chester, Randolph County, Illinois (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flood of 1993
Cole Oyl Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
2. Cole Oyl Marker
Historical text is on the base of the back side of the statue
(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Chester Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Also see . . .  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. comic strip characters, cartoon character
 
Cole Oyl statue image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 30, 2020
3. Cole Oyl statue
Statue and marker are in front of Chester Public Library
 
 
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 45 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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