Chester in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
This statue is erected in tribute to Elzie Crisler Segar
Born in Chester, Illinois - Dec. 8, 1894
Died in Santa Monica, California - Oct. 13, 1938
Mr. Segar created Popeye from his recollection of Frank "Rocky" Fiegel — Jan. 27, 1868 - Mar. 24, 1947 — local scrapper. Popeye first appeared in the cast of "Thimble Theater" Jan. 17, 1929. William "Windy Bill" Schuchert — Mar. 8, 1857 - Feb. 20, 1941 — Chester Opera House owner and Mr. Segar's benefactor, appeared as "Wimpy" the Hamburger Fiend.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical date for this entry is January 27, 1862.
Location. 37° 54.304′ N, 89° 50.035′ W. Marker is in Chester, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Bypass Road west of Randolph Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located next to the Chester Welcome Center in Segar Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Bridge Bypass Road, 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. Chester, Randolph County, Illinois (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark in Illinois The Chester Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Flood of 1993 (within shouting distance of this marker); Weistar House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Statehood of Illinois (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ham Gravy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Toar (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
Also see . . .
1. E.C. Segar - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 25, 2013.)
2. Popeye Character Trail - City of Chester. A trail of granite statues of Popeye characters placed throughout Chester. (Submitted on November 25, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.