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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Belleville, Illinois

Clickable Map of St. Clair County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> St. Clair County, IL (231) Clinton County, IL (35) Madison County, IL (217) Monroe County, IL (163) Randolph County, IL (118) Washington County, IL (8) St. Louis County, MO (772) St. Louis County, MO (607)  St.ClairCounty(231) St. Clair County (231)  ClintonCounty(35) Clinton County (35)  MadisonCounty(217) Madison County (217)  MonroeCounty(163) Monroe County (163)  RandolphCounty(118) Randolph County (118)  WashingtonCounty(8) Washington County (8)  St.LouisMissouri(772) St. Louis (772)  St.LouisCounty(607) St. Louis County (607)
Belleville is the county seat for St. Clair County
Belleville is in St. Clair County
      St. Clair County (231)  
      Clinton County (35)  
      Madison County (217)  
      Monroe County (163)  
      Randolph County (118)  
      Washington County (8)  
      St. Louis, Missouri (772)  
      St. Louis County, Missouri (607)  
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1 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — All Gave Some, Some Gave All
Dedicated to those from the Belleville area who gave their all in the Vietnam War Allen Gray 1950-1971 • Pete Hammond 1948-1969 • Ronald Roberts 1949-1968 • Terry Pensoneau 1944-1968 • John Lankford 1944 - 1968 • Charlees Geller . . . Map (db m225045) WM
2 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Audrey Marsh King — 1920-2010 — Global Entrepreneur —
A native of Belleville, King entered the family business, Marsh Stencil Company, in 1952 and became the manager of export sales. By 1998 she had developed a network of distributors in a hundred countries. She was a member of overseas trade missions . . . Map (db m208520) HM
3 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Belleville Public Square — Historic Site
Heart and transportation hub since founding of the city in 1814Map (db m152882) HM
4 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Belleville Savings Bank
When the doors opened at Belleville Savings Bank's new building on October 15, 1913, the bank was the oldest and largest in Belleville. It had been chartered in 1859. German immigrant Edward Abend, who came with the first group of "Latin Farmers" . . . Map (db m143316) HM
5 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Belleville War Memorial
This memorial is erected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 173, in honor of the men and women of Belleville who answered their country's call of past wars and in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.Map (db m225044) WM
6 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Callery Pear Tree
Thanks to the Survivor Tree Seeding Program by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, this Callery pear tree was grown from the fruit harvest from a severely damaged tree found during the rescue and recovery process at the World Trade . . . Map (db m184960) HM WM
7 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Carrie Thomas Alexander-Bahrenburg — 1861-1929 — Progressive Activist —
Daughter of prominent civic leader Colonel John Thomas, Alexander-Bahrenburg in 1887 took over management of Belleville Citizen's Horse Railway. In 1900 she was elected one of the first female trustees of the University of Illinois. She became in . . . Map (db m152949) HM
8 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Christian "Buddy" Ebsen — 1908-2003 — Star of Stage, Screen, and Television —
Born in Belleville, Buddy was the son of Christian Ebsen, the physical fitness instructor of the Belleville Turners. Fitness and dance instruction by his father served Buddy well and led to a 70-year career in show business. The Ebsen family left . . . Map (db m153304) HM
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9 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Dedicated to Those who Made the Supreme Sacrifice
Dedicated to those who made the supreme sacrifice and are buried on foreign soil and sea.Map (db m225109) WM
10 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Deidesheimer's Dry Goods Store
In 1867, Henry Deidesheimer was one of three businessmen who built three identical buildings on adjoining lots on East Main Street at High Street. Each brick and iron building was three stories tall. Deidesheimer's dry goods and grocery store . . . Map (db m157736) HM
11 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Dorothea Deichmann Millinery
When Dorothea Deichmann had this building constructed in 1892, it was still unusual for a woman to own property in her own name, erect buildings, and conduct her own business, but Deichmann was ahead of her time. She sold hats at this location from . . . Map (db m143390) HM
12 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Ebeling - Maurer House
German immigrants Jacob and Barbara Sieg purchased this property in 1844 from Theodor Higard, who in 1837 began to develop what would become the Village of West Belleville. Their orphaned daughter, Maria moved away but returned after marrying . . . Map (db m181842) HM
13 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Edward A. Daley — 1887-1930 — Preeminent Town Booster —
A Missouri newspaperman, Daley came to Belleville in 1916 to become the executive director of the new Greater Belleville Board of Trade and promote the civic and economic development of Belleville. In 1917, he led the effort to convince the War . . . Map (db m152953) HM
14 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Ever and Anon Park
The park is on the site of Hanover House, built in 1862, and later named Hotel Tiemann. The three-story hotel was demolished in 1998. Ever and Anon Park was developed by the Belleville Heritage Society. Old Belleville Historic District, one . . . Map (db m143389) HM
15 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — George Blair — 1759-1833 — Belleville's Founder —
Blair was a Scottish American who arrived in St. Clair County in the 1790s and became the county sheriff. Soon after 1800 he moved to a 200-acre farm in the Clinton Hill Precinct. On March 10, 1814 he concluded negotiations with a county commission . . . Map (db m152951) HM
16 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — George Bunsen — 1794-1872 — Public Education Advocate —
Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Bunsen fled to St. Clair County in 1834 after participating in a failed revolt. He farmed with other Latin Farmers and taught school. He was elected a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1847. . . . Map (db m208519) HM
17 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Gustavus Koerner — 1809-1896
Gustavus Koerner came to Belleville from Germany in 1833. He took a law degree from the University of Heidleberg in 1832. Shortly after, he was arrested during a political demonstration. He escaped and joined a party of emigrants. In Illinois his . . . Map (db m140531) HM
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18 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Gustavus P. Koerner / Sophia Engelmann Koerner — 1809-1896 / 1815-1888 (respectively) — German-American Reformers —
Abandoning hope of political reform in Germany, members of the Friedrich Engelmann family, including daughter Sophie, immigrated to the Belleville area in 1833. Sophie's suitor, Gustave Koerner, accompanied them after participating in a failed . . . Map (db m153301) HM
19 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Historic Garfield Street Saloon
Adam Gintz, the president of Belleville's Western Brewery, built a saloon on the corner of Garfield and Mascoutah in 1896. Successor businesses would continue to provide alcoholic beverages here for more than a hundred years. The earliest . . . Map (db m143311) HM
20 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — In Loving Memory to Our Departed Comrades
In loving memory to our departed comrades and ladies of auxiliary camp John D. Milley No.75 Dedicated Nov. 1, 1957 Equality - Justice - Freedom May it reign. Spanish American War 1898 - 1902Map (db m225254) WM
21 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — John Messinger, 1771-1846
John Messinger received a formal education in New England before settling on the Illinois frontier in 1802. After serving as St. Clair County Surveyor, he was appointed Deputy United States Surveyor and platted much of the government land between . . . Map (db m140532) HM
22 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Julius Liese — 1843-1920 — Entrepreneur-Musician —
A native of Bavaria, Germany, Liese arrived in Belleville in 1864; became a bookkepper; and began teaching music. He joined the new Belleville Philharmonic orchestra in 1867 and became its second conductor in 1869. Until his resignation in 1885, . . . Map (db m152952) HM
23 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Kastel Electric
At age 18, Fred Kastel began his career as an electrical contractor in 1906. He would remain in the business for 50 years. For much of his career he installed electrical wiring and fixtures in buildings constructed before the use of electricity was . . . Map (db m152863) HM
24 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Les Mueller — 1919-2012 — Citizen Pitcher —
A Belleville native, Mueller pitched in the minor leagues after graduating from Belleville Township High School in 1937. The Detroit Tigers called him up for the 1941 season. Following service in World War II he returned to Detroit in 1945 and was a . . . Map (db m153289) HM
25 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Lyman Trumbull — 1813-1896 — Apprentice Politician to National Leader —
A native of Connecticut, Trumbull arrived in Belleville in 1837 to practice law. He successfully challenged the last legal justification for slavery in Illinois. Before moving from town in 1848, he entered politics, serving a term in the Illinois . . . Map (db m153287) HM
26 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Ninian Edwards — 1775-1833 — Illinois Leader, Town Developer —
Edwards came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1809 to become territorial governor. After Illinois attained statehood in 1818 he served as one of the state's first two US Senators. Even before moving to Belleville in 1824, Edwards heavily invested in the . . . Map (db m153303) HM
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27 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Peters Saloon
Henry Peters did something unusual for a saloonkeeper. He bought the property on which his rented saloon stood and built his own saloon at this location in 1910. A native of Germany, Peters became a saloonist in the 1890s and along with many fellow . . . Map (db m152881) HM
28 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Reichert Business Block
Joseph Reichert, who had emigrated from the German State of Baden, was a prosperous miller in Freeburg seeking a business opportunity in Belleville. He constructed this building in 1880 to be operated by his daughter and son-in-law, Maria and John . . . Map (db m152864) HM
29 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Robert "Bob" Goalby — 1929 - — Masterful Athlete —
A Belleville native, Goalby graduated from Township High School in 1947 after starring in football, basketball, and baseball. He played football at the University of Illinois but chose golf for his career. Having honed his golf skills while a caddie . . . Map (db m152950) HM
30 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Romeiser Building
Peter M. Romeiser, a German immigrant and Civil War veteran, opened a small clothing store for men in 1878 that grew into a mercantile empire extending from this building to South Jackson Street in 1906. His innovative pricing policy in the retail . . . Map (db m143387) HM
31 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Ruth A. Sterling — 1905-1994 — Pioneer Business Executive —
Belleville native Sterling graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1922 and worked as a stenographer. By 1925 she was an assistant secretary at the Belleville Casket Company and rose through the ranks to become company president in 1953, . . . Map (db m157740) HM
32 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Site of Old St. Clair County Courthouse 1861-1972
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33 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — St. Clair National Bank
St. Clair National Bank began business in a former saloon at this location in 1919. The bank flourished and hired the local architectural firm of Frank Riester and Otto Rubach to design a new building that would convey a sense of the bank's . . . Map (db m143314) HM
34 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — The Sept 11 Memorial Walkway — of Southern Illinois
The terrorist did not have the capability to destroy the United States military, so they set their sights on destruction of symbolic targets instead. The World Trade Center symbolized America's economic power and prosperity. The Pentagon . . . Map (db m185014) WM
35 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Theodor Erasmus Hilgard — 1790-1873 — Democracy Advocate, West Belleville Developer —
For Germans yearning to live in a freer land, Justice Theodor Hilgard of the appellate court of Rhenish Bavaria encouraged scouts to immigrate to the United States to locate favorable places to settle. In 1833 they began the Latin Farmer migration, . . . Map (db m157746) HM
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36 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Under the White Stone Markers
Under the white stone markers, are the remains of a relative or friend. In Gettysburg, they stand row after row and seem to have no end. When the nation was in danger, they answered the call to arms. They came from cities, villages, . . . Map (db m225106) WM
37 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Village of West Belleville
For 30 years, West Belleville was an independent municipality. founder was Theodor Hilgard, A Judge from Rhenish Bavaria who immigrated here in 1835 as part of the Latin Farmer migration of intellectuals and dissidents who left Germany for a . . . Map (db m181852) HM
38 Illinois, St. Clair County, Belleville — Washington Theatre
Opening night at the Washington Theatre was January 17, 1913. The admission price was 10 cents. Owner and theater magnate Louis Landau, Jr., directed the first night's performance include both vaudeville acts and a silent movie. Live music . . . Map (db m152865) HM
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Apr. 15, 2024