Rushville High School - Re Echo Yearbook (Rushville, IL)

 - Class of 1946

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The Indian motif "By thy rivers gently flowing Illinois, Illinois, O'er thy prairies verdant growing Illinois, Illinois, Comes the echo on the breeze-" of that race of Illini, the hunters and warriors, who gave the name to the rivers, the Illinois and Kickapoo rivers, not far from Rushville. It was that race who built small mounds found along our rivers, the largest one near Rushville being Dickson Mound at Lewistown. This huge mound, crescent- shaped, contains more than two hundred skeletons and is the largest and most interesting display of its kind in the state. There one can see the Indian skeletons and other objects kept in exactly the same position in which they were found. Evidences of Indian occupation have been found in Schuyler county. Indicm battles must have been fought here, for scores of Indian beads and many battle axes have been found near Camden, Huntsville, and Ray. There are as many as twenty or twenty-five Indian mounds near Rush- ville. One of the closest, five miles south, has been dug into, but no record tells just what was ever found. We are near enough Peoria to mention that around Peoria Lake was a favorite meeting place, for many tribes of Indians went there to hunt and fish and at one time, near the present site of Peoria, the Indian villages had from one hundred to four hundred sixty lodges. Numerous towns in Illinois bear Indian names. Very appropriate are the words: "We drove the Indians out of the land But a dire revenge these redmen planned For they fastened a name to every nook And every boy with a spelling book Will have to toil till his hair turns gray Before he can spell them the proper way." Of Schuyler county we might say: "Here lived and loved another race of beings Beneath the same sun that rolls over our heads The Indian hunter pursued the parting deer." Q83

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