A View of the Past – December 21, 2016

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This week’s view is of “Someday,” the Aberdeen Angus steer who visited the lobby of the old Bank of O’Fallon on April 27, 1966.  The building, no longer standing, was on the southeast corner of Route 50 and Lincoln.  The steer was raised by 17-year old John Reel of Congerville, Illinois and was named grand champion of the 1965 International Livestock Exhibition in Chicago.  It was bought by the Central National Bank of Chicago for $10,400 ($10 per pound) and taken on tour throughout the Midwest.  While in O’Fallon, it was supposed to be on view in a trailer in the bank’s parking lot but rain forced the move inside.  Visiting “Someday” in the photo is the O’Fallon Township High School Agriculture Class taught by Wayne Litherland, top, far left.

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.