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Plaque restored to the depot

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Jim Adamson of Depot Renovation, Inc., (left) Phil and Gretchen Mummert were present when a commemorative plaque was restored to its location at the southwest corner of the old depot. Photo by Ken Ross.
A plaque commemorating two Illinois Central Railroad Workers from Cherokee who left their jobs to serve in World War II and did not return, was restored to its original location thanks to the efforts of the daughter of one of the men honored and her husband.

Phil and Gretchen Mummert, now of Prescott, Ariz., were both originally from Cherokee. Gretchen is the daughter of Fred Mueller who died on Omaha Beach during the Allied landing in France on D Day.

Gretchen said that her father was 28 years old when he died, older than many of the World War II soldiers, most of whom had no children when they went into the service. She doesn't know who F.B. Johnson is, the second name on the plaque.

The Mummerts were given the plaque when it was expected that the old depot would be demolished. They had the plaque restored to like new condition and brought it back to the depot.

Members of Cherokee Depot Renovations, Inc. were thrilled to have the plaque returned to its original location on Thursday morning.

"This is a wonderful addition for our depot," Jim Adamson, president of Depot Renovation Inc. said.

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