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Ronald Reagan’s Maternal Grandparents
Ronald Reagan’s Maternal Grandparents
Parents of Ronald Reagan:
Born in Fulton, Illinois:
Nellie Wilson 1883
Married in Fulton, Illinois:
Ronald Reagan’s Parents
Ronald Reagan’s Paternal Grandparents
Ronald Reagan’s Great-Grandparents
Catherine was born in the county of Tipperary, Ireland, in 1829. She and Michael had five children who lived to adulthood: Thomas, John, William, Margaret, and Mary. Only one of the children, Margaret, was living at the time Catherine died at the age of 70. Catherine also had five grandchildren: Will Reagan, John E. Reagan, Will Chapman, and Margaret Chapman, and Josephine Baldwin Wittle. One year after her husband Michael died, Catherine moved to Fulton and lived here 25 years. She was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Fulton, April 1908.
Ronald Reagan’s Great Uncle William
Fulton Catholic Cemetery
Ronald Reagan’s Great Aunt Mary
Ronald Reagan’s Great Aunt Margaret
Places with Reagan Connections in Fulton
Immaculate Conception Church:
Reagan House: 907 12th Avenue
Dr. G.W. Clendenen’s House:710 11th Avenue
Fulton Catholic Cemetery / Reagan Family Plot: North 4th Street
A remnant of the past, this 1800's village was built inside a former rock quarry overlooking the Mississippi River. Heritage Canyon is a 12 acre wooded nature walk dotted with buildings that take the visitor back to pioneer living. Stroll through the park following the brick paved paths. The canyon features a log cabin settlement, one-room school house, blacksmith shop, church, general store and much more. The swinging bridge, a favorite among children is made of steel-woven cables once used in quarry operations. All of the buildings house artifacts from times past. Open April 15 thru December 15, 9am to 5pm.
Holland in Illinois
Fulton's authentic Dutch windmill, "de Immigrant" was built in the Netherlands, disassembled and reassembled by Dutch craftsmen. The windmill is fully operational and volunteers are on hand providing educational tours and information. Fresh stone-ground flour and other unique Dutch items are available for purchase at the Windmill Cultural Center, located next to the windmill. Open May (weekends only) and daily Memorial Day thru mid-October. For more information contact the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 815-589-4545
Lock and Dam 13
Three miles North of Fulton along Highway 84, thousands of visitors view barges and boats locking through on the widest pool in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lock and Dam 13 is also an excellent location to view the Bald Eagles during the winter months.
50 room hotel, continental breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, exercise room, luxury suites and wireless internet. 1301 13th St., Fulton (815-589-3333)
9 rooms plus one cottage. Cable TV, kitchenettes, complimentary coffee and tea, phones, air conditioning and wireless internet. Other amenities include grills, picnic tables and electrical hook-ups for boats. Extra clean and friendly. 19020 13th St. Call 815-589-4847
January 4, 2014 or usually the 1st Saturday in January each year. 8am to 3pm. Naturalists and volunteers share their enthusiasm and knowledge of eagles and other grand birds of prey. Eagle viewing from Lock and Dam 13. Exhibits at Clinton Community College. (815-259-3628) for more information visit http://www.eicc.edu/business/events/eagle/index.html
(held Friday & 1st Saturday in May) - May 2 & 3, 2014, 9am to 5pm
Location: Downtown Fulton
Enjoy Dutch dancing, Dutch pastries, craft vendors, food vendors, main stage entertainment, speakers, parade, music, windmill area tours, and more. For information, contact the Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 815-589-4545 or www.cityoffulton.us.