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8 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger news Flower from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral discovered in Will County Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was assassinated 150 years ago. It wouldn’t be until December 2017 that the flower lain on his funeral bier in Washington, D.C. in April 1865 would be discovered — in Lockport. Executive President at the Will County Historical Society Sandy Vasko discovered a dried pale rose bud inside a box that was stored in one of the rooms of the building. She was working by herself one afternoon when she began exploring the room and found a box that had items belonging to James G. Elwood, who served in the Civil War, and whose father was the first mayor of Joliet. Inside the box were documents, ribbons from conventions, and medals from various organizations and time periods, mainly from 1900-1919, Vasko said. There was a smaller, sealed box inside the cardboard box full of artifacts that had a clear casing where Vasko could see the dried rose bud. A note was secured tightly under the rose bud that she tried to read from the outside. Vasko turned the box over and noticed that it had been sealed and there was writing in 19th century script. General J.S. Todd, who was the cousin of Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd, had given the rose bud to General I.M. Haynie, who was from Illinois, and Haynie had then passed it on to Elwood’s wife, “Mrs. Jas G. Elwood (nee Pearce),” which was how it was written on the bottom. Vasko was amazed at what she had found. “I thought that I didn’t read it right,” Vasko said. According to The National Museum of American History, about 25 million Americans attended the memorial services for President Lincoln in Washington, D.C. His body traveled to Springfield on a nine-car funeral train. The train reached Springfield on May 3, 1865, and Lincoln was buried on May 4. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote an article regarding Lincoln’s funeral in 1865, and mentioned that there were white japonicus’ and roses on the bier, according to Vasko. The Will County Historical Society sent photos of the rose bud to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which verified that the rose was authentic. There are still some unanswered questions, according to Vasko: Why did New year, new workout, new you Will County Historical Society Executive Director Sandy Vasko stands beside the display case that contains the flower bud from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral bier that is to be unveiled Feb. 17. Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media General Todd give the rose to Mrs. Elwood? How did they know each other? Why was her maiden name mentioned on the bottom of the box? Was it referring to a different Mrs. Elwood? And, of course, the big question: Who gave the artifacts belonging to James Elwood to the Will County Historical Society? “At this point, we don’t know who gave this collection to us,” Vasko said. “We may have to go delving back.” Vasko said she hopes to have those questions answered in time for the Lincoln Funeral Flowers: A Sneak Peek Event Feb. 17 at the historical society, where the flower will be unveiled. There is a limit of 50 attendees. Tickets will be $50, and include a buffet dinner, silent auction and an Abraham Lincoln-related speaker. Proceeds from the event will go toward the restoration of the log cabin belonging to the Brown family, who were early pioneers of Jackson Township. Mokena resident, CrossFit owner helps others reach goals Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor Going to the gym and eating healthier. These are probably the two most common New Year’s resolutions for people as soon as Jan. 1 rolls around. It can be difficult to get motivated to change one’s lifestyle, but there are many different options to jumpstart the “new year, new me” mantra, including one that people don’t always think about — Cross- Fit. “I try to tell people when they ask what [CrossFit] is, or they’re scared of doing it, I’m like don’t pay attention to what you see on TV or the internet or whatever because it’s not like that,” owner Luke Ahlfield said. Ahlfield explains that the main difference between competitive CrossFit and the CrossFit workouts he runs is that in the sport it’s all about the speed of the workout and incorporating high intensity, whereas at CrossFit Homer Glen, the goal is to move well and burn calories. The length of workouts at the gym are shorter compared to those who compete. “It’s like saying I don’t want to play basketball, I see how they do it in the NBA,” Ahlfield said. CrossFit is scalable to fit the needs of each person that workout, Ahlfield said. The approximately 70 people a week that come to the gym are at all different fitness levels, and Ahlfield and his wife Bridget, who also instructs programs, modify the workouts to benefit each person. Ahlfield and his wife work one-on-one with each member to identify their goals and help them make improvements. “Keeping tracks of their weights, we know how strong they are and stuff like that and how they move with certain weights,” Ahlfield said. “But also, being that me and Bridget are pretty much the only coaches, we know everybody in and out pretty well and what they can do.” CrossFit Homer Glen’s rates are based per month. For $75 a month, people can get access to just the bootcamp classes or just the strengthening classes, and $125 a month grants members unlimited access to any CrossFit, bootcamp or strengthening class. In celebration of its fourth year in business, there will be a 40 percent off special for the month of February. Also for the New Year, Ahlfield wants to incorporate more open gym time where people can come in between classes and do their own workouts. If someone isn’t a member, then they can still stop by and pay $20 to utilize the gym during open gym time. While CrossFit Homer Glen rings in the New Year with changes for 2018, those whose New Year’s resolution is to go to the gym can join CrossFit and make their own changes for the year ahead. CrossFit Homer Glen is located at 15753 S. Bell Road. For more information, call (618) 599-6569 or visit cross Mokena resident and CrossFit Homer Glen owner Luke Ahlfield (left) instructs a morning class Jan. 4 during the one arm dumbbell push press and toe-to-bar exercise. Photos by Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media Gym members (left to right) Connor Ganzer, Sam Bettenhausen and Shane Mowery work out during a CrossFit class.

® news the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 9 Police Reports Police: Arrest for speeding, suspended DL tion across the street from the shop. Worker, who works full time for Southwest Airlines, said he and his wife travel fairly often and always make an effort to seek out local breweries and frequently bring beer home with them from their trips. “I’ve always enjoyed seeking out different styles of beer and trying different things,” said Worker, who said he has tried just about, if not every, beer they sell in the store. Beside the handmade shelving, fixtures and furniture in the shop, Crafted is a bit different from other bottle shops by the way they sell and sort their packaged beers. Worker and Rusnak allow any package of multiple beers, such as a six pack, to be broken up and sold separately without an upcharge. Many shops offer a buildyour-own six pack, but end up charging more per bottle Esteban Barajas-Vera, 22, of 1802 58th Court in Cicero, was charged Jan. 10 with driving on a suspended/ revoked driver’s license and speeding. According to police reports, an officer on patrol observed Barajas-Vera travelling 57 mph in a 40 mph zone, westbound on 191st Street at Schoolhouse Road. The officer allegedly locked the speed into the dash-mounted radar unit and initiated a traffic stop. Barajas-Vera’s driver’s license reportedly came back as suspended when the officer checked it. Barajas-Vera was then placed under arrest. than if they were sold in a six pack of like beers. Rather than sorting the beers by where they were made, like most shops do, they chose to sort their stock by type of beer. Worker said it makes it easier for people to browse the shelves when they have certain styles or types of beer they enjoy over others. There are a few exceptions to that rule, such as the four rotating featured breweries that occupy their own shelf space. Another shelf is home to the leftover beers that dwindle down as people purchase single beers. The section with stragglers is a popular place for people to begin shopping, which Worker said surprised him. Allowing people to break up packages has some disadvantages as a business owner and imparts some risk for the owners, but Worker said it is worth the risk for them to give people the option to try new things without worry that they will buy a six pack EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mokena Messenger’s police reports come from the Mokena Police Department. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. LW Central Music Boosters fundraiser announced Submitted by Lincoln-Way Central Music Boosters crafted From Page 6 The Lincoln-Way Central Music Boosters is scheduled to host a trivia/wine/ beer/food tasting at The Alley Grill and Tap House and Thunderbowl in Mokena at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets are $40 and includes five tickets for food, wine, beer, which can be can be purchased in advance or at the door. Please contact Michelle Obrecht at michelle.obrecht@ The event will also feature a trivia contest, prizes and split the pot. and find out they don’t like their choice. “We want to create a better beer drinker,” Worker said. “We want to have the opportunity for people to try as many styles as they can. “...One of the things that breweries thrive off of is their flights and being able to try different beers. ...This model is kind of that. We want to give you the opportunity to bring home a whole flight of beers.” NEW YEAR. NEW SUCCESS. 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