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January 27, 2021
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Honoring Women Who Shaped Macomb
The Civil War monument in Chandler Park
(wium) - Memorials to war veterans are on prominent display at Chandler Park in Macomb. Planning is underway to add a marker that honors a pair of women who worked for peace and social justice.

The proposal comes from the Macomb Woman's Club Social Service Memorial Committee. The committee's Marilyn Pastorelli said the hope is to build the monument in the northeast corner of the park.

"It will need to be presented to the city council and be voted on by the city council to secure the permanent location," Pastorelli said.

The city council will review the proposal during its May 23 Committee of the Whole meeting, which begins at 5:00pm at Macomb City Hall.

A fundraiser for the monument will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 28 & 29. Noted author and historian John Hallwas will lead tours of historic Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

The tours begin at 10:00am and 1:30pm each day. Tickets are $10. They can be purchased at the Western Illinois Museum, Citizens Bank, MidAmerica National Bank, and Vintage Accents.

Hallwas said the timing of the tours ties in with the Decoration Day observance that took place in the years after the Civil War.

"It was absolutely huge," Hallwas said. "It was by far the largest annual activity in Macomb."

The women being honored are Josie Westfall and Rose Jolly. Both were born in the 1870s, and both spent many years working on behalf of the less fortunate in McDonough County.

Westfall cared for the county's orphans in her home, which led to the county purchasing a home for an orphanage. Westfall later raised money to build a new orphanage. By the time of her death in 1941, Westfall had cared for more than 500 children.

Jolly worked on behalf of abused and neglected children, which expanded into the county's first anti-cruelty society.

"(It) was focused, oddly enough, not just on animals but on women, children, and animals. So the whole umbrella of possible abused and neglected beings was her focus," Hallwas said.

Hallwas said Westfall and Jolly worked hand-in-hand to help others. He said their impact on others was "enormous."

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