YouTube Videos

Watt Nakamaru Circa 1960 Videos

Circa 1960, Watt Nakamaru recorded video at several different locations in Fairbury. All 5 of his videos can be viewed using this link.

swimming pool scene from nakamaru 1960 video

Individual Links to each of Watt's 5 Videos:

Honeggers Part 1

Honeggers Part 2

Swimming Pool

Golf Course

Homecoming Parade

Demolition of Honegger's Office Building in August of 1995

This building at the southwest corner of Second and Locust Street used to be the corporate office and restaurant for Honeggers & Sons. It was demolished and the new City Hall was built on this site.

You can view this video using this link.

honegger hotel and cafe - from bill schmidtgall post card ppt file


Fairbury Nurse Julia Flanagan and Bob Hope at hospital show on May 15, 1945

The audio of this show was recorded and located on the Internet. Informational photos about  Julia Flanagan were added to the audio to make this YouTube video. You can view this video using this link.

Restoration of the Occident Flour Building Advertising Sign

This was one of three old building advertising signs restored by the Fairbury Improvement Group. You can see this video using this link.

Dr. Pendergast - Cigar Store Indian National Expert

Dr. Pendergast collected and restored Cigar Store Indians. He became a national expert in the field of Cigar Store Indians and wrote a book about the topic. After he retired, he moved to his home town in Indiana and a short video was made about his hobby. You can watch this short video using this link.

colorized dr. pendergast and figure from his book

Fairbury in 2016

Steve Tooley made a nine minute video with aerial views of most of the buildings in Fairbury. His video does an excellent job of documenting the appearance of Fairbury in the  year 2016. You can use this link to watch his video.

steve tooley video scene for museum web site

Fearless Tommy Hornsby

Thomas Hornsby Jr. was born and raised in Fairbury. He became a trapeze artist and got the stage name of Fearless Tommy Hornsby because he performed 50 feet in the air with no safety net.

Unfortunately, Fearless Tommy suffered a fall and had to stop performing. He then spent 12 years making a miniature carnival, which he exhibited at the Fairbury Fair. You can use this link to view a video about his life.

thomas hornsby--9--from tom kinkin

Paul Garcia 2021 Interview with Dale C. Maley

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In May of 2021, Paul Garcia did a one hour interview with Dale C. Maley - Fairbury Historian. The interview covers many different areas of Fairbury and Livingston County history. You can use this link to watch this video.

1997 Demolition of Fairbury High School

The old high school was demolished in June of 1997. This video shows the layout of the 3 floors as of 1962. It also shows part of the demolition work involved with tearing down the old structure. You can use this link to watch this video.

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2021 Presentation about Franklin Oliver to Livingston County Historical Society

Franklin Oliver had a connection to Fairbury including using Judge McDowell as a lawyer for some of his legal matters. Alma Lewis James also discusses this Fairbury connection in her book Stuffed Clubs & Antimacassars. You can use this link to watch this video.

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2021 Presentation about the Three Cases Where Abraham Lincoln was a Lawyer in Pontiac, the County Seat of Livingston County

This presentation was prepared by Dale C. Maley and presented to the Livingston County Historical Society on November 18, 2021. Two of the three Lincoln cases involved two Fairbury men, Mr. Popejoy and Mr. Wilson, who sued each other. The Mr. Popejoy that  used Lincoln as his lawyer is the 3rd great-grandfather of Ray Popejoy, Founder of Popejoy Plumbing in Fairbury. You can use this link to watch this video.

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2022 Presentation about the 1887 Chatsworth Train Wreck

This presentation was prepared by Dale C. Maley and has been presented to many different civic groups including the Livingston County Historical Society, the Ford County Historical Society, the Piper City Historical Society, and the Fairbury Rotary. The talk is a condensed version of the complete book about the 1887 Chatsworth Train wreck written by Dale C. Maley. You can use this link to watch this video.

book cover - scanned - chatsworth train wreck