Effingham is 150 years old
Effingham is marking its 150th birthday in 2018. The city got its start when Wm. Osborne, who built the first hundred miles of Central Branch Railroad, first platted the city on April 4, 1868. He named the town site for Effingham H. Nickels of Boston, a promoter of the CB Railroad.
At one time the city of Effingham had a population of a 1,000. Today, according to the U.S. Census, it has an estimated population of 517 with a median income of $36.635.
In the 150 years there have been incredible changes that no one could have imagined when Effingham began. The city of Effingham was affected by all the changes and many of the changes shrink the population.
It began as a railroad town and sometime in the 1980s the railroad quit running through Effingham and chugged into history. Then the track was pulled up in 1990 and in 1993 the Union Pacific Railroad, the last owner, disclaimed ownership of the railroad track, and the city of Effingham purchased the land from the Union Pacific Railroad and sold it to the homeowners that adjoined the railroad property.
The railroad brought prosperity to the town and helped it grow. Even though there is no trace of what brought the prosperity in the beginning existing today, the town is still a viable and thriving town. It is a place where people enjoy living. They bank in town, they send their kids to Effingham schools, and they come to town to worship at either the Effingham Union Church or St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Farmers come to the Farm Service Center to tend to business and go to the Coop to buy farm supplies and gas.
For a small town the city offers people the amenities of a swimming pool and a public library. The library is a bridge between the past and the present. It still offers patrons books to read, which seems to be old fashion, and modern technology that connects their patrons to the world on the library’s computers. Because the library is connected to the electronic catalog they can fill a patron’s request by utilizing many libraries.
It is unknown what the next 50 years will bring to Effingham, but it will surely bring change and we can hope and can work to make it a good change that will keep Effingham strong.
The Effingham Lions will hold its annual Chili Cook-Off Feb. 24 at the Blue Building on Main Street in Effingham.
They guarantee 100 percent pay back for first, second and third place. There is fee of $10 for each crockpot entered. For more information please call Chuck Hawk at 913-833-4971 or at 913-370-3245, and Jon Allen at 913-886-3958. Judging starts at 4 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. it will open to the public and they can enjoy a chili supper for a free-will donation.
Don’t miss out on the fun by entering the cook-off and come and sample to see if you agree with the judges.
Mary Martha soup dinner
The Mary Martha Circle will serve their annual soup dinner from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Effingham Union Church Christian Education Building. They will serve chili, chicken noodle soup, vegetable beef soup and homemade pie. The public is invited.