The Monticello Railway Museum, the Illinois State Military Museum and Monticello Main Street will team up to honor Monticello, Illinois’ first casualty in World War I on Saturday, Oct. 20. Pvt. Roy W. Hamm was just 20 years old when he boarded a steamship for France in May 1918 – and he was killed Sept. 29, 1918, becoming the first WWI Monticello casualty, only a few months before the close of the war. When Pvt. Hamm’s body was returned home, it arrived in Monticello via the Illinois Central Railroad in a wooden shipping container that the Monticello Railway Museum has displayed in one of its exhibit cars for many years. The Pvt. Roy W. Hamm Tribute Train event is intended to re-create what his arrival home might have looked like nearly 100 years ago, with an 1899 depot, 1907 steam locomotive and a vintage train. Visitors and riders are invited to dress in period apparel and antique car owners and horse-drawn vehicle owners are invited to position their vehicles next to the Wabash depot throughout the day. Brian “Fox” Ellis of Bishop Hill will be on hand to portray Herbert Hoover, giving his Armistice Day address at the Wabash depot downtown, and singer-songwriter Barry Cloyd of Peoria will present a program of Word War I music, along with his own composition, “One More Name: The Ballad of Pvt. Roy W. Hamm.” For further information, contact Ted Lemen, event chairman, at 815-922-3827.

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