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Trucking company celebrates Streator's 150 years

Deke Trucking displayed this truck outside of the Streator's sesquicentennial opening ceremony at Silver Fox. The truck was detailed with the Streator 150th anniversary logo as well as the face of Col. Ralph Plumb who was the city's first mayor.
Deke Trucking displayed this truck outside of the Streator's sesquicentennial opening ceremony at Silver Fox. The truck was detailed with the Streator 150th anniversary logo as well as the face of Col. Ralph Plumb who was the city's first mayor.

It wasn’t just city officials getting dressed up for Streator’s 150th anniversary celebration.

A Times reader spotted a truck from Deke Trucking adorned with Streator’s 150th anniversary logos near Silver Fox where the main celebration was being held.

Operations manager Brad Johnson said the nearly brand-new truck was detailed with logos as a way for owner Bob Dieken to show off the company’s Streator pride.

“He takes a lot of pride in Streator and being born and raised here,” Johnson said. “It’s a way to pay tribute or honor the city.”

The feeling appeared to be mutual as Mayor Jimmie Lansford specifically thanked the philanthropic contributions from the Dieken Family Foundation as well as the Plumb family and the Reuben G. Soderstrom Foundation during his sesquicentennial speech.

Johnson said Streator residents likely will catch a glimpse of the vehicle during the Fourth of July festivities as well as Walldogs; a second truck has received the Walldogs insignia. The 150th anniversary logo depicted the city’s first mayor, Col. Ralph Plumb, who was a highlight of the celebration Sunday afternoon.

Johnson estimated most of their trucks operate within a 100-mile radius, but because of their usual workload, the Streator 150th anniversary logos also will be seen by residents in Rochelle, Gurnee and Lincoln.

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