[A newspaper clipping about Streator centennial celebration preparations published in May 1968. Shown (from left) are George Krasnican, James Siefert, Donald "Fedz" Benckendorf, Larry Richards and Sylvester "Butch" Benckendorf. Sylvester is Christine Benckendorf's husband.]
Overocker's article, headlined "The big parade," is reprinted below:
As the 7th of July, 1968 dawned and after many last minute details including talking George's mother into attending Streator's Centennial Celebration to see him, and two of her grandsons, Fedz and Butch, in the parade. Butch had recently returned safely from his Vietnam tour. The mules were replaced by Shetland ponies to pull the wagon. The parade proceeded from the Santa Fe Depot onto Main Street, past the Illinois Valley Dairy and over the first set of tracks. It continued past Major's Cafe, the old fire station, and another set of tracks, east of Baker Bros. Wholesale building (known later as Lipton Tea building). The men were in front of the Western Tire store, where, like in the old West, the iron rim broke loose from the wheel of the covered wagon. After much effort, the parade was all over for this crew and their old prairie schooner! After waiting patiently to see the men in the parade and didn't, we did enjoy the rest of the parade, especially the bands playing.