Clint Cargile

History Correspondent, Host of "Drinkin' with Lincoln" and "The Northern Almanac"

Clint Cargile has worked as an English instructor, freelance writer, magazine editor, academic conference coordinator, landscaper, dish washer, car washer, dog washer, and veterinary assistant. He has a BA in English from the University of Alabama, an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University, and an MA in history with a concentration in public history from Northern Illinois University. At WNIJ, he is the creator and host of the podcast Drinkin’ with Lincoln and creator and co-host of the series Curiosity in the Corn. He is the author of two history books, Five Mile Spur Line: A Railroad History of Sycamore, Illinois (2014) and In Search of a Fair Wind: The Sea Letters of Georgia Townsend Yates, 1891-1892 (2017). He lives with his wife and daughters in DeKalb, Illinois.

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

 

 

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

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The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

The Northern Almanac Ep. 12 - 'Leslie A. Holmes'

Apr 20, 2020

 

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

 

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original stories at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

Angela Dolores Soule

Yesterday morning, Larry Eckhardt walked his final flag line. The marine veteran from Little York, Ill., known affectionately throughout the Midwest as “The Flag Man,” died at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.   

Eckhardt served in the United States Marine Corp reserves and was employed at International Harvester as a machinist for 25 years. He became known as “The Flag Man” in 2005 when he started placing American flags along funeral routes for fallen veterans and first responders.

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On this episode, we feature Navy veteran Rick Otey, who took up the mantle of Lincoln at age 67 and uses Lincoln to help those around him (especially veterans). Join host Clint Cargile as he travels to Rick’s hometown of Tremont, Illinois, a town rich with Lincoln history.

In part one, we visit Rick at the Tremont History Museum and then he gives a tour of Lincoln sites around Tremont. We also hear the little-known story of a duel Lincoln took part in, and its connection to Tremont.

The Northern Almanac Ep. 8 - 'The Great War'

Mar 26, 2020

 
 

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

The Northern Almanac Ep. 6 - 'The Lagoon'

Mar 9, 2020

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original stories at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

Northern Almanac Ep. 3 - 'The Northern Illinois'

Feb 17, 2020
Photo Credit: The Northern Star

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original story at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

Find the original stories at NIU’s 125 Key Moments website:

Welcome to The Northern Almanac, a WNIJ living history project coinciding with NIU's 125th anniversary. Our first installment tells the story of how barbed wire brought Northern Illinois University to DeKalb.

The Northern Almanac is adapted for broadcast by Clint Cargile and Kathy Siebrasse and presented in collaboration with the NIU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project.

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On this episode of Drinkin’ with Lincoln, we’re not drinkin’ with Lincoln at all. Host Clint Cargile marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote with a special spinoff episode we’re calling Sippin’ with Suffragists. To celebrate the occasion, he travels to Galena, Illinois, to interview one of the most famous suffragists of all: Susan B. Anthony.

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Drinkin’ with Lincoln continues. This episode’s guest is not the 16th president, but someone very close to him. Join host Clint Cargile as he interviews Mary Lincoln presenter Laura Keyes. Laura has portrayed Mary Lincoln for over a decade. She also portrays several other strong historical women: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Irene Adler, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Drinkin’ with Lincoln returns! For our season 2 premiere, we visit with Abe and Mary Lincoln presenters Max and Donna Daniels, also known as Abe & the Babe. Max and Donna’s career has spanned three decades and they are known in the Lincoln community for their humor, their generosity, and for mentoring a new generation of Lincoln presenters.

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Waterman is a railroad town. It began as a railroad station. It was named after a railroad employee. It still sees several freight trains pass through each day. But it also has its own unique railroad: The Waterman & Western.

Located in Waterman’s Lions Community Park, The Waterman & Western (also known as The Waterman Train, The Holiday Train, or simply Pete’s Train) has been bringing joy to visitors for 25 years. It is the brainchild of railroad enthusiast Pete Robinson, who knew from the age of five that he would someday run his own train.

By the mid-1800s, white immigrants had spread across northern Illinois -- Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish -- and in community after community, their contributions are well documented. But there is another group that came here that we know little about: the Welsh.

Join hosts Clint Cargile and Connie Kuntz as they explore northern Illinois’ forgotten Welsh heritage. Travel with them to the village of Big Rock, which was settled by Welsh colonists from the "land of the leek."

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This is not your father’s baseball; it’s your great-great grandfather’s base ball. For our first episode of Curiosity in the Corn, we venture into the fields of southern DeKalb County to the town of Somonauk, where base ball enthusiasts play the game as it was played in 1858. No gloves, no fast pitch, no swearing (but the occasional drink is allowed). Join hosts Clint Cargile and Connie Kuntz as they explore Vintage Base Ball. Learn the rules, meet the players, find out why they love this game so much.

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For our Season One finale, we celebrate the unveiling of a new Abraham Lincoln statue in Naperville, Illinois. It is the world's only statue depicting young Lincoln laughing.* And it wouldn't be a proper Lincoln statue unveiling without a proper Lincoln presenter: stage actor and 25-year Lincoln veteran Michael Krebs.

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For our premiere episode, we are joined in DeKalb, Illinois, by full-time Lincoln presenter Kevin Wood. Kevin is also a running Lincoln. He runs races. In his Lincoln getup. Hat and all. And he is a multilingual Lincoln. He gives presentations in English and Spanish and translates Lincoln documents into French and German. He can recite the Gettysburg Address in all four languages.

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Naperville unveiled a statue in Central Park recently to commemorate multiple milestones: the 200th anniversary of Illinois, the 50th public art installation of the city’s Century Walk group, and the world’s first statue to depict a young Abraham Lincoln laughing.

According to Mary Lou Wehrli, “Laughing Lincoln” began as the vision of her father, Don Wehrli, a colorful local salesman, community organizer and city councilman who got his start selling jams and jellies at Disneyland.

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