Historic 1940s School Bell Stolen, Recovered: Illinois Crimestoppers Seeks Info


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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. – A historic piece of Owaneco’s history was taken and has since been returned this month.

Sometime between April 4 and April 12, an unknown person or group stole a significant piece of Owaneco’s history – a school bell from the 1940s. The bell was taken from a monument in Owneco Park and was originally part of the old Owaneco School, which closed its doors in the 1940s. The bell was awaiting repairs due to a broken bracket when it was stolen. As of now, the value of the stolen bell has not been determined.

Thankfully, the bell has been recovered, and the Christian County Crimestoppers are thanking the community for their help in locating it. Crimestoppers are still seeking information on the individuals responsible for the theft.

The stolen school bell is a vital part of Owaneco’s rich history, dating back to the town’s early days as a bustling small town in Illinois. The Owaneco School house, built in 1907, served as an essential educational institution for village residents until the district was consolidated with Taylorville in the late 1960s. Recovering the 1940s school bell is a significant victory for the community, and the hope is that it can be restored to its former glory, serving as a reminder of the town’s proud heritage for generations to come.

Crimestoppers is offering up to $1000 as a cash reward for any information leading to an arrest, and tip providers can remain anonymous. You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, visit their website, or text CRIMES(274637) and then your tip.


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