In Memoriam Tribute



The following people are Bond County Genealogical Society members who have contributed so much to the organization and its collection that their passings cannot go unrecognized.

- Evelyne L. McCracken (November 14, 1910 - January 9, 2002) - editor, author, public speaker, leader.
- Harold C. Leidner (February 21, 1922 - February 5, 2002) - editor, author, leader.
- Dean F. Anthony (September 21, 1918 - July 1, 2010) - editor, researcher, leader.
- Carlos J. Hawley (December 24, 1926 - July 29, 2011) - editor, author, leader.
- Nelda Neer Anthony (February 5, 1925 - December 9, 2011) - editor, author, researcher.


Miss Evelyne McCracken lived and worked in Greenville and will long be remembered as a Bond County Historian. She attended business school and worked as an administrative assistant for the manager of Southwestern Electric until she retired, turning her secretarial skills to her passions of history and genealogy. She was a member of Benjamin Mills Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) where she researched and copied many local records for the library in Washington D.C.. Evie helped establish both the Bond County Historical and Bond County Genealogical Societies. She freely gave of her time as a leader, researcher, and public speaker for over 50 years. Evie served as President of the Historical Society from 1957 to 1973, during which time she edited and published four volumes of the cemetery records. She was happy to see the Genealogical Society continue this work and served as a Director & supporter the rest of her life. Evie wrote and published her own family's history. This type of dedication has inspired others to continue the work of preserving Bond County history. Nowhere is her legacy more apparent than the Genealogical Section of our Public Library and the Hoiles-Davis Museum.



Harold Leidner was born and lived nearly all of his life in Bond County. He was active in farming, the air conditioning industry, and was a rural mail carrier for 14 years. Harold was a 60-year member of the American Legion Post 282 and was buried with full military honors. Harold was the first President of BCGS, serving for 3 years, and he helped organize the Society with Evelyne McCracken. He authored and published several books on the family history of the people of Tamalco and Pleasant Mound townships - most notably, My Favorite Country Corner: A Four-Volume History Of The Pleasant Mound Area.



Nelda Neer and Dean Anthony both attended grade school and high school in Greenville. They were married in Greenville in 1947 and enjoyed over 63 years together. Dean was a decorated World War II veteran and managed several area grocery stores. Nelda waitressed in cafés and also worked as a bookkeeper. They moved back to Greenville in 1983 and became interested in Genealogy. They researched over 100 cemeteries here in Bond County creating books and helping families for over 25 years. Dean served as President of the BCGS, Nelda as a Secretary, and together they published the "Bond County Genealogical Society News" Quarterlies for over 20 years. They retired from their active activities in BCGS in early 2006, leaving an outstanding legacy for all future BCGS leaders and editors to live up to.



Carlos Hawley grew up and lived all but 20 years of his life in Greenville. He was active in the US Navy, Boy Scouts, business, emergency rescue, mail service, and teaching. Carlos served as President of the BCGS for 3 years. He indexed, transcribed and authored dozens of BCGS collection holdings and publications. He was Editor of the "Bond County Genealogical News" Quarterlies for 5 years, right up until his death.