"A Historical Treasure"
McHenry County Historical Society has been chosen custodian and owner of a treasured collection of historical photographs and negatives. Prior to his death in May 2013, Don Peasley earned the title "Mr. Woodstock" for his work in and around his hometown. In his work as a journalist, photographer and editor, Don covered thousands of historical and significant events in McHenry County beginning in 1947.
Don donated shelves full of photographs and negatives to the McHenry County Historical Society. Don's collection includes an unusually broad coverage of the county's agriculture in his job as editor of the Woodstock Journal, reporter-photographer for the Community News, Woodstock Daily Sentinel, Woodstock Leader and McHenry County Citizen, and most of all, editor and writer-photographer for the McHenry County Farm Bureau's newspaper, Farmer's News. Photos reflecting changes in farming, as well as people who have been the backbone of the agricultural scene here are a large part of the collection. Other areas include installation of officers, groundbreaking ceremonies, building dedications, sport event highlights, nationally-known visitors.
The life of McHenry County historian and journalist Don Peasley was celebrated Saturday, May 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave. in Woodstock. Memorials may be made to the McHenry County Historical Society, in care of the Peasley Memorial Photo Collection. The labor-intensive work of digitizing and preserving this archive of historically significant photographs and memorabilia for future generations is ongoing. Your support is deeply appreciated.