MATTOON — A photograph of Roma Linder Chenoweth's family sesquicentennial farm was selected for display at the Illinois State Fair in a photo contest for centennial and sesquicentennial farm owners.
Chenoweth said she tried to think of something different to increase her chances of having her photograph selected for the contest, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
So she turned to history outside the farm, purchased in 1839 by Daniel Linder, her grandfather four times removed. His son, Elisha, and brother, Usher, were friends and colleagues of Abraham Lincoln, and they appear with him in a Robert Marshall Root painting of the fourth Lincoln-Douglas debate in Charleston.
Chenoweth decided she would have a photograph taken in front of her farm's sesquicentennial sign of herself wearing a period costume and holding a reproduction of the painting. Her friend, Charissa Lansing, took the photograph.
It and other centennial and sesquicentennial farm photos will be on display inside the state Department of Agriculture tent throughout the fair, which ends Aug. 18. On Ag Day, which is Tuesday, the display will be moved to the director's lawn and placed on stage as the backdrop for Ag Day festivities.
The photographs also will be on display in the Department of Agriculture tent at the Farm Progress Show on Aug. 27-29 in Decatur.