History center honors Moyles


Evelyn Moyle of Oglesby recently was honored with a presentation of a plaque designating the Albert Moyle and Evelyn Moyle Local History Resource Center at Oglesby Public Library.

Albert Moyle, who worked at Marquette Cement, served on the library board of directors 1935-1975 and as board president 1952-1975. He was instrumental in expanding the library’s collection and contributed to the historical collection of the library.

His daughter, Evelyn Moyle, has served on the library board since 1981 assuming the role of president in 1988. In August, she stepped down from that position and still serves as an at-large board member. She was inducted into the Illinois Valley Community College Hall of Fame in 2012 having served as the college’s longtime librarian.

She has documented and filed many items pertinent to the city of Oglesby and the surrounding area, much of which are available for public viewing at the library.

“Evelyn has always been not only willing but eager to help patrons and staff find what they need in the local history materials,” said library director Megan Baznik. “I am honored to have been able to work with her so closely in my time here at the Oglesby Public Library.

“She is an enormous asset to the library.”

Barb and Ken Ficek of Oglesby said many of the items collected for the 100th anniversary book for the city of Oglesby contained information collected by Albert Moyle. Board secretary Barb has served many years on the board with Evelyn.

“It has been my pleasure to work with Evelyn for the past 25 years on the library board,” Barb said. “Her experience as a librarian and her dedication to conserving local history for future generations continues to be invaluable to the community.

New board president Rich Vollmer praised Moyle’s contributions to the library.

“Evelyn was and still is an asset to have on the board with her years of experience as the librarian at the college,” Vollmer said. “I have some pretty big shoes to fill as Evelyn’s replacement.”

Former library director Irene Claudnic of Oglesby (1987-2010) worked with Evelyn as board president throughout her tenure including the construction of the new building.

“She was board president going through the new building,” Claudnic said. “After we moved in, she would come in every day and work on the historical records.

“And if there were things we needed, the next day she would bring them in. She went over and above what anyone would want of a volunteer.”

Claudnic credited Moyle with coordinating the effort to create the anniversary book and overseeing the grant application for the new building.

“She was very easy to work with,” Claudnic said. “Everyone should have a board president like her to work with. I wish I could be that passionate.”

After her retirement from IVCC, Moyle could be found at the library almost daily working on historical records and helping school children with their history fair projects.

“History was her passion,” Claudnic said. “She’d volunteer to meet the children at night. She really went above and beyond.”

The library is designating a section of the facility to hold all of the historical elements that have been organized by Moyle. The plaque will be placed there recognizing the family’s achievements.

“She was very professional. She was very caring,” Claudnic said. “Over every holiday, she would bring me and my staff a little gift.

“You’re not going to find a human being like her anymore.”

Cynthia Rolando can be reached at (815) 220-6934 or lifestyle@newstrib.com. Follow her on Twitter @NT_LifeEditor.


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