John and Janice Callarman came to Jefferson County and Mt. Vernon in
1970 by way of Texas and Massachusetts, so their ties to the history of
the county are quite recent. Both sides of the family, though, have
roots in Illinois, as the genealogists in the families have determined.
Janice, the former Janice Cole of Krum, Texas, qualifies to attend the
Winterrowd family reunion in Dieterich each June because her maternal
grandmother was the daughter of Washington Winterroud of Effingham
County. Janice's father, the late Ralph Leslie Cole, was born in Secor,
in Woodford County, in 1879.
John's mother has visited the Callarmans in both Massachusetts and
Illinois and found tombstones marking grave sites of her forebears ...
the closest to Jefferson County at a cemetery at Arcola. John's
mother has traced her bloodline to the Mayflowers, while John's father
believes the John Callarman who turned up in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, in the
early 19th century, is the John Callarman found in a 1790 Maryland census.
Today, John could be called a chronicler of contemporary Jefferson
County history, in his capacity as news director of Radio Station WMIX.
He has seen and told about some major economic growth in the community
since his arrival in 1970. Janice is the seventh grade remedial reading
teacher at Casey Junior High. She has taught school since the fall of
1959, following her graduation from North Texas State University in
Denton, her birthplace. She taught in Pampa, Texas where she and John
met, in Blue Mound north of Fort Worth, and in Watertown, Massachusetts,
after the Callarmans were married. Janice along the way obtained her
master's degree in education at North Texas State.
John was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, but his family moved to
Corvallis. Oregon, when he was six. John's public schooling and two
years of college at Oregon State were completed in Corvallis. John
postponed his degree for four years. spending two in the service and
two in the radio business. starting in 1955 at KCOV in Corvallis.
He obtained his B.A. at West Texas State University, in Canyon, and
worked at radio stations in Pampa, Fort Worth, Houston, and Cambridge,
Massachusetts, before moving to Mt. Vernon. The Callarmans married in
July of 1968. There are no children.
John is a member and former director of the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club, and
he and Janice were among the founding members of the Rend Lake Chapter
of the National Audubon Society. Janice was elected that chapter's
third president in the summer of 1977 She also is a member of the city's
Library Board. The Callarmans are relative newcomers to Jefferson
County, but they have sunk their roots here and expect to be around
when the next county history is written.
Source: Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
Jefferson County Historical Society
Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer