Biggsville (population 343) is located on U.S. Route 34 at the intersection with Il. Route 94 in northern Henderson County. This places Biggsville about 14 miles southwest of Monmouth. The BNSF Railroad runs through the town and the South Henderson Creek loops over the north side of town.
Gladstone (population 284) is located on Il. Route 164 one mile north of US. Route 34 in northern Henderson County. Other location landmarks include being approximately 20 miles southwest of Monmouth and five miles east of the Mississippi River. The BNSF Railroad runs through town and the South Henderson Creek also is a part of the village’s history.
Oquawka (population 1,539) is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River in far western Henderson County. Il. Route 164 is the main highway in town. A larger town of note in the area is Monmouth which sits 16 miles east of Oquawka. More information is being sought regarding the town’s history.
Gulfport (population 207) is located in the same area, upper-western Illinois. The town is located right on the banks of the Mississippi River in west-central Henderson County. U.S. Route 34 is the main roadway connecting Gulf Port to the rest of Illinios and Iowa. The At & St Railroad travels through town. Orchard City Lake sits on the southeast side of town. Gulf Port is located about 20 miles southwest of Monmouth.
Gladstone-Oquawka High School was established in the late 1940s to early 1950s. Biggsville had a high school in place by the late 1800s. Gulf Port’s situation is in need of research regarding its educational system. It was in 1960 that these four towns entered into a consolidation effort of the high schools of Biggsville and Gladsone-Oquawka High Schools. This effort led to the creation of the Union School District.
The high school for the Union District was located near BIggsville. The building served these communities for about 45 years. It was in 2005 that Biggsville Union High agreed to consolidate their educational efforts with its neighbor from the south, Stronghurst Southern High School. The new District was named the West Central School District.
Biggsville Union HS is the home to West Central High School.
Biggsville Union High School Quick Facts
Year opened: 1960
Year closed: 2005
Consolidated to: West Central School District (Biggsville)
Union HS team nickname: the “Yankees”
UHS team colors: Red, White, & Blue
School Fight Song: “It’s a Grand Old School”
Sung to the Tune of “Its a Grand Old School”
Thank you to Roni Danner Miller (UHS Class of 1981)
Lyrics from Justin E. Parsons
It’s a grand old school,
It’s a victorious school,
And forever will it’s colors wave.
It’s the emblem of the school we love,
In the home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true for the red, white, and blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should all aquaintance be forgot,
When the old Union High is here!
The Union Grade School Fight Song was sung to the tune of “on Wisconsin” and was provided by Justin Parsons. Click on the play button below and sing along!
On you Yankees
On you Yankees
Fight for victory!
We’re behind you
And we’ll find you
Number one you’ll see!
We’re so proud of you!
Keep Fighting Yankees
For that Red, White, & Blue!
Yankee Emblem of Union High School
Submitted by Justin Parsons
The boys were competitive in basketball, football, track, and possibly baseball. The girls competed in basketball, volleyball, track, and possibly softball. We are in need of the school fight song and some of the better team records, and great stories, of the history of the Biggsville Union Yankees.
Sarah Seitz-Bigger sent us this information about the Bi-County Conference that
The Union Yankees made three trips to the IHSA State Football playoffs. They made the most of their opportunity in 1981, making all the way to the Championship Game before falling to finish 12 – 1!! The Yankee grid iron hi-lites are listed below, at least those from 1975 through 2004.
1975-76 Coach Joe Jake
1976-80 Coach Dale Grawe
1980-81 7 – 2 Coach Dan Dillard
1981-82 12 – 1 IHSA CLASS 2A RUNNER-UP!! Coach Dan Dillard
In a October 23, 1992 game against Monmouth Warren, their regular season finale, Union’s Brandon Clark recovered a fumble and ran 92 yards for a touchdown, setting a school record for such a run.
Biggsville Union High School Football Field 2020
Biggsvile Union HS Football Scoreboard 2020
From the “where there’s a will, there’s a way” category of life:
Biggsville Union did not have a notable golf program per say, however one athlete represtented the school incredibly well in the sport. Does the name Todd Hamilton ring a bell to any of you sports fans? Todd Hamiltonwon the IHSA State Class A Individual Championship in consecutive years in 1981-82 and 1982-83, his junior and senior years. Todd’s career did not fade away there. He went on to a career on the Professional Golf Association Tour, and was crowned Champion of the British Open in 2004!
1981-82 Todd Hamilton IHSA Class A STATE CHAMPION!!
1982-83 Todd Hamilton IHSA Class A STATE CHAMPION!!
Boys Track & Field
One male athlete brought home a medal from the IHSA Class A State Track Meet!
1974-75A Rod Slover Long Jump 3RD Place
Girls Track & Field
The Lady Yankee tracksters had four different girls bring home a total of 14 medals from the IHSA State Meet. Megan Shutwell led the way with a total of NINE individual medals won in her career. This includes at least two in each of her last three years of high school!! Stephanie Higgins faired well too winning two medals each in two different seasons.
The efforts of Megan Shutwell and Stephanie Higgins led the Lady Yankee thinclads to a SEVENTH PLACE FINISH in the 2000-01 State Class A Track Meet!!
1993-94 Tara Rice Shot Put 8TH Place
1998-99 Megan Shutwell 100 Meter Dash 8TH Place
400 Meter Dash 5TH Place
1999-00 Megan Shutwell 100 Meter Dash 7TH Place
200 Meter Dash 7TH Place
400 Meter Dash 4TH Place
2000-01 Team Finished SEVENTH in STATE MEET Competition!!
Megan Shutwell 100 Meter Dash 7TH Place
200 Meter Dash 9TH Place
400 Meter Dash 4TH Place
Long Jump 7TH Place
Stephanie Higgins High Jump 4TH Place
Triple Jump 3RD Place
Final Team Standings
1) Elmhurst (Timothy Christian) 63
2) South Holland (Seton Academy) 37
3) Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 34½
4) Kewanee (Wethersfield) 31
5) Aurora (Central Catholic) 28
6) Wheaton (St. Francis) 27
7) BIGGSVILLE UNION HIGH SCHOOL 26
7) Milledgeville 26
9) Eureka 24
9) St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 24
2001-02 Stephanie Higgins High Jump 2ND Place
Triple Jump 3RD Place
BUHS had a successful Girls Golf program during the turn of the 21st century. They won two Lincoln Trail Conference championships during that time.
1999-00 LTC Champions
2001-02 LTC Champions
From Justin E. Parsons (Class of 2001):
“I was a student at Union High School from 1997-2001. I mainly remember the rivalry between Union and Southern. We always talked about how much we hated Southern, but we never really had a reason why. For most of us it was just passed down from our parents since that was how it’s been for years.
I was a Senior when both Union and Southern school districts started talking about co-oping for sports. I was fairly on the fence, but leaned more towards no. Mainly due to the fact that I was afraid someone was going to be better than me in the Shot-Put in track.
It was later that we realized that there wasn’t going to be a co-op in sports, but instead, a consolidation of both schools. We found out that it wouldn’t happen until much later, after I graduated.
I will say, I do miss Union High School. It still doesn’t seem right to not have a Union vs. Southern rivalry. I know I’m not the only one.”
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