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 Page 108

Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer

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