Prominent early Chester businessman and political leader Thomas Mather will be honored July 13, as a Historical Marker dedicated to his life and work is unveiled at the St. Nicholas Landmark, 111 Ferry St.
The St. Nicholas Brewing Company , in partnership with the Illinois State Historical Society, is honoring Mather, who built the original portion of the Landmark in 1830.
A brief ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13th, highlighted by the participation of local historian Shane Wagner, whose research helped spark local interest in Thomas Mather and his importance in local and state history.
Elaine Evans, Chester native and Illinois State Historical Society board member, also will be in attendance.
As is befitting a craft brewery, those in attendance will raise a toast to Mather at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Mather (1795-1853) came to the Kaskaskia region as a young man. He played an important role in the development of Chester as a river port, and in 1820 was elected to the first of four terms in the state House, where early on he vigorously opposed Illinois becoming a slave state.
The current state capitol in Springfield sits on land that was once the Mather farm.
The Mather marker was made possible through the support of the St. Nicholas Brewing Co., Chester Mayor Tom Page and the Chester Tourism-Beautification Commission, and the Randolph County board of commissioners.
Both before and after the ceremony the public is invited to help celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the reopening of the historic Landmark by the St. Nicholas Brewing Co., and a number of other activities are planned as well.
The St. Nicholas Brewing Co. was founded in 2014 in the St. Nicholas Hotel in Du Quoin. In both Chester and Du Quoin the company serves its own fresh craft beers and signature lunch and dinner options in a fun and casual atmosphere.
• Interesting in more about Thomas Mather? Visit https://publish.illinois.edu/ihlc-blog/2018/12/20/thomas-mather-business-and-politics-in-early-illinois/