Visit Downtown Springfield

I love downtown Springfield Illinois, it always reminds me the good years of 1996-1998 I worked in DCFS and the State Capitol. Then the streets were always packed with state workers and tourists during lunch hours.

There are not many tourists now, the streets are quiet, but it is till a nice place for having a cup of coffee and bagel at Custom Cup, buying a jar of tea from Whimsy Tea shop, grabbing a wonderful lunch with friends at Cafe Moxo, or even getting a new tattoo at Good Heart Tattoos. Today is very windy and cloudy, but not too bad for a photo session.

Please contact us at Brian@SangamonWatches.com if you are a small business owner in downtown Springfield, we would love to introduce your store or restaurant on our blog. (Photo credit: Brian Su)

Lincoln’s River Collection of Sangamon Watches Reviewed by Watch Channel Hora De Reloj in Mexico

The Lincoln’s River Collection of Sangamon Watches has recently been reviewed by Mexican watch channel Hora De Reloj. The review has been done in Spanish language. This is our first time to target Spanish language consumers and market.

Sangamon Watches es una micromarca que ofrece variedad en sus modelos, sin duda una excelente propuesta y que compite al tu por tu contra otras micromarcas. El modelo Lincoln’s River es un hermoso reloj formal que guarda parecido con el Tissot Gentleman.

INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/horadereloj
EMAIL: horadereloj@gmail.com

Holiday Greetings from Sangamon Dock

Sangamon Dock extends warm holiday greetings to you and your family! 2020 has been a very challenging year for Sangamon Watch Company. Even with all the changes, we have many reasons to be thankful. We have continued to grow our memberships and expand our market reach! We are grateful to loyal Sangamon Watches customers, brand ambassadors, models and our many well wishers for their trust and encouraging feedback.   

We look forward to the New Year with optimism and joy as we engage new opportunities that await us all! Wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

Raymond Stauffer Poker Run Benefit Event in Oklahoma City Today

Raymond Stauffer Poker Run Benefit is taking place at B & B Bar and Grill, 10925 SE 59th, Oklahoma City, OK Saturday August 22, 2020. Kick Stands up at 10:00 am. The benefit event already received many Wonderful Auction items: Sangamon Limited Edition watch valued at $200.00, Big Led Bar Lights, Motorcycle Oil Change kits just to name a few. Thank you everyone and let’s keep them coming. The event needs a great turnout to help Mr. Raymond Stauffer out. Please show your kind support.


Sangamon Watch Company is glad to be part of the help!

Sangamon Watch Company’s Logo Officially Registered with US Trademark Office

As of June 30, 2020, the official logo for Sangamon Watch Company is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Special thanks local counsel for the hard work and expertise to guide us through the process. We highly recommend Ester J. Seitz of Hinshaw & Culbertson for all patent and trademark needs.

A Road Trip to Tampico Illinois, President Reagan’s Birthplace

We are never defeated unless we give up on God.” – Ronald Reagan

President Reagan, the 40th President of America, is still remembered today for many things, including his straight-forward message, “Morning in America” which was a significant part of his reelection campaign. The 1984 election was one which he won without much ado. 

America still honors Reagan today, and this includes his birthplace in the little town of Tampico, a two hours drive from Springfield Illinois. Tampico is a village with over 700 residents, located in Whiteside County, next to Rock Falls and Sterling Illinois. The drive on the country roads wasn’t too bad.

Some years ago (it is believed in October 1906), Reagan’s parents Jack and Nelle Reagan moved into a second-story in an apartment at 113 Main Street. According to some sources, the apartment was situated above what was either a tavern or a bakery. The two-story brick apartment has a similar architecture with its neighbors. 

The Main Street became notable mainly because the former president was born here on Feb. 6, 1911; unfortunately, several buildings in the district suffered significant damages in the 1870s (before Reagan’s birth) due to major tornadoes and fires.

I have been to this historical home a few times in the past years, I couldn’t tell the events that took place in this apartment, but with a tour of the apartment, I could note that it was decorated and refurbished (but only in a manner to portray what it could have looked like when Reagan’s mother Nelle Reagan gave birth to him on February 6, 1911).

I noted that even though the furniture and furnishings would be considered sparse and outdated by modern standards, one could still say they are up to standard for a middle-class family that existed in the early 20th century. Lying by the corner of what I assumed was Nelle Reagan’s room was a wood-framed bed such as the ones you will see in movies shot in the early 20s.

Going through the apartment, I couldn’t help but what wonder what life was like growing up here, what happened here. I could imagine Reagan, a baby sleeping in a crib by the window which faced Main Street basking in the early sun rays. 

The smell of the freshly baked cake from the bakery below (if it were bakery that was situated there), must have wafted through the thin air calling out to the family. If it were a tavern, then it must have been to his father’s advantage as men would cherish having a glass of beer after a stressful day.

The Reagan family lived at the address from 1906 until May 5, 1911 when they moved into a house on Glassburn Street, just across Main Street. While the Reagans lived in Tampico, Jack was employed at the HC Pitney Variety Store, across the street from the Reagan Birthplace in the 100 block of Main Street.

As a visitor, I wanted to visit everywhere and see everything; thus, I ventured to tour the restored First National Bank as well. The bank still had an ancient look as it still featured the antique safes, teller windows and other equipment that looked like they have existed from way back.

Next to the birthplace building, you will find the Tampico Historical Museum. Much of this museum is being devoted to Reagan and to many tourists who see the former president as a hero.

I have learnt that even though the ex-president did not spend many of his childhood days in the town of Tampico (the Reagans moved to Dixon Illinois where they occupied a house that would later be known as the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home), he did share a deep connection with his town. It was the sort of relationship that brings an incredible source of joy and pride to the locals.

If you want to pay a visit, bear in mind that due to the pandemic the Reagan Birthplace and the Museum business hours may have changed.

LA MicroLUX 2020 Update

LA MicroLUX will take place in September. The final dates are TBD at the moment. Join us and over 30 brands including Grand Seiko, Nomos, Bell & Ross, Montblanc, Norqain, Perrelet, MiniMax, Laco, Out of Order, Celeste Watch Co., Twelf-X, Nat by J, Tsao Baltimore and more.
Time is TBD, but in September sometime. Details at https://www.lamicrolux.com/event-details/la-microlux-2020