Historic Calhoun, Jersey doctor’s buggy on display at Grafton museum
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A buggy owned by early 20th century local doctor, Frank Brecht, recently arrived at the Edward Amburg History Museum in Grafton and is now on display for the public to view.
Dr. Brecht was educated in Chicago public schools before attending St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. He received his Doctor of Medicine in 1895. He and his family resided in Brussels and Grafton for most of his professional career.
Dr. Brecht used the buggy as he visited his patients in Jersey and Calhoun Counties. He died in 1942 and is buried in Scenic Hills Cemetery in Grafton.
Dr. Brecht’s buggy was driven in the 1965 Dedication of the River Road parade and was also
driven in the 1968 Sesquicentennial of Illinois parade in Grafton. The buggy was completely
restored by the Amish Yoder family in Arthur, Ill. Linda and Larry Burton of rural Grafton
have donated it to the Grafton Historical Society for display at the Museum.
The Edward Amburg History Museum is located at 950 E. Main St. in Grafton and open Thursday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional information about the Museum is available on the GraftonIL app on both Apple and Google platforms.