As stated above, baseball was probably offered as a school sport. One individual took advantage
of his time at Fillmore and actually broke into the big leagues! Ray Richmond
was born on June 15, 1896 in Fillmore. After completing his education there he gained a tryout with Cleveland's
Major League Baseball Team. Ray ultimately made the team and spent two seasons in the big leagues,
1920 and 1921. Ray also served as an Ilinois State Representative in 1936. Ray died in 1969 and
is buried in the Fillmore Cemetary.
Town of Fillmore Notable Residents
Elijah H. Donaldson - 1890 - Illinois State Representative
Walter Toberman - Secretary of State, Missouri
John A. Graham - Senator, 1958 - 1979
Molly McDowell - One of Illinois' outstanding high school girls basketball players of 1998-99.
Steve Kimbro - Coach of Nokomis High School, over 500 victories, IHSA 2ND Place finish in 2007.
Neil Alexander - Coached at Lincoln High School, earned over 500 victories there.
**From Joe Royer:
"I really enjoyed all the information about Fillmore.
I lived in Fillmore as a teenager, from 1967 to 1971, and I use to mow lawns for several of the older people in town,
including Rex Plyler, who was in his upper 80's at the time. I remember he showed me a picture of Fillmore's
1903 baseball team, which he was a member of as a pitcher, but I'm pretty sure it was actually semi-pro, rather than
high school baseball. I wonder where that picture might be now; It would be nice if it could
I now live in Colorado, but I still remember Fillmore with pleasant memories, and some of my
good friends, such as Bob Nelson, Everett Miller, Tom Wheeling, and Steve Kimbro.
I appreciate your putting this history and information together for us to read!"
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