Family, friends, and state and local officials gathered on March 24, to dedicate the Elmo and Topsy Whitman Memorial Bridge near their home place on Highway 56 in Altamont.
Sen. Janice Bowling, Rep. Paul Sherrell, Grundy County Mayor, Michael Brady and Altamont Mayor Jana Barrett spoke briefly congratulating the family on the momentous occasion. The Whitman’s owned and operated Elmo’s Sawmill for six decades, and logged a tract of timber owned by the Greeter family for many years.
Married in 1945, Elmo and Frances (Topsy) Tate Whitman had six children, Geary, Carolyn, Stanley, Glenda, Richard, and Alan. They have 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and four step-grandchildren.
Whitman initiated the naming of the bridge in honor of her grandparents stating that it was fitting to do so since most people have called it Elmo’s Bridge for years.