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2017 Homestead Festival Grand Marshal, Dr. Martin Faber


Martin was born and raised on a farm in rural LaMoille, Illinois as the second oldest of six children. He studied biology at North Central College and went on to pursue a medical degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Rockford Illinois. During his undergraduate studies, he married Linda and they began their family. After completing his residency in 1978, they moved to Princeton where he continued to expand his family and began his medical practice with Dr. Robert Mestan forming Princeton Family Physicians. Throughout his 36 years in practice, he delivered a majority of the babies at Perry Memorial Hospital. He also provided care to patients in family health care clinics in Walnut, Manlius, and LaMoille. These clinics provided care to Bureau County for several years.

Martin also served on many committees at Perry Memorial Hospital including Chairman of the Medical Staff, Chairman of Medical Services, Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee as well as other committee positions throughout his 36 years of practice.

In addition to working shifts in the Emergency Department at Perry Memorial Hospital and treating his clinic and hospital patients, Martin took care of many nursing home patients. He performed physicals for foster care children and treated children at the Covenant Children's Home at no cost.

Martin volunteered his time at Princeton High School, LaMoille High School and Ohio High School completing sports physicals so students could receive a physical at a reduced rate. He also conducted free sports physicals for the Special Olympics' participants for many years.

While he and his wife were raising eight children in Princeton, he also attended many Princeton High School football, cross country, track and basketball games to assist with any injuries on the field and court free of charge. Martin also served with the local Boy Scouts and was the chairman of their annual fundraiser for many years. He also provided on call medical services to many of the local church and Boy Scout Camps throughout the summer at no cost.

Martin was an advisor to the Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic and provided care and services at the clinic free of charge. He wanted to make sure that everyone received care regardless of their ability to pay.

Princeton Family Physicians donated to several events including the Princeton Fireworks, Homestead Festival, Beef Days, United Way, and the American Cancer Society sometimes donating his personal money. He never turned down anyone who asked for a donation for a cause or event.

Martin never met a person who he wouldn't attempt to help. He covered the expenses for those who were not able to pay for care. Even when Martin was not on call at the hospital, he would go in to provide additional help when needed.

If you asked Martin about all of these things, he would say he did what was needed to help the people in the county. He was a great story teller but the stories were not about his accomplishments, but about what others had done. Those who worked with him knew he would help them no matter what was asked because he never said no to anyone. Even though he was a Physician, he would work right alongside the hospital staff with whatever was needed. Martin was loved and respected for his kind and giving spirit. We are grateful to announce Dr. Martin Faber as our 2017 Bureau County Homestead Festival Grand Marshal.





Past Homestead Festival Grand Marshals


2010 - Gary & Bea Coates
2011 - Steve Samet
2012 - Lou Brown
2013 - Penny Best
2014 - Julia McCutchan
2015 - Jan Milles
2016 - Gary "Frog" Swanson


  • 50/50 Raffle
    Buy a chance to win Big Bucks and help support the Homestead Festival!
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  • PJWC Baby Contest
    Make sure to get your little one entered into the PJWC Annual baby Contest. A Festival favorite!
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  • BBQ Rib Cook OFF
    Sunday event with a $30 entry fee. Ribs only cooked on site. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes.
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  • Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang Blues
    BLUES CONCERT @ Alexander Park Sat. 4:30PM-6:30PM Food, beverage and spirits available.
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  • Jaycees Beer Garden
    Darius Miller Park
    Gates Open 8pm / Close 1am
    Music & Entertainment at 8:30pm

Volunteers Needed!

The Homestead festival is looking for volunteers for this year's ever growing Homestead Festival!

It is so much fun it will not even seem like work! Come join us! If interested, please contact Tracy Makransky at tracymakransky@gmail.com!



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