In my research I have found that my ancestors, Phillips, built the first school for the deaf in Illionis,for sure possibly Prarie City, McDonough County. I know for sure that my gggrandfather, Hiram Phillips was a deaf mute and a school teacher for 50 years. He taught in schools in Kansas, Wisconsin and Iowa. His wife Celia W. Lord was also deaf and a teacher. I have hit a dead end with them I can't find their children, other than they had 5 boys one of which died by 1900.
If anyone knows the name of the school in Illinois or any info on them I would appreciate the help.
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