Megan Urbas, Miss Sangamon County Fair Queen 2015, competed Sunday, January 17, to become Miss Illinois County Fair Queen 2016.
A 2015 graduate of Sacred-Heart Griffin High School in Springfield, Megan competed against 68 other young women around the state, according to a Jan. 16 article in the State Journal-Register.
I’ve never met Megan or any of the Urbas family, but I’m thinking she could be a descendant, perhaps great-grandniece, of Lithuanian immigrant Alice (Urbas) Tisckos. Alice and John Tisckos had lawyer son Charlie, who owned Tisckos Furniture Store with his brother Martin, as noted in my book, “A Century of Lithuanians in Springfield, Illinois.”
If anyone knows how Megan’s Urbas family is related to the Alice Urbas family, please comment. (Since I wrote this, Chuck Tisckos contacted Megan and found out she is the great-granddaughter of Adolph Urbas, who was the son of Lithuanian immigrant Peter Urbas. Peter was the brother of Alice (Urbas) Tisckos, mother of Tisckos Furniture-owning sons Martin and Charlie.)
On this cold winter night, let’s salute the beauty and personality of this young Lithuanian-American of Springfield.
Update: We can still salute Megan, despite my belated find that another contestant won the 2016 County Fair Queen title. title. http://www.sj-r.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=LS&Date=20160118&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=118009999&Ref=PH&taxoid=