Agricultural History Fond Remembrances Of Former Agriculture Director And State Rep. Gordon Ropp By Charlie Schlenker • Apr 14, 2020 A giant of Illinois agriculture has died. Former state representative, state agriculture director and longtime 4-H booster Gordon Ropp was 87 years old. Sibley Celebrates Vibrant and Rich History By Katie Seelinger & Person: Charlie Schlenker • Jul 3, 2019 Sibley Business and Historical Association Small towns across Illinois are having a rough go to keep their culture alive. For decades rural populations have been falling. Some subside into tiny crossroads communities. Others keep trying.