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Whether it is the smell of burning rubber in the air, the anticipation of waiting as a cool car drives by or spending countless hours preparing a car for the show, most everyone has their own ideas … more
A large boulder with a bronze plaque placed on the Edgar County Courthouse lawn in 1921 is shining like it’s brand new. Workers from Adams Memorial removed the bronze plaques from the stone … more
Since the release of the first motion picture, children everywhere have dreamed about being the star up on the big screen. They bug their parents about going to see the latest, greatest release … more
The North Arm Section was the first area of Edgar County to be settled. In 1817, early settlers moved into the area and set up a little town, and little did any of them know that one of their … more
Throughout the existence of Paris many have been born here. Some move on and are forgotten, but others stamp their names into the history books. One such person started life in Paris and rode a … more
Within the lifetime of some older senior citizens is an era when one could step on an interurban rail car at Paris and travel as far as Cleveland, Ohio, in speed and relative comfort. Jeffrey … more
(Editor’s Note: much of the information for this story was gleaned from a 17-page pamphlet written by nurse Edythe Zimmerly Stephens. The pamphlet is titled “A History of Edgar County, Illinois … more
A man resembling “Honest Abe” Lincoln rode horseback into Paris Sept. 14, 1976, as part of the local celebration of the nation’s bicentennial. Richard Blake, a famous portrayer of Lincoln, … more
A large stone on the Edgar County Courthouse lawn has two markers that represent the Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Edgar County. One plaque was placed on the stone in 1921 and the other in … more
The old one-room schools that were so prevalent in Edgar County are almost lost to the memories of those who taught in them or were students. During the early 20th Century, there were 142 … more
Pagan Scandinavians, in a centuries old tradition, burned a large log or tree as part of the winter solstice festival. This particular celebration was named Jol and pronounced Yule. It was named … more
The Edgar County Historical Society celebrated the state bicentennial Sunday, Dec. 2, with a presentation by Roger Stanley highlighting key points of state history, with assistance of some historical … more
“When September comes each year and the first school bells ring there always awakens within us to get our books out and follow their summons.” Mabel Swain Estes Mabel Swain Estes and her … more
An important first step for a territory to become a state was laying out the groundwork for a constitution. The effort to move Illinois from territory status to state began in early 1818 after the … more
A groundbreaking ceremony in 1868 started the sixth capitol building for Illinois. The Illinois legislature authorized a new capitol building at Springfield in 1867 on a nine-acre plot of land in … more
Even though the citizens of Vandalia built a new capitol building in 1837 it was not enough to prevent Springfield becoming the state’s capital city. Some legislators wanted to move the capital … more
A three-day, first-of-its-kind event was Nov. 22 through Nov. 24, 1934, at the Paris High School auditorium. The Edgar County Farm Bureau sponsored a drama and music tournament to bring together … more
There is a gravestone in the St. Aloysius Cemetery indicating that John Barry was interred there at the advanced age of 117.  Dates on the stone show he was born March 27, 1768, in County … more
When the tractor and the combine replaced the horse and the binder some businessmen saw opportunity in the new horsepower generated by machines. New businesses started that eventually replaced … more
In an ongoing effort to bring information about Illinois’ 200-year celebration for becoming a state in 1818, let’s review some of the steps necessary for that to happen. There was a … more
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