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Just after the French and Indians War between 1756 and 1763 another war started in what later became the Northwest Territory of the United States.The 1763 Treaty of Paris ending the French and Indian … more
(Editor's note: some of this information came from Lloyd Lewis’s book “North Arm Neighborhood.”)Before 1700, there were many trails crisscrossing the prairie.It was a scattering … 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
In the 1830s, when pioneers from many different areas hauled their produce to Chicago, they commonly used a trail that eventually became the first state route in Illinois. It was known by many names: … more
Every child wants to spend the day doing nothing more than playing at the park. Swinging back and forth on the swings, going up and down on the teeter-totter or a quick pick-up game of baseball. They … more
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
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
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
Many communities across America have their own personal hometown stars – some go on to great stardom and some just get forgotten. However, every once in a while there is one that is always … more
The year 1918 holds many memories of the past as the First World War came to an end.Looking through the pages of the yearbooks of history many interesting facts are revealed about what was going on … 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
At one time in southern Symmes Township, South Union School had a bell tower and a special bell. A Sept. 13, 1908, headline in the Paris Beacon declared “Largest School Bell in Edgar … 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
The westward movement was still going strong in the late 1800s and many new families were still coming to Edgar County and Paris. Granville Collier was born in 1862 at Campbellsburg, Ind.,  … 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
As the home of Sears since the late 19th century, Illinois is the birthplace of modern retail.Even today’s colossus, Amazon, can trace the roots of its business model to Sears’ original … more
Traveling on the Cherry Point Road (1350th Road) a visitor finds several homes at what used to be a village.The location has a pile of rubble, which was a blacksmith shop, one old house located where … more
Many kids have big dreams. Some know exactly what they want to be when they grow up, but others have no idea. Those who live life and take it by the reigns often go down in the history books for … more
The Edgar County Commissioners first met in 1823 and set up five precincts, which were Carroll, Fairfield, Pike, Ripley and Wayne. The precinct known as Carroll contained what later become parts of … 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
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