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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
Many of the school buildings built in the late 1800s and early 1900s are now gone, but some of them still stand and are used for homes. The old Payne School District #50 was originally located … more
Many men came out of the Civil War broke and not knowing what they were going to do with the rest of their lives. Some lost all they had in the war and had to start all over. Others attempted to … 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
Joe Davidson was a man of many talents and jobs until he opened his own barbershop on East Washington in Paris. He was born in Paris in 1928 and started to school at Tanner School on the south … 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
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 first settlers arrived in Edgar County in 1817 shortly before Illinois became a state. In 1820, the first school was built in our county on the farm of William Whitely, and Amos Williams became … more
The birth of a child creates a new, unwritten adventure book. Certainly Clyde and Viola Samford of Chrisman were unable to predict the future of their son Alan G. Samford, born May 1, 1951. The … more
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