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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
HUME – Ken Ellis wanted to participate in an Honor Flight for veterans, but he also had reservations when another Hume area resident Jeff Bowyer gave him an application form.“I told Jeff … 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
Long before the rule of natural gas, diesel or electricity, America had coal, reigning supreme over all other types of fuel. Coal powered the locomotives, with their big plumes of smoke, and … more
In my neck of the woods as a young boy, I recall what the end of harvest was all about. The traditional day of thanksgiving was celebrated, but it may not have been the most significant time for … 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
Like many settlements in Edgar County, the names of what we know as Oliver have kept changing until we have the town known by its present name. This area was at first called “Big … 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
The work of a local volunteer committee has paid off – Edgar County is now an official Looking for Lincoln Community.Committee members learned early in February a review panel approved the work … more
Myron Ford told me about his experiences as a boy and young man growing up in Brocton. He believes Dr. Jones from Redman helped deliver him at his home in Brocton in 1933. Ford went to school in … 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
When the Civil War is mentioned many things come to mind — the Battles of Gettysburg, Shiloh and Andersonville. We also think of leaders like Grant, Lee, Stonewall Jackson and … more
When he was 17, John A. Metcalfe — who later founded and developed Metcalf — moved in October, 1828, from Kentucky with his parents. Elizabeth Whitely was born at Ft. Harrison, Ind., … more
It is a given most of the land of Edgar County was first settled in the areas with ample forests and water supplies. The many travelers headed west out of Paris in Embarrass Township found those … more
Racing to many is much more than just something you do on the weekends. To many in this world, racing is a way of life. It is their legacy. The same goes for Paris-born race car driver Ernie … 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
hroughout time, Edgar County has seen its fair share of residents go on to the life of celebrity, whether locally or on a state or nationwide scale — some good and some not so good. Edgar … 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
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