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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
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
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
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
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
early 60 years ago get the picture and the story was what Ned Jenison heard as he became a new photographer and reporter for the Paris Beacon-News. Jenison shared his experience traveling the … 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
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
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