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On the Horace-Brocton Road, about six miles west of Horace there is a big pile of gravel on the south side of the road, but it hasn’t always been so. Many years ago a Methodist Church and … more
Many people try their whole lives to obtain the impossible dream. They try to reach the highest heights in their chosen profession, and some do not stop until the top is reached. Paris residents … more
The city of Paris has had many papers come and go. There was the Beacon, The Blade, The Paris Daily News as well as many others. For the most part, each paper posted its own views on subjects … more
Henry Clay was born in 1777 in Virginia and during his school years he studied law under George Wythe. Wythe’s previous students included Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall. All three men … more
In the course of Edgar County events, the builders and people of this county have worked for and achieved something by being recognized with National Register of Historic Places … 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
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
 Paris was a hustling and bustling place in 1850. People from all over the eastern part of the United States were migrating west. Many stopped in Paris and Edgar County and made it home for … more
What was to become Flying Farmers started in 1944 on the campus of Oklahoma A & M University. In the next year, a national group started and eventually it became the International Flying Farmers … more
Courthouses all across America are for the most part a staple in the communities they serve.Each courthouse is unique in its own individual way, and the buildings have evolved through time. Many … more
Many pieces of property change their identities through out time.All start as a blank slate before owners build businesses or family homes on the ground. Properties may even turn back to blank open … more
There was an organization in Illinois several years ago dedicated to catching thieves.Information posted on Facebook by Andrea Livingston Switzer about the Ant-Thief Association (ATF) prompted a look … 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
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
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
(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
This time of year has been special to everyone at some point in life. Found memories are shared from the holiday decorations and lights putting off a special glow to the department stores displaying … more
Jacob Augustus, born in Virginia in 1793, moved to Kentucky for a while and then moved to Edgar County in 1831. He was well respected and served as a member of the board of commissioners for the … more
The old Vandalia Road, or trace, serving southern and eastern Illinois ran across the southern part of what eventually became Edgar County.The name Vandalia was used since it was the capital of the … more
When someone mentions civil rights one tends to automatically think of Dr. Martin Luther King and his assassination. Others may think back to 1960 when four college students entered Woolworth's … more
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