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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
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 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
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
They say that one picture can be worth a 1,000 words. If a person travels to the small town of Chrisman and turns off state Route 1 and onto West Monroe Avenue, the drive leads to the square and on … more
Almost every family has loaded-up the car, headed downtown to the theater, stood in line for tickets, purchased refreshments and settled-in watch in to watch a movie on the big screen. With the large … more
Unfortunately, slavery has been a thorn in the side of humanity since antiquity.When slavery is talked about most often only the bad side of slavery is brought up, but once in a while a glimmer of … more
 Pep bands are long-term fixtures at high school and college sporting events and parades.Over time, bands have become much more than just ordinary high school pep bands. They have evolved into … 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 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
During the late 1940s, the way schools were organized became the target of state leaders who sought to improve and reorganize the hundreds of little school districts in Illinois. The changes … more
“You put your right foot in. You take your right foot out. You put your right foot in. And you shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what its all … more
“HUME, THE OLD HOME TOWN”“It doesn’t matter much, be it buildings great or small,The old home town, the home town is the best of all,The cities with their millions have the … more
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