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In 1823, when Edgar County broke away from Clark County there were four precincts that made up the boundaries of the county. They were Fairfield, Pike, Wayne and Carroll. Carroll Precinct took in … more
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., lists more than 58,000 Americans who died in that war.An online memorial exists for military personnel who died later as a result of service in … more
Edgar County has been graced by many prominent families including the Alexander family, the Rives family and the Eads family — many of these families counted as their friends politicians of the … 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
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
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
Edgar County is now an official Looking for Lincoln community within the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.Local volunteers have created exhibit panels for the Paris Library, the Bicentennial … more
The justice system has played a large part in this country dating back to the beginning of its existence. Louis Farrakhan once remarked there can really be no peace with out justice. Since its … more
Just outside of Edgar County, two miles east on U.S. Route 36 on a junction with Indiana Route 71, sits the R & R Family Restaurant. The restaurant is a survivor of the past. From the … more
Many men and women catch the speed bug at an early age. From racing on foot to bicycles and then finally cars, being the fastest has always been an attraction. Racers and those who love auto … more
Down through the years some pretty significant historical stones have been placed or found in the area just south of Paris. Many are placed in almost hidden cemeteries and one is now in the … 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
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
The dirty 1930s were full of excitement — both good and bad. From the newest dance crazes to the rise of the American mobster and finally the Depression no place was left untouched — not … more
Fairfield Precinct, Marion Township and parts of Paris and Elbridge Townships finally all came together to be called Sims Township. It took about 35 years to get all those names and boundaries … more
Many businesses put the city of Paris on the map — some in good ways and unfortunately some bad ways. Some were talked about in homes across America. One in particular business in Paris was … more
During the “Roaring Twenties”  a man who came from Nashville, Tennessee started a shoe factory in Paris, Illinois. He was a master leather crafter and had an extensive knowledge of … more
I can’t remember the first time I met Butch Parrish. It probably was when he was traveling with Bud Wittick, Phil Sullivan, Art Runyon and that cast of characters covering Paris High School … more
Since the invention of the automobile, going faster and faster has always been the priority for many car owners. Many speed junkies race anywhere they can. Many drivers found their speed on drag … more
Brocton was platted in 1876 and incorporated with a mayor being elected in 1890. The name Gnaw Bone was associated with this town because of a meat market and slaughter house located on its north … more
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