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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
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
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
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