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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
On May 9, 1865, less than a month after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, President Andrew Johnson declared the Civil War officially over. For four long years the Union Army … more
The curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the featured speaker at the annual Edgar County Republican Lincoln Day dinner 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Step … more
A little settlement started west and south of the New Athens site located on Illinois highway 133 just south of Isabel. The settlement was located on what was called Donica’s Point of … more
Sometime between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II it became a custom for many men graduating high school to either join the Army or the National Guard to help defend the … more
Baby boomers remember loading into the car for a family trip or just a simple Sunday afternoon cruise. Pull away from the house, take off down the road, windows down, wind whipping through the … more
It is a given most of the land of Edgar County was first settled in the areas with ample forests and water supplies. The many travelers headed west out of Paris in Embarrass Township found those … more
Long before the rule of natural gas, diesel or electricity, America had coal, reigning supreme over all other types of fuel. Coal powered the locomotives, with their big plumes of smoke, and … more
“Twas the night before Christmas when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;… That poem was written by Clement Clarke Moore in the early 1800s. It … more
Bringing a real fir or pine tree into the family home has evolved into an important part of celebrating Christmas — but it wasn’t always that way. Looking back into the legends of a … more
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