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Wednesday, June 4, 2008 10:59 pm

Remembering when “UFOs” were first spotted in the central Illinois

Untitled Document Seven years before the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Americans were boggled by strange objects in the sky. The phrase “unidentified flying object...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 08:11 am

Future governor became famous for tangling with Jeff Davis

Untitled Document To duel or not to duel — that was the question Illinois congressman and Mexican War veteran William H. Bissell faced in 1850. He was challenged by Jeffers...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 04:57 am

Lincoln neighbor likely active with Underground Railroad

Untitled Document “Eleven run away slaves, belonging to citizens of St. Louis, and for which a reward of $300 each, was offered, were captured in this county ye...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 10:49 am

Hettie Bunker Smith shaped medical history

Untitled Document Tucked away in her farmhouse on Old Rochester Road in the 1940s, using plaster of Paris, brushes, photos, and beeswax, Hettie Bunker Smith shaped medical histor...
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007 08:11 pm

A motley crew built the foundation for the sport’s local popularity

Untitled Document The late 1960s and early ’70s were a time of significant change for Springfield, as its institutions of higher education — Sangamon State University...
Thursday, April 5, 2007 05:25 am

Records show the Walker branch of President George W. Bush’s family, which settled in central Illinois, included slave owners.

Untitled Document Add President George Walker Bush to the list of top-tier U.S. politicians whose ancestors include slaveholders. U.S. Census records for 1790 to 1830 testify t...
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 02:33 pm

Walkers were kin to man who helped put Lincoln in the White House.

Untitled Document The Bush side of the presidents’ family receives nearly all of the attention from historians; the Walker side, by comparison, is almost anonymous to histo...
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 12:13 pm

The small events that shaped a great life, set to verse

Untitled Document For the fourth year, we’re delighted to present poems about Abraham Lincoln’s life, written by author and professor Dan Guillory as though the Great...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 02:32 pm

A former king of comedy finds a new way to make people happy

At the height of his career, in the 1980s, he was a headliner. He had audiences all across the country rolling in the aisles. He shared stages with Jerry Seinfeld and Huey Lewis, partied with Joe Wals...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 01:18 pm

Local businessman sees historical value in Lincoln-era checkbooks

A checkbook is a fairly uninteresting document, a record of expenditures that offers, at best, a narrow glimpse into its owner’s activities. But when the checkbook was the property of a friend a...


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