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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...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 07:09 am

Grandmother’s memories of lives extinguished in 1945

The June day is perfect for a wedding — bright sunshine, water merrily cascading from the large metal statutes in the fountain, a slight breeze playing with the bride’s dark hair...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 02:48 am

State Museum found a champion in 1906

I don’t know for sure whether history repeats itself, but I do know this: What goes around comes around. Nearly 100 years ago, on Nov. 27, 1907, Professor Alja Robins...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 01:45 pm

Veteran, one of five brothers who served, witnessed end of World War II

His life today is simple and quiet. His days are spent in the tiny town of Fillmore, Ill., where he was born more than eight decades ago. But in an instant, Morgan Evans can return to anothe...
Thursday, June 30, 2005 08:11 pm
Last year, Dan Hillis — a local attorney who is originally from Binghamton, N.Y. — purchased a home on South Douglas Avenue that he is now in the process of renov...


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