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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 02:14 pm

Springfield Whigs planned to raise the biggest pole in the nation, but disaster struck

During modern elections, Democrats and Republicans show their loyalty with lawn signs. In the 1800s, it was tree poles. They were erected on main streets and lawns around the country during ...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 02:50 am

Revisit Rochester history in weekend events

It was the early 1830s and Samuel Stevens was a young businessman seizing opportunity in the Northwest Territory frontier. He'd journeyed to what is now the Rochester area from Ne...
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 01:57 am

There were riots in Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana, too

Last week marked the 100th anniversary of Springfield's race riots. They left our city with a legacy we will never outlive and perhaps never overcome. As Springfieldians strug...
Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 10:09 am

SIU’s med school is home to unusual collection of memorabilia

It's not unusual to find a skeleton in a medical school, but you can't say the same about an intact Depression-era drugstore, antique bloodletting apparatuses, or a 19th-cent...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 02:18 pm

Granny Spears learned her healing ways from her hated captors

Untitled Document Some of our earliest settlers’ stories are so fantastic, they’re hard to believe. Take Mary Neely Spears, also known as Granny Spears. At 19 she was...
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...

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