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Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:00 am
 December 1989 – I read in the newspapers recently where “Christmas at New Salem” weekend will be done away with. Seems that research has proven that the inhabitants of that short-lived vil
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:00 am

A Christmas memoir

 We lived in the country during the 1930s when I was a kid. We would do about the same thing every day, all summer long. Brother Jack and I would run to the front yard when we heard a car approac
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:00 am
 We lived in a frame house in Hickory Hollow during our younger years. We had many interesting experiences there, especially in the wintertime.Brother Jack and I woke up early on a dark and cold
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 12:00 am

The true story of a Depression-era Christmas trip to a better life in Illinois

“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 12:00 am

Found in an old desk, a bracelet of baubles and spheres

It was in Grandmother’s desk, the same desk she used to write to her sister in the 1880s. It is the same desk my mother used to write letters to me while I was in the army, and I have some of th
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 12:00 am

A Christmas memoir

Mr. Houck came early to the Sangamon Valley while it was still a wilderness without many inhabitants. He came before the land was surveyed so his fields stretched from the big sycamore tree to the eas
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 12:00 am
Untitled Document We were fishing down at Rawlins’ off a sandbar that extended into a bar pit near the Illinois River. It was an autumn day with puffy clouds in the sky placed just right
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:00 am

Marking the days from winter to spring

Untitled Document March 2 — A celebration of the sun. I have been walking on frozen snow for two months, the frailty of snowflakes built into awesome cliffs and drifts
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 12:00 am

Nearly 70 Christmases have passed, but the boy still has hope

Untitled Document The Frenches walked everywhere from their home in the hollow. They had walked the two miles up the west hollow to Uncle George’s and Aunt Daisy’s fo


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