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Local Histories & Pictures
Also: Town or Rural Event Archives
This will be major work but lots of fun. We will find stories on many streets and in many of those old buildings.
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04-25-2017
Farm Machinery Allows Our Settlement of the Open Plains of Kansas and the Dakotas. 1850-1880
by Everett Dick, Ph. D., Union College, Lincoln Nebraska
CONTAINS: Great way to get a feel for work life on the Plains between 1850 and 1880. While the author spends some text describing the simple inventions which reduced farm work load, the article's depth is in its descriptions of people's lives in individual and social farm tasks as well as the possible bad consequences of machine purchasing and the economics of scale. Article ends with a discussion of machines and the farm woman.


 

04-11-2017
Advances in Education, Alabama, 1799 to 1941
by Alabama State Planning Commission
CONTAINS: Smooth, important read gives a great feel in the advance, and after the Civil War, the re-advance in education. Written by the State of Alabama, they admit their problems in an atmosphere of financial constraints. Also interesting is the historical perspectives of friction from landowners and the changes and challenges of negro pupas in the system (the system was still segregated at the time of writing).


 

02-14-2017
Our 4th Largest City, St. Louis, from Frontier Settlement, to Civil War, to Modern Showpiece, 1904
by Walter Williams
CONTAINS: A snapshot of a 1904 middle-American City. Very enjoyable presentation due to promotional writing style. Unusual way to learn about St. Louis' founding, immigration/growth, Civil War sentiments, hub to the West, service/pleasure institutions, ethnic/religious diversity and disciplined monetary growth. You'll see the growth of middle-America placed on a backdrop of steam & rail transportation plus expanding industry & agriculture.


 

10-13-2015
We Still Seek New Beginnings in the 1890’s, Creation and Growth of Fairview Oklahoma
by Various Local Authors
CONTAINS: You can easily feel part of a growing community from the "Oklahoma Land Rush" of 1893 to its quick growth with stores, shops and a hotel. Located in Northwest Oklahoma, "Abundant crops in 1897, 1898, 1899, created a tide of home-seekers from every part of the nation to head for Oklahoma territory."


 

08-26-2014
Life in the Big City 1890s Chicago,. Part 2: Small Shops, Middle Class, Strange Vehicles and Coachmen.
by GEORGE ADE
CONTAINS: Stories written in the 1890s will place you in Chicago as an observer or if you are imaginative, as a worker. Fun, easy reading.


 

08-12-2014
Life in the Big City, 1890s Chicago. Part 1: Voting, the Canal, Junk Shops and Sidewalk Merchants
by GEORGE ADE
CONTAINS: Old style writing giving reflections and visualizations of city politics and street business. A true education about city life.


 

06-17-2014
Our 1850’s Indiana Life, Conversion from Pioneer to Social Neighbor
by Logan Esarey, Professor, Indiana University
CONTAINS: Unusually insightful descriptions of our life as an 1850’s Hoosier. The author organizes the article by topics such as home life, the churches, wealth, dress, society, morals, social gatherings, and mental traits.


 

05-20-2014
Colorado’s Early Adventurers, the Fur Trappers, 1810-40
by Leroy Hafen
CONTAINS: Interesting insights into the motives of the early adventurers before the discovery of gold initiated the “59’ers” migration to Colorado. Fur trapping for profit was accompanied by rough adventure. Many lived with and married American Indians.


 

04-08-2014
We Tried to Have You Farm the West … the Failed Homestead Act, 1862
by John Hawgood
CONTAINS: It is difficult to legislate dreams. The dream sounded good … let America’s poor [instead of speculators] move to, and farm the Plains States like Kansas. It couldn’t work as planned.


 

03-13-2014
Hot Dogs, Football, Baseball and Automobiles. Detroit 1900-1910
by Norman Beasley & George W. Stark
CONTAINS: Detroit’s transformation from horses. Author whimsically mixes peoples’ working lives, recreation and business dealings to give us a feeling for the up-and-coming “Motor City.” Pleasure reading mixed with history.


 

12-17-2013
You Will Never Forget Your Trip on the Oregon Trail, 1843
by Dan Clark
CONTAINS: You will have a great feel for the purpose, planning, work, hardship, entertainment and joys of the 9 month, 2000 mile trip from Missouri to the Oregon Territory, your family in hand.


 

11-21-2013
Head East from Little Rock, Arkansas and “You are Going South”, 1947
by Marguerite Lyon
CONTAINS: Real-people stories. A lady travels Arkansas in her car, by herself, to dig up stories and get a general feel for life in 1947 Arkansas.


 

09-12-2013
Your Life as a Texas Cowboy ... Romance or Just Hard Work. 1865-1885
by John Hawgood
CONTAINS: A very entertaining article for all. Vivid descriptions of the lifestyle plus first hand descriptions of the cowboy life and the cowboy mentality.


 

08-22-2013
The Rise and Fall of Rowleys Bay, Northeast Door County Wisconsin, 1800s
by Hjalmar Holand
CONTAINS: Entertaining: Our author/story-teller from 1934 gives us the scoop on the batty first explorers, early industry then failed real estate development attempts.


 

05-28-2013
We Get Drawn Into the Florida Land Boom … Then Bust, 1920s
by Fredrick Lewis Allen
CONTAINS: We won’t make this mistake again! Hoping for increasing real estate values and given ridiculously easy financing, banks as well as buyers go bust.


 

04-30-2013
You’ll Find Gold & Silver in Nevada, 1860’s & 70’s … But Hang on to Your Wife.
by John Hawgood
CONTAINS: Great stories of the people involved with the 1870’s Nevada Mines around Virginia City. You will want to go there, have a beer and think.


 

04-18-2013
Small Town Entertainment and Belongingness 1900–1976. A Look at Sidney, Illinois
by Virginia McElroy
CONTAINS: Our lives were enhanced by both, home-grown and [imported] entertainment … and there seemed to be ten organizations for every townie.


 

03-14-2013
Your 1860 Trip to Colorado and Your Resulting Lifestyle
by Leroy Hafen
CONTAINS: It was much tougher then settling the Midwest. A very ‘visual writing’ style will make you part of pioneer life in Colorado.


 

02-21-2013
The Gold Rush Is On … Personal Accounts of the California Gold Rush
by John Hawgood
CONTAINS: Delightful reading of personal accounts in 1840’s-speak. The accounts give us the human aspect of the Gold Rush.


 

01-31-2013
Small Town Businesses Had to be Good … Early Days of DeLand Illinois
by Myrta Grace Paugh
CONTAINS: You couldn’t do spur of the moment, big town shopping. “It took a couple of hours or more to go to Monticello by horse and buggy and the day was shot.”


 

01-10-2013
Challenges of the Early Settlers of Jasper County, East-Central Illinois
by Martha Robins
CONTAINS: Great Article by a local 1938 historian. Shelter, clothing, food, transportation and farming were crude. Lumbering was big.


 

12-11-2012
Indiana Pioneers Live with the Miami Indians, 1832
by Donald M. Ream
CONTAINS: Enjoyably written family account of dealing with life and other people in 1830’s Indiana.


 

11-29-2012
The Creation of Missouri … a Melodramatic 1932 Version
author not stated
CONTAINS: So melodramatic you’d think that Frank Capra wrote it. A fun way to learn early Missouri History … great pictures too!


 

11-08-2012
After the Civil War a Small Town Grows People and Businesses … Sidney Illinois
by Virginia McElroy
CONTAINS: An [often humorous] primer on the style of growth in many small towns. Local businesses served local needs. Prices of are often given.


 

10-04-2012
Not Easy to Get a Railroad … Newton Illinois, 1870
by Martha Robins
CONTAINS: A realistic look at the finance and construction difficulties of a small town’s first rail service.


 

09-20-2012
A Railroad Passing Switch Results in a Town? … Arthur Illinois, 1872
author not stated
CONTAINS: Transportation is the key. A passing track and an access road started the town.


 

09-06-2012
Detroit 1910 … the Auto Industry, Whiskey Row and Interesting People Produce a Special Flavor
by Norman Beasley
CONTAINS: Using the auto industry as a backdrop, the author creates delightful descriptions of 1910 Detroit by giving stories of many local characters. Really fun reading!


 

08-02-2012
The Early Days of Washington Island Wisconsin … at the Tip of the Door Peninsula.
by Hjalmar Holand
CONTAINS: This 1934 article discusses Indian settlements, rich fishing and early farming. You will feel the life of the early settlers.


 

05-17-2012
The Pioneer Settlement Life Around Sidney Illinois
by Virginia McElroy
CONTAINS: Midwest life before railroads gave convenient transportation to towns. Recollections are from both, personal and social angles. We survived and we also had fun.


 

02-28-2012
"Good Ol’ Summer Time in Camargo, Illinois" - Finding History in My Own Back Yard
by Jackie Wells Jamison
CONTAINS: Early 1900's Rural Recreational Gatherings.


 

02-07-2012
1860’s, Amish Come to Central Illinois for Fertile Soil
author not stated


 

01-05-2012
Sidney Illinois, World War I Hardship to early 1920’s Prosperity
by Virginia McElroy
CONTAINS: Effects of war, KKK tries to recruit, 1920’s prosperity and paved roads enable auto travel.


 

10-12-2011
Camargo Illinois 175th Anniversary Celebration with Village Park Rededication as Opal Thompson Park
by Stu Moment


 

09-08-2011
The “Quad Cities” of Sidney, Illinois Township: Johnstown, Deers, Block and Rutherford.
by Kevin Erb


 

08-02-2011
Sidney Fun Daze (Days) 2011
by Stu Moment


 

07-25-2011
Sidney Gets a New Railroad in 1904
by Kevin Erb


 

07-07-2011
Before it was the Sidney Saloon
by Forrest Stipps Narrating to Stu Moment