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Medicine and health in early Wilmington
THE AD FROM Bowen and Henderson general store in Wilmington from 1855 shows the many things available, including patent medicines
THE AD FROM Bowen and Henderson general store in Wilmington from 1855 shows the many things available, including patent medicines

When it comes to medicines and health, Wilmington in the 19th century was downright scary. It was an era when anyone could come west, proclaim he was a doctor and start practicing. And if you did not want to practice, you could always invent a pill or tonic and become rich overnight. It was an age when home cures abounded and buying medicine from a traveling salesman was a normal thing to do.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Technology made Custer Park what it is today
Custer Park, once part of Reed Township, is today a sleepy serene spot on the river. So how did technology have anything to do with it? The answer is that every industry that came to Custer was put out of business by technology.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
A better life in Wilmington, the Matone family
The name Matone used to be a familiar one in Wilmington. Their shoe store occupied the prominent north-west corner of Water and Baltimore Street, now known as the Eagle Hotel. Their story did not start in Wilmington though. Let's begin at the beginning - 1880 Braidwood.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Belgians, another ingredient of the melting pot
Braidwood can be said to be the ultimate American melting pot in the 1880s. Of the many nationalities that come to light, one of the least mentioned is the Belgians. Let's look at a few of the early prominent men of Braidwood, who began their life in the small country of Belgium.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Looking west, immigrants wanted more
The new coal mining towns of the Wilmington coalfield had more than coal in common. For the most part their population was made up of people who had moved there within the last few years. And these people, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity, were all looking for the same thing, a better life for themselves and their family.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Waste not, sewers and sewage
There is a problem that has bothered mankind since we first started living in groups - that is, what to do with our waste products. The people who deal with these things are doing a thankless job, but an important one. Today we look at the history of sewers in Wilmington.
Thursday, September 17, 2015

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