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Women's role in society, one man's viewpoint
THIS CARTOON FROM 1883 that ran in the Advocate shows the fear men had if women got the vote.  Note the man on the left wearing a dress, the one on the right carrying the baby.
THIS CARTOON FROM 1883 that ran in the Advocate shows the fear men had if women got the vote. Note the man on the left wearing a dress, the one on the right carrying the baby.

From 1872 to 1887, Ed Conley was the editor and publisher of The Wilmington Advocate. And having read almost everything he wrote, I have come to admire him. He, however, would probably be run out of town on a rail if he were running the paper today. His main problem, like most men of his day, was that he was sexist, totally unromantic, and definitely "politically incorrect." Just wait, you will see what I mean.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Custer Township, a 19th century spin-off
Townships are a vital part of local government. There is argument about that, but as it stands it is the first level of government people in unincorporated areas have to deal with. When Will County was first created, it was officially divided up into townships, but much fewer than we have today. Custer was a late comer to the party. Today we look at the early history of Custer Township.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Prison escapes and the slave master warden
Just north of Wilmington, on Collins Street in Joliet, are several buildings that have seen a good bit of history; some good, some bad. Today we look at that institution near the end of the Civil War and a bit later, to look at Col. Buckmaster. Was he a warden or slave master?
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Law and order on the frontier of Illinois
The history of Braidwood is a wild one, full of murders, beatings and lynch mobs. But Braidwood is not alone in that scenario. This area was once the wild west. Before we talk of our own town let us step away from Will County to Iroquois County and the town of Watseka where our first story is ready to start. Lights, camera, action.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Bringing up Braidwood babies, not so easy then
There is a segment of the population that historians like me tend to gloss over, or ignore all together.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Who we were, what we did - 1855
Recently I told a colleague at a conference that I lived in Wilmington, Will County, Illinois. They asked me what kind of a town is that?

I'm not sure I can answer that, but as a historian I know what kind of a town we used to be. Today I will describe Wilmington circa 1855, 161 years ago.

Thursday, August 11, 2016


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