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Not black coal, but white ice, nature's bounty
THIS IS A typical ice wagon, photographed in Lockport. Ice was big business, year ‘round, in the days before refrigeration. Note the block of ice being held by the “ice man.”
THIS IS A typical ice wagon, photographed in Lockport. Ice was big business, year ‘round, in the days before refrigeration. Note the block of ice being held by the “ice man.”
As the roads and sidewalks get slipperier, and we curse the ice on our windshield, we must remember that ice can be a good thing. Think of a cold beer in the summer, or ice skating, or sledding down a hill. The need for ice in the 19th century was more critical than you may imagine. Today we look at white gold, ice.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The economics of ice, a slippery slope
Ice is weird stuff. The solid form of water is both loved and hated, a thing that can cause great good and great harm, a thing which can both entertain and cause fear. It's something that nature provides us for free out of doors, but we continue to make ourselves indoors or stranger yet, purchase it. Today we look at the last conundrum, the economics of ice.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Christmas traditions in the coal field
Every day cars with green trees strapped to them pass through the main arteries of Braidwood and surrounding towns. The Christmas tree tradition is alive and well in our neck of the prairie. Today we look at other early traditions of the holiday season.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The magnificent men in their flying machines!
As you travel this holiday season, on crowded airplanes, with stale air, lousy food, and either a crying baby or snoring man next to you, remember who to thank. This December we celebrate the 113th anniversary of the boys who made it all possible.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thanksgiving in peace and war
It has become a holiday of gluttony, but oh what glorious gluttony! And it has been so for centuries. Today we look at the history of giving "official" thanks.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Who to trust, what to grow, how to behave
War had been raging in Europe for quite some time. The Germans were becoming bolder and bolder. American lives were lost as the Germans torpedoed supply ships bound for England. The President had held out for neutrality, but finally even he had to admit there was no other choice. War was declared on April 6, 1917.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016


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