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Primarily speaking, a Wesley boy in politics
How are candidates for office chosen? That's easy, first all the candidates from one party run in a primary election to see which of them gets to run against the guy from the other party. Then an election is held and one of them wins.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
A visit to the County Fair, a long tradition
In a few weeks the Will County fair will open at the fairgrounds in Peotone. It is an experience I recommend to all in Will County, especially the newcomers. It gives you a good idea of the roots of our county, farming.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Early happenings in Custer Township
One of the most productive agricultural regions in our area is Custer Township, the smallest of all the Will County Townships. It was carved out of Reed Township because the citizens there felt that Braidwood had sucked up all the township's resources but had contributed very little. Today we look at early life in Custer Township.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The weaker sex, women in the 1870s
The recent comments by a Republican candidate for president has made news. I find myself saying to this simply that, "Nothing ever changes." Today we go back to the 1870s to see what other men had to say about strong, disagreeable women.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Chicago's sewage, was it Wilmington's problem?
I guess everyone knows about the great engineering feat at the end of the 19th century that took place in Chicago. The reversal of the flow of the Chicago River is still being talked about. Most people date it to the opening of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900. But few realize that even earlier, in 1871, water from the Chicago River was diverted into the I&M Canal. And that was when it became our problem.
Thursday, August 13, 2015


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