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A look at one founding family of Braidwood
When looking at the history of the Braidwood area, one immediately finds that people were moving in and out of town on a regular basis. Names that pop up in the 1870s disappear 10 years later. This makes it difficult for historians to find out who were the movers and shakers of the early coalfields.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

City ordinances aren't what they used to be
The City Council of any city is the closest to the people, or it should be. That is where the laws that most directly affect citizens are conceived, argued and passed. Today we look at the Wilmington City Council in 1875 to see what we can learn of the lives of our citizens.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wilmington Island, a real show place
The island in the Kankakee that gives Wilmington the nickname of the Island City has always been a place where folks went to be entertained. It was centrally located, had some nice flat pieces of land to set tents upon, and received the cool breezes from the river. Today we look at the various entertainments that set up there.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
In the beginning, the year of Braidwood's birth
We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Braidwood this year. Today we will go back to the beginning to see what the world was like in the year of Braidwood's birth. Set the way back machine for 1865.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
May 1865, the long road home
Although the streets were full of people it was strangely quiet. May blossoms filled the air, but black was everywhere you looked, over doors and windows, but mostly over the image of one thin bearded man. That was what a nation in mourning looked like.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Automobiles come of age, bringing many firsts
As you read the Free Press Advocate through, including the Soundoff page, there are two topics that appear time and again over the years - the parking on Water Street and the price of gasoline. Some may think that this is a new thing; and they would be wrong. Set the way back machine for 1914.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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