Monthly Archives: July 2015

Esquire theater

Springfield’s Esquire theater opened in late 1937 via an unusual alliance between two central Illinois  movie chains. Kerasotes Theaters of Springfield and Frisina Amusement Corp., founded in Taylorville, had almost simultaneously announced plans to build separate “suburban” theaters within a … Continue reading

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Charles E. Planck (killer of Lincoln family dog)

Charles E. Planck (1842-1917) may have been mistreated by history. See The death of Fido, the Lincoln family dog.

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The death of Fido, the Lincoln family dog

Fido, a yellow mongrel dog the Abraham Lincoln family adopted about 1855, stayed behind when the Lincolns moved to Washington, D.C., in 1861 and was stabbed to death sometime in 1866. The man who killed Fido has gone down in … Continue reading

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Paul Powell shoebox scandal

The discovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in suitcases, an attache case, loose envelopes and, of course, a shoebox within days after the October 1970 death of Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell remains clouded by confusion and … Continue reading

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Midland Ordnance Plant

The Midland Ordnance Plant was the name sometimes given to the north half of what later became generally known as the Sangamon Ordnance Plant, located along U.S. 36 west of Illiopolis. See Sangamon Ordnance Plant.

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Oak Ordnance Plant

The Oak Ordnance Plant was the original name of the north half of what later became known generally as the Sangamon Ordnance Plant, located along U.S. 36 west of Illiopolis. See Sangamon Ordnance Plant.

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Sangamon Ordnance Plant

Dozens of seemingly out-of-place structures dot farm fields west of Illiopolis, the last reminders of what once was one of the U.S.’s largest producers of World War II artillery ammunition. From 1942 to 1945, the Sangamon Ordnance Plant produced 24 … Continue reading

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