Monthly Archives: March 2015

Richard Orr (farm reporter)

Richard Orr, longtime rural affairs writer for the Chicago Tribune, grew up in Buffalo. See entry on Buffalo.

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Dr. Leeds’ gold coin trove, Buffalo

See entry on Buffalo, Ill.

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‘The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotus’ (Vachel Lindsay)

Springfield poet Vachel Lindsay wrote The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotus in 1912 to recognize the importance of the Panama Canal, which connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The rose signifies the West and the lotus the East. … Continue reading

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Fire devastates east side of Auburn square, 1910

A fire that destroyed the entire east side of the Auburn town square early on March 16, 1910, was described in the March 18 edition of the Auburn Citizen. Here is the Citizen’s story.  Auburn has costly fire At about … Continue reading

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‘How We Come to School’ — Pleasant Plains High School, 1924

Page 68 of The Anchor, the yearbook of Pleasant Plains Township High School’s class of 1924, suggested most students commuted to school via horseback or buggy, though a few groups posed with automobiles. The class will, below, suggests high school … Continue reading

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The Blue Danube (restaurant)

See The political rise of the Adamitis & Yacubasky families.

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Mark Peterman (basketball coach)

See Springfield High School loses 1933 state basketball championship.

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Don “Doc” Adams (political leader)

See The political rise of the Adamitis and Yacubasky families.

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The Political Rise of the Adamitis & Yacubasky Families

From Lithuanians in Springfield, Illinois The story goes that for decades, Republican Party leader Don “Doc” Adams (Lith. Adomaitis) of Springfield exercised significant patronage power in both the public and private sectors. When Doc died in 2011 at age 75, … Continue reading

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Springfield High loses 1933 state championship basketball game (YouTube)

H.V. Porter, who made his biggest mark on sports by inventing the laceless, molded basketball and standardizing the rules of the game, was assistant director of the Illinois High School Association from 1928 to 1940. In that role, he also … Continue reading

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