Monthly Archives: November 2015

Spring Creek Covered Bridge fire, 1977

A covered bridge spanning Spring Creek west of Springfield was destroyed in what was thought to be an arson fire on Dec. 26, 1977. The bridge – known as the Spring Creek Covered Bridge, the Riddle Hill Bridge or the … Continue reading

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Frank C. Ewing Sr. & Jr. (murder, train derailment)

Frank Carlos Ewing Sr. was an inmate at the Menard State Penitentiary at the same time as his son, Frank Jr., in the 1960s. The elder Ewing had been convicted of the murders of his aunt and girlfriend; the son was … Continue reading

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Pawnee High School fire, 1958

Pawnee High School was demolished by a fire on Feb. 24, 1958, that was ignited by a student attempting to break into the school’s vault. Frank Carlos Ewing Jr., 15, admitted to Sangamon County sheriff’s investigators that he broke into … Continue reading

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Divernon school photos, 1920s

The above photos of Divernon school students were provided by John Faber. Students’ identifications (except for a few relatives of Mr. Faber) are not available. Divernon opened its first school in 1887, but school enrollment began to jump after the … Continue reading

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The Muller blocks (Lenox Avenue from State to Price streets)

Construction contractor Lee Muller (1910-73) built the stone buildings that line the 700 and 800 blocks of West Lenox Avenue. The six buildings, all faced with Bedford stone, contain more than 30 rental units. The original showcase of the complex was … Continue reading

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