Today is Wednesday, Aug. 5, the 218th day of 2020. There are 148 days left in the year.
Many Americans enjoy a soda of some kind now and then. It has several names around the country: soda, soda pop, pop, coke, soft drinks or carbonated beverages.
Ralph and Florence Overbeck Koelsch started their lives together, as well as their Effingham County teaching careers, in wake of the Great Depression.
One of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s most memorable radio addresses was not in the form of a Fireside Chat, but rather a prayer. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he said: “My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the Unite…
In the aftermath of the challenges posed by the Panic of 1893, as the 1893-1894 school year began, a Marion County newspaper editor wrote: “Grand Austin College! What cannot a people do when they try? The people of Effingham have not only freed that noble institution from all debt, but have …
Illinois became a state in 1818 and the county of Effingham came into existence in 1831. As settlers journeyed to this area, they struggled to build homes and make a living. They brought tools and supplies to make a new life, and they also brought their customs and traditions with them.
Early country stores or general stores began in the colonial period of America. Many of the vendors started as roving peddlers with their huckster wagons. When they accumulated enough merchandise and capital, they opened permanent establishments in locations where there was a need and likely…
John Harold (“J.H”, “Jerry “) Griffin was an iconic figure in Effingham County education in the early to late 20th century. He wore many hats: teacher, coach, superintendent, author, community leader. Griffin seemed to be everywhere, gesturing quickly and walking fast.
Both the Heart Theater and the Rustic Starlight Drive-In hold special places in my memories. As a kid, I knew nothing of the specifics of each building but I knew that I loved going to the Heart and the Drive-In.
As I was growing up in Paris, Illinois, in the 1950s, our family had the usual things inherited from relatives — furniture, books, pictures, documents, quilts, etc. In the living room was an oak library table. Dad had his small collection of treasured items on top of the table. There was a s…
After the end of World War II, radioactive nightmares disrupted the sleep of Americans. Hiroshima was in the news with horrific photographs of the impact of an atomic bomb and of the long-term medical effects of radiation.
Effingham County always has had more than its share of visionaries; people who can see beyond “what is” to “what can be;” people who recognize the magic of “thinking big.”
I hope that all of you have a “bucket list”. I know that I do. In August, I was able to visit the beaches at Normandy, France, where the D-Day invasion took place. It is a trip I will never forget and it definitely filled a part of my “bucket list”. I share this story of my trip so that you …
The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSNDs) have a long record of service in the Teutopolis community. The words Notre Dame are derived from Latin, which is the root of the French language, and can be translated to English as Our Lady. The Order's founder had been educated by French Sisters, bu…
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