Category: History

Importance of Flag Day elevated by setting a good example

Flag Day continues to lose its importance each decade. It is only a symbol. Sometimes symbols are revered and can be overlooked as unimportant. They are only as significant as we make them. Flag Day should have a special place for the Fox Valley/west suburban area, especially Batavia and Aurora....

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Cordovan leather early form of highest-quality shoes

While reading an O. Henry short story recently, I came upon the word cordwainer and it delighted me. What was this word and what was its meaning? And what better was a follow-up to my previous article about socks, than shoes? Let’s go on today’s adventure! The term cordwainer entered...

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A Focus on History: June 14 – 20

June 14 During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” – 1777. Residents in Paris, France are...

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Paul and Bill’s Service Station in Aurora, owes more than half-century of success to customers

Paul and Bill Rudigier, father and son, pose for a photo in the early 1970s in front of Paul and Bill’s Service Station in Aurora. The station moved to 300 Galena Boulevard in 1971. Bill Rudigier took over management when his father died many years ago. Bill retired June 1...

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A Focus on History: June 7 – 13

June 7 Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, leads the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, Alaska, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet. – 1913. June 8 During the Six-Day War, Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attack the USS Liberty in international waters off of Egypt’s Gaza...

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Memorial Day prayer service for Walter Backman prelude to Interment at River Hills Cemetery

Pallbearers carry the casket from the Healy Chapel in Aurora following a prayer service for Walter Backman Monday, Memorial Day, to a hearse. Backman, of the U.S. Navy, died December 7, 1941 in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains recently were identified and flown to Illinois for burial...

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Summer events fill Aurora Historical, including ethnicity

The Aurora Historical Society will have many events during the Summer months at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, and at the Tanner House Museum, 304 Oak Avenue, corner of Oak and Cedar Streets. Pierce Art and History Center: • Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., through...

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A Focus on History: May 31 – June 6

May 31 The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England. – 1859. The South Fork Dam collapses and causes a flood in Johnstown, Pa., that kills more than 2,200 residents....

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Aurora Police Department Police Week Memorial

Aurora Police Department Police Week Memorial, Saturday, at A.P.D. Headquarters, 1200 E Indian Trail, included an annual memorial service dedicated to the memories of Alfred Olin (badge 105) and Thompson Richardson (badge 113), the only two Aurora Police officers killed in the line of duty. Memorialized were the six retired...

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On Robert Kennedy 50 years later

June 5 will mark a half-century since Robert Kennedy’s assassination, in the midst of his presidential campaign and a tumultuous 1968 that claimed the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. just two months earlier. University of Illinois communication professor John Murphy has written about both Robert Kennedy...

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Empress Catherine the Great ruled Russia for 34 years

Princess Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anghalt-Zerbst Dornburg, later known as Catherine the Great, was born in the Kingdom of Prussia in Stettin, Pomerania April 21, 1729. Her father was a Prussian general. Two of her first cousins were Kings of Sweden, Gustav III, and Charles XIII. She was not Russian...

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A Focus on History: May 24 – 30

May 24 After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world.” – 1883. A referee’s call disallowed an apparent goal for Peru in a soccer match between Peru and Argentina,...

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Aurora Museum Week June 17-23 special inaugural splash

Aurora Downtown will hold an inaugural Aurora Museum Week this year June 17-23. Brian Failing made the announcement at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum during the inaugural Fox River Arts Ramble April 21. Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, debuted the event poster created by artist and...

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One hundred statues in Statutory Hall honor 50 states

The National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. has 100 statues donated by individual states to honor notable leaders in their state’s history. Even before the completion of the present House wing in 1857, the idea of a National Statuary Hall was considered. Representative Justin S....

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Iconic Marie Wilkinson collection unveiled at Santori

By Anthony Stanford –  Aurora’s First Fridays event May 4 brought the largest food truck festival in the city’s history to its burgeoning downtown. The event offered an array of entertainment, including art, music, and pop-up events. At the Santori Public Library, the event had special significance because not only...

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WWII Backman memorial Monday

There will be a short prayer service for Pearl Harbor casualty Walter H. Backman at Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place in Aurora at 1 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Click here for more information. At 1:30 p.m. a memorial procession will leave Healy Chapel go west on Downer...

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Three East Aurora students in State History Day

Three students from East Aurora High School recently qualified to compete in the 2018 Illinois History Day competition May 3 in Springfield. State History Day qualifiers include Sam Stade and Sebastian Valerio, whose documentary on the Haymarket Riot qualified for the competition. The third state qualifier is sophomore Sama Kreidi,...

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A Focus on History: May 17 – 23

May 17 U.S. Supreme Court outlaws segregation in public schools. – 1954. May 18 A crowd of more than one million protesters marches through the streets of Beijing, which was later known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. – 1989. Mount St. Helens in Washington erupts, and kills 57. Ash from...

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Reader’s Voice: Rising up to protect the whole

April 30, 2018 Dear editor; I was pleased to find I am in the company of great thinkers, such as Nietzsche, who need to get away to contemplate or write because of a mind full of thoughts. A lot of times I think about our government and our participation as...

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Plano Train Day Saturday Plano’s annual National Train Day will be at the Plano Depot 101 W. Main Street, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Attendees can tour the historic depot and enjoy coffee with Plano’s mayor, Bob Hausler from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.. There will be various...

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