Category: History

George Washington forged unified body in fragmentation

By John F. Gilligan –  Editor’s note: President’s Day Monday Feb. 18 is a tribute to all U.S. presidents’ birthdays, especially George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). History reveals that great and noble leaders are forged in adversity. Valley Forge was that crucible for George Washington where…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Valentine’s Day comfortable all year; history in House

The easy and loving breath of fresh air personified by Valentine’s Day should be the approach every week of the year. Well, some may say the pressure to please should be less than once a year. Nonetheless, think of the greeting card companies, chocolate companies, floral shops, teddy bear brigades,…...

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Topic: Graduated income tax Feb. 21

Eighty percent of the states in America have a fair, graduated, rate income tax, and Illinois should, too, according to Jean Pierce. This system would tax higher income levels at a higher rate than lower income levels. Pierce will present the case for a fair tax at 7 p.m. Thursday,…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Valentine’s Day offers love, friendship, tradition, early Spring

“Good morrow, Valentine. First to thee and then to mine. “So please give me a valentine.” —Centuries old rhyme Today we send and receive beautiful Valentines. We express our friendship or love or longing to another in gracious ways. Let us learn about the customs of this holiday together. It…...

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Sidney Robinson, owner of the well-known Ford house in Aurora, shares history of his home on Edgelawn Avenue Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora. Robinson purchased the house known as Aurora’s other roundhouse in the mid-1980s made from materials including coal and green glass. The two-bedroom, 1,600 square foot house, was designed by architect Bruce Goff and built in 1949-50 for painter and art teacher Ruth VanSickle Ford and her husband, civil engineer Sam Ford. Robinson, an architecture professor said when he moved to Illinois from Iowa he saw the house and had to have it. The house has been featured many times, including in Life Magazine in 1951 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora’s other roundhouse:

Sidney Robinson, owner of the well-known Ford house in Aurora, shares history of his home on Edgelawn Avenue Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora. Robinson purchased the house known as Aurora’s other roundhouse in the mid-1980s made from materials including coal and green glass. The two-bedroom, 1,600 square foot…...

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Aurora City Council presents certificates to Black Student Organizations

By Jason Crane –  Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, and the City Council honored city of Aurora government employees and students in Aurora’s schools with Black History Month proclamations (see below). Mayor Irvin appointed: • Symone Lewis and Hortencia Ramos and reappointed Susan Sosa Bachmeier to the Aurora Human Relations…...

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A Focus on History: February 14 through February 20

February 14 Claudius Gothicus, Roman emperor, was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong…...

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Little White School Museum volunteer Stephanie Just, right, helps a visitor with her Victorian Valentine project. Families are invited to visit the museum, 72 Polk Street in Oswego, Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, to make and take home an instant heirloom during the museum’s annual free “Victorian Valentines” craft activity. Crafters three and older may stop in between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. either day. Submitted photo

Victorian Valentine project at Little White School Museum in Oswego

Little White School Museum volunteer Stephanie Just, right, helps a visitor with her Victorian Valentine project. Families are invited to visit the museum, 72 Polk Street in Oswego, Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, to make and take home an instant heirloom during the museum’s annual free “Victorian Valentines” craft activity…....

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Naperville park name could be historical

Naperville resident Ginny Wolf Chivas, a descendant of one of the founding families of Naperville, asked the Naperville Park District Board at their January 31 meeting to consider renaming Southwest Community Park “Wolf’s Crossing Community Park.” The new name would reflect the history of the 33-acre park site, at 3252…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Growing apart: He grew defensive, they wanted a husband, dad

She bought the green beans, took the children to the dentist, and cleaned the toilets. He was a rising star at the company because he was affable, capable, and personable. He wanted his moment on center stage. She decorated the house for Valentine’s Day, took the children to violin practice,…...

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Sophia Luo, originally from China, sings the song “The Moon Represents My Heart” by Teresa Teng for members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Luo shared history of Chinese New Year celebrations on the first day of The Year of the Pig, February 5. She said the Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays for Chinese families and celebrates the beginning of the new year according to the lunar calendar. There are 12 animals in the zodiac and each animal represents one year with different character traits. Your zodiac animal depends on the year of your birth. Jason Crane/The Voice

History of Chinese New Year celebrations presented to Kiwanis Club of Aurora on the first day of The Year of the Pig

Sophia Luo, originally from China, sings the song “The Moon Represents My Heart” by Teresa Teng for members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Luo shared history of Chinese New Year celebrations on the first day of The Year of the Pig, February…...

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Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead: Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected as the City’s first African American mayor. The bobblehead sells for $30 plus tax in time for African American History Month. The Aurora Historical Society features a photo exhibit to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Burlington Northern Railroad in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead:

Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected…...

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Lincoln’s presidency details in Oswego

Author Georgiann Baldino will present little-known details of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Her most recent book, “A Family and Nation Under Fire,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Oswego Public Library, Oswego Campus, 32 West Jefferson Street, Oswego. The book is a collection of previously-unpublished diaries and letters between…...

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Webelos from Den 1 and Den 11 of Yorkville's Pack 350 react Saturday, Feb. 2 during a visit to the Ottawa Historical & Scouting Museum to explore the history of scouting in recognition of their Looking Back, Looking Forward elective adventure. Back row: Ben, Lynze, Ethan. Front row: Linden, James, and Joshua. Submitted photo

History of scouting at Ottawa Historical & Scouting Museum

Webelos from Den 1 and Den 11 of Yorkville’s Pack 350 react Saturday, Feb. 2 during a visit to the Ottawa Historical & Scouting Museum to explore the history of scouting in recognition of their Looking Back, Looking Forward elective adventure. Back row: Ben, Lynze, Ethan. Front row: Linden, James,…...

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A Focus on History: February 7 through February 13

February 7 A violent series of earthquakes near Missouri causes a so-called fluvial tsunami in the Mississippi River which actually made the river run backwards for several hours. The series of tremors, which took place between December 1811 and March 1812, were the most powerful in the history of the…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Notre Dame Cathedral’s extensive history Paris highlight

To continue this week on the Paris theme, you will learn about the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral and its history, stained glass, organ, and bells. This medieval Catholic cathedral sits on the Ile de la Cite I in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. As the most visited monument in Paris,…...

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Radical Islam inspires fanatics, hides in ideology

By Hesham Shehab –  Islam is a religion, a culture, a personal faith, and a political system that produced a modern ideology. It is an ocean of information that has been sending its waves in the world for more than 1,400 years. After the end of the Cold War and the…...

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Memorial for firefighters’ tragedy: Friday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. the Aurora Fire Department honored three firefighters who were tragically killed 85 years ago when an exterior wall collapsed upon them at the Woolworth 5 & 10 store at 19-21 South Broadway. January 11, 1934, Captain Herbert L. Reiss, age 37 of Engine Company 4, Captain John Petersohn, age 48 of Engine Company 5, and Firefighter Charles Hoffman, age 35 of Engine Company 4 all answered their last alarm. Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krientz, above, and Deputy Chief John Gilbert both spoke at the ceremony while the AFD Honor Guard placed a wreath beneath the memorial plaque. Present were family members, Aurora Police, and representatives from the City of Aurora. Aurora Fire Department

Memorial for firefighters’ tragedy:

Friday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. the Aurora Fire Department honored three firefighters who were tragically killed 85 years ago when an exterior wall collapsed upon them at the Woolworth 5 & 10 store at 19-21 South Broadway. January 11, 1934, Captain Herbert L. Reiss, age 37 of Engine Company…...

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A Focus on History – January 31 through February 6

January 31 The U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolishes slavery in America. – 1865. February 1 The first portion of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the…...

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MLK Day: Lift Every Voice and Sing by young singers from Cathedral of Grace St. John Church sign singers perform at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at East Aurora High School Monday. Jason Crane/The Voice

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at East Aurora High School:

Lift Every Voice and Sing by young singers from Cathedral of Grace St. John Church sign singers perform at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at East Aurora High School Monday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin’s 2019 Service Above Self Awards were presented to 58 youth during…...

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