Category: History

Donna Crane

‘Invisible’: Granddaughter of slaves helps convict mobster

First of two parts Stephen L. Carter, a bestselling author, delves into his past and discovers the inspiring story of his grandmother’s extraordinary life which he shares in his new edition entitled: “Invisible.” The following review was found on Amazon: Carter writes: “She was black and a woman and a...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Time, clocks, changing timepieces part of our lives

“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in its steady pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded Time.” —Macbeth soliloquy Act 5 Scene 5, by William Shakespeare About 1450 BC, the sundial came into existence. After observing the natural rhythm of daylight and darkness, civilizations looked for...

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Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles four man tandem drill team demonstrates its skills at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Marmion Academy is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men. The Marmion drill team, in its 71st year, officially was formed in September 1947 by Technical Sergeant Earl K. Buchan. The team performed its first public exhibition December 10, 1948 in Aurora. February 2019, Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles JROTC Military Drill Team will be host to the annual Colonel Earl K. Buchan Invitational Drill Meet. Jason Crane/The Voice

Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles drill team program in its 71st year

Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles four man tandem drill team demonstrates its skills at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Marmion Academy is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men. The Marmion drill team, in its 71st year, officially was formed in...

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A Focus on History – October 18 through October 24

October 18 The U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 Million, or less than 2¢ an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas. – 1867. Only one year after Spain granted Puerto Rico self-rule, American troops...

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A Mayoral Commendation surprises Diane Renner, executive director of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, at the Aurora City Council meeting

Meritorious surprise award in Aurora:

A Mayoral Commendation surprises Diane Renner, executive director of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. She was expecting to speak about future events and was blindsided with the honor. Diane’s husband, Robin, gives her a pat on the back for her good deeds. Second...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Life in 1936: Roosevelt election to the telephone

While cleaning out book shelves and taking books to resale, I came across the Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia year books I had forgotten were in my possession. Remember when our information came from such encyclopedias? I remember sitting in the library carels at Illinois State University in Normal, on a...

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Andy Aurora patch for veterans

The Aurora Historical Society is offering a local-themed clothing patch for veterans and their supporters. The patch features Andy Aurora, the 1964 brand image for the city, decked out in camouflage instead of his signature red color, and proclaiming “I’m a vet from Aurora, Illinois and proud of it!” The...

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Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Tom Mlynek the October Veteran of the Month. He was born April 24, 1947 in Chicago. He grew up in McKinley Park, was graduated from Holy Trinity High School, and earned an associates degree at Wright Junior College....

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A Focus on History – October 11 – 17

October 11 Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” – 2002. October 12 After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer...

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Aurora Regional Fire Museum 50-year celebration Saturday

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will be host to a Community Hero Day and Touch-a-Truck event Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. This event is free and will activities including a touch-a-truck, pop-up shops, and free fire truck rides. Families will have an opportunity to take a...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Davenport, Iowa part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” —Vincent Van Gogh You will have the pleasure of reading about Davenport, Iowa, and its history and attractions. On a recent book tour, I met with the mayor of Davenport, Frank J. Klipsch, who is on...

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Wayne Johnson

Saga of kids, trains, and collecting coal from engines

While reading the column by The Chas (Charles Coddington) in the September 27 issue of The Voice (click here for article) about his early fascination with trains, it got me thinking about some broccoli I ate last night. No. I did think about it, but that’s not what I’m referring...

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Ron Janusz, president, and Melinda Kruder, vice president of Support Companies, LLC, present information at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. They shared an update about the former Aurora Public Library building at 1 E. Benton Street in downtown Aurora which is home to Support Companies 24/7 contact center, training and product labs, IT and server operations, and administrative offices. The building was vacant for six months in 2015 with its fate in question, including possible demolition of the 42,000 square-foot Carnegie library. A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929 in several countries. The 1 E. Benton location was a stop on the recent Illinois Solar Tour after solar photovoltaic panels were recently installed on the rooftop. The terms of the building purchase agreement included a price of $10 with $50,000 per year donations to the Aurora Public Library Foundation for a minimum of five years. The building was placed on public tax rolls for the first time, to benefit local taxing bodies, including the city of Aurora and East Aurora School District 131. Jason Crane/The Voice

Support Companies at Rotary Club of Aurora

Ron Janusz, president, and Melinda Kruder, vice president of Support Companies, LLC, present information at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. They shared an update about the former Aurora Public Library building at 1 E. Benton Street in downtown Aurora which is home...

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A Focus on History – October 4 through 10

October 4 Sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota, which is completed 12 years later. – 1927 Thirty-seven striking black Louisiana sugar workers are murdered when Louisiana militia, aided by bands of so-called prominent citizens, shoot unarmed workers trying to...

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Mamie Eisenhower in Aurora for the Aurora Historical Society

Cocktails with Mamie will be a chance to meet Mamie Eisenhower who will be in Aurora on a mission for Ike’s presidential re-election in 1956. This is will be a chance to rub elbows with the country club set of the era, and have a Pink Squirrel cocktail with the...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Renior: Pauper in Paris to million-dollar artist

The city proper of Limoges, France was founded by the Romans around 10 B.C.. In the oceanic climate, where the porcelain industry developed, the birth of Pierre-Auguste Renoir February 25, 1841, was filed in the record books. His father, Leonard Renoir, was a tailor of modest means. In 1844 the...

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Charles Coddintgon

Fascinating trains across the U.S.: Solve problems

Trains have fascinated me since childhood. Perhaps the fascination was a part of my genetic code. My paternal grandfather, Charles James Coddington, 1879-1926, whom I never knew, was a railway express clerk; my maternal grandfather, William C. Watson, 1898-1982, worked for the CB & Q all his life. But the...

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Aurora Area Retired Teachers’ Association celebrates 60 years

By Jo Fredell Higgins –  Question: What has 400 members now and began in 1958-1959 with 42 retired educators? Answer: The Aurora Area Retired Teachers’ Association (AARTA). This year marks its 60th anniversary and the organization’s Golden Jubilee event! The celebration will be October 2 for lunch at Gaslite Manor,...

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Hallowe’en Oct. 26 at Water Street

Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia, will be host to a special Hallowe’en presentation of The Nightmare Before Christmas, presented as an old time radio production, Friday, Oct. 26. Doors and cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m. and performances will begin at 7 p.m.. Actors will perform...

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