Category: History

Montgomery Fest Parade Honored World War II Veteran Al Skyles

World War II Veteran Al Skyles Honored in Montgomery Fest Parade

Al Skyles, 94, in spite of Summer heat, uses an umbrella to shield the sun during Sunday’s Montgomery Fest parade. The World War II veteran was in the U.S. Navy and is a member of the VFW Post 7452 in Montgomery.  See the video of the parade at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Cincinnati offers visitors interesting sites, libraries

My Uncle Jim and Aunt Jo O’Brien and their six children lived in the Price Hill area of Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child my family visited them and all the children were taken to a municipal pool/playground area where we spent hours having fun. I remember both how hilly the...

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A Focus on History: August 16 – 22

August 16 While salmon-fishing near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory, George Carmack reportedly spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West. News of the gold strike spread fast and over the next two years, as...

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Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club August Veteran of the Month Bob Mead

Radio operator Bob Mead turned to decorating, race cars

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Bob Mead the August Veteran of the Month. Charles Robert Mead was born April 30, 1940 and was raised in Oswego. At age eight, the family purchased a home in Oswego, the same house that Bob owns and...

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A Focus on History: August 9 – 15

August 9 Twenty individuals, including at least nine firefighters, are killed in Boston’s worst fire. It consumes 65 downtown acres and 776 buildings in more than 12 hours. – 1872. A second atom bomb is dropped on Japan by the United States, at Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan’s unconditional surrender....

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Deborah Read Franklin served as good wife, good mother

Last of two parts Following up on the extraordinary life of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, I wanted to learn about his common-law wife, Deborah Read Franklin. How did this woman interest him time and time again, even though separations kept them apart for many years at a time and once...

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Charles Coddintgon

On relations, history, of the United States and Russia

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. When it comes to relations between the United States and Russia, there aren’t any good guys present. Both countries have been at war, a cold war, to be sure, with each other since the end of World War I. Do you doubt me, dear...

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Aurora Historical Societys’ silverplate water pitcher on display in Springfield

A shining example of Aurora’s industrial and artistic history is on display at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, thanks to the Aurora Historical Society (AHS). It is an ornate silverplate water pitcher made in 1892 and the public can see it while taking free tours of the mansion through the...

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A Focus on History: August 2 – 8

August 2 Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany under the title of Fuhrer, or “Leader.” The German army took an oath of allegiance to its new commander-in-chief, and the last remnants of Germany’s democratic government were dismantled to make way for Hitler’s Third Reich. – 1934. At about 2...

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Fate of old Jail Building in Yorkville will be considered in October

Fate of old Jail Building in Yorkville will be considered in October

The status of the old jail building in Yorkville remains in limbo, following the United City of Yorkville City Council meeting Tuesday. A discussion was held for more than an hour with groups holding opposing views, one in favor of keeping the building, renovating it, and using it for the...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Society’s range: Wesby celebration; and conviction of scams

By Carter Crane –  The three-day, 30-year, memorial celebration of Reverend Robert Wesby’s death was a success by all accounts. Reverend Wesby was the minister of Progressive Baptist Church in Aurora, a civil rights leader, and marched with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. The three days included a banquet...

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GoFundMe page for Fox Valley Trolley Museum

Last week the Fox Valley Trolley Museum in South Elgin was vandalized by two minors and there was $110,000 in damage to eight cars. The museum has created a GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/fox-river-trolley-museum, for those who are willing or wish to make donations to help cover the costs of these repairs....

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Benjamin Franklin a man with many talents, accomplishments

First of two parts The more I read about Benjamin Franklin, the more outstanding he becomes. How could one man have done so much? I stood at his gravesite in Philadelphia and paused to wonder, once again, how extraordinary he was. No one today compares to his astounding and accomplished...

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Jason DeLancey and his son, Henry, draw on the walls with washable markers on the third floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, in downtown Aurora. The space has an interactive element that encourages community participation. Marissa Amoni photo

Fondly, DLP building in Aurora stimulates creativity

If I tell you to meet me on the third floor of The DLP, and you don’t ask for clarification, you probably are an Aurora downtown regular. For those less frequent downtown visitors, let me explain. We have some amazing hidden gems in downtown Aurora, and I quickly could rattle...

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How to be a Viking camp at Yorkville Public Library

Norwegian stories, crafts, games, music, and food at Viking camp

Yorkville​ resident James Weilandt, 5, decorates his clay Norwegian troll model during a “How to be a Viking” camp July 16, 18, 20 at Yorkville Public Library. Montgomery and Norway, Ill. Sons of Norway fraternal benefit lodges sponsored the fourth annual camp. Library had Norwegian stories, crafts, games, music, and...

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A Focus on History: July 26 – August 1

July 26 The U.S. Postal Service is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin put in place the foundation for many aspects of today’s mail system. – 1775. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is created when U.S. attorney general Charles Bonaparte...

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Native American cultures at the Santori Library of Aurora

Native American cultures at the Santori Library of Aurora

Dressed in traditional Ojibwa regalia, author Kim Sigafus McIver shares her knowledge of many aspects of Native American cultures at the Santori Library of Aurora Tuesday. She discusses Native people who lived in Illinois in the 1800s and their traditions. She described Native American foodways, including the planting of the three...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Remembrance of Rev. Wesby, 30 years later, a celebration

There will be a celebration Friday through Sunday of the life and good works of the late Reverend Robert Wesby of Aurora. It has been 30 years since his untimely death and a strong group, 14 committee members, of the Progressive Baptist Church in Aurora, will bring to life what...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Julia Ward Howe made an impact in U.S. literary world

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” —Battle Hymn of the Republic Julia Ward Howe was an American poet and author, best known for writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She was an advocate for abolitionism and a social activist particularly for women’s suffrage....

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