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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu
Occupying the east ground floor of the Homestead Savings & Loan building, Mayfred’s continued Allen’s retail tradition for 26 years.


Surrounded by a brick fence that still stands, the Pattee/Tubbs Mansion at 316 East Broadway was razed in 1964 to make way for Warfield Manor apartments.


Calvin and Fanny Orth lived in retirement in Monmouth after having spent many years in Keithsburg.


Sportswriter Charles Dryden in 1904.


In 1926, Monmouth College local fraternity Xi Gamma Delta had just received its national charter from Beta Kappa fraternity. It celebrated at Homecoming by decorating its house at 309 East Broadway. The front porch was festooned with interlaced streamers in the college’s red and white, while WELCOME ILLINOIS on the lawn referred to the Homecoming football opponent, Illinois College.


This postcard, written in Swedish and mailed from Monmouth in 1910, shows Hannah and Edmund Johnson (at left) with two laundresses in front of their Monmouth Model Laundry on North Main Street.


A search for the history of this bottle turned up the story of a successful soft drink distributor in early Monmouth.


Known as America’s largest horse importer, the Truman Pioneer Stud Farm near Bushnell lost one of its valued employees when he was drowned at sea in April 1912.


Charles Dryden, from a 1904 newspaper story.


Two of Cable’s most celebrated works were “Homeward” (left), which was pictured in Harper’s Monthly, and “Maternity,” depicting a mare and her colt.

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