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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
Calvin Bryce Hoover as a senior at Monmouth College in 1922, and as a renowned Duke University economist in the 1960s

Alice Tinkham boards the Cannon Ball bus at Kirkwood in 1927, en route to Monmouth College.


In this cracked glass-plate photograph, prisoners enjoy a Fourth of July celebration in the yard at Joliet, not long after McClaughry spoke at Monmouth.


Myra Tubbs at age 14 in Kirkwood, and years later as an influential director of the National Bank of Monmouth, a post she would occupy for 46 years.


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.

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