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Almost lost in this 1912 photograph of a Monmouth street carnival is a giant campaign clock (left of center), promoting a whirlwind campaign to establish a Commercial Club for the city.

Monmouth’s Commercial Club preceded Chamber of Commerce

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The Commercial Club’s 1913 booklet advertising Monmouth contained photographs of its headquarters, including a swimming pool that didn’t exist.

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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

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