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A 1908 photograph of The Model Clothing Co. provided clues to dating a previously unidentified photo of flag-draped businesses on South First Street.

Mystery solved! Two early photos taken during Monmouth’s 1908 ‘Home Coming’

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Kathy Lowe Arthur of Monmouth lent me this postcard that was used to advertise Monmouth’s first Homecoming.
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An advertisement in the Warren County Democrat shows September 18 attractions for the 1908 Home Coming celebration. It’s interesting to note that the big event of the day — a daredevil bicycle jump — didn’t begin until 11 p.m.
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The original “Home Coming” photo is now identified as having been taken at the 1908 fall festival. Why the photo was identified as “Wall Street” remains a mystery.

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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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