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Chicks in custom cardboard crates are loaded onto a panel truck at the hatchery, en route to the Monmouth depot.

Nichols hatched thriving family business

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Chester Nichol learned about successful poultry raising from his sister-in-law, who authored this popular publication on the subject in 1913.
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The spacious Nichol’s sales room would later be converted into an art gallery for Monmouth College.
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A view of the walk-in incubators, each of which had a capacity of 18,000 eggs.
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Virgil Nichol poses with a rooster in the yard of the Nichol family home on North Ninth Street.
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The former hatchery served as an art center for Monmouth College from the 1960s to the 1980s.

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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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