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A decal under the lid of a Queenola talking machine reveals it originated in Monmouth.

When the Maple City almost became the Music City

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Electrical engineer James Stevenson, who managed the Monmouth power company, purchased the Queenola company with his brother William from Galesburg inventor Nathan Nelson.
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A newspaper ad for the top-of-the-line Model 150. It was popularly known as “The Monmouth Machine.”

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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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