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Lilly was two years old when I took pictures of Scales Mound’s 2004 graduation. She sat next to me as the students entered. I snapped what I could from my seat. When it came time for the … more
Ihave made a new friend. He spells his name E-L-L-I-O-T-T. Elliott Sprengelmeyer is six years old. We talked about trains. For a full hour, my heart was filled with the joy of train talk with a … more
The train engine bellows steam as it comes around the bend on the narrow-gauge railroad. The train signals “long, long, short, long” whistles. That is the Morse code used by the telegraph … more
We learn this song at a young age, “Oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain...” Many enjoy this famous line from the movie, Field of Dreams, “Is this heaven? No, … more
Frank Herbert once said, “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” Over the past three years, I have been humbled and honored to have … more
The big news story earlier this month out of Dubuque, Iowa, involves American Airlines and its decision to discontinue American Eagle service there. The news came as quite a shock. Sarah and I … more
Publisher’s note: This is the initial “tongue-in-cheek” advice column courtesy of Dave Sproule of Galena.   Dear Crabby: Seems I have a peek-a-boo problem. Me … more
I was born in 1993, yet many of my memories of Galena in my youth are of a community that worked together for the betterment of the community as a whole. It was business leaders, citizens and … more
My love for trains is sudden and unexpected. I trust my column muse, who whispered “Rails!” one rainy day. That’s what lured me to the Elizabeth Great Western Railway Depot Museum. … more
John and Bonnie Cox had a little bit of fun on the Galena River Trail this past Thursday afternoon. They came upon a fallen tree which crossed the path and was being held up by a tree on the other … more
L ast week’s visit to the Elizabeth Illinois Railroad Museum encouraged me to do a bit of exploring. A hissing, puffing, clattering, and whistling steam engine worked its way into my … more
How can it be that as we approach the middle of July that our prime summer months of June, July and August are nearly half over. It means that in another week, a number of Galena area residents … more
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