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We often take things for granted. It is hard to imagine a world without electric light, but it wasn’t too long ago in our community’s history that approval was needed to install … more
Due to frequent trips to Chile, Joel Holland has long teased me in not so subtle ways that I might have a secret family in Chile. I’ve often responded, “One family is … more
There is a movement afoot to promote Hiram Ulysses Grant, otherwise known as U.S. Grant or even Unconditional Surrender Grant. He’s been gone a long time, over 136 years to be exact. So, … more
Armistice Day has been marked with ceremonies and commemorations since the Armistice between the Allied Powers and Central Powers took effect on Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m., ending World War I. The … more
I have been lured by the story of an abandoned house built as a hotel in 1839. Its unfolding story has been enriched by those in the Historical Collections Room at the Galena Public Library, the … more
There is a story which circulates in newspaper circles involving a crusty old editor and a cub reporter. The editor says, “Dog bites man isn’t news. Man bites dog is … more
In last week’s column, I mentioned my joyful discovery of a book rescued from a dumpster and mailed to the Galena Public Library in 2009. Titled with superlatives “Glamorous Galena: Jo … more
It was 41 years ago when I experienced my first Galena Halloween Parade. It wasn’t the first year for the parade, but the event was still in its infancy. Afterward, I remember being totally … more
Stella and Sister were out of the pasture, gently grazing. I stepped out of my front door to hug them. That is when they went quite mad and when I decided to start taking walking tours of historic … more
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to Matt Carroll, owner of Jail Hill Inn, about his conversation with Gov. J.B. Pritzker during his stay at Carroll’s property. One thing that … more
It was nice to see Galena City Administrator Mark Moran and PeopleForBikes staff member and Galena resident Ryan Birkicht wandering around the downtown last week. Mark was picking Ryan’s brain, … more
Four weeks ago in this column, I talked about the paving of Spring Street that took place in 1926. Ten years before that, the thoughts of improving infrastructure in Galena were at the forefront of … more
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