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Molly Crusen Bishop: From County Kilkenny, Ireland to Peoria

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mollylogoBelow is the Peoria Star Monday May 7th, 1923 obituary for my Great Aunt Maggie

Mrs. Margaret Nolan Caffyn

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Molly Crusen Bishop: Griffith Dickison, true pioneer

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mollylogoGriffith Dickison was one of Peoria area’s earliest settlers. He was born to farmers in Indiana on Nov. 27, 1811. His education was the real world and real life, and whatever minimal schooling was available...

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Molly Crusen Bishop: Holidays with the Greenhuts

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“It can be said of Mr. Greenhut, more than any other one man that he has made Peoria commercially, for he has been connected with practically every business movement and enterprise of importance here.”

mollylogoThe above is a direct quote from the book History of...

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Who was R. G. LeTourneau?

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laternouAll of us remember our first jobs and the thrill of earning our own money. I bet you also hold in your fond memory your first ‘real job.’  Mine was 1950 when I went to work for the R.G. LeTourneau Company right here in Peoria, Illinois.

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John Wilkes Booth letter to be auctioned

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A look back to Dec. 30 of the past

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census logoAs a year draws to a close, it is common to reflect on the passage of time. How history will judge...

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Molly Crusen Bishop: Trefzger's legacy lives on

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mollylogoOne sunny October morning in 2016, in Peoria Heights, I was walking along Prospect Road delivering newsletters for Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation to all of the unique shops and establishments. I decided to stop by the newly renovated Trefzger’s Bakery, the work done by the incredibly talented Farnsworth Group, to take a...

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Molly Crusen Bishop: Pioneers and Log Cabins

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mollylogoThe census of 1810 said the Illinois territory had a population of around 12,000 people. At the time Illinois was an undeveloped land with the indigenous people and a few French and other immigrant settlers.

Illinois had a very harsh climate with limited resources and supplies for folks relocating...

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Molly Crusen Bishop: From where her hopes spring eternal

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mollylogoMy memories of neighbors on the West Bluff are vast and still can bring forth sweet emotions from the days of yesteryear. The first distinct one takes place early in the mornings on weekends with Mr. Van Norman playing his bagpipes and pacing from one end of his large front porch to the other. His handlebar...

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