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As the story goes, Mike Ferguson, also known as Mike Gurguson, came to the Litchfield/Hillsboro area around 1904 via an orphan train. He settled in with a kind family in Hillsboro, but due to his … more
A few hours before the Grace Cup on Monday, Lincolnwood boys basketball coach Matt Millburg texted me, “Enjoy your evening! Grace wins!” I don’t think either of us thought that … more
Soccer was always Grace and I’s thing. Her Uncle Daniel got her first soccer ball for her just a few days after she was born. She used to dribble around the ottoman in our living room, with … more
Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is again partnering with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) to promote farm safety and health during National Farm Safety and Health Week, … more
Grandma and Grandpa are flying at 18,000 feet across the country for an extended stay with Alberta (Best) Johnston and family. She is astounded at the prices of groceries and the fact that she can … more
In the Illinois “Rules of the Road” that was published in 2021 (which I recently picked up at an Illinois library) it stated under the “License Plate Requirements” that … more
The City of Litchfield would not be here if it weren’t for the railroads. In 1855, the original settlement was called Huntsville, after George Hunt, the chief engineer for a railroad that was … more
On Oct. 28, 2003, a young Harvard student gets dumped by his girlfriend. He spends the rest of his late evening drunkenly hacking into the Harvard student databases, stealing photos of female … more
Have we taught all the right things to our students for them to succeed in life? First, I applaud those who have been instrumental in establishing the trade center in Litchfield. I have … more
The Planet Mill in Litchfield was considered the world’s largest steam flour mill of its kind, capable of producing 2,000 barrels of flour a day.   Located between two railroad tracks and … more
Back in the early to mid-1950s elementary and junior high teachers were likely to ask their students to write about exciting things they did over summer vacation. It was a frustrating question for me … more
What a great county we live in, where town and country meet. The best overall location in the state. Close to many major highways, hospitals, colleges, lakes, major cities, churches, and we have good … more
How to harness the abundant Illinois wind to improve rural life and farm production was a desire of John H. McDaniel of Windsor. In 1888, he successfully built the New Era Wind Mill and, along with … more
For as long as I can remember, green has been my very favorite color. Now, don’t ask me why, but it’s just always been the top of my list. Since starting A Grace-Filled Journey, I have … more
August of 1956 finds Grandma and Grandpa traveling, first visiting Grandma's sister, Maud, in Tyrone, MO. They are also planning a big trip in September, flying to Los Angeles to spend an extended … more
Saving money and spending money wisely should be a top priority for city government. As city of Nokomis commissioner, I want to assure we keep this a priority. Lee Beckman, a licensed engineer with … more
Illinois politicians should be busy with their "expected" jobs for the state of Illinois: dealing with the budget, law enforcement backing, state issues, etc. But yet, they are so easily distracted … more
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church was established on April 25, 1852, with the oversight of the Reverend Elias Schwartz of Hillsboro. There were 14 charter members: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Blackwelder, Mr. and … more
Many have followed the news of a police raid of a newspaper office and publisher’s home in Marion, KS, during the past week. A crescendo of news reporting has condemned the police raid as … more
Summer is coming to a close, and boy, has it been busy! At times it felt like we should add catering to our list of services because we were prepping and serving so many lunches! July ended on a … more
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