Legends And Lore Of Southern Illinois

Overview

In the 1950s and '60s, John W. Allen told the people of southern Illinois about themselves-about their region, its history, and its folkways-in his series of newspaper articles, "It Happened in Southern Illinois." Each installment of the series depicted a single item of interest-a town, a building, an enterprise, a person, an event, a custom. Originally published in 1963, Legends and Lore of Southern Illinois brings together a selection of these articles, preserving a valuable ...

See more details below
Paperback
$21.43
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$24.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $13.19   
  • New (5) from $15.56   
  • Used (4) from $13.19   
Sending request ...

Overview

In the 1950s and '60s, John W. Allen told the people of southern Illinois about themselves-about their region, its history, and its folkways-in his series of newspaper articles, "It Happened in Southern Illinois." Each installment of the series depicted a single item of interest-a town, a building, an enterprise, a person, an event, a custom. Originally published in 1963, Legends and Lore of Southern Illinois brings together a selection of these articles, preserving a valuable body of significant local history and cultural lore.

In his descriptive, engaging style, Mr. Allen wrote these sketches of the people of southern Illinois-of their beliefs, their endeavors, successes, failures, and tragedies, and of the land to which they came. There are stories here of slaves and their masters, criminals, wandering peddlers, politicians, law courts and vigilantes, and of boat races on the rivers. Allen also looks at the region's earlier history, describing American Indian ruins, monuments, and artifacts, as well as the native population's encounters with European settlers. While many of the vestiges of the region's past culture have all but disappeared, this new edition of Legends and Lore of Southern Illinois will help to preserve its memory for future generations.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809329670
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2010
  • Series: Shawnee Classics
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 1,445,091
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in an Illinois log cabin in 1887, John W. Allen grew up in Hamilton and Saline counties. After graduating from the eighth grade at Hardscrabble School, Allen served as a teacher and an administrator in southern Illinois public schools for twenty-seven years, and as the historical director of the University Museum at Southern Illinois University for sixteen years. From 1953 to 1967 Allen wrote a weekly series of articles about southern Illinois that were circulated by more than three hundred newspapers.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xvii

1 Individuals 3

Washington Never Slept Here

Thomas Posey

Pierre Menard

Conrad Will

A Broken Friendship

Dr. George Fisher

James Hall

Ned Buntline

Lafayette

Two Confederates

Lincoln at Jonesboro

Lincoln for President

Ann Rutledge

John A. Logan

The Great Agnostic

William Jennings Bryan

Senator Borah

William Newby

2 Names 40

Egypt and Suckers

Places Must Have Names

Counties and County Seats

A Migrant County Seat

3 Folklore 52

By Word of Mouth

A Phantom Funeral

Witches

Lakey's Ghost

Birds, Beasts, Insects, and Weather

Frogs and Toads

Roosters

Winter Weather

Snow

Thunder and Lightning

The Moon Is Being Ignored

Tall Tales

A Coon Tree

The First of May

Advice for the Lovelorn

June Weddings

Shivaree

Home Remedies

Snake Bites

Warts

Madstone

Signs of the Zodiac

Water Witching

Alan Bane

Doors

4 Indians 99

Ten-Thousand-Year-Old Toolshed

Indian Pictures and Inscriptions

Forts or Pounds?

Bird of Evil Spirit

Legend of Tower Rock

Pontiac

William Biggs

Who Killed Tecumseh?

The Trail of Tears

5 Early Travel 117

The First Roadways

Land of Goshen

Hazards of Travel

The Legend of Willie Potts

End of a Long Trail

Halfway House

Covered Bridges

Livery Stables

6 Early Business Activities 132

The Gallatin Salines

Half Moon Lick

Coal

A Mining Camp

Kaolin

Iron

Oil

The Santa Fe Trail

Merchant Prince

Sellers' Landing

Pack Peddlers

Itinerant Craftsmen

Shawneetown Banks

7 Farm Life 156

Marking Livestock

Stock Drives

Hog-Killing Time

Soft Soap

Holing Up Food for Winter

Sassafras Tea and Sallet

Foraging Boys

Gritted Meal

Sorghum

Persimmons

Egyptian Cotton

Tobacco

Castor Oil

Rail Fences

Hedge Fences

Farmer's Union

8 Early Schools 185

Rectorville School

Other Kinds of Teachers

Illinois' First Academy

Shiloh College

One Hundred Years as a College Town

Changes at Southern

A Female Seminary

The College at Creal Springs

Hayward College

The College in the Hills

A Many-Sided School

The First Teachers' Union

A Night on the Old School Ground

9 Holidays 213

The New Year's Ancient Customs

The Early French Were a Jolly Lot

Saint Valentine's Day

All Fools Day

Memorial Day

Thanksgiving

Christmas on the Cache

Christmas Lore

10 Churches 231

Our Oldest Church

Peter Cartwright

Moravians

Mormons

11 Law & Order 240

Punishments

Scrambled Records and Speedy Justice

Old Jails

Flatheads and Regulators

People Disliked Horse Thieves

Self-Defense

A Duel

12 Slavery & Servitude 254

Early Slavery

Slave Laws and Practices

Binding Out

Priscilla

Black John

A Quiet Railroad

Monument to a Slave's Master

Abolitionist Lovejoy

Old Slave House

Emancipation Day

13 The Military 272

Fort de Chartres

Fort Massac

An Incredible March

Lewis and Clark at Wood River

A Mexican War Diary

Fort Defiance

A Legend of the Civil War

Mound City National Cemetery

There Were No Neutrals

Grand Army of the Republic

Soldiers' Reunions

14 Along the Rivers 299

Boats that Seldom Returned

The King of the Keelboatmen

Ferries

Showboats

Shipways

The Shipyard Bell

The Six Sultanas

The "Lee" and the "Natchez"

15 Landmarks 313

The Devil's Bake Oven

Big Hill

An Abandoned Mausoleum

A Deserted Cemetery

The Henson House

An Oversized Washstand

A Boy Carves His Name

Millstone Knob

Brickey House

Wiley-Rosson Home

Rose Hotel

The Jarrot Mansion

Our Oldest Courthouse

16 Towns-Old & Older 336

A Shifting River Dooms a Town

Bowlesville

Vanished Ewington

Bainbridge

Brownsville

Elvira

Palmyra

America

A Vanished City

Elizabethtown

Cobden

Elsah

New Harmony

New Haven

Sainte Genevieve

Cahokia

17 Random Stories 366

Center of Population

Cholera

Epitaphs

The Night the Stars Fell

A Horse Race

Big Stakes at the Race Track

Before Alcoholics Anonymous

Rifles and Shooting Matches

Rag-Wheel Boy

The Musical Forty

Buffalo

Passenger Pigeons

Bells

Epilogue: I Retire 390

Index 393

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)