Remembering Galesburg

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Galesburg, Illinois, has made quite a name for itself since the first settlers arrived in 1836. It has witnessed the comings and goings of fifteen United States presidents, listened to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, seen the birth of an elephant and served as home of the man who brought the dandelion to America. Lifetime resident and city historian Tom Wilson captures the true spirit of the town through this charming collection of articles from his column, "Tracking History." Nuances and details, from the excitement ...

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Overview

Galesburg, Illinois, has made quite a name for itself since the first settlers arrived in 1836. It has witnessed the comings and goings of fifteen United States presidents, listened to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, seen the birth of an elephant and served as home of the man who brought the dandelion to America. Lifetime resident and city historian Tom Wilson captures the true spirit of the town through this charming collection of articles from his column, "Tracking History." Nuances and details, from the excitement of the Lincoln-Douglas debates to the frustrations of stalemate college basketball, make Remembering Galesburg a sparkling depiction of this town's personality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296732
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/22/2009
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 990,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Wilson is a life-long resident of Galesburg. He has contributed an historical column to the Galesburg Register-Mail three times weekly since 2004. For twelve years he served as Treasurer of the City of Galesburg (an elected position), until his retirement in 2005. He is currently a board member for the Knox County Historic Sites Association.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 9

Chapter 1 Galesburg and Knox County 11

Chapter 2 Super Person 27

Chapter 3 Versatile Poet 31

Chapter 4 Executive Visits 41

Chapter 5 A Sporting Thing 57

Chapter 6 It Really Happened 67

Chapter 7 A Zoo 83

Chapter 8 The Burg Is Inventive 91

Chapter 9 Riding the Rails 101

Chapter 10 Fun Things to Do 109

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