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East Peoria, Illinois (Images of America Series)

East Peoria, Illinois (Images of America Series)

by Jeanette Kendall


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East Peoria is unique with its hills and valleys, scenic bluffs, and views of the Illinois River. Native Americans and early settlers were drawn here, but taming the land did not come without its hardships; the area was prone to floods. Joseph Schertz first platted what was known as Bluetown in 1864. The area’s resources attracted industry, and the town thrived. The city of East Peoria was established in 1919. This collection of photographs provides a glimpse into the past lives of those who lived, worked, and played in the community. Much like today, the East Peoria residents of yesteryear included business owners, firefighters, musicians, teachers, churchgoers, laborers, and more. Other photographs illustrate the hardships people endured to pave the way for generations to come. Many locals will recognize names such as Davis, Sommerfield, and Spinder, as well as the city’s former landmarks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467110075
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/16/2013
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,152,850
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jeanette Kendall is a journalist in central Illinois. She began working in the media industry in 1992. Currently, she is the executive editor at TimesNewspapers in Peoria. In addition, she is the editor of the East Peoria Times-Courier and has been reporting the news in East Peoria for more than a decade.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 People 9

2 Life in East Peoria 35

3 Business 57

4 Schools 81

5 Fire and Police 97

6 Development 115

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