Baysinger Architects Host Event on October 2, 2014

Baysinger Architects, located at 401 North Market Street in Marion, Illinois hosted an Elvis and Octoberfest Chamber after hours and open house on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 2:00 P.M till 6:00 P.M. The event was attended by many local citizens, business owners, chamber members and school officials.

Among the entertainment was a strolling Elvis tribute artist named Rick Ital who made himself available for photos with the guests. Those attending also got to be amazed by a magician doing tricks and snack on Elvis sliders provided by Johnny B’s Biblegrove BBQ’s as well as sample product from the Grand River Spirits Scratch Brewery. Hilary Lehew was present and served as a representative for the HUB promoting Marion’s newest recreation center project.

The visitors also got to learn a little about Marion’s past with a presentation put on by the Williamson County Historical Society who created a display of old and new photos of downtown positioned on large downtown maps. Over 70 photos were on display for the event which included a 20 x 30 aerial view of downtown taken in the summer of 1963 and a panorama of the square from 1910. The display was organized by WCHS museum coordinator Sharon Vansaghi and director Sam Lattuca.

Boyd Publishes New Historical Volumes

Harry Boyd Sept  25 2014

Harry Boyd and his wife, Dorothy, recently published their third historical reference work entitled “Tribute to Williamson County Heroes.” Harry Boyd is a Director serving on the board of the Williamson County Historical Society. He and his wife Dorothy live in Marion and have been residents of Williamson County for over 45 years, having moved from Saline County.

“Tribute”, is a large, four volume set that details over 8,600 men and women who served in the military and were buried in Williamson County. Harry stated, “The two requirements were that they did military service and had to be buried in this county. The rather extensive listings detail those who were in military service ranging from the Revolutionary War to current times. There were found to be five Revolutionary soldiers buried in the county, one of which was John Ellis, a free black man from N. Carolina who signed up for the Continental army on April 27, 1776. He is the only black Revolutionary war soldier buried in Williamson County and is buried near New Denison where his family lived for decades. Continue reading

Final Herrin Massacre Tour of the season

The Herrin Massacre Tour on Sat. Sept. 13 may be the LAST PUBLIC TOUR of the season.  Interested particiapnts are encouraged to book now. Seats are $45 and there is a special rate being offered for additional family members. Group tours and field trips are being planned for the Fall. Call 618-751-2924 or visit for seats.

Herrin Society to sponsor Pete Peterson, sports author

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HERRIN AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY and Gordon Pruett, HAHS Board Member, have arranged to have Richard “Pete” Peterson speak on “Major League Baseball Players from the Herrin Area: Ray Chapman, Robert Veach, Ray Fosse and Others” on Friday, September 12th at 2:00 p.m.

              Richard “Pete” Peterson is Professor Emeritus of English at Southern Illinois University and, for the past ten years, the commentator for the Reading Baseball series on WSIU-FM.  He is the author of Extra Innings: Writing on Baseball, Growing Up with Clemente, and Pops: The Willie Stargell Story, and the editor of The Pirates Reader and The St. Louis Baseball Reader.  His baseball writings have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and his hometown Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (He is not to be confused with another “Pete” Peterson in Marion (husband of Yolande Peterson).