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Illinois Heritage, Vol. 18, No. 5, September–October 2015
Illinois Heritage, Vol. 18, No. 5, September–October 2015

Illinois Heritage, Vol. 18, No. 5, September–October 2015



Table of Contents




  • To our readers
  • Guestwork–Gerald Danzer
  • Letters
  • ISHS News
  • Commentary: “Another modest proposal”
  • The honor roll




  • Fall photos by Virginia Scott
  • Alexander, Illinois: Shadow of a prairie town in central Illinois
  • Pioneer green: Agronomist John Kennicott inducted in National Agriculture Hall of Fame
  • The commissioner’s umpire: How a pretty face from Ottawa ruled professional baseball’s first emperor, Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • Welcome to the pest house!
  • Poor house rules: The drawings of Alfred S. Harkness
  • Illinois Women Artists Series, Part 22, Tressa Bond Emerson Benson
  • Fall photos by Gary DeNeal
  • The “beefy twirler” of Bloomington: Jack Powell, Big League workhouse for the Deadball Era




  • Bumps in the night
  • Monsters of the midway



On the cover: Midway Village, Rockford, Illinois. Photograph by Virginia Scott.



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