May 2014

Harold Steele, an amazing man with an amazing farm and home museum

I had heard about Harold Steele’s open house from a friend, but I was unable to make it that day. Max Armstrong was speaking and Harold’s amazing collection was to be open to the public along with live demonstrations of his equipment. Max worked for Harold when Harold was serving as the President of the […]

Once again, the Strawberry Festival kicks off the tractor season with a bang

I went to this year’s Strawberry Festival without a thought as to what the featured brand might be at this year’s show, and I was excited when I saw that odd balls fit the list. I love the old and different and the tractor turn out was great with something I had never seen before, […]

Pearl Harbor, the Ultimate Sacrifice

I have read all about it, Seen the movie and heard the tales But it never made the impact, the true sacrifice until I stood at Pearl Harbor And saw the fuel that still seeps From where the Arizona went down. I Read the words of our boys in blue That were attacked on a […]

Lincoln Depot, Lincoln's fare thee well

One afternoon I had a bit of time before an interview for a story and I thought I would check out some of the historic sites in my own back yard, the Land of Lincoln. Although I had been there before I decided to take a minute and stop by the Lincoln Depot. This is […]

Portland Swap Meet, a lawn and garden extravaganza

When I heard the word swap meet and read “antique engine and tractor parts only” I have to admit I wasn’t too enthused. I have often said to other collectors that “I don’t do parts”. However, the crops were in the ground and it had been a while since we had got away together and […]

Margery Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, an urban oasis

I can’t say how many times I have driven by Adams Wildlife Sanctuary on Clearlake and wondered about the place. This past Friday I had a bit of time before a meeting and decided to stop by. Trying to implement more culture and movement into my life this seemed to be the perfect place to […]

I met up with Backwoods “Hobo” Jack at the Wayside Antique Mall, a neat stop just south of Donnellson, Illinois where he was kind enough to allow me to interview him for my column in Farm World. Backwoods Jack is what Jack Sophir calls himself, since he lived in the middle of nowhere. He said […]

The Old Rose Hotel, the oldest Hotel in the State of Illinois

Bruce and Sue Hemphill, owners of the River Rose Inn are to take over management of the Old Rose Hotel as of May 2014. The owners look forward to managing this historic hotel that is owned by the State of Illinois. The hotel was built by James B. McFarlan around 1804-1812. Before being named Elizabethtown, […]

River Rose Inn, a B&B along the Ohio River

On a recent travel writing tour in southern Illinois, I was blessed to stop at the lovely River Rose Inn where they served us lunch from the nearby E’Town River Restaurant. The home was built in 1914 and offers five rooms and a private cottage. Log onto for details about the bed and breakfast […]

E'Town River Restaurant, catfish heaven!  - Photo by Rose Hammitt

Located right along the river front in Elizabethtown, Illinois, this floating fish restaurant is a mecca for visitors from all over. On a writing trip to southern Illinois I had the chance to try out some of there river and pond catfish and it was quite amazing. It is hard to beat views of the […]