Arts & Culture

Reporting on Life by Taylor Pensoneau a book review

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I’ve known Taylor Pensoneau for quite a few years and long admired both him and his writing.  He and his wife Liz had been friends of my late father and my mother for years.  I had previously read his books Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons: Southern Illinois ‘Legendary Gangsters  and his mystery, The Summer of ’50.  I […]

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Arcola's Hippie Memorial

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Who would have ever expected to find a hippie memorial in downtown Arcola?  This Midwestern town is where Raggedy Ann and Andy came to life and is located near Amish farms and is home of the Broom Corn Festival. Touring the town with  Annie Jansen and a group of friends that had met up at […]

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A Ride in a Red Baby

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It was the show in Portland, Indiana where I saw Wendell Kelch’s International Harvester truck, the Red Baby. This truck was made by International Harvester and before I had seen the toy version, but never the real thing.  Wendell shared his beautiful truck that he brought to a show for the first time in Portland. […]

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Photo-Shoot on Route 66!- Preparing for a Tractor Drive.

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The area where we live is known for two things, Abraham Lincoln and Route 66.  This coming June 16-18 of 2017, we will be involved with a tractor drive that is part  of the Land of Lincoln Expo, a fun tractor show. The tractor drive will be on parts of historic Route 66. The show will be held at […]

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Running with the Rumleys

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The 2016 American Thresherman show in Pinckneyville, IL was filled with the rumbles of Rumley tractors and one very rare Rumley truck belonging to Mike Travis.  Rumleys along with Allis Chalmers were the featured brand. I loved this amazing truck that Mike Travis brought to the show. Mike Travis Is from Corning, Iowa and he thinks […]

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