Historical Travel

Art Deco Church takes eyes heavenward

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Annie Jansen and I were in Bloomington on one of our monthly get togethers in March of this year.  We got turned around in town and spied the amazingly beautiful Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the corner of Chestnut and Main.  We vowed on our next trip if the church was open to the public […]

Wheat cutting Farmall 450 style

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The day was hot and the sun was high in the sky during the last full week in June when Joe and Carol McGrath decided to cut their winter wheat.  They invited a few nearby neighbors and we had the pleasure of dining on some fine home cooking and seeing a beautiful 1956 Farmall 450 […]

The Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site - We Found It!

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This past week, my mom and I toured the amazing Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site.  Located in New Madrid, Missouri, home to the largest Earth Quakes in American history, the home is a lovely grand home built by William and Amanda Hunter.  The Hunters had a dry goods store they called “the Crystal Palace” as well […]

Tips for Trips in Your Backyard!

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Every day we read about the benefits of local, shopping locally and dining at independent local establishments. Being married to a farmer and having a son also that has joined us in the farming operation in the last few years, I know what it is like to run a small business. I have always had […]

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  For years I have stopped at Peases Candy Shoppes.  For years I stopped at the Laurel location in Springfield and would buy penny candy and put it in paper bags for the kids when they were young. Later I would buy candy apples for my husband Keith when he was in the fields. and […]