Effingham County: Transforming the Illinois Prairie

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Those who have halted their treks down the National Road in Effingham County form a diverse band of characters, from Joseph Boleyjack, known as the "parched corn, summer preacher," to polished orators like William Jennings Bryan, who continued exhorting enthusiastic Effingham crowds as his train pulled away. Donaldson traces this story back to before this land was known as Effingham, to the burial mounds of the Kickapoo. He presses on through the challenges the county's determined inhabitants faced in the twentieth century, from the horrors witnessed abroad in the world wars to those faced at home during the Great Depression and in the tragic St. Anthony's Hospital fire. His obvious passion for the county's past is sure to strike a spark with lifelong residents and new arrivals alike.
ISBN: 9781596299658
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Brief History
Images: 58
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Delaine Donaldson is a retired educator with thirty-five years of experience at Effingham High School in Effingham, Illinois, and forty-one as an adjunct social studies department faculty member for Lake Land College of Mattoon, Illinois. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including two from the State Board of Education—an Award of Merit during the1991–92 school year and an Award of Recognition during the 1994–95 school year—and the National Daughters of Colonial Wars Illinois state teacher award in 1991. In 2005, he was honored as one of fifty outstanding alumni from Eastern Illinois University's graduate program during its first fifty years of existence, where he received both his undergraduate and graduate in history.
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