Clark County resident Dwight Connelly has recently released a book — Images of America Clark County — and will visit Marshall Public Library in Marshall, Ill., at 6 30 p.m. Aug. 13 to sign and talk about the new tome. Connelly, a retired high school and college teacher, is a member of the Clark County Historical Society, the Illinois State Historical Society, and the James Jones Literary Society. He tells the fascinating story of Clark County with more than 200 vintage images.
The Wabash River, the National Road, and later the Vandalia Railroad and other rail lines brought settlers and prosperity to Clark County. Communities like Marshall, Martinsville, Casey, Westfield, Darwin, York, and West Union all flourished.
The oil boom, which began in 1905, opened one of the most important industries in the county, and a local tank farm and pipeline both operate 100 years later. Farming has always been the main focus for Clark County; smaller grain mills having been replaced by large grain elevators, and the sale of farm equipment and supplies remains a vital business today. Yet Clark County is unique in having hosted a most unusual and successful writers colony. Located on the west edge of Marshall, the colony produced numerous published authors, including James Jones of “From Here to Eternity” fame. In addition, several other Clark County citizens have authored books, and a Casey native was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for news writing.
These and many other pieces of history are captured in Connellys new book.
Books will be available for purchase from the author following the program.
For more information or to register for this free program, contact the library at (217) 826-2535 or at www.marshall
illibrary.com. The library is at 612 Archer Ave. and is handicapped accessible; however, kindly allow 48 hours notice if special arrangements are needed.