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Pearl Harbor Anniversary Recalls Bravery Of Monmouth Men

Story Courtesy of Jeff Rankin, Monmouth College Historian Author and Literacy Critic. In the 20th century, two Monmouth men made their mark on history on a tiny Pacific island 4,000 miles from the Maple City—about two decades apart. The island was Oahu, and each of the men exhibited bravery of a unique sort near its…
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1958 Monmouth Retail Promo Was A Real Turkey

Story Courtesy of Jeff Rankin, Monmouth College Historian Author and Literacy Critic. (phots courtesy of medium.com) One of the most memorable Thanksgiving-themed episodes of a television sitcom closely parallels a historical event which occurred more than a half century ago in Monmouth. Mention “WKRP in Cincinnati” and fans immediately recall the 1978 episode, “Turkeys Away,”…
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‘Jack the Hugger’ Terrorized Monmouth In 1913

Report Courtesy of Jeff Rankin, Monmouth College Historian Author and Literacy Critic. (photo courtesy of medium.com) Fads come and go. Those who were alive during the 1970s, for example, remember the national obsessions with streaking, CB radios and Pet Rocks. Every generation has them and most of them are benign and eventually forgotten. Such was…
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For Generations, Hawcock’s Was ‘The Place To Eat’

Story Courtesy of Jeff Rankin, Monmouth College Historian Author and Literacy Critic. The mere mention of Hawcock’s Cafe to anyone who lived in the Monmouth area during the first half of the 20th century brings back a smorgasbord of memories. Opened in 1913 by Ernie Hawcock and his wife, Jennie, the restaurant grew to be…
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Charles Laughton

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER ASKED FOR MILK AND A BATH On a cold, winter night in 1948, a 27-year-old talent scout for Music Corporation of America was sitting in a tavern in New York City, watching television. All eyes at the bar were turned toward a broadcast of Ed Sullivan’s “The Toast of the Town,” in…
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John Nicol – Photographer

JOHN NICOL—MONMOUTH’S MAGICAL PHOTOGRAPHER Many Monmouth residents are familiar with the exploits of Will Nicol, the Maple City magician who became internationally known for making an elephant disappear. Some have heard of his brother, Charles, also a professional conjurer, who performed under the names Nicoli, Von Arx, the Great Chalbert and Chasan. But few remember…
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Civil War Widow

HISTORIC HOUSE WAS HOME TO CIVIL WAR WIDOW If only this house could speak. It’s a sentiment I often express when researching Monmouth’s historic homes. A house may hold architectural and aesthetic beauty, and may last for countless generations, but in the end it’s an empty shell. It’s up to the historian to resurrect and…
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Monmouth Physician Dynasty

MONMOUTH PHYSICIAN DYNASTY BEGAN IN 1837 “This is a pleasant location and bids fair to be a thriving town.” That was the observation of Levi H. Brown, when he visited the recently incorporated town of Monmouth in 1837. A 23-year-old Quaker from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Brown made the rigorous journey to the wilds of Illinois…
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Maple City Soap

MAPLE CITY SOAP The success story of an early Procter & Gamble soap product begins with Monmouth College. For the first three and a half years of its existence, the school that would become Monmouth College—Monmouth Academy—had no building of its own. When the decision was made in 1856 to elevate the academy to a…
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World War I – Cannon

A FORGOTTEN RELIC FROM A FORGOTTEN WAR World War I has often been called the forgotten war. Although the centennial of the first Armistice Day will be celebrated this November, most Americans remain blasé about the global conflict that led to 16 million deaths and involved four million U.S. soldiers. That was certainly not the…
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Prime Beef Festival

FESTIVAL PAYS HOMAGE TO DAYS WHEN BEEF WAS KING Most lifelong Warren County residents do not recall a Labor Day week that did not include the Prime Beef Festival. That’s because 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the local institution. While prime beef is no longer the primary focus of the four-day event, the festival’s…
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Luther Robinson

LUTHER E. ROBINSON If a statue were ever to be erected at Monmouth Park, it should rightfully honor Luther Emerson Robinson, who at the time of his death in 1945 was called “The Father of Monmouth’s Public Park System.” In a 2016 column, I told the story of how in 1916 he waged a one-man…
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