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WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

Published semiannually by 

the University Libraries 

and the College of Arts and Sciences 

at Western Illinois University 

Macomb, Illinois 61455 

BOARD OF EDITORS 

JAY R. BALDERSON GORDANA REZAB 

DONALD W. GRIFFIN ROBERT P. SUTTON 

JOHN E. HALLWAS, Chairman 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

DAVID D. ANDERSON, Michigan State University 
MICHAEL BECKES, United States Forest Service 
RICHARD W. CROCKETT, Western Illinois University 
JAMES E. DAVIS, Illinois College 
RODNEY DAVIS, Knox College 
ARLIN D. FENTEM, Western Illinois University 
MYRON J. FOGDE, Augustana College 
FRANK W. GOUDY, Western Illinois University 
THOMAS E. HELM, Western Illinois University 
ROBERT JOHANNSEN, University of Illinois 
FREDERICK G.JONES, Western Illinois University 
JERRY KLEIN, "Peoria Journal Star" 
CHARLES W. MAYER, Western Illinois University 
DENNIS Q. McINERNY, College of St. Thomas 
RONALD E. NELSON, District Historian, 

Illinois Department of Conservation 
RONALD E. NELSON, Western Illinois University 
FRED SOADY, Illinois Central College 
STUART STRUEVER, Northwestern University 
ROALD D. TWEET, Augustana College 
WILLIAM L. URBAN, Monmouth College 
ELLEN M. WHITNEY, Editor emeritus, 

' 'Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society ' ' 
DOUGLAS WILSON, Knox College 



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Correspondence about subscriptions, contributions, and books for review should be 
sent to the Chairman of the Board of Editors, Western Illinois Regional Studies, Western 
Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois 61455. Bibliographic and other information for 
the Notes and Documents section should be sent to Professor Gordana Rezab at the 
same address. 



WESTERN ILLINOIS 
REGIONAL STUDIES 



WESTERN ILLINOIS 
REGIONAL STUDIES 

VOLUME X FALL 1987 NUMBER 2 



CONTENTS 



Special Issue: Art and Architecture in Western Illinois 
David Raizman, editor 

Editor's Introduction 7 

The Historic Architecture of Rock Island Arsenal 

Titus M. Karlowicz 9 

An Early Italianate Mansion in Beardstown 

Sarah Jane Sargent 25 

The Photography of Belle Johnson from 
Monroe City, Missouri 
Dean Howd 35 

The Contribution of Regional Arts: A Conversation 
with George M. Irwin of Quincy 

David Raizman 49 

Notes and Documents 65 

Reviews of Books 67 

Ten-year I ndex, 1 978-1 987 73 

Contributors 84 

Copyright 1987 by Western Illinois University 



REVIEWS OF BOOKS 



Faragher, SUGAR CREEK: LIFE 
ON THE ILLINOIS PRAIRIE 

By Robert P. Sutton 67 

Krauser, et al, A HISTORY OF 
ST. PAUL CHURCH, 1857-1986 

By Rev. Richard E. Trutter, O.P. 68 

Lewis, EPISODES OF A FARM BOY 

By John E. Hallwas 70 



EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION 



The three articles in this issue of Western Illinois Regional Studies are 
noteworthy contributions to the study of art and architecture in our region. 
Only one of them (devoted to the Rock Island Arsenal) was written by a 
professional art historian; the other two were prepared by a university 
librarian with some archival background and a high school art teacher and 
graduate student who became interested in the architectural heritage of 
her hometown of Beardstown, Illinois. The articles are ample testimony to 
the quality and vitality of the visual arts in the Western Illinois region 
during the nineteenth century and to the dedicated professionals and 
amateurs who study it and whose efforts will perhaps encourage others in 
similar directions. 

At one level, these articles are the written counterpart to those projects 
of historic restoration and preservation which take place in many regional 
communities. While modern communications and mass culture have 
certainly changed and even eroded the patterns of rural and small-town 
life, regional historical studies, restoration projects, and even local 
festivals and their accompanying crafts help to preserve a link to the past, 
when local artistic traditions of many different kinds flourished and were 
an integral part of the regional scene. As we reflect on the tremendous 
impact and inevitability of these changes, it is reassuring to see both 
active as well as scholarly interest in preserving our past through the 
study and preservation of monuments. I'd like to think that the articles by 
Titus Karlowicz, Dean Howd, and Sarah Jane Sargent might serve as 
models for other studies of regional monuments and practicing artists — 
studies which combine sound visual analysis, investigation of primary and 
secondary source material, a broad understanding of the history of 
American art, and a sense of the human context in which the arts function. 

In our own time, the arts depend upon sources other than the regional 
economy for support. Through a variety of programs and grants, state and 
even national agencies like the Illinois Arts Council and the National 
Endowment for the Arts provide opportunities for artists and regional 
support groups to improve the quality of their arts. An important role is 
also played by colleges and universities, whose unique resources make 
them cultural centers serving the needs of an entire region as well as a 
student population. To cite but one example, the Art Department at 
Western Illinois University sponsors a series of exhibitions, workshops, 
and related lectures at its Gallery during each academic year. Those 
events focus on such diverse subjects as the art of basketry, an exemplary 
collection of decorative duck carving, international prints and the works of 

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mainstream Modernist sculptor Seymour Lipton. The variety of shows is 
meant to embrace rather than exclude the university, town, and regional 
communities. Through the other departments in the College of Fine Arts, 
the performing arts also contribute substantially to the fabric of regional 
life: both concerts and year-round theatre productions may now be heard 
in the recently constructed Mainline Theatre, funded jointly by private 
bequest and additional state monies. One should also mention in this 
context the College of Fine Arts Development Office, whose staff assists 
individuals and groups in sponsoring arts-related projects and programs. 
Perhaps its most significant contribution in recent years was the creation 
of the Two Rivers Arts Council, which serves a fourteen-county region. 
TRAC is now virtually self-supporting, and administers a number of 
programs including four volumes of oral history (Tales from Two Rivers), 
the Shad Hill (Farmington) Arts and Cultural Center, and an "Expansion 
Arts Grant" from the Illinois Arts Council. 

In the interview included as the final article in this issue, the importance 
of regional arts and the challenge of funding them are among the topics 
discussed by art collector and advocate George Irwin of Quincy, Illinois, 
who has devoted considerable energy over the last fifty years to 
developing support for the arts. In the long run, it is the determination of 
leaders like Irwin, as well as the talent of regional artists, that makes it 
possible for the arts to enrich the culture of western Illinois. 

David Raizman 



THE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE 
OF ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL' 



Titus M. Karlowicz 



Anyone who finds enjoyment in identifying or puzzling over historic 
architectural styles will find an abundance of examples while travelling 
about in western Illinois. Smaller towns and rural areas display this wealth 
of the past as do the larger cities of Galesburg, Jacksonville, Moline, 
Peoria, Rock Island and Quincy. Although demolition, alteration and 
"modernization" have diminished the number of individual quality build- 
ings and changed the general historic character of some areas, there does 
remain a substantial amount of what is called "historic fabric." 

A man-made environment which retains its historic character by the 
appearance of its buildings and amenities provides a sense of what the 
setting may have been like during the time when growth and development 
were taking place. Some good examples are found in residential areas of 
the cities mentioned already. At Warsaw and Bishop Hill virtually the 
entire townscapes retain their historic ambience. Moreover, architecture 
In the larger sense, which includes planning in a context of landscape and 
urban development, is also evident in the several remaining courthouse 
squares and in residential districts of Quincy. 

An especially fine and unique example of large scale planning indicative 
of sound architectural thinking of the nineteenth century is found at the 
Rock Island Arsenal, where an industrial complex and a residential area 
form an integrated historic district. At the arsenal the matter of style 
narrows considerably since unified stylistic characteristics add to the 
distinguishability and unity of each respective area. Happily, it remains in 
a rather good state of preservation, so the visitor can readily perceive a 
sense of historic time and place. 

Habitation or use of this island in the Mississippi River where the river 
runs east and west at the Quad Cities of Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline 
and Rock Island, antedates the explorations of the French. The story to be 
considered here, however, dates back only to about the time of the Civil 
War when the construction of an arsenal was begun in 1863 under the 
command of Major C. P. Kingsbury. Credit for the concept of the arsenal 
complex to be discussed here, however, is generally given to his 
successor, General Thomas J. Rodman, who took command in August of 
1865. Its development continued after his death in 1871 into the 1890's. His 
successors. Captain D. W. Flagler, Colonel J. G. Baylor, and Colonel J. M. 
Whittemore, followed the established course of planned development. 

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While some of the ancillary buildings were not built, the architectural 
progrann can be considered virtually complete. 

It was the loss of the armory at Harper's Ferry to Confederate troops in 
April 1861 which generated a movement to develop a system of arsenals. 
Politicking at the national level went on for a year before any Con- 
gressional action came forth. In July 1862, an Act was passed for the 
establishment of certain national arsenals and provided funds for "three 
arsenals of deposit and repair" located at Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis, 
Indiana and Rock Island, Illinois. Later, in April 1864, an Act of Congress 
designated the arsenal at Rock Island to be one of "construction, deposit 
and repair." Adding the function of construction altered the basic premise 
significantly to include armament manufacturing not provided in the 
earlier legislation. Rather than something of a depot, the facility at Rock 
Island was to be genuinely an arsenal. 

The development which had begun in 1863 under Major Kingsbury at the 
west end of the island with construction of what is now the Clock Tower 
Building was altered radically with the new legislation. Moreover, 
Rodman's replacement of Kingsbury, who had asked to be relieved of his 
command at Rock Island, is far from incidental. The new legislation and 
elevation in rank of the command indicate that a change was con- 
templated for the Rock Island site. There is little doubt that throughout the 
politicking and development of legislation there was also a desire for a 
Grand Design which would give the arsenal its appropriate symbolic value 
of strength. 

Extensive research has not yielded any direct evidence of a clearly 
spelled out plan or any pre-construction layout of the grounds. There is 
enough inferential evidence, however, which allows us to conclude that 
Rodman and his superior. Chief of Ordnance General A. B. Dyer, had 
lengthy conferences dealing with the subject of the "Grand Arsenal." 
Shortly after Rodman's death, the Chief of Ordnance visited the arsenal 
site and conferred with Captain Flagler, presumably with the purpose of 
laying out the ideas which had begun to come to fruition under Rodman's 
command. We cannot infer, however, that either Rodman or Dyer were the 
designers or in some sense the architects of the arsenal, but it was under 
their leadership that the course was set for adherence to an integrated 
program of design and construction through several changes in the chief 
administrative personnel at the arsenal. 

During the nineteenth century federal construction projects were 
executed in the offices of a government architect in the employ of the 
Treasury Department. Additional research may reveal who the pro- 
fessional architect or architects may have been, but there is little doubt 
that this person was well versed in current architectural thinking and 
skilled in the application of its vocabulary. At the time that the project was 
undertaken and when the elaboration of the architectural program took 
place, Thomas Ustick Walter, creator of the dome over the national 
capitol, was the government architect. It would be entirely appropriate to 



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attribute the above qualifications to him and to speculate that he may 
have been the architect, or that the concept was his and the design 
developed by subordinates under his supervision. ^ 

The building which initiated the development of the arsenal in 1863, 
before Rodman's arrival, is now the landmark Clock Tower, built in the 
Greek Revival style (see map). It appears that originally this was to have 
been the nucleus of the facility which would have occupied the west end 
of the island. After Rodman took command, it was determined that the 
arsenal complex should be relocated toward the center of the island on 
higher ground. Water power necessary for the expanded role of the arsenal 
and other new needs seem to have been considerations in the decision to 
abandon the original site. The already extant Clock Tower was not 
disregarded as the change was made. Rather, it provided a focal point for 
an entry into the greater complex. Its style was consistent with those 
arsenal buildings which were to follow though they would be situated 
three-quarters of a mile to the east. A boulevard-like greenway leads to the 
arsenal proper. Its gradual upward slope enhances the suggestion of a 
grand entry and in concept is reminiscent of a thoroughfare like the 
Champs Elysees in Paris, which leads in a similar manner from the Louvre 
to the Arch of Triumph. On entering the greenway (Rodman Avenue) 
through a gateway, one senses readily its kinship to that major urban 
planning project of the nineteenth century undertaken in Europe. 

Recent construction has made intrusions upon the original formality of 
the boulevard. Enough of the open greenway remains, however, to indicate 
the ceremonial character of the approach to the new site. Upon arriving at 
the arsenal compound proper, one notes that the adverse effect of the 
intrusions is diminished. At the west side of the intersection of Rodman 
Avenue and Gillespie Avenue are the former guard house on the south side 
and a headquarters building opposite on the north side of the avenue (figs. 
1 and 2).^ These serve as an introduction to the imposing Greek Revival 
shop buildings which loom large in comparison; there are ten of them, 
lined up five on either side of the continuation of Rodman Avenue, which 
suggests something like military squads on dress parade with the 
buildings symmetrically aligned and facing each other. The formal aus- 
terity one might expect is relieved by having some of these interconnected 
so it appears that there are a pair of large structures flanking a smaller 
one on either side of the avenue. The open space of the boulevard, though 
now invaded by automobile parking, remains. An artist's rendition of a 
bird's-eye view dated from 1891 shows that the avenue through the arsenal 
complex was lined with trees on broad lawns to provide relief from the 
imposing formality of the buildings (fig. 3).* 

Although it may appear that there are three large shop buildings on 
either side of Rodman Avenue, there are indeed five. Four are virtually 
identical in design, and all were originally large U-shaped forms in ground 
plan with courts opening away from Rodman Avenue. The U was formed by 
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ARCHITECTURE OF ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL 13 

facing Rodman Avenue brought near the planes of the two terminal 
pavilions which are the short facades of the long wings framing the court 
(figs. 5 and 6). In order to relieve the repetitiousness of ten identical 
facades, two variations were introduced. First, four of the U-shaped forms 
were interconnected by units which were recessed deeper than those 
forming the U, thereby creating the impression that the arrangement 
consisted of three buildings on either side of Rodman Avenue rather than 
five (fig. 7). Secondly, the buildings in the center of each row were varied in 
their design from the others by the proportions of height to breadth. In 
addition, the fenestration was used to indicate a single story space on the 
interior and was given a modicum of greater depth to provide a greater 
sense of relief than that found in the other shop buildings (fig. 8). 

The so-called Greek Revival style is radically simplified in these build- 
ings, but is keynoted by several features; namely, the slopes of the gables 
are suggestive of Greek Classical pediments and the pilasters are 
allusions to the Doric order. A notable departure from this style, which 
prevailed in the United States between 1820 and 1860, is the use of the 
rough-faced stone. The typical Greek Revival was characterized by a 
smoothly dressed stone in masonry structure. Nevertheless, the effect is 
quite powerful and a convincing expression of strength with reference to a 
classical sense of unity.* 

In contrast to the formal symmetry of the shop complex is a residential 
area devoted to officers quarters. The two areas are separated by a large 
open space bisected by a walkway featuring a fine stone bridge (fig. 9). 
This and the disposition of the six houses combine into a picturesque 
setting with the houses overlooking the Mississippi River from a terraced 
level. Although the houses are situated at comfortable distances from one 
another generally from west to east, the arrangement is irregular and 
informal. The commanding officer's quarters and three subaltern officers' 
quarters comprise a discrete set of four buildings in the Italianate style 
which were built between 1870 and 1874. To the east are two later 
subaltern officers' quarters featuring distinct variants of Queen Anne style 
which were built in 1902 and 1905.* 

The Commanding Officer's Quarters (which Rodman did not have the 
pleasure of occupying, by the way) represents one of the finest and more 
elegant Mid-western examples of many in the Italian Villa. Again, the 
generous landscape treatment endowed the building with freedom from 
encroachment by other construction and enhanced its symbolic prom- 
inence as the residence of the installation's highest ranking officer. It is 
very much like a piece of sculpture which requires circumambulation, for 
each side is different from the other (figs. 10, 11 and 12). The exterior is 
finely crafted with use of smooth-faced stone over the walls, and mod- 
erately textured projecting quoins at the corners. Masonry surrounds for 
the fenestration are sensitively proportioned as are the brackets under the 
eaves. Adding to the elegance as well as to the overall romantic flavor are 
the verandas, some having screens and fine ironwork at the entry (fig. 13). 



14 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

The building's prominence, due to its size and elaborateness, gives it 
visual command of the setting to serve as keynote to the role the resi- 
dential area is assigned in contrast to the industrial one. 

In contrast, the subalterns' quarters are considerably more modest. 
These are located along a gently undulant roadway facing across a terrace 
sloping toward the river. The first is found approximately 300 yards down 
the roadway to the east of the Commanding Officer's Quarters (fig. 14). 
The texture of the masonry is more or less uniformly somewhat coarse 
except for the sills and heads of windows. Bracketing under the eaves 
typical of the Italianate style is absent. The broad veranda across the 
entire front of the house diminishes the cube-like proportions, and its 
ornamental ironwork adds a touch of enrichment. 

Approximately 100 yards to the east is the second of the subalterns' 
quarters and its massing is comparable to that of the first. There is some 
contrast between the fine texture of the masonry wall and the quoins at 
the corners, and the window treatment is also comparable. The front of the 
house is moderately irregular by the fact that projection of the central 
pavilion is deeper on one side than on the other (fig. 15). On the veranda 
this results in depth of two bays on one side and only one on the other. 
The ironwork on the veranda is a variant of that on the previous subaltern's 
house, but the distinguishing feature of this house is the presence of 
Italianate brackets under the eaves. 

The next of the three subalterns' houses is much different from the 
previous two. While it does have the Italianate bracketing and similar 
masonry materials, it distinguishes itself from the others by the com- 
parative irregularity of its form. Though two-storied, as are the others, the 
principal facade (front) is much more asymmetrical in composition. A unit 
with veranda, which is not screened and is devoid of ironwork, constitutes 
approximately half of the composition. The other half, to the right, is made 
up of a deep niche running through the entire elevation and a terminal unit 
at the end which comes back to the plane of the wall of the other half 
(fig. 16). 

The three general zones (the boulevard approach, the industrial com- 
plex, the open space buffer and the residential area) comprise an excellent 
example of nineteenth-century planning thought. Together they comprise 
an integrated plan with contrasting disparate parts. Having adopted the 
concept of the picturesque for the residential zone, and combining that 
with an appropriate difference in architectural styles heightens the 
contrast and goes beyond being merely a matter of formality versus 
ir^formality. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, the juxtaposition of 
the virtually unrelieved uniformity of the Greek Revival industrial complex, 
with comparative freedom of the residential zone resulted in an especially 
successful expression of work (labor or business) versus respite there- 
from. There is, in addition to an articulate demonstration of the architec- 
tural vocabulary of the time, a thorough understanding of planning which 
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environment suitable to the purposes a design is supposed to serve. In 
America, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. was the leader of the movement to 
integrate consideration of the landscape into the planning of the man- 
made environment. Rock Island Arsenal was conceived less than a decade 
after Olmsted came into prominence with his collaborative design with 
Calvert Vaux for Central Park in New York City. 

Rock Island Arsenal retains qualities which make it a truly historic 
place, architecturally speaking. There is probably enough material for a 
separate article on its role in the history of armament. For the visitor, it 
offers readily that sense of time and place which existed during the period 
of its development, for it is remarkably intact. 



NOTES 



'This article is a digest of "The Architectural Inventory" found in Cultural 
Resources Inventory and Evaluation of Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Illinois, by 
Henry B. Moy and Titus M. Karlowicz, Normal, Illinois, 1981. The portion of that work 
by the author of this article was based largely on archival materials in the U. S. 
Army Armament Material Readiness Command (AARCOM) Historical Office and on 
site study and photo documentation of the historic architectural features of the 
arsenal. Copies of the above mentioned work are available at the AARCOM 
Historical Office at the Arsenal, the Western Illinois University Library Archive, and 
the Midwestern Archeological Research Center at Illinois State University. The 
inventory and evaluation were done under the auspices of the latter, and funded by 
a grant from the U.S. Army. 

^Walter retired from government service due to ill health in 1865. That he was 
expert in the application of the styles used at Rock Island Arsenal is evidenced in 
his earlier design in the Greek Revival style of Founder's Hall at Girard College in 
Philadelphia (1833-47). Additional evidence of his knowledge of styles is his co- 
authorship of Two Hundred Designs for Cottages and Villas (1846) with J. Jay Smith. 

'Designations and uses for the buildings have changed with time. Those used 
here are derived from the original. 

'The bird's-eye view shows to the left a row of storehouses behind the shop 
buildings. Only one of these was built at the north east end of the complex (fig. 4). 

^That this expression of strength and unity had its symbolic value should not be 
underestimated. The esthetic application of the kind of unity found in the shop 
buildings is certainly appropriate just for the sake of orderliness and a show of 
organization. However, the insistent show of strength and unity also offers the 
reminder that the Civil War was, after all, a conflict over whether of not the union of 
the nation was to be perpetuated. The career military personnel of the Union forces 
were not only dedicated to the principle that it would, but we must be reminded that 
beyond the principle was the troublesome fact that those who had been colleagues 
and classmates during their military training found themselves at war with one 
another. At Rock Island especially, there was a troublesome reminder of this due to 
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addition, there were literary and poetic allusions, such as that drawn by Abraham 
Lincoln from the Evangelist Mark as early as 1858 ("a house divided against itself 
cannot stand"). His appeal in his First Inaugural Address (1861) is amongst others. 
Walt Whitman also included the theme of the persistence of the Union and brethren 
at war with one another in his poetry and in a tribute to Lincoln. 

•These should not be considered part of the original concept. Though the stylistic 
departure is stril^ing, they are separated from the others sufficiently by space and 
landscape treatment to avoid a troublesome intrusion. They will not be considered 
here. 



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Figure 1. Guard House. (Photo courtesy of author) 




Figure 2. Headquarters Building. (Photo courtesy of author) 



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Figure 3. Rock Island Arsenal. Bird's eye view of Rodnnan Avenue and shop complex 
(1891). File photo of lithograph AARCOM Historical Office, Rock Island Arsenal. 




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Figure 4. Storehouse. (Photo courtesy of author) 



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Rodman Avenue 
Figure 5. Diagram of paired U-shaped shop buildings (not to scale). See also fig. 6. 




Figure 6. One set of four paired U-shaped shop buildings as seen from across 
Rodman Avenue. (Photo courtesy of author) 



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Figure 8. Center shop building flanked by paired U-shaped shop buildings. (Photo 
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Figure 9. Stone bridge. (Photo courtesy of author) 




Figure 10. Commanding Officer's Quarters from southwest. (Photo courtesy of 
author) 



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Figure 1 1 . Commanding Officer's Quarters from northi. (Photo courtesy of author) 




Figure 12. Commanding Officer's Quarters from southeast. (Photo courtesy of 
author) 



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Figure 13. Commanding Officer's Quarters. Detail of iron work on entry porcli. 




Figure 14. First subaltern's quarters. (Photo courtesy of author) 



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Figure 15. Second subaltern's quarters from northwest. (Photo courtesy of author) 




Figure 16. Third subaltern's quarters. (Photo courtesy of author) 



AN EARLY ITALIANATE 
MANSION IN BEARDSTOWN 



Sarah Jane Sargent 



The stately home located at the corner of Seventh and State streets In 
Beardstown, Illinois, is one of the city's earliest mansions and remains a 
distinctive example of nineteenth-century Italianate design. Although 
much of the documentation for the residence is lost, the date and 
circumstances surrounding the building of the home may be recon- 
structed on the basis of secondary sources. In addition, the home 
preserves many of the stylistic features associated v\/ith Italianate villas in 
America as they are described in the pattern books of architect Andrew 
Jackson Dov\/ning. 

An early reference to the Seventh Street home appears in the Da/7y 
Illinois Star Centennial Edition of July 23, 1929. The article includes a 
photograph of the home as it existed in 1895 (fig. 1)^ and refers to it as 
"Beardstown's first mansion": 

This two storey brick building which now stands at Seventh and State 
Street was Beardstown's first mansion. When erected about 1840 by J. C. 
Leonard, banker and grain dealer, it was not only Beardstown's most 
extravagant residence structure, but it was one of the show places of this part 
of the state. It cost $24,000, and the ground surrounding included the entire 
block between Seventh and Eighth and between State and Washington. 

This 1929 reference appears to be a source of confusion in regard to the 
date of the Seventh Street home. The article mentions the year 1840, but 
later states that the residence was built "nearly 80 years ago," which 
would make the date 1849. The article also refers to J. C. Leonard as the 
original owner. Leonard's ownership and the 1840 date are mentioned 
together in later sources, but these all cite the 1929 Centennial Edition 
article. However, records indicate that J. C. Leonard did not own the 
properly until 1856.^ In 1857, Mr. Leonard was married in a double cere- 
mony which took place in the mansion's parlor.^ 

Another factor to be considered in dating the building is Beardstown's 
financial situation in 1840, especially in the banking business. During the 
late 1830's lllinois's internal improvement plan put the state deeply into 
debt. Currency depreciated, taxes were high, and business was stagnant. 

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There was widespread bankruptcy throughout the state, and money as an 
exchange was severely curtailed/ 

The financial situation in 1840 and the fact that Leonard did not 
purchase the properly until 1856 indicate that the mid-50's date is more 
likely. Unless Leonard built the structure for someone else in the 1840's, 
the most probable date for the home is 1856. 

The later history of the Seventh Street home reflects changing 
economic circumstances within the town. During the 1860's several 
surrounding counties were enjoying the financial advantage of new 
railroad facilities. Lacking this commercial advantage, Beardstown felt the 
crunch and was in a state of financial chaos. The Leonard Bank was a 
victim of this situation, claiming bankruptcy in 1866.* In 1871 J. C. Leonard 
lost the mansion.^ 

The next major resident of the home was Henry S. Schroeder, builder of 
Beardstown's Park Hotel and Opera House. ^ Schroeder owned the 
mansion from 1889 until 1907, when John T. Garm purchased it. Mr. Garm, 
a businessman and grain dealer, remodeled the interior of the home and 
resided there until the late 1930's.^ While the nature of the interior re- 
modeling is not known, he did build a garage for his Model T on the west 
side of the house. 

During the late 1930's the mansion became Mae White's Nursing Home.' 
Apparently the three-storey home never functioned well in this capacity, 
for when a flood threat in 1943 caused a general evacuation of the town's 
residents, the occupants of the home were relocated. This decision may 
have also been the result of legislation enforcing new state safety laws. In 
1946, the home was sold to the Fred Curry family, who removed the 
arcaded porches from the exterior but retained the home's basic structure 
and design. In 1965, the home was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. George B. 
(Bill) Bley, lifetime residents of Beardstown. 

The Italianate style of the Seventh Street home was inspired by British 
and American interpretations of the Italian villa. Italianate homes were 
admired for their Romantic allusions to a more pastoral past and became 
a favored architectural style in the early days of the Industrial Revolution.'" 
Andrew Jackson Downing, a prominent nineteenth century landscape 
architect and pattern book author, favored the Italian style for its "broad 
roofs, ample verandas, and arcades" which he thought were highly 
suitable for enduring the warm summer months. In his book Architecture 
of Country Houses, Downing noted that the style was "remarkable for 
expressing the elegant culture and variety of accomplishment of the 
retired citizen or man of the world."'' Such elegance is evident both in the 
Beardstown mansion's vertical proportions as well as in the prominent 
role played by ornament. The rectangular, three-storey brick home is 
broad-roofed with large supporting Italiante brackets (figs. 1 and 2). Its tall, 
thin windows are round-headed and decorated with hoods or "eyebrows" 
(fig. 3). Paying homage to the sense of balanced proportion seen in Italian 
Renaissance palaces and villas, the storey heights diminish at the upper 



AN EARLY MANSION IN BEARDSTOWN 27 

levels. This Is also emphasized in the fenestration, as the arched windows 
diminish in size at the upper stories. 

The horizontal rhythm created by the numerous evenly-spaced windows 
Is interrupted only on the mansion's front exterior wall where paired 
windows and an ornate balcony articulate the division between floors.'^ 
This division was even more apparent when ironwork ralings crowned the 
porch roofs. Although the porches were torn down earlier in this century, 
the nineteenth century entrance remains intact. Green double doors with 
matching "eyes" of glass lay beneath a semi-circular fanlight (fig. 4). The 
elaborate white trim, gracefully arched windows and doors, and visually 
rich red brick surface harmonize with the simple rectangular shapes of the 
design and vertical proportions to create the stately, comfortable ele- 
gance associated with the Italianate style. 

The mansion's interior also exhibits Italianate features recalling the 
criterion advocated in Downing's Country Houses: 

The country house or villa never has less than three or four apartments of 
good size on the principle floor. In every home of moderate size we expect to 
find a separate apartment, devoted to meals, entitled the dining room; 
another devoted to social intercourse, or the drawing room; and a third 
devoted to intellectual culture, or the library; besides halls, passages, 
stairways, pantries, and bedrooms; and bathing-rooms on the second floor. A 
flight of back stairs, for the servants, is indispensable and adds greatly to the 
comfort and privacy of even small villas. '^ 

Ceiling heights of fourteen feet and shuttered windows provide the 
mansion with the "elegant proportion and utmost comfort" that Downing 
ascribes to country homes of the first class. 

The new Italian element of "circles subordinating and contrasting with 
the horizontal" favored by Downing is found not only in exterior windows 
and the doorway (figs. 2 and 3)'* but is also featured in the parlor fireplace 
(fig. 5). According to Downing, the arched hearth, contrasting rectangular 
panel, and large mirror form a unified composition and "produce a very 
fine effect"'* (the fireplace was moved to an upstairs bedroom in the 
1930's). A complimentary but more intricate ornamental vocabulary ap- 
pears in the parlor's pressed tin ceiling (fig. 6).'^ 

The Seventh Street home also retains its nineteenth-century walnut 
staircase and newel post. The widening profile of the post and its grooved 
motif are characteristic of post designs in earlier dated homes (fig. 7).'^ It 
is interesting to note that the top cap of the post pops off to reveal a 
hollow interior. In the nineteenth century, important deeds and papers 
were often hidden inside the post. The bannister also was constructed 
with an internal wire system to facilitate repair. By inserting and rotating a 
metal tool at both ends of the balustrade the bannister posts and railings 
could be tightened. 

The Seventh Street mansion is not only a reminder of nineteenth-century 
Italianate architecture in a western Illinois community, it is also a 



28 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

reflection of Beardstown's prosperous beginnings. Following an influx of 
immigrants to the area, Beardstown developed into a flourishing center for 
Illinois trade and industry in the 1830's, boasting competition with cities 
like Cincinnati. ^B It was in the wake of this industrial and trading boom that 
Beardstown's affluent Italianate home was constructed. 

The structure has retained its grandeur through floods, the Civil War, 
economic reversals, and years of family living. It functioned well as a 
nineteenth century home, providing a comfortable living environment for 
families and servants as well as a suitable space for social activities, 
including the wedding which took place soon after its construction. It is 
fortunate that the many changes in ownership and even in the function of 
the building have not appreciably diminished its original character. 
Happily, it retains its Italianate features and is symbolic of Beardstown's 
early prosperity. 



NOTES 

^Beardstown Enterprise Souvenir Edition, 1895. 

*As stated in the property abstract on the home belonging to the present owner 
Mrs. George B. (Bill) Bley. 

'Keith Strubbe, ed., Cass County Marriages 1837-1879, Cass County Historical 
Society, 1980. 

^W. H. Perrin, History of Cass County. (Chicago, 1882), pp. 47-48. 

*C. E. Martin, ed.. History of Cass County. (Chicago, 1915), p. 711. 

'Bley's property abstract, see above, note 2. 

^Biographical Review of Cass, Scfiuyler, and Brown Counties, (Chicago, 1882). 

•7/76 Daily lllinoian Star Centennial Edition, July 23, 1929, p. 16. 

'Interview with Mrs. George B. (Bill) Bley, conducted in June, 1987. 

^''C. Rifkind, A Field Guide to American Arctiitecture. (New York, 1984), p. 50. 

"A. J. Downing, The Architecture of Country Houses, New York, 1968, p. 287 (first 
published in 1850). 

''This feature is often associated with Italianate homes. See C. Rifkind, A Field 
Guide, p. 63. 

^'A. J. Downing, The Architecture of Country Houses, p. 272. 

'"A. J. Downing, p. 380. 

''A.J. Downing, p. 373. 



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p. 56. 

'*C. E. Martin, ed.. History of Cass County (Chicago, 1915), p. 665. 



THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF 

BELLE JOHNSON FROM 

MONROE CITY, MISSOURI 



Dean Howd 



At the 1906 national meeting of the Photographic Association of 
America in Niagara Falls, twenty-five people were invited to exhibit their 
photos in a salon which was "to represent the American standard of 
professional excellence."^ Only one woman, Belle Johnson of Monroe 
City, Missouri, was invited to contribute to that exhibition. 

Belle Johnson, or "Miss Belle" as she was known, ran a successful 
photography business in Monroe City, Missouri for more than fifty years, 
and was one of only three or four women practicing professional 
photography in the state at the turn of the century. ^ Although she gained 
recognition during her lifetime, little of Belle Johnson's work survives,^ 
and her name does not appear in literature on the history of photography. 
This article provides an introduction to and a documentation of her career 
and illustrates some of her creative work. 

While she earned her living as a professional photographer making 
portraits for individuals, families, and organizations. Belle Johnson also 
produced a unique body of creative studio portraits and studies 
throughout her long career. It is primarily these images which brought 
honor and recognition to this rural Missouri photographer. Belle Johnson 
was born August 4, 1864 and raised in Mendota, Illinois. Her father was a 
successful farmer. She attended St. Mary's College in Notre Damei 
Indiana between the years 1882-1884, and received top honors for her 
excellent work in astronomy, logic and English composition. After the 
graduation exercises in June, 1884, she settled with her older sister Mary 
yvhose husband, R. Manning Walker, was a jeweler and farmer in Monroe 
City, Missouri. 

Between the years 1885-1890, Belle resided with the Walkers. There is an 
indication that she taught school during these years, but no records exist 
in Monroe City to verify this fact. In 1890 a position for a photographer's 

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36 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

assistant became available in a local studio. Since Belle was acquainted 
with the owner, she applied, with the idea of learning retouching as an 
avocation. However, three weeks after taking the job she purchased the 
studio, with the understanding that the previous owner remain a year in 
order for her to learn the business." 

Like many towns in Victorian America, Monroe City supported a 
photography studio which satisfied the demands both for portraiture and 
the documentation of town life.^ On May 1, 1890, a notice in the "Monroe 
City News" stated: "Miss Belle Johnson has purchased Rippey's pho- 
tograph gallery and will continue business at the old stead. Mr. Rippey has 
been employed to run the business."® The newspaper notice indicates the 
original owner was to remain as an employee, but this arrangement lasted 
only six months. Belle Johnson was soon on her own. 

In her early years Belle studied and read all she could since she took 
over the Studio with so little training. She did not place an ad in the local 
paper until 1894, perhaps an indication that she did not feel fully confident 
about her new profession. 

In 1903, when asked to give advice to amateur photographers, she 
stated: "As the professional, so should the amateur, read and study all 
that he can obtain upon the subject, learning thereby as well as 
stimulating his interest in the work. To the professional such help is 
second only to the conventions. Both should measure their own work, with 
that of other workers; the latter in the conventions and the former in the 
many competitions open to him."^ 

As late as 1906 and 1907 Belle was attending a photographic school in 
St. Louis to improve herself. The newspaper explains, "Her attendance at 
Conventions and Schools does not mean a neglect of duty at home, as 
some may think, but helps to keep her up to date in her profession."^ In 
1894 Belle Johnson became a charter member of the Photographic 
Association of Missouri and submitted her first photographs at their 
convention. Of the thirty-five entries. Belle placed third, "the two higher 
ones being only one-third of a point above you. In the competition were 
photographers of national reputation."^ From that point the newspaper 
mentions many trips to regional Missouri and Illinois photography 
conventions. On one occasion (in 1906) she attended a national 
convention at Niagara Falls, New York. 

Her work also appeared in invitational juried exhibitions known as 
salons, which were fashionable at the turn of the century. Her obituary 
claims she was the first woman to be asked to entera salon, a claim which 
cannot be verified here. It is enough to say that it was an honor for her 
work to be so highly regarded. Again in 1907, her work was in the national 
salon being held in Dayton, Ohio. It is not known whether she was invited 
into any other salons after that date. 

On June 27, 1907, a special edition of the "Monroe City News" stated, 
"She is an honorary member of the Photographic Association of America 
and has won and received 13 medals at the association meetings in 



THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BELLE JOHNSON 37 

competition with the photographers of the United States, including one 
from Paris, France."'" 

Belle Johnson's business seems to have been successful from the 
beginning. In 1890, Monroe City was a town of 2500 people, but she also 
drew clientele from the surrounding area including Paris and Shelbina, 
and as far east as Quincy and Hannibal. 

She was first located in a building housing a dry goods store, on the 
second floor of the south side of West Winter Street. On February 2, 1899 
there was a fire which destroyed the building. One local newspaper said, 
"Friends took charge of Miss Belle Johnson's Art Studio and made 
negatives, pictures, etc. jingle. "'' The "jingle" was the sound of her glass 
negatives hitting each other as they were being carried. Although there 
seems to have been no financial loss, she placed an ad stating that she 
would close her business in the Spring. 

In November, 1899, a large ad appeared with this headline: "A 
Photographic Chat." C. S. Robertshaw, a local cigar maker, had opened a 
photographic studio above Turner's Drug Store, and hired Belle Johnson 
as operator. The studio was re-named "Robertshaw's Studio" and offered 
"superior grade photography." On March 14, 1901, new ads appeared 
which went back to "Belle Johnson, Photographs," and C. S. Robertshaw 
was never again mentioned. From that time on she would be the sole 
owner of her business. 

In 1902 she had built her new studio above Walker's and the Monroe City 
Bank. Photographic studios during this period were often built on top 
floors in order to provide better lighting. At the bottom of the stairs leading 
up to her studio was a showcase in which she displayed photographs, and 
often exhibited her initials "BJ" spelled out with the ribbons and medals 
she had won. Upstairs an attractive waiting room was lined with 
photographs. A pair of double doors led into the Studio itself. 

A newspaper article appearing on March 6, 1902 states, "Miss Belle 
Johnson has cause to be proud of her elegant new suite of rooms into 
which she recently moved her studio. The equipment, finish and general 
arrangement of her studio is such that places it second to none, probably, 
in northeast Missouri. The floors are laid out of two-inch oak and oiled. 
The walls and ceilings are covered with burlap, ingrain paper, etc., 
selected and arranged with splendid taste. This with numerous pictures, 
sofas, rugs and piano lend a very pretty effect."'^ 

The studio was full of furniture and props, such as dolls for girls, and 
various stools and boxes, so she could create any type of staging she 
desired. There were also thick green velvet curtains hanging on the walls, 
typical of a portrait studio backdrop in that period. Along the north wall 
was a huge skylight, and people who remember going to the studio often 
recall how luminous the room was. 

Off the studio, she had her own apartment. In later years her sister Mrs. 
Mattie Hanna came to live with her. A notable feature of her apartment 
was a bay window, where she had built a window seat stretching the entire 



38 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

length of the window. There she could sit, read a book, and view the 
comings and goings in town. 

As a professional photographer in the early twentieth century, Belle 
Johnson possessed considerable technical knowledge of the pho- 
tographic process. Equipment was large and cumbersome. There is no 
record of what camera she used, but an article appearing in Cassell's 
Cyclopaedia of Photography published in 1911, may provide an indication: 
"The studio camera requires to be substantially made, rigidity and 
strength being here of primary importance, while portability is of 
secondary importance. It should have a swing back, a rising and falling 
front, and, if possible, a long bellows extension for use in copying. "^^ 
People who visited the Studio recall how she would constantly be moving 
and hauling the large and awkward equipment. 

In the early years of her career Johnson specialized in "cabinet 
pictures" produced by what was known as the "Aristo process," which the 
newspaper claimed "never fades and can be cleaned when in any manner 
soiled."'" The cabinet photograph had been in existence since the 1860s 
when it had gained popularity by presenting portraits of public celebrities. 
They came on a standard size (SVa" x 4Va") card and were popular up until 
World War I. These cards could be easily carried and stored. 

The "Aristo process" was a general term for non-albumen printing 
papers first available in 1868, and developed and marketed until they came 
to dominate in the 1890's. The process was popular since the printing was 
done by sunlight, with a matt finish. Glass dry plate negatives were used 
by professional photographers until 1912, when flat film became available. 
Knowledge of this process may explain why Belle's Christmas ads would 
yearly state, "Sun sets about half past four o'clock in December. I need 
daylight to make negatives. Please bring children for negatives before two 
o'clock." 

Belle hired assistants to aid in retouching the photographs. Miss Julia 
McClintic was one of those hired, and helped her for a number of years, 
and according to Ruby Byland was very active in aiding her employer. 
Crayons, India ink and pastels were also used in coloring the photographs, 
some work being sent to the East coast. In an article published in 1903, it 
was noted that Miss Johnson had not learned the art of retouching.'^ But, 
according to people who knew her she did much of the coloring herself. 

Like many photographers of her time. Belle Johnson signed her work. 
Ruby Byland states, "Her early pictures carry "Miss Belle Johnson, 
Monroe City, Mo." Later, she used "Belle Johnson," some typed, some in 
script. Still later, she used block letters, "BELLE JOHNSON," and the last 
ones had the two initials, imprinted 'BJ'."'^ 

Belle Johnson remained a single business woman all her life. She was 
one of the few women members of the Monroe City Business Men's 
Association.'^ In the July 19, 1919 issue of Abel's Photographic Weekly, 
Belle wrote a letter to the editor responding to the charges of dis- 
crimination against women in the photography profession. She says, 



THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BELLE JOHNSON 39 

"From my entrance into the profession I have been on a common footing 
with the men."^* She cited as having served as an officer in the Missouri 
Photographer's Association and the Missouri Valley Association as 
examples of being a full fledged member of the profession. 

Selling photography required being involved with various photographic 
formats and promotions. Over the years she advertised cabinet 
photographs, penny pictures, photo buttons, post cards — comic or tragic 
— and souvenir post cards of Monroe City. Occasionally, she had a booth 
at the Monroe City fair, and would offer prizes. For example, in July of 1903 
she offered to give away one to two dozen photos to the oldest woman at 
the fair, and the next day to the oldest man. Her reputation was well 
established by 1904 when the World's Fair was in St. Louis. She spent time 
taking photos for a publication of the World's Fair Ranch Club and a book 
published by the Missouri State Commissioners. 

Another remarkable feature of Belle Johnson's career was that she 
never retired. She continued photography up to the time of her death in 
1945 at the age of eighty-one. Her last effort was taking portraits of 
Monroe City's young men going off to World War II. Those portraits were 
published in the newspaper. 

Belle Johnson is best known as a portrait photographer who used a 
wide variety of subjects. While still-life and landscape were also within her 
range of interest and ability, human and animal subjects, carefully staged 
and controlled in terms of light, are most captivating. People who went to 
her studio recall how she would constantly move and talk and get them to 
exactly where she wanted them to be. There is nothing accidental in her 
photographs. It is this precision which makes her photographs of animals, 
and children with animals, especially interesting. 

She once advised other photographers by saying, "Cultivate your own 
methods of treatment. Your work will not be that of a copyist, which is 
never of much value. Were my desire to be realized I would be less 
trammeled, perhaps, by the thought, 'Will it please the customer.' The 
securing of rural scenes, homely occupations, character studies and the 
like is well within the easy reach of the photographer in the smaller towns. 
Such pictures are, if well done, eagerly sought for by the advertisers in our 
magazines."^' 

One area that she clearly excelled in was her work with animals. That 
must have required much patience, time and effort in order to capture a 
desired effect. The portraits of cats (fig. 1), for example, appear as 
carefully planned as if they were willing subjects. They are relaxed, 
focused and at ease in front of the camera, not allowing the presence of 
the photographer to bother them, and at the same time, allowing the 
photographer to totally capture them. 

Much of the same is true in her photographs of children with animals. 
The interaction of the human and animal subjects is comfortable and 
natural. It is as if they know each other and belong together. For example, 



40 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

the photograph of the racoon and child (fig. 2) appears to show two friends 
posing for the camera. 

One her most intriguing photographs portrays three women with floor 
length hair (fig. 3). The hair itself is the fascinating aspect of the portrait. 
The women are a secondary consideration, as they are practically hidden 
from view by their hair. Essentially, they are seen from behind with their 
heads in profile. Once the eye has centered in on their faces, then the 
question of who they are enters. Certainly, a basic inquiry about any 
portrait centers on the person or people being photographed. However, in 
this case it is the uniqueness of the subject matter, the hair, that 
transcends the individuals themselves and makes for a most unusual and 
compelling image. 

The St. Louis and Canadian Photographer once offered a critique of 
Belle Johnson's portraits of flowers: "Miss Johnson's flower pictures are 
exquisite, both in manipulation and the taste with which they are 
composed and handled. "2° Her photographs of flowers won prizes, (see 
figs. 4 and 5), and they attracted the attention of the American Annual of 
Photography in 1903. The editors approached Belle about writing an article 
centering on her methods of photographing flowers, ^^ but such an article 
never appeared. 

Belle was always in search of new and interesting subjects. Once, she 
discovered a hobo walking along the railroad tracks. Ruby Byland dis- 
agreed that the man was a hobo, but remembered him as a local farmer. 
Whatever his true occupation. Belle found him to be a sympathetic subject 
(fig. 6). The man was hungry, so in exchange for allowing her to 
photograph him she purchased him a meal. Although the photo never 
gained recognition by others, she always considered it one of her best 
works. 

Within the community and among friends, Belle Johnson was a woman 
of idiosyncracies and humor. Her personality was often expressed through 
her light-hearted pictures of animals and children. There are children 
playing, and animals sometimes performing human tasks, such as one 
photograph of a cat jumping at a typewriter as if it just had hit the wrong 
key. Her own portrait (fig. 7) possesses an intriguing sense of energy as 
she gazes past her cat. That she chose this rather informal image of 
herself to be published is an indication of her own self image. 

Bob Nickerson, a family friend, says he was invited to her home for 
dinner on many occasions, but can never recall having a complete meal. 
Once the entire meal consisted of strawberry short cake. Conversely, one 
newspaper story reported on an entire week of parties prepared by Miss 
Belle, st3ting, ". . . the hostess is noted almost as much for the 'beauty 
and good taste' of her cooked concoctions as she is for her fine 
photography." 

Belle Johnson died on July 19, 1945. Her obituary states that she 
underwent a major operation at St. Mary's in Quincy in April, and after 
several weeks of hospitalization she asked to return to the studio where 



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Figure 2. "Child (Mary Lucy Hornback) with 
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she died. Stores in town were closed during the time of her funeral out of 
respect for one of Monroe City's leading citizens. In later years, a sub- 
division of homes was built on land once owned by Miss Johnson, and 
today "Belle" street is named in her honor. 

A loss came when her studio was dismantled. Ruby Byland reports that 
all of her negatives and files were destroyed. Belle possessed complete 
files of negatives and photographs of the past owners. She often hired 
extra help to keep her files of negatives and photos labeled and in order. 
Ruby Byland states, "She had bought the business from the previous 
owner and the files were a very complete history of the time and area."" 
There are people in Monroe City who still own glass negatives and 
photographs, but the majority of her work was destroyed. 

The largest single collection of her work exists at the Massillon 
Museum in Massillon, Ohio, which owns a collection of approximately 160 
of her photos. The State Historical Society of Missouri, in Columbia, also 
owns a few photographs. The rest of her work remains in the hands of 
people in the Monroe City area. 

Belle Johnson was not a pioneer in photography, nor was she an 
innovator. However, the work which survives is evidence of a dedicated 
and very talented professional, whose contributions deserve attention. 
Living in rural Missouri, she sought and gained regional and national 
recognition by producing photographs which were considered among the 
best of her time. 



NOTES 

^Monroe City (Mo.) News, 16 August 1906, p. 1. 

^St. Louis Globe Democrat, 22 August 1899, p. 14. 

'See below, p. 12, on the dismantling of Belle Johnson's Studio. 

^A brief biography of Belle Johnson appears in Western Camera Notes 6, no. 10 
(October, 1903). In this article, it mentions that she was dissatisfied with teaching 
school. 

According to the History of Monroe and Shelby Counties, Missouri (St. Louis: 
National Historical Company, 1884, p. 308.) records of a photography studio in 
Monroe City exist as early as 1880 when William A. Bird moved his business from 
Shelbina, Missouri. It is not known, however, what happened to Mr. Bird. Nc 
information could be located on "Mr. Rippey" referred to in the next paragraph. 
Ruby Byland, who worked for Johnson in later years, refers to the previous owner as 
"Mr. Tydings." (Ruby Byland, Letter to Massillon Museum, 19 June 1969, File "Belle 
Johnson." Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio.) It is unclear just what theseqljence 
of owners may have been. 

'Time-Life Books, ed.. The Studio. New York: 1971 , p. 49. 

'Monroe City (Mo.) News 1 May 1890, p. 3. 



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^Western Camera Notes, 6, no. 10 (October, 1903). 

^Monroe City (Mo.) News 3 October 1907, p. 5. 

^Monroe City (Mo.) News 1 November 1894, p. 1. 

^"Monroe City (Mo.) News 27 June 1907, p. 2. While a complete list of her prizes, 
awards, and sales for photographs does not exist, the appendices following this 
study provide partial information from available sources. 

^^ Monroe City (Mo.) Democrat 2 February 1899, p. 1. 

^^Monroe City (Mo.) News 6 March 1902, p. 1. 

"Jones, Bernard E., ed. Cassell's Cyclopaedia of Pliotograpiiy (London: Cassell 
and Company, 1911; Reprinted., New York: Arno Press, 1973) p. 526. 

^*Monroe City (Mo.) News 24 May 1894, p. 5. 

'^Western Camera Notes, 6, no. 10 (October 1903). 

'®Ruby Byland, Letter to Massillon Museum, 9 September 1975, File "Belle 
Johnson." Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio. 

^'However there were other businesses in town owned and run by women. For 
example, after 1916, the editor and publisher of the Monroe City News, was a 
woman named Miss Anna E. Nolen. 

'«Belle Johnson, Letter to Editor, Abel's Pfiotograpfiic Weekly 24 (19 July, 1919), p. 
604. 

^^Western Camera Notes, no. 10 (October, 1903). 

^°St. Louis and Canadian Photographer, April, 1904. 

^'Mo/7roeC/fy(Mo.)A/ews 11 June 1903, p. 1. 

^^Monroe City (Mo.) News 27 October 1916, p. 1. 

"Ruby Byland, Letter to Massillon Museum, 15 April 1969. File "Belle Johnson." 
Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio. 

PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS 

DATE 

1894 Ranked third, Missouri Photographer's Association (M.P.A.). Reported 
Monroe City News, 1 November 1894, p. 1. 

1895 Won medal from Missouri Photographer's Association reported in Monroe 
City News, 1 July 1897, p. 3. 

1897 Secured second medal in Class C for Cabinet work M.P.A., Pertie Springs, 
Mo., reported Monroe City News, 19 August 1897, p. 1. 

1899 Invited to attend Illinois Photographer's Association, Springfield, Illinois. 
(Monroe City News, 12 October 1899, p. 1.) Medal is shown in photograph 
from Massillon Museum. 



THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BELLE JOHNSON 47 

1901 Won prize in the Chicago Record-Herald's contest for best annatuer pho- 
tographs of flowers for table decoration. Reported Monroe City News, 22 
August 1901, p. 1. 

1902 Gold Medal, M.P.A., Pertie Springs. Reported in Monroe City News. 18 
September 1902, p. 1. 

1903 Awarded First Prize in the Continuous Camera Contest of the Buffalo (N.Y.) 
Express. These awards mentioned in Monroe City News 26 February, 1903, 16 
July 1903, and 8 October 1903. 

1903 M.P.A. gold medal in Class E — that of views. Reported in Monroe City News, 
16 July 1903. 

1905 M.P.A., Springfield, Mo., two medals, in the commercial and portrait classes. 
Reported in Monroe City News, 22 June 1905. 

1906 M.P.A., Excelsior Springs, "a diploma of honor in one class, a gold medal for 
her baby pictures in another class, a twenty-five dollar cash prize and last, 
but best, a great silver loving cup to keep for year." Monroe City News, 28 
June 1906. 

1906 Salon at Niagara Falls, New York. Reported in Monroe City News, 16 August 
1906. 

1907 From Excelsior Springs, Mo., M.P.A. Medal from Genie Club, first prize in 
portrait class for a town of 20,000 or less, first prize in extra class (devoted to 
developing papers) and a diploma in rating class." Reported in Monroe City 
News, 27 June 1907. In the same issue, it reports she had won thirteen 
medals in total, including one from Paris, France. 

1907 Salon honors at National convention in Dayton, Ohio. Reported in Monroe 
City News, 15 August 1907. 

1916 Award for Best Picture Cover Page for a Farm Journal from Camera Craft 
magazine. Reported Monroe City News, 10 March 1916. 

1917 G. H. Croughton and Eastman Kodak use a photo at National Photography 
Association of Canada. Reported in Monroe City News, 15 June 1917. 



PICTURE SOURCES OF 
BELLE JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHS 



American Annual of Photography 

1904, pp. 107, 171. 

1906, p. 105. 

1907, p. 170 

1909, pp. 32, 53. 

1910, p. 305. 

1911, pp. 134, 211. 

1912, pp. 153, 223. 

1913, Insert p. 76, p. 120. 

1914, p. 191. 



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1915, p. 227. 

1916, p. 221. 

1917, Inserts pp. 64, 137. 

1918, Insert p. 24. 

1919, p. 9. 

1921, p. 87 and Insert p. 104. 
1926, p. 51. 

Buffalo (New York) Illustrated Express. (Title varies) 

12/28/02, p. 3 (two photos) 

1/4/03, pp. 3, 4. 

1/25/03, p. 4. 

2/15/03, p. 2. 

3/24/03, p. 8. 

5/3/03, p. 8 

5/10/03, pp. 3, 8. 

5/24/03, p. 8. 

6/14/03, p. 8. 

National Geographic, vol. 38, no. 4, October, 1920. Ralph A Graves, "Human 
Emotion Recorded by Photography," plates v and xiii. 

Sears, Stephen W., et al. Hometown U.S.A. (New York: American Heritage 
Publishing, 1975), p. 88. 

St. Louis and Canadian Photographer, April, 1904. Includes series of seven 
photographs, plus short critique. 

Western Camera Notes. Minneapolis: October, 1903. Includes three photographs. 

Wilson's Photographic Magazine., Vol. LI, no. 5, May, 1914. "Women Who Have Won 
Fame in Photography." pp. 199-209. Includes portrait of Belle Johnson, p. 
204, and two photographs, p. 209. 



THE CONTRIBUTION OF 
REGIONAL ARTS: A 
CONVERSATION WITH 
GEORGE M. IRWIN OF QUINCY 



David Raizman 



The vitality of the arts at all levels depends upon the commitment and 
the dedication of individuals who believe strongly in their significance. For 
some of these individuals, it is not enough to collect vjorks of art or to 
travel to see them. Rather they have a desire to share their own interest 
and strive to enable others to have the opportunity to make art an 
enriching part of their lives. One of these people is George M. Irwin of 
Quincy, Illinois. 

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1943, Mr. Irwin 
returned to his family home in Quincy. In 1961, he became the Chairman 
of the Board of Directors of Irwin Paper Company and the Quincy 
Compressor Company. Starting in 1947, he took an active role in or- 
ganizing arts organizations in the area. Later he worked to establish the 
Illinois Arts Council as he acquired his own substantial personal 
collection of European and American art. In 1964, Mr. Irwin devoted 
considerable energies to restoring a mid-nineteenth century Italianate 
home in Quincy where he now resides. The home showcases many of the 
finest works in his collection, now almost exclusively devoted to American 
art and the works of many Illinois artists. He retired from business in 1971. 

In this interview, conducted in his Quincy home on September 1, 1987, 
Mr. Irwin discusses primarily his own involvement in the arts spanning 
more than forty years. The interview focuses upon the role of art (both fine 



*The author would like to thank Donna Wynn of the Art Department at Western 
Illinois University, whose transcription of the taped interview great^y facilitated the 
preparation of this article. 

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50 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

art and more popular forms as well) In the western Illinois region, and the 
ways in which it contributes to the welfare of the smaller community. The 
interview documents many of Mr. Irwin's own efforts to promote the arts at 
the local and state levels, and offers some suggestions for improving the 
level of general cultural awareness at the regional level. 

Raizman: You've had a long history of involvement in the visual arts, 
both as a collector and as an advocate at the state and national levels. I 
wonder if you could recall what experience first attracted you to art, and 
how that attraction developed from an interest into something resembling 
more of a passion. 

Irwin: Actually my first interest was in the performing arts area, though I 
did enroll in a few classes at the Quincy Art Center as a grade school 
student. I got interested in playing in the high school band and orchestra 
as a clarinetist and did some student conducting; I also went to the 
National Music Camp at Interlochen for several summers, back in the 
1930's. When I got to college, I didn't take music or art courses, but I did 
play in the University of Michigan concert band and marching band. The 
visual arts activities didn't come until well into those college years. I 
particularly remember an exhibit of watercolors by John Marin (American, 
1870-1953) at the university museum. I came very close to calling home 
and asking my father if he would loan me $1,000 so I could buy four of 
them. Of course, in retrospect, I was a fool not to have done that. I finally 
bought a Marin watercolor much later and for much much more money 
than that, but that exhibit stimulated my interest. When I graduated from 
college, I decided to return to live here in Quincy. The Quincy Art Center, 
operated by the Quincy Art Club, had a very aggressive traveling exhibit 
booking program, and that was back in the days when people like the 
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and the Museum of Modern Art in New 
York were sending out traveling exhibits designed for small museums and 
art centers. You didn't have the prohibitive insurance and other problems 
that you do now. So it was really from those early traveling exhibits that I 
decided to purchase my first painting, a gouache by the English artist 
John Piper, from one of those traveling shows. After that I started doing a 
little traveling. I became acquainted with a gallery in New York from whom 
I had bought this work — the Curt Valentine Gallery — and it just sort of 
took off from there. 

Raizman: And what year was that? 

Irwin: That was in 1950. 

Raizman: It's interesting to learn that the interest you developed in 
college didn't dissipate when you returned to Quincy because there was 
an active traveling exhibition program in the region. That leads me to 
inquire about your views concerning importance and strength of regional 
art centers. 

Irwin: There's no question about their importance, and of course the big 
problem with a lot of them now is finding the money just to book these 
exhibits, or to provide adequate spaces in which to hang them. That's one 



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of the problems that the people here in Quincy are facing right now while 
they're planning a half-million dollar addition to the little 1887 wooden 
carriage house that they're in at the moment. They can't get some exhibits 
that they might otherwise afford because of the nature of the structure, 
being wooden, subject to fire and just not that safe for a lot of these 
shows to travel. That's been brought about, I think mostly in the last ten 
years, by the terrific increase in the value of art of all kinds. But nothing 
beats the live object — color slide presentations or other types of 
reproductions simply don't do it. You don't have the same kind of emo- 
tional or general visual experience that you do when you look at the real 
thing. 

Raizman: So economic conditions mitigate against the growth and 
stimulation of the visual arts. 

Irwin: I think it's really the responsibility of larger centers (and they don't 
have to be that much larger) that do have quality work in their private 
collections, to make these available to smaller centers, either in organized 
shows or in the loan of occasional or several works. We've done that over 
the years with the Illinois State Museum, the Krannert Art Museum in 
Champaign, and other regional museums. Actually these larger museums 
— well I would include Macomb, too, because the Western Illinois 
University Art Gallery is a fine facility with an interesting permanent 
collection — can help some of the smaller groups. In many cases they 
have trained professional staff, or it might be an artist who's got a part- 
time job there. In the Quincy case there is not trained staff, just a part-time 
secretary, that's about all they can afford at the moment. But I think that 
dealing with the larger institutions that will make things available — those 
larger institutions can help, and in fact train volunteers in how to mount 
exhibits and the care and handling of art work, and just some professional 
guidelines to go by. Larger regional museums have an educational 
responsibility to let people know what they have — in effect to tell people 
how to go about organizing and hanging exhibitions and offer other kinds 
of advice. A lot of these small regional or local centers don't have that 
much imagination, and are in need of new ideas. There's a need, for 
instance, for exposure to more than just regional artists' work. I'm 
certainly not putting down regional artists, but there are a lot of fine 
professionals, mostly on a faculty somewhere in a college or university. A 
community should not be satisfied with just showing its Sunday painters 
or its part-time painters or sculptors. There's a lot more to what goes on in 
this country than what happens within a 150-mile radius of a given place. 
Most small centers tend to be a little lazy and not aggressive enough to 
look further for new kinds of visual experience. 

Raizman: In other words the larger regional centers can act as a liaison 
between the small community and the greater international world of fine 
art. 

Irwin: Exactly. And if those intermediate-level museums with pro- 
fessional staff, climate control and all those things are in the good posi- 



A CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE M. IRWIN 53 

tion to be the borrowers from even the bigger institutions like the St. Louis 
Art Museum or the Chicago Art Institute, the liaison can work in that way 
too. 

Raizman: That's true. Now the lack of this kind of network would result 
in cultural isolation. Without these liaisons, places like Macomb or Quincy 
would not offer enough for the artist or art-going public to remain 
stimulated. And yet your own career indicates that you haven't felt this 
isolation. Living in Quincy was your decision when you could have 
presumably settled in another place which offered more contact with fine 
art. Yet you've chosen to live here, which means that you must believe in 
the ability of communities such as this to have a viable cultural life. 

Irwin: Well I know it can work. Several years ago — it was 1969 to 1972, a 
four year period — the Quincy Art Club received a grant to hire a 
professional director and money to put together exhibits. There was a lot 
of co-op exhibit work going on then with Western Illinois University and 
the Quincy group, with the Springfield Art Association, with the Illinois 
State Museum, and we brought a number of major artists to the region for 
lecture demonstrations, slide shows, exhibits of their work, and it was all 
organized so that the artist or the exhibit came to one institution and was 
automatically booked at the other two. So when you do things on even that 
kind of an expanded regional booking basis, you're just like performing 
artists. It's much better if you can offer a violinist, say a week or two 
weeks of engagements. He cuts down his travel time, he just has to go 
from one town to another in a restricted area, so you're not spending a lot 
of money on bringing him here from New York or California. The same is 
true with the visual artist. You can offer a more interesting package while 
you get a better response and better quality of work. Then at the same 
time, the individual that is in a somewhat isolated community like Quincy 
has to also take the initiative to go to the larger cities occasionally and 
see what's going on, and buy a few art magazines to make himself aware 
of what is happening so he will make better buying judgments when he 
gets involved with the local efforts. And as I say, if people don't make 
these extra efforts, they sort of fall into the easy path of doing what they 
did last year, and that's not good enough. One must always try to find 
something a little more challenging and a little more interesting. These 
cooperative efforts, like planning something in harmony with other com- 
munities, produce something greater than several little isolated things 
done by themselves. You see there's really no limit, and I would almost say 
that in terms of dollars, if you generate the ideas and do the planning. I 
always take the position that if you do the idea work, do the professional 
planning, and the good management planning, too, the money will be 
there. 

Raizman: So you basically are an optimist? 

Irwin: Oh, sure. People generally don't work hard enough at these 
things, or don't stop and think it through. I'm afraid this is true with some 
larger arts organizations, too, in big cities, because I've had experiences 



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with those in Chicago and New York with a number of national and state 
boards, and I've seen some comments made and decisions proposed on 
some of those boards that are just as shallow and not well thought out as 
anything that floats out of a small community board meeting. But the more 
people you have on your board that have some background and knowledge 
and some experience, the more balanced the end result will be. If 
everybody is sitting there with no experience at all, you're going to get 
some pretty bad decision making. 

Raizman: How would you characterize what it is about the arts that 
make them worthwhile? What do they contribute to the life of the 
community that they might not otherwise have or that they might not get 
somewhere else? 

Irwin: Personally it's an emotional response to something, it's a 
stimulus when you look, a satisfaction you get, even without training. And 
the more you see the more you hone your perception and abilities. But it's 
just this response of feeling good or even maybe feeling agitated or 
feeling offended at something, and then stopping to think, "Now why does 
that picture bother me?," for example, or "Why did that musical 
composition bother me?" And if they'll go beyond the initial reaction, 
whatever it might be — good, bad, or indifferent — then they're starting to 
learn, and starting to get some kind of basis for making even more 
sophisticated judgements. I think the whole basis of quality and 
establishing quality standards — anybody can do it, but most people are 
hesitant to do it because they say, "Oh gosh. I don't know anything about 
that," or the other response, "I know what I like," which really means, "I 
like what I know," so that the mind has to be open to new ideas. It doesn't 
make any difference to me. I'm perfectly at home with a realist painting as 
well as with a completely non-objective one as long as I feel the artist 
knows how to draw. You don't always have to know, "What does that 
painting mean?" Really, it means a lot of different things to a lot of 
different people. I think the more you stick labels on pictures, probably the 
worse it is because you restrict the viewers in slots, as you're locking them 
into a narrower reaction. 

I also think it increases one's tolerance and the ability to think or to 
respond. It's creating a better person. You can do it through formal edu- 
cation; you can do it through informal education, like one gets in a gallery 
or from listening to a concert, or seeing a good play, or just reading good 
literature. 

Raizman: I'm interested in finding out a little bit more about the history 
of your collection and also about your involvement as a citizen of the 
Quincy community and what you've done to promote awareness of the 
arts over the years. 

Irwin: As I said, I started collecting in 1950, mainly as the result of 
seeing a John Piper gouache (British, b. 1903) in a Museum of Modern Art 
show, and then making the conscious decision that I would like to collect 
more art. At that time there were almost no galleries in Chicago or St. 



A CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE M. IRWIN 55 

Louis, SO I began making more trips to New York, and finally other 
galleries started to grow in St. Louis and Chicago. At first, I started 
collecting name European artists, and primarily works on paper and 
sculpture that I seemed to respond to a little more strongly than I do 
paintings. And so that's what I did for the first half dozen years or so. I 
didn't buy any American work for a while. I wish now I had done that a little 
more strongly. During the 1950's I started reading several art magazines 
and found out that there was a great deal going on in this country in the 
post WWII period. Although I became acquainted with 19th-century 
American painting as well (I owned paintings by Kensett and Moran which 
I've since sold), I eventually decided to stick with the 20th century, and I 
gradually worked toward collecting all American works, which I've 
probably done now for the last ten or fifteen years. I've sold off probably 
most of the European pieces that I had. There are still a few around, as you 
can see. Some of them will stay, some will go, but that was the general 
framework. 

In the late forties and fifties, the whole Community Arts Council de- 
velopment started. It was first at the community level, and I was involved 
In starting the one here in Quincy which turned out to be the first one in 
the country, although we didn't know that at the time. We just knew that 
there was a need for some coordinated work in the arts, and we wanted to 
avoid scheduling conflicts among the groups who supported various art 
activities in the community; that's how it began. 

Also, in 1960 the New York State Arts Council was formed, primarily 
through Nelson Rockefeller, who initially funded it until it received state 
support. At that time I was involved with the National Board of the 
American Symphony Orchestra League, because I had started and was 
conducting the Quincy Symphony Orchestra here. The director of that 
organization became interested in this community council movement 
which was starting to pop up here and there as a result of a transplant 
from the British national-government-dominated approach to arts councils 
and the Canadian experience, which was mixed — both provincial and 
national. So we had some sessions and became acquainted with other 
people who were doing this community arts council work too. The Junior 
Leagues of America also were a big stimulus at this time, but they were 
only in communities of 50,000 people and over, so we didn't see anything 
of them around here. And then a group of us formed our own organization 
which is now known as The American Council of the Arts, and I served as 
the first chairman of that for a number of years. That office is still active in 
New York City and has greatly expanded. That gave me a chance to look at 
other galleries, and I saw a lot more contemporary American work and 
also some early 20th century American work as well, like the Bellows 
lithographs that I have, and a number of other pieces — Hopper and other 
American Realists. I guess at that point, it sort of crystalized my thinking 
that trying to spread between Europe and the United States was just too 
much, and that's where I started to work toward acquiring just Americans. 



56 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

Raizman: So your collecting was influenced by your advocacy for the 
arts at the state and national level because that experience brought you 
into contact with works that you wanted to purchase. 

Irwin: Oh sure, it did have a lot to do with it. And then when we formed 
the Illinois Arts Council (the first committee meeting took place in 1963, 
followed by legislation in 1965), I served as chairman seven or eight years, 
and we started an office in Chicago, so I was more and more in Chicago. 
One of the first things we did was to organize traveling exhibits by Illinois 
artists, because very few of them had gallery representation at that time. 
There were only one or two galleries. One gallery I remember well, which is 
no longer in existence in Chicago, was pushing Illinois based artists, and 
the place to find them then as now is in colleges and universities. Most 
every small college has got at least one pretty good artist in its art 
department. Sometimes that's the whole department. And the expansion 
of colleges and universities, and so-called artist-in-residence programs, all 
of that has helped. So I got acquainted with a lot of Illinois artists that way 
through the traveling exhibits and bought a lot of my Illinois artists 
collection directly from the artists. And I've probably got fifty or sixty 
different Illinois artists in the collection. A lot of people have moved by 
now, but a lot of them are still here. That was sort of the way it formed — 
not all that consciously, it was just a matter of experiencing over the years 
which way I wanted to go. 

Raizman: The budget of the Illinois Arts Council comes from the state, 
and that means in effect that people's tax dollars are used for this kind of 
cultural enrichment. 

Irwin: Primarily, yes. They do receive federal monies in the amount of 
about seven million dollars from the state now, and a modest part of it 
from the National Endowment for the Arts, too. 

We started out the first year with a two-year appropriation of $25,000, 
and with that money we hired a director and a secretary. The Governor 
gave us free space in his office in Chicago, so we had to go out and get 
private grant money to underwrite the programs, which we did. They still 
may do a little of that, but not too much anymore. Most of our program 
monies came as a result of the private grants from corporations and 
Illinois based foundations. That was another great avenue for me to get 
acquainted, because at that time I started to do a lot more traveling 
around the state, and I'd go to openings of exhibits that we were 
sponsoring in different areas, or I would go to, say, an opening at 
Lakeview in Peoria or the museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, or Urbana, or 
wherever, just to get acquainted with what was happening. 

Raizman: Then you were really involved at a very early stage in the 
movement of public funding for the arts. That was a rather new idea. 

Irwin: Oh yes. A lot of us lobbied quite a bit, and I testified in Congress 
on the first National Endowment for the Arts legislation back in 1965. 

Raizman: What were some of the arguments, the gist of the statements 



A CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE M. IRWIN 57 

that were made to convince Congress and the state legislature to allocate 
state or federal monies to promote and support the arts? 

Irwin: Some of it was just pressure. I remember one state senator who 
was primarily interested in his nearest state university. He was a Re- 
publican and our director was a Democrat. I'm a Republican, so we worked 
different sides of the aisle, and this guy we are talking about was quite 
conservative. I had asked a couple of my friends to talk to him because he 
was a key person on the Appropriations Committee, and he finally said, 
"All right, I'll support your appropriation for $200,000, but don't ask for any 
more than that or I'll vote against it." That gives you an idea of what was 
going on. To answer your question, we used several arguments as I recall. 
One was to note that the resources in the state were all stacked up in 
Chicago, and there are a few in Springfield, Peoria, and in Rockford, but 
really that's not fair to people in the rest of the state. "We've got to be able 
to get some more of these resources spread around and give people in 
your community. Senator, or your community, Mr. State Representative, a 
chance to hear a good concert or see a good play, or see a good exhibit of 
art particularly by our Illinois artists." We used that angle, too. The Illinois 
artists are voters too. So we worked those arguments, and just the need 
for people to see more art, reminding legislators that the arts do help the 
quality of life in their communities, and that the legislators can get credit 
for helping us bring this to several of your towns, and look, the money is 
peanuts compared to paving a mile of highway, and we tried to make 
contrasts like that. 

For a while it wasn't how much money we were going to get but whether 
or not the council should exist at all. This started under Governor Otto 
Kerner who gave very good support to it, and made his best staff available 
to us so we always knew what people to talk to and when the hearings 
were going to be, and all that kind of information. It was a slow process for 
a while. But now the fact that it is established I think is pretty well 
accepted. The question is, just how much? But we've tried to do as much 
diversity as possible. We've had a couple of small exhibits from the Art 
Institute that traveled, and the first program that we sponsored was the 
Chicago Symphony in Springfield, Illinois, sponsored by the Springfield 
Chapter of the National Secretaries Association. So we tried to be as 
diversified as possible. There wasn't much theatre; it was mostly at that 
point music, some small ensembles, and we stuck with as quality a 
product as we could put together. 

Raizman: Are you pleased with the history of the Illinois Arts Council 
and the projects that they have been able to fund over the last two 
decades? 

Irwin: Generally yes. Occasionally there have been some problems, 
mainly because of inept leadership either at the volunteer or at the staff 
levels, which happens in any organization from time to time. It has gotten 
a little too political at points, but I think overall it's been very good. There's 
certainly been a good growth period with no major catastrophies. There've 



58 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

been a few minor ones once in a while, when some senator or rep- 
resentative didn't like a grant that we gave to somebody because we might 
have been a little too liberal, particularly in the literature area. But beyond 
that, I don't recall that really major problems developed in any year. Of 
course now the business of supporting the arts is a lot more recognized 
than it was back in the sixties or even the early seventies. The national 
growth picture has helped — you read a heck of a lot more in newspapers 
and magazines about what communities are doing to support their arts 
organizations, and that kind of thing is very helpful because if someone 
can read in a magazine or a newspaper what another community, maybe 
even the same size town or certainly less than metropolitan size, is doing 
in the arts areas, it might give some local people a chance to say, "Gosh, 
we could do that." This is true in architecture, too, and in historic 
preservation. After all, architecture is an art form as well. To give people 
examples of what they can do, sometimes to present an argument and 
make a case for something, can be very difficult if you can't point to 
successful examples elsewhere where someone has done something of a 
similar nature. Anywhere in the country, it doesn't make any difference 
where it is, just showing that community involvement and organization 
has gotten something done which might be bigger than the town thought 
that they could do. That's one of the things that has always intrigued me. I 
think the community generally can always do a lot more than they think 
they can in a lot of areas. 

Raizman: I'm glad you mentioned architecture because it is a resource 
that's just there in almost every western Illinois regional community. 

Irwin: Oh sure. As a matter of fact, that's really the only art form that 
you'll find present in practically any town or village of any size. There are 
always a couple of good buildings in any community, and to get people to 
respect those and think of ways that they might be recycled — it doesn't 
have to be for the original use — a house can become an office, or it can 
become a museum, or a store, or a store can become living quarters. But 
again, recognizing what the esthetic aspects of the structure are requires 
just a minimal knowledge of architecture. Nobody has to be an expert. Of 
course Quincy has got this great wealth of architecture, I think more than 
any other community in the state except the whole Chicago area, but 
that's 5 million people up there. But I don't know of any other town, 
including Galena, that has the scope, quality, and breadth of what we have 
here in Quincy. And getting people to appreciate that, living in it, using it, 
but respecting the structure and not slapping a porch on that's not 
properly designed or certainly not putting aluminum siding on, and things 
like that, or even using paint colors appropriate to the period. You have 
lots of choices. It's just a matter of doing something that is appropriate to 
that period. 

Raizman: Yes. I think that in terms of architecture that it is a living 
tradition as long as we continue to recognize and preserve it. 

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A CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE M. IRWIN 59 

that's like listening to a record or looking at a painting on a printed page. 
It's not the same thing. 

Raizman: And the aesthetic sensibility that is behind good architecture 
continues through the widespread efforts to remodel or restore. 

Irwin: Yes. Renovated, restored, recycled, whatever word you want to 
use. Quality in architecture can be a part of any regional arts program. And 
something else, arts facilities should not be housed in a lousy building. 
You've got to do something to improve the quality of space they are in, 
restore the facade, or if it's an undistinguished building, maybe have a 
new facade constructed, or do a sensitive job on the interior, even if walls 
get moved. Because that makes a statement of what you are, in a way — 
the space that you occupy. It's true with a home. If somebody is careless 
and doesn't keep up the house, and lets a porch railing fall off, that says 
they don't really care. But if they're concerned about it and keep it neat, 
even if it just needs a coat of paint, if a thing is kept neat and clean, and 
inappropriate changes are avoided, then that to me says a person does 
care a little bit, even though they might not have enough money to do 
everything they want to do with it. 

Raizman: I've been living in Macomb for a few years now, and one of the 
things that's affected me most about small-town living is the self- 
sufficiency of the average citizen. It must be a carry over from pioneer 
days. 

Irwin: I think that's right, because for a while people were sort of 
forgetting what to do. But again, stimulated by a huge Interest in historic 
preservation and the availability of reproduction hardware, all this is 
encouraging the "do it yourself-er," and that spills over into all kinds of 
areas. 

Raizman: I guess the Ideal would be that the level of skill coufd be 
matched by the level of aesthetic sensibility, because the skill In Itself 
isn't always sufficient. 

Getting back to the part of the question that we haven't touched on, 
what do you feel about the importance of your own background, and the 
way in which your upbringing in Quincy shaped your interest in the arts 
and your career in general? 

Irwin: When I went to college I was a speech major and was thinking 
about going into radio broadcasting, and then in my senior year I decided 
not to do that. I made a conscious decision to come back here and work in 
the family business and have some time to get into community activities, 
because I felt an obligation to do these kinds of things and there were 
certainly lots of opportunities; even though some of the organizations 
didn't exist, we created them and developed activities that are still going 
on. So I had this kind of overriding commitment to do something. 

Raizman: Was that sort of a family tradition? 

Irwin: My grandfather had always been very active in a lot of community 
organizations. He got manual training started in the public schools years 
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out, and those kinds of things. So probably that was inherited, and both 
my father and mother encouraged me to go into these l<inds of activities, 
so that was probably the reason I did that and had some spare time that I 
could use and devote to these activities and see that the need was there. 
The first stimulus was the fact that I had played clarinet all these years, 
then I come back as an adult and asked myself, "What do I do with it?" 
There was nothing around, so we created some organizations — first a 
chamber music group, and then that gradually developed into the 
symphony. It spilled over into the visual arts areas, too. You get to looking 
around and think, "What else is there that one might do?" My interest in 
architecture has come more recently, in the last twenty or twenty-five 
years. 

Raizman: Since you purchased this home? 

Irwin: No. It started before that. I was working on another Italianate 
house. It was built in 1872. This one dates from 1857. Now I'm trying to 
clear out some space, because I'm getting to the point in life where I've 
got to start getting rid of some things. I'm thinning down the collection, 
too. It got up to about 500 pieces and that was too much because there are 
a lot of unframed prints and portfolios, and a number of framed things just 
sitting in closets. I do move things around, but still there is a lot of art that 
doesn't get looked at very often, so I'm trying to cut back, and I think I'm 
down to about 400 pieces now. 

Raizman: There's another issue I'd like you to comment on. Here in your 
living room, I'm looking at a Cezanne lithograph and if I turn my head 
slightly I see a brush drawing by Matisse. These are all works of estab- 
lished fine art. We've also been speaking this morning about architecture, 
and that's more of a regional and grassroots tradition. But there's another 
more popular level at which art functions, for instance, the trade in 
antiques or even the flea markets and collectible shows. This in turn 
touches upon the promotion of art at a local level through festivals and 
tourism that we find in events like the Spoon River Drive. What thoughts 
do you have about these movements? 

Irwin: I'm all in favor of getting art out of the museums and displaying it 
in other settings where people are accustomed to going. Now in a big city 
It's different. Sometimes you've got to limit the crowd to view the exhibit. 
But in smaller communities, you really are out beating the bushes to get 
people to come and look at what you have. So it seems to me that it's a 
good idea to place art in settings where people go customarily, in a bank 
or savings and loan association. Even in some kinds of stores or lobbies of 
buildings where there is some degree of control. Certainly the display of 
local regional artists in situations like that is always good. And 
communities can do a lot more of that. There's a lot of that going on 
around here. Both hospitals, I think, show work in their lobbies, and a 
couple of the clinics do, and a few places like that — the lobby of a 
community college. The more of that, the better it is because people then 
will see art in a context really I think for one of the reasons it was done. 



A CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE M. IRWIN m 

and that is to be seen by people. It doesn't have to be In a private home or 
In a museum where you pay a few dollars or even if you get in free. If 
somebody sees art as they're going to get their groceries or as they're 
going to do their banking or whatever they're going to do, you know there 
are impressions that will last, and I think that that's certainly a good way 
of improving the quality of life. 

The problem now with the value of the art object zooming up so much is 
that you do have to have some restrictions and some areas of control. 
We're right in the middle of planning now an exhibit of quilts which will 
open in the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design as our big fall 
exhibit in early October here in Quincy. In a number of cases lenders are 
quite flexible, but for others we have to put some of the quilts behind glass 
or hang them out of the reach of anybody so there can be no touching, 
because just oil from the fingers of a lot of people will react on the quilt 
surfaces. And lenders of more valuable work are naturally more appre- 
hensive about where it's going to be put. But to the extent that it's pos- 
sible, I think communities can do much much more than they do in getting 
art out and putting it in public places. And even an occasional sculpture in 
a public place, not necessarily a statue of the local "leading light." Of 
course, the whole program of Art in Public Places of the National 
Endowment is a good example of this thing operating on a higher level. 
But in that case you're talking about very expensive pieces, primarily 
sculpture, in community settings. But art that is bought by corporations 
and displayed in their offices and their lobbies is certainly a valuable 
trend. I was reading an article recently about the Chase Bank collection 
which has its own curator, as do many of these corporate collections, and 
their curator will spend up to two million dollars a year on the purchase of 
art work. So there are a lot of sources whereby these things can be done 
and the average person can see art. He doesn't have to buy it himself, and 
the more that's made available, the more you develop an appreciation or at 
least you stimulate an interest in the office worker, or even the factory 
worker who sees it as he checks in. That then might encourage him to go 
and look at what's in the more formal setting at the local art center. 

Raizman: Certainly the museum and the art center don't have to be 
restricted by always hanging and mounting sculptures, lithographs, prints, 
or paintings on walls. There are aesthetic qualities to objects like 
collectibles that make their way, for instance into Smithsonian, and these 
are materials that can be exhibited too. There Is certainly no lack of 
enthusiasm for the local flea market which usually contains a lot of 
interesting things. 

Irwin: To get back to fostering a familiarity with fine art for a moment, 
several communities have done very well (though many have not), in 
developing a liaison with the local public schools. Most public school art 
programs are pretty dull. They tend to be artsie-craftsie kinds of programs 
and the kids seldom see a real live quality painting or drawing. Docents or 
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public schools can take paintings out to classrooms and talk with kids 
about "Here's the real thing," and respond to questions, etc. Years ago 
Rockford started one of those programs, as I recall, and it may still be 
going. I hope it is. These are important things that can be done with little 
money. Start out with the best work you can find from your local artists, 
which is one way of developing name recognition. A number of the kids in 
the class might actually know that artist and know him by name, and if 
they can see some of his work, that's even better; then you go on from 
there, upgrading things. There's nothing that beats the life experience. 

Raizman: I came here with an interest in finding out more about you, but 
I didn't expect that we'd get so many helpful and practical suggestions on 
how to expose our citizens to art. Also, so many of the things that you've 
talked about and been so involved in are being mentioned in more abstract 
form by the Board of Higher Education and other public institutions. These 
organizations often refer to "outreach" and "regional cooperative efforts" 
to improve education. Your career is an encouragement, because you've 
demonstrated by concrete example that things can happen and that 
things have been done. 

Irwin: There's one more point that ought to be made, I think, and it's also 
about arts programs in public schools. Too many administrators, it seems 
to me, and probably too many teachers as well, think of their music, art, or 
theatre programs as just for the kids that get involved in them. That really 
isn't true at all. The arts programs are for the whole school body and 
should be encouraged by the administration to provide an arts experience 
for everyone, not just a few dozen or a few hundred of the ones that are 
participating. And even one step beyond that, the fact that they participate 
in an art program, a theatre program, or a music program (chorus, 
orchestra, or band), whatever it is, doesn't mean that they are going to be 
professional musicians. A lot of educators that I've found in the past few 
years seem to hide behind this angle that, "Oh well we can't afford 
to do that because we're not in the business of training professional 
musicians." Well of course that's not a fair assessment of the issue. What 
they should be interested in is training good humanists and training good 
generalists. And the more people you get involved in these programs, even 
in a very small way, the better it is. A student can be in theatre work and be 
behind the lights or help with costumes or scenery-building, or whatever. 
And when these people get out of school, they become good audience 
members, because they've had this firsthand exposure to the arts as a 
direct participant. I think that really one of the things that got me started 
was the fact that I was actively involved in music, as the case was, in 
school. So it's a valuable tool for creating people to be better community 
citizens. 

Raizman: And insofar as Basic Curriculum or a General Education 
continues to be a requirement for a degree at almost every university or 
college, the interest in "creating a generallst" remains an ideal of the 
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A CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE M. IRWIN 63 

curricula tends to become quite specialized and technical, we shouldn't 
only be concerned with training professional artists. There's going to be a 
time when you want to do something totally different from what you're 
doing during the day, when you want to be known as someone else, when 
you want to immerse yourself in an activity that is relaxing and genuinely 
recreative. And when you've acquired a couple of these skills, whether it's 
playing an instrument, viewing art, or making it, it comes in quite handy. 

Irwin: Yes, people should take time early in their lives, and not wait until 
they retire. The more community programs that can be put out where 
people practically stumble over them as they go about their daily 
schedules, then the more these kinds of things can happen, and the more 
it will improve a community. It's just a way of educating citizens to 
be concerned with their town, to be contributing members of their 
community. 

Raizman: I imagine that's really what being a citizen means. 



NOTES AND DOCUMENTS 



The Western Illinois Regional Studies Association held its ninth annual 
conference in Peoria on Septennber 19. It was sponsored by the Peoria 
Historical Society, and the talks related to the theme of entrepreneurship. 
The conference included a tour of Jubilee College Historic Site, which has 
been recently restored by the State of Illinois. 

The tenth regional studies conference will be held in Quincy next spring, 
and those who have attended recent Western Illinois Regional Studies 
Conferences will receive brochures in the mail. Others are invited to 
inquire with the chairman of the conference planning committee: Louise 
Crede, Coordinator of Community Services, John Wood Community 
College, 150 S. 48th St., Quincy, III. 62301. 

There are annual conferences devoted to the history and literature of 
Illinois, and for those who may be interested in them and would like to 
receive future brochures, these are the people to contact. For the Illinois 
History Symposium: Dr. Roger D. Bridges, Illinois Historic Preservation 
Agency, Old State Capitol, Springfield, III. 62701. For the Illinois Literary 
Heritage Conference: Ms. Cecilia Velasco, Coordinator, READ ILLINOIS 
Program, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Illinois Center at 
Chicago, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, III. 60601. The history symposium 
is held each year during the first week-end in December at Springfield; the 
literary heritage conference is held in October at a different location every 
year. The next one will be in Chicago. 

The long-awaited fourth volume in the Tales from Two Rivers series has 
recently appeared. It is a collection of about ninety memoirs focused 
primarily on personal experiences in western Illinois early in the century. It 
includes memoirs in the following subject categories: Small-town Stuff, 
Encounters with Death, Good Times and Bad Times on the Farm, Old-time 
Politics, Immigrants, Around Home, Old-time Arts and Culture, School 
Days, Transportation and Communication, and Special Memories. Tales 
from Two Rivers IV is available through the organization which sponsors 
the series: Two Rivers Arts Council, College of Fine Arts, Western Illinois 
University, Macomb, III. 61455. The book sells for $15.95. Copies of Tales 
from Two Rivers I, II, and /// are also available at the same address. 

The Illinois Newspaper Project is interested in locating files of the 
state's newspapers, especially those which have not yet been micro- 
filmed. Anyone who has old newspaper files, or who knows about such 
files, is encouraged to contact Janice Petterchak, the Project Director, 
who is Director of the Illinois State Historical Library. Her office is at the 
Old State Capitol, Springfield, III. 62701, and her phone number is 217-782- 

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4836. The United States Newspaper Program, of which the lilinois 
Newspaper Project is a part, is funded by the National Endowment for the 
Humanities and coordinated by the Library of Congress. 

John E. Hallwas 
Western Illinois University 



REVIEWS OF BOOKS 



SUGAR CREEK: LIFE ON THE ILLINOIS PRAIRIE. By John Mack Faragher. 
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1986. Pp. 280. 

Local history is finally coming of age. And John Mack Faragher's 
extensive study of an Illinois farm community, Sugar Creek, is an 
important addition to the emerging literature of this genre of American 
history. Faragher, who has published a prize-winning book on family life 
on the Overland Trail, attempts to show, as all good local history must 
show, that the part is a reflection of the whole. He maintains that what 
happened and why it happened in one small part of central Illinois in the 
forty years before the Civil War was typical of the entire pioneer ex- 
perience in the upper Midwest. In his reconstruction of family history 
Faragher shows convincingly that the social dynamics of Sugar Creek — 
the interaction of the family with the landscape, sexual relations, the 
community's economic growth from subsistence to commercial agri- 
culture, the persistent stability of kin relationships, for example — all 
combined to give a picture of a typical frontier locale that could be found 
anywhere, and hence everywhere, in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, and 
northern Missouri between 1820 and 1870. 

There are a number of positive things which stand out in the reading of 
Sugar Creek. The author has a way with words, sometimes. At places he 
tells the familiar very well indeed. He presents in easy prose the results of 
his thorough and exhaustive research in census manuscripts, land 
records, and other archival data. He shows new insights into why pioneers 
placed themselves where they did on the land (at the "juncture of 
environments") and brings out the importance of the trivial, such as 
"moon farming," in their lives. He argues that marriage was more often 
than not based on the need to create a labor force to run a small farm. 
Simply understood, reproduction equaled farm production. He points out, 
for the first time, how frontier intestacy laws worked against allowing 
daughters ever to have a share of their father's lands. Even though the 
court might award the girl an equal portion of the estate the women ended 
up with nothing because the land was forfeited to their husbands when 
they married; or if they were married at the death of the father, ownership 
was transferred immediately to their husbands. He details a fascinating 
story of farm community interdependency in a "borrowing system" of 
sharing basic tools such as wagons, wheelbarrows, and teams. He 
convincingly demonstrates that the Sugar Creek practice of "endogamous 
marriage" or "sibling exchange" kept the land intact in large parcels 
among the same families. "Members of these families," he observes, 

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"continued to hold over three-quarters of timber and margin, lands, and 
better than a third of the newly acquired open prairie . . ." (p. 145). There 
are other gems. Political alignments and voting patterns, for example, are 
thoroughly analyzed and explained. 

On the other hand, Faragher steps into some potholes. Despite his 
readable style he sometimes runs to excess and trips over his own 
rhetorical enthusiasm and overstates the case. "Sugar Creek was a settler 
society," he wrote, "a minor example of the dynamic and fearful 
expansion of European civilization." (p. 234). Hardly. Faragher also has a 
problem with keeping his focus on Sugar Creek; he wanders. He will be 
writing, for example, on patterns of early family immigration into central 
Illinois from the upper South when suddenly he tells about the Celts, 
Angles, Saxons, and Normans. "The history of Sugar Creek," he states in 
transcendental historiography, "is part of the history of folk migrations 
. . ." (p. 52). Or, when telling about how the settlers of Sugar Creek acquired 
a warranty deed to their homesteads, he quickly, without warning, 
digresses into Thomas Jefferson, the Land Act of 1796, and the U.S. 
Congress. A third weakness is Faragher's penchant for extrapolation. He 
draws conclusions about Sugar Creek from sources either not germane to 
that place or time or, worse, totally unrelated to both. For instance, in 
drawing a picture of religious revivalism, while admitting that nothing 
survives from Sugar Creek during that period, he just substitutes as a 
historical source material from the Missouri Harmony, a frontier 
songbook, or quotes from Edgar Lee Masters' The Sangamon, a memoir of 
Illinois farm life after the Civil War. 

On balance, however, this work is an indispensable monograph. It ties in 
the part to the whole (although sometimes this is overdone) and presents 
new materials on family life on the fringe of civilization. He traces, 
systematically, the hows and whys behind that community's transition to 
a mature, commercial farm community of mid-nineteenth century America. 
It is a must for the shelf of every academic library. 

Robert P. Sutton 
Western Illinois University 



A HISTORY OF ST. PAUL CHURCH, 1857-1986. By Alice A. Krauser, Donald 
A. O'Harra, Elizabeth Roark, and Mary Lou Torgerson. Macomb, Illinois: St. 
Paul Church, 1986. Pp. 163. $10.00. 

Any journal dealing with western Illinois which omitted mention of this 
parish history would be strangely incomplete. The committee of four 
persons spent almost eight years to complete the volume. In fact, St. Paul 
Catholic Church celebrated its 125th year in 1979. 

St. Paul Parish was organized by Father Edward O'Neill in 1854. Mass 
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attended by the Patrick McGinnis, Peter Crawford, Patrick Laughlin, 
Francis Campbell and Michael McGann families. Descendants of some of 
these families are present parishioners. After three years of celebrating 
mass in the homes of members and in the old Fourth Ward School on 
Washington Street, three lots and a house were purchased from Birch and 
Nancy Maury at the corner of Johnson and W. Jackson streets. The house, 
built in 1832, was used for divine worship. 

In 1867 a wood frame church was built at a cost of $4,000-$5,000 and 
dedicated on August 11, with Father John Larmer as pastor. This was 10 
years before the establishment of the Diocese of Peoria. By 1878, the 
average Sunday attendance had grown to 80 and the annual income 
reached approximately $1,000. The present church was dedicated in 1926 
by Bishop Edward Dunne of Peoria. Father Richard Pricco has been pastor 
since 1977. 

This history is a tribute to the past, a reminder of our religious heritage. 
Some 77 black and white photos are of special interest— photos of the 
cemetery, the parish priests, Franciscan Sisters from Clinton, Iowa, First 
Communion and Confirmation classes, buildings (rectories, parochial 
school, St. Francis Hospital, the Newman Center at W.I.U.), financial 
records, recipes, various organizational officers, plus the Sacred Heart 
Church buildings at Tennessee. Records of early baptisms, marriages, 
deaths and officers of parish organizations — incomplete as they are — 
carry the reader back into the last century. 

The diligent research of the authors will prove useful for those tracing 
genealogies. For this is a social history of pioneers in McDonough County: 
Irish, German, Italian and others who arrived later. The persistent faith of 
these people in the midst of many hardships is a challenge to con- 
temporary citizens. Often even getting to church over ice or knee-deep 
mud became an all-day trek. References are made to St. Rose Church in 
Rushville, St. Bernard Church in Bushnell, and Immaculate Conception 
Church in Carthage. In 1907 Father Michael Ryan became pastor and 
served the parish until his death in 1942. His 35 years are the longest term 
of service. The idiosyncracies of this priest and the others make 
interesting reading. The association of Father John George Alleman, O. P. 
and the Mormons at Nauvoo is treated in passing. The names of 61 
Franciscan Sisters who served — often heroically — are included in the 
extensive index of names. There are, for example, 52 Sullivans listed! Up- 
to-date lists of officers of various organizations are included: Knights of 
Columbus, Home & School, Parish Council and Women's Guild. Serving 
the Peoria Diocese since its inception in 1877 have been Bishops John 
Lancaster Spalding, Edmund M. Dunne, Joseph H. Schlarman, William E. 
Cousins, John B. Franz, and the present Edward W. O'Rourke. Separate 
chapters deal with the Third Order of St. Francis, religious vocations, war 
and peace, liturgical changes and music. 

Unfortunately, there are some typographical errors to be noted, but 
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and Torgerson is a writer. Krauser and Roarl< are long-time members of St. 
Paul's, who helped assemble the information from county histories and 
records, early newspapers, and letters and diaries of present and former 
parishoners. 

Rev. Richard E. Trutter, O.P. 
St. Rose Catholic Church 
Rushville, Illinois 



EPISODES OF A FARM BOY. By Carl C. Lewis. Edited by Jerrilee Cain- 
Tyson and Victor Hicken. Macomb: College of Fine Arts, Western Illinois 
University, 1986. $10. 

Episodes of a Farm Boy is a very readable volume of memoirs by a man 
who was raised in rural Adams County, near Camp Point, and who 
evidently forgot very little about his early years. 

Lewis did not write about his life because he was an important man, but 
rather, because so much of the world he knew as a boy has passed away. 
In that way, he shares the motivation of many senior citizens, who have 
lived through decades of very significant cultural change. Surely they 
must sometimes look back over it all in amazement, as he does toward the 
end of his book: 

Good heavens! Is it at all possible that I lived in the time of Theodore 
Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, Red Grange, Charles Lindbergh, 
Franklin Roosevelt, Jesse Owen, and a score of equally significant people? 
Did I really go through the times of Arizona and New Mexico completing the 
48 states. World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, 
the Viet Nam War, the assassinations of a dozen world figures, and a 
revolution in morals and mortality? I did, and I am amazed at the whole trip. 
(P ). 

Of course, he does not deal with great world events, but with the 
everyday matters of farm and family life decades ago. There are sections 
on such common things as "Butchering Day," "Fences," and "The Grain 
Harvest," and there are some more distinctive chapters. One of the more 
interesting ones is devoted to "Building the Round Barn," which explains 
how those rare and remarkable farm structures were made. Another one, 
"How My College Degree Has Made Manure Hauling Such an Inspiration," 
is a humorous episode about a kind of learning that didn't come through 
his agriculture course at the University of Illinois. There is a good deal in 
the book about horses, which reminds us that Lewis is part of the last 
generation in the modern world to be dependent upon the horse — and to 
have a widespread affection for horses. 

The book has little unity, except that the experiences reflect rural life. 
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family relationships, which is a welcome emphasis at a time when the 
American family is undergoing significant change. As he says toward the 
end of the book, "Life is best lived in the bosom of family and all that it 
implies: love of brothers and sisters; the affection of one generation for 
another; the rites of passage as years go by; Christmas times with sons, 
daughters, nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins; births and 
burials; and memories." 

The book demands comparison with the Tales from Two Rivers volumes 
which have appeared in recent years. In fact, the physical item itself even 
resembles one of the volumes in that series. The Lewis book has more 
photographs — many more — than the Tales books, but they are neither 
as clear nor as fascinating as the public has seen in the memoir col- 
lections. Moreover, Lewis writes in a matter-of-fact style, and while he is 
always readable, his book lacks the emotional impact of the Tales 
volumes that feature a variety of shorter memoirs. 

That being said, Episodes of a Farm Boy will be welcome reading for 
anyone with an interest in personal recollections of regional life decades 
ago. Beyond that, the book could well serve as a model format for others 
who would like to produce a book-length memoir. 

John E. Hallwas 
Western Illinois University 



TEN-YEAR INDEX, 1978-1987 



ARTICLES — BY AUTHOR 

Allaman, John Lee. The Crime, Trial, and Execution of Williann W. Lee of East 

Burlington, Illinois, VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 49-66. 
Greenbush Vigilantes, an Organizational Document, X, 1 (Spring, 

1987), 32-41. 

"Incidents in the Life of an Old Pioneer": The Memoir of Fields Jarvis, 



IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 5-18. 

_. Joseph Smith's Visits to Henderson County, VIM, 1 (Spring, 1985), 46- 



55. 

Western Illinois in Charlevoix's History and Journal, VII, 1 (Spring, 



1984), 5-15. 
Anderson, David D. Illinois Grassroots Politics of the 1890's in Brand Whitlock's 

Fiction, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 163-175. 
Andrews, Clarence A. Floyd Dell in the Western Illinois Region, VIM, 2 (Fall, 1985), 

17-33. 

Illinois City: 150 Years on the Prairie, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 47-59. 

Barr, Vernon F. The Illinois Waterway, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 77-86. 

Baxter, David J. William Cullen Bryant: Illinois Landowner, 1, 1 (Spring, 1978), 1-14. 

Berfield, Karen. Three Antislavery Leaders of Bureau County, III., 1 (Spring, 1980), 46- 

65. 
Bergen, John V. Maps and Their Makers in Early Illinois: The Burr Map and the Peck- 

Messinger Map, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 5-31. 
Bishop, M. Guy, Vincent Lacey and Richard Wixon. Death at Mormon Nauvoo, 1843- 

1845, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 70-83. 
Booher, Edwin R. The Garden Myth in "The Prairies," 1, 1 (Spring, 1978), 15-26. 
Bottorff, Rachael Ann. Log Cabin Hospitality on the Illinois Frontier, IX, 2 (Fall, 

1986), 36-46. 
Bracken, James K. Sarah Fenn Burton's Diary of a Journey to Illinois, IV, 2 (Fall, 

1981), 115-135. 
Bridges, Roger D. Dark Faces on the Antebellum West Central Illinois Landscape, 

VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 67-80. 
Burgess, Charles E. Edgar Lee Masters' Paternal Ancestry: A Pioneer Heritage and 

Influence, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 32-60. 
Burton, Shirley J. The Uncertain Death of Charles Wilson, VIM, 1 (Spring, 1985), 56- 

69. 
Camp, Dennis. Vachel Lindsay and the Chicago Herald, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 70-88. 
Cannon, Donald Q. Reverend George Moore Comments on Nauvoo, the Mormons 

and Joseph Smith, V, 1 (Spring, 1982), 5-16. 
Chicoineau, Jacques C. Etienne Cabet and the Icarians, II, 1 (Spring 1979), 5-19. 
Crowder, Richard H. Carl Sandburg's Influence on Modern Poetry, I, 1 (Spring, 1978), 

45-64. 
Crowe, Mary B. The Sorority Movement at Monmouth College, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 

37-49. 
Cunningham, Eileen Smith, and Mabel Ambrose Schneider. A Slave's Auto- 
biography Retold, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 109-126. 
Davis, Rodney O. Coming to Terms with County Histories, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 144-155. 
Fogde, Myron J. Primitivism and Paternalism: Early Denominational Approaches in 

Western Illinois, 111,2 (Fall, 1980), 105-140. 
Folks, Jeffrey J. Ellis Parker Butler: Popular Humorist at the Turn of the Century, V, 

1 (Spring, 1982), 38-53. 
Frazer, Timothy. Language Variation in the Military Tract, V, 1 (Spring, 1982), 54-64. 



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Goudy, Frank W. Foreign Ownership of Farmland in Western Illinois, V, 1 (Spring, 

1982), 65-83. 
Grant, H. Roger. Recollections of the Hennepin Canal, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 50-76. 
. Utopias That Failed: the Antebellum Years, I1 1 (Spring, 1979), 38-51. 

, Gerald A. Newton and John A. McFarland. The Hennepin Canal: New 

Life for an Old Waterway, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 34-46. 
Gundy, Lloyd, Wilma Gundy and Robert P. Sutton. An Icarian Embarkation: Le Havre 

to Nauvoo, 1854, IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 19-33. 
Gundy, Wilma, Lloyd Gundy, and Robert P. Sutton. An Icarian Embarkation: Le 

Havre to Nauvoo, 1854 IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 19-33. 
Hallwas, John E. The Midwestern Poetry of Eliza Snow, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 136-145. 
Quincy and Meredosia in 1842: Charles Carter Langdon's Travel 

Letters, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 127-137. 

The Regional Essays of Jerry Klein, i, 1 (Spring, 1978), 65-86. 

.. Selected Letters of Virginia S. Eifert, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 56-82. 



Hampshire, Annette P. The Triumph of Mobocracy in Hancock County 1844-1846 V, 

1 (Spring, 1982), 17-37. 
Haney, David. John Scripps: Circuit Rider and Newspaperman, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 7- 

35. 
Hawley, Owen. Lindsay's 1908 Walking Trip, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 156-172. 
Hendrickson, Walter B. Louis William Rodenberg, an Illinois Poet, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 

176-191. 
, and John N. Langfitt. The Men's Literary Club of Jacksonville, III, 1 

(Spring, 1980), 66-83. 
Hicken, Victor. Mine Union Radicalism in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties III, 2 

(Fall, 1980), 173-191. 
Hinton, Norman D. The Poetry of John Knoepfle, VIM, 2 (Fall, 1985), 34-52. 
Hoebing, Philibert, and John Schleppenbach. The Way It Used to Be: Folklore of the 

River Men, Vli, 2 (Fall, 1984), 18-29. 
Howard, Robert P. "Old Dick" Richardson, the Other Senator from Quincy, VII, 1 

(Spring, 1984), 16-27. 
Howd, Dean. The Photography of Belle Johnson of Monroe City, Missouri, X, 2 (Fall, 

1987), 35-48. 
Karlowicz, Titus M. The Historic Architecture of Rock Island Arsenal, X, 2 (Fall, 

1987), 9-24. 
Krauth, Leiand. The Proper Pilot: A New Look at "Old Times on the Mississippi," II, 1 

(Spring, 1979), 52-69. 
Kurman, George. Spoon River Anthology in Estonia: Mats Traat's "Henriette 

Vestrik," X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 52-55. 
Lacey, Vincent, M. Guy Bishop and Richard Wixon. Death at Mormon Nauvoo, 1843- 

1845, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 70-83. 
Langfitt, John N., and Waller B. Hendrickson. The Men's Literary Clubs of 

Jacksonville, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 66-63. 
Launius, Roger D. American Home Missionary Society Ministers and Mormon 

Nauvoo: Selected Letters, VIM, 1 (Spring, 1985), 16-45. 
Joseph Smith III and the Mormon Succession Crises, 1844-1846, VI, 1 

(Spring, 1983), 5-22. 
LeIand, Bruce H. History and Dramatic Form: The Lake Argyle Project, VIM, 2 (Fall, 

1985), 53-65. 
McFarland, John A, Gerald A. Newton, and Donald W. Griffin. The Hennepin Canal: 

New Life for an Old Waterway, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 34-46. 
Mann, John. MVR at Fifteen, VIM, 2 (Fall. 1985), 66-73. 
Mansberger, Floyd, and William D. Walters, Jr. Two Houses of the Lower Illinois 

River Valley, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 25-36. 



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Miner, Pamela Olson, and Russell G. Swenson. The Character of New Small Farms 

in Western Illinois, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 83-93. 
Monteiro, George. An Addition to the John Hay Canon: A New Castilian Letter, II, 2 

(Fall, 1979), 138-143. 
. John Hay and the Western School of Literature, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 

28-31. 

. John Hay on Garfield's Deathbed Latin, Vl, 1 (Spring, 1983), 38-41 . 

John Hay's Lyceum Lectures, IX, I (Spring, 1986), 48-58. 



Muelder, Hermann R. The Naming of Spoon River, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 105-1 14. 
Nackman, Mark E., and Darryl K. Paton. Recollections of an Illinois Woman, I, 1 

(Spring, 1978), 27-44. 
Nelson, Ronald E. Bishop Hill: Swedish Development of the Western Illinois 

Frontier, I, 2 (Fall, 1978), 109-120. 
Newton, Gerald A., John A. McFarland, and Donald W. Griffin. The Hennepin Canal: 

New Life for an Old Waterway, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 34-46. 
Noe, Marcia. Region as Metaphor in the Plays of Susan Glaspell, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 

77-85. 
"A Romantic and Miraculous City" Shapes Three Midwestern Writers, 

l,2(Fall, 1978), 176-198. 
Nollen, Sheila H. Thomas F. Railsback and His Congressional Papers, IX, 1 (Spring, 

1986), 59-74. 
Park, Siyoung. Perception of Land Quality and the Settlement of Northern Pike 

County 1821-1836, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 5-21. 
Paton, Darryl K., and Mark E. Nackman. Recollections of an Illinois Woman, I, 1 

(Spring, 1978), 27-44. 
Phillips, Christopher. Peoria's Reaction to the Outbreak of the Civil War, IX, 1 

(Spring, 1986), 34-47. 
Pichaske, David R. Selected Letters From the Bishop Chase Correspondence, V, 2 

(Fall, 1982), 105-135. 
Plummer, Mark A. Robert G. Ingersoll and the Sensual Gods: An Unpublished Letter, 

lll,2(Falt, 1980). 168-172. 
Raizman, David. The Contribution of Regional Arts: A Conversation with George 

Irwin of Quincy, X, 2 (Fall, 1987), 49-63. 
Rayman, Ronald. The Black Hawk Purchase: Stimulus to the Settlement of Iowa, 

1832-1851, III, 2 (Fall, 1980), 141-153. 
Reed, Scott Owen. The Legal Philosophy of Robert G. Ingersoll, VI, 1 (Spring, 1983), 

42-66. 
. Military Arrests of Lawyers in Illinois During the Civil War, VI, 2 (Fa<l, 

1983), 5-22. 
Rezab, Gordana. Bibliography of McDonough County, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 94-104. 
. Land Speculation in Fulton County 1817-1832, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 22- 

35. 

Memoir of William T. Brooking, McDonough County Pioneer, (Part 1). 



IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 5-24. 

_. Memoir of William T. Brooking, McDonough County Pioneer, (Part 2), 



IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 136-151. 
Roba, William. Marjorie Allen Seiffert, Mollne Poet, VIM, 2 (Fall, 1985), 5-16. 

. Quad Cities Writers: A Group Portrait, Vl, 1 (Spring, 1983). 67-81. 

. Travel on the Western Illinois Frontier: The Memoir of William 

Dickson, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 60-69. 
Russell, Herb. Imitations of Spoon River: An Overview, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 173-182. 
Sargent, Sarah Jane. An Early Italianate Home in Beardstown, X, 2 (Fall, 1987), 25- 

33. 



76 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

Schleppenbach, John, and Philibert Hoebing. The Way It Used to Be: Folklore of the 
River Men, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 18-29. 

Schneider, Mabel Ambrose, and Eileen Smith Cunningham. A Slave's Auto- 
biography Retold, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 109-126. 

Setterdahl, Lilly. Emigrant Letters by Bishop Hill Colonists from Nora Parish, I, 2 
(Fall, 1978), 121-175. 

Smithson, Rulon N., and Robert P. Sutton. "Mon Cher Emile": The Cabet-Baxter 
Letters, 1854-1855, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 20-37. 

Sutton, Robert P. Utopian Fraternity; Ideal and Reality in Icarian Recreation, VI, 1 
(Spring, 1983), 23-37. 

, Lloyd Gundy, and Wilma Gundy. An Icarian Embarkation: Le Havre to 

Nauvoo, 1854, IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 19-33. 

., and Rulon N. Smithson. "Mon Cher Emile": The Cabet-Baxter Letters, 



1854-1855, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 20-37. 
Swenson, Russell G. Wind Engines in Western Illinois, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 61-79. 
, and Pamela Olson Miner. The Character of New Small Farms in 

Western Illinois, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 83-93. 
Swift, James V. The Night of the Prairie Belle, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 30-33. 
Talbot, William L The Warsaw Boat Yard, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 5-17. 
Tweet, Roald D. Taming the Rapids of the Upper Mississippi, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 47- 

76. 
Unsicker, Joan I. Archeological Explorations at Jubilee College Historic Site, III, 1 

(Spring, 1980), 36-45. 
Forgotten Images: Nineteenth-Century Gravestone Motifs in Peoria 

County, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 172-183. 
Urban, William. Wyatt Earp Was Born Here: Monmouth and the Earps, 1845-1859, III, 

2(Fall, 1980), 154-167. 
Vining, James W. Slater Burgesser and His Famous Spring, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 184- 

194). 
Walker, Juliet E. K. Legal Processes and Judicial Challenges: Black Land Own- 
ership in Western Illinois, VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 23-48. 
. Occupational Distribution of Frontier Towns in Pike County: An 1850 

CensusSurvey:V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 146-171. 
Walters, William D., Jr. Early Western Illinois Town Advertisements: A Geographical 

Inquiry, VIII, 1 (Spring, 1985), 5-15. 
., and Floyd Mansberg. Two Houses of the Lower Illinois River Valley, 

IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 25-36. 
Ward, John C. The Background of Lindsay's "The Chinese Nightingale," VIM, 1 

(Spring, 1985), 70-80. 
Wise, Daniel L. Tornadoes of Western Illinois Prior to 1875, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 152-162. 
Wixon, Richard, M. Guy Bishop, and Vicent Lacey. Death at Mormon Nauvoo, 1843- 

1845, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 70-83. 



ARTICLES — BY TITLE 

Addition to the John Hay Canon, An: A New Castilian Letter, by George Monteiro, II, 

2(Fall, 1979), 138-43. 
American Home Missionary Society Ministers and Mormon Nauvoo: Selected 

Letters, by Roger D. Launius, VIII, 1 (Spring, 1985), 16-45. 
Archeological Explorations at Jubilee College Historic Site, by Joan 1. Unsicker, III, 

1 (Spring, 1980), 36-45. 
Background of Lindsay's "The Chinese Nightingale," The, by John C. Ward, VIII, 1 

(Spring, 1985), 70-80. 



TEN-YEAR INDEX. 1978-1987 W 

Bibliography of McDonough County, by Gordana Rezab, X, 1 (Spring, 1987) 94-104. 
Bishop Hill: Swedish Development of the Western Illinois Frontier, by Ronald E. 

Nelson, I, 2 (Fall, 1978), 109-120. 
Black Hawk Purchase: Stimulus to the Settlement of Iowa, 1832-1851, by Ronald 

Rayman, III, 2 (Fall, 1980), 141-153. 
Carl Sandburg's Influence on Modern Poetry, by Richard H. Crowder, I, 1 (Spring, 

1978), 45-64. 
Character of New Small Farms in Western Illinois, The, by Russell G. Swenson and 

Pamela Olson Miner, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 83-93. 
Coming to Terms with County Histories, by Rodney O. Davis, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 144- 

155. 
Contribution of Regional Arts, The: A Conversation with George Irwin of Quincy, by 

David Raizman, X, 2 (Fall, 1987), 49-63. 
Crime, Trial, and Execution of William W. Lee of East Burlington, Illinois, The, by 

John Lee Allaman, VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 49-66. 
Dark Faces on the Antebellum West Central Illinois Landscape, by Roger D. 

Bridges, VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 67-80. 
Death at Mormon Nauvoo, 1843-1845, by M. Guy Bishop, Vincent Lacey, and Richard 

Wixon, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 70-83. 
Early Italianate Home in Beardstown, An, by Sarah Jane Sargent, X, 2 (Fall, 1987), 

25-33. 
Early Western Illinois Town Advertisements: A Geographical Inquiry, by William D. 

Walters, Jr., VIM, 1 (Spring, 1985), 5-15. 
Edgar Lee Masters' Paternal Ancestry: A Pioneer Heritage and Influence, by Charles 

E. Burgess, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 32-60. 
Ellis Parker Butler: Popular Humorist at the Turn of the Century, by Jeffrey J. Folks, 

V,1 (Spring, 1982), 38-53. 
Emigrant Letters by Bishop Hill Colonists, by Lilly Setterdahl, 1, 2 (Fall, 1978), 121- 

175. 
Etienne Cabet and the Icarians, by Jacques E. Chicoineau, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 5-19. 
Floyd Dell in the Western Illinois Region, by Clarence A. Andrews, VIM, 2 (Fall, 1985), 

17-33. 
Forgotten Images: Nineteenth-Century Gravestone Motifs in Peoria County, by Joan 

I. Unsicker, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 172-183. 
Foreign Ownership of Farmland in Western Illinois, by Frank Goudy, V, 1 (Spring, 

1982), 65-83. 
Garden Myth in "The Prairies," The, by Edwin R. Booher, 1, 1 (Spring, 1978), 15-26. 
Greenbush Vigilantes: An Organizational Document, by John Lee Allaman, X, 1 

(Spring, 1987), 32-41. 
Hennepin Canal as Community, The, by Donald W. Griffin, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 42-51. 
Hennepin Canal, The: New Life for an Old Waterway, by Gerald A. Newton, John A. 

McFarland, and Donald W. Griffin, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 34-46. 
Historic Architecture of Rock Island Arsenal, The, by Titus M. Karlowicz, X, 2 (Fall, 

1987), 9-24. 
History and Dramatic Form: The Lake Argyle Project, by Bruce H. Leiand, VIM, 2 

(Fall, 1985), 53-65. 
Icarian Embarkation, An: Le Havre to Nauvoo, 1854, by Lloyd Gundy, Wilma Gundy, 

and Robert P. Sutton, IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 19-33. 
Illinois City: 150 Years on the Prairie, by Clarence A. Andrews, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 47- 

59. 
Illinois Grassroots Politics of the 1890's in Brand Whitlock's Fiction, by David D. 

Anderson, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 163-175. 
Illinois Waterway, The, by Vernon F. Barr, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 77-86. 
Imitations of Spoon River: An Overview, by Herb Russell, 11,2 (Fall, 1979), 173-182. 



78 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

"Incidents in the Life of an Old Pioneer": The IVIemoir of Fields Jarvis, by John Lee 

Allaman, IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 5-18. 
John Hay and the Western School of Literature, by George Monteiro, VII, 1 (Spring, 

1984), 28-31. 
John Hay on Garfield's Deathbed Latin, by George Monteiro, VI, 1 (Spring, 1983), 38- 

41. 
John Hay's Lyceum Lectures, by George Monteiro, IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 48-58. 
John Scripps: Circuit Rider and Newspaperman, by David Haney, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 7- 

35. 
Joseph Smith III and the Mormon Succession Crisis, 1844-1846, by Roger Launius, 

VI, 1 (Spring, 1983), 5-22. 
Joseph Smith's Visits to Henderson County, by John Lee Allaman, VIII, 1 (Spring, 

1985), 46-55. 
Land Speculation in Fulton County 1817-1832, by Gordana Rezab, III, 1 (Spring, 

1980), 22-35. 
Language Variation in the Military Tract, by Timothy Frazer, V, 1 (Spring, 1982), 54- 

64. 
Legal Philosophy of Robert G. Ingersoll, The, by Scott Owen Reed, VI, 1 (Spring, 

1983), 42-66. 
Legal Processes and Judicial Challenges: Black Land Ownership in Western 

Illinois, by Juliet E. Walker, VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 23-48. 
Lindsay's 1908 Walking Trip, by Owen Hawley, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 156-172. 
Log Cabin Hospitality on the Illinois Frontier, by Rachael Ann Bottorff, IX, 2 (Fall, 

1986), 36-46. 
Louis William Rodenberg, an Illinois Poet, by Walter B. Hendrickson, IV, 2 (Fall, 

1981), 176-191. 
Maps and Their Makers in Early Illinois: The Burr Map and the Peck-Messinger Map, 

by John V. Bergen, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 5-31 . 
Marjorie Allen Seiffert, Moline Poet, by William Roba, VIII, 2 (Fall, 1985), 5-16. 
Memoir of William T. Brooking, McDonough County Pioneer, The (Part 1), by 

Gordana Rezab, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 5-24. 
Memoir of William T. Brooking, McDonough County Pioneer, The (Part 2), by 

GordanaRezab, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 136-151. 
Men's Literary Clubs of Jacksonville, The, by Walter B. Hendrickson and John N. 

Langfitt, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 66-83. 
Midwestern Poetry of Eliza Snow, The, by John E. Hallwas, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 136-145. 
Military Arrests of Lawyers in Illinois During the Civil War, by Scott Owen Reed, VI, 2 

(Fall, 1983), 5-22. 
Mine Union Radicalism in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties, by Victor Hicken, 

III, 2(Fall, 1980), 173-191. 
"Mon Cher Emile": the Cabet-Baxter Letters, 1854-1855, by Robert P. Sutton and 

Rulon N. Smithson, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 20-37. 
MVR at Fifteen, by John Mann, VIII, 2 (Fall, 1985), 66-73. 
Naming of Spoon River, The, by Hermann R. Muelder, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 105-1 14. 
Night of the Prairie Belle, The, by James V. Swift, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 30-33. 
Notes and Documents (Schuyler County, Brown County), IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 75-81. 
Notes and Documents (Warren County), VIII, 1 (Spring, 1985), 81-88. 
Notes and Documents: Bibliography of Fulton County Historical Publications, IV, 1 

(Spring, 1981), 86-93. 
Notes and Documents: Historical Publications: Bibliographies of Mercer and 

Henderson Counties, V, 1 (Spring, 1982), 84-92. 
Notes and Documents: Historical Publications: Bibliographies of Pike and Calhoun 

Counties, Vi, 1 (Spring, 1983), 82-91. 
Notes and Documents: Historical Publications: Bibliography of Adams County, VII, 

1 (Spring, 1984), 80-90. 



TEN-YEAR INDEX, 1978-1987 79 

Occupational Distribution of Frontier Towns in Pike County: An 1850 Census 

Survey, by Juliet E. K. Walker, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 146-171. 
"Old Dick" Richardson, the Other Senator from Quincy, by Robert P. Howard, VII, 1 

(Spring, 1984), 16-27. 
Peoria's Reaction to the Outbreak of the Civil War, by Christopher Phillips, IX, 1 

(Spring, 1986), 34-47. 
Perception of Land Quality and the Settlement of Northern Pike County 1821-1836, 

by Siyoung Park, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 5-21. 
Photography of Belle Johnson of Monroe City, Missouri, The. by Dean Howd, X, 2 

(Fall, 1987), 35-48. 
Poetry of John Knoepfle, The, by Norman D. Hinton, VIII, 2 (Fall, 1985), 34-52. 
Primitivism and Paternalism: Early Denominational Approaches in Western Illinois, 

by Myron J. Fogde, 111,2 (Fall, 1980), 105-140. 
Propery Pilot, The: A New Look at "Old Times on the Mississippi," by Leiand Krauth, 

11,1 (Spring, 1979), 52-69. 
Quad Cities Writers: A Group Portrait, by Wiliam Roba, VI, 1 (Spring, 1983), 67-81 . 
Quincy and Meredosia in 1842: Charles Carter Langdon's Travel Letters, by John E. 

Hallwas, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 127-137. 
Recollections of an Illinois Woman, by Mark E. Nackman and Darryl K. Paton, I, 1 

(Spring, 1978), 27-44. 
Recollections of the Hennepin Canal, by Donald W. Griffin, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 50- 

76. 
Region as Metaphor in the Plays of Susan Glaspell, by Marcia Noe, IV, 1 (Spring, 

1981), 77-85. 
Regional Essays of Jerry Klein, by John E. Hallwas, 1, 1 (Spring, 1978), 65-86. 
Reverend George Moore Comments on Nauvoo, the Mormons, and Joseph Smith, by 

Donald Q. Cannon, V, 1 (Spring, 1982), 5-16. 
Robert G. Ingersoll and the Sensual Gods: An Unpublished Letter, by Mark A. 

Plummer, III, 2 (Fall, 1980), 168-172. 
"Romantic and Miraculous City" Shapes Three Midwestern Writers, A, by Marcia 

Noe, I, 2 (Fall, 1978), 176-198. 
Sarah Fenn Burton's Diary of a Journey to Illinois, by James K. Bracken, IV, 2 (Fall, 

1981), 115-135. 
Selected Letters from the Bishop Chase Correspondence, by David R. Pichaske, V, 2 

(Fall, 1982), 105-135. 
Selected Letters of Virginia S. Eifert, by John E. Hallwas, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 56-82. 
Slater Burgesser and His Famous Spring, by James W. Vining, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 184- 

194. 
Slave's Autobiography Retold, A, by Eileen Smith Cunningham and Mabel Ambrose 

Schneider, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 109-126. 
Sorority Movement at Monmouth College, The, by Mary B. Crow, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 

37-49. 
Spoon River Anthology in Estonia: Mats Traat's "Henriette Vestrik," by George 

Kurman, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 52-55. 
Taming the Rapids of the Upper Mississippi, by Roald D. Tweet, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 

47-76. 
Thomas F. Railsback and His Congressioinal Papers, by Sheila H. Nollen, IX, 1 

(Spring, 1986), 59-74. 
Three Antislavery Leaders of Bureau County, by Karen Berfield, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 

46-65. 
Tornadoes of Western Illinois Prior to 1875, by Daniel L. Wise. IV. 2 (Fall, 1981), 152- 

162. 
Travel on the Western Illinois Frontier: The Memoir of William Dickson, by William 

Roba, IX. 2 (Fall, 1986), 60-69. 



80 WESTERN ILLINOIS REGIONAL STUDIES 

Triumph of Mobocracy in Hancocl< County 1844-1846, The, by Annette P. Hampshire, 

V,1 (Spring, 1982), 17-37. 
Two Houses of the Lower Illinois River Valley, by William D. Walters, Jr., and Floyd 

Mansberger, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 25-36. 
Uncertain Death of Charles Wilson, The, by Shirley J. Burton, VIII, 1 (Spring, 1985), 

56-69. 
Utopian Fraternity: Ideal and Reality in Icarian Recreation, by Robert P. Sutton, VI, 1 

(Spring, 1983), 23-37. 
Utopias That Failed: the Antebellum Years, by H. Roger Grant, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 38- 

51. 
Vachel Lindsay and the Chicago Herald, by Dennis Camp, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 70-88. 
Warsaw Boat Yard, The, by William L. Talbot, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 5-17. 
Way It Used to Be, The: Folklore of the River Men, by Philibert Hoebing and John 

Schleppenbach, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 18-29. 
Western Illinois in Charlevoix's History and Journal, by John Lee Allaman, VII, 1 

(Spring, 1984), 5-15. 
William Cullen Bryant: Illinois Landowner, by David J. Baxter, I, 1 (Spring, 1978), 1- 

14. 
Wind Engines in Western Illinois, by Russell G. Swenson, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 61-79. 
Wyatt Earp Was Born Here: Monmouth and the Earps, 1845-1859, by William Urban, 

lll,2(Fall, 1980), 154-167. 



BOOK REVIEWS — BY BOOK AUTHOR 

Anderson, Frederick J. Quad Cities: Joined by a River, VI, 1 (Spring, 1983), 97-98. 

Reviewed by Donald W. Griffin. 
Anderson, William M. We Are Sherman's Men: The Civil War Letters of Henry 

Orendorff, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 89-90. Reviewed by William L. Burton. 
Arrington, Leonard J., and Davis Bitton. The Mormon Experience: A History of the 

Latter-Day Saints, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 90-91. Reviewed by Richard D. Poll. 
Baldwin, Carl R. Echoes of Their Voices: A Saga of the Pioneers Who Pushed 

Westward to the Mississippi, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 193-194. Reviewed by Natalia M. 

Belting. 
Beard, Jo Anne. The Legacy of Historic Jacksonville: lis Homes and Buildings, X, 1 

(Spring, 1987), 108-109. Reviewed by Rand Burnette. 
Boritt, Gabor S. Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream, IV, 2 (Fall, 

1981), 195-196. Reviewed by William L Burton. 
Bray, Robert C, ed., et al. A Reader's Guide to Illinois Literature, VIM, 2 (Fall, 1985), 

83-84. Reviewed by Jay R. Balderson. 
. Rediscoveries: Literature and Place in Illinois, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 198-200. 

Reviewed by John E. Hallwas. 
Bridges, Roger D., and Rodney O. Davis. Illinois: Its History and Legacy, VIM, 1 

(Spring, 1985), 89-92. Reviewed by Roy A. Austensen. 
Buikstra, Jane E. Hopewell in the Lower Illinois Valley, I, 1 (Spring, 1978), 95-97. 

Reviewed by Michael R. Beckes. 
Burton, Shirley J. Adelaide Johnson: To Make Immortal Their Adventurous Will, X, 1 

(Spring, 1987), 109-112. Reviewed by David Raizman. 
Cabet, Etienne. Travels in Icaria, translated by Robert P. Sutton, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 86- 

89. Reviewed by Wayne Wheeler. 
Cain, Jerrilee, John E. Hallwas, and Victor Hicken, eds. Tales From Two Rivers I, IV, 

2 (Fall, 1981), 197-198. Reviewed by James K. Bracken. 
Cann, Allene, et al. History of Raritan, Illinois and Community, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 199. 

Reviewed by Robert P. Sutton. 



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Chenetier, Marc. Letters of Vachel Lindsay, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 91-94. Reviewed by 

Jay Balderson. 
Cooley, Adelaide N. The Monument Maker: A Biography of Frederick Ernst Triebel, I, 

2 (Fall, 1978), 205-207. Reviewed by Titus M. Karlowicz. 
Davis, Cullom, ed. with Charles B. Strozier, Rebecca Monroe Veach, and Geoffrey C. 

Ward. The Public and the Private Lincoln: Contemporary Perspectives. IV, 1 

(Spring, 1981), 95-96. Reviewed by John Y. Simon. 
Doyle, Don Harrison. The Social Order of a Frontier Community: Jacksonville, 

Illinois, 1825-1870, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 94-95. Reviewed by Walter B. Hendrickson. 
Dubofsky, Melvyn, and Warren Van Tine. John L. Levifis: A Biography, III, 1 (Spring, 

1980), 89-90. Reviewed by Victor Hicken. 
Dunlap, Leslie W., with notes by Edwin C. Bearss. "Your Affectionate Husband, J. F. 

Culver": Letters Written During the Civil War, IV, 1 (Spring, 1981), 97-98. Reviewed 

by Victor Hicken. 
Farragher, John Mack. Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie, X, 2 (Fall, 1987), 67- 

68. Reviewed by Robert P. Sutton. 
Findley, Paul. A. Lincoln: The Crucible of Congress, III, 2 (Fall, 1980), 196-198. 

Reviewed by Robert W. Johannsen. 
Fleming, Thomas. The Living Land of Lincoln, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 196-197. Reviewed by 

Floyd S. Barringer. 
Frank, Charles E. Pioneer's Progress: Illinois College, 1829-1979, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 

192-193. Reviewed by Victor Hicken. 
Goldstein, Lynne Gail. Mississippian Mortuary Practices: A Case Study of Two 

Cemeteries in the Lower Illinois Valley, V, 1 (Spring, 1982), 97-99. Reviewed by 

Michael R. Beckes. 
Griffin, D. W. A Technical Guide for Determining Land Use Suitability, I, 2 (Fall, 

1978), 208-209. Reviewed by Robert G. Palmer. 
Hale, Robert L John Hay, 1, 1 (Spring, 1978), 94-95. Reviewed by Brenda Murphy. 
Hallwas, John E. Illinois Literature: The Nineteenth Century, X, 1 (Spring, 1987), 106- 

108. Reviewed by Roald D. Tweet. 
. The Poems of H.: The Lost Poet of Lincoln's Springfield, VI, 1 (Spring, 

1983), 94-96. Reviewed by Dennis Camp. 

_. Western Illinois Heritage, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 92-95. Reviewed by Roger 



D. Launius. 
Hampshire, Annette P. Mormonism in Conflict: The Nauvoo Years, IX, 1 (Spring, 

1986), 82-83. Reviewed by Richard Crabb. 
Hanchett, William. The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies, VIM, 2 (Fall, 1985), 80-81. 

Reviewed by Robert P. Sutton. 
Hancock County Historical Society. Historic Sites and Structures of Hancock 

County, Illinois, III, 2 (Fall, 1980), 200-201. Reviewed by Gordana Rezab. 
Hansen, Klaus J. Mormonism and the American Experience, VI, 1 (Spring, 1983), 94- 

97. Reviewed by Myron J. Fogde. 
Irons, Victoria, and Patricia C. Brennan. Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the 

State of Illinois, II, 1 (Spring, 1979), 95-97. Reviewed by John J. Newman. 
Jenson, Richard J. Illinois: A Bicentennial History, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 189-190. 

Reviewed by Donald F. Tingley. 
Johnson, Daniel T. History of Mercer County, I, 1 (Spring, 1978), 97-98. Reviewed by 

Rodney O. Davis. 
Keiser, John H. Building for the Centuries: Illinois, 1865 to 1898, I, 2 (Fall, 1978), 207- 

208. Reviewed by Victor Hicken. 
Klein, Jerry. Peoria!, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 90-91. Reviewed by Merle H. Click. 
Krauser, Alice A., Donald A. O'Harra, Elizabeth Roark, and Mark Lou Torgerson. A 

History of St. Paul Church. 1857-1986. X, 2 (Fall. 1987), 68-70. Reviewed by Rev. 

Richard E.Trutter. 



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Kushner, Howard I., and Anne Humnnel Sherill. John Milton Hay: The Union of 

Poetry and Politics, 1, 1 (Spring, 1978), 91-94. Reviewed by George Monteiro. 
Laine, Christian K. Landmark Springfield: Arctiitecture and Urbanism in tfie Capital 

City of Illinois, IX, 2 (Fall, 1986), 91-93. Reviewed by Keith A. Sculle. 
Launius, Roger D., and F. Mark McKiernan. Josepfi Smithi Jr's Red Brick Store, IX, 1 

(Spring, 1986), 84-86. Reviewed by Richard D. Poll. 
Lewis, Carl C. Episodes of a Farm Boy, ed. by Jerrilee Cain-Tyson and Victor Hicken, 

X, 2 (Fall, 1987), 70-71. Reviewed by John E. Hallwas. 
Litvin, Martin. Ttie Journey, V. 2 (Fall, 1982), 201-202. Reviewed by Robert P. Sutton. 
Long, Katherine and Melvin Erickson. Clinton, A Pictorial History, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 

98. Reviewed by William Roba. 
Maher, Michael, ed. An Illinois Legacy: Gubernatorial Addresses of Adiai E. 

Stevenson 1949-1952, IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 88-90. Reviewed by John E. Hallwas. 
Marsh, Frank Lewis. Prairie Tree: Early Days on ttie Norttiern Illinois Prairie, III, 2 

(Fall, 1980), 199-200. Reviewed by Daniel T. Johnson. 
Masters, Hardin Wallace. Edgar Lee Masters: A Biograpfiical Sketchbook About a 

Famous American Author, II, 1 (Spring, 1979) 97-98. Reviewed by Charles E. 

Burgess. 
Masters, Hilary. Last Stands: Notes From Memory, VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 88-90. Reviewed 

by Jay Balderson. 
Mclnerny, Dennis Q., ed. A Tribute to Daniel Smythe, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 97-99. 

Reviewed by David Pichaske. 
Muelder, Hermann R. Missionaries and Muchrakers: The First Hundred Years of 

Knox College, VIII, 1 (Spring, 1985), 94-95. Reviewed by Rand Burnette. 
Noe, Marcia. Susan Glaspell: Voice From the Heartland, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 95-97. 

Reviewed by Gerhard Bach. 
Gates, Stephen B. Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths, VIM, 1 (Spring, 

1985), 92-94. Reviewed by Larry T. Balsamo. 
With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, I, 2 (Fall, 

1978), 203-205. Reviewed by Roger D. Bridges. 
Pichaske, David. The Jubilee Diary, VI, 1 (Spring, 1983), 92-94. Reviewed by Dennis 

0. Mclnerny. 
Pierce, Bess. Moline: A Pictorial History, V, 1 (Spring, 1982), 96-97. Reviewed by 

William Roba. 
Piummer, Mark A. Robert G. Ingersoll: Peoria's Pagan Politician, IX, 1 (Spring, 1986), 

86-88. Reviewed by Michael D. Richardson. 
Primeau, Ronald. Beyond Spoon River: The Legacy of Edgar Lee Masters, V, 1 

(Spring, 1982), 94-96. Reviewed by James Hurt. 
Rankin, Jeff, ed. Born of the Prairie: Monmouth, Illinois 1831-1981, IV, 2 (Fall, 1981), 

198-199. Reviewed by Robert P. Sutton. 
Roba, William, The River and the Prairie: A History of the Quad Cities 1812-1960, X, 1 

(Spring, 1987), 105-106. Reviewed by LaDonna Backmeyer. 
Roske, Ralph J. His Own Counsel: The Life and Times of Lyman Trumbull, V, 1 

(Spring, 1982), 93-94. Reviewed by Roger D. Bridges. 
Russo, Edward J. Prairie of Promise: Springfield and Sangamon County, VII, 1 

(Spring, 1984), 93-94. Reviewed by Keith A. Sculle. 
Sandburg, Carl. Breathing Tokens, ed. by Margaret Sandburg, I, 1 (Spring, 1978), 99- 

101. Reviewed by Charles W. Mayer. 
. Ever the Winds of Chance, VII, 2 (Fall, 1984), 89-92. Reviewed by 

Douglas L.Wilson. 
Sandburg, Helga. A Great and Glorious Romance: The Story of Carl Sandburg and 

Lillian Steichen, 1, 1 (Spring, 1978), 99-101. Reviewed by Charles W. Mayer. 
South, Eudora Lindsay. From the Lindsay Scrapbook: Cousin Vachel, II, 1 (Spring, 

1979), 100-101. Reviewed by Blair Whitney. 



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Stark, William F. Along the Black Hawk Trail. VIII, 2 (Fall, 1985), 78-80. Reviewed by 

Roald D. Tweet. 
Struever, Stuart, and Felicia Antonelli Holton. Koster: Americans in Search of the 

Prehistoric Past, II, 2 (Fall, 1979), 190-191. Reviewed by Michael Beckes. 
Sutton, William A. Carl Sandburg Remembered, III, 1 (Spring, 1980), 94-96, Reviewed 

by John E. Hallwas. 
Swank, George. Carl Sandburg: Galesburg and Beyond, VIII, 2 (Fall, 1985), 81-83. 

Reviewed by Charles Mayer. 
Taves, Ernest H. Trouble Enough: Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon, VIII, 2 

(Fall, 1985), 76-78. Reviewed by Roger D. Launius. 
Tingley, Donald F. The Structuring of a State: The History of Illinois, 1899-1928, IV, 1 

(Spring, 1981), 94-95. Reviewed by Rodney O. Davis. 
Travels in Time: fJiilan, Illinois, VI, 2 (Fall, 1983), 87-88. Reviewed by Donald W. 

Griffin. 
Urban, William, with Mary Crowe, Charles Speel and Samuel Thompson. A History 

of Monmouth College: Through Its Fifth Quarter-Century, III, 2 (Fall, 1980), 198- 

199. Reviewed by Victor Hicken. 
Vogel, Virgil J. Iowa Place Names of Indian Origin, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 91-93. 

Reviewed by Timothy Frazer. 
Yeager, Iver F., ed. Sesquicentennial Papers: Illinois College, V, 2 (Fall, 1982), 200- 

201. Reviewed by Victor Hicken. 
Walker, Juliet E. K. Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier, Vi, 2 

(Fall, 1983), 86-87. Reviewed by A. Gilbert Belles. 
Waller, Robert A. Rainey of Illinois: A Political Biography, 1903-1934, II, 1 (Spring, 

1979), 99-100. Reviewed by Robert P. Sutton. 
Welge, Richard C. Remnants of the Nineteenth Century Landscape: Knox County, 

Illinois, III, 2 (Fall, 1980), 200-201. Reviewed by Gordana Rezab. 
Wrenn, John H., and Margaret M. Wrenn. Edgar Lee Masters, VII, 1 (Spring, 1984), 95- 

97. Reviewed by James Hurt. 



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CONTRIBUTORS 



TITUS M. KARLOWICZ is Professor of Art and Assistant Dean of the 
College of Fine Arts at Western Illinois University. He has published 
articles on nineteenth-century American architecture for the Journal of the 
Society of Architectural Historians and collaborated with Henry B. Moy on 
a detailed monograph of the Rock Island Arsenal. 

DEAN HOWD is Instructor in the Western Illinois University Library. His 
research into the career of Belle Johnson began when he noticed her work 
illustrated in a collection of published photographs and was unable to 
discover further information from available sources. 

SARAH JANE SARGENT is a high school art teacher in Beardstown, 
Illinois, and is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Art Edu- 
cation at Western Illinois University. Her article in this issue is based on a 
graduate research paper completed during the summer of 1987. 

DAVID RAIZMAN is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Art 
Department at Western Illinois University. He recently published an article 
on Medieval Spanish illumination for Gesta and a book review in the 
Spring issue of lV/f?S.