My dad, Charles Oliver, and Norris Bruce, father of Carolyn Bruce and Betty Bruce McKenzie, always talked about swimming in Johnson’s Pond. Dad and Norris were just a few months apart in age (Dad was born in December 1902 and Norris a few months later in 1903). They were good friends and used to play together and get into mischief together when they were young boys. One trick they played on Norris Bruce’s dad, Anderson Bruce, got Anderson so mad that Norris went home with Dad and stayed for two weeks, but that is another story. [Read more...]
The supreme law in the United States is the U. S. Constitution. Next in each state is the constitution of that state. Therefore the constitution of Illinois is the supreme law in Illinois secondary to the constitution of the United States. There is no provision in either constitution for anyone to “interpret” the words written in these constitutions, not even a Supreme Court Judge on either the Federal or State level. Also, there is no provision for anyone to say “I believe what was written is a mask of what the author or authors really meant, and what they really meant is so and so.” [Read more...]
By Edward Oliver
Our nation and the world are going through another virus, flu, or whatever you want to call this current health epidemic (threat). What is different this time is that both some government officials and some people have gone into a stage of panic instead of using common reasons (sense) or just using “horse sense” as we used to say when I was growing up. [Read more...]
Historical Marker Dedication at Enbridge-Texas Eastern at 316 County Road 700 N (East Main Street and Illinois Route 1), Norris City, IL
A Dedication Ceremony of an Illinois State Historical Society historical marker honoring the completion of the War Emergency Pipeline at Norris City will be held at Enbridge – Texas Eastern in Norris City on November 11, 2019 (Veterans’ Day) at 2 p.m.
WAR EMERGENCY PIPELINE MARKER
By Edward Oliver
On February 19, 1943 a pipeline was completed from Longview, Texas to Norris City, Illinois.
On August 22, 1895, Anthony C. Clippinger and B. B. Miller established the Norris City Record. Graham Black bought Miller’s interest and a short time later, A. C. Clippinger and Sons bought complete interest in the newspaper. His three sons were Ralph, Roy, and Cecil. Roy Clippinger was later active in various newspapers in Carmi. Roy worked with his father in Norris City until 1909, when he moved to Carmi to begin his newspaper career there. Following the death of A. C. Clippinger, Ralph continued to operate the business until the 1930s and the depression era, when it was discontinued. The last issue in the possession of the Illinois State Historical Library in Springfield (the Abraham Lincoln Library) is dated January 3, 1935.
In my last article about Flag Day, which was celebrated on June 14, I wrote about how the flag of the United States of America developed into our present flag consisting of 13 red and white stripes representing the original 13 colonies and one white star in a field of blue in the upper left hand [Read more...]
Several versions of the Flag of the United States of America were used during the Revolutionary War. One version had 13 stars in a circle in a field of blue at the upper left corner. This is the version that my great, great, great Aunt Betsy Ross is supposed to have made. The Betsy Ross Flag is [Read more...]