LaSalle County Lore concentrates on the times up to World War II. Special effort has been made to include places and happenings of LaSalle County which are not recorded elsewhere. LaSalle County Lore is meant to give a richer picture of life in early LaSalle County.
Remember Indian Creek! In the Shadow of the Black Hawk War
by Heeinz Dietrich Suppan
From Indian Creek to the Bad Axe River, a story is told about 16 settlers who were massacred during a much larger event: the Black Hawk War. To understand what led to this massacre, it is important to trace the history of the events that led to the Black Hawk War and the suspicions that developed between the Indians and the demands of the white settlers for their land.
Hiking the Illinois & Michigan Canal and Exploring it’s Environs
by Philip E. Vierling
A guide to hiking the Illinois & Michigan Canal and surrounding areas.
What does Starved Rock State Park have to do with the allied invasion of Germany during World War II? Where were dance lovers forbidden to do the “shimmy’ and ‘tickle toe?” Starved Rock State Park: The First 100 Years traces the development of the famous park from its early beginnings to today’s twenty-first century world.
The Starved Rock Murders
by Steve Stout
On March 14, 1960, three women from Riverside journeyed to Starved Rock State Park for a few days of rest and recreation.Staying at the park’s majestic lodge, they checked into their rooms, ate lunch at the inn’s dining room and then hiked a few wooded miles across snowy trails into St. Louis Canyon.
Two days later, the close friends were found beaten to death in a cold canyon crime that sent shock waves across the Illinois Valley. Following a massive investigation that lasted for months. It was clearly the “O.J. Simpson” case of its day.
The Black Damp: The Story of the Cherry Mining Disaster : a Novel
by Steve Stout
On the morning of November 13.1909, nearly 500 men and boys went to work in the coal mine carved underneath Cherry, Illinois. The workforce, which consisted mostly of young immigrants in their first new world job, spent long days 500 feet below the surface and miles away from the main shaft and escape shaft. The village of Cherry was 2,000 strong and in one way or another, everyone’s life was connected to the town’s only industry—the St. Paul Coal Company.
The Day It Rained Leaves: A Starved Rock Park Adventure
Author Steve Stout, Illustrated by Charles Funk
Utica House Publishing Company, Dec 1, 2002 – Legends – 40 pages
Explains in simple terms why leaves fall off trees every fall within a story about a family hike in the woods.
RALLY ROUND THE FLAG
by R. G. Bluemer
A unique view of the Civil War based on the accounts of the young soldiers who wrote to the area newspapers about their experiences in the training camps and battles.
Back to the 50’s
by R. G. Bluemer
Memories of the fabulous 1950s, releasing a book that spans the highs and lows of the decade in the Illinois Valley.
About 480 men and boys went to work in the Cherry coal mine on Nov. 13, 1909. Most were from Europe and new to America. Many lived in Streator or in towns that dotted the Illinois River. They knew the risks. Five to seven miners died on average every month in northern Illinois mines during that time.
This book provides the factual information on the Cherry Mine disaster collected from newspapers interviews, personal published accounts of the miners, and inquest testimony in 1909-1910.
A history of the Illinois & Michigan and Hennepin Canals and the Illinois Waterway System describes the construction and of the use Illinois & Michigan Canal, Hennepin Canal, and the Illinois Waterway Project.
Remember the One Room Schools of LaSalle County
LaSalle County was a fertile area for the book: At one time, the county had more one-room school houses (1906) than anywhere else in the country, according to federal researchers. This book contains personal stories and reminiscences, backed by more than 350 previously unpublished photos, breathe life into the county’s 298 rural schools spread across 37 townships.