Libraries & Grand Old Flags That I Guess Aren’t So Grand Anymore

Big Rock, Illinois       population: 1,157 The house was built around 1908-1910 by two farmers who were ready to retire & move into town.  It later became known as the “Michael House” when the Michael family moved in.  And to this day, it’s known as the Michael House.  It became the Big Rock Library in 2009. … Continue reading Libraries & Grand Old Flags That I Guess Aren’t So Grand Anymore

Nine Silos and……………………a barn?

Elva, Illinois                                 DeKalb County population:  even the U.S. census folks don’t know The railroad whistlestop little town of Elva was developed back around the 1850s on land donated by Joseph Glidden, an American farmer, businessman, developer of barbed wire.  The town was named after his eldest daughter. Now it’s no longer a town, it’s a … Continue reading Nine Silos and……………………a barn?