November 2017


Did you Know?  that in January 1903 the  Baldwin Bank opened and was ready for business?  The officers of the new concern were E. B. McGuire, Spar, president; S. H. Johnson, vice-president, and W. R. Preston, caxshier.   The board of directors was composed of the abvoe names and N. R. Lessley and F. W. Rabe. (Sparta News-Plaindealer January 2, 1903)


Here's another Did You Know.  There was an Ancient Order of Nimble Nibblers.  The October 23, 1903 issue of the Sparta-News Plaindealer informed the public that  they were pleasantly entertained on Monday evening by Mrs. W. J. Hood and Mrs. T. A. Brown at the Hood Home.  Mrs. Walter L. Wylie and Mrs. Fred Grenslet were admitted into the membership of the club.



September 2017 


Do You Remember?   September 11, 2001 - The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred as four large passenger jets were hijacked then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 persons.  Four separate teams of Mideast terrorists, operating from inside the U.S. boarded the morning flights posing as passengers, then  forcibly commandeered the aircraft.  Two fully-fueled jumbo jets, American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 92 people and United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 people had departed Boston for Los Angeles.  Both jets were diverted by the hijackers to New York City where they were piloted into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  The impact and subsequent fire caused both 110 story towers to collapse, killing 2,752 person including hundreds of rescue workers and people employed in the towers.  In addition, United  Airlines Flight 93, which had departed Newark for San Francisco and American Airlines Flight 77, which had departed Dulles (Virginia)for Los Angeles, were hijacked.  Flight 77 with 64 people on board was diverted to Washington, D.C., then piloted into the Pentagon building, killing everyone on board and 125 military personnel inside the building.  Flight 93 2with 44 people on board was also diverted toward Washington but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to overpower the terrorists on board.





August 2017


Did You Know? Since the early 1890's Marissans have enjoyed the game of baseball.  The first mention of a game was in a Marissa paper in 1894. Hart and Duffs Baseball Club defeated Red Bud IXL's 6-3.                                                                                                                                                               

August 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified granting women the right to vote.

August 1935 - President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65.


July 2017


Did You Know?  Marissa played a big part in its contribution and efforts to form a college district with Belleville, Freeburg, New Athens, Mascoutah, Lebanon, O'Fallon, and Millstadt.  At an election on Oct. 29, 1966 Marissa citizens cast 192 votes for a junior college district and 47 votes against.  The Marissa School District which includes Marissa, Lenzburg, and St. Libory townships and outlying districts, approved the junior college proposal with 343 votes for and 114 votes against.  


June 2017

June 1988:

Eldon Reuss and Paul Sinn completed their courses at Missouri Auction School.  The Optimist Baseball Camp, held in early June, featured a talk by St. Louis Cardinal first base coach Rich Hacker. Fred Lewis, a math-science MHS teacher was named to receive a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for his project:  Launching A Dream-A Space Study.   Marissa Police Chief Ed Martin received an award from the Illinois Department of Conservation fro his assistance to the department on two cases last fall.  On June 16, David Austin was a Senate page, working with Illinois Senator Ralph Dunn.



May 2017

Sparta News Plaindealer Archives - Special Edition September 1999:   February 1900:  The new union had negotiated a new wage scale with the operators.  The Plaindealer did not list all the wages, but drivers' wages were boosted from a $1.75 per day to $2.10 per day.  The local lodge of the Federation of Labor had grown so large that the carpenters withdrew and started a union of their own with 19 members.   About a dozen ladies met in Allen's Hall Saturday evening to consider the advisability of organizing a "Working Girls Union."   Organized labor was just getting a start in this area.


April 2017


100 Years ago - Marissa Messenger  - January 26, 1917:  Mr. Louis Miller, a prominent merchant of this place, recently purchased the beasutiful and palatial residence known as "The Borders' House", which is situated in the Eastern portion of the town.  This is perhaps one of the finest residences in Southern Illinois.  The landscaped yards, walks, and gardens of flowers and shubbery [sic] occupy nearly an acre of ground.  In the midst of this is located the residence which Mr. W. E. Borders built some years ago ...at approximately an expense of $35,000.  The residence has fourteen rooms, equipped with every modern convenience - Hot and cold water - connected bath rooms with sleeping rooms - a basement of immense size, finished attic, den, parlors, dining rooms with built-in conveniences and finished in expensive hard-wood.  The large living room, with its high, beamed ceiling is a picture of elaborate beauty.  Among the exquisite designs of built-in-furniture in this room is a private desk, which Mr. Borders designed for his personal use.  Another attractive feature of the place is the spacious veranda, which extends almost around the large building.  A large and modernly arranged garage is another convenience which Mr. Borders did not overlook when planning this place.  It accommodates three large cars...



From the Marissa Monitor files: 

April 2 1880 - John Heil and Robert J. Wilson caught a stray wolf or coyote last Saturday last Saturday.   -  Robert Mearns road engine arrived on Thursday evening.  The boys thought it was an escaped elephant from Barnum's menagerie. - Mitze's new bay window stands out like a sore thumb and attracts fully as much attention.


March 31, 1927:  The railroad depot here was held up early yesterday morning by two armed bandits who got a small amount of change from the cash drawer and carried off a small "pony safe" from the express office.  The safe contained seven money orders, which if cashed will furnish sufficient clues to trace the bandits. - Fred W. Keim made an attractive window display this week by placing a flock of young chicks in his show window, using chick foods and tonics for the background of the display. -  The Soy Bean Special, operated by the Illinois Central railroad, spent an hour at Marissa last Monday.  The train's six coaches were equipped with experimental data on modern farming, plants, soil, seeds, and records, a splendid moving picture show and a corps of instructors and lecturers.















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