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Henry S. Spaulding, "The Great West, or the Star of Empire"

 Collection — Box: 82
Identifier: MS-SC1443
Scope and Contents Address recounting the history of Illinois and praising the state's value to the nation. Discusses the importance of Edwardsville, St. Louis and Chicago. Denotes the importance of the fertile land and farming, the growth of an educational system, the number of churches, the mills and other manufacturing, river trade and travel and the railroads. Mentions Don Alonzo Spaulding, John Mason Peck, Peter Cartwright and Jacob Strawn.
Dates: Created: 1849

Reminiscences of pioneer life in Illinois, ca. 1830-1860

 Collection — Box: 70
Identifier: MS-SC1257
Scope and Contents Typescript of reminiscences of life in Illinois during the 1830's and 1840's. Gives some genealogical information about his family in Scotland and their first coming to the U.S. Relates stories of living on the prairie, the extreme cold of 1832, building their first house, living off the land and among the Indians and numerous related problems. Recounts stories of bees, wild hogs, rattle snakes and rabid dogs. Tells about building the first school, the teachers, and anecdotes about attending a...
Dates: Created: Undated.

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