From 1899-1930s there were streetcars, known as electric railways, crisscrossing Madison County. The last holdout was a line between St. Louis and Granite City that discontinue service in 1958.
John Wildi (1853-1910) was a Swiss immigrant to Highland who became an exceptional businessman, a founder of the company that later became Pet Milk, and a savvy real estate investor.
Journalist Bill Tucker takes a look at the Village of Carpenter as remembered by some of former residents that remember it when it was still a bustling community of businesses.
More than a century ago orphans in need of care came primarily from local families, but also from St. Louis, Chicago and from the famous Orphan Trains of the New York Juvenile Asylum.
From itinerant peddler to a chain of department stores, generations of the Glik family, through hard work and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, have brought their business to a place of national prominence.
This article profiles the history of three St. Jacob buildings that were built in the 1870s and are still in use today. All are connected, not just by age, but through the families that lived in them.
The last quarter of the year 1918 was a difficult one for the country as well as Madison County where residents experienced wartime shortages, the medical crisis of the flu epidemic and the last days of WW I.
The Catholic Church in Edwardsville was established in 1842, but German Catholics wanted a church of their own with services in their native language. They began planning for a new church in the 1860s.
In 1837, William Emmert built a two-room house in the Six Mile Precinct of Madison County. The house, enlarged over time, is now the Old Six Mile Museum on Maryville Road in Granite City.
In this issue, Lincoln scholar Dr. Stephen Hansen writes about Abraham Lincoln’s numerous journeys to Madison County where he met political friends, conducted business and a participated in a famous debate.
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