A summertime treat … the circus

May 23, 2024 /

By Sandy Vasko I’m not sure how many of you remember the circus, I mean the real one, not one inside a building, one underneath…

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Civil War: November 1864, it’s not over yet

May 22, 2024 /

By Sandy Vasko Winter was starting to show its face, but the folks in Will County were smiling. A precious few of their men were…

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Civil War: September and October 1864, the war rages on

May 16, 2024 /

by Sandy Vasko We pick up our story of Will County in the Civil War in Georgia, where the 100th Voluntary Infantry was headed for…

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Frankfort Township, the early years

May 9, 2024 / Comments Off on Frankfort Township, the early years

By Sandy Vasko Will County is known across the state as the “Stairstep” County. Making up one of these stairs is Frankfort Township. It was…

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Civil War: August 1864, in the trenches at Petersburg

May 2, 2024 / Comments Off on Civil War: August 1864, in the trenches at Petersburg

By Sandy Vasko When speaking about great battles of the Civil War, many names come to mind, such as Gettysburg. Rarely does anyone speak about…

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The I&M Opens: A grand celebration run aground

April 25, 2024 / Comments Off on The I&M Opens: A grand celebration run aground

  By Sandy Vasko We are in the final week of celebrating the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. However,…

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Civil War: July 1864, Atlanta falls, but the war goes on

April 18, 2024 / Comments Off on Civil War: July 1864, Atlanta falls, but the war goes on

By Sandy Vasko Last time, we left the 100th just after the assault on Kennesaw Mountain. We continue with their story: The 1st of July…

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Civil War: June 1864 – Kennesaw Mountain takes a toll

April 11, 2024 / Comments Off on Civil War: June 1864 – Kennesaw Mountain takes a toll

By Sandy Vasko Georgia in June can be a beautiful place. Not as nice as Will County, but the men of the 100th could not…

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The spy among us, Henri Le Caron

April 4, 2024 / Comments Off on The spy among us, Henri Le Caron

By Sandy Vasko Last time, we read about the real Henri Le Caron and his double life. We continue with his incredible story: In the…

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Vasko Honored with Best of Illinois History

March 28, 2024 / Comments Off on Vasko Honored with Best of Illinois History

The Illinois State Historical Society announced it will honor Farmers Weekly Review columnist Sandy Vasko with a 2023 ISHS “Best of Illinois History” award, recognizing…

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