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Journal tells a lot of local history

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By Linda Hanabarger

Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 ½-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.
Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, “Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?”


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