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Sylvania, Ohio bids good riddance to “Pretty Boy” Floyd

Sylvania, Ohio bids good riddance to “Pretty Boy” Floyd

By Don Radebaugh — Downtown Sylvania, Ohio is all of two blocks. Blink twice and you might miss it; but if you stop long enough to look and listen, you’ll discover a treasure trove of off-the-charts true stories that’ll keep you coming back for more. And some will literally send shivers down your spine, like the murder on Main Street in 1857 (future story at HistoryMysteryMan.com). But this story starts at The Farmers and Merchants Bank (cover photo) on the…

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Hey New Philadelphia, Illinois … “You’ve got mail!”

Hey New Philadelphia, Illinois … “You’ve got mail!”

By Don Radebaugh – I admit it…I’m a sucker for those brown historical marker signs. I’ll drive way, way out of my way just to find out what’s on the other end. That’s also why I usually travel alone. Folks tend to get annoyed when I continually stray off course. Some of those signs are duds, but many, if not most, steer me toward new treasures that ignite my imagination, remind me why I love history and leave me starving…

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Ring the bell Lincoln, dinner’s waiting…discovering more treasure in small town America

Ring the bell Lincoln, dinner’s waiting…discovering more treasure in small town America

By Don Radebaugh – PITTSFIELD, Ill. – Looking for treasure? You don’t have to look far. You’ll find it in small town America. Like the day I stumbled upon Pittsfield, Illinois. I knew that Abraham Lincoln spent time in Pittsfield, so I thought I’d breeze through and check it out. I’m talking two hours, at best. Besides, I had to get to my original destination in Hannibal, Missouri to visit with Sam Clemens, AKA Mark Twain. Clemens was a brand…

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Meet the Sampsons, lovin’ life in small town Petersburg

Meet the Sampsons, lovin’ life in small town Petersburg

PETERSBURG, Ill. (Dec. 5, 2016) – It seems as though we either want out of small town America, or we want in…there just isn’t much middle ground in the matter. As it turns out, it just may depend on which side of the “circle” you’re on. Like a lot of small towns, growing up in Petersburg, Illinois may not be all that attractive to a young kid with his or her eyes on the big world out there through their…

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