Giant Oak

by Robert L. Killion

When a heavy winter is approaching. All the signs point to it and the squirrels are busy gathering their harvest of acorns for the upcoming winter along the bluffs of the river.  Rushing quickly to his hoard a squirrel does not notice when one of his acorns falls free and rolls under some dead fall.  Quickly buried by the falling leaves and the winter snows the acorn slumbers for the winter.  The next spring a small Burr Oak seedling pushes up towards the light while its roots reach down towards water.  This particular tree was possibly a season tall as Columbus landed in the new world in 1492. 

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Daily Citizen

by Robert L Killion

July 4, 1863 Vicksburg the battle for Vicksburg ended after 44 days.   Hoping to cut the Confederacy in half Major General Ulysses S. Grant had assaulted Vicksburg on May 19 and again on the 22.  Resigned to a siege, Grant had his troops dig in and began a steady shelling of Vicksburg. Confederate Lt. General John C. Pemberton was determined to...

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Miss Daisy Hale

Robert L Killion
Curator – Peoria Historical Society

In March of this year I was contacted by Barbara Meyn. I knew her name as someone who had been a volunteer and a Vice President for PHS as well as Pettengill-Morron House Coordinator. She had done a huge amount of research and work in the collection in the past. She had been working with her church archives and as the project was completed she had picked back up her research on the Pettengill family intending to finish her,,,

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by Robert Killion

History surrounds us, though we are often not aware of it.  Despite what many people think it impacts us daily. While there is some truth to the idea ìThose who do not know history are doomed to repeat itî, more importantly on the personal level the people and organizations in the past have influenced us in ways we cannot even imagine. 

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