Welcome to Marion History Preservation
This site was born out of the need for a consolidated forum in which to preserve the rich and interesting heritage of Marion Illinois. My aspirations for this site are that Marion citizens who still live in town and those who have moved away will find it a rich resource for all things Marion.
My hopes are that visitors to this site will register and then use the comment sections after each picture or bit of history posted and add their own comments and memories so that we can capture as much information in the minds of living citizens who grew up here.
Every day we lose citizens who take with them their memories. Let’s try and capture as much of this information as we can before it all slips away.
Registration is free so enjoy the site and I encourage you to share any memories, recollections or pictures that you have.
Do you Remember the Kimmel Building Fire on North Market or the Cox Hardware Fire on the Square ?
Thanks to photos taken by A.C. (Cliff) Storme back in 1963 that were donated to the Williamson County Historical Society, we get a chance to look back at these events. To view the Kimmel Fire photos from December 17, 1963, Click Here! To view the Cox Hardware Fire photos from May 7, 1963, Click Here!
Marion History Trivia
- When did telephone service come to Marion? Click here for the answer!
- When did the court house on the square turn white? Click here for the answer!
- When did Marion get electricity? Click here for the answer!
- When did Marion get cable television? Click here for the answer!
- Who was the last Civil War veteran living in Marion? Click here for the answer
Check your Family Photo Albums !
Is your family a pioneer family that arrived here before 1839? Did anyone in your family serve the city in some capacity ? Perhaps, a family member owned a business or played a role in Marion’s development? If so, please consider preserving that information and sharing it with the rest of Marion. We want your stories, memories and photos. Look for old buildings or long gone landmarks in the background of family photos and share.
Voluntary History Researchers Needed
This is a huge undertaking and will require considerable time. Anyone who has an interest in or has already researched any of the categories listed in the navigation bar above could help us out considerably by contacting us and allowing us to use your data. Any author contributions will be given full credit on the site for their work. Even if you don’t already have information but would like to help in some way please contact me. Thanks, Sam Lattuca
Post Revision History
11/02/2013 Wallace Bandy, added photo and updated data from obituary
11/04/2013 Marion Lumber and Supply, added photo to gallery
11/06/2013 Brice Holland, added related data
11/14/2013 August Fowler, added photo
11/16/2013 Ku Klux Klan, Part One, added relevant photo
11/25/2013 Otis Williams, added photo to gallery
11/25/2013 Jefferson School Destroyed, added photo to gallery
11/29/2013 306 E. College Razed, added related data to story
12/02/2013 County Clerk’s Staff, added names and date related to photo