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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 ?

Kimmel Building Fire 1963 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

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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

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Post Revision History

04/02/2014   Cox Hardware, added data related to the lot

04/03/2014   Martin L. Baker, added dates related to his home

04/03/2014   204 N. Buchanan St. added accurate date of it construction

04/09/2014   Robert Ingersoll, added new photo of his Marion home

04/13/2014   Helen Longbons, added photo gallery to post

04/16/2014   Jimmy Stewart, added photo

04/19/2014   Samuel M. Dunaway, added photo

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Comments

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  1. I am a 28 year old Johnson County native who recently moved to marion. I am a major history buff and i just cant get enough about the past. I am so appreciative that you’ve put this site together and i would like to be a part of it. I think I’ve literally been browsing for the last twelve hours.

  2. I love reading about our town and where it’s at today. I thought I knew quite a bit about our history but this site has really educated me. Some places I had forgotten such as Fair Furniture and seeing it just floods memories of other places I had forgotten. Anyways, glad I found this site. Thank you.

      • Yeah I sure will. I lived in New Denison southeast of Marion for about 5 years. My friends across the highway (Rt. 166) were the Rush family. We played on the old railroad bed all the time. It used to run directly behind our house way back when. I never have found anything about that little place but heard there was a post office and a general store. I was a young kid then so I really don’t know if that’s true or not but I used to imagine what it once might have been back then.

  3. I grew up in a house that had been moved from the area that became the ordnance plant in WW11. (ORDILL) It was probably moved in 1943 or 1942.) My father worked for a while as a guard at the plant. He had a sharpshooter medal that I recall seeing in a box. He spent some cold nights at the guard house at the entrance which I believe was off Highway 13. The house still stands. I am curious, is there a source to find out where the house might have been before it was moved? The house is now located on the Old Johnson City Road between the County Line and the Boner Cemetery.

    • Hi,
      A 1908 plat map of the area is available to download. Some resident sites are noted on the map and may give a general area if the property owner’s name is known for 1908. Good luck. This is probably in Carterville township, Williamson County.

    • As Lin Barrel pointed out, it would be necessary to know the original property owner’s name, having said that, I found a list containing 373 names of property owners and a map that shows the location of each purchased property by the government. If there is any interest, I would be happy to post the list and the map. My recommendation would be to dig back and see if you can figure out who the original owner was and we can chase it from there.

  4. I was recently given 2 old bricks that said MARION on them, doing a websearch I found your site and the knowledge that Marion had its own brick company at one time. Very interesting. My wife and I both enjoy history.

    • That’s great, glad you enjoy the site. Marion had two brick plants simultaneously just after the turn of the century. If your like me, you will be pleasingly surprised at how sophisticated Marion was in the early days.

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