Dunaway, Thomas T. 1846-1921, City Alderman and Businessman

Thomas Taylor Dunaway, prominent Marion businessman and three term city alderman,  was the son of Samuel McNight Dunaway (1809 – 1876) and Julia Tarpley (1817 – 1893).  Samuel was an early pioneer in Williamson County and helped settle the village of Bainbridge. He was a merchant, railroad president and he bought and sold much land in Williamson County’s early period.  Thomas was the brother of Samuel Washington Dunaway and 12 other siblings, Thomas being the last born. Continue reading

Dunaway, Samuel W. 1841-1905, Marion Trustee and Merchant

Samuel Washington Dunaway was the son of Samuel McNight Dunaway (1809 – 1876) and Julia Tarpley (1817 – 1893).  Sam, the father, was an early pioneer in Williamson County and helped settle the village of Bainbridge. He was a merchant, railroad president and he bought and sold much land in Williamson County’s early period. Continue reading

1977, Marion Fire Department

Marion Fire Department, 1977

This photo from 1977 was found in a Marion Daily Republican Special Edition called Salute to Firefighters published in 2002. Pictured from L-R are, Hubert Benedict, Carl Kelton, John Lewis, Commissioner Ron Joyner, Jack Wells, Charles Heyde and Anthony Rinella. Not pictured were Bill Whiting and Paul Barnwell. Two additional firefighters came onboard the following year in 1978, they were Bill Lewis and Rusty Deaton.

(Marion Daily Republican, 2002)

Longbons, Edward E. 1869-1944

Edward E. Longbons, the first president of the Bank of Marion in 1937, was born on May 18, 1869 near Albion in Edwards County, Illinois, the son of Thomas Longbons and Mary Jane Colyer Longbons. His mother was the daughter of Edward Colyer (1795-1858) and Jane Thread Colyer (1792-1860).  She was born May 10, 1828 in Albion and died there Jul 24, 1895. Thomas, his father, was born on February 21, 1834 in Nottinghamshire, England and died in 1910 in Albion, Edwards County, Illinois. Thomas and Jane had at least nine children andEdward appears to have had a twin sister, Eliza. Continue reading