2014, Marion Opens New Police Department

New Marion Police Department Opens

The Marion Police Department hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to dedicate the new Marion Police Department. A poorly advertised open house followed until 2 p.m. and the public was welcome to attend the event.

The newly modified building is located at 1001 W. DeYoung Street in Marion and used to serve as the Richard G. Wilson U.S. Army Reserve Center which had been unoccupied since August 2011 when the armory was moved to a larger, newer facility. Continue reading

1916, Marion Carnegie Library Dedication Speech

The following was delivered by Ed. M. Stotlar on February 29, 1916 at the dedication exercise held at the library building during the evening:

The first organized effort for the starting of a Public Library in Marion, Illinois occurred in January, 1906 when Prof. J.W. Asbury, then Supt. of the City schools made a public call for a mass meeting of all citizens interested in procuring a public library for Marion. The meeting was held in the City Hall and liberally attended by citizens interested in the movement. At this meeting Prof. J.W. Asbury was chosen chairman of a committee to confer with the aldermen and mayor and city attorney and ask that a library ordinance for the City of Marion be drawn and passed at once. As a result of the efforts of this committee, the first library ordinance was passed on March 12, 1906, known as Ordinance No. 60. Mr. C.H. Denison was Mayor and the board of aldermen consisted of B.H. Jeter, A.M. Townsend, Sandy Miller, E.H. Moulton, J.H. Moss, W.O. Potter, John S. Strike and A.B. McLaren, with George Campbell, Secretary and Hosea V. Ferrell, attorney. Continue reading

Davis, William M. 1841-1929, Confederate Soldier

W. Mart Davis, Civil War Vet, Died Tuesday

Was Resident of Community for Seventy Five Years

Death at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday closed the long and interesting life of Uncle Mart Davis, one of Marion’s oldest and most beloved citizens. He was 88 years, four months and eight days of age. For several months his health had been poor, and it was realized that he could not live much longer. He passed away at his home at 412 E. College Street.

William Martin Davis was born on May 9th, 1841, in Knox County, Tennessee, near Knoxville and moved to Illinois with his parents, William and Elizabeth Ann Hunter Davis at the age of 14, but returned to Tennessee later and at the age of 20 years joined the 15th Tennessee Volunteer Regiment, Company G, under H.B. Cunningham of this city on June 5, 1861. Continue reading

1929, Chief Bailey to Quit Force

Chief Bailey to Quit Force

Duties as State Oil Inspector in Williamson and Johnson Began Friday

Clyde Bailey 1929 Police Chief

Clyde Bailey 1929 Police Chief

Chief of Police Clyde Bailey was back in Marion Friday ready to render his resignation to the city commissioners following his assumption of duties as state oil inspector for Williamson and Johnson counties in Springfield Thursday.

Rev. Bailey was appointed to the post of oil inspector for the two counties by Governor L.L. Emmerson, and the appointment is recognition of Bailey’s own support of the governor’s candidacy during Bailey’s unsuccessful race for the legislature. As oil inspector, Rev. Bailey will work in the division of oil inspection of the Department of Trade and Commerce. His appointment became effective Friday.

At a special meeting of the city to be held sometime Friday or Friday evening, Chief Bailey expected to ask the city commissioners to accept his resignation as chief of the police department.

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(Extracted from the Marion Daily Republican, September 1929)

Joseph’s Clothing Store

A.H. Joseph Will Retire

Veteran Clothier Announces Sale Preparatory to Retiring from Business in Marion

A.H. Joseph is today announcing a sale which will start on Saturday and which is for the purpose of closing out his stock of clothing preparatory to retiring from business. Mr. Joseph came to this city from St. Louis twenty six years ago and opened up his store in the Warder block on the east side of the public square as soon as that building was completed. He received his stock before the building was ready and for a couple of months conducted his business in another location bur for more than a quarter of a century has been in business at the head of East Main Street. Continue reading