1887, Goodspeed History of Williamson County

The Goodspeed version of the book covering the history of Williamson County was officially called, “The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties” and subtitled “From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Sundry and Interesting Biographical Sketches, Notes, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc.” and was published in 1887 by the Goodspeed Publishing. Continue reading

1905 Historical Souvenir of Williamson County

Historical SouvenirIf you are even the slightest bit interested in the early history of the county and the towns and villages contained within, this volume is an absolute gem that has intrigued county citizens for over a hundred years. Compiled in 1904 and published in 1905 by J.F. Wilcox, the “souvenir book man”, from the LeCrone Press in Effingham, Illinois, the book was a collaboration of Wilcox and numerous local citizens who dug deep and gathered an amazing and impressive volume. Continue reading

1989 Williamson County Sesquicentennial History

Sesquicentennial History 1989Williamson County Illinois Sesquicentennial History

This large volume was produced in conjunction with the county’s 150th Sesquicentennial celebration in 1989. The book was created and designed by Stan J. Hale, associate professor of English at John A. Logan College and was copyrighted in 1993. It stands as a similar, modern counterpart to an earlier treatise done on the county in the 1905 Souvenir History of Williamson County which has proved invaluable. Continue reading

Pioneer Folks and Places

Pioneer Folks and PlacesPioneer Folks and Places,  An Historic Gazetteer of Williamson County

By Barbara Barr Hubbs

This very informative book was published in commemoration of the county’s centennial on February 28, 1939. The copyright was renewed in 1966 and it was republished again in 1979 and is available in reprint through the Williamson County Historical Society’s book store. Continue reading

1876, “The History of Williamson County”, by Milo Erwin

Bloody VendettaMilo Erwin was 29 years old when he wrote “The History of Williamson County, Illinois” in 1876. Our country was 100 years old and Williamson County was 37 years old. The Bloody Vendetta was scarcely over and many wounds, no doubt, were fresh. His book had 283 pages and only 123 were used to tell that story; the remaining pages told the history of our county from formation to 1876. Many pages were used to tell of his admiration of the hardy stock that settled here and shaped the history of Williamson County. Continue reading