The Big Tree, The Circus, and Ringwood Park
The Ringwood area or Ringwood Park was seven blocks of open fields, at the turn of the 20th Century, that extended from the north end of Clinton to the south end of Lyons at what is now 13th Avenue North.
Clinton Improvements and Artesian Well Water
The Gas Light and Coke Co. was founded in 1869 for $60,000. The names of Young, Weston, Howe, Toll, Lamb, and Bailey were prominent among the Board of Directors.
It is said that Camanche was so-named because two Indians were killed nearby, but they were probably of the Sac and Fox tribe who made the great Indian mounds across the river at Albany.
The one room schoolhouse
Out by Almont, there once stood two one-room schoolhouses.
“We Remained,” the story of Russell Volkmann in the Philippines
Most Americans are familiar with General Douglas MacArthur’s famous World War II quotation, as he emphatically stated “We Shall Return!”, upon leaving the Philippines in the war’s early days, in April, 1941. What many Clintonians may not realize is that a saga, which began here in Clinton and moved around the world, to the Far East and back again to Clinton, is the making of a story which has come full-circle in modern America.
The Mississippi Valley Spiritualist Camp, also known as Mount Pleasant Park, came into being in 1885.
The neighborhood, the family, and grocery stores
In 1946, we raced over to Eddie Keefe’s store one fine day to get our first allotment of bubble gum.
Fighting the Second World War
The picture shows me at 4 years old patrolling busy 2nd Street. It seems that I could go anywhere in town, with or without an adult, between ages 5 and 10; but my mother’s one admonition always rang in my ears, “Don’t go near the river!”
Lyons football and local athletics
Here is Lyons High School Football Team of 1937, with Lenny Dose in the back row. The place is Root Park and, if you were at that spot today, you would see Lyons Middle School on the hill behind them.
The trolley, the park, and downtown
Joyce's Park became Eagle Point Park. Clinton millionaires left much land to the people, in the north end and at Riverfront Park, which later became wonderful recreation legacies for our whole community.
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