Towanda Area History






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Click for more detail Photograph of the Jacob and Sarah Moats log-cabin home, built ca 1856, with oral description
  1856 Homes This photograph is of the Jacob and Sarah Moats log-cabin home, one of the first homes build in the Towanda area, sometime before 1856. The home was located about two and one-half miles north of the .....


Click for more detail Photograph of Duncan Mansion, with oral description
  1869 Duncan Mansion This is a photograph of the Duncan Mansion, also known as the Duncan Manor or Towanda Meadows, built by William R. Duncan one mile southwest of Towanda following the Civil War. Stories abound about .....


Click for more detail Photograph of Locomotive along Towanda Main Street ca 1906 - 1910, with oral description
  1906 - 1910 Railroads Photograph depicts a steam engine switching freight cars in Towanda. Photograph includes Towanda's Main Street shops, the railroad depot, and a grain elevator in Towanda, ca 1906-1910. Included with .....


Click for more detail Photograph of early hand cranked party line wall telephone, patented in 1907, with oral description
  1907? Utilities This photograph pictures a Western Electric Company model 250W hand cranked telephone that was patented on April 30, 1907. It was once in the Earl Nice farm house near Cooksville. When the Earl Nice .....


Click for more detail Photograph of Merna Spinsters Convention, with oral description
  1910-05-02 Organizations Photograph on May 2, 1910 of the Spinsters' Convention at Merna, Ill. Top L-R: Estella Kinsella, Margaret Arnold, Margaret Cunningham, Ella McAvoy, Katie Kinsella, Mary Foran Pendergast, Maggie Egan, .....


Click for more detail Photograph of J. H. Pumphrey Blacksmith & Wheelwright Shop, with oral description
  1910? Businesses Photograph taken around 1910 shows five men standing in front of the J. H. Pumphrey Blacksmith & Wheelwright Shop in Towanda taking a break at the feed mill. Included with this photograph is an ora .....


Click for more detail Photograph of Barnes Depot around 1910, with oral description
  1910? Railroads A photograph shows the Barnes Railroad Depot around 1910. The community of Barnes is located four miles south of the town of Towanda, along the Kankakee branch of the old Illinois Central Railroad. T .....


Click for more detail Photograph of young woman playing musical instrument, ca 1910, with oral description
  1910? Leisure This photograph, from around 1910, is of an unidentified young woman playing a musical instrument outdoors in a fenced yard. The photograph is from a collection of glass slides that belonged to the S .....


Click for more detail Photograph of Towanda High School from around 1930, with oral description
  1930 Schools This photograph of Towanda High School was taken around 1930. The school building was constructed in 1913 with an addition of a gymnasium and classrooms in 1932. Towanda's four-year high school serve .....


Click for more detail Postcard of St. Patrick's Church at Merna, Illinois, with oral description
  1940? Churches The postcard features outside and interior of St. Patrick's Church at Merna, Illinois around 1940. The card wishes you a Happy Christmas and a Glad New Year. This church was destroyed by a tornado i .....


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