Book tells stories of Illinois place names
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#1 Dec 3, 2008
Oblong was originally named "Henpeck!"
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#2 Dec 4, 2008
While reading an old book published in 1926 titled "Our Times: The Turn of the Century" by Mark Sullivan, in Chapter 19 (page 505) mention is made of John Hay, assistant to Abraham Lincoln and later Secretary of State under William McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt. He grew up and spent most of his childhood in WARSAW, IL. Apparently Warsaw was called Spunky Point at one time, but the name was changed in reference to a novel of the period, "Thaddeus of Warsaw" by Jane Porter. Hay did not like the name change, and hoped that 'every man engaged in the outrage is called Smith in Heaven'.
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