F Manning (Benbow City)

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F Manning (Benbow City) - Pioneer Days (Continued From Page 1.) Many of....
Pioneer Days (Continued From Page 1.) Many of. them were immigrants from foreign countries. Many were what were called boomers in those days, who move from place- to-place when big construction jobs were underway. They made what was regarded as big money in those days, though it would amount to little now. Laborers earned cents an hour, carpenters 30 She Amidst Not But She And «9 help or S «.m. t It in do to cents. The highest paid, boilermakers, made 40 cents an hour. "Just north of the construction site and across the old Alton-to- St. Louis wagon road was an 88- cre tract of land owned by A. E. ienbow, inherited from his father, he (Standard) plant was to be the Illinois Terminal railroad t the station then known as Glass- urrow. The station agent there G. F. Wagner. There were wily a few families nearby, the aller, the Niederkorns, the Olsen, he Sullivans, the Johnsons, all armers and melon-raisers. The Sand Ridge "Remember, there was no city f Wood River at that time, no ouses for the construction work- rs to live in, few business estab- ishments to administer to their needs or wants. What is now the City of Wood River was then the and Ridge, famous for melons »ut not very heavily settled. My own home on my father's place was just east . . . "I told you to tart with, that the history of the city was the history of a man, A. E. Benbow. He was a tall, handsome, impressive, intelligent man in his 60's, at least six feet two inches, powerfully built, intelligent, a former school teacher, former mayor of Upper Alton, mem- of the legislature and former United States deputy marshal... "A petition was filed with the county clerk to incorporate Benbow City on Dec. 28, 1907, and on Jan. 15, 1908, Judge Hillskotter issued an order incorporating Benbow City and authorizing the election of a mayor, a police magistrate, a city clerk and six trustees the following April. "Meantime the village had sprung up like mushrooms on a warm spring day. Saloons were the principal suppliers to the wants of the construction workers; with games of chance in their annexes and bright red lights gleaming around many of them to indicate the practice of the world's oldest profession ..." WOOD ran evening A. semble A. for Work Brethren PIASA p.m. It for Saturday 5:30. Alton Terrace. this LOST Call WILL tng tan the u Jsmes ere, Get

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 11 Jan 1954, Mon,
  3. Page 17

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