Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 24, 1968 · Page 23
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 23

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Tuesday, December 24, 1968
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1968 • THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON. ILLINOIS How South Illinois Got Name Egypt By L. A. DEARINGER Every, now and then the question is asked, how did southern Illinois get the name Egypt? Or, should it be Little E^ypt? Examination of the evidence should throw some light on the question, although to come up with an accurate version at this late day can hardly be expected. -o- -o- -o- This much of the legend seems to be factual: In the fall of 1832 there was a corn crop failure in central and northern Illinois. In the spring of 1833 seed com was shipped by boat up the Illinois river and to other parts of the str'cken area. Many buyers drove down into southern Illinois for seed corn, and the saying arose that they were going down into Egypt to buy corn. Note the following, from "growing up with Southern Illinois'' — Daniel Harmon Brush, No. 42 Lakeside Press —1944. "In the spring of the year 1833 corn was shipped from Brownsville and other points on the Rivers Big Muddy and Mississippi north to supply seed 10 farmers up the Illinois River and other parts of the state where the corn crop was smitten frosts the previous fall. I was engaged in receiving and measuring that purchased at our town (Brownsville) by parties who came down into 'Egypt' to buy. I believe this fact was the cause of the appellation 'Egypt' having been given to southern Illinois. The people of the north had to go down into Egypt for their seed corn." Another version has it that the crop failure was caused by. a drouth. Still a third version has the drouth followed by a killing forst. But why Egypt? The allusion to the Joseph sto- •• trim . . . > *5 55«-'J ' :?* * 1 " S 3 • '% 5 3 « 5 i t. « « i 8 ? ?•« * * S £ « 3 < a s s s «»8 8 : ft; 3 $ $ « g g $ S B 8 8 * ; 2 S a <$ ; POLLY'S POINTERS Cleans Venetian Blinds At Self-Service Car Wash A CHRISTMAS CROSS 275 feet tall and 150 feet across glows on the south facade of Chicago's Prudential Building as a symbol of the true meaning of Christmas. Formed by 186 lighted windows on 22 of the skyscraper's 41 floors, the festive illumination will brighten the Chicago skyline nightly through Christmas Eve. ly in Genesis is obvious. Add the fact that there was a Cairo in southern Illinois, and we have situation that was undoubeted- iy too much for some wag to ignore. It has been argued that the name Egypt was given because of the several towns in the area with Egyptian names — Cairo, Thebes, Karnak, and possibly others. Warmer than ever And cheerier loo, Are the Holiday wishes we're sending to you. 650 So. 10th Street Mt. Vernon, III. iJeason's greetings May the spirit of brotherhood that is the meaning of our Christmas spread its teachings of Peace and Good Will around the world. OFFICERS, DIRECTORS and EMPLOYEES FIRST NATIONAL BANK Wayne City, Illinois Serving You Since 1,902 The city of Cairo was first .ncorporated in 1818, and was so named because "its site was presumed to resumble that of Cairo, Egypt." Only Cairo was in existence at the time of the corn crop failure of 1832. There is no evidence that southern Illinois was called Egypt before this event. Thebes was laid out March 2, 184^ (1844 in another source) as Sparhawk Landing, the name being changed some time prior lo the moving of the courthouse to Cairo some ten years later. According to an Illinois map of 1876 an Oaktown is shown, i r the present site of Karnak. -o- -o- -o- Came the Chicago W o r 1 d's Fair of 1893, that is. One of the attractions on the mdway at the time was ar "Egyptian" hootch dancer who was billed as "Little Egypt." This dancer was as well known in her day as was a certain fan dancer at the Chicago Fair of 1943. And soon, we are told, southern Illinois became Little Egypt. The name Little Egypt has its objectors. Sometime during the nineteen thirties there was formed the Greater Egypt Association, a booster organization for the area. The GEA'ers were pursuits. With them the name was Egypt. To associate southern Illinois with a hip - shaking be,rich dancer was nothing lesa than blasphemy. The GEA has teen inactive for several years, but many former members can st:Il be roused to wrath when i.!.e term Little Egypt is used, -o- -o- -o- Such is the evidence, which favors the conclusions as stated CDncerning the origin of the L.^ypt legend. Whether to call Egypt or Little Egypt seems to be purely a matter of personal opinion, the GEA not-with-standmg. The writer prefers Little Egypt. Oily Southern Illinois is Little Egypt. Egypt is the name of that African nation on the Nile. In spite of the evidence, and the arguments there are those, of course, who are calmly in- dilierent about the whole thing. No, Gwendolyn. "I raveling abroad" doesn't mean taking your girl friend wiih you. BUILT-IN SCRATCHER makes life easy for this pelican who finds an itchy hack no problem. By POLLY CRAMER DEAR POLLY — Dirt was so thick on the Venetian blinds in the house we recently moved into that they looked as if they had not been cleaned for at least five years. After I said it would take hours to scrub, mem, my husband suggested taking them to a do- it- yourself car wash, which I did. T laid them on the floor of the car wash and sprayed away. For 50 cents and 15 minutes of time they came out sparkling white. — MRS. K.B. DEAR POLLY - At a recent auction, I bought a two quart pewter pitcher mat is extremely dull and larnished. Please give mo a few Pointers on how to rejuvenate its finish. — SANDRA DEAR POLLY - Do tell Margaret that I have found that some baking soda on a wet dish cloth and a bit of rubbing removes the brown stains from my glass oven,door. — V.K. DEAR POLLY — This is for Margaret, who has trouble cleaning the glass windows on her oven door. I solved this by using a razor- blade scraper, after having used every other method I knew without success . After CAREFULLY scraping so you don't scratch 'he glass, use either warm water and soap or a window spray cleaner tn polish the class. This worked very well on my stove. Families who will be taking long trips can relieve the bore- dom of a lengthy drive by tak- j sng the Jotters on the license • placs of cars ahead and usincl these letters as the first letter* i of words that can be made into; an original quote as, for instance, 1 f b, "let fun be." This has proven very interest- ; ing when driving on through- 1 ways or where there is little' scenery. —PEGGIE You will receive a dollar if Polly uses your favorite homemaking idea, Pollys Problem or solution to a problem. Write j to Polly m care of this news- 1 paper. Best Wishes for Christmas ROBERT (Bob) RUDDICK Jefferson County Sheriff and Staff AT CHRISTMAS Our greatest delight, *t flMr k *Pp9 thmt •/ the year, is to wish ou* mmj hysl custom*** ami /riei:.!. holiday season filled with tb* sfiarklf ami gaiety of tb* Ylllttide spirit. One-Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaners NOW DRIVE IN WINDOWS IN REAR AND EMPLOYEES Park Plaza Shopipng Center Mr. Vernon, Illinois

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