Coal miners were the vanguard of the American Labor Movement and Illinois played a major role. In the 1890s tens of thousands of Illinois miners joined the United Mine Workers Union. But in succeeding decades the leadership of UMW President John L. . . . — — Map (db m184782) HM
Waves of European immigrants poured into
Gillespie in the 1880s to work its coal mines.
In the early 1900s, the Chicago and North Western Railroad opened four mines to fuel its locomotives. Locals knew each town by its mine number: . . . — — Map (db m185468) HM
This was the scene at this corner in the years 1926 -1930. The Dippold Drug Store was a thriving business located on this corner during these years when Route 66 ran through Gillespie.
Prominent Gillespie resident, Lincoln Loveless, and his . . . — — Map (db m195484) HM WM
In memory of those who gave their lives for democracy
World War I
Frank W. Baxter
Joseph Johnston . . . — — Map (db m204637) WM