Marseilles Illinois IL Historical book La Salle County



"Main St. & More - Marseilles 2010" - Published November 2009 (See Photo 1)

If you lived in Marseilles and have moved away -- this book will bring back many wonderful memories -- IT IS AMAZING !!

The 372 pages of this soft cover book are jam-packed with information and has over 670 black and white photographs .

The town was named in 1835 and observed it's 175th Quartoseptcentennial Anniversary in 2010.

We were proud to be on the Main Committee of six people who partnered with 175+ volunteers, working for over two years researching and digging into the history of the buildings and businesses in the town, both past and present.

Hundreds of hours were spent reading old newspapers, going through old phone books (all the way back to 1909), line by line and ad by ad, as well as squinting into the monitor of the microfiche machines at the Marseilles and Ottawa Libraries to bring this labor of love to fruition.

You will be amazed at how it turned out -- originally it was to be 125 pages -- but it ended up the size of an old Sears catalogue -- we kid you not.

Partial Table of Contents:

Committee Pages, Logo, Dedication, Acknowledgements, How It All Came To Be History, Marseilles Fortress, Lovell
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