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Annual Wood River history calendars, featuring Sears homes, now available


The calendar features homes on the 100 and 200 block of Ninth Street on the ... Wood River City Hall, Library, Museum, Camps, Illinois Cleaners, Farm Fresh, Medicine Shoppe, Bank of Edwardsville, First Mid-Illinois Bank, Midwest Members CU, Madison ...


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By Kelsey Schulz - kschulz@thetelegraph.com WOOD RIVER — The Wood River Museum has released their annual calendar for the 2018 year. This year, the calendar features historic homes in Wood River and is entitled “Sears Catalog Homes in Wood River — Standard Row Houses South Ninth Street – 1920.” The calendar features homes on the 100 and 200 block of Ninth Street on the east sideOriginally, there were 24 houses on the block that were built by Sears, and all but one still stand todayEach house is featured in the calendar, some with unique names, such as: “The Arlington,” “The Roanoke,” “The Gladstone,” “The Sunbeam,” and othersEach is included with a photo of the home and a brief paragraph detailing its history. The first calendar was introduced in 2008 honoring Wood River’s centennial yearIt sold out quickly, which prompted the museum to carry on every year with a new calendar, each with its own themeIn the past, calendars have featured grocery stores, pools, churches, disasters and cars, among others. “We won’t ever run out of ideas for the calendar,” said Jean Bruce, a 24-year volunteer with the Wood River Heritage Council. “The city has been good to us and we try to draw people in to the museum” which has been around for 20 years, said Bruce. Each year, the council tries to have at least four special displaysAs of Thursday, their special display was of the Wood River Hospital, which highlights the first baby born at the hospital as well as various employees and volunteers that have worked there in the pastWhen they first opened the display, it drew in over 60 people who had been involved with the hospital previously. Past special displays have included: veterans, one they do every year; Wood River Bank; and several othersIn March, they plan on highlighting the history of sports in Wood River. Also for sale are old Sears catalogs, “Sears houses of the 20s”, out of which people used to buy homes“People would go through the catalogs and decide which homes they liked,” said Bruce. The catalogs featured the inside and outside of various houses“People would order the lumber and pick it up at the railroad and every piece was marked and cut so it just all fit together and people were able to build the houses that were featured in the catalog.” The calendars are the only fundraiser the museum does throughout the year and they are for sale for $5 at the following locations: Wood River City Hall, Library, Museum, Camps, Illinois Cleaners, Farm Fresh, Medicine Shoppe, Bank of Edwardsville, First Mid-Illinois Bank, Midwest Members CU, Madison’s Tea Room, Country Meadows, and Marci’s. Ruth Brooks, longtime Wood River Museum volunteer, said this year’s calendar brought back a lot of memories for the community. “I’ve been getting calls from people who are enjoying the calendar, and want to share their memories or donate items to the museum,” said BrooksShe grew up in Wood River, living there for 22 years “I live for Wood River, although I don’t live there,” she added. A total of 550 calendars were printed this year by Wood River Printing. “Buy a calendar,” said Bruce“They make a good stocking-stuffer and good Christmas presents.” All of the proceeds from the calendars go to the museum. 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