Long Grove Historical Society http://LongGroveHistory.org Save The Bridge! Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:11:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/lghsmedia/lghs/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/12155205/cropped-lghsLogo512Square-1-32x32.png Long Grove Historical Society http://LongGroveHistory.org 32 32 Bridge Damaged http://LongGroveHistory.org/bridge-damaged/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 06:00:06 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=947 Only days after being placed on the nation's National Historic Register, Long Grove's iconic bridge was severely damaged by an over-size, over-weight truck.

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Unbelievable. Only days after being placed on the nation’s National Historic Register, the bridge was severely damaged by an over-size, over-weight truck. Hopefully, the damage was limited to the covering, which has been the case in previous run-ins with trucks that disregard all the signage.

Below is a clip from CBS Chicago’s evening newscast on Thursday, June 28:


Below is the article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, June 29. (click here or on the newspaper below for the full article):


Below is the article that appeared in the Daily Herald on Friday, June 29. (click here or on the newspaper below for the full article):


Below is a picture taken shortly after the incident which shows the size and type of truck:

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Family History Research http://LongGroveHistory.org/family-history-research/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:47:18 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=937 Indexes for Family History Researchers

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As an all volunteer, privately funded (well… underfunded… 🙂 ) group, we lack the resources to perform family history research or consulting. We have no public archives, aside from what’s on this website. We do not have any original records for the Long Grove area – those are held in other institutions.

We love getting pictures and old stories of old Long Grove, so if you have some to share – please send them our way. We do occasionally collaborate with a family history researcher on research and document items of significance.

The definitive history of Long Grove area families is called Long Grove Lore and Legend. New copies may be purchased at the Long Grove Information Center and used copies can often be found on eBay. Copies can also be found in local Long Grove area libraries, of course. Here’s a link to an index we put together of the book:

Index to Long Grove Lore and Leged

Additionally, we are always posting old newsletters and historical articles on this site – use google to search your interest with the following link:

LongGroveHistory.org Google Site Search Link

So if you’re tempted to drop us an email to inquire if we know anything about your great-great-uncle Bob… there’s no need. We’ll just refer you to this page, where you can check the above indexes. However, if you’ve been told that your great-great-uncle Bob wrote the Army Air Corps theme song while visiting his sister in Long Grove… by all means let’s talk!

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Bridge Listed on National Register http://LongGroveHistory.org/bridge-listed-national-register/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:43:49 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=930 Long Grove's Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service of the United Stated of America.

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We received notification today from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office that Long Grove’s Buffalo Creek Bridge was formally listed on the National Historic Register, June 11, 2018!

The Register is maintained by the US National Park Service, and is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

This is Long Grove’s first listing on the prestigious register and only the second one in Vernon Township (the Adlai Stevenson home is the other listed property).

The celebration originally planned for July 12th has been postponed to give the bridge time to recover from it’s recent bout with an over-size truck. When the bridge is back in good health, we’ll announce plans for an event to properly celebrate the designation.

Here’s a link to the notice put out by the National Park Service:

https://www.nps.gov/nr/listings/20180615.htm

The following joint press release (Long Grove Historical Society & Historical Downtown Long Grove Business Association) was issued yesterday when we got the news:


PRESS RELEASE June 15, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT:

Angie Underwood, President, Long Grove Historical Society
847-478-5140; angie@longGroveHistory.org
http://savethebridge.net/

Ryan Messner,Vice-President, Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association
847-793-0041
rmessner@visitlonggrove.com

Long Grove’s Iconic Covered Bridge listed in National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has announced today that the Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, is being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the first property in Long Grove to receive this prestigious designation.

Originally constructed in 1906 by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company, the bridge is one of only two remaining of its kind in the greater Chicagoland area. Grass roots efforts for historic preservation and national recognition were rekindled early in 2017 when some local officials questioned the historic value of the one-lane bridge and favored a plan that would require removal of the current structure and increase truck and auto traffic through the pedestrian friendly downtown. In April of 2017, Landmarks Illinois, named the bridge to their annual “List of Endangered Historic Places.” A change.org petition urging local officials to save the historic bridge gathered over 4,900 signatures/testimonials and a fund-raising campaign has raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and pledges. Despite these efforts, local officials remain undecided on a long term course of action to restore or replace the bridge.

“For many years, the Long Grove Historical Society has been at the forefront of efforts to receive this designation, and we are thrilled to hear the news. Achieving National Register status confirms our belief in the bridge’s historical value as well as the sentimental value we know it holds for our community. This is a source of pride for all of Long Grove and we will continue to advocate for preservation of our beloved covered bridge,” noted Historical Society President Angie Underwood.

Ryan Messner, Vice-President of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association added, “It’s our icon and our brand. For decades, Long Grove was a destination, and now the general feeling is that with the recent new business openings we’ve turned the corner and are solidly on our way back. It’d be foolish to destroy this treasure that has now been recognized with national historical status, and open up the quaint downtown to cut through traffic.”

An impromptu public celebration will be held in the coming weeks. Please check the Long Grove Historical Society website at LongGroveHistory.org for updated details. More information about the bridge and the efforts to save it can be found online at SaveTheBridge.net

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Long Grove Times – #39 Summer, 2018 http://LongGroveHistory.org/long-grove-times-39-summer-2018/ Tue, 15 May 2018 23:28:58 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=861 Join us this weekend to kick off our summer events at Long Grove's Historical Farmhouse. Fun family events are planned all summer long - see the complete listing of dates and times below. Also, learn about a few old things that turned up around town, meet our new board members for the upcoming year, and find out who won the recently completed Covered Bridge Art Contest.

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#39 – Summer 2018

In this issue… Join us this weekend to kick off our summer events at Long Grove’s Historical Farmhouse. Fun family events are planned all summer long – see the complete listing of dates and times below. Also, learn about a few old things that turned up around town, meet our new board members for the upcoming year, and find out who won the recently completed Covered Bridge Art Contest.

Bridge Damaged

Only days after being placed on the nation’s National Historic Register, Long Grove’s iconic bridge was severely damaged by an over-size, over-weight truck.

Bridge Listed on National Register

Long Grove’s Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service of the United Stated of America.

Long Grove Times – #39 Summer, 2018

Join us this weekend to kick off our summer events at Long Grove’s Historical Farmhouse. Fun family events are planned all summer long – see the complete listing of dates and times below. Also, learn about a few old things that turned up around town, meet our new board members for the upcoming year, and find out who won the recently completed Covered Bridge Art Contest.

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Book Club Picks Books http://LongGroveHistory.org/book-club-picks-books/ Tue, 15 May 2018 00:18:58 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=912 Long Grove Historical Society's Historical Book Club selections for 2018/19.

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The HISTORICAL BOOK CLUB, which typically meets at Long Grove’s Sunset Foods, 2nd floor conference room at noon, has picked several books to be discussed this year. Email Tina Mall or use our contact page if you would like to join the book club for their lively discussions.

June 25, 2018
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann

August 27, 2018
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

October 22, 2018
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

January 7, 2019
News of the World by Paulette Jules

February 25, 2019
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray

April 22nd, 2019
The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead

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Vintage Advertising http://LongGroveHistory.org/vintage-advertising/ Mon, 14 May 2018 23:21:39 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=886 An old Long Grove promotional item is discovered - how old is it and how does it relate to Long Grove?

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This Long Grove History article appeared in the May, 2017 issue of Long Grove Living magazine.

Ebay can be an interesting place to pick up Long Grove historical items. There’s almost always a few old postcards, wooden nickels, and match books. Most of these items date from circa 1980, give or take a decade. Occasionally, though, something older will pop up that’s a bit more interesting. Recently an old dinner plate from 1952 popped up with a familiar looking green Village Tavern logo. It was identified as being from the Long Grove Village Tavern. However, a closer inspection of the building depicted in the logo seemed a bit off for our Village Tavern. Since it was only a few dollars, I decided to acquire it and check it out with current Village Tavern proprietor Mary Ann Ullrich.

Mary Ann confirmed that the plate wasn’t related to the Long Grove Village Tavern and pointed out that at that time, 1952, it was called Didier’s Tavern, and didn’t take on the Long Grove Village Tavern name until a few years later when her family acquired the property. She disappeared upstairs for a minute and returned with a box of “old things” that she had found, acquired, or been given over the years. Most of it was advertising and promotional items from the 1940’s and 1950’s. One thing that struck me as unusual was everything seemed to involve a thermometer. Apparently, thermometer promotional things were yesterday’s equivalent of today’s logo pens.

Pictured is Valerie Krause of the Long Grove Village Tavern, holding a nice framed picture with an embedded thermometer in the upper right corner. This was typical of the “embedded thermometer” things in Mary Ann’s box. I gather the idea for merchants was that they would give you a nice picture to hang on the wall and you tolerate having their name on it, seeing how it was such a nice picture. Eventually, merchants figured out the odds of you actually hanging up their item on your wall went way up if it also provided a service, such as letting you know what the temperature was. By the 1920’s Thermometers had become inexpensive so were just the ticket for this sort of promotion. The picture Valerie is holding would appear to be from the 1940’s or 1950’s.

Alas, this little wannabe Long Grove artifact had a similar issue to the plate I found on eBay. The Long Grove Cheese Factory underwent a name change when it was acquired by 1908 by Bowman’s Dairy of Gurnee and had ceased operation well before this framed picture was produced. Was this from a different Long Grove Cheese Factory not in Long Grove, Illinois? The inscription, “LONG GROVE CHEESE FACTORY – THE ROOSLI FAMILY”, provides the answer to the mystery. A Joseph Roosli ran a cheese factory near Platteville, Wisconsin, which was known as the Long Grove Cheese Factory. There’s no relationship between the factories other than the naming coincidence. Oh well, at least the thermometer still works.

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Farmhouse Back Porch Events For 2018 http://LongGroveHistory.org/farmhouse-back-porch-events-2018/ Wed, 09 May 2018 22:30:17 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=850 Free, fun family entertainment planned for 2018 at Long Grove's Historical Farmhouse Back Porch.

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Step back in time for free, family edutainment. The Farmhouse Back Porch will be rockin’ this year with a variety of events. Here’s what’s in the works for 2018:

 

May 19 & 20 Chocolate, Chronicled (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:30 p.m./Chocolate Fest)
Long Grove pioneers, Ma and Pa Gridley and their son George, host this historically
hysterical hodgepodge of all things chocolate.

June 1 Spoon River Anthology (Friday, 6-7 p.m./LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Actors Paddy and Jon Lynn and folk singer Patti Ecker interpret Edgar Lee Masters’ classic
portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century Illinois town.
Suggested for middle school age and above. PRE-SHOW BACK YARD BARBEQUE and BRIDGE ART 5-6

June 23 & 24 Strawberry Fields, Whatever (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:30 p.m./Strawberry Fest)
You’ll have a berry, berry good time enjoying the history and humor associated with our
beloved fruit! The Gridleys are back!

July 6 Songs of the Prairie (Friday, 6-7 p.m./ LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Patti Ecker and Friends present an engrossing selection
traditional and popular songs reflecting chapters in Illinois history

August 3 Birth of a State (Friday, 6-7 p.m./ LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Find out what was happening in culture, politics, music, theatre, and everyday life
during Illinois’ first summer of statehood.

Aug. 18 & 19 The Gridleys Explain Everything! (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:00 p.m./Vintage Days)
The pioneer family– ma, pa, three daughters and three sons recount noteworthy chapters
from Long Grove’s early years, interweaving traditional folk songs into their lively stories.
(50 minutes) THE ANNUAL PENNY CARNIVAL PRECEDES SUNDAY’S SHOW

Sept. 7 Company’s Comin’ (Friday, 6-7 p.m./ LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Long Grove founding father, Chris Sauer, lost his leg in the Battle of Missionary Ridge
during the Civil War. In this recreation he is brought home by buddies from his company,
who mark his return with stories, music and song.

Sept. 22 & 23 Johnny Appleseed (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:30 p.m./Apple Fest)
The Long Grove Historical Society completes its summer season with this lighthearted
musical about the frontier folk hero apple farmer.

October 26 Hair-Raising Stories with Spine-Chilling Music
at the Farmhouse after dark during the annual Historical Society Ghost Walk

December 8 Yuletide Sing – Saturday, 6 p.m.
Sing songs of the season around a warming fire with live music, hot chocolate and good cheer.

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Annual Report and Meeting for 2018/19 http://LongGroveHistory.org/annual-report-meeting-201819/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:17:07 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=846 The Long Grove Historical Society celebrates the accomplishments of the past year and the creation of a new board for the 2018/19 season.

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The Long Grove Historical Society held it’s annual meeting at Enzo and Lucia’s in downtown Long Grove on April 25th, 2018. The annual report presented by President Angie Underwood follows:

As we look back on the events of the 2017-2018 club year, I believe it will be remembered as one of continued growth and success for the Long Grove Historical Society.

Installation of new officers was held at the Village Tavern on April 12, and retiring President Aaron Underwood was thanked for his years of service. Advocating for the preservation of our covered bridge was a main topic, with the establishment of a Covered Bridge Fund to receive donations from the community at large. A Covered Bridge Preservation Committee was formed, to meet and manage activities in the coming year.

In May, Mike Dvorak undertook two outdoor projects: the renovation of the path and drainage in front of Archer School, and the installation of a patio at the base of the farmhouse back porch to be used for future performances. In addition to the patio, Mike also re-seeded parts of the yard and planted perennials around the new patio area. Students from Mechanics Grove School attended our Archer School program, and items in the Ruth Barn were reorganized and cleaned. We received donations from the former owner of the Country Smoke House (part of Ferry Hill Farms) including photos, documents, a cream separator and the famous “pig signs” that hung outside the restaurant.

Many activities involving covered bridge advocacy kept our members busy in the months of June and July. Aaron Underwood spent many hours researching and preparing the application to the National Park Service to get the bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Angie and Aaron met with Village President Bill Jacob and Trustee Rita O’Conner to provide information about the National Register and the process of approval. A dozen Historical Society members attended the June 26th Village Board Meeting to persuade the Board not to oppose the efforts by the State to get the application to the National Register approved. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency met on June 30th in Springfield, with Angie, Aaron and Ryan Messner in attendance. Aaron presented our application to the committee and it was unanimously approved to be submitted to the National Park Service. It was sent back in October for some additional details, resubmitted early in 2018 and we are currently awaiting word later this spring or summer.

In addition, a great deal of work was done with Save the Bridge fundraising efforts. Long Grove artist Tony Stencel donated an original watercolor painting of the bridge to the Society, and raffle tickets were sold through the summer and fall with the winner drawn at the Ghost Walk. Aaron Underwood established a “Go Fund Me” site for online donations, and a fundraising gauge sign was created and erected at the downtown crossroads due to the creative efforts of Meghan Potempa. Our website was redesigned and the first of our new online newsletters was published by our Webmaster, Aaron.

The month of August saw our Society focus on the Long Grove Vintage Days weekend. Our Penny Carnival returned for a second year and was a great success, with help from Jane Primack and her Girl Scouts running games and selecting prizes. Programs chair Mike Dvorak partnered with the Long Grove Performing Arts Academy to present “Polly Pureheart Prevails” on our new back porch stage & patio. Marie Roth also did a presentation on “Old Glory” with assistance from Mike. We had great help from all Board members in manning our “Save the Bridge” booth all day Saturday and Sunday during the fest. It was very good public outreach and many raffle tickets were sold and donations received.

Mike Dvorak and his student performers from the Performing Arts Academy returned in September to do a lively and entertaining “Celebration of the Apple” performance during Apple Fest at our farmhouse back porch. The show even featured “Ma and Pa Gridley” as performed by a professional puppeteer. Angie hosted Girl Scout Troop #40436 from Country Meadows at the farmhouse for tours, a history badge, and bridging ceremony. Angie and Aaron participated in Craft Beer Days (held conveniently in the parking lot in front of the farmhouse) with the “Save the Bridge” tent accepting donations and raffle ticket sales.

Our 2017 Ghost Walk event was our biggest, best, and most successful one yet. Hours were expanded to accommodate more people and despite cold weather and a raise in ticket price the tours were sold out. Proceeds were double of the previous year. We received media coverage and very positive feedback from the community. Every Board member participated in this event. Some memorable characters included: Moanna Mower as the Ghost of Cuba Road, John Kopecky as Mrs. Bigfoot, and Greg Abshire as the Headless Horseman, on an actual horse!

To round out the year, an inventory of our vintage clothing and accessories was undertaken at the farmhouse, headed up by Curator Tina Mall and a committee. The annual membership drive kicked off with outreach done by Membership chairman Aaron Underwood. Additional letters were sent to bridge supporters resulting in an increase in donations this year to over $7,500. total. Our Covered Bridge Fund had grown to $23,000, partly due to a donation of $15,000. from the downtown merchants out of proceeds from the Strawberry Fest. Amy Gayton headed up efforts to decorate a live evergreen tree outside the farmhouse to liven up the holiday cheer. On December 9th a Holiday Sing event was held on the farmhouse back porch, featuring songs and carols of the season organized by Mike Dvorak, with hot chocolate donated and served by Girl Scout Troop #40436.

2018 started with a surprise call from our security system with a low temperature reading in the farmhouse on a bitterly cold New Years Day. Thanks to Buildings & Maintenance chairman Chris Campbell for quickly rectifying the situation, and undertaking a review and recommendations for a new system to be installed this Spring at the farmhouse. The Nominating committee headed up by Diane Trickey, Meghan Potempa, and Tina Mall met numerous times in early 2018 and after much outreach and communication to members, secured a slate of officers for the upcoming year. At their suggestion, the Board has been expanded to include more committees and members at large, to better spread the workload and responsibilities. The Board discussed and decided to have the new officers serve only one year terms, and to spend the upcoming year with a focus on recruitment of members, leadership development, and possibly cutting back on activities if committee chairman are not secured.

In March, Angie and Aaron gave a presentation at the new Harbor Chase community in Long Grove on “The History and Architecture of Long Grove.” It was well received and attended by several of our Board members. An Archer School Task Force of Angela Searcy, Amy Gayton, Mike Dvorak and Angie Underwood met to discuss ideas for revitalizing the school field trip program. Mike met with a teacher at Kildeer School for further input and suggestions. Under the leadership of Diane Trickey, a Covered Bridge Art Contest was launched aimed at Kindergarten through 8th Graders. This was publicized through the District #96 schools and open to all area children. Entries are due at the end of April with the winners set to be displayed at the upcoming Chocolate Fest.

As is apparent, it has been a busy year for the Long Grove Historical Society, full of accomplishments that we can all take satisfaction in helping to achieve. It has been very personally rewarding to work with the current board this past year in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support to engage with our community so thoroughly. With an incoming Board full of ideas and enthusiasm, news of the National Register on the horizon, and much positive energy, I can’t wait to see what the next year holds!

Respectfully Submitted,

Angie Underwood
Long Grove Historical Society President

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Old Photo Postcards http://LongGroveHistory.org/old-photo-postcards/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:09:39 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=878 In the early 1900's, creating your own photo postcard was all the rage.

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This Long Grove History article appeared in the April, 2018 issue of Long Grove Living magazine.

Nostalgic photo postcards, known as “Real Photo Postcards” back in the day, were popular in the early 1900’s. Kodak even produced a special camera from 1903 to 1943 (the model #3A) and added a special postcard developing and printing service in 1907. This made it easy for anyone to make their own photo postcard. Mailing a postcard was only a penny and the photo postcard itself cost between one and two cents. They became an immensely popular and personal way of keeping in touch with friends and relatives. Remember that around 1907, most people didn’t have electricity, or a phone or car – but they did have mail service to their farms and homes, so the postal service was the internet of the day. In 1913 alone more than one billion postcards were mailed – that’s more than 10 cards for every living person in the country! Professional photographers got into the act as well, making up postcards of local scenes and distributing them through local businesses. You can check out a few old photo postcards of Long Grove at our website, LongGroveHistory.org – scroll down on the home page and click on photo archives over on the right hand side.

The word nostalgia means “to feel warmth for a former place”. The word former is key – most of the places shown in the post cards don’t exist anymore. Long Grove is fortunate to still have a couple of those old places and things around. Nicholas Modelin, manager of the newly opened Covered Bridge Creamery and Signature Popcorn, is pictured inspecting a couple of these early 1900’s Long Grove photo postcards – one of our Historic Bridge and one of the Long Grove Community Church.

Preserving history is precarious because all it takes is one weak link in the chain, one lapse in judgement that allows something historic to fall… and it’s gone for good. This month’s Save the Bridge limerick is about the inherent value found in historic places:

Not much value in an old photo or flyer
but the real McCoy – it finds a buyer
Authentic things
Are like wings
That enable us to reach much higher

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1997 Video http://LongGroveHistory.org/1997-video/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:39:35 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=835 Watch a 1997 television piece of Long Grove.

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Enjoy this video from 1997. If you watch closely, you’ll catch Barbara Turner, Tony and Gwen Berg, Karen Schmidt, Norma Sales, and Mel Towner. The reporter is from Channel Earth, which was on DirecTV for about twelve months, 1997-1998. Hall of Fame Broadcaster Orion Samuelson of WGN launched the channel, which was the first nationwide television channel devoted exclusively to the interests of U.S. farmers.

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