Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vintage Recipes from the Pantry of Miss Jean Morron



"Vintage Recipes from the Pantry of Miss Jean Morron" book (2013) by Opal Ferrie, PHS volunteer.

Now you too can dine on the same sumptuous fare that was served at the famous Pettengill-Morron historic home. Recipes and menus discovered in Miss Morron's pantry in her own handwriting.

Old fashioned cuisine that's wholesome and delicious.

* Baltimore Soup

* Beef Stroganoff

* Lamb Souffle

* Meat and Rice Croquettes

* Snow Bird Casserole

* Codfish Balls

* Texas Bermuda Onion Salad

* Corn Pudding

* Spicy Lamb Shish Kabobs

* Newport Pound Cake

* Butterscotch Squares

* Chocolate Delights

* Maple Pudding

* Maple Fudge

* Maple Parfait Ice Cream

... and more.



What a great idea -- "historically correct" items for home and office! Artistic! Beautiful! Useful!

Visit the gift shops at PHS office, or at the Pettengill-Morron or Flanagan house museums, for lovely items like this booklet.

Now wouldn't that be a nice thing to get for that Peoria history buff in your life? Impress your coffee klatch with "historically correct" PHS decor enhancements, books, tote bags, tee shirts, and much more!

More information about gift ideas and prices:

Robert Killion, Curator - Collections and Technology
Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602

rkillion@peoriahistoricalsociety.org
Phone: 309-674-1921
Fax: 309-674-1882

or Ginny our administrative assistant:

adminphs@peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Phone: 309-674-1921
Fax: 309-674-1882





Saturday, March 29, 2014

Peoria Hosts Famous Guests in the River City



Saturday -- April 12 
10 AM to 2 PM
Peoria Civic Center Ballroom

PHS 80th Anniversary Event: 
"Peoria Hosts: 
Famous Guests 
in the River City"

The Society celebrates its 80th anniversary with a six famous guests who visited the River City. 

Enjoy the historical soliloquies, period costumes, dancing and music from bygone eras at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom.

$40 per person. $300 for table of 8.


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Reservations due by 
Friday, April 4th.

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10 - 11 AM Vendor Boutique

11:30 AM Program Begins & Luncheon

12:15 "Peoria Hosts"... featuring:

John Parks Jr as Abraham Lincoln.

Eric Turner as Frederick Douglass. 

Mark Johnson as Theodore Roosevelt.

Charles Brown as Charles Lindbergh.

Tim Wyman as Dwight D Eisenhower.

Cheri Beever as Lady Bird Johnson.

PLUS:

Metamora Courthouse Civil War Dance 

Gospel music by Val Pierce 

Ragtime piano by Pete Driscoll 

Lindy Hop Dancers - Body Fitness

Folk music by Bob Drake, Paul Hamilton, Linda Blossom



Friday, March 28, 2014

Sandy's hamburger restaurant



Peoria Sandy's Sheridan Road was Sandy's number one. It opened on August 8th, 1958 and was originally planned to be one of the first McDonalds east of the Mississippi River. 

Ray Krok, however, changed the leasing agreement to his favor when the building was being built. The founders of Sandy's were not happy with the new terms which were violations of the original contract. 

They decided to follow the McDonald's playbook and open their own drive-in and called it Sandy's which is a Scottish play on the Irish McDonalds and to present a theme of swift and thrift service.




The choice of Peoria turned out to be a great one and by 1961 there were three Sandy's locations in the city which were incredibly popular. Supported by Peoria's numerous high schools as well as Bradley University, they became powerhouse businesses and Sandy's was on its way spreading across the nation and becoming a dominant force in the fast food industry. Sandy's participated in media advertising with both television and radio commercials.

Sandy's Peoria was not only the birthplace of the chain but it also was the spearhead of the transition between Hardees and Sandy's. Sandy's was in need of capital for expansion as well as to keep up with the leading fast food rivals in the nation. 

Based in Kewanee, Illinois, Sandy's had one bank for financing. McDonalds, on the other hand was based in Chicago and had many of the most powerful banks in the world to choose from to finance their expansion plans. 



In order to compete, Sandy's had to either issue stock or merge with a competitor. Hardees, on the other hand, needed Sandy's strength, which was its board of directors and had plenty of capital. The merger made total sense. Sandy's was to maintain its image and remain a separate company.

Brick Lundberg, founder of Sandy's, saw what was happening in the industry in the early 1970s. Local fast food restaurants such as Mr. Quick had problems due to lack of capital. Brick did not want the Sandy's franchisee's eventually lose everything they had worked for and came back from retirement in 1972 to convince the franchisees to switch over to Hardees.

The switch was not immediate for all locations. The merger itself was announced in December of 1971. At some point, most likely in 1972, Sandy's decided that it was in its interest to allow Hardees to buy the corporation out and become one. 

90% of Sandy's by this point had converted into Hardees. A few locations such as the Muscatine, Iowa Sandy's remained Sandy's well into the late 1970's! 

Other locations became independant operators such as Bucky's in Lawrence Kansas which continues to this day in 2004! Welcome to Hardees, goodbye Sandy's -- and it was never the same again.


Information published here to preserve it -- and was excerpted from:

http://www.geocities.ws/sandyshamburgers/sandyspeoria/sandyspeoria.html






Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shelton Gang Event at Flanagan House April 6





John C. Flanagan House Museum
942 NE Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria IL 61603

Sunday April 6, 2014

Admission $7.00 adults, $3.00 kids
$10 adults for both Museum Homes (Flanagan House and Pettengill-Morron House) in one day.

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tour the historic Flanagan House Museum.

Learn how the Shelton Brothers Played in Peoria as they dominated the
bootlegging and gambling trade during the 1930's and 40's.




Flanagan House Museum Manager and PHS Trustee, Linda Herron, says this is a really good, perhaps the best, book on Peoria's gangsters, the Shelton Gang: "Brothers Notorious" by Taylor Pensoneau.

Amazon Customer Commenter MWA says: 

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"Our family moved around the state of Illinois and I was fortunate to experience life in the southern part of the state in "Bloody Williamson County" for several of my youngest years.

My father always spoke of the conflicts between the "Shelton Brothers and Charlie Birger", but I could never really read or study much about them.

This author has really put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Prohibition, the Klan, politics, crime, religion, et al.

I studied and taught Illinois History and even Robert Howard's fantastic book on the history of the Land of Lincoln did not have much to say on this subject.

Thanks to Taylor Pensoneau for finally and lucidly bringing to print what had been an important lawless period in state history. Your newspaper credentials really shine on this one, Taylor! You, Paul Angle, and Mike Royko are indeed members of the same club."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rebecca Schlosser, PHS Volunteer


Say hello to Rebecca Schlosser, one of our wonderful volunteers who helps out in the office.

If you like history, especially local history, and would like to contribute your skills or time, we would very much appreciate it. You'll have fun, meet interesting people, and grow in your understanding of historical research, archiving, digitization, public relations, and much more.

Contact us today!

More information about PHS Volunteer opportunities:

Robert Killion, Curator - Collections and Technology
Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602

rkillion@peoriahistoricalsociety.org


Phone: 309-674-1921
Fax: 309-674-1882

or Ginny our administrative assistant:

adminphs@peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Phone: 309-674-1921
Fax: 309-674-1882


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Peoria DAR at Flanagan House Museum


Happy 90th birthday Honorary Chapter Regent Jean from Regent Susan and all members. So proud of your years of service to Peoria Chapter DAR, Peoria, Illinois




Peoria Chapter DAR, Peoria, Illinois Regent Susan, Chaplain Georgianna, and Membership Co-Chairman Mary welcomed three new members: Jeanne, Dawn, and Kim.




Membership Co-Chair Billie keeping track of attendance!!




First Vice Regent and Program Committee Chairman Shirley with her son Tim who presented the program as a last minute fill in!




Tea Commitee members created a beautiful table for the DAR tea/meeting.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Historically Correct gift shop items


Wow!!! What a great idea -- "historically correct" items for home and office! Artistic! Beautiful! Useful!

Visit the gift shops at PHS office, or at the Pettengill-Morron or Flanagan house museums, for lovely items like this ceramic Judge John C. Flanagan House Museum drink coaster.

Now wouldn't that be a nice thing to get for that Peoria history buff in your life? Impress your coffee klatch with "historically correct" PHS decor enhancements, books, tote bags, tee shirts, and much more!





More information about gift ideas and prices:

Robert Killion, Curator - Collections and Technology
Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602

rkillion@peoriahistoricalsociety.org
Phone: 309-674-1921
Fax: 309-674-1882

or Ginny our administrative assistant:

adminphs@peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Phone: 309-674-1921
Fax: 309-674-1882








Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PHS Board of Directors meeting March 2014



Working hard to preserve, verify, digitize, and celebrate the stories of the Peoria area, PHS trustees meet at least once a month, plus have special committee meetings.