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NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett A new book showing early 1900s Princeton and early 2000s Princeton includes old photos of landmarks and new photos of the same landmarks and homes as they appear today, as well as photos of some of the other significant homes and sites in town. Bureau County Historical Society benefits from sales of the $25 book. Among the photos is one showing the old Swedish Mission Church, the sanctuary of which today still can be seen behind several modern additions to the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Richard Widmark exhibit
Widmark remembered at 100th anniversary of his birth Actor Richard Widmark probably wouldn’t have liked all the attention, but the late actor is commemorated in a display case exhibit this year in the Bureau County Historical Society museum in Princeton. Widmark was president of the class of 1932 at Princeton High, and though the movie star was born in Minnesota and left town when he went to college, he remains a source of pride. One item in the display case is a teacher’s yearbook with the following from Widmark: “Dick Widmark ’32 — I’m spoiling your book with pencil. Anyway, I liked your classes while there.”
Ever admire one of the grand old homes in Princeton and wonder what it looked like when it was new, or when Elm City still had elm trees?
Bureau County Historical Society volunteer Carolyn Workman had thoughts like those in mind when she had the idea for the historical society to re-create, but double the size of a 1914 string-bound picture booklet that was published back when Princeton’s slogan was “The City of Homes.”
Historical society volunteers Workman and Kathy O’Malley, along with historical society executive director Pam Lange put together a book with side-by-side photos of homes, buildings and streets from 100 years ago and then took new photos from the same positions.
They had the cover reproduced and even bound the postcard-shaped book the same, with twine. The new book includes addresses, home names or names of homeowners, such as the Trimble House at 1120 S. Main, as well as a paragraph of history. The old book was little more than a batch of photos.
Some of the homes changed dramatically, with different siding material or with decorative features gone from rooflines and gables. The Swedish Mission Church on Main Street still stands, but has several modern additions in front of the old sanctuary. It’s now Evangelical Covenant Church.
The books are available for $25.
The newest addition to the historical society is, of course, the acquisition of the Prairie style Matson Public Library building. Now part of a three-building museum campus, the old library was donated to the society by Robert Sash of Tiskilwa, in memory of his grandparents.
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