City of Dust: A Cement Company Town in the Land of Tom by Gregg Andrews

By Gregg Andrews

Mark Twain's boyhood domestic of Hannibal, Missouri, frequently brings to brain romanticized photographs of Twain's fictional characters Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer exploring caves and fishing from the banks of the Mississippi River. In City of Dust, Gregg Andrews tells one other tale of the Hannibal sector, the very genuine tale of the exploitation and eventual destruction of Ilasco, Missouri, an commercial city created to serve the needs of the Atlas Portland Cement Company.

In this re-creation, Andrews presents an creation detailing the impression of this ebook seeing that its preliminary ebook in 1996. He writes of a brand new twist within the Ilasco saga, one who matters the Continental Cement Company’s try out, now not not like Atlas’s 100 years previous, to govern the sale of a section of land close to its plant within the city. He explores the uneasy courting among preservationists and the plant’s CEO and officers in St. Louis; the growing to be circulation to maintain Ilasco’s history, together with the construction of a monument to commemorate the early citizens of town; and the grassroots petition force and letter-writing crusade that stopped the Continental Cement Company’s machinations.

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Ibid. 33. The tract included lands formerly owned by Cato Abbott (120 acres), Madison Turner (100 acres), Willie Edwards (95 acres), Alfred W. Bulkley (15 acres), Alfred W. Bulkley et al. (195 acres), Spencer Tilbe (98 acres), Martin L. Blake (30 acres), Edward Medcalf (171 acres), James C. Tucker (40 acres), Melvina Myers (5 acres), S. P. Balthrope (58 acres), and George Whitecotton (35 acres). Cato Abbott to Henry J. Seaman, May 23, 1901; Madison Turner to Henry J. Seaman, June 3, 1901; Willie Edwards to Henry J.

6 It is unclear whether Sam had met Theodore Johnson in the Sny bottom or whether Johnson was the man who left Watseka with him, but they chopped wood and “batched” together in the Illinois woods along the Mississippi River. Around 1887 or 1888, Johnson moved across the river to an area three miles south of Hannibal, where he met and married Eliza Jane Smashey, the daughter of Samuel and Maria Smashey, a landowning farm family. 7 For the next several years Heinbach and Johnson worked as woodchoppers and truck farmers south of Hannibal.

Whatever the reason for Sam’s departure, his quick exit caught his family by surprise. “Well when he left he just went down the street,” his oldest daughter recalled, “just bare-footed, without hat or anything . . Yes sir. ”5 The fate of Sarah and her children illustrates the vulnerability of women and children who lived on the edge of poverty in an era that championed women’s subordination, male paternalism, and children’s orphanages as solutions to deep social problems. Sam, on a final trip back to Cambridge sometime after 1885, discovered that Sarah had left the children with her mother, who in turn had put them in an orphans home in Richmond, Indiana.

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