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 photos 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 actual 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 new version, Andrews offers an creation detailing the impression of this e-book when you consider that its preliminary booklet in 1996. He writes of a brand new twist within the Ilasco saga, person who issues the Continental Cement Company’s try, no longer not like Atlas’s 100 years prior, to govern the sale of a bit 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 starting to be circulation to maintain Ilasco’s history, together with the construction of a monument to commemorate the early citizens of the city; and the grassroots petition force and letter-writing crusade that stopped the Continental Cement Company’s machinations.

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4. Heinbach v. , April term, 1914, 393–96, 406. 5. Heinbach v. , April term, 1918, 148; Heinbach v. , April term, 1914, 391–94. 2 3 4 5 Woodchopper Landlords and Cement Mill Tenants 25 an aunt and then was hired out to a farm family near Roseland. Jesse set out to look for work in Muncie, but none of his family ever heard from him again. 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.

April term, 1914, 393–96, 406. 5. Heinbach v. , April term, 1918, 148; Heinbach v. , April term, 1914, 391–94. 2 3 4 5 Woodchopper Landlords and Cement Mill Tenants 25 an aunt and then was hired out to a farm family near Roseland. Jesse set out to look for work in Muncie, but none of his family ever heard from him again. 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.

30. Hannibal Courier-Post, December 31, 1930. 27 28 29 30 16 A Foreign Colony in Mossback Missouri In June 1901, Atlas publicized its selection of Hannibal. Attorney Mahan informed the local press that he was wrapping up deals to buy the coveted land south of the Mark Twain Cave. ”32 Nevertheless, an editorial in the Hannibal Morning Journal on June 2, 1901, warned local residents not to become too greedy by asking high prices for land that Atlas wanted. The editorial emphasized that local residents by doing so might cripple Hannibal’s bid to compete with other western locations for investments of eastern capital.

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