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Wyatt Earp Photos Surface in California

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Two brothers, Keith & Brian Collins, made quite a discovery at  Carriage House Antiques in Hesperia, CA.  There they found & purchased (for $50) a family photo album of Monmouth’s most famous son, Wyatt Earp.

The Collins brothers suggest that the album’s photos could fetch $1 million if sold. But they intend to keep them and lease out the rights to them.

Quite the find!


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October 23, 2011 at 12:11 am

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive …

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Local blogger & Review Atlas columnist Stephanie Sikorski asked for positive media coverage of the Monmouth-Roseville Titans soccer program as they advance to sectional championship on Saturday.   Sikorski’s husband Aaron coaches the team.  The Titans soccer program was in the local media spotlight earlier this year, but unfortunately that was due to the IHSA suspension of star player “Chino” Ayala & the resulting forfeiture of a tie game with Peoria Manual.  Sikorski’s blog post highlights how the team has struggled through multiple adversities with little fan & community support to achieve a very successful season.

Well Stephanie, ask and ye shall receive!  I’ll add my voice, too … best of luck to the Titans on Saturday!

Written by Matthew

October 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Blogging Forgottonia dot com

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I bit the bullet and spent the money to buy my own domain.  Blogging Forgottonia is now officially housed at  I did this in part to encourage myself to start blogging again.  It was $25 for a year through WordPress, so it’s not exactly a titanic financial sacrifice.  Still, I paid for the domain, so I better make some use of it, eh?

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October 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

Attack of the Gerrymander

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My voting tendencies are liberal, especially for rural Illinois.  I usually vote for Democratic candidates.  Yet I find the proposed Illinois redistricting map an obscenity, and the arrogance involved in creating it astonishing in its disregard for our country’s democratic principles.

Capitol Fax has a thorough summary.  Harry Bulkeley has fired off a rant that I actually agree with, although if the shoe were on the other foot and Republicans controlled redistricting, I’m certain that we’d simply have a clutch of red gerrymanders instead of the blue ones we have now.  “To the victor belong the spoils” a la Andrew Jackson.

When are we going to stop letting our elected officials brazenly abuse the system like this?

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May 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

But They Had Their Best Year in Safety, Right?

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A recent US Coast Guard report faults Transocean for their involvement in the Gulf Oil Spill.  I’m confused, because Transocean gave executives big bonuses for their “best year in safety.”

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April 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

What’s in Store for the Review Atlas?

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Matt Hutton, the paper’s editor, is leaving.  His farewell article gives no indication regarding who will be replacing him.  The paper’s building at 400 S. Main was for sale, but now the listing has disappeared from the Mel Foster Co website.  What does GateHouse Media Inc have planned for the Review Atlas?

Written by Matthew

April 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Head Scratcher

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OK, can someone tell me why this article about the recent addition of 80 acres to the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center in Monmouth was printed in the Aledo Times Record, and why this article about the new Monmouth underage club AfterDark was printed in the Galesburg Register-Mail?  Better question … why was there nothing in the Review Atlas regarding these rather newsworthy local events???

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March 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm