The Daily Illini April 11, 1957 Geologists to Take Field Trip
The first of three field trips conducted by the Illinois State Geological Survey will be held Saturday, according to George M. Wilson, head of the Surveys Educational Extension service. The trip will be conducted in the Lawrenceville area in the Little Wabash River Valley and adjacent to the wide flats of the Wabash River, once a broad turbulent river fed by melting glaciers. Beneath the glacial sands and gravels is bedrock of the Pennsylvanian age, some 350 million years old. These rocks contain the Illinois coal beds, widely mined in other parts of the state, and many of the oil producing sands. The trip will include a visit to both old and new style pump jacks used in the Lawrence County oil fields. The earth science field trips are planned to acquaint science teachers, farmers, students, and interested laymen with the development of the local landscape and the geological processes that formed the rocks and the present hills and valleys. The group will leave Lawrenceville High School at 9am Saturday.
Attention: September Historical Society Program Sept 28 7:00 pm at the MUSEUM
Illinois author Taylor Pensoneau, whose books have documented the lives of famous Illinois lawbreakers and major Illinois political leaders, will speak on legends and lore surrounding downstate Illinois gangsters at a meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society at 7 p.m. Monday, September 28, in Lawrenceville.
Pensoneau’s talk will revolve around his best-selling book Brothers Notorious—The Sheltons and a widely read sequel, Dapper & Deadly—The True Story of Black Charlie Harris.
Brothers Notorious details the rise and fall of the best known gangster brothers to come out of southern Illinois. It covers the tumultuous times of Carl, Big Earl and Bernie Shelton, who were kingpins of racketeering in most of Illinois south of Chicago from the Roaring Twenties through the late 1940s. The book on Harris traces the murderous career of the last of the big-name desperadoes who plagued southern Illinois.
Pensoneau, a native of Belleville, Illinois, is a onetime Illinois political writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who covered all or parts of the administrations of five of the state’s governors. Later, he was the president of the Springfield-based Illinois Coal Association, the state-level trade association of the Illinois coal industry. He retired from the ICA position in 2003.
His political books include biographies of two former Illinois governors, Democrat Dan Walker and Republican Richard B. Ogilvie. The Chicago Sun-Times called the Ogilvie volume one of the ten most notable political books in the country in 1997. Pensoneau also authored Power House: Arrington from Illinois, the biography of W. Russell Arrington, a onetime leader of the Illinois Senate and millionaire attorney from Evanston who is widely regarded as the father of the modern Illinois General Assembly. Most recently, Pensoneau was the ghost writer of the autobiography of the late United States Senator Alan J. Dixon of Illinois.
Pensoneau lives with his wife Elizabeth, a onetime editor of the former Outdoor Illinois magazine, in the village of New Berlin a few miles west of Springfield. He is a former president of the Sangamon County Historical Society, former president of the Board of Trustees of the West Sangamon Public Library District, and former president of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Center for the Book.
Pensoneau’s books on the Shelton brothers and Black Charlie Harris may be purchased after his presentation. He also will have available copies of The Summer of ’50, his one work of fiction, a story of political corruption, murder and investigative reporting set in southern Illinois and Springfield.
A percentage of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to the historical society.