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By Michael Ellis
Part I of IV: Broadway Comes to Murphysboro
The nearly 100-year-old Liberty Theater in Murphysboro, Illinois, a
community of approximately 8,000 near the southern tip of the state, remains
in operation, if somewhat tenuously, because of the efforts of a relatively
small corps of dedicated volunteers. However, had it not been for the pluck
and perseverance of the late James Marlow, the communitys Italian American
impresario, the little theater probably would have closed permanently
decades ago. Marlow owned and managed the Liberty and Murphysboros
long-gone, grand Hippodrome Theater, the latter known also simply as
Marlows, for more than 50 years. He devoted most of his life and his
fortune to the theaters, which struggled fiercely to remain in operation
beginning in the late 1940s. At that time movie audiences began to decline
precipitously as television became the nations primary source of
information and entertainment. Marlow, like many small town theater owners
across America, kept his theaters going long past a profusion of red ink and
spent most of his life savings to do so. The Hippodrome operated
continuously from 1919 until 1968 when Marlows health began to decline, but
the little Libertys screen was often dark for months and for several years
in the late 1960s.
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I just found this today..I'm not related but thought it was very interesting. I've quoted verbatum from the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog, May 17, 2010.
"Help Find a WW2 Soldier from Illinois "
"Jill in Australia found another Dog Tag belonging to an American WW2 soldier. This military identification tag belonged to Randall E. Packard. His next of kin was Margaret [L.?] Packard of 406 Ash Street in Carbondale Illinois."
Through other readers of this blog, the wife and grandchildren were found. The dog tag was returned to them.
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