First Bicentennial Book Now Available

Bicentennial History of Greenville, Illinois Volume 1, a reprint of a 1905 book published by Will C. Carson, has been reissued in observance of Greenville’s 200th birthday celebration. Carson compiled the comprehensive look at the town’s first 90 years including its founding, early residents, and Bond County’s contribution to the Civil War. The book also serves as a glimpse at Greenville life in 1905 with hundreds of photos of businesses, homes, and community leaders.

John Coleman, Chairman of the Bicentennial Publications Committee, said his group quickly realized Carson’s book was the best source of Greenville’s early history. “I think the amazing thing is the photographs,” said Coleman. “In 1905 photographs were pretty rare and expensive to include in books.”

Contained in the 178 page reprint is a new index of all the buildings featured in the photos. Local historian Kevin Kaegy provided commentary on the history and location of these buildings—many of which are still standing. Kaegy’s daughter, Elizabeth, designed the book’s cover.

Copies of Bicentennial History of Greenville, Illinois Volume 1 may be purchased for $20 plus tax at the Bicentennial Store inside Third Street Market, Watson’s Drug Store, Bradford National Bank, the Green Door, Bond County Realtors, and on Amazon.

The Bicentennial Publications Committee is working on Volume 2, a new book focusing on Greenville from 1905 to present.