Alexander County profiles, Illinois

The Woman's Club and Library Association of Cairo, Illinois, is publishing this non-profit book, which contains 39 essays by 34 Sophomore and Junior students from Mrs. Paul Quail's history classes at Cairo High School. Each essay received an award from the Illinois State Historical Society during the last six years.

Title for "Alexander County Profiles" was chosen by Mrs. Quails. A special Sesquicentennial Award in recognition of hex work with students is copied on the opposite page.

Mrs. H.N. Thistlewood, at the request of Mrs. Herman Hirsch, President of the Woman's Club, is Editor of this publication Mrs. Thistlewood is Historian of the club, as well as a past president and is chairman of the Cairo Sesquicentennial Commission.

The suggestion that the book be published was that of Guyla Moreland, who is Alexander County Sesquicentennial Commission chairman and a local Historian.
Mrs. Thistlewood has had the complete support of the Cairo Sesquicentennial Commission 'whose names are listed in the back of the book) and that of Mrs Quails, whose help has been invaluable.

These essays were carefully researched and nicely written. Alexander County and Cairo can be justifiably proud of these young people.


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At Ninth and Washington Avenue, in Halliday Park, in Cairo. Illinois, stands the statue of the Hewer. It was Miss Mary Halliday, a resident of Cairo, who commissioned George Grey Bernard to sculpture it in 1901. It was completed in 1904, and put on exhibit at the Columbian Exposition at St. Louis as one of the priceless art works of the period.