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Name:  Mary E. Mann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA History



Illinois Connection

I was born in Sumner, Illinois, lived in Chicago, Springfield, Tuscola, Champaign-Urbana (while my husband attended and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine), also lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, moved to Huntington, West Virginia, Iowa City, Iowa, currently live in Centralia, Illinois. I graduated from Bridgeport High School, but attended college in Indiana. I wrote a book titled, ''Book Learning in Centralia, Illinois, A primer on Willow Grove School, 1866-1992'' that is in the Jefferson and Adams Reading Rooms of the Library of Congress but unfortunately I did not secure a ISBN number for the book. ''Me and Hobo Bill: Recollections of a National Hobo King'' is a story of a hobo who lived and died in Centralia, Illinois. I am currently near completion on a history of Brookside Township History, and Centralia Junior College and Kaskaskia College, located in Centralia, Illinois, that will soon be published.

Biographical and Professional Information

Have a diverse background, nurse, engaged in research activities,and for the past thirty years has been involved in local history research. During my husband's university studies I worked at the Natural History Survey and the University of Illinois Food Science Department as a Research Assistant. Had my photographs of Bacillus thuringenis published on the cover of ''Science Magazine'' on 20 December 1968. For the past thirty years, I have been interested in local history of Centralia - the K-8 Grade School my son attended, the local junior colleges, the Brookside Township history, and have written newspaper articles in the ''Centralia Sentinel'' for the Presbyterian Church in Centralia, Illinois.

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