Welcome to our Springhouse!
There was a time when many springs were topped by springhouses, small buildings often constructed of stone. Spring water issues from the earth at a constant temperature of about 65 degrees in any season of the year. Although built for keeping cool milk and cream and other perishables, a springhouse also served as an escape from summer heat and a quiet retreat when company got too boisterous.
Our Springhouse offers neither milk nor cool stones, but treasure of another sort. The rich feast that is southern Illinois spills from our pages. In no particular order, we offer history and nostalgia and folklore, plus recipes and even a poem or two.
We at Springhouse are always eager for comments on our magazine or web site. Let us know what you think, and would like to see. Please send us an email.
Accustomed to jousting with windmills, thinking they were dragons, the old Spanish knight Don Quixote seemed perfect for our cover. From the beginning, our very existence has always seemed something of an anomaly, a break in the order of things, and while we always saw windmills as windmills only, in other ways Springhouse ventured forth no better prepared than Don Quixote would have been. Eager to offer our two cents worth of insight when study and analysis were required, we carved our niche into the landscape without taking on a single windmill.
Incidentally, the drawing of Don was used in early issues from time to time and first appeared on the June 1986 cover. From that point on this ancient knight of ancient Spain has proudly raised his lance on the left-hand corner of every Springhouse and will continue to do so until our Adventure Shaped Like A Magazine heads into the sunset.
Here's what is in
What Made Abraham Lincoln So Famous? Robert A. Hill
Old Red Man - Roger K. Lyons
New School House was Dedicated
High School Girls Take a Long Hike
Percival Bailey Of Ol' Southern - Herbert Russell
At Long Last the Time For Half-Ghosts has Arrived - Rebel Without Applause
Tulagi - Tom Martin
Review of Picturing Illinois - Paul Stroble
From My Kitchen Window - Dixie Terry
Personal Memories of 50 Years Ago - David Nelson
Excerpts From Conflicts and Triumphs of an Itinerant - T. W. Welker
Riches in Them Thar Hills - Kestner Wallace
Fehrer Lake's "Black Drink" Cup - Charles M. Sutton
Half Moon Lick - Charles M. Sutton
Playing Poker with the Elderly Elasser Sisters - Tom Martin
Forts and Blockhouses of the War of 1812, Part Three - Gillum Ferguson
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Rawhide, our favorite rebel, made his SH debut with these, his first five contributions - and he's been a Springhouse regular ever since.
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