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.
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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
Rude Boy from Rudiment
A Union Soldier Who Survived 19 Gunshot Wounds - John J. Dunphy
The Nightingale of Andover - William Furry
From Shawneetown to Elizabethtown - L. O. Trigg
In the Footsteps of Col. Trigg - Brian DeNeal
From My Kitchen Window - Dixie Terry
Careless Prose and Proud of It - Rebel Without Applause
Final Saline Hanging - Brian DeNeal
Riches in Them Thar Hills - Kestner Wallace
Donating My Books - Paul Stroble
Land of Passage - Tom Martin
Josiah Lamborn, Attorney General of Illinois, 1840-43 - Cornelius J. Doyle
Forts and Blockhouses of the War of 1812, Part Two - 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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