Looking to the past

Flood leads to Election Day panic

Thanks in large part to continuous utility service, Beardstown was able to hold election day in the spring of 1922.
Most people used boats to reach the polling places. News accounts noted that women were compelled to wear knickerbockers and hip boots in place of their usual dresses when they went to the polls.
Meanwhile, wild rumors began to spread through Beardstown on that day – rumors that CIPS (Central Illinois Public Service) was about to shut down both gas and electricity service.


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