Copies of the new book, LEGACY: THE STORY OF THREE FAMILIES, by Michael Walters and Brooks Carver are now on sale. The books may be purchased at the Spoon River College Outreach Center at 45 East Side Square, Suite 302, in Canton or at Parlin Ingersoll Public Library. Books may also be ordered by visiting www.src.edu/spoonriverreads. The cost of the book is $15.00.
LEGACY chronicles the lives of Canton, Illinois pioneers – the Parlins, the Ingersolls, and the Orendorffs. The book was unveiled at the Spoon River Reads Kick Off Dinner on August 30.
More than 100 of the 300 books available were purchased that evening.
“I took the book home and started reading,” said Missy Towery, who attended the Kick Off dinner Thursday evening. “Before I knew it I had already read 50 pages. It’s a fascinating account of those who helped build the City of Canton.”
Brooks Carver approached Mike Walters in early 2012 about including all of Walters’ knowledge and memorabilia into one book to be shared as a part of the Spoon River Reads program. Carver, an author of several other books, stated this was a project of love from the beginning.
“Anyone associated with Canton knows a little bit about these families,” said Carver. “But after owning this book, people will truly come to appreciate just what these early Canton pioneers carved out for the future of our town.”
Walters has been collecting information, photos, and other historical artifacts about the Parlins, Ingersolls, and Orendorffs for decades. The book includes many primary source references, but Walters states that talking with the relatives of the original families has been his greatest great joy.
“I am so grateful to the families for sharing what they knew to make this book possible,” Walters said. “The legacy left to the City of Canton lives on through them and as a result of the generosity and forethought of their ancestors.”
LEGACY was written as a complement to the Spoon River College Foundation’s Spoon River Reads program. Although many, many hours were put into writing the book, neither Walters nor Carver are receiving any compensation from its sales.
“The Families weren’t the only generous people from the town of Canton,” said Carol Davis, Vice President of Spoon River College and the Foundation’s Director. “All proceeds from these book sales are going back into the Read coffers so that the program may continue and flourish in the future. Words cannot express how much we appreciate Mike and Brooks.”
The books will make great gifts for Canton residents past and present, old or young. The Foundation ordered an initial printing of 300 copies and those desiring copies are encouraged to purchase early.
“I sat down and read the book immediately,” said Clara McCutcheon, a new resident of Canton. “I found it fascinating and now I feel more in tune with the town and its origins. I highly recommend the book to everyone.”
For more information, please visit www.src.edu/spoonriverreads or call (309) 647-6260.