-On the Corner of Union and Prairie: Canton Stories on sale


The new book, ON THE CORNER OF UNION & PRAIRIE: CANTON STORIES, by Brooks Carver and Michael Walters is now on sale to the general public.  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 2013 book, On the Corner of Union & Prairie, features the people, places, and events that have contributed to Canton’s own unique story since its founding.  Some of the stories include Harold Ronk, the singing Barnum and Bailey Circus ringmaster; Steve Nagel, Canton astronaut who flew the Discovery, Challenger, Atlantis and Columbia space shuttles and was recognized as the 100th American astronaut in space; Mrs. Wilsey and the Orphan Children; Officer David O’Brian, and over 250 pages of other fascinating tales.

The books will make great gifts for Canton residents past and present, old or young.  The Foundation ordered an initial printing of 500 copies softbound and 50 hardbound editions and those desiring copies are encouraged to purchase early.  Over 80 copies were sold at the Spoon River Reads Kick-Off Dinner.

Brooks Carver approached Mike Walters in early 2012 about including all of Walters’ knowledge and memorabilia books to be shared as a part of the Spoon River Reads program.  Walters has been collecting information, photos, and other historical artifacts Canton history for decades.   The two men partnered on last year’s highly popular book Legacy:  The Story of Three Families.  Approximately 500 copies of Legacy were sold.

“Canton has a rich and fascinating history,” said Carver.  “It has been a labor of love to pen the stories that Mike Walters, our resident historian, has collected over the years.”

On the Corner of Union & Prairie was written as a complement to the 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.

“We are once again so grateful to Brooks and Mike for their generosity,” said Carol Davis, Vice President of Spoon River College and the Foundation’s Director.  “Proceeds from these book sales will support student scholarships.  Words cannot express how much we appreciate Mike and Brooks.”

For more information, please visit www.src.edu/spoo​nriverreads or call (309) 647-6260.

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