Held in High Esteem: The True Story of Two Midwest Outlaw Brothers who came to Hide in the Horse Creek Region of Southern Illinois.

By Randy Mills | January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

There is at least one unconfirmed story out there about Jesse James and his gang spending time in Farrington Township…

My Blow-Out Team: A Story about Oakland City College Intramural Basketball in the Early 1970s

By Randy Mills | January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Intramural sports have long played an important but under-recognized role down through the years in the Oakland City College/University culture.…

The Most Barbaric Sound: Rock and Roll Bands and the Vietnam War Come to Oakland City College

By Randy Mills | January 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Oakland City College in the mid to late 1960s, despite its remote location and a mostly conventional student body, still…

Living with the General: How Irish Twins Made Peace

By Randy Mills | December 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

To have a brother eleven months older than you, an Irish twin, is to have a constant companion and a…

Unlucky in Love: The Forgotten Love Story of Oakland City College’s Ella Wheatley

By Randy Mills | December 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Randy Mills There are many unsung heroes who were deeply involved in the early nurturing of Oakland City College, but…

“Just Making Myself Count”: A Vietnam War Christmas Story

By Randy Mills | December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tobey Herzog, in his book, Vietnam War Stories: Innocence Loss, believed there were lessons to be learned from Vietnam War…

Our Woods

By Randy Mills | November 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like the adult southern Illinois farmers who lived around us in the late 1950s, my older brother, Marshall, and I…

“The People’s Choice”: A Classic Story of a Small Town Indiana Basketball Team

By Roxanne Mills | November 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the late winter of 1967, an iconic Hoosier dream of basketball success was unfolding in the small town of…

Vote for the Jones Boy: How I Learned Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Politics

By Randy Mills | September 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

My father’s people immersed themselves in local political affairs with the same fervor they showed when they were baptized in…

How My Dad and the 1961 Oakland City High School Football Team Saved Johnson’s Restaurant

By Roxanne Mills | July 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

For almost three decades, Johnson’s Restaurant in Oakland City, Indiana, was a favorite place to go, to eat great food,…

A Wondrous New Word and What Followed

By Randy Mills | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

It was in the grassless plot just outside our back door where we “played little” with our toy tractors and…

The Season of the Summer Plague: One Family’s Story

By Andrea Turner | April 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the first week of September, in 1937, my father became an unexpected statistic, the state health department noting that…