Famous Friday

This week I would like to discuss Joseph W. Schmitt. He was born and raised in O'Fallon, Illinois. Before discovering his career with NASA, he worked at a barber shop in downtown O'Fallon while furthering his high school education and then joined the Army Air Corps. Schmitt's father, Benjamin B. Schmitt of O'Fallon, had been … Continue reading Famous Friday

Famous Friday

Today I would like to discuss William Franklin Beedle Jr. and his lasting legacy in the cinema. Perhaps almost every resident of O’Fallon already knows of his existence. Within the celebrity realm, he was known famously as William Holden. His contribution to Hollywood and the history of O’Fallon is beyond fascinating. As a long term resident of neighboring Breese, I … Continue reading Famous Friday