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History of Menard and Mason Counties

By Ruggles & Miller, published 1879
$65.00, plus $5.00 postage
Available from Mason County Historical Society, P. O. Box 446, Havana, IL 62664

Pioneers of Menard and Mason Counties

By T. G. Onstot, published 1902 (reprint)
Hardbound with title stamped on the spine in gold, 400 pages
$45.00 per copy, plus $5.00 shipping

Available from Higginson Book Company; 148 Washington Street; Dept. P; Book #L0145; Salem, MA 01970

The Becker Murders - Central Illinois' Strangest Murder Mystery

By John W. Thomas
It was common knowledge that Mr. and Mrs. John Becker, Sr., considered to be one of the wealthiest couples in the county, kept a large amount of money stashed in their rural farmhouse. On December 16, 1916, they were shot and brutally murdered in their home.

During the following three years, six suspects were arrested; but, none were convicted of the crimes.

Strange and bizarre twists and turns dominate this crime case that was never resolved, and you are invited to witness day-by-day events as they unfold.

$15.00 per copy, plus postage
Available from Donna Mayer

Mason City's Famous and Infamous, Vol. 1

By Donna Mayer, published by The Mason City, Illinois Area and History Society
Did you know that a professional baseball player was born in Mason City? An Illinois State Supreme Court Justice? Did you know that Mason City had its share of wild west shoot outs? That a man was born in Mason City who later went on to help found a major movie studio? All of these people, and more, have been born in Mason City, or lived there for a time.

Mason City's Famous and Infamous tells about some of Mason City's interesting people and events. Over 475 family names are mentioned in the book, and many people with Mason City ties should be able to find someone they're related to in one story or another.

$15.00 per copy, plus postage
Available from Mason City, Illinois Area and Family History Society, NFP

Maintained by Mason County Coordinator Donna Mayer