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STORIES OF A SMALL RAILROAD TOWN IN THE 1930'S, 40'S & 50'S George.       John R. Warren

The articles and pictures that you see within these pages about Bluford
were submitted by Janice Staples
Written permission was given by the Author the late
John R. Warren to use on this website.

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About the author:

John Warren was born and raised in Bluford, IL. He has solid roots there, 
having graduated from Bluford Grade School, Webber Township High School (WTHS), 
and working on and off over a 12 year period at the ICRR Bluford Yards. He attended
Southern IL University, Carbondale, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science 
 Electronics Engineering (BSEE) from the University of IL.
His professional career as a Research & Development, Systems, and
Project Engineer was divided between the Missile & Aerospace
Industry and the USDA Forest Service. He has spent time at all the
major U.S. missile test sites, the NASA facilities, and the Pentagon,
and had many interesting experiences. He has been to all 50 states, 21
countries, and 5 continents. He has been married for over 50 years to
Janette (Hawkins) of Mt. Vernon, IL. They have 4 children, 12
grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. They have lived in Nampa,
Idaho for over 26 years. He is retired now and runs a cattle ranch in

(OK, then, would you believe 5 acres and two steers?)

Sadly  Mr. John Warren passed away February 20, 2006, 
I can't express how grateful I am that he was willing to share his work and photos with all of us.

B. E. Woods Printing Company

Bluford Ice Plant

Bluford Lake

Bluford Post Office


De Witt's Store

Doc Goodrich

Halbrooks Store

Hoffner & Sullivan Hotels

The Railroad (ICRR) in Bluford,IL

Buildings at the Bluford Yard

Railroad Jobs

Rixmann Lumber

The New Store 

Toby Show

Vance's Store

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