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Marlene Cook

Marlene Cook
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Marlene Cook is a Lansing resident who loves learning and writing about local history. A member of the Illinois Women's Press Association since 1973, she has won multiple IWPA awards. Her 2020 awards in the Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest included first place for columns and second place for nonfiction book in the history category.

The first pioneers of Oak Glen, a town once next to Lansing, and now part of it

Throughout its early decades, Oak Glen became a strong, independent community with four grocery stores, a men’s furnishing store, post office

The origins, growth, and challenges of Oak Glen, a town once next to Lansing, and now part of it

This historical feature covers the first settlement in our area known as Sesser, Cummings Corners, and eventually Oak Glen ...

Lansing History: The house on Thornton-Lansing Road that’s 135 years old

Newspapers used as additional insulation can still be found in the floorboards and rafters of the house...

Lansing History: Kilroy’s Pub — serving Lansing under a variety of names since 1906

The building at 3502 Ridge Road, Lansing, Illinois — known today as Kilroy’s Pub and Restaurant — is believed to have been built in 1890....

Lansing History: The CJ Frank building

In about 1951, CJ Frank moved his business into the building at 3423 Ridge Road to accommodate the Insurance/Real Estate/License Plate part of his business.

Lansing History: Erfert’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Erfert House on Ridge Road

Using new slider technology, readers can easily compare then and now in Lansing, including the Erfert ice cream parlor building erected in 1850 as a residence....

Lansing History: The Adduci house on Ridge and Lorenz once belonged to Henry Lansing

Not much is known of Henry Lansing, the man Lansing, Illinois, was named after. And no photos exist of the original Lansing family. But the house...

Lansing History: Remembering Dr. Van Drunen, Lansing’s family doctor from 1936-1972

...Dr. Jacob L. Van Drunen was one such physician, practicing in Lansing from 1936 to 1972. His office and home was at 3253 Ridge Road....

Lansing History: First it was First National Bank; now it’s Mancino’s

First it was First National Bank, now it's Mancino's, and in between it was Hofstra's for Men and Holiday World....

Lansing history: Did Lansing have a pickle factory?

On a tip that long ago a pickle factory may have operated on the site of the former Waters Edge building at 18418 Wentworth Avenue, a search began....