Halloween at the Orahood Farm

When I asked Peg Danner whose idea it was to start decorating the family farm located just outside of Green Camp each Halloween, she had no doubt. “It was my mom and her sister, Betty. With all of the cars passing by, I think one of them probably said something like, ‘We should decorate the […]

Crystal Lake: Marion’s Lost Amusement Park

Preface Many people in Marion don’t know that, from the mid 1920s to the mid 1950s, an area north of town was the location of an amusement park, Crystal Lake. In 2019, Randy Winland published an excellent history of the park (available at the Marion County Historical Society), and I have used it extensively as a […]