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|Local Historian Remembers Carl Bloomberg
|A former Galesburg elected official and local historian is remembering a fellow historian as someone he respected and admired.
Tom Wilson says Carl Bloomberg had quite an impact on the City of Galesburg in the 89 years he lived. Bloomberg died Wednesday; while he was a longtime employee of the Intra State Telephone Company, many might know him better as working for the former Galesburg Downtown Merchants Association and was a founder of the Galesburg Railroad Museum.
Wilson tells WGIL one of the things he remembers Bloomberg for is his work to constantly keep the city's downtown area clean and beautified.
"The property owners agreed to a special tax to maintain those improvements," Wilson said. "And at the time, Carl Bloomberg came along and volunteered his expertise and his time to form a maintenance crew and to also make sure that the improvements were kept in good shape."
That special tax levy remains in effect to this day. But Wilson says even more important that that were Bloomberg's contributions to local history -- more specifically, how he, in a way, kept it alive by collecting anything and everything Galesburg he thought might have some sort of significance. Bloomberg helped co-author a book of Galesburg history called 57,000 Sunsets.
A visitation for Bloomberg is being held Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at Hinchliff-Pearson-West in Galesburg. A funeral service is Monday morning at ten at first Lutheran Church in Galesburg. Find out more about Carl Bloomberg by CLICKING HERE.
(Carl Bloomberg. Photo courtesy Hinchliff-Pearson-West.)
|02 14 09 by Newsroom
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