The County sites are back up. And here I was thinking no one ever uses them since Monica and Justin are the only contributors. But lo and behold, they are out there. Who knew.

The underlying problem hasn't been resolved. So if you find dead links or things that don't work, just use the back button.

From the photo collection of Jessie Bennett Crawford, contributed here by her nephew, John L. Bennett, and son, Bennett P. Crawford.

The old plow is a double V-shared sod-busting plow used to break up the prairie sod in the 1850's-1860's. It presently (Oct 2000) sits on land owned by the Bennett's 2 miles East of Star Chapel Methodist Church (see photo below). Photo by Bennett Crawford.

The Empire Presbyterian Church Memorial, located on the site of the church, is a replica of the original church which burned about 15 years ago. Photo by Bennett Crawford

Original Star Chapel Church, at Empire Prarie, from the photo collection of Jessie Bennett Crawford. Per John Bennett: "The building in the back has to be the outhouse. Think it was still there when I was growing up in the 1940's, however a much larger and newer church was erected in the early 1900's. By 1950 they had running water and converted an old storage room to a toilet." Photo contributed by Jessie's son, Bennett Crawford, and nephew, John L. Bennett.

The old Blue School district split and became Garfield and Empire School districts about 1879. These articles are old, but I don't know how old. Probably were printed in the 1930's or 40's. Photo contributed by Jessie's son, Bennett P. Crawford, and nephew, John L. Bennett.