Railroads and Marseilles

Founding of Marseilles

Early history of the area including the the first home and the founding of Marseilles by Lovell Kimball in 1835. 

Exhibits

History of the Nabisco container factory, starting om 1902 as the Howe and Davidson paper board plant.   Later making Uneeda Biscuit boxes.  

This new museum is now collecting stories and items for its first exhibits.  Here are some of the first topics (or themes) we are working on.   

Nabisco Factory

History of the depot and railroad.    With vintage model train exhibit.  

Pictures of building the first Marseilles bridge across the Illinois river. History of the construction of the locks, including a murder in 1932.  

Marseilles Businesses

Marseilles Bridge and Locks

Including early manufacturing companies making things like a corn husker/sheller

This exhibit will show how those world wars affected the people of Marseilles.   Including Eloise, Marseilles High School graduate who learned nursing in Ottawa, became a flight nurse in the Air Force, and was sent to the Pacific.    ​

Marseilles Residents in WW-I and WW-II