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PART II — “We found a new pattern of life forming in the midlands of America, Illinois, and set out to find the best location, visiting the numerous towns in the search. Finally I came to Amboy, the Northern Division headquarters of the Illinois Central Railroad, about thirty miles north of LaSalle. It had been incorporated the year before (1854) with a population of 1,994 and seemed certain for prosperous growth,” wrote Samuel Carson, a Scotsman who had with another Scot as partner, John Pirie, set up a temporary stand at LaSalle for a dry goods store.
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