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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ronald Bluemer  

Pen Name: R.G. Bluemer

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Ron Bluemer was born in Chicago and lives in Granville, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ronald Bluemer is an Illinois historian who has written books about gambling places, prohibition and coal mines in the Illinois Valley. He has also written about historical things and events outside the Illinois Valley.Bluemer grew up on the south side of Chicago. This Bluemer joined the Air Force after attending the University of Illinois after one year. After two-and one-half years in the service, he studied at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal. He then worked as a history and sociology teacher at Putnam County High School in Granville, Illinois. He alsodeveloped and taught courses in archaeology and earth science. He taught part time atIllinois Valley Community College as an American History teacher. After retiring from Putnam County High School, he continued to teach at Illinois Valley Community College and started writing for the local newspaper and books about the historic Illinois Valley people, places and events.


Published Works

  • Fate of the Phoenix, Grand Village Press, 1999
  • Black Diamond Mines: A History of the Early Coal Mines of the Illinois River Valley, Grand Village Press, 2000
  • Rails Across the Heartland, Grand Village Press, 2002
  • Speakeasy: Prohibition in the Illinois Valley, Grand Village Press, 2003
  • Casino, Grand Village Press, 2004
  • Home Front: WWII in the Illinois Valley, Grand Village Press, 2005
  • Here Comes the Boat, Grand Village Press, 2005
  • Rails Across the Heartland (2nd Edition), Grand Village Press, 2006
  • Fire Below! The Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909,Grand Village Press, 2007
  • Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime? - The Great Depression in the Illinois Valley, Grand Village Press, 2008
  • Back to the 50's: Impact on the Illinois Valley, Grand Village Press, 2010
  • Rally Round the Flag: The Imact of the Civil War on the Illinois Valley, Grand Village Press, 2011
  • Connecting Links, Grand Village Press, 2013


Selected Titles At Your Library

The fate of the Phoenix /
ISBN: 0967368006. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press,. Granville, Il :. ©1999.

"Follow the exploits of one of the luckiest ships in the US Navy ... "

Black diamond mines :
ISBN: 0967368014. OCLC Number:

Grand Vallley Press ;. Granville, IL :. ©2001.

Speakeasy :
ISBN: 0967368030. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press,. Granville, Ill. :. ©2003.

Casino :
ISBN: 0967368049. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press,. Granville, Ill. :. ©2004

Home front :
ISBN: 0967368065. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press,. Granville, IL :. ©2005.

Here comes the boat! :
ISBN: 0967368057. OCLC Number:

Grand Vallley Press,. Granville, IL :. ©2005 ;

Rails across the Heartland /
ISBN: 0967368022. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press ;. Granville, IL :. ©2002.

Fire below! :
ISBN: 0967368081. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press,. Granville, IL :. ©2007.

This book provides the factual information on the Cherry Mine disaster collected from newspapers interviews, personal published accounts of the miners, and inquest testimony in 1909-1910.

Buddy, can you spare a dime? :
ISBN: 096736809X. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press,. Granville, Ill. :. ©2008.

Back to the 50's :
ISBN: 0615358276. OCLC Number:

Grand Valley Press,. Granville, IL :. ©2010.

Rally round the flag :
ISBN: 0615508251. OCLC Number:

Grand Village Press,. Granville, IL :. ©2011.


Awards

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Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Bluemer prefers to keep his speaking engagements within a 50 mile radius of Granville, Illinois. He can be contacted via email or phone 815-339-1082.