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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ronald Bluemer  

Pen Name: R.G. Bluemer


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Ronald Bluemer on WorldCat --

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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Fate of the Phoenix
ISBN: 0967368006

Grand Village Press. 1999

Black diamond mines: A history of the early coal mines of the Illinois River Valley
ISBN: 0967368014

M & D Printing. 2001

Book by Bluemer, R. G

ISBN: 0967368030

Grand Village Press. 0

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Casino: Glitz, Glamour, and Gambling in the Illinois Valley
ISBN: 0967368049

M&D Printing. 0


Home Front: WWII in the Illinois Valley
ISBN: 0967368065

M & D Printing. 2005

Home Front focuses on the civilian response to WWII from 1941 to 1945. It concentrates primarily on Illinois cities in LaSalle, Bureau, Lee, and Putnam counties with emphasis on activities in Seneca, Marseilles, Ottawa, LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Princeton, Mendota, and Amboy. Topics include rationing, scrap drives, bond sales, blackouts, war production.

Here Comes the Boat! A History of Canal Boats and Steamboats in the Illinois River Valley
ISBN: 0967368057

Grand Village Press. 2005

The book explores the canal and steamboats in the Illinois Valley. The author begins with the idea of building a waterway that would connect the Illinois River and Lake Michigan, and takes the reader through the history of its construction. This book includes many historical photographs and drawings that can be compared to the modern-day Illinois Valley.

Rails Across The Heartland
ISBN: 0967368022

Grand Village Press. 2002

Any serious railroad buffs and I know there are a lot of them here in Illinois, will want to add this book to their RR collections. Focuses on the 20th century railroad operations in the Illinois River Valley. It describes major trunk lines and some of the branch lines in north central Illinois. It also shows us how passenger travel, development of the urban lines as well as industrial growth effected the economy of the region.

Fire Below! The Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909
ISBN: 0967368081

Grand Village Press. 0

Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?
ISBN: 096736809X

Grand Village Press. 2008

The material found in this work was primarily derived from over 50,000 pages of microfilm information found in the LaSalle Post-Tribune, the Ottawa Republican- Times, the Morris Herald, the Bureau County Republican, and the Putnam County Record. Additional information was obtained from personal interviews with individuals who experienced the events and relatives of those individuals. The author would like to express his appreciation to the employees of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and librarians, who assisted in the research for this work.

Back to the 50's Impact on the Illinois Valley
ISBN: 0615358276

Grand Village Press. 2010

1st Edition. Autographed Copy

Rally Round the Flag: The Impact of the Civil War on the Illinois Valley
ISBN: 0615508251

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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.