The Handy Writer's colony is where James Jones lived in the 1950's. He wrote From here to Eternity, Some Came Running, and The Thin Red Line.
He changed the names of the characters and the towns in his books but mentioned my mother and step-fathers tavern in the book, Some Came Running.
Fondest memory: The people of Marshall, IL are VERY friendly. By the time we had spent about 4 hours in town people were literally waving goodbye to us !!