<p>Charles B. Johnson, <span styl … <p>Charles B. Johnson, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Illinois in the Fifties</span> (Flanigan-Pearson Co., Champaign IL, 1918), page 79. Contributed by Jeff Kittel, January 31, 2010. Accessed 2/10/10 via Google Books search <"illinois in the fifties">. Jeff notes that, while describing Illinois pastimes generally, the author was from Pocahontas, IL, in southeast IL, about 50 miles east of St. Louis.</p> bout 50 miles east of St. Louis.</p>
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<p>"Football and baseball, as played … <p>"Football and baseball, as played today [in 1918], were unknown games. What was known as townball, however, was a popular sport. This was played with a yarn ball covered with leather, or a hollow, inflated rubber ball, both of which were soft and yielding and not likely to inflict injury as is so common today in baseball. Townball was much played in the schoolhouse yard during recess and at the noon hour."</p>
<p> </p> noon hour."</p>