The Sidewalks of Elburn
The Sidewalks of Elburn by Marilyn Robinson is now available in limited release. Each book will cost $10.00 and they are available at the Village Hall and at the Elburn Town and Country Library. The book is a wonderfully written collection of historical facts and anecdotes. There is a very interesting and eclectic collection of photographs contained within the book that are simply a joy to browse. There is even an detailed index at the end of “Sidewalks” so everyone can look up their family names and locate their references quickly.
Poem From the Elburn Herald
Marilyn’s book concludes with an anonymous poem taken from a 1934 edition of the Elburn Herald:
“We must go on and build today
On what was builded yesterday.
We may want much to tear some out,
To fix anew, and change about.
But what is builded, that must stay.
We must go on from yesterday.
So build you stout and build you strong,
And build to last a whole life long.
Place every stone, lay each line true
That it may be a joy to you.
For what you’ve builded, it must stay.
Today will soon be yesterday.”
That sentiment fits nicely with all the construction that is going on in Elburn today. We must build for the future with a firm commitment to remember and honor our past. Thank you Marilyn for all of your hard work compiling Elburn’s first historical tome. And, we offer an extra special thanks to the trustees of the Elburn Village Board for recognizing how important this project was, and having the interest and vision to fund it through to completion.