In his thinly veiled fictional town of Spoon River, situated in central Illinois near Lewistown, where Masters grew up, the honest, hardworking, chaste, and churchgoing live amidst corrupt bankers, abusive husbands, unfulfilled wives, sexual deviants, and failed dreamers. In the groundbreaking work, Masters, a onetime law partner of Clarence Darrow, gives voice to more than two hundred deceased citizens of Spoon River who are laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery, known to the locals as The Hill. Each postmortem poem in the collection is titled with the name of the citizen who reveals some truth about their daily existence in Spoon River. Masters gleaned tidbits of stories and gossip he heard during the time he spent in Lewistown and nearby Petersburg, where his grandparents lived. In some cases, Masters barely changed their names. Henry Phipps was really banker Henry Phelps.
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Robinson brought the fans to their feet with a dramatic ending to his third career Summer Nationals Late Model win — a last-lap pass on defending tour champion Brian Shirley in Turn 2 after chasing him down from his ninth-place starting spot. Shirley, of Chatham, IL, had led from the drop of the green with three-time tour champion Bobby Pierce hot on his tail, but once Pierce gave up his podium spot after falling off the pace just shy of halfway, the door opened for Robinson to stake his claim with the leaders. Tyler Erb and Tyler Carpenter were locked in a battle of their own for the runner-up spot when Robinson got to them, and he wasted no time diving in. Lap-by-lap, Robinson reeled in defending race winner Shirley and pulled almost even with him off Turn 4 as they took the white flag. Shirley slipped up and Robinson went by underneath out of Turn 2, making slight contact as he drove by.
Spoon River Farm offers so much from natural beauty, high annual income, amazing home with spectacular views to year-round recreation! Incredible views of the Spoon River Valley with amazing sunsets. Practically everything you see from the large picture windows in the home you own! Watch the fog roll in on those cool mornings with amazing sunsets from your screened-in porch.