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Kelly Wagel died from two blasts from a double-barreled, sawed off shotgun, murdered on Macomb Street in downtown Colchester.
Macomb is home to one of the original Andrew Carnegie Libraries.
In 1936 the former Lamoine Hotel at the corner of Randolph & Carroll streets was once host to the famous pilot Amelia Earhart.
Lawrence Welk and his band played in Macomb in 1931 at the Zahren’s Rooftop Garden, which was on the rooftop of the building at the corner of Washington St. and Lafayette.
One of Macomb's most famous photographers was a woman. Laura Gaites operated a photography studio in Macomb, during her long career she took 35,000 photographs working until her death at the age of 90.
Camp Ellis in Fulton County, a military training facility had a prisoner of war camp. At its peak in 1944, almost 5,000 prisoners were housed at the camp.
Macomb got its first fast food restaurant in 1964 it was the The Satellite opened on 700 W Jackson Street
Elizabeth Miner was the first female physician in Macomb. She entered school using her initials to register.
Several potteries have been located in the Macomb area—including Buckeye, Macomb Stoneware and the most recent Haeger Pottery.
Notable People From McDonough County
- Elizabeth Magie, inventor of The Landlord's Game, precursor to Monopoly
- Peter Newell – Illustrator; Harper’s Bazaar, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
- Red Miller – Denver Broncos Head Coach
- Al Sears – Jazz Musician and early progenitor of Rock & Roll
- C.T. Vivian – Civil Rights leader
- Todd Purdum – Editor Vanity Fair, New York Times correspondent
- Phil Bradley – Major League Baseball Player
- Joe Garner – six-time New York Times best selling author
- Marcus Dunstan – Screenwriter – Saw sequels
- Charles Clarke Chapmen - first mayor of Fullerton, California; founder of Chapman University
- Charles Kuhn -cartoonist, comic strip writer born in Prairie City, IL.
Notable Western Illinois University Alumni
- Mary Matalin – Political consultant; Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney
- John Mahoney – actor – Steppenwolf Theatre, Frasier
- Michael Boatman – actor – Spin City
- Mark Konkol – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist (Chicago Sun-Times)
- Lee Calhoun – Olympic Gold Medalist
- Bryan Cox – NFL player and coach
- Rick & Paul Reuschel - MLB players