Curiosity In The Corn

Welcome to Curiosity in the Corn (being an examination of the unexplored oddities, neglected anomalies, and little-known history of our region), a podcast series hosted by Connie Kuntz and Clint Cargile.

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Waterman is a railroad town. It began as a railroad station. It was named after a railroad employee. It still sees several freight trains pass through each day. But it also has its own unique railroad: The Waterman & Western.

Located in Waterman’s Lions Community Park, The Waterman & Western (also known as The Waterman Train, The Holiday Train, or simply Pete’s Train) has been bringing joy to visitors for 25 years. It is the brainchild of railroad enthusiast Pete Robinson, who knew from the age of five that he would someday run his own train.

By the mid-1800s, white immigrants had spread across northern Illinois -- Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish -- and in community after community, their contributions are well documented. But there is another group that came here that we know little about: the Welsh.

Join hosts Clint Cargile and Connie Kuntz as they explore northern Illinois’ forgotten Welsh heritage. Travel with them to the village of Big Rock, which was settled by Welsh colonists from the "land of the leek."

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This is not your father’s baseball; it’s your great-great grandfather’s base ball. For our first episode of Curiosity in the Corn, we venture into the fields of southern DeKalb County to the town of Somonauk, where base ball enthusiasts play the game as it was played in 1858. No gloves, no fast pitch, no swearing (but the occasional drink is allowed). Join hosts Clint Cargile and Connie Kuntz as they explore Vintage Base Ball. Learn the rules, meet the players, find out why they love this game so much.