EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Historical Society will host a program by author and outdoorsman Larry Reid on John M. Olin at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Madison County Archival Library next to the Madison County Historical Museum, 715 N. Main St.
Reid will focus his presentation on the development of Nilo Farms and on the Olin Mansion in Alton. The free program is open to the public.
Born in East Alton, John Merrill Olin (1892-1982) entered his father’s business, Western Cartridge Co., in 1913. He was named first vice president when the company merged with Winchester Repeating Arms Co. and by 1944 was president of the newly named Olin Industries. Along the way, he was credited with numerous inventions.
Besides his success in business, Olin was a noted philanthropist and conservationist. He was a breeder of saddle and thoroughbred horses (including Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade) and he bred champion Labrador retrievers at Nilo Farms (Olin spelled backward).
Reid has written numerous articles for sports magazines on Olin the sportsman and Nilo Farms. Reid will bring numerous articles that once belonged to Olin and provide a glimpse into the life of this Madison County native and American success story.
Regular hours at the Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (618) 656-7569.