The Talking Wall
CARL "alfalfa" Switzer
Carl was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, IL. He and his brother Harold became local celebrities for their musical talent and performances. They both sang and could play many instruments. In 1934, the Switzer family traveled to California to visit family. While site seeing, they went to Hal Roach Studios.
After the tour, they went into the Our Gang Cafe, the brothers put on an impromptu performance which impressed Hal Roach. He signed both brothers to be part of Our Gang. Carl was "Alfalfa" and Harold was "Slim and Deadpan". Carl went on to be a main character while his brother was relegated to the background.
Brett was born March 23, 1986 and grew up here in Paris. While in high school, Brett was very active in the high school drama program. He also performed at many local events. After graduation, Brett pursued his dreams and moved to Nashville, TN. In 2010, Brett had his first hit "Raymond" which was written to honor his grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer's. From there, he continued to gain attention from the country music community. In 2012, he had his first number 1 hit entitled "Don't Ya". Although Brett is no longer a resident of Paris, he does make impromptu visits to the community. You may spot him at Rural King, a local cafe, and hopefully Lot 50!
E. Hamilton Lee
E. Hamilton Lee "Ham" was the flyingest man in the world. He retired in 1949 after flying 4.4 MILLION air miles in 27,812 hours. This record still stands. He was born April 18, 1892 into a farming famliy in Paris. He became an instructor for the aviation wing of the Signal Corps form June 1917 to December 1918. In 1918, He did the 1st Air Mail Run for the United States Postal Service. He had no parachute and no radio. Workplace acccidents claimed 31 of the first 40 pilots who worked for the USPS. He helped organize the first pilot strike to make these flights safer. He retired in 1949 as the most senior United Airlines captain. He was NEVER a co-pilot. E. Hamilton Lee led a very long life. On October 13, 1994, he died at the age of 102.
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