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
Edgar County Courthouse
Paris Water Tower