On June 27th, 2010, I wrote a review of Shelley Stout’s book, Radium Halos: A Novel about the Radium Dial Painters, for my blog – please look in the June Archives. The review was entitled: “Have You Had a Little Taste of the Paint Yet?” I mentioned in my review I was interested with this book on a personal level because I had a great aunt, Mary Vicini Tonielli, who worked for the Radium Dial Company. She died in 1930 at the very young age of twenty-one due to radium poisoning.
Shelley Stout will be visiting Ottawa on Friday, October 29th, to talk about her book at an event to raise money for a memorial in honor of all of the women who worked for the Radium Dial Company. The event is being sponsored by Laborers Local 393 which will be held at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus Hall, 401 W. Main Street, Ottawa, IL. The event also includes a fish fry dinner for $8.00 per person. The occasion will be held from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. All of the money raised will go to the monument being built to be placed in Ottawa. Shelley Stout is also donating $1.00 for each copy of Radium Halos sold at the event for the monument. The monument is being crafted by local Mendota artist, William “Bill” Piller.
If you are interested in donating money towards the Radium Girls Monument please make out your check to City of Ottawa and send your donations to Mayor Robert Eschbach, City of Ottawa, 301 W. Madison St., Ottawa, IL 61350, stating it is for the Radium Girls Monument.
I was fortunate to have lunch with Shelley on Friday prior to her evening event. I thought she might enjoy Tracy’s Row House, located in downtown Ottawa, for lunch. We had a very nice visit discussing her book, finding out we were at Illinois State University at the same time, and also some of her upcoming book project. Here’s a photo of us outside Tracy’s Row House.