My grandfather lived in Wilmette and practiced medicine in Wilmette for over 50 years, from the early 1920s to the early 1970s. His name was Dr. Floyd McGrath. His office was over the original Wilmette State Bank and then in the Brown Building. He had evening hours, made house calls, treated patients for free, paid for their medications if they couldn't, traded with patients during the depression.
My mother grew up in Wilmette and except for a time living overseas was a Wilmette resident for 56 years when she passed away . She lived in Wilmette from 1926 to 1982. She was a graduate of New Trier. I grew up in Wilmette and graduated from New Trier East. I remember Saturday afternoons at the Wilmette Theatre. Amazing birthday parties there with Ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins.
My grandfather passed away when I was 14 and my mother when I was 21 so many of the records and pictures are missing. I have stories from Wilmette residents about how my grandfather impacted their lives and that close knit feeling and warmth of a small town has always stayed with me.