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A Wilmette native and old friend of the WHM, Harold Lundberg, Jr., stopped by the other day with some snapshots that had belonged to his dad.  This one in particular caught our eye.  On the back, in pencil, is the note, "Photo by Waldo. The garage fire in 1922."  We don't know who "Waldo" was, but we'd run across mention of the 1922 garage fire, which made the front page of the Lake Shore News that year.  As fires go, it was pretty spectacular.  In the early morning hours of January 21, a Saturday, the Weber and Smith garage -- a big commercial car storage place on Green Bay Road, where...


On April 7, 1916, the Annual Meeting of Ye Olde Towne Folkes welcomed Asceneth “Carrie” Stolp as guest speaker. In the speech she gave that night, Stolp recalled a history of Wilmette from the days of the Ouilmette reservation to the founding of Ye Olde Towne Folkes in 1892. Throughout the presentation, which was transcribed and is available to us at the Museum, life in early Wilmette is described in marvelous detail. Carrie Stolp remembered, for example, making jellies from wild crabapples that grew in abundance in the summer, and “high carnival skating from one end of town to the other”...


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