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May, 1899

from the Waukegan Daily Gazette-Register 6 May 1899

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strang, Sr. are spending a couple of weeks with their daughter, Mrs. Wm. Mavor in Chicago.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Gallagher, on April 27, a son.

C. B. Cummings and wife spent two days in Chicago last week and attended the Ringling Bros. circus.

Mrs. Sneesby, of Waukegan, and twin daughters, visited over Sunday with R. W. Scoville and wife.

Mrs. Mary Yule's grandson, little Ralph Gerry, was brought here from Waukegan and buried in the Millburn cemetery Monday.

Chicago visitors this week are Mr. Pantall, C. B. Cummings, J. L. Thain, Florence Harris and Hattie Bain.

Miss Irving, of Russell, is at R. L. Strang's for the summer.

Erma Vandeusen and Emma Witt are riding new wheels.

Roy Wood is back in Millburn again.

Miss Belle Watson is visiting this week with relatives in Lake Villa.

G. L. Stewart and wife, from Waukegan, attended church here Sunday.

Fred Wright, of Sand Lake, was visiting A. K. Bain this week.

Five boys of Walter Palmer are sick with the measles.

W. B. Stewart is having his house repainted this spring.

from the Waukegan Daily Gazette-Register 13 May 1899

Mrs. Emerson Ingalls and son Arthur were in Oak Park from Friday until Tuesday visiting friends.

James Pollock shipped a car load of 20,000 pounds of wool from Wadsworth this week and one from Russell.

John Roberts came out from Chicago and visited his son Alfred at James Jamison's over Sunday.

E. A. Martin Sundayed in the city.

John Perkins, of Kenosha, was at J. A. Thain's this week.

Mrs. S. J. Levoy and Mrs. H. E. Jamison were in Antioch Saturday.

Mrs. R. L. Strang was visiting her mother in Lake Villa Saturday.

Carrie Bater is in Somers, Wis., this week.

J. A. Strang was looking after business in Waukegan Saturday.

Henry Rose is quite sick with heart trouble at his daughter's, Mrs. Smith Wright's.

Mrs. Mary Yule has been in Waukegan the past week with her daughter, Mrs. Horace Gerry, helping to take care of her little granddaughter, Ivy, who is very sick.

Katie Garrety was at Lake Villa, Tuesday.

Ollie Lucas is riding an new wheel.

from a loose clipping, source unknown 13 May 1899

Died at Sand Lake.
Henry Rose, of Millburn, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Smith Wright, Saturday afternoon, May 13th, 1899, aged 74 years, 7 months and 5 days. He leaves four children. William and John Rose, of Millburn, Mrs. Smith Wright, of Sand Lake, and Mrs. R. A. Armstrong, Long Pine, Neb.
from a loose clipping, source unknown 13 May 1899

Henry Rose died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Smith Wright on May 13th, 1899. He was born in Halesowen, England, on Aug. 8, 1824. Was married to Mary E. Phillips. They came to America in 1849, lived one year in New York, then to Waukegan and from they came to Millburn in 1851 and with the exception of three trips back to England has lived here ever since. He leaves to mourn him two sons and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Wright, of Sand Lake, Mrs. Bessie Armstrong, of Long Pine, Neb. and John A. and William H. Rose, of Millburn.

from the Waukegan Daily Sun 25 May 1899

Geo. Smith, pioneer banker of Chicago and the man whose money was all that the pioneer business men of Waukegan had to bank on in the early days is seriously ill in London. Now at the age of 93 this man who came out of Scotland to pile up his millions in the embryo of Chicago is one of the richest men in the world and his closet relatives, who will be his heirs are people who lived and grew up in Lake County.

Sixty-five years ago this spring a young man made his way through the lakes from Buffalo to Detroit, took a stage coach across Michigan and got out in Chicago to see what the chances were for making a living. He had with him only a few thousand dollars. Five years later the signature of Geo. Smith to a bank certificate issued by himself was as good as gold in a dozen states. By 1860 he had redeemed in currency every dollar of outstanding notes, closed the doors of his banking houses in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Georgia, packed up his papers, instructed his representatives and sailed for the Highlands of Scotland.

WAS WORTH $200,000,000.
Fernando Jones said of him "Smith wanted every one to know that he was doing business on business principles. Smith never was much of a sociable man. He lived at the hotels, gave now and then to some institution, helped support the fire department and accumulated a fortune. I believe that he is worth nearly $200,000,000. I saw him about twelve years ago in Nice and he always had two men supporting him when he walked about. He has been feeble for a decade, but by taking exceptional care of himself, living temperately, he has hung on to life."
George Smith never married. His first heir is George Smith now an aged man living in Evanston, who was for years a resident of Millburn, and is well known all over the county. He and his children and their children are the heirs to these millions. Mrs. Victor Rossback, of Evanston, formerly of this city is one of them. Her sister is now in London living with her grand- uncle, while one of her brother ______________ left families and ________ for come in for a part of the millions.

For years and years this millionaire has been giving money to all his grand nieces and nephews wherever he could locate them, ranging from $50 to $200 and more a month, to each one.

He was born in 1806 in Scotland. The Lake County Smith family will be remembered by all Millburn residents and many other early settlers.

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