Newspaper Clippings for
2 January 1930
Joint installation of Masons and Eastern Star members was held
Friday evening, Dec. 27th, with a fine roast chicken supper at
6:30 o'clock. The following officers were installed: W. M., Carl
Hughes; S. W., Spencer Crawford; J. W., Dan Cutler; Treasurer,
Clarence Bonner; Secretary, Henry Patch; Chaplain, William Weber;
S. D., Albert Torfin; J. D., Emmet King; Marshal, Mr. Zenner; S.
S., Morris Nelson; J. S., Thomas Dobbin; Tyler, George Connell.
Installing officer, Homer E. Jamison. Installing Marshall, Edward
The O. E. S. officers for 1930 are: Matron, Lillian Hooper;
Patron, Wm. Weber; Associate Matron, Martha Madson; Conductress,
Laura Ferry; Associate Conductress, Blanche Miller; Secretary,
Agnes Dobbin; Treasurer, Louise Johnson; Chaplain, Vallie Weber;
Marshall, Sophrona Murrie; Organist, Eva Martin; Ada, Floy Scott;
Ruth, Pearl Reinbach; Esther, Georgia Avery; Martha, Lillian
Nelson; Electa, Thekla Maier; Warder, Agnes Thomson; Sentinel,
Thomas Dobbin. Vivien Scott, Past Worth Grand Matron was
installing officer and Mabel Griggs, Grand Marshall; Grand
Chaplain, Louise Johnson, and Grand Organist Vida White.
The following pupils of Millburn school are on the honor roll
with an average of 90 or over: John Vernon Edwards, Harold Dehne,
Howard Bonner, Verne Denfan, Phyllis Torfin, Mildred Bauman,
Robert Denman, Harold Bonner, Alta Denman, Clarence Hauser, Rose
Mary Larson, Lois Bonner and Laura Denman.
Former Hastings Lake Man
Dies in California
Failing to rally after an attack of typhoid-pneumonia, Eugene F.
Clark, a former resident of Hastings lake, died at a hospital in
Clearwater, Florida, Thursday. Mr. Clark left his home in
Grayslake a short time ago for Dunedin, Florida, where he
expected to spend the winter and where he was taken ill.
The deceased lived for many years on a farm near Hastings lake
prior to his taking up residence at Grayslake three years ago. On
February 14, 1900, he was married to Miss Agnes McDougal, who
survives. There are also three brothers, Arthur of Lake Villa;
John of Millburn; and Herbert of McBride, Michigan; and Mrs.
Laura Cole of Mundelein.
Funeral services were held Monday, at 2 p.m. at Clearwater, and
the remains were placed in a vault in Palm cemetery, St.
Petersburg. They will be brought north in the spring and interred
in the Jones cemetery, Loon lake. Mr. Clark's mother died last
winter and his father the previous year.
9 January 1930
The women of the church will serve their annual chicken pie
dinner at the Masonic hall Saturday, January 11, at noon.
The annual meeting of the Millburn Insurance company will be
held in the church Saturday, Jan. 11.
Mrs. R. G. Murrie, Robert and Doris Murrie, Russell, Mr. and
Mrs. Roy Olson and son, and Wesley, Arthur, and Earl Slocum spent
New Year's at L. J. Slocum's.
Mrs. McCann and Miss Mary McCann returned to Milwaukee Sunday,
after spending two weeks with her son, Robert McCann, and
daughter, Mrs. John Smith, of Chicago.
The Misses Vivien and Geraldine Bonner visited their cousins,
the Lyburn Stewart family from Chicago, from Thursday until
Miss Doris Jamison returned to Milwaukee Downer college on
Sunday, after spending two weeks vacation at home.
Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Slocum and sons were Sunday callers at the
Joe Walker home at Woodworth, Wis.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bonner, and the Misses Vivien Bonner and
Annie McCredie spent Tuesday with the former's sister, Mrs. Mina
William Bauman is in the Victory Memorial hospital, where he
underwent a major operation last Monday.
Mrs. Lizzie Stewart, Gurnee, spent Tuesday with her cousin,
Mrs. Jessie Low.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Martin and Richard spent Monday in Chicago.
DIAMOND JUBILEE OF MILLBURN
MUTUAL INSURANCE CO. RECALLS
HISTORY OF FOUNDING 75 YEARS AGO
Successful Company is Owned
and Controlled by Farmers
OFFICERS ARE RE-ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING
The 75th annual meeting of the Millburn Mutual Insurance company
held at Millburn last Saturday, was occasion for celebration of
the company's diamond jubilee and the recalling of events that
resulted in the founding of the Lake county company three
quarters of a century ago.
Re-election of all officers of the Company occurred at the
business session. These included Leslie S. Bonner, president; J.
S. Denman, secretary, who was first elected to that office 14
years ago; and Carl Hughes, treasurer. Directors are John G.
Wirtz, C. J. Wright and Frank Kennedy.
A banquet was served at noon by the ladies of Millburn.
Has Interesting History
The Millburn Mutual has an interesting history. It was more than
75 years ago, that a house belonging to George Strang, Millburn,
was burned to the ground, and it was found that the company in
which he carried insurance was insolvent and the property was a
total loss. This incident set the people thinking, and Father
Dodge was the prime mover in forming the company that is now
recognized as one of the strongest mutual companies in Illinois.
_________________ on March ____th, 1855. Captain Robert Pollock
was elected temporary chairman. W. T. Buffham was elected
It was moved by Mr. Buffham and seconded by Rev. W. B. Dodge that
the operations of this company be confined to within about four
miles of the meeting house at Millburn.
Six articles were then adopted, after which it was moved by Rev.
Dodge and seconded by Robert Strang that a committee be appointed
to prepare a series of By-Laws, also form of bond and note to be
adopted at a future meeting.
A second meeting of organization was held on March 12th, 1855. At
this meeting the By-Laws were adopted, the form of bond and note
were adopted and the first officers were elected as follows:
President, Robt. Pollock; Treasurer, Andrew White; Trustees,
George Strang, George H. Webb and N. Vose; Secretary, Wm. T.
For several years all the first meetings were held in Hughes hall
The first annual meeting was held March 8, 1856. The report of
trustees and treasurer was read and adopted. The report showed
that during the first year fifty-nine policies were issued,
insuring property to the amount of $31,610.00. They received for
these policies a total of $34.99. Their expenses for the year
were $17.39, leaving a balance in the hands of the treasurer at
the end of the that year of $17.41. At this meeting it was moved
that the bonds of the company be extended on the north to the
State line at the requests of the inhabitants of that section.
The same officers were re-elected.
At the annual meeting on March 2,1858, the bounds of the company
were extended to Antioch, Newport, Avon, and Warren, with the
exception of the incorporations of Antioch and Hainesville.
The third extension was at the annual meeting of June 1, 1861.
This extension added the town of Goodale or Goodet. In looking up
the history of the county, we find that Grant township was
formerly called Goodale. This was named after a man named
Goodale, who promised to give a site for a town hall. This he
never did, and a few years afterwards he moved entirely out of
the county. In 1867 the name of the township was changed to
Grant, in honor of General U. S. Grant.
The fourth extension of territory of the Millburn Insurance
company was made on June 3rd, 1865, at the annual meeting of the
company, when the bounds were extended to coincide with the
County lines, except in incorporated villages and towns.
The charter was received on February 16, 1865, and was signed by
Governor R. I. Oglesby, Allen C. Fuller, Speaker of the House of
Representatives and William Bross, Speaker of the Senate.
The first printed policy was issued on August 1, 1865, to G. P.
Rose in Warren, for a coverage of $850.00. This property is
located where Elmer Rose now lives. The policy was signed by R.
W. Minto, Secretary and H. Whitney, President, Henry W. Boyce was
the agent. The limit for one risk at that time was $1,200.00 and
the buildings had to be within 50 feet of each other. The limit
today is $15,000.00 to one risk and the buildings can be 100 feet
On December 10th, 1870, it was voted to hold all annual meetings
at Millburn on the first Saturday after the first Monday in
January of each year.
During this early period the officers and directors were allowed
two dollars per day. On January 8th, 1876, it was voted to allow
the officers $1.00 extra when necessary to use a horse and
The company has six and one-half million dollars' worth of
insurance in force with about eighteen hundred policy
The Millburn Mutual Insurance company never has had a law suit.
All losses have always been settled satisfactorily and
On January 9, 1892, John Thain was elected secretary and served
for 24 years, or until 1916. In 1922 he was elected president and
served until his death in March 1928. Mr. Thain gave over thirty
years of his life in serving his company. After his death Leslie
Bonner was elected president and is still serving in that
After Mr. Thain had served twenty-four years as secretary, J. S.
Denman was elected secretary in 1916 and he has served
continuously since then.
It might be interesting to know who has served as officers for
the last twenty-five years;
1903 to 1906, Wm. J. White.
1906 to 1911, Geo. H. Kennedy.
1911 to 1916, John Bonner.
1916 to 1922, Geo. B. Stephens.
1922 to 1928, John A. Thain.
1928 to present time, Leslie S. Bonner.
1892 to 1916, John A. Thain
1916 to present time, J. S. Denman.
1892 to 1907, R. L. Strang.
1907 to 1910, James. H. Bonner.
1910 to 1912, L. S. Bonner.
1912 to 1916, H. H. Grimm.
1916 to 1920, Harold Minto.
1920 to 1925, C. J. Wright.
1925 to 1929, J. S. Denman.
1929 to present, Carl Hughes.
Directors From 1905 to Present Time
John Pollock, David White, George Edwards, David Pullen, George
Kapple, L. W. Wakefield, John McClure, W. F. Clow, Geo.
McCullough, F. G. Wirtz, Ernest Davis, C. J. Wright, Frank
Some of the agents who have served during the latter years are:
T. A. Hoffman was appointed agent on January 17, 1890, and was
agent for 26 years; when he died, Charles F. Richards was
appointed agent in January 1906 and has been agent up to the
present time, covering a period of twenty-two years. John E.
Ballar was agent in 1884 and was agent until 1926, over a period
of thirty-six years. James A. Bonner succeeded T. A. Hoffman as
agent for Warren and Waukegan. L. G. Lobdell was agent for two
The present agents are: Arthur Lang, who has Grant, Avon, Warren,
Waukegan, Benton, Newport and Lake Villa townships. George M.
Trant has Fremont, Libertyville and Ela townships. Arthur Powers
has Wauconda and Cuba townships. W. L. Woodin has Vernon and
The Millburn Insurance company is one of the strongest Mutual
Insurance companies in the State of Illinois. This has been
accomplished through the able and honest leadership of the men
who had its guidance in their hands and the true and loyal
support of its members.
It has often been said that farmers cannot stick together in any
co-operative movement. This organization spoke for itself, when
it gathered together last Saturday and celebrated the 75th year of
this great organization, owned and controlled by farmers.
16 January 1930
The 75th Annual meeting of the Millburn Mutual Insurance company
was held at the church Saturday, January 11, with a large
attendance. The afternoon was given over to special
entertainment. The following officers were elected:
President - L. S. Bonner.
Secretary - J. S. Denman.
Treasurer - Carl Hughes.
Directors - F. B. Kennedy, John Wirtz, and Charles Wright.
There were about 125 present.
At the regular meeting of the Parent-Teachers' association last
Tuesday a fine program was given after the business session. The
theme of the evening was "Recreation", led by Beatrice
The program consisted of:
Violin Solo and Piano Accompaniment, Mrs. E. A. Martin, Richard
Recreation in Schools in By-gone Days, Vivien Bonner.
Recreation in the Schools Today, Alice Bauman.
Solo, School Days, Beryl Bonner.
Recreation in the Home, E. A. Martin.
Supervised School Recreation, L. S. Bonner.
Piano Duet, Marion Edwards, Mrs. F. G. Edwards.
Community Recreation, Eunice Denman.
William Bauman returned home on Monday from the Victory
At the annual meeting of the Millburn Cemetery association on
Monday, W. A. Bonner was elected president; Ira Stephens,
secretary and treasurer; and R. G. Hughes, J. G. Bonner, and
Erwin Fuller, directors.
Norman Achen, Kenosha, entered school here Monday. He is
staying with his aunt, Mrs. E. A. Martin, while his parents are
Mrs. Kaluf spent Saturday with her daughter, Mrs. F. G.
Mrs. George Edwards has returned home after spending several
weeks with her granddaughters, Violet and Betty Edwards, who were
under quarantine for scarlet fever.