Newspaper Clippings for
5 March 1931
MILLBURN FARMER DIES IN CHICAGO
Chris Van Patten, Resident of County 30 Years,
Is Infection Victim
Christian L. Van Patten, well known Lake county farmer who passed
away late Sunday evening at the home of his sister in Chicago,
was given a Masonic funeral by the Antioch lodge No. 127 A. F.
and A. M. of which he was a member, at the Millburn cemetery
He had been failing in health for several years, and a short time
ago he and his wife moved to the more comfortable quarters of his
sister, Mrs. Anna Creedon, 6112 Stony Island ave., Chicago. He
grew worse, and Sunday evening became the victim of fatal blood-
poisoning which had set in. Funeral services were held in
Chicago before the body was brought to Millburn.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Van Patten, of Albany, N.
Y., where he was born April 9, 1855. He lived for several years
in Iowa, and in 1895 married Miss Mary Schoop, at Manning, Ia.
Six years later they moved to the farm southwest of Hickory
Corners, where he had been engaged in farming for thirty
He is survived by his widow, three brothers and four sisters. No
children were born to his marriage. Mrs. Van Patten has not yet
made definite arrangements for her future place of residence.
12 March 1931
Celebrates 80 Birthday in Boulder, Col.
D. H. White Voted for U. S. Grant for President;
Has Never Missed Election
D. H. White, well known Lake county resident, recently celebrated
his eightieth birthday at Boulder, Colo., where he is spending
the winter. On that occasion he received about fifty greeting
cards from his friends.
It is interesting to note how Mr. White has lived his eighty
years. He was born in Antioch township just a few miles east of
this village in February, 1851, and he lived on the farm where he
was born until he was nearly 70 years old. Then he moved to
Millburn, where he resides in that part originally in the town of
Antioch. He is a voter in this high school district.
Voted for Grant.
Mr. White's first vote for president was for General U. S. Grant
and he points with pardonable pride to the fact that he has never
missed voting at a presidential election since that first
The News is proud to count Mr. White among the number of oldest
readers, as he has been a subscriber since the date of the first
issue, nearly fifty years ago.
19 March 1931
MAN LIVES IN CHURCH;
DECLARES PROPERTY REVERTS TO HEIRS
Trustees Seek to Eject Clarence Spiering
and Family from Hickory Bldg.
Following futile efforts to eject Clarence Spiering and family
from Millburn Methodist church at Hickory and Millburn roads, the
board of church trustees, headed by Emmet King as complainant;
have instituted a civic suit again Spiering which will be heard
before Justice William H. Regan here Saturday at 2 p.m.
Spiering and his family moved into the church two weeks ago
following the burning of his farm home February 19. Spiering
claims that according to the terms of the deed the property is to
revert to the heirs of the original owner when it is no longer
used for church purposes, and that it is not so used, so
rightfully belongs to the heirs.
After seeking advice in Waukegan, the trustees went to Justice
Henry Wallenwein who issued a warrant for the arrest of Spiering
on a charge of malicious mischief, but he was released on $500
bonds. Spiering, however, continues to occupy the church as a
The trustees were advised this week to take civil action in the
matter and the issue of a summons for Spiering to appear here in
the forcible entry and detainer suit followed.
26 March 1931
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Denman and children, Mr. and Mrs. W. A.
Bonner, and Ralph and Ethel McGuire spent Tuesday evening with
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Denman, the occasion being a surprise in honor
of Mrs. W. S. Denman's birthday.
About fifty enjoyed the pie social at the hall Friday evening,
given by the Christian Endeavor society. A party will be held
tomorrow night at the hall.
Mrs. Hazel McBratney and little son returned to their home in
Chicago on Saturday, after a week's visit with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Clarence Bock.
Mrs. E. A. Broebli and daughter, Lenore, spent several days in
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Edwards and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Erwin were callers at the George Edwards home Monday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Bonner and children spent Sunday with Mr.
and Mrs. Victor Strang in Waukegan.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simmons, of Eagle River, Wis., called at
the George Edwards home Saturday.
Mr. Ehrenfeldt, superintendent of schools in Kenosha county,
showed the picture, "Byrd at the South Pole," at the school
Monday evening to a large audience.