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February, 1940

from the pages of the Waukegan Daily Sun February 1940
Mrs. Elisabeth S. Young,
Now Nearing 80,
Tells About Old Days in Waukegan and Scotch Settlement.
It was on Dec. 7 last that a story about Mrs. A. Clark of Wadsworth appeared in the News-Sun. Mrs. Clark, who came to Millburn from Scotland when she was 13, is 80 now, and she drives her own car from her home in Wadsworth to Waukegan on a shopping tour or almost anywhere she wants to go.
Elisabeth Sutherland Young of 3605 Llewellyn ave., Norfolk, Va., read the story. The other day, she wrote a letter about it.
She confides that by May 26, she'll be 80 herself, but what with rheumatism, she has had to "slow down," so she doesn't drive her car. However, she has two sisters, Mrs. Bell McGregor Winter of Fullerton, Calif., and Mrs. G. B. Dawson of Morris, Ill.
All Millburn Girls
They're both more than 75 years old, and Mrs. Winter "drives her car all over California" and Mrs. Dawson "works in the store and runs the business since her husband died one year ago." Mrs. Young, Mrs. Winter and Mrs. Dawson are all "Millburn girls" and from Scotland.
Mrs. Young writes: "Now if these Scotch people don't have wonderful vitality around Millburn and Wadsworth, I don't know where else you can find strong people."
Mrs. Young's letter is filled with county history. She recalls that it was "in 1871 we landed in Waukegan from Scotland." The only business block here then was the stretch from Washington to Madison st. She goes on "I can't forget that (block of business). While we sat in the old depot waiting for George Jamieson and my father to come and take us to Millburn, my mother found a store which sold cheese and crackers. We were about starved."
Built Church
Mrs. Young sets down "That was one Scotch settlement. All of the Jamiesons at Millburn were cousins of my father.
"In that year (1871) they organized and built the Millburn church and Sunday school . . I can never forget the choir. I remember P. P. Bless coming from Chicago to spend a week helping them on the new gospel hymns. Everybody went to church. Lumber wagons (drew up) loaded full of parents and children (and) all stayed to Sunday school."
Mrs. Young thinks that automobiles, airplanes and the general tempo of modern life have interfered, unfortunately, with church going.
The Lake county of her girlhood was, she thought, the most beautiful spot on earth. "Along the rail fences grew the fragrant wild roses. Orchards of apple and cherry trees blosomed each spring. Robins came early to build their nests. Summer spread out cheer; everything was growing.
"Now here is what I miss in Lake county-the beautiful trees, the wood groves on all of the farms. Going out Grand ave. 70 years ago, the road all the way to Green Bay road was lined with trees. In fact, all the roads everywhere were bordered by trees. The trees have been cut down. No more trees have been planted to replace them." Mrs. Young thinks if she lived here, she'd try to organize a plant-a-tree club because "when you are dead, people are going to be living after you. You will be remembered for what civic interest you left."
She says that in the Virginia valley here she lives, apple blossom time in April means visits from folks all around.
But beautiful as the blossoms are, they are no more beautiful, Mrs. Young says, than the blossoms here in Lake county half century ago.
Mrs. Young concludes that, at 80, she can't drive a car, but she still has a wonderful memory; can write articles for newspapers and sends an article to prove it, and can vote Republican, which, she hopes, a good many people will do in the coming campaign.
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