Newspaper Clippings for
loose clipping, source unknown 9 April 1959
GEORGE L. RYCKMAN SR.
Funeral services for George L. Ryckman Sr., 67, of 507 N.
County St., former Waukegan fire chief, will be held at 2
p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home, 408 N. Sheridan Rd.
The Rev. L. H. Messersmith will officiate, with burial in
Millburn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home
until time of services.
Mr. Ryckman died Tuesday night in Victory Memorial
Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Waukegan and a
member of the fire department since 1914., except for army
service in World War I. He became fire chief in 1938.
from the pages of the Waukegan News-Sun 13 April 1959
Oldest General Store
In County Hit By Fire
MILLBURN - The Ed Martin general store, operated by Mrs.
Ida Meissner, was badly damaged by fire Saturday.
The fire started in an ice cream freezer, probably from a short circuit,
Chief LeRoy Fritz of the Newport Fire Department said.
The damage was estimated at $2,500 to the frame building and
$1,000 to contents.
Mrs. Meissner, who operates an antique shop in connection with
the grocery and soda fountain, was able to save most of the antiques.
The fire was discovered by a passing truck driver on Rte. 45, who turned
in the alarm. The Lake Villa Fire Department helped fight the blaze,
which was confined to the back part of the display room. The building
will be restored. It is regarded as the oldest store in Lake