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June, 1967

from the pages of the Waukegan News-Sun 16 June 1967
Historic Millburn Opposes Change
by Steve Sarich
MILLBURN - Some months back a meeting was called to talk incorporation of this rustic community founded in 1838.
This community on Rte. 45 where Negro slaves were hidden in their flight to freedom during the Civil War has retained its bucolic personality despite industrial, commercial and residential growth surrounding it.
While a negative tone apparently was established on incorporation after the first meeting, the issue is far from dead.
Sparking the movement toward forming a village government is Ray Bober, who leases the Millburn Country Store, better known to pioneer Lake County residents as the Ed Martin Country Store.
Bober took over the landmark's operation several years ago. It is a frame structure on the east side of Rte. 45 at the end of Loon Lake Road.
It appears that Bober is alone in his attempt to incorporate the town judging from conversation with some of its residents.
Bober does not intend to capitulate, however.
He plans a second meeting with the townspeople (the last count was 73) to tell them about the benefits of incorporation that would lead to preservation of Millburn's rural atmosphere.
Here are some of the reasons he gives in favor of incorporation:
--To protect the community from a population explosion.
--To retain the original stature of the area.
--To establish an oasis between Chicago and Milwaukee.
Reasons against his proposal to incorporate, he has learned, are that taxes and cost of living would skyrocket and it would mean residents would be told what to do.
"It would be tragic if this historical landmark would be swallowed up by annexation by either Mill Creek on the east or Lindenhurst on the west," Bober said.
"This is possible", he warned, "with the continued growth of these villages."
Bober reported he is collecting information from county and state sources on incorporation in order to have it available at the next meeting which is several months away.
Across Rte. 45 on the west is an antique store operated by P. W. Anderson, a former Waukegan resident, who opposes any incorporation move.
"I would say there are only two supporters for Bober's plan," said Anderson.
Anderson, who just opened a 100 year old house that he had restored to its Mid-Victorian decor, said, "We'd like to stay as we are."
Continuing, Anderson said: "When you talk incorporation, it's expensive from the beginning in exchange for police and fire protection."
Questioned about the threat by annexation by either Mill Creek or Lindenhurst, Anderson declared:
"We'll be notified of this intent, and then we'll start to fight this kind of movement."
Millburn, once thriving center of mill commerce and business is now only a crossroads. Its founders were the Strang brothers who farmed land grants in the surrounding countryside.
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