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March, 1979

from a loose clipping, source unknown 1 March 1979
Historic Millburn Assn. Is Official
by Barbara Jo Sistak
It's official. The Historic Millburn Assn. has been incorporated and officers elected.
Dorothy Fettinger has been elected chairman of the association. "This gives us an opportunity to be spokesmen for the people of the community.
Millburn is a picturesque hamlet of about 1,000 acres around the intersection of Rte. 45, Grass Lake and Millburn Rds. There are many older and lovely homes and buildings there and it is on the verge of receiving National Historic Landmark status.
"The purpose of the association is to preserve, protect and enhance the community of Millburn physically, visually and historically," said Mrs. Fettinger.
Seven other selectmen were elected at the initial meeting held at the Millburn Congregational Church Feb 22. They will act as a board.
Elected were Milton Anderson, Mildred Haisma, Alice Anderson, William Paulsen, Tom Erlenborn, Robert Brooks and Ruth White, secretary.
With the national designation almost within grasp, Mrs. Fettinger said the group will turn its attention to other projects.
One of the reasons the group was formed was so its residents could have some input on the new building in the area. Millburn cannot incorporate into a village since there is not enough population and it lies between two other villages: Lindenhurst and Old Mill Creek.
No decisions have been made but she said one area to be explored is comprising a history of the community.
She would also like to promote Millburn. "Not commercially but as a nice, quaint community to drive through," said Mrs. Fettinger.
Membership into the association is open and there are three types. One is a Freeholder membership and those members own property in Millburn.
A second is the Citizen membership and those members own property in Millburn and live there as well.
The third is a Friends membership for anyone interested in Millburn. Membership dues is $10.
The selectmen will meet the fourth Thursday of every month at Mrs. Fettinger's home. For information call her at 356-______.
from a loose clipping, source unknown 3 March 1979
Mr. Elbert E. Elsbury, 89, 0f 616 Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake, died Saturday, March 3, 1979 at Victory Memorial, Waukegan. He had been in failing health the past 5 months.
Mr. Elsbury was born in Gurnee, Illinois, August 3, 1889 and had remained a lifelong resident of Warren Township. He was a member of the Lake County Farm Bureau; a lifetime member of Warren Township Historical Society; a lifetime member of Lake County Museum; a member of the Board of Lake County Extension Service and a lifetime member of the Lake County Fair Association. He was a farmer by trade his entire life.
Survivors include his widow, Mary, (nee Schryver); three daughters, Mildred (John) Haisma of Millburn; Alice Johnson of Gurnee and Clara (Albin) Liecht of Waukegan; three sons, Clifford (Margaret) of Gurnee, Milford (Sophie) of Druce Lake and Lester (Virginia) of Gurnee; two brothers, George of Gurnee and Lloyd of Wadsworth; a sister Bernice Elsbury of Chetek, Wisconsin; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, March 7 at the Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, with the Rev. Donald A. McPeek, pastor, Millburn Congregational Church officiating, interment will be in Warren Cemetery, west of Gurnee. Friends may call from 3 till 10 PM Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity in his memory.

E. E. Elsbury, Prominent Farmer, Civic Leader, Dies
Funeral services for Elbert E. Elssbury, 89, of Gages Lake prominent Lake County farmer and civic leader, were held March 7 in Grayslake.
Mr. Elsbury died March 3, at Victory Memorial Hospital, Waukegan, where he had been hospitalized since Feb. 12.
He was born on August 3, 1889 in a log cabin on Grand Ave., Gurnee, near the present site of the Gurnee Holiday Inn. He moved with his family to a farm two-and-a-half miles west of there when he was 15 months old. He took over his father's farm in 1912 after the sinking of the Titanic. Mr. Elsbury's father, W. James Elsbury, went down with that ship after a visit to England.
Mr. Elsbury was a dairy farmer for 64 years before moving to Gages Lake with his wife of 66 years. He married Mary Schreyver on March 15, 1913.
He was a Farm Bureau board member, a life-time member of the Lake County Museum, a board member of the Lake County Extension Service and a lifetime member of the Lake County Fari Assn.
He has given scholarships to the 4-H to Warren Township High School and to children of Farm Bureau members who are interested in agriculture.
Survivors are his widow, Mary; three daughters, Mrs. John (Mildred) Haisma of Millburn, Mrs. Alice Johnson of Gurnee and Mrs. Albin (Clara) Leicht of Waukegan; three sons, Clifford of Gurnee, Milford of Druce Lake and Lester of Gurnee; 19 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; two brothers, George of Gurnee and Lloyd of Wadsworth, and one sister, Bernice Elsbury of Chetek, Wis. He was preceded in death by a son, Burton; and by a daughter, Ruth Elsbury.
Burial was in Warren Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his name to cancer research or to your favorite charity.
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