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[some time in 1961]
Funeral services for John Bain Brewer, 75, of Grade School Road, who died Saturday morning in the Little Company of Mary Hospital, Chicago, will be held at 10:30 a. m. tomorrow in the Fellowship Hall of Gurnee Community Church.
A lifetime resident of Lake County, Mr. Brewer was born Oct. 8, 1885 at Millburn. Mr. Brewer retired 10 years ago as an electrician for John-Manville Products Corp., Waukegan, and until his illness two months ago worked part time for the Minor Oil Co., Waukegan.
His wife, Emily, died in 1958. Surviving are two sons, John Jr. of Oak Lawn and Delbert of Gurnee; two daughters, Mrs. Alfred (Jeanette) Marro of Gurnee and Mrs. Warren (Emily) Hern of Alsip; 13 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Gus (Gertrude) Krumrey Of Libertyville.
Friends may call until time of services at the funeral home, 1521 Washington St., Waukegan.
Burial will be in Avon Center, Grayslake.
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A Well Known Waukegan young Lady Weds.
Saturday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Stewart, 430 North Genesee street, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Florence, to Mr. Chas. N. Gray, of Yankton, S. D.
After a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Gray will go to Yankton, where they will make their future home.
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Mrs. Jane McAllister, an Early Settler, Still Hearty.
Mrs. Jane McAllister reached her eighty-first birthday today at her home on Clayton street. She was one of Lake County's earliest settlers and has an eventful and interesting history. She was born in Pierthshire, Scotland, and came to Canada with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Strang, at the age of seventeen. She married John McAllister in Harwich, Canada, in 1838. In 1842 they settled in Lake County, near Millburn. They made the trip overland with a team of horses. They brought with them little else but energy and industry, elements necessary to those times. The year after the government land sale John McAllister purchased a farm near Millburn, where he and his wife resided until fifteen years ago when they moved to Waukegan where they resided until Mr. McAllister's death ten years ago. After hardships and deprivations incident to pioneer life, success finally crowned their efforts and they amassed a fortune.
Mrs. McAllister retains her faculties remarkably well. She has the care of her house and occupies her time with reading and sewing. Her needlework would put many younger ladies in the shade. No old age is more peacefully spent nor more replete with charitable deeds -- Waukegan Sun.
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On Thursday July 7th at the home of her parents in Newport, Miss Carrie Lewin passed away at the age of eighteen years. She was a young but well liked lady of Newport and left many dear friends who sympathize with the parents in their bereavement. The funeral occurred on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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The many Antioch friends of Capt. John K. Pollock will be sorry to learn that he had the misfortune of having his arm broken by being kicked by a horse on Friday morning last. At last accounts the jovial Captain was getting along nicely, having had the arm set and made as comfortable as possible.
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Died, on Sunday evening, Feb. 25, at the home of her brother in Wheatland, Adeline Eddy, aged fifty-seven years.
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H. D. Hughes has his barn completed on the site of the one struck by lightning and burned a year ago, the last coat of paint being put on exactly one year form the burning, July 7th. Hamlin & Sons, of Lake Villa, done the building and painting. H. D. says, owing to the good nature of the carpenters he put hay into the barn the next day after it was raised, which he thinks breaks the record in this line. The material for the barn was all bought in Antioch. Hamlin says it was the best bill of lumber he has put in such a building for some time, and Mr. Higgins, of the Barker Lumber Company, is recommended to all in need of anything in his line, as he furnishes the best goods at lowest prices. Williams Brothers furnished the hardware and nails, and A. P. Ames & Sons put in the paint and oil. It is insured in the Millburn Company, of course, as that is the only company doing business in the county for the insured; so says H. D.
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News reached here Monday of the accidental drowning in Huntleys lake, of James Nichols a young man living on the Dodge farm near Millburn. Young Nichols in company with James Webb went to the lake for a bath and while in the water was taken with cramps and sank to the bottom. The body did not again rise to the surface as is usually the case and before aid could reach him he had perished. The blow is a sad one to the sorrowing relatives who have the deepest sympathy of their many friends and neighbors.
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A Sad Death.
Mrs. Fred Cannon died very suddenly Wednesday morning of last week, at her home in Benton township, of epileptic hysteria. Mrs. Cannon, nee Miss Lillian Carver, was about twenty years of age, and a former teacher in the Bean Hill school. She was married to Mr. Cannon about four months ago. The remains were taken to Hull, Iowa, her former home, on Thursday, for interment. The sympathy of all is with Mr. Cannon, in his bereavement.
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Gordon and Miss Inez Jamieson had a narrow escape from serious injury, Thursday evening. While returning from Miss Jamieson's school, and when in front of A. G. Watson's mill, the horse became frightened, and before Mr. J. could check him, ran the buggy off the culvert, turning it over and landing the occupants in the ditch at the side of the street. The horse then started to run away, but was captured a short distance from the scene of the tipover. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.
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Married - At the residence of the bride's parents, at Millburn Ill., on Thursday evening, Oct. 1st, by the Rev. Arnott, Mr. John Duncan and Miss Isabel Murrie.
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Last week S. M. Spafford sold to an Evanston party a five-year-old sorrel horse for $250. The horse market for good stock appears to be reasonably high. This makes four horses Mr. Spafford has sold to Evanston parties within a year, having sold a team some time ago for $350; later a driving horse at $175, and the one just sold.
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[This obituary has been moved to November, 1962]
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Dr. William G. Bauman
[This obituary has been moved to December, 1969]
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Mrs. Alice P. Murrie, 53, of Millburn, died Monday, August 1, at St. Therese Hospital after an illness of six months.
She was born March 30, 1913, in Millburn and lived in Bristol and Salem, Wisc. before moving back to Millburn 27 years ago. She was a member of the Millburn Congregation Church and a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, No 570.
Mrs. Murrie is survived by her husband, George R., two sons, James W. of Waukegan and Allen G. at home, a daughter, Lynette R. also at home, her mother, Mrs. William (Daisy) Helman of Waukegan, and two grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, August 4 at Strang Funeral Home, 1055 Main St., Antioch, where friends may call after 1:30 Wednesday. Rev. L. H. Messersmith will officiate and interment will follow at Millburn Cemetery. The Millburn Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star will hold services at 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to the Millburn Congregation Church.
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Ghosts of Boom Days Still Evident
By Genevieve Flavin
No haunted houses mark the community of Millburn-yet there are ghosts there-reminiscent of the thriving town of the century past.
The seeker of yesterday-if he is acutely aware-may find a segment still standing at the crossroads of U. S. 45 and Loon Lake rd. Foster's store on the northwest corner carries on the tradition of "business as usual" begun 100 years ago when Robert Strang opened the door of his country store in what is purported to be the first all-brick building in Lake county. Haul by Horse, Wagon
This year marks the centennial of the store, named a landmark by the Lake County Historical society. It was erected in 1856 with handmade bricks, purchased at $4.50 per 1,000 and hauled from Lake Villa by horse and wagon.
Sand to mix the mortar, which cost 50 cents a barrel, was brought to the building site from Lake Michigan. Workmen-mostly Scotchmen averaged 25 cents an hour. Nails-and they can be found in floors and other woodwork-are square headed and were fashioned by the local blacksmith. Beams are hand hewn.
The skyscraper-it was so called according to historical records- attracted many visitors from as far north as Milwaukee.
But there were other aspects of the store which drew its customers. The farmer could barter his crops for "store goods," which ran from shoes to fishhooks, material by the bolt, and treasured tea, which arrived in gilt decorated decanters from the orient.
Tea $2 a Pound
After the Civil wear, one of the store account books shows where credit was extended to farmers before their crops were harvested.
Curious, too, are accounts of the first year of business, showing a sale of one sarsaparilla for $1-it must have been a barrel-and one rake for 30 cents. Tea, however, was $2 a pound.
"There was a time," so recounts Millburn's oldest citizen-in years of residence as well as of age-George P. Martin, 87; "when Millburn was as big as Chicago." Martin conducts the store on U. S. 45, where he came as an orphan at 11 years of age. This has been his own property for the last 70 years.
"Time was, too, when this town was a booming business center-there were three big mills taking their power from our mill creek, and three others radiated along the banks fringing the town," Martin said. "Folks here were mighty well off and Millburn became a famous money lending center. The citizens were careful ones, mostly Scotch. Borrowers came here when they couldn't get money elsewhere."
Hear Civil War News
Radiating from the crossroads at U. S. 45 and Loon Lake rd. are other century old houses.
There is the Sammy Smith home, which had an adjoining store and where the Millburn community assembled to hear the latest news of fighting during the Civil war. Sammy received the only newspaper delivered in the community. This house is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Haisma.
Well set back from the southeast corner of rte. 45 and Loon Lake rd, is the site of old Hughes hall, meeting place of the once thriving town. The house, now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Messner, is 100 years old.
Destroyed by Fire
Other homes of interest are the Carl Anderson house, built in 1856 by John Jake Strang, which was financed with gold dust brought home from a prospecting trip to California by its first owner. Now the property of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Anderson, this house is east of U. S. 45 in Millburn rd.
Tho a comparatively new structure, the Millburn Congregational church, on the southwest corner of U. S. 45 and Millburn rd., has historical significance. In the first structure, destroyed by fire, was born the Millburn Mutual Fire Insurance company in 1855, oldest mutual in Illinois, and operated under a special charter granted by the state legislature.
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