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LAKE VILLA - William H. Miller, 88, of Grand avenue, died early today in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Evelyn) McGuire, Rhinelander, Wis., with whom he had been living. Mr. Miller was ill for the past month.
Born Aug. 27, 1871 on a farm on Grand avenue, Mr. Miller lived there all his life, until going to Rhinelander five years ago to reside with his daughter. He married the former Robertie A. McCredie in 1904. She died in 1955. Mr. Miller was a member of the Sand Lake School Board for many years and the Board of Trustees of Sand Lake Cemetery.
In addition to the daughter in Rhinelander, three grandchildren survive.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Strang Funeral Home, 1055 Main St., Antioch, with the Rev. L. H. Messersmith, pastor of the Millburn Congregational Church, officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Millburn Cemetery.
from the Kenosha News circa 1920's
School days all the way from one and two to fifty and sixty years ago, were recalled yesterday by two hundred people who gathered in the annual reunion at the Browe school in Newport and enjoyed a rare day of reminiscence and amusement.
The great and important event of the day was the announcement, by Attorney C. T. Heydecker who has for years been a leading spirit in the reunion, that application should be made by the reunion association to the Lake County Historical Society to mark the site of the first manufactory in Lake County, in the town of Newport.
Create surprise
The announcement that the site of the first manufactory, a saw and grist mill, is in Newport Township created a surprise even to some of the old timers.
The mill site referred to is the site of the old Miller mill, built in the thirties by Jacob Miller, the oldest settler in the county. The mill is now of course gone but the site is well known and to mark it with a tablet of stone will be an easy matter.
The fact that the site is that of the very first industry of the county is not to be disputed, and as the first house site has been marked, this follows naturally.
Change Day for Reunion
The next most important doing of the business session was to change the day for the annual Browe reunion to the third instead of the last Thursday in August to avoid conflict with the soldiers' and sailors' reunion and the teachers' institute.
There was not what might be called a set program for the reunion yesterday, but the six Wells sisters some of whom are married now and bear other names, but are still called the "Wells sisters," sang several songs. Attorney Heydecker delivered a splendid address that brought applause and cheers, and the people put in a day of story telling, of recalling old times, and of renewing acquaintance with old school mates.
Rarely has there been a more pleasant day. Dinner was spread under the trees of a magnificent grove and the sauce of the fresh air and the country and field smells made it a feast for the gods.
Some of the Old Timers
The oldest man on the grounds was venerable Samuel Miller, the oldest settler in Lake County, who is over 83, but still sturdy as a whole lot of younger men, with a bearing and distinction that mark him anywhere, and with a retentive memory of old times.
Johnny Strock, the old time fiddler, without whom no reunion would be complete, was there, and so was Josie Dietmeyer, another old time fiddler. Mr. Dietmeyer sings his dance calls in the style of years ago and when either he or Mr. Strock rosin up the bow and sail into the instrument, feet must dance no matter to whom they belong.
The dances of long ago were the feature of the afternoon and portly white-haired men, prosperous farmers, prominent business men, went through them with their gracious, smiling, graceful, gray-haired girl friends, sweethearts and schoolmates of yore.
Josie Dietmeyer, Andrew Herberger, and Mrs. J. F. Pellifant and Mrs. Jenkinson of Waukegan distinguished themselves for their grace in dancing and were wildly applauded.
Everyone Knows Everyone
The great feature of the annual Browe reunion is the kindliness, the smiling grace, the neighborliness of the former Browe pupils.
They are all the right kind of people - the kind of people one wishes to meet again, the kind of people who make good, thrifty, well-doing citizens.
There must be something in the old school and the training that it offers which creates such fine, sturdy people.
Steadfast to Old School
More than this, they are and have been for more than ten years, steadfast to the old school and its jealously guarded tradition and year after year the same people, with the exception of a few lopped off by a gentle death of mellow old age, and of a few new ones, not yet old enough to become Browe pupils, attend the reunion.
The feature next year will be the fiftieth centenary of the teacherhood of the late Judge Thomas A. Moran of Chicago at the school.
Next year will just mark the half century mile post. Fifty years will then have elapsed since the country boy who afterward climbed to such heights of legal fame, first entered the school room. After two years he went to Chicago and there arose by leaps and bounds so that when he died he was one of Illinois' distinguished lawyers and dean of Kent College of Law.
Welch Debated Here
Yesterday the great feature for pride of many of the goodly people was the fact that years ago Attorney Niniah H. Welch, now a Chicagoan and a candidate for William Lorimer's vacated seat in Congress, learned to debate at the school and there made his first maiden speech.
The people seemed to expect him at the reunion yesterday but he did not come.
There were several automobiles drawn up at the entrance to the school grounds. The rest were horse vehicles. The only accident of the day was when a horse attached to a wagon fell and getting his head wedged in a fence nearly choked to death.
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By Dorothy Doyle
Mrs. Helen Clark, oldest lady resident of Wadsworth, adheres to the belief that Wadsworth is "the best."
Following her return recently from a visit at the home of her sister, Mrs. Bell Winter, at Fullerton, Calif., Mrs. Clark declared: "California is too much of the same thing. Although it is nice to live there in the winter, it can never reach the standard of Illinois. Wadsworth is as good as Los Angeles is or ever will be."
Mrs. Clark was born on Nov. 22, 1858, at Stuart Field, Scotland. She lived there until she reached the age of thirteen. The oldest of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Sutherland, she moved with them to Millburn in Lake county in 1871 where she stayed until she married Absolam Clark in 1878. Immediately after their marriage the Clarks moved to Wadsworth where their four children were born. Three of these, Ed and Frank Clark and Mrs. Charles Oilerenshaw, are still living.
Last September 29, Mrs. Clark left for Fullerton by car. The route taken ws through Iowa, Nebraska, Utal, Wyoming, Nevada to California. While there, Mrs. Clark visited all the coast towns but spent most of the time in Los Angeles.
She also took a three day trip into the Lost Hills, owned by the Standard Oil company, and a tour through Death Valley, in which the famous borax mines are located and from which Mrs. Clark obtained some lump borax to show friends. Following this, she and her sister viewed Devil's Corn Field. While there, they stayed in a cottage one hundred seventy-eight feet below sea level.
Mrs. Clark greatly enjoyed picking oranges from her nephew's ten acre grove at Anaheim. She returned home on March 26 feeling that her trip had been very much worth while.
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Ninian H. Welch, a member of the law firm of Welch & Hoffman and a master in chancery of the Circuit court for twenty-two years, died yesterday in St. Luke's hospital of a heart attack. He was 64 years old and lived at 5745 Midway park. Mr. Welch attended Beloit college and Lake Forest university, received his legal training at Chicago Kent college, and was admitted to the bar in 1902. He served as assistant judge of the Probate court under the late Judge Charles Cutting from 1906 to 1910. He was a member of the Chicago, Illinois and American Bar associations and the Law Institute of Chicago. His widow, Mrs. Mabel O. Welch, four daughters, and a sister survive. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday in the Memorial Park cemetery chapel.
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Una Jean Minto
A memorial service is pending in Millburn for Miss Una Jean Minto, 87, who died Sunday at the McCabe Rest Home, Pilgrim Place, Claremont, Calif.
She had been a resident of Pilgrim Place since 1955.
The daughter of David and Susannah Minto, she was born Feb. 15, 1876, on the family farm near Antioch.
Miss Minto attended Rochester Academy, Dixon Normal School, Beloit College, the Congregational Training School for Women, Chicago, and the University of Coimbra, Portugal.
She taught in rural Lake County schools and at Endeavor (Wis.) Academy.
Active in the Lake County Sunday School Association, she served as director of religious education at the First Congregational Church in Evanston.
She spent the years from 1920-46 as a missionary - teacher in Bailundo and Dondi in Angola in Western Africa.
Surviving are five nieces, two of whom live in Waukegan, and one nephew. A sister and four brothers preceded her in death.
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Bass And Trout Being Caught in Mill Creek
Cane pole and worm fishermen who cast their lines into Mill creek and DesPlaines river expecting to catch bullheads, croppies and catfish are frequently pleasantly surprised these days when they land a large mouth or striped bass, speckled or rainbow trout.
These fortunate knights of the pole and bait can thank Glen W. Traer, owner of Mill Creek Farm in north central Lake county, which is rapidly developing into one of the largest privately owned conservation and fish planting setups in the country.
For the past three years, Traer, a coal company executive and one of the founders of the Greyhound Bus system, has been building lakes on his extensive acreage and stocking them with breeder bass and trout.
More than 20 small artificial lakes dot the landscape of the far flung Mill Creek farm, some developed by pumping water from deep wells and some formed by damming up parts of the north and south branches of meandering Mill creek.
The bass fingerlings are transferred from one lake to another in the process of their growth and development and eventually make their way into the DesPlaines river and thence into some of Lake county's many small natural lakes.
Electric screens have been erected near the point where Mill creek branches off from Fourth lake to prevent carp and other predatory fish from infiltrating the artificial lakes and destroying the growing game fish. A large section of the Mill Creek farm holdings, included several of the small lakes, has been set aside for a public grove near Rte 45.
This grove, operated by W. J. (Pat) Murphy, sports equipment salesman and sports official, has outstanding swimming facilities provided by one of the well-fed lakes while the others have been amply stocked with fish.
Fishermen have already reported outstanding success in the grove lakes and Murphy has been assured of a plentiful supply to keep the lakes well-stocked during the picnic season.
Many of the small lakes are being lowered at the present time to facilitate planting millet which will attract wild ducks in their flight to the southland this fall assuring ample duck shooting for the owner of the farm and members of a private shooting club which he has organized, and for hunters in nearby areas.
More than 8,000 pheasants are raised each year on the huge landholdings and approximately 1,000 each year are released for hunting on the restricted and licensed hunting grounds, the rest being sold to hotels and restaurants.
The members of the club are allowed to shoot up to 70 per cent of those released, the remainder of the birds adding to the supply of game for other hunters.
Traer at the present time is experimenting with chukker grouse and other game birds in an effort to provide more varied shooting for his friends and at the same time build up the game hunting potential in Lake county.
The state conservation department has commended the wealthy sportsman for his conservation efforts pointing out that the entire county has benefited from the work going on at Mill Creek Farm.
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