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WILLIAM H. MILLER
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
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,
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
TO MARK SITE OF FIRST INDUSTRY IN LAKE COUNTY WITH TABLET
C.T. HEYDECKER GIVES FACTS ABOUT PLACE
AT BIG ANNUAL REUNION OF
BROWE SCHOOL PUPILS YESTERDAY
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
The feature next year will be the fiftieth centenary of the
teacherhood of the late Judge Thomas A. Moran of Chicago at the
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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WADSWORTH "IS BEST," PIONEER RESIDENT SAYS
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
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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NINIAH H. WELCH, LAWYER, COURT OFFICIAL, IS DEAD
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.)
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
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
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