Author: Jim Wright

Major events in 125-year history of Homewood FD

Editor’s note: The Homewood Fire Department will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The event is fun and education, providing activities for the whole family that teach fire safety. The UCAN medical helicopter is expected to make an appearance. The Homewood[Read More…]


Homewood’s early years: The village begins to grow up

After Homewood was incorporated in February 1893, the village board debated for months on the details of construction of a village hall. There was little debate, however, when it came to the question of sidewalks and other improvements. You’ve reached subscriber-only content Register for free to continue reading  Free 3-day trial[Read More…]

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Feb. 11 is 125th anniversary of Homewood’s incorporation

Although settled in the 1830’s, it took almost 60 years for the area that would eventually become Homewood to officially form a village government. That milestone was reached on Feb. 11, 1893, and so Homewood is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. You’ve reached subscriber-only content Register for free to continue[Read More…]

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Homewood was part of historic nuclear confrontation

“Thirteen Days in October,” a 2000 Kevin Costner movie, chronicled the events in the Kennedy White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the “thirteen days,” Oct. 16-28, 1962, the world came as close to the brink of nuclear war as anytime before or since. Tensions were high throughout the[Read More…]

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Homewood’s Miller was the ‘Edison’ of roller coasters

John A. Miller is renowned in the amusement ride industry as the “Thomas Edison” of roller coasters and is widely considered as the “father of the modern high-speed roller coaster.”  You’ve reached subscriber-only content Register for free to continue reading  Free 3-day trial Already a subscriber? Log in here.

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Unassuming E-Com building was built 80 years ago for county highway police

  The former station of the Cook County Highway Police   is now home to E-Com, an emergency service   dispatch center serving Homewood, Flossmoor   and several other nearby communities. (Photos   provided by the Homewood Historical Society) Driving down Ridge Road in Homewood, few motorists pay much attention to the building located on the north side[Read More…]

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