Calumet Country Club clubhouse as it appeared in 1917, when the club relocated to Homewood.
Tag: Local history
Fatal accidents spurred railroad to build Dixie Highway viaduct
Deadly traffic accidents in the early years of the last century served as the catalyst for the decision to eliminate all grade rail crossings along the Illinois Central line between downtown Chicago and Matteson-Richton.
Brawls, bucket brigades showed need for police, fire services
The village of Homewood is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its incorporation this year. This is the third in a series of articles that shed a little light on life and times in the village’s early years. In this article, local historician Jim Wright looks at the founding of the[Read More…]
Homewood to host ice cream social to celebrate 125th anniversary
Homewood’s year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary will include a special ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, in front of the historic Gottschalk House, 18101 Martin Ave. The event will feature ragtime music by King Music, and patrons can try their hand at traditional[Read More…]
Drivin’ the Dixie recognized and honored statewide
An event locals have known as something special for the past 17 years is being recognized throughout the state this year. As Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday, Drivin’ the Dixie has been named an official Illinois Bicentennial event. It’s also received four awards from the Illinois State Historical Society and an award of[Read More…]
Flossmoor History Project ramps up marketing effort based on village’s architectural treasures
To create the future, study the past. The Flossmoor History Project, billed by organizers as a forward-leaning marketing project, seems to be following that timeless bit of advice, creating a new marketing effort rooted firmly in the village’s past, especially its rich architectural history. Organizers Scott Ford and Myron Graham, members[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.
Local history: The origins of Flossmoor
While the state celebrates its bicentennial, the Chronicle is expanding local history offerings with a series written by Scott Mehaffey on the origins and history of Flossmoor. This first installment looks back to roots of the village.
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.
New photo history of Homewood goes on sale
Homewood historian Jim Wright’s latest book, “Homewood,” went on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at several sites in the village, and the timing was not accidental. Wright said he hopes holiday shopping helps boost sales, but the book also arrived just a few weeks before Homewood’s 125th anniversary year begins.