A little Antioch history about a home you may pass by everyday on your way into town...🌳🏠
This small house was built by E. Elmer Brook in 1910 for his new bride, Nina McClellan. The story of this couple is very interesting as Elmer was president of the Brook State Bank in Antioch when he went to Chicago to attend the auto show in May, 1910. In the city, he met Miss Nina McClellan, purported to be the great niece of General George McClellan of Civil War fame. After learning that Elmer was president of a bank, Nina married him after a 2 day courtship. Nina's mother, Lucretia Brown, estranged wife of Palmer Brown, executive of the Chicago Crayon Company, had Elmer arrested after discovering her daughter had married without her consent and that some of her jewelry was missing. Elmer and Nina had obtained consent from her step-father, Mr. Brown, and Nina had taken the jewelry herself stating that it was her inheritance. The matter was settled out of court. The couple returned to Burlington, Wisconsin, and lived with his parents while their home at 499 Lake Street was completed. They celebrated 56 years together before he passed away in 1966. The building has remained a private residence.
If you like these stories, they come from the book, "Celebrating Antioch, Illinois - Past & Present" - for sale at the Lakes Region Historical Society Museum in Antioch. Open Saturdays.