Lakes Region Historical Society

Lakes Region Historical Society The Lakes Region Historical Society, preserving the rich history of Antioch and the Chain O' Lakes area. Donations graciously accepted.
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The Lakes Region Historical Society was formed in 1973 and continues to preserve the rich history of Antioch and the Chain O' Lakes area. The MUSEUM is located at 817 Main St. and is open Saturdays from 11-3, March through December. The MEETING HOUSE MUSEUM is located at 977 Main St. and is open by appointment. Please call 847-395-4912 and leave a message. The LASCO ARCHIVE CENTER is located at 965 Main St. and is also open by appointment. Please call 847-395-4912 and leave a message. If you are planning a trip from out of town, please contact us at least one week before so that we will have someone available to assist you. The Archive Center is the repository for photos, maps, family histories, postcards, newspapers and many more resources for family and local history. Help is available for genealogists, even if their families did not come from the Chain O' Lakes area. Private tours are available for all of the facilities and The Meeting House is available for private functions.

Mission: To preserve and share the rich history of Antioch, Illinois, and the surrounding Chain of Lakes Region.

A little Antioch history about a home you may pass by everyday on your way into town...🌳🏠This small house was built by E...
03/11/2020

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.

🔧🧰🚘 939 Main St, Antioch Sales & Service, Ford GarageWilliam Rosing was born in 1880 at Wooster Lake, Grant Township.  I...
03/07/2020

🔧🧰🚘 939 Main St, Antioch Sales & Service, Ford Garage

William Rosing was born in 1880 at Wooster Lake, Grant Township. In 1911, he opened a Ford Garage at Round Lake and, in 1915, he opened the Ford Garage at 939 Main Street calling it the Antioch Sales and Service Garage. The showroom was entered from Main Street and the service area was accessed by entering through what is today, the walkway portion on the south side of Best Pets. Mr. Rosing owned the Ford dealership until his retirement in 1953. He had also served as the Antioch Township Supervisor from 1941 until 1955. The dealership was next known as Carlson Ford Sales, followed by Lyons and Ryan Ford. After Lyons and Ryan built their new building on Rt. 173, the building housed Antioch Carpet Sales from 1971 until 1977. King's Drug Store was next, followed by Party Poppers, My Sister's Closet Resale, Quilter's Dream, Lionhart Martial Arts, Antioch Furniture and Mattress, and Best Pets. Other businesses shared the street level shop space as noted in the photo showing the National Tea Grocery Store which was located in the front of the building in the 1930s.

🚂 The tracks of the Wisconsin Central Railroad opened through Antioch in 1886.  The first depot was constructed on a lot...
03/04/2020

🚂 The tracks of the Wisconsin Central Railroad opened through Antioch in 1886. The first depot was constructed on a lot obtained from Joseph Rinear who owned the farm east of the tracks. This structure was built on the east side of the present tracks, south of Depot Street (opposite side of the tracks from where it is located today). At its peak in the 1890s, the Antioch Depot saw 6 passenger trains running each way, to and from Chicago, daily. On Saturdays, horse and buggy "buses" picked up passengers and took them to the resorts on The Chain where the passengers would stay for the week. You can also see, in a subsequent photo, where the "Cab" was removed from the horse carriages and later placed on a motorized chassis.

The sun is shining ☀️ and the Antioch Dairy Queen 🍦is open for the season!  What could be better?  Let's take a look bac...
03/01/2020

The sun is shining ☀️ and the Antioch Dairy Queen 🍦is open for the season! What could be better? Let's take a look back at an early photo of the DQ. The Antioch DQ was originally built in 1958.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANTIOCH!!  LET'S KEEP GROWING AND KEEP OUR DOWNTOWN STRONG AND VIBRANT!! SHOP LOCAL!!
02/29/2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANTIOCH!!
LET'S KEEP GROWING AND KEEP OUR DOWNTOWN STRONG AND VIBRANT!!
SHOP LOCAL!!

Tomorrow will be Antioch's 128th Birthday. Here is how Antioch started.
In the beginning. Pictures & Story from Images of America Antioch, and Antioch Illinois A Pictorial History 1892-1992 By Wendy Maston and Robin Kessell
Part 1
Back in York State in 1835, when the first frosts had caressed the landscape and the answering blush was everywhere to be seen, three men Thomas Gage, Thomas Warner and W.B. Gage, sound, sturdy, robust: occasionally met and talked about the great and wonderful “West”. They chatted about the “Illinois Country.” where the large game was still plentiful; the deer, the wolf, the buffalo; where the fishing was good and the wild birds’ myriad, where the black soil was deep and rich and where farms might be had for the taking.
The lands that we know as Illinois and Wisconsin had been opened to white settlers by the government in the mid-1830s. Many adventurous pioneers chose to take advantage of this with the hope of improving their lives. Although we do not know the details of the trip of the men who founded our area it was known that men would walk with their meager belongings until they came to the Ohio River where they would join others.
Joining themselves to a flatboat company they floated down the majestic river. How wonderful must have been their voyage - days of enchantment and nights of mystic witchery!! Those nights when they silently stood sentinel over their sleeping companions, when the river seemed like a ribbon of silver in the moonlight when the laugh of the loon or the call of the owl from the deep dark shadows on either densely wooded bank might mean “Indians!”
After a long and dangerous journey, the men arrived in the small settlement of Chicago sometime in the fall of 1836. Traveling north they found the beautiful area with a creek they later named Sequoit. The Gage brothers built a log cabin on the site where Antioch Village Hall now stands. Thomas Warner built his log cabin on the west shore of Loon Lake, about two miles away, and then traveled with the Gages to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to welcome other early settlers. There they rendezvoused with Joseph Ingalls, Miles Shepard and his wife Eliza Ann Gage Shepard, Myron Stevens, and others who had been convinced to travel to the Great Lakes upon the “slow sailing vessels of that time.”
The small party rejoiced in each other's company and then returned to the site of the Gage settlement to build their own log cabins. “With no nails, no shingles, no planed boards, and no glass were the cabins built,” the 1918 account informs us. “And soon all was cozy and snug.” The pioneers became fast friends with the local Native Americans. They spent the winter months felling trees, fishing, and hunting the plentiful wild game.
Over the next few years, more people came. Although the area was not the best for farming as it was considered somewhat swampy, it offered so many other wonderful things that many chose to stay instead of move on.
In 1838, Hiram Buttrick built a sawmill on Sequoit Creek and the Gage brothers erected a large, low log-house hotel. A general store was opened by Mr. Head. In 1839, there were two blacksmith shops for the three horses and the single one-horse wagon of the settlement! The same year Mr. Ring erected a building for a store - the King Drug Store now occupies this same building. Two frame houses were built and four new log cabins. The settlers got their mail from Waukegan. A carrier made the round trip each week. Later a railroad ran through Wadsworth and mail was then distributed each day. Mr. F.F. Munson conducted a general store and permitted the upper unfinished room to be used for school purposes. Welcome, Jilson was the first teacher and he had one pupil, Thomas Gage.
The store referenced yesterday as the King Drug Store is the property that now houses the Escape Nail Shop, Decano’s and the Main Freeze in downtown Antioch.
The first church service was held in Mr. Shepard’s barn. Mr. Shepard was a very religious man and he wanted the settlement to have a Biblical name. Jericho and Joppa suggested; Gage Settlement and Bristol were warmly advocated. Finally, a day was set upon which a vote would be taken. Some wag suggested Antoch as both unique and ancient. The majority was decidedly for Antioch. At the time of the naming of Antioch land was worth $1.25 per acre and wages were 50 cents a day. The first town meeting was held in 1844. The village form of government was adopted on February 29, 1892. The first doctors to come to the village were Dr. Leroy Gage and Dr. Salisbury.
The group had tried to form the town government early in the 1860s but the majority did not want any formal government at the time. It took until 1892 for the town to officially become a village. Incorporation came on February 29,1892.
The beautiful lakes near Antioch were a favorite camping ground. The wooded shores, where the game was abundant, the broad expanses of laughing water, where fish and wildfowl flourished and the silent burial mounds of his forefathers, made this a sacred spot to the Indian. Today it is not an uncommon thing for farmers to turn up with the plow, stone hatchets, beads, arrowheads of all sizes, and even Indian skulls and moldy bones.
In the early 1900s, when building increased, all the above-mentioned items actually became a nuisance to the workers. The abundance proved that this had been a major meeting place for the Native American Tribes. Some of these items, including a mortar and pestle found by Solomon La Plant while plowing his field, can be seen at the Lakes Region Historical Society’s School House Museum at the corner of Depot and Main Street.

Come out and see us today at the Museum located at 817 Main St. in the old Antioch School!  We are open on Saturdays fro...
02/29/2020

Come out and see us today at the Museum located at 817 Main St. in the old Antioch School! We are open on Saturdays from 11-3pm, March thru December - always ready to talk about Antioch.

The Antioch School building was dedicated in 1892 and had 4 classrooms. By 1900, an addition was added to the west end of the building and now included indoor bathrooms. The school offered 8 grades of grammar school and four years of high school. By 1914, the number of children in the area had grown so that a building dedicated solely to high school classes was needed. The new high school was completed in 1915. The Antioch School was then used until 1928 when the new, larger grade school was built to the east. The old building was used by the grade school for band until 1971.

📰 The Antioch News, 865 Main St. 📰The first newspaper in Antioch was published in 1844 and was entitled, "The Prairie He...
02/28/2020

📰 The Antioch News, 865 Main St. 📰

The first newspaper in Antioch was published in 1844 and was entitled, "The Prairie Hen." The news of the day was obtained from the Waukegan newspapers up until September 1, 1887, when The Antioch News was started by John Joseph Burke. Over the years, many men had their part at the paper...Abraham H. Storms, J.J. Burke, Archie Johnson, John Horan, John Woodhead and Frank Wood. In 1926, it was sold to Homer Gaston. The Gaston family ran the paper for 46 years without missing an edition! The first home delivery was in February of 1935. In May 1965, the paper moved to the old Illinois Bell Telephone building on Victoria St. It had other owners, Joe Rush, Jerry Pfarr, William Schroeder, Lakeland Newspapers, and Shaw Media. Compare the old photo of the Antioch News location to it's current Antioch reference point on the Orchard St. Extension.

--details pulled from, "Celebrating Antioch, Illinois - Past & Present" by the Lakes Region Historical Society

⏳Time passes, but our values remain the same...🗞The Antioch Creed, written by The Antioch News back on June 26th, 1924.
02/28/2020

⏳Time passes, but our values remain the same...

🗞The Antioch Creed, written by The Antioch News back on June 26th, 1924.

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02/28/2020

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02/28/2020

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Yesterday was another GREAT day for Antioch! What a boon to downtown and the salvage of another historic building....not...
01/28/2020
'Game-changing' project finally underway in downtown Antioch

Yesterday was another GREAT day for Antioch! What a boon to downtown and the salvage of another historic building....not to mention these wonderful gentlemen and the delicious food that we ALEADY KNOW they prepare!! HURRAY!

The long-stalled, $1.5 million Rivalry Ale House project in downtown Antioch is back on track.

12/31/2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! photo from Wisconsin Historical Society

12/22/2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS--PEACE ON EARTH

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12/22/2019

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12/03/2019

Dear Friends, Today is giving Tuesday and I am sure that you are hearing from many organizations, but if you are able, please consider making a donation to the Lakes Region Historical Society.
Last year when we brought the Lincoln Funeral Car to town to raise funds to repair the bell tower at the School House Museum, we did not realize that there is much other work to be done. Both of the doors need to be replaced and the shake shingles are deteriorating.
There is never a charge to visit the museum and we rely on donations for us to continue to preserve the wonderful history of Antioch and the Chain O' Lakes.
Thank you for any help that you may be able to give.
Lakes Region Historical Society, 965 Main St., Antioch

11/22/2019

Thanksgiving blessings to all!

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11/22/2019

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here is some WONDERFUL history!
11/21/2019
'Sesame Street' turns 50 today

here is some WONDERFUL history!

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years ago, beloved entertainer Carol Burnett appeared on the very first broadcast of a quirky TV program that featured a bunch of furry puppets. Blink and you might miss it, but Burnett followed a cartoon about a witch called Wanda, which was loaded with words beginning w...

SHOP ANTIOCH ALWAYS!
08/25/2019

SHOP ANTIOCH ALWAYS!

It's crazy how much the world has become an "EASY BUTTON" life. We can have things/food delivered with a simple click. The downfall is all of these "Immediate Satisfaction" things have a huge effect on our community and small towns we love so much. The small businesses (Mom & Pop shops) have been there for local families. We all do our best to donate to your children's sports teams, we buy the candy/cookies from the scouts. Fundraisers for local family's. We share the passion of your family with you. We are not corporate folks who do not know you. We become family with you. We are there as life throws us all through challenges. Good or bad we all try to show support for one another. So remember those who have done their best to contribute to everything they can. The only way we can continue to do these things is by your support right back. Please take a day to go visit your favorite shops, your community. Keep them from becoming ghost towns. We cannot thrive without you. Corporate companies you are just another buck. Small businesses, you are family. Keep your hard earned dollars in your community.

History must NEVER BE FORGOTTEN  and it can never be changed.
08/14/2019
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History must NEVER BE FORGOTTEN and it can never be changed.

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07/04/2019

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07/03/2019

Enjoy your 4th of July in ANTIOCH! And have a safe one!

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07/03/2019

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SHOP ANTIOCH--ALWAYS!!!
06/27/2019

SHOP ANTIOCH--ALWAYS!!!

Truth! -Mitch&Vicki-

This is a terrific event! If you are blessed with a special needs child, there is a FREE opportunity for your child to a...
06/25/2019

This is a terrific event! If you are blessed with a special needs child, there is a FREE opportunity for your child to attend, ride, eat and play games without the hustle and bustle of other families. Please call the Chamber and ask about the Friday, Special Needs carnival. Tell your friends and call!

Carnival Ride Enthusiasts--Save $$$$ when your purchase a Mega SAVERS Wristband for Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival which is held July 18-21, 2019!!

By purchasing a $50 Mega SAVERS Band online by 7/17/19, you can enjoy the Carnival EACH DAY for as little as $12.50 PER DAY!!!! Same price for kids or adults! Click here for purchase your Megaband Savers Wristband!
https://antiochchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/6552

Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival is 4 Days of Music, Food, Rides and Sidewalk Sales in Downtown, Antioch, IL. Wristbands are not transferable and are non refundable.
#summerfun #familyfun #livemusic #carnival #food #localbands

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977 Main St
Antioch, IL
60002-1534

METRA station within 2 1/2 blocks

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Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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What happened to the Heritage House Bells?
This will be a VERY INTERESTING program!! Please join us! For additional information, please call 847-395-4912. Please leave a message and your call will be returned! Have a safe holiday weekend and we hope to see you on SEPTEMBER 29!
Thank you for putting on such a wonderful even it was great listening to Mary Todd then going to the Lincoln Train. I was a job well done!
PLEASE NOTE HOURS OF PROGRAMS AND TICKETING LOCATIONS!
Here is something interesting I found on Craigslist with ties to Antioch.
Unbelievably beautiful detail created from 150 year old photos!
another quick peek at the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car