Newport Township Historical Society

Newport Township Historical Society NTHS is a non for profit organization that collects, preserves, protects and presents anything relating to the history of Newport Township Illinois. Newport Township is compromised of Wadsworth, Old Mill Creek, Rosecrans, Milburn and Russell.
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I always liked cheese.
10/27/2019

I always liked cheese.

10/13/2019
Gordon Sisters boxing

Woman's boxing 1901. My bet is on the lady in the white dress, she has a mean right hook.

https://www.loc.gov/item/96514927/

Two women on a stage approach from either side of the painted backdrop of a garden and engage in a boxing match. Both the boxing gloves and the hits exchanged between the women seem genuine. One woman wears a modest white dress with long sleeves and a skirt to mid-calf, dark stockings, and laced boo...

Elizabeth Carey Burke 1833-1922 buried at Old St. Patrick cemetery in Wadsworth.  Married Anthony Burke and had 10 kids,...
10/08/2019

Elizabeth Carey Burke 1833-1922 buried at Old St. Patrick cemetery in Wadsworth. Married Anthony Burke and had 10 kids, Ellen, Thomas , John, Michael, William, Patrick, Anthony, James, Peter and Bridget. In the 1860s they had a farm where Antioch High School is located today.

10/06/2019
10/06/2019
December 13, 1891.  A big fight in the train yard.  I remember reading a local paper article of this event, the reporter...
10/02/2019

December 13, 1891. A big fight in the train yard. I remember reading a local paper article of this event, the reporter seemed not to know what was going on, just that there was a big fight here and a huge crowd which dispersed quickly after the fight. Apparently they knew what was going on in Salt Lake City where this article is from.

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10/01/2019
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Mr. King of Newport Township kidnapped and held for ransom.  May 14, 1930.  The King family lived in northwest Newport T...
10/01/2019

Mr. King of Newport Township kidnapped and held for ransom. May 14, 1930. The King family lived in northwest Newport Township, west of Rosecrans if I remember correctly. Alot of thier family went to Achen School later called West Newport School .

Roderick Ames.  September 1, 1910
09/16/2019

Roderick Ames. September 1, 1910

So Jack Benny's father (Meyer Kubelsky) was a threatening barkeep, or was he?  Jack Benny was 5 years old when this arti...
09/11/2019

So Jack Benny's father (Meyer Kubelsky) was a threatening barkeep, or was he? Jack Benny was 5 years old when this article was published 1/25/1899.

Fr. Foley death notice Oct. 13, 1927
09/05/2019

Fr. Foley death notice Oct. 13, 1927

A Cubs umpire blown across a hallway just before a game at Cubs park from an exploding heater in the umpire dressing roo...
09/04/2019

A Cubs umpire blown across a hallway just before a game at Cubs park from an exploding heater in the umpire dressing room. August 10, 1915

April 3, 1926
09/02/2019

April 3, 1926

Some exciting family news from last Saturday's open house.  Our member Ed Brown was talking with his neighbor out in McH...
08/06/2019

Some exciting family news from last Saturday's open house. Our member Ed Brown was talking with his neighbor out in McHenry and figured out she is related to me. It is my long lost aunt Alice Ford. The last time I saw her I was just a babe, thats me holding her hand in the picture along with her husband, my uncle Jimmy Ford and uncle Henry Ford. The other picture is the two of us today. She's about as big to me now as I was to her back then. We had a good long conversation, thanks Ed!

We had a great open house on Saturday.  Lots of new faces. The company Swift Cane & Rush did a wonderful job demonstrati...
08/05/2019

We had a great open house on Saturday. Lots of new faces. The company Swift Cane & Rush did a wonderful job demonstrating the lost art of chair caning. We all found out the job of caning a chair is time consuming, but anyone can do it with just a little practice. If anyone has an old chair they need caned, call Swift Cane & Rush at 847-372-5402

Some then and now from nearby Waukegan.  The Artpark on Genesee st. south of Washington.  Where the Artpark currently si...
08/02/2019

Some then and now from nearby Waukegan. The Artpark on Genesee st. south of Washington. Where the Artpark currently sits, there was a two floor building with a blacksmith shop in the front and a woodworking shop in the rear, the second floor was used for storage. Just north of that was a womens hat shop but that building was replaced after 1890. There was an alley where the small building sits adjoining the front of the park. The building south of that still stands and was in 1890 a warehouse on the first and second floor and the third floor was used for painting. There was a large freight elevator in the rear of the building which you can see the cap on the roof is still there. This may have been used for painting wagons on the 3rd floor and freighted up and down in the elevator. The first and second floor may have stored completed wagons for sale. The next building south is the Dietmeyer building built in 1887, or so it says on the front of the building, Reyes grocery currently occupies the building. This building held a blacksmith shop, harness and wagon shop. Years before there was an egg packing business in the basement here. The second building north of the park there stood a saloon and may be the same building that is there today. Across the street were two cigar shops, a candy shop, tin shop, another harness shop and a gift shop.

Heerreees Gracie!
08/01/2019

Heerreees Gracie!

Southbound milk train picking up milk at the depot in Wadsworth
07/17/2019

Southbound milk train picking up milk at the depot in Wadsworth

Jesse Denman and family 1831-1922.  They lived on a farm just south of Milburn on the east side of 45.  The picture with...
07/15/2019

Jesse Denman and family 1831-1922. They lived on a farm just south of Milburn on the east side of 45. The picture with the house in the background was taken in 1915 and I think it was taken on the south side of the farmhouse that is still there.

Took this picture of my son Shawn yesterday with the old Leable barn in the background.  Love these old barns.  I wonder...
07/07/2019

Took this picture of my son Shawn yesterday with the old Leable barn in the background. Love these old barns. I wonder how many more years till there are none left in our area.

What a day to pick to re shingle the garage at over 90 degrees!  Thanks to Pat Crystol, Rod Ames, Larry Ames, Joe Ames a...
07/02/2019

What a day to pick to re shingle the garage at over 90 degrees! Thanks to Pat Crystol, Rod Ames, Larry Ames, Joe Ames and Edward Brown for getting this project done. Keep thinking cool thoughts.

Joyce and George Shelley
06/18/2019

Joyce and George Shelley

George Shelley during ww2.  1918-2001 from Wadsworth.  Owned and operated Shelley's service station and sandwich shop wh...
06/18/2019

George Shelley during ww2. 1918-2001 from Wadsworth. Owned and operated Shelley's service station and sandwich shop where Captain Porkys is now on the southeast corner of Wadsworth and 41. The sandwich shop became The Shanty, named owned and operated by George's wife (and past president of our historical society) Joyce Shelley.

The marrage of Greg and Barbara Nerroth, Antioch 1972.  Now theres a couple with some pull...
06/06/2019

The marrage of Greg and Barbara Nerroth, Antioch 1972. Now theres a couple with some pull...

Newport Township Historical Society
05/17/2019

Newport Township Historical Society

The bottomless pit...This is a picture of sequential areal views of what my family calls the bottomless pit. Today, 1961, 1939, and 1861 plat map. When I was a boy my father told me a story that there was a farmer who lived on the other side of the road from the bottomless pit years ago. One time he had his team of horses hitched up to a lumber wagon in the driveway. A bee stung one of the horses and they took off all of a sudden. They ran right down the driveway across the road and right into the bog. The heavy lumber cart pulled the team down and that was the last of them. I heard another story from a man named Young that had grew up on a farm on Wilmont Rd. He said the year they came out with the Corvette in 1953 or 54 there was a high school kid who's father owned a car dealership. His dad got him a brand new Corvette. He was out driving it and he lost control right at the bend in Grass Lake road and the car went right in to the bog. The boy escaped the sinking car. Later he brought the authorities there and they saw the skid marks leading off the road and through the grass. The fire department had a swimmer dive down to try to hook up a chain but the car had sunk through the mud at the bottom and was too deep so there it stayed. Another story he told me was that one time the peat bog there caught fire and burned for an entire summer. Peat burns very slowly, I have witnessed that. So at the bottom of bottomless pit lies a brand new 1954 Corvette, under that a team of horses and a lumber wagon, and under that maybe a bog body or two...who knows. For some future archeologist to find out. The bottomless pit is for sale with 75 acres for anyone looking for a place to sink something.

The bottomless pit...This is a picture of sequential areal views of what my family calls the bottomless pit.  Today, 196...
05/17/2019

The bottomless pit...This is a picture of sequential areal views of what my family calls the bottomless pit. Today, 1961, 1939, and 1861 plat map. When I was a boy my father told me a story that there was a farmer who lived on the other side of the road from the bottomless pit years ago. One time he had his team of horses hitched up to a lumber wagon in the driveway. A bee stung one of the horses and they took off all of a sudden. They ran right down the driveway across the road and right into the bog. The heavy lumber cart pulled the team down and that was the last of them. I heard another story from a man named Young that had grew up on a farm on Wilmont Rd. He said the year they came out with the Corvette in 1953 or 54 there was a high school kid who's father owned a car dealership. His dad got him a brand new Corvette. He was out driving it and he lost control right at the bend in Grass Lake road and the car went right in to the bog. The boy escaped the sinking car. Later he brought the authorities there and they saw the skid marks leading off the road and through the grass. The fire department had a swimmer dive down to try to hook up a chain but the car had sunk through the mud at the bottom and was too deep so there it stayed. Another story he told me was that one time the peat bog there caught fire and burned for an entire summer. Peat burns very slowly, I have witnessed that. So at the bottom of bottomless pit lies a brand new 1954 Corvette, under that a team of horses and a lumber wagon, and under that maybe a bog body or two...who knows. For some future archeologist to find out. The bottomless pit is for sale with 75 acres for anyone looking for a place to sink something.

Byron and George Gillmore during WW1.  George is on the left.  Both were born in Newport Township.  George 1894-1958 lat...
05/09/2019

Byron and George Gillmore during WW1. George is on the left. Both were born in Newport Township. George 1894-1958 later moved to Bristol Township. Byron 1890-1987 moved to Viroqua Wisconsin.

05/09/2019
Martin Andrew Delany, born 1844 on what is today Delany Rd. in Wadsworth.  I found a poetry book in which Martin had pub...
04/24/2019

Martin Andrew Delany, born 1844 on what is today Delany Rd. in Wadsworth. I found a poetry book in which Martin had published a poem he had written for his mother the year she died in 1870. Martin's mother was Briget (Meagher) Delany whom was born in Blandsfort, Ireland in 1820.

04/18/2019

Just an update. The Portillos fund raiser in February netted us 200 bucks. A big thanks to all that came out.

Remember Elija Eddy (Remember was his first name) born 1859 a few hundred yards east of Newport Township in Benton Towns...
04/15/2019

Remember Elija Eddy (Remember was his first name) born 1859 a few hundred yards east of Newport Township in Benton Township. Other people in this photo are Gordon Lamont Crow, Harry Clark Crow, Remember Everett Eddy, Richard Brandt Crow, and Rev. David Manfried Simpson (whom had married the elder Remember's daughter). The Eddy farm was just north of the intersection of Green Bay rd and Wadsworth rd on the west side. The house was just to the south of Benton Greenwood Cemetery, where the Biblical Baptist Church now stands. For years the area of that intersection was known as Eddy, and there may have been a post office there by that name. Some online maps still mark that area as Eddy. I had always thought this family had some unique names, some of the names in the Eddy family are (other than Remember of course) Oded, Wealthy, Mehetable, Leondo, Fink and Orange. Remember's father Elija married Adeline Soper Newport or Benton township in 1843. Sopers also married into the Ames family which makes them cousins. I seem to remember another story about the stage driver that would deliver mail down old stage line road (173) before any railroads were in Newport (1860s-70s) and he would also deliver mail to Eddy I think. He had a polish sounding name and Remember Eddy married the stage drivers daughter. One more thing...the proximity of the Eddy farm next door to the Baptist church and cemetery makes me think that the Rev. Simpson there may have belonged to the church next door. That Baptist church along with the church that used to be next to lone oak school on 21st st. were both moved to where Russel church is. One remains as the church there and one was used as a storage building.

04/12/2019

Fremont Public Library will host a genealogy interest group on the first Wednesday of the month. The first meeting will be on May 1st, from 10:00 to Noon. Meet fellow genealogy enthusiasts, ask questions, and use the library’s genealogy resources. Bring your laptop, or use one of the library’s laptops. Group is open to all levels of expertise. Registration not required.

Our newsletter from our open house last Saturday.  Sorry for the picture quality.
04/09/2019

Our newsletter from our open house last Saturday. Sorry for the picture quality.

04/06/2019

Tomorrow we are having an open house from 9-12. See you there!

In nearby Waukegan...
04/05/2019

In nearby Waukegan...

Now and then of the old Grim farm in Antioch township 1885.  Intersection of 59 and Beach Grove Rd. looking southwest.  ...
03/25/2019

Now and then of the old Grim farm in Antioch township 1885. Intersection of 59 and Beach Grove Rd. looking southwest. In the foreground you can see the old Emmons school (where my kids went for a time), which pre dates any of the buildings now. You can see the seperate boys and girls outhouses behind the school. I like the details of this drawing. Do you see the two boys playing catch, one boy took anothers hat and is being chased, the teacher in front of the school?

Our rummage sale flyer.
03/25/2019

Our rummage sale flyer.

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