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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Agnes and Kate Cashmore with unidentified baby.  They were the kids of George and Jenny Cashmore
02/11/2020

Agnes and Kate Cashmore with unidentified baby. They were the kids of George and Jenny Cashmore

Who remembers the phone booth in front of the Duck Inn?
02/10/2020

Who remembers the phone booth in front of the Duck Inn?

Russell school, Katherine Lux teacher
02/09/2020

Russell school, Katherine Lux teacher

All hooked up and ready to go.  About 1926 Wadsworth.  Grace Shields riding at front on the horse.
02/08/2020

All hooked up and ready to go. About 1926 Wadsworth. Grace Shields riding at front on the horse.

Leable boys on the job site somewhere in Newport Township.  Love that belt driven cement mixer.
02/05/2020

Leable boys on the job site somewhere in Newport Township. Love that belt driven cement mixer.

Looking east from intersection.
01/25/2020

Looking east from intersection.

Times long past.
01/25/2020

Times long past.

50’s or 60s Leable family photos.  Newport School?  Anyone recognize any of the kids or the teacher?
01/13/2020

50’s or 60s Leable family photos. Newport School? Anyone recognize any of the kids or the teacher?

Fishing at the Wilmot dam in the 1940s.  Leable family photos.
01/13/2020

Fishing at the Wilmot dam in the 1940s. Leable family photos.

Waukegan's  connection with early Chicago history.  Apparently the first fire chief of Chicago Capitan Hiram Hugunin, bu...
01/08/2020
Ledger book of a merchant and Great Lakes ship's captain who traded in early Chicago by Hiram Hugunin on Rulon-Miller Books

Waukegan's connection with early Chicago history. Apparently the first fire chief of Chicago Capitan Hiram Hugunin, burned to death in Waukegan in 1866. Hiram was also the last president of the village of Chicago before it was incorporated in 1837. Hiram was helping a neighbor who's house was on fire. At 70 years of age he climbed on to the neighbors roof and fell through a sky light into the burning structure. If you would like further reading, you can buy Hirams Ledger from the 1830s which is currently for sale for the paltry sum of $4,800, link below.

https://www.rulon.com/pages/books/53709/hiram-hugunin/ledger-book-of-a-merchant-and-great-lakes-ships-captain-who-traded-in-early-chicago

Chicago, et al. July 25, 1836 to September 20, 1837. . Bound ledger 8 x 10 inches; approximately 50 pages, and with many blank leaves; original paper covered boards with calf spine; spine separated, pages loose, some corners torn; ink and pencil throughout. Approximately 25 leaves contain many handw...

Henry Lewin 1809-1888, with his wife Jane Lewin nee. Cave 1808-1878 and son John Faulkner Lewin 1839-1899.  Henry's hous...
01/06/2020

Henry Lewin 1809-1888, with his wife Jane Lewin nee. Cave 1808-1878 and son John Faulkner Lewin 1839-1899. Henry's house on his original claim was right about where the northeastern most bank is of Sterling Lake. He later bought the property of Michael Coon on the north side of Kelley rd, west of where the interstate is today.

Phil Leable in front of the original Leable barn on 173 where Van Patten woods is
01/04/2020

Phil Leable in front of the original Leable barn on 173 where Van Patten woods is

01/04/2020

A big thank you to Kim Leable for donating a treasure trove of old family photos. It is the largest quantity of local historical photos we have received in the twenty years I have been volunteering here. Thanks Kim!

Who else eats pickled herring at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day?  I grew up on vitas brand, but my Chicago fam...
12/31/2019

Who else eats pickled herring at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day? I grew up on vitas brand, but my Chicago family has been buying noon hour for over a hundred years I’m sure. Noon Hour is one of the oldest family owned businesses in Chicago. In the days before refrigeration, fresh fish was not always at hand except for the pickled form. It is said that if fish is the first thing you eat in the new year, it will be a year of good fortune.

So was anyone here in the Wadsworth Lionesses?  I remember years ago Joyce Shelley bringing this in one day after they h...
12/28/2019

So was anyone here in the Wadsworth Lionesses? I remember years ago Joyce Shelley bringing this in one day after they had disbanded. She said someday this will be history.

Henry Ford Built a Hemp Car That Ran on Hemp Fuel 80 Years Ago
12/28/2019
Henry Ford Built a Hemp Car That Ran on Hemp Fuel 80 Years Ago

Henry Ford Built a Hemp Car That Ran on Hemp Fuel 80 Years Ago

Henry Ford built a car out of hemp plastic that ran on hemp fuel almost a century ago. Why aren’t we driving it today? A year ago, Jay Leno featured a story about “the world’s first carbon-negative car” made of hemp plastic. The body of the car is lighter than …

Mable Murrie June 1899
12/28/2019

Mable Murrie June 1899

part 2 of Michael Coon papers
12/27/2019

part 2 of Michael Coon papers

Here are the court papers and last will of Michael Coon of Coons cabin and Coons rock.  Apparently there was some hubub ...
12/27/2019

Here are the court papers and last will of Michael Coon of Coons cabin and Coons rock. Apparently there was some hubub about who should get what. If anyone figures out exactly what was going on, let me know.

12/25/2019
In a still from a video from the late 30s posted on youtube, you can see the origional Jays Treasure Island in the backg...
12/24/2019

In a still from a video from the late 30s posted on youtube, you can see the origional Jays Treasure Island in the background. Mr. Goetz opened his buisness in the merchant building on Genesee st. in Waukegan in the early 30s and moved the store to its current location on 41 and 173 in the year 1950.

The Box Plymouth
12/23/2019

The Box Plymouth

Meat tongue, suet, currants, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brandy, wine, a grated penny loaf, lemon peel, apples, sugar and salt...... the ingredients for mince pies in 1756 as documented in this recipe from our archives were certainly very different to today! 🍳 👨‍🍳 👩‍🍳

Brought in by a member.  Found in the wall of the old Ames(before that Waddell, and before that Lux) house
12/23/2019

Brought in by a member. Found in the wall of the old Ames(before that Waddell, and before that Lux) house

Some then and now picture comparisons from the same general vantage point in Waukegan.  Approximate dates are 1910, 1962...
12/19/2019

Some then and now picture comparisons from the same general vantage point in Waukegan. Approximate dates are 1910, 1962 and today.

Jack Shelley’s farm.  Looking northwest from the intersection of York house and Delaney rds. Back when they were both gr...
12/10/2019

Jack Shelley’s farm. Looking northwest from the intersection of York house and Delaney rds. Back when they were both gravel roads and Delaney rd was Gurnee rd, and York house road was townline rd.

Wisconsin Historical Society
12/09/2019

Wisconsin Historical Society

Thomas Nast, who also originated the GOP elephant and the Democratic donkey, first suggested the idea of Santa Claus as a fat, jolly man in a cartoon in Harper's Magazine Illustrated Weekly dated Saturday, Jan. 3, 1863.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Have a Merry  Christmas everybody!
12/07/2019

Have a Merry Christmas everybody!

Be sure to stop in at our open house this Saturday and meet our 100+ year old basque doll that belonged to the Shields f...
12/04/2019

Be sure to stop in at our open house this Saturday and meet our 100+ year old basque doll that belonged to the Shields family. I keep getting the feeling it’s looking at me.

An orchestra and clay pigeon shoot country picnic at McArthy’s grove in Wadsworth?  I’m there!  Oh wait a minute, that w...
12/02/2019

An orchestra and clay pigeon shoot country picnic at McArthy’s grove in Wadsworth? I’m there! Oh wait a minute, that was 80 years ago...

12/02/2019

Open house this Saturday, come on out. 9am till noon.

Mary Elizabeth Delany, born 1846 in todays Wadsworth.  She was the daughter of pioneer John Delany.  Mary wed Cornelius ...
11/13/2019

Mary Elizabeth Delany, born 1846 in todays Wadsworth. She was the daughter of pioneer John Delany. Mary wed Cornelius Shea and later moved to Iowa.

A young attorney John Pope.  Born in Newport Township in 1856, his fathers family came over from Aberdeen, Scotland.  He...
11/13/2019

A young attorney John Pope. Born in Newport Township in 1856, his fathers family came over from Aberdeen, Scotland. He was an attorney in Waukegan and died in 1922. He is buried at Milburn Cemetery.

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.

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