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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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.

Our founder, Grace Shields.
03/23/2019

Our founder, Grace Shields.

Bairstow Brothers gravestone makers. 1885 Waukegan
03/18/2019

Bairstow Brothers gravestone makers. 1885 Waukegan

1885 Bracher's Gurnee store.
03/18/2019

1885 Bracher's Gurnee store.

Ad from 1885, Rosecrans.
03/18/2019

Ad from 1885, Rosecrans.

My aunt Shirley at Graue Mill museum in 1966.
03/17/2019

My aunt Shirley at Graue Mill museum in 1966.

How bout a hot duck dinner!
03/17/2019

How bout a hot duck dinner!

Charles Turk and family.  Charles was born 1852 in Newport Township.  His wife was Julia Murray.  His childeren were Art...
03/15/2019

Charles Turk and family. Charles was born 1852 in Newport Township. His wife was Julia Murray. His childeren were Arthur, Agnes, Marian and Harold. He died in Waukegan, 1941.

My uncle Bob Mahler and his aunt Jewel. 817 N. Lavergne Ave. 1923 and today.
03/05/2019

My uncle Bob Mahler and his aunt Jewel. 817 N. Lavergne Ave. 1923 and today.

Try not to get in a staring contest with this guy.  Norman Starr Cannon 1831-1906.  Buried at Milburn cemetery.
03/05/2019

Try not to get in a staring contest with this guy. Norman Starr Cannon 1831-1906. Buried at Milburn cemetery.

Don’t worry little sis, the boat won’t tip.  Fox Lake abt. 1932-38.  Ray Hagstrom in front of boat and likely my unc...
03/05/2019

Don’t worry little sis, the boat won’t tip. Fox Lake abt. 1932-38. Ray Hagstrom in front of boat and likely my uncle Robert Mahler taking the photo from the pier. Uncle Bob had an aunt Jewel that had a house on Fox Lake. The two girls are unidentified.

Lauretta Ray, Gurnee’s telephone girl.
03/03/2019

Lauretta Ray, Gurnee’s telephone girl.

Sister of Mary Browe.
03/02/2019

Sister of Mary Browe.

Thanks to our treasurer Pat Crystol for making many wonderful displays
03/02/2019

Thanks to our treasurer Pat Crystol for making many wonderful displays

Then and now Peterson Patch funeral home on Sheridan Rd. in Waukegan 1885....are those tombstones in the old drawing?  I...
03/01/2019

Then and now Peterson Patch funeral home on Sheridan Rd. in Waukegan 1885....are those tombstones in the old drawing? It was not a funeral home for years after that. Francis Clark whom had the house built was prinicpal at the Waukegan Academy School (which was later demolished and a theater constructed there called the Academy theater), Frances was later a judge in Waukegan.

Elizabeth Rakow my cousin that died on the Eastland tragedy in Chicago not long after this picture was taken, in 1915.  ...
03/01/2019

Elizabeth Rakow my cousin that died on the Eastland tragedy in Chicago not long after this picture was taken, in 1915. When the ship listed she was pinned against the wall by a piano, her grandmother (my great great grandmother) Augusta Wiese could not get her free and would not leave her, they both drown. 844 total dead.

Christian Townsend Heydecker, born in Newport Township Sept. 4, 1846.  His home as a child was a stop on the underground...
02/27/2019

Christian Townsend Heydecker, born in Newport Township Sept. 4, 1846. His home as a child was a stop on the underground railroad located on present day Wadsworth rd west of Dilleys rd. The farm became the Clocktower farm. He was a lawyer and three time states attorney for lake county. Pictured is his family and house he bought in Waukegan. House pictured in 1902 and what it looks like today. 111 N. Park ave. Waukegan

Pearces bookstore, downtown Waukegan then and now.
02/24/2019

Pearces bookstore, downtown Waukegan then and now.

The original Genesee St. bridge in nearby Waukegan.  The sanborn map is from 1885.
02/23/2019

The original Genesee St. bridge in nearby Waukegan. The sanborn map is from 1885.

The New York Times
02/21/2019
The New York Times

The New York Times

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Sarah Evelyn Eddy b. 1863 in Newport Township, married Fremont Lucas Melville.
02/18/2019

Sarah Evelyn Eddy b. 1863 in Newport Township, married Fremont Lucas Melville.

In nearby Waukegan.  I remember this place as Cap City (sold truck caps).  Drawing is from 1885.  The Burris home.    Th...
02/14/2019

In nearby Waukegan. I remember this place as Cap City (sold truck caps). Drawing is from 1885. The Burris home. The family built Burris Airfield, Waukegans first air strip, on family property nearby. A few of the Burris airfield buildings still stand. This house is kitty corner from Burris Equipment on the corner of Sunset and Green Bay roads.

Nearby at Loon Lake in Antioch Township.  Drawing is from 1885, it is a miracle the barn still stands.
02/14/2019

Nearby at Loon Lake in Antioch Township. Drawing is from 1885, it is a miracle the barn still stands.

Nearby in the town of Waukegan.  On Sheridan rd. just south of Upton Park.  Drawing of the residence is from 1885.  It i...
02/11/2019

Nearby in the town of Waukegan. On Sheridan rd. just south of Upton Park. Drawing of the residence is from 1885. It is nice to see a historical residence being preserved!

Fremont Lucius Melville. 1861-1931.  Born in Newport Township to John Edward Melville and Elma Jane Starr.  He married S...
02/11/2019

Fremont Lucius Melville. 1861-1931. Born in Newport Township to John Edward Melville and Elma Jane Starr. He married Sarah Eddy and had one son Stanley Eddy Melville. He died in New Orleans, Louisiana.

How bout a game of cards with Hank Ford and George Shelley.
02/02/2019

How bout a game of cards with Hank Ford and George Shelley.

01/20/2019
The tale of two Winters...Some of us remember the Lake County Museum when it used to be in the old Winter barn in Wadswo...
01/13/2019

The tale of two Winters...Some of us remember the Lake County Museum when it used to be in the old Winter barn in Wadsworth. That farm had belonged to Issac Winter whom recieved a land grant in 1845 for that property. Issac had a brother Daniel Winter owned the farm which included the big white barn on 41. If you compare the black and white picture of the museum barn in the comments below with the current picture of the 41 barn today you will see barns are near identical. Likely built about the same time by the same builder for dairy. Barn dances were held in the 41 barn 20s-50s and likely for years before. I am fairly certain that the first fund raising event for the Newport Township Volunteer Fire Dept. was held there in the mid 40s.

Blanche Emma Odette.  Born 1896 Wadsworth, died 1971 Waukegan.  Married Paul Hund.
01/03/2019

Blanche Emma Odette. Born 1896 Wadsworth, died 1971 Waukegan. Married Paul Hund.

Sherman Trumbull.  Born 1811 in Vermont died 1899 in Newport Township.  His daughter Marietta married in to the local  K...
12/31/2018

Sherman Trumbull. Born 1811 in Vermont died 1899 in Newport Township. His daughter Marietta married in to the local King family

Auction at the Welch farm in Rosecrans 1940s.   Thanks to Norma Welch for the photo.
12/29/2018

Auction at the Welch farm in Rosecrans 1940s. Thanks to Norma Welch for the photo.

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15155 Wadsworth Rd
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