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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04/30/2020

Newport Township Historical Society updates:

Due to the continued Covid-19 safety guidelines, please see the following:

- Our June 6 open house has been canceled. As of now, our next open house will be held on Saturday, August 1st.

- Our Community Rummage Sale at Wadsworth Village Park has been postponed and is now scheduled be held on Saturday, August 29th.

- We WILL be having our fundraiser plant sale. At the present time, we don't have a specific start date, but hopefully it will begin near the end of May. We should be able to do this with "social distance" appointments with one person at a time. Watch for details to follow.

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This is Titus Doan Gail 1811-1903.  Moved from New York to Newport Township some time between 1840 and 1850.  Owned land...
04/28/2020

This is Titus Doan Gail 1811-1903. Moved from New York to Newport Township some time between 1840 and 1850. Owned land on present day 173, known back then as Stage Line Road. He married Alta Hamilton and had 4 kids Lockwood, Daniel, Harry and Rhoda. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Waukegan. The plat map is from 1861.

Dec. 9, 1870.  It looks like someone found a kettle of gold in Waukegan, but I didne' know leprechauns were French...
04/20/2020

Dec. 9, 1870. It looks like someone found a kettle of gold in Waukegan, but I didne' know leprechauns were French...

Kenosha News.  Feb. 21, 1896.  WD40 to loosen nuts and bolts, whiskey to loosen mouths and pens...there's a right tool f...
04/20/2020

Kenosha News. Feb. 21, 1896. WD40 to loosen nuts and bolts, whiskey to loosen mouths and pens...there's a right tool for every job.

Our thanks to Junior Miss Wadsworth Emmaline Miranda, who raised $150 for the historical society at her "Lake County Que...
04/18/2020

Our thanks to Junior Miss Wadsworth Emmaline Miranda, who raised $150 for the historical society at her "Lake County Queens" event held at the Dunn Museum on February 20. Thanks also to the Wadsworth area businesses who donated raffle items: Patch 22 farm, Wadsworth Feed and Saddlery, Graham's BP Gas Station, and Dave's Bees. The attached photo is the poster Emmaline made for the event. And finally, our thanks to Andrea Ubl, Emmaline's mother, for her assistance with the project.

Jenni Gallagher 1904
04/18/2020

Jenni Gallagher 1904

Jenni Cashmore nee. Gallagher on her mail route in Wadsworth about 1925.  I do believe she was Newport Township's first ...
04/15/2020

Jenni Cashmore nee. Gallagher on her mail route in Wadsworth about 1925. I do believe she was Newport Township's first postmistress. No fancy paved roads around the area back then, just dirt or gravel.

Our spring newsletter
04/08/2020

Our spring newsletter

04/02/2020

Our April 4th open house has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Stay safe everybody.

Poor old Zion candy man, never made it to the big rock candy mountain...May 15, 1915
03/23/2020

Poor old Zion candy man, never made it to the big rock candy mountain...May 15, 1915

Mary Estella Dixon (nee Bennett) 1854-1928.  Born in a farmhouse on Green Bay Rd which is now the Anderson Farm Orchard,...
03/22/2020

Mary Estella Dixon (nee Bennett) 1854-1928. Born in a farmhouse on Green Bay Rd which is now the Anderson Farm Orchard, next to Shepards Crook golf course. She married John Dixon and they had a farm on the south side of Russell Rd. where the intersection of Russell Rd. and 94 is today. They had 5 kids, Lena, Ray, Dora, Laura and Mary.

Some local receipts from the 40s
03/09/2020

Some local receipts from the 40s

Did you know Jays Treasure Island got its start in Waukegan?  On the southeast corner of Genesee and Water streets.  The...
03/02/2020

Did you know Jays Treasure Island got its start in Waukegan? On the southeast corner of Genesee and Water streets. They moved the store to Rosecrans around 1950 and it’s been going strong ever since. Thanks to Jay Goetz for the photos.

Oh if those walls could talk...The last of the old Waukegan bath houses still standing to my knowledge.  Has been used a...
02/20/2020

Oh if those walls could talk...The last of the old Waukegan bath houses still standing to my knowledge. Has been used as apartments since the 60s I believe. Lived 4 blocks from here for 15 years back in the day, and I remember the old Lithuanians in the neighborhood first telling me about it. Most were finnish bath houses and saunas. I remember talking to a fellow that said back as a boy in the 50s his grandfather used to take him here with him, and the images are still burned in his mind.

Anna Marie “Emma” Lux (Miller).  Wife of Michael E. Lux 1858-1935.  Don’t know her relationship to Leo Lux, but he was t...
02/13/2020

Anna Marie “Emma” Lux (Miller). Wife of Michael E. Lux 1858-1935. Don’t know her relationship to Leo Lux, but he was the Wadsworth pelt man that trappers would sell their pelts to. Must have run in the family, you can see the pelt drying on the clothesline there.

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.

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Wadsworth, IL
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A couple of years ago a student of mine showed me a book produced on the Cashmore family. I'm looking to get a copy or make copy.
Sadly, I will be unable to attend tomorrow nights meeting - due to additional issues with my truck I'm afraid. :(
A little bit of Wadsworth history...The Lux family-owned and built many of the homes that are currently a part of Wadsworth. They also owned a brick factory by the Des Plaines River that created many of the bricks for these homes. In fact, it was the Lux family that sold the land to the railroad for it to come through town. There are still descendants of the Lux family living in "downtown" Wadsworth. Jane Lux married Frederick Witte and they had 7 children. Those 7 children gave them 9 grandchildren. Jane Witte (Lux) passed away int 1984 but the Lux/Witte family is still a large part of the Wadsworth Community. Jane's husband Frederick Witte continues to live on Wadsworth Road in a house built by a Lux. Three of Mr. Witte"s children (Fred Jr., Scott, Patrick) live on Wadsworth Road in "downtown" Wadsworth. One Grandaughter (Sara) and her three children also live on Wadsworth Rd. One child (Mike) owns and rents a home on Wadsworth Road and a cousin (Ronald) lives on Wadsworth Road too. So, the town that was once known as Luxville, still has the Lux Family as part of the community, I don't think the railroad person that the village was named after ever lived in the Wadsworth...Maybe we should change the name to Luxville.... FYI - I am married to Frederick Witte Jr.
Here is a question for anyone who might have access to records for the area. 9 generations ago, my great great great grandfather traveled from England and settled in Lake County. It was because my ggg grandfather and my great great uncle owned the property that included the 3 of the 4 corners of US 41 and IL 173, that the area was called Turks Corners. This was changed to Rosecrans after the Civil War. This is where my question comes from. Why was Turks Corners changed to Rosecrans? William Stark Rosecrans was a Civil War General, but after being relieved of his command after his defeat in the Battle of Chickmauga, he wasn't likely considered a war hero. He had been asked to be the running mate of Abraham Lincoln, but there is a possibility that he either refused or his acceptance was covered up by his political opposition (Yes, even back then). I can find no ties to Illinois in any of Rosecrans' history. The only history I seem to be able to find on Rosecrans, Illinois online is a very brief paragraph saying the town was named after William Stark Rosecrans, and even that is kind of shady because anybody can add or subtract from Wikipedia articles. The post may have been formed on speculation and has no documentation to support the claim. Can anyone research that for me? I'm in Colorado.
Shawn, I don't know if I've ever asked you this before but is there a chance that you may be related to a Chester Ford? He lived at the corner of Woodland and Clarendon Drives in Round lake Beach during the mid '60's. 🙂
Shawn, have you see this? In 1918, the Lake Co school pupils were tasked with writing a history to celebrate the 100th anniversary of statehood. There are histories by 4 Newport Township schools: Browe, Russell, Biddlecome, West Newport after you click on a school, then click on View Image & Text.
Bill and Grace Strahan, Wyoming Bill and Grace lived and farmed in Rosecrans. Bill is a WWII hero.
So.....When does the "Open House" sign go up this year? ;)
I've been doing a little more digging and I've found my great-grandmother's family (Lucy Merryette Starr - daughter of Lyman Starr) going back to arrival in Massachusetts Bay at Plymouth in 1637. Lyman Starr moved his family to Lake County from Vermont. I have a family tree taking the Starr family back to 1530 in Romney, Kent, England. My family (Turk) has gone back to Kent, England as well, but I am still unable to go back too far because of earlier family trees that are unclear and may have mixed up some other Turks. Lucy Merceyette Starr married my great grandfather Lewis Eugene Turk in Rosecrans in 1876. She is buried in Beach Park.
I have been feverishly tracking my family trees since being connected by DNA to so many new people. My dad's grandmother was Lucy Merryette Starr, whose family and the Turk family lived in the Rosecrans, Newport area. I have been able to track the Starr family back to the early 1500s so far and discovered the family arrived in the United States, aka the New World in 1637 when they arrived in Massachusetts Bay. That is just 17 years after the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Rock in 1620! I can see on the Plat Maps where the Starr family had 3 plots. The Starrs are buried in the Oakdale cemetery in Zion. If you don't have a family tree going you may not realize that every new name can add thousands of new names left to look up. I have barely seen the tip of the iceberg.
I must say here and now that my visit to the presentation of Tempel's Lippizzans was wonderful. :) And having a chance to meet a distant cousin I never knew exisited was a plus! :)
I do hope the roof on the garage got placed with no problems. :) I wanted to help with the clean-up though. :) :(