Anthony May, pioneer, dead: came to Wilmette as a child 72 years ago
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 18 Jan 1924, p. 4

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When Anthony F. May passed away Thursday, January 10, at his home at 1461 Wilmette avenue, Wilmette, the north shore lost one of its earliest settlers.

Anthony F. May, 78 years old, who was a resident of Wilmette for 72 years, passed away at his home, 1461 Wilmette avenue, Thursday, January 10. Services were held from St. Joseph's church on Saturday, January 12, and burial was at St. Joseph's.

Mr. May came to Wilmette in 1852 at the age of 6 years, his parents moving in to this vicinity from Coblenz, Germany.

Until fifteen years ago, when he retired because of failing strength, he was a prominent contractor and builder. He was a member of the Wilmette Village board during the administration of F. L. Joy in 1891 and was instrumental in securing the first sewer and water system for the village.

Because of his three score and twelve years residence here, Mr. May was a real authority on the history of the north shore.

When his parents settled in Gross Point, Wilmette was a vast forest tract in which there were but two homes, the Dusham homestead on the lake front and the McDaniel estate on what is now the west side. There was still a sprinkling of Indian inhabitants and rail transportation was as yet a rather remote prospect. Deer and wild game in variety were so plentiful that hunting could be done from the rear door steps of the homes.

Later, when the Chicago and Northwestern railway penetrated the territory, Mr. May often walked to Winnetka or Evanston for a train, since there were for a number of years, no station facilities in Wilmette.

Mr. May married a north shore girl, Mrs. May, who died November 2, 1923, having been a native of Winnetka. He is survived by eight children, John W., of Los Angeles, Cal.; Anthony F., of Wilmette; Mrs. Mary Evans, of Evanston; Peter W., of Wilmette; Margaret L. Haight, of Wilmette; Joseph, of Wilmette; Frank, of Wilmette, and Elizabeth Lechler, of Wilmette. Two brothers, Frank May, of New Mexico, and John May, of Evanston, and a sister, Mrs. Elisabeth Partee, of Chicago, also survive.

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18 Jan 1924
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May, Anthony
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Anthony May, pioneer, dead: came to Wilmette as a child 72 years ago