Old Settler Passes Away
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 15 Aug 1912, p. 1

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Maria Alles, oldest resident of Winnetka and pioneer of area, died at home on August 1.

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15 Aug 1912
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Alles, Maria
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Mrs. Maria Alles, Oldest Resident of Winnetka and Pioneer of Lake Shore, Called by Death


Came to Wilmette in 1847 and Two Years Later Moved to Winnetka Where She Lived the Remainder of Her Life.

One by one the real old settlers of the north shore are answering the call of Father Time after having served many useful years. Winnetka's oldest settler, Mrs. Maria Alles, passed away away at her home on Hill road Aug. 1.
Mrs. Alles had reached the advanced age of 83 years. Of those years sixty-five were spend in this vicinity. During the three score and five years spent in new Trier township Mrs. Alles had watched it grow from a thinly populated community to one of the largest and most prosperous to be found anywhere.
Mrs. Alles was born on March 9, 1829, in a little town near Trier, Germany. When only 18 years of age she came to this country with her parents and located in Trier township here. It was quite a coincidence that the new residence should be the same name as the old one.

Located in Wilmette.

On first coming to this vicinity Mrs. Alles' parents located in Wilmette. For two years she lived there but in 1849 she was married to Mr. Alles and they moved to Winnetka where they have always lived.
Mr. and Mrs. Alles owned the largest farm in this part of the country some years ago, the land totaling 215 acres. Their farm extended from what is now Ridge avenue to Sunset road on the north and as far west as the Higginson property and south to the Kenilworth sanitarium. They also owned forty acres on Willow street. Practically all of this land was under cultivation.

Eleven Children

Mr. and Mrs. Alles had eleven children, eight of whom are living to survive their mother. Five of the eight still live in Winnetka. The funeral services were held in the Roman Catholic church in Gross Point Monday, Aug. 5. Solemn mass was celebrated at 9 o'clock. Three priests, Father Netstraeter, Father Haarth and Father Vollman, a relative of the family, were at the altar.
The body was laid to rest in the church. Father Netstraeter had charge of the burial services. Scores of the friends of the woman attended the funeral exercises.
Mr. and Mrs. Alles were both well known all along the lake shore, their many years of residence here bringing them numberous friends. The Alles road in Winnetka was named after Mr. Alles.

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Old Settler Passes Away