Oral History of Fred Favor, 1911-1982
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Oral History of Fred Favor, 1911-1982


Interview with Fred Favor by Rhea Adler in Wilmette, December 5, 1978. ABSTRACT:
Born Hyde Park, came to Wilmette at four years of age Wilmette boundary on west at Ridge Road "No Man's Land" between Wilmette and Kenilworth - Gross Point west of Ridge Avenue - originally included some of Kenilworth and Winnetka and some of Evanston Heavily forested - legend of Indian trees just a legend - three different forested areas Early schools - old village hail - early transportation, North Shore line, Chicago Northwestern Early political activity --Earl Orner - C.P. Dubbs Baha'i came to Village - Horace Holly first plan commission Evanston attempt to annex Wilmette Regimes under Harry Kinne and William Alexander prior to all of above were Oscar Schmidt and Father William Netstraetter Wilmette government and schools through the depression years, warrants issued - Herbert Mulford active in finance Tremendous growth of Village 1940's - fire and police departments inadequate to needs -- schools needed Early days --west of tracks, few east/west streets from Green Bay Road to Ridge Road Gross Point geographically dry, but "socially wet" until 1919 (1920-1933 Volstead Act or 18th amendment) - no village charter at Springfield, Illinois Ouilmette family and land grant at Prairie du Chien - 1829 Impetus after fire of 1871 - Llewellyn Park station on Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul horse-drawn cabs Condition of streets - Green Bay did not go north of Wilmette (originally called Railroad Avenue) Samuel Insull and North Shore line The formation of Hollister Press - Mike Weber editor 1917-1947 (death) - Jean Ten Broeck