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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Tim Ory

Tim Ory is a fifth-generation Naperville native, descended from Francois Sebastien Ory, who immigrated to America from Alsace Lorraine, France, in 1844. Signing off as "Tim Ory, Historian, Euclid Lodge No. 65 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons," Tim adds that he continues to research the History of the Masonic Lodge and Naperville every day. Contact him at tjory@sbcglobal.net.

Freemasonry: A Secret Fraternal Organization?

Some people believe that the Masonic Fraternity, also known as the Freemasons, is a secret organization. Although the Fraternity does have some secrets, the mode...

Barber, tobacconist

Charles Carl Gustave Gottlieb Robert Schulz was born June 26, 1829, in Anklam, Prussia, the oldest of thirteen children of Carl Joachim Schulz and...

Constable, Sheriff, Village President, Lawyer, Judge

Above / Robert Nelson "Ned" Murray (Photo courtesy Tim Ory) Robert Nelson “Ned” Murray was born July 26, 1815, in Argyle, Washington County, New York,...

Merchant, banker, coroner, village trustee

Henry Loomis Peaslee was born August 13, 1810, in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. He was the second child of Robert Peaslee and Amanda Loomis....

Shoemaker, Teacher, Adventurer, Miner, Legislator, Farmer, Naperville Postmaster

Sylvester Allen Ballou was born October 19, 1828, in Galway, Saratoga County, New York. Sylvester’s father was Isaac Albee Ballou, a descendant of Maturin...

Businessman, soldier, first fire marshal, village trustee, treasurer, and mayor

Willard Scott Jr. was born October 9, 1835, the son of Willard Scott Sr. and Caroline Hawley, in the Stephen J. Scott Settlement. The...

Naperville’s resident amateur photographer, merchant and first taxicab business owner

Eli Franklin Stark was born Aug. 23, 1873, on the family farm at 87th Street and Book Road in Wheatland Township, Will County, Illinois....

Doctor, alderman, library board president and more

Dr. John A. Bell was born March 19, 1838, in McConnelsville, Morgan County, Ohio. He was the son of John Bell and Margaret Scott....

Postmaster, Village Trustee and President, son of Joseph Naper

Robert Naper was born about 1825 in Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio, the first child of Captain Joseph Naper and Almeda Landon. He came with his...

Not everything is guaranteed to be true or accurate that is carved in stone

“Carved in stone” means that something is permanent or not able to be changed. However, in the case of Joseph Naper’s grave marker, this...
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