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Tim Ory

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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.

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...

Joseph and Almeda Naper’s son-in-law (twice)

Cheney Moses Castle was born April 11, 1829, in Jericho, Chittenden County, Vermont, the son of Deacon Joel Castle and Aurelia Lane. At the age...

Civil War Vet, Alderman, Contractor and Builder

Naperville has a little-known tie to the most famous battle of the Civil War. Born at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on October 13, 1837, Levi...

Merchant, Postmaster, Alderman, Mayor

Samuel Mather was born March 7, 1847, in Whallonsburgh, Essex County, New York. He was one of ten children of Joshua Emery Mather and...

Blacksmith, Carriage Maker, Village Trustee

Every once in a while, I receive comments from readers about my articles. It’s encouraging to know others are enjoying my bios about Naperville's lesser-known...

What’s in a name?

Have you ever wondered where the name originated for the Bay Scott Center at the northeast corner of 75th Street and Book Road? Alvin "Bay"...

Meet early village president and merchant, D. C. Butler

Dewitt Clinton Butler was born August 27, 1825, in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, the son of Roswell Butler and Ruth Worden. He received a common...

Naperville’s first mayor

James Joseph Heister Hunt was born Aug. 19, 1821, in Evansburgh, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the son of Nelson James Hunt and Sarah Jewell. He married...

Who is Ellsworth School and Ellsworth Street named after?

Lewis Ellsworth was born in Walpole, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, July 22, 1805, the son of Nathan Ellsworth and Betsey B. Palmer. He moved to...

The first DuPage County Clerk

Hiram Hitchcock Cody was born June 11, 1824, in Vernon Center, Oneida County, New York, the son of Hiram Cody and Huldah Calantha Hitchcock. ...

James Wright built the mansion, perfect for Mesòn Sabika

Update, Sept. 20, 2022 / Today PN was notified that James D. Polivka, age 93, "lived fully and died peacefully on September 16, 2022." A...

Who was Alexander McSwain Sheridan Riddler?

Alexander McSwain Sheridan Riddler was born March 1, 1837, in New York City, the second child of 13 born to John Jamieson Riddler and...

Meet a former principal, school superintendent and Naperville mayor

Francis Austin Kendall was born February 15, 1853, in Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana, the son of John Kendall and Margaretta Snyder. His mother passed away...

Have you ever heard of Aylmer Keith?

Not many residents of Naperville have ever heard of Aylmer Keith who lived from 1802 to 1855. Born Feb. 16, 1802, in Rome, Oneida County,...

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