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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.

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...

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...