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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Naper Nostalgia

Sailor, gold miner, merchant, hotel keeper, farmer, village trustee and alderman

William Barber III was born September 4, 1832, in Naperville Township, Cook County, Illinois, the son of William Barber Jr. and Lucetta Stevens. Lucetta was...

Wonders of history

According to the news reports, I live in the fastest growing area in the United States. I remember when Naperville was growing from a...

Son follows father, in Naperville

Benjamin Joseph Slick was born June 23, 1849, in Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois, the son of Daniel Slick and Margaret Schwilly. He married Margaret Yost,...

Alfred Rubin

Alfred Rubin was born December 10, 1920, in Naperville, Illinois, the son of Samuel Rubin and Anna Pomerantz. He had a younger brother, Norman....

Blacksmith, farmer, auctioneer, grain elevator proprietor, sheriff

Samuel Eberly Shimp was born January 3, 1831, in Reamstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the eldest of the 11 children of William Andreas Shimp and...

Farmer, butcher, service station owner, city commissioner and mayor

Alexander James Grush was born July 14, 1869, in Polo, Ogle County, Illinois, the son of John B. Grush and Mary Jane Tennis. Alexander married...

‘Tis the season to find the alphabet among the treetops

Above / Buddy up for a stroll along the Riverwalk. Look up in the treetops for the letter "A" and begin a fun, relaxing...

Town Clerk, Supervisor, Mayor

Thomas Henry Betts was born December 6, 1834, in Rochester, Monroe County, New York, the son of Thomas Betts and Mary Wilson. His family...

Growing up in Naperville – Grateful for great memories

Update, Jan. 18, 2024 / The other day a couple of lifelong Naperville residents and longtime PN readers told us that “Growing Up in...

Growing up in Naperville – Changing times

As I mentioned in a previous column, I was born in Naperville when there was no hospital. I was born at home at 616...

Pioneer, Village Trustee, Farmer, and Businessman

George Martin IV was born November 29, 1826, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of George Martin III and Elizabeth Christie. George III was engaged in...

Publisher, Editor, Mayor

James Lawrence Nichols II was born December 9, 1890, in Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois. He was the son of James Lawrence Nichols, after whom...

Growing up in Naperville – Grateful for memorable career

Update, Jan. 18, 2024 / The other day a couple of lifelong Naperville residents and longtime PN readers told us that “Growing Up in...

PN connects community and Riverwalk with Haiku verses

Above-Below / Back in 1981, the Sesquicentennial Riverwalk was dedicated on Labor Day, Sept. 7. Today, 42 years later, the Civic Plaza located along...

William Wallace Wickel (Another ‘www’ connection)

William Wallace Wickel was born January 22, 1844, in Ephrata, Lancaster County, PA, the youngest child of Johann Henry Wickel and Rebecca Schmincke. He attended...

Growing up in Naperville – Thanks for 57 years of memories

The number 57 seems to be in my genes. I graduated from Naperville Community High School, now Naperville Central High School, on June 7,...

Naperville Municipal Band tunes up for ‘A Salute to Illinois’ and the rest of the season

Above / The Naperville Community Concert Center, home to the Naperville Municipal Band, awaits another audience for its weekly Thursday evening summer concert through...

Growing up in Naperville – Victory gardens, war bonds and clinkers

When I was in kindergarten in 1944, I would take a dime to school every Friday. I would buy a stamp at the principal’s...

Dr. Hamilton Cyrus Daniels

Dr. Hamilton Cyrus Daniels was born April 30, 1820, in Canaan, Grafton County, New Hampshire. He was the son of Seth Daniels and Hannah...

Remember Flag Day June 14

Above / The American flag outside City Hall faces the Riverwalk along the DuPage River is the center of holiday observances at the Cmdr....

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