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Gurnee and Warren Township (IL)(Images of America)

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    Warren Township Historical Society(Author)

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European settlement of Warren Township began along the Des Plaines River in 1835, when New England farmers arrived to purchase land. In 1843, Jonathan Harvey and his wife, Wealthy, bought the O’Plaine Tavern, a stagecoach stop and inn near the Des Plaines River. The tavern became a town hall for the young O’Plaine settlement, handling business, civic, and social functions. The citizens of O’Plaine were active in the Civil War. Wealthy Harvey Rudd and her second husband, Erastus Rudd, continued operating the O’Plaine Tavern, which was rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. Since 1874, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad had served local farmers and merchants. By 1928, the settlement by the river had grown into an incorporated village and had been renamed Gurnee. With images from the historical society’s archives, Gurnee and Warren Township records the evolution of the village and the township’s farms and schools over the past 150 years.

Warren Township Historical Society’s board and volunteers collaborated to produce this book. The society’s museum is housed in the renovated Mother Rudd House, formerly known as the O’Plaine Tavern.

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  • By Dave Ferri on March 15, 2007

    Received the this book as a very thoughful gift from my oldest son. It was well put together and I throughly enjoyed looking at and reading about the early roots of Gurnee and Warren Township. My fathers family was one of early settlers of the community and their house was featured. Some of the information regarding the home was incorrect and some of it's important history was omitted. Send one to the last two surviving elders who now live out west.

  • By Cindy on April 20, 2017

    I bought this as a gift for my brother. He said it is good

  • By Bird Watcher on November 24, 2014

    This was a delightful gift to give -People who lived in and grew up in this area loved to reminisce and look at the old photos etc...

  • By Timothy Alstine on July 12, 2008

    I was a little dissapointed with this title. Don't get me wrong, there is lot of turn of the century photographs of the early development of Gurnee, but not a lot of text, and most of the photos that are here are from the turn of the century. Gurnee landmarks like the Rustic Manor are hardly given any due (just a small hand full of pics of the Rustic Manor,and no information or accounts of the fire that destroyed it), and the text that accompanies these pictures does little historical explanation. Case in point, images of the Valhalla Retirement home reference it's demolition as "in the 90s," but WHEN in the 90s? I am assuming 1997, but would not know based on this historical account of Gurnee. Some of the image captions are wrong as well, such as the captions for Gurnee Grade School. Both captions claim the photos are each from 1964, however one is from 1954 (showing the original 1893 school house still attached) and the other is 1964 (Showing the mid-century modern building replacing the school house[the smaller, mid-century modern addition is from '64, the larger, more traditional building with the pitched roof is from '54.])There is no mention of the fire that destroyed Warren High in the late 80s, no detailed info about the flood of '86, (that sent Gurnee Grade students off to school at the now demolished Lakehurst Mall), no mention of the many long time businesses that have been a part of Gurnee for a better portion of the last century (Such as Welton's Markets, Gungler's Pharmacy, Depke's, Rustic Manor, Poor Richards, Avalon Restuarant, etc). Based on this title I would assume Gurnee was nothing more then a large farm with a number of farm houses that were moved around in the early portion of the 20th century.

  • By Dee Johnson on March 25, 2006

    As a teacher in Gurnee and Warren Township for 20+ years, I was interested in the history of the area. Gurnee and Warren Township met and surpassed my expectations. The writing is concise, informative, and interesting. The photographs used are incredible considering the age of some of them. I especially enjoyed Jill Martin's book introduction and the chapter introductions. The chapters about RESORTS,FIRE, POLICE, MAIL, & GOVERNMENT, as well as SCHOOLS were my favorites; however, I probably learned the most in the FARMS & ESTATES CHAPTER. I smiled many a time as I read the NAMES of long ago members of this community because I recognized the last name from the students I taught.I strongly suggest that anyone who is interested in history and/or architecture should, by all means, purchase this Historical Society "gem".

  • By Abbott D. Campos on October 27, 2009

    I gave this book to my Dad a few years ago for Christmas. It was great to share this with him, because my grandfather's family was one of the founders of Gurnee. It was nice to see how Gurnee has developed over the years. It was also wonderful to see pictures of Grandpa, Grandma and my great aunts and uncles when they were young! Such a keepsake!Thanks for memories Grandma and Grandpa. Miss you very much.

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