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Object ID 004642

Object Name Wheeling Cook County History

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Collection Museum Collection

Accession # 20170718.111800.00

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Category Documents - General

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Source Category Staff Research

Accession Date JUL 18,2017


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Object Keywords 0000,Cook County,History,Wheeling,


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Date JUL 18,2017


Date JUL 18,2017

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Date JUL 18,2017

Notes This village is located on the Milwaukee road, six miles north of Desplaines and four miles west of Shermer Station. In 1837 Wheeler & Daniels started a store here, and about the same time Joseph Filkins opened a hotel. Mr. Filkins also built the first house in the place. The lumber was brought from Kenni:cott's mill, about a mile south of Half Day. A second hotel was opened about the year 1840, by James Parlor.The post-office was established in 1836, with Joseph Filkins for Postmaster. Mr. Filkins was succeeded by Charles Daniels, and he by J. L. McDuffy. John M. Schaeffer was the next Postmaster; and then Charles Vogt, Fred. Stryker and Charles Hunsinger, each in turn, the latter being the present official, appointed early in 1883. The first blacksmith here was a Mr. Shepard or Shepherd, as stated elsewhere, in 1838 ; the second was Asher G. Skinner, in the same year, and the third was E. K. Bench, recently deceased, in 1842 or 1843. A church, the only one in the village, was erected in 1868, by the Lutherans, at a cost of about $1,500. It is a one-story frame, with a short steeple. This village attained its present size quite a number of years ago, and not being near a railroad is not likely to grow very materially in the near future. The chief events of importance in the recent history of the place have been the prosecution of various parties for the illegal selling of intoxicating drinks by George Strong, one of the oldest settlers of the town of Wheeling, and a strong foe of intemperance. The village now contains two general stores, three hotels, two blacksmith shops, one wagon shop, two shoe shops, one brewery, one physician, a Lutheran Church, and about 200 inhabitants.

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Date AUG 8,2017

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