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Time Line of Historical Events in and around Millburn
Please note that this is a work in progress
1818, December 3
Illinois becomes a state
Saw mill is built by Jacob Miller about two miles east of future Millburn
Jacob Miller adds a grist mill to his operation.
Money panic causes New England families to look westward to the frontier.
brothers stake a claim to land
1839, March 1
Lake County is created by separation from McHenry County.
about 1840 (some say September, 1841)
Rev. Flavel Bascom
church in Millburn
. Log cabin is used both as a school and a church.
from the federal government that will become the village.
William Bradford Dodge
comes to Millburn
Frame and sided houses begin to replace the log cabins in Millburn area
1846, February 18
becomes leader of
Lake County Liberty Association
, anti-slavery society.
1847, June 1
1848, January 24
becomes Postmaster of first Millburn Post Office
Lake County is
divided into townships
, replacing the former precincts. Millburn is at junction of four: Antioch, Newport, Warren, and Avon. [Read historical account written in
shows Lake County population to be 14,226
Peter, John and George
go to California to pan for gold
returns, marries, and begins new
1853, June 27
William Fullom becomes Postmaster of Millburn
1853, December 14
becomes Postmaster of Millburn
1854, June 4
in Mill Creek
1855, March 5
Meeting held to form
Millburn Mutual Insurance Company
1856, December 30
becomes Postmaster of Millburn
Dr. Homer Leonard, Millburn's first doctor, comes to town and sets up an office.
Millburn Agricultural Association
organizes to put on fairs and promote agriculture.
and Stock Show held at Millburn. Fifteen Hundred people attend.
1861, April 22
The war spirit comes to Millburn and men
at the meeting house. Subscriptions are raised to help the volunteer's families.
builds first part of
later to become our Martin's Gen'L Store museum.
1862, Saturday, August 30
Millburn ladies feed the men of Company D, 96th Regiment, an elegant supper prior to their departure for training.
1862, September 6
mustered into service. Many
men from Millburn area
1862, December 8
, Company D, 96th Regiment, becomes the first local man to die during service in the War of the Rebellion.
1863, June 6
to band together and vow to honor only National currency for their produce and discourage circulation of other funds.
1864, April 20
becomes Postmaster of Millburn.
Dr. David B. Taylor
comes to Millburn and begins practice.
1865, February 16
Illinois Legislature charters the
Millburn Mutual Insurance Company
1865, June 30
Ninety-sixth Infantry discharged.
, a new
building stands in Millburn.
is moved to current location. Over 80 remains moved.
1867, October 2
Agricultural Fair at Millburn.
locates in Millburn.
Church parsonage built
1881, November 12
Millburn Literary Association
. Will go on to publish the Millburn Constellation.
Plank sidewalk from town past the cemetery is finished
Dr. H. O. Leonard begins
at local schools against small-pox
sells most of his farm to William Chope for $40 per acre. The federal government sold this same land for $1.25 per acre only forty years before.
Street lights are installed
Dr. Thompson, of Waukegan, opens an office in Millburn.
1882, August 19
, Millburn Undertaker, announces that he has added an "ice casket"
1882, December 18
held at Millburn.
Dr. Leonard sells out to Dr. Tombaugh
Millburn Street Light Society
formed "to run them properly"
Sammy Smith dies
Mrs. Belva Lockwood, candidate for President of the United States, speaks at Millburn.
Wisconsin Central Railroad builds
several miles west of Millburn and depot at what will become Lake Villa.
Lake Forest University plays Millburn home baseball team to tie score 20-20, game called after 10 innings due to darkness.
Four Hundred tickets are sold for the Hampton Students' concert at the Church.
comes to Millburn to help in Pantall's Store.
Millburn Mutual Ins. Co. offers
reward for arrest of arsonists
Dr. Fahrney contracts workers to install
1,700 rods of field tile
on his large farm.
Millburn Farmer's Line
1898, October 28 and 29
28th Annual Convention of the Lake County Sunday School Association held in Millburn. F. W. Moody, President.
steal cash from sleeping man
1901, January 8
The large Fahrney Farm in Millburn goes
out of the dairy business
1901, February 7
held in Millburn
1901, May 16
minister that took $100,000
1901, June 1
takes horse, buggy, and harness from Millburn stable.
New steel bridge
is built over Mill Creek at east end of town.
1901, November 6
Rev. Sheldon A.
expelled from membership
for his part in savings and loan scandal.
Millburn Church celebrates
Jane Strang McAlister
leaving a very large estate to her relatives. Before her death, Mrs. McAlister founded a hospital in Waukegan, the predecessor to Victory Memorial Hospital.
1904, February 12
William Mavor dies
. Is a Strang son-in-law.
1904, April 1
damages homes and barns in Millburn area
1904, April 1
dies. Easter services delayed one week. (
1904, May 13
accidentially shoots and kills
Millburn Post Office closes, Rural Free Delivery is begun
1905, February 15
at the Fahrney farm draws largest auction crowd ever in Lake County. Enraged cow attacks crowd.
Lake Villa Township created from lower sections of Antioch Township and northern sections of Avon Township.
1916, July 15
Former Millburn man, Ralph Spafford, is
at railroad grade crossing in Antioch.
Ida Mae Runyard
begins teaching the last school year at Hockaday School.
Millburn Consolidated School
Dodge school students of Annie McCredie hold first annual
Memorial Day service
at Millburn cemetery.
Route 45 paved with concrete. See what it looked like
Public Service Company (now ComEd) brings first electric lines to Millburn. Many homes not electrified until after 1940.
Ed Martin's store
1927, July 14
Thieves invade hen house and
steal 100 chickens
1928, May 16
Five men rob the Beck family near Millburn and
kill William Beck, Jr.
, during the robbery.
Murderers of Millburn farmer
to die in electric chair. First use as sentence in Lake County.
1928, November 19
Former Millburn resident is
lost at sea
Ken Denman becomes
of the Illinois Association of Future Farmers of America newsletter. Bob Hughes elected
at same meeting.
1935, January 12
burns to the ground
closes. Students will attend Oakland School to the west.
UDSA Farm Security Administration locates a Homestead Project near Millburn.
1936, January 23
1937, June 6 (3?)
Murder and suicide
at Le Voy farm in Millburn.
1940, September 6
Millburn Church celebrates 100th Anniversary. Read
beginning in July.
Concrete bridge replaces steel and plank bridge over Mill Creek.
Newly elected President of Millburn Mutual Insurance Company
dies only minutes after election
1955, March 12
100th Anniversary meeting of Millburn Mutual Insurance Company
1956, August 8
Strang's Corner Store
celebrates 100th Anniversary
retires from storekeeping. Store building rented out.
North Shore Gas Company brings natural gas to Millburn homes
1979, September 18
Eighteen homes placed upon
National Historic Register
1979, December 6
HMCA becomes an Illinois not for profit
1981, June 3
Jake Strang home
placed on Illinois Register.
Richard Martin wills the
Martin General Store building
to the Historic Millburn Community Association, Inc. to become a museum.
Traffic lights installed on Highway 45 in Millburn.
Property owners in Millburn annex into Old Mill Creek.
1997, March 5
Martin's Gen'L Store goes on the World Wide Web.
Millburn Church sells the parsonage to a private owner.
2001, December 4
Martin's Gen'L Store museum building is struck by an automobile.
2002, All Year Long
Martin's Gen'L Store museum is closed for reconstruction.
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