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John Nash Ott Digitization

  What do Walt Disney and Winnetka have in common? John Nash Ott! Dr. Ott, who was a native Winnetkan for many decades, was a talented photographer, cinematographer, botanist and inventor. He is credited with developing the process we know today as time-lapse photography, and spent decades studying light and its effects on plant growth […]

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Gala 2018 Sponsors

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, who made “A Night at the Follies” a great success. We couldn’t do it without you! Peter & Jessie Butler Paige Dooley – Hudson Company Joan & Peter Evanich Nan & Wally Greenough Harry Grace & Ingrid Anderson Satter Foundation Helen & Paul Weaver The Bookstall at Chestnut Court […]

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Lakeside Firemen – Hose Company c. 1900

The Lakeside Fire Department practicing pulling the fire hose. The first paid fireman in Winnetka was Fred W. Schwall, hired in 1909, who also served as the town’s first paid policeman.  Prior to 1909, the Village relied on volunteer firemen who had dress uniforms allowing them to look very professional, even if they did face […]

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House of the Season: 635 Maple

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2018 By Layla Danley In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Charles H. Thorne’s family was one of the most prominent in Chicago. Charles’ father, George, was the co-founder of Montgomery Ward along with Charles’ uncle Aaron Montgomery Ward. Charles and his brothers worked for the family business, and after […]

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2018 By Helen Weaver This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, known then as the “Spanish” flu. Experts today are not in agreement about where the flu originated, but Spain was blamed at the time since wartime news blackouts kept outbreaks of the illness in other […]

Ask 411: The Aitken Building

Appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the Gazette In February we received this query from a long-time Winnetkan. Q: I’d always heard that buildings were moved from what is now Hubbard Woods Park when they needed to clear the land. Is this true, and if so, where did they end up? Yes, this is […]

Winnetka Modernist Joe Fujikawa

By Sally Schneiders Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2018 The name Joe Fujikawa leapt off the pages of Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, jogging my memory. I remembered that this late architect, Joseph Fujikawa of Winnetka, had designed Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago. I remembered his daughter Liz […]

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Eight Minutes to O’Hare by Air

Gazette Article by Jack Coladarci Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2012 From June, 1958 to October, 1963 Chicago Helicopter Airways put Winnetka on the cutting edge of commuting. Although not quite as advanced as George Jetson’s flying saucers and pneumatic air tubes, this futuristic commuting option made travel to and from Winnetka, O’Hare, Midway, Meigs […]

In Gratitude for the Ultimate Sacrifice

By Helen Weaver When Eagle Scout candidate Brendan Bahan was looking for a service project, he found the answer close to home, at the corner of Church and Green Bay Roads. Although he had passed by this narrow triangular strip of land hundreds of times, he only recently noticed the faded and worn Park District sign […]

Penny Kohlmeyer: In Remembrance

  Penny was an active member of the Woman’s Board of the Winnetka Community House and spent many years as a volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. While Penny enthusiastically participated on the WHS Board as an officer and a committee member, her most lasting contribution was as the founding editor of the Gazette. In […]