Tag Archives: Helen Weaver


A History of the Winnetka Fire Department

By Helen Weaver, Fall/Winter 2014  Updated 2022 When Winnetka was first incorporated as a village in 1869, fire was a fearsome threat. Early Winnetkans fought fires by joining with their neighbors in bucket brigades, dousing fires with barrels of lake water carried by horse and wagon, or buckets of water drawn from nearby wells and […]

WHS and the Lady Elgin

WHS and the Lady Elgin

Gazette Column by Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2010 We’ve all heard of “six degrees of separation” but how about three degrees of connection? Hanging over the fireplace in the Evanich Room at 411 Linden is a painting with links to two our our past exhibits Palette of Our Past: Artists in Winnetka […]

Contact 411: Helen Stewart Johnson

Gazette Article by Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2011 I am an aspiring historical fiction writer looking for inspiration from people who led interesting lives in the Midwest around the turn of the century. Are you aware of any good examples in Winnetka? (Winnetka had no shortage of fascinating families to pull from. […]

The Winnetka Power Plant at Tower Road c. 1933.

Champs for Amps: The History of Winnetka Power

Gazette Article by Helen Weaver, Fall 2011 Updated 2023 In the summer of 2022, many of our friends and neighbors in Northfield, Glencoe, and Wilmette were clearing out their freezers and running long extension cords through their neighbors’ yards for days after a series of destructive storms. Yet, in Winnetka, no one went more than […]