Tag Archives: Helen Weaver


A History of the Winnetka Fire Department

By Helen Weaver Originally published in the Fall/Winter 2014 Gazette 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 […]

WHS and the Lady Elgin

Gazette Column by Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2010 <img src=”images/88t.jpg” class = “center” /> 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 […]

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. […]

Champs for Amps: The History of Winnetka Power

Gazette Article by Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2011 While 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 this summer’s destructive storms in June and July, no one in Winnetka went more than […]