Tag Archives: Lady Elgin

Is the Stern of the Lady Elgin Just Off Spruce Street?

Gazette Article by: Laurie Starrett Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1997 On a stormy September night 137 years ago, the sidewheel steamer Lady Elgin met her doom off the north shore of Chicago. She sank after being rammed by the schooner Augusta. Passengers and pieces of the ship were carried by wind and waves to […]

Lady Elgin Stern in Winnetka Unlikely

Gazette Article by: Thomas S. Hermes Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1998 Another clue to the mystery of the sunken ship lying off Winnetka’s lakeshore has been uncovered. The Winnetka Historical Society recently has discovered the results of a report from the Underwater Archeological Society of Chicago (UASC). These contradict earlier opinions that the wreckage […]


Death on Lake Michigan: The Lady Elgin Tragedy

Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2010 September 8, 2010 marked the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the Lady Elgin. The worst tragedy ever seen on the Great Lakes, this event looms large in Winnetka and Lake Michigan history. Just before midnight on September 7, 1860, a palatial sidewheel steamboat named the Lady Elgin left […]

Who Was Lady Elgin?

Gazette Article by Duff Peterson Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2010 Lady Elgin and Winnetka are forever linked in history. The Lady Elgin had a checkered history long before she came to grief off Winnetka. In August 1854, she hit a rock off Milwaukee and limped into Manitowoc, only to sink at the dock.  In […]

What Brought the Lady Elgin to Chicago?

Gazette Column by Susan Whitcomb Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2010 Often ignored in the retelling of the Lady Elgin disaster is the reason that over 300 people from Milwaukee’s Irish Third Ward came to Chicago on September 7, 1860. Although some accounts claim the travelers were going to see the Lincoln-Douglas debates, this is […]

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 […]

The Former Gage house, 1175 Whitebridge Hill, Winnetka, WHS Object ID 3321.21

House of the Season: Two Faces of an Historic House

Gazette Article by: Joan Peck Have you ever wondered where Gage Street got its name?  It came from one of Winnetka’s first settlers, Jared Gage.  He moved from New York State to Chicago, where he operated the first steam flour mill.  Later he went into banking with his nephew, John C. Haines, who became mayor […]

Hubbard Woods: A “Lakeside” Community

Gazette Article by: Barbara Sholl Appeared in the Gazette: Winter 1996 The northeast section of Winnetka—Hubbard Woods—is named after one of the village’s founders and most prominent residents, Gilbert Hubbard. Born in Boston, Hubbard arrived in Chicago in 1849, when he and a partner started a ship chandlery business at 105 South Water Street. The […]