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    • French Trading Post near Palos

    • Forts & fortifications; Illinois--Cook County; Rivers--Illinois; Trading Posts
    • Miles Hartong had a keen interest in not only the history of Plainfield, but also that of the entire NE Illinois region. Because of this, he made contact with many other historians about the remnants of old forts in the area. One such person was a...
    • French Trading Post near Joliet

    • Illinois--Will County--Joliet; Trading Posts
    • This is another sketch of a French trading post, this one located 500 ft. W and 75 ft. S of the NE corner of the W 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of Sec. 8 in Joliet Twp. The embankments and caches were still visible when Hartong visited this site in 1934. M.V....
    • Miles V. Hartong Bookmark

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield
    • This is my bookmark. The window design, book case, Masonic emblem, and Sons of the American Revolution emblem were drawn by my daughter Thyra. One of these are in each of my books, and if you see a book with this, please return it. I may want to...
    • Fisher House on Main Street

    • Businesses--Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Architecture
    • This is a sketch of what is now (1934) known as the Fisher house and stands on the NE of the railroad and on the south side of Main St. In the early days of Plainfield, it was the storehouse of the McAllister Bros. They also operated the Old Red...
    • North Plainfield Schoolhouse

    • Rural schools--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a sketch of the school house in North Plainfield and was built in 1847 at a cost of $1500. It stood on the SW corner of Main and Arnold Sts. where the Barney Wright homestead now stands (1934). This was the 3rd school house on this lot. The...
    • Billy Caldwell House

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Indigenous peoples; Pioneers--Illinois
    • A sketch of the home of Billy Caldwell, whose Indian name was Sauganash. In 1828, the Indian Dept. built this house for Caldwell in consideration of services rendered. It was no doubt the first frame house in Northern IL. The framing timbers were...
    • Fort Beggs

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Forts & fortifications
    • This is a sketch of old Fort Beggs. I saw this log building in the early (18)80s. The roof had fallen in and was in a general state of decay. From what I can remember and with what information I have received from Mary Corbin and others, and also...
    • Warner Hatch Tin Shop

    • Businesses--Illinois--Will County--Plainfield
    • This is a sketch of the old building that stood on the NE corner of Division and Main Streets. On the first floor, Warner Hatch had a tin shop and living rooms. The upper floor was used for entertainment and dances. In the winter of 1885-86,...
    • Eliza Chappel's Infant's School

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago
    • This is a picture of Eliza Chappel's Infants School, which she had started in September 1833. She had about 20 pupils ranging in age from small children to 12 years. This building was previously used as a store by John Wright. The pupils were...
    • Clippinger Building 1887

    • Businesses--Illinois--Will County--Plainfield; Architecture
    • A sketch of the first brick building on the south side of Lockport St. It was built by I.A. Clippinger in 1887. To the left is the old brown store building at one time used by I.A. Clippinger as his drug store; later is was used as a barber shop...
    • Eliza Chappel's Boarding School

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago
    • This is a picture of Miss Eliza Chappel's normal or boarding school, the first of its kind in northern IL. Miss Chappel conceived the idea of educating the girls that lived on the prairie and fitting them for teachers. She started with 12 girls,...
    • French Fort built in 1684

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Forts & fortifications; Trading Posts
    • This is a view of the old French fort built by M. de la Durantaye in 1684-85 and was one of the forts that the French built under the advice of Robert de la Salle. Henri de Tonty speaks of it as the "Fort of Chicago" where [de la] Durantaye...
    • Looking West up the Chicago River 1831

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Rivers--Illinois; Frontier & pioneer life
    • This is a picture looking due west up the Chicago River in 1831. The first building at left is the Post Office of John S.C. Hogan and stood near the corner of Lake and Market Sts. [There was] Only one [delivery] a week from Niles, MI which was from...
    • Phillip F.W. Peck's Store

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a sketch of Phillip F.W. Peck's store and stood on the SE corner of LaSalle and Water Sts. looking NE. He was quite prominent in the early history of Chicago and Naperville. A Mr. Calbert says Mr. Peck came to Chicago on the schooner...
    • Geo. W. Dole's Store

    • Illinois--Cook County--Chicago; Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a sketch of Geo. W. Dole's store that stood on the SW corner of Dearborn and S. Water Sts. looking SW [in Chicago]. It was built in the summer of 1832. Just where the sawed lumber for this building came from I have never heard, but as James...
    • School at McClester Corner late 1840s

    • Illinois--Will County--Plainfield--Schools
    • This is an artist's sketch of the little schoolhouse that stood on what is now known (1934) as the McClester Corner. It was built in the late [18]40s and was used until 1851 when it was sold to Chas. Needham Sr. He moved it across the road and used...
    • Robert Webb Wagon Shop

    • Carriages & coaches--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a sketch of the Robert Webb Wagon Shop. To the left may be seen the tip of the Dick Snyder Blacksmith Shop. On the corner to the right is seen the Corbin & Chittenden General Store, and to the right of that was Squire Corbin's office. Mr....
    • Sorghum Mill

    • Mills--Illinois--Plainfield
    • This is a drawing of the Sorghum Mill. Later, it was used for a cider mill, and now (1934) [it is] used as a junk yard. It was built sometime between 1855 and 1860 at a time (as Woodruff said) "when Will County had the Sorghum Fever." Bela Luce had...
    • James Walker Saw Mill

    • Mills--Illinois--Plainfield; Rivers--Illinois
    • This is a sketch I had made of the James Walker Saw Mill. I have made a thorough survey of this location and the conditions and so know I have the locations right. Having seen some of the saw mills in timbered countries, I have drawn on my...

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