Panel of Homewood mayors to kick off 125th anniversary celebration

Homewood will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2018, and the first event will be a look at recent village history from the perspective of three civic leaders, Mayor Richard Hofeld and former mayors John Doody and Andrew Lindstrom. 

The panel of mayors will be part of the Homewood Historical Society's meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway.

Hofeld has served as mayor since 1997. He was preceeded by Lindstrom, who served as mayor from 1995 to 1997. Doody served from 1991 to 1995. 

Historical society representative Elaine Egdorf  will moderate the panel discussion, posing questions to the three mayors. She plans to ask them to talk about the highlights of their terms and what they consider their key accomplishments.

Egdorf said the event is a reprise of a similar panel discussion held during the village's centennial celebration in 1993. The mayors  on the panel then were William Mahar Sr., Williams Mathieu, Robert Gooley and Manny Hoffman.

"We thought we knew them but learned much about their backgrounds," she said. "We learned that Bill Mahar Sr. was born in a log cabin in Wisconsin and that three mayors (Mathieu, Gooley and Hoffman) attended the same high school in Chicago."

The panel will follow a brief historical society business meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. The panel is expected to begin about 7:30 p.m.

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