Local history

Flossmoor History Project ramps up marketing effort based on village's architectural treasures

 
To create the future, study the past.

The Flossmoor History Project, billed by organizers as a forward-leaning marketing project, seems to be following that timeless bit of advice, creating a new marketing effort rooted firmly in the village's past, especially its rich architectural history.

Homewood’s early years: The village begins to grow up

After Homewood was incorporated in February 1893, the village board debated for months on the details of construction of a village hall. There was little debate, however, when it came to the question of sidewalks and other improvements.

Local history: The origins of Flossmoor

While the state celebrates its bicentennial, the Chronicle is expanding local history offerings with a series written by Scott Mehaffey on the origins and history of Flossmoor. This first installment looks back to roots of the village.

Feb. 11 is 125th anniversary of Homewood’s incorporation

Although settled in the 1830’s, it took almost 60 years for the area that would eventually become Homewood to officially form a village government. That milestone was reached on Feb. 11, 1893, and so Homewood is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.

New photo history of Homewood goes on sale

Homewood historian Jim Wright's latest book, "Homewood," went on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at several sites in the village, and the timing was not accidental. Wright said he hopes holiday shopping helps boost sales, but the book also arrived just a few weeks before Homewood's 125th anniversary year begins. 

Two Flossmoor originals show off character, charm of 1903 homes

The California city of San Francisco may brag about its famous row of “Painted Ladies” homes, but the Village of Flossmoor has its own bragging rights with the presence of two historic “Grand Ol’ Dames” on Sterling Avenue.

History: Homewood-Flossmoor’s 1st golf club established in 1899

Here in the midst of golf season, local historian Jim Wright reminds us of the origins of the area's rich golfing resources.

Washington Park afire

February marks the 40th anniversary of the largest fire in Homewood history. The fire destroyed the grandstand of Washington Park Racetrack, located on the west side of Halsted Street south of 175th Street.

Older residents probably remember the track and that fateful day. Saturday, Feb. 5, 1977, was a quiet day for the Homewood Fire Department. On-duty firefighters handled no calls during the bitter cold day. Before 11 p.m., the lull came to a wild end.

Century-old Funk's Hall hosted several firsts in Homewood

  Funk's Hall, on the right, as seen in the 1910s looking 
  east on Ridge Road, then Main Street.
(Photos courtesy 
  of the Homewood Historical Society)

 

Campaigners: Four presidents have visited H-F area

The presidential election of 2016 is rapidly nearing an end. Although neither candidate has visited the Homewood-Flossmoor area this year, a number of presidential candidates, presidents and a former president have visited the area in the past.

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