Local History: Early Residents, Settlers (and other important persons)
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Ahrens, Louise M.
See Early Residents and Settlers--Puscheck
Agnew, William, Father
See Agnew, William, Father.
Ambrose, Joshua E., Reverend
Starting in 1884 Reverend Joshua E. Ambrose served as first pastor of the First Baptist Church, La Grange.
Andersen, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Andersen was the Treasurer for Broadview's Women's Auxiliary Fire Department.
See Nicholas Armbrust.
Arnold, Sabina "Ruth" and Daniel Allen
See Sabina Ruth Arnold.
Austin, Henry W., Sr.
See Henry Austin.
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By 1964 Vera Babcock, a former Broadview Roosevelt School teacher, who started as a Roosevelt School teacher in 1930, had moved to the Jane Addams School.
President of Westchester PTA, 1936-1937.
See Baltis, Walter S.
Banker, Ethel Frances and William H.
See Banker, Ethel Frances and William H.
See Barta, John
George Bathje was added to Broadview's Police Department in February 1951.
See Batterman Family
See Baumgartner, Marguerite.
Bechstein. Emil W.
See Emil W Bechstein.
Beck, Charles E.
See Charles E Beck.
Henry Behn was added to Broadview's Police Department in March 1949.
Behncke, David D.
See Behncke,David D.
On January 1, 1964, Harry Behrmann, a resident of Broadview of the 14 years became Chief of Police.
See Beltz, Arthur.
Appointed as a Deputy Marshall to assist Marshall Huszar of Broadview sometime between 1918 and 1921.
Barbara Bernsee was the Treasurer of the Broadview PTA for 1963-64.
See Jacob Bieger.
Blessman, Albert Lincoln
See Albert Lincoln Blessman.
Blount, Frances A. and Sylvester Pierce
See Blount_Frances A and Sylvester Pierce.
See Thiele Family.
See Boeger Family
See Gustav Boehlke.
See Boese Family.
See Bolt, Louis.
Bollman, Joseph A.
See Bollman, Joseph A..
Bott, Carmen A.
Carmen Bott was a Member of the Broadview Board of Education in 1964.
Brauer, E. A., Reverend
See Brauer, E. A., Reverend.
Braun, Herman L.
See Herman L Braun.
Britten, Grant N.
One of six members of the first Westchester Board of Trustees, 1926. In 1927 he was elected Village President. He was the builder of the first Westchester Village Hall.
Also see Elect G N Britten Westchester President_LaGrange Citizen_Apr 21 1927.
See Andrew Borg.
See Braga, Merritt.
Braga, Mrs. Merritt
Mrs. Merritt Braga was Vice-President and charter member of Broadview's Women's Auxiliary Fire Department in 1953.
See Brainard Family.
Historical records show Frederick Bronson purchased 80 acres of land in the Broadview area on June 25, 1835. On August 8, 1835, he purchased an additional 160 acres of land at public sale for $200.00.
See Covell Family.
Burr, Mrs. Emil
Mrs. Emil Burr was one of several women in whose homes Miss Anne E. McLaughlin and Mary Cassidy taught Catechism classes. The classes were before the establishment of the Saint Domitilla School in Hillside.
Burridge, Walter Wilcox
Walter Wilcox Burridge.
Burroughs, C. M.
See C M Burroughs.
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Carter, Orrin N.
Orrin Carter was a county judge and judge of the County Court of Cook County, Illinois. He served over some of the legal matters in the formation of the Village of Bellwood.
In 1942 a referendum in LaGrange created a Recreation Commission. Charles Cassell was its first superintendent on April 1.
See Mary Cassidy.
See Cate, Eileen.
Father Cavallo, a Mexican refugee priest, succeeded Father Agnew on June 2, 1918 at Saint Domitilla's.
Chapman, Charles H.
See Charles H. Chapman.
Ed Chiz was added to Broadview's Police Department in June 1960.
Mary Ciesielski was the postmistress at the Bellwood post office in 1899. The post office was in a store in the vicinity of St. Paul and Bohland.
Margery Cobdray was the Secretary of the Broadview PTA for 1963-64.
Coburn, Forest F.
In May of 1930, upon the resignation of Village Marshall Andrew Borg, Forest F. Coburn became Village Marshall with Jasper Bollow as assistant Marshall. Marshall Coburn held this office until January 1931 when he resigned to campaign for Village President. He was elected to this office in April 1931.
May 1930--Exciting Times) it is stated that Huszar had been indicted for graft associated with vehicular speed traps.
Appointed as a Deputy Marshall to assist the Marshall Huszar of Broadview sometime between 1918 and 1921. In the newspaper clipping of May 1930 (see
Comnick, Donald, Pastor
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church's first full-time pastor on June 11, 1944.
Pastor Donald Comnick was installed as
See John A Comstock.
Coons, B. B.
Mr. B. B. Coons and a Mr. Davis, two gentlemen from Maywood, spearheaded a drive to open a Sunday School using the old schoolhouse in the area then known as "80 Acres" or "Oklahoma. Years later this area was to become the Village of Broadview.
Cossitt, Franklin Dwight
See Franklin Cossitt.
George Cote was Village of Broadview's first treasurer. He was also an excellent baseball player on the "80 Acres" team which was organized in 1912.
Cote, James G.
James G. Cote, was Lieutenant and Secretary in the early days of the Broadview Fire Department. In 1951 he was appointed the Broadview' Fire Chief, a position he held for many years.
Cote, Mrs. James
Mrs. James Cote was Treasurer and charter member of Broadview's Women's Auxiliary Fire Department in 1953.
Cotton, Harry A.
Harry A Cotton.
Cotton, W. F.
W F Cotton.
See Covell Family.
Amanda Covell Eddie Covell Elizabeth, daughter of Marion and Barbara Ellen Covell Frances Covell Henry Covell Katherine Covell Samuel Harrison Giles Maria Covell, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Marion Francis Marcelus Covell Melissa Covell, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Melissa Covell, daughter of Marion and Barbara Mary E, daughter of Marion and Barbara Covell Morris Covell, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Sarah Covell Monery Covell Thomas Reed Covell Elizabeth Covell nee Brown, wife of Thomas Thomas G Covell, son of Marion and Barbara Barbara Covell nee Knuszmann, wife of Marion Covell Elizabeth Holland, grand-daughter of Marion and Barbara George and Anna Knuszmann, parents of Barbara Covell Mary "Polly" Reed Harriet Phinetta Covell nee Giles
Covelle, Clarence A.
See Clarence A Covelle.
Crowley, James and Margaret
James and Margaret Crowley petitioned the Chicago Archdiocese to consider the formation of a parish within the Westchester. The persistency and faith of these zealous people spearheaded by James and Margaret Crowley was eventually rewarded with the creation of the Divine Infant parish.
Cummings, Edmund A.
Curtis, Walter N.
See Walter N Curtis.
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Former Westchester Village Manager. See Danek, Charles.
Daugherty, Neal F.
Mr. Daugherty was a trustee in the pre-village group that organization the legal entity of the Village of Bellwood. He was elected the first President of the Village of Bellwood.
Davis, Mr. (first name unknown)
Mr. Davis and Mr. B. B. Coons, two gentlemen from Maywood, spearheaded a drive to open a Sunday School using the old schoolhouse in the area then known as "80 Acres" or "Oklahoma. Years later this area was to become part of the Village of Broadview.
See Degener Family Photos and Degener Family.
In October, 1920, Nick DeLuca was appointed a Motorcycle Policeman to assist Marshall Huszar, at a salary of sixty dollars per month.
On July 28, 1918, Ralph DePalma won the International sweepstakes at Broadview's Speedway. He won $17,000 beating out Louis Chevrolet who finished second.
See Nick DeRose.
Appointed as a Deputy Marshall to assist the Marshall Huszar of Broadview sometime between 1918 and 1921.
Dieckhoff, Diedrich and Mary
See Dieckhoff--Diedrich and Mary.
Daniel Diebert was the first Clerk of Proviso Township. He owned property located on Section 7.
Dieke, Heinrich and Wilhelmine (Wesemann)
See Dieke, Heinrich and Wilhelmine.
Dierks, Dietrich (and Family)
See Dietrich Dierks and Family.
Angelo Digregorio was the Treasurer of the 1964 Mother's Club in Broadview.
Dolciamore, John Vincent, Reverend, Divine Providence
See Reverend John Vincent Dolciamore.
Donald Dote was added to Broadview's Police Department in November 1957.
Drechsler, Sophy and Charles
Numerous sources were used in the compilation of these and subordinate entries including but not limited to:
From "Nature's Choicest Spot" ... a Guide to Forest Home and Germany Waldheim Cemeteries prepared by The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest.
Graveyards of Chicago by Matt Hucke and Ursula Bielski -- a book which describes many of the Chicago area cemeteries.
Other specific references are noted within individual entries.
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Last Modified: 12/18/2003