Naperville Heritage Digital Collection

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Oliver, H. Conrad. Official Information. Naperville, Illinois: J.L. Nichols & Company, 1917. (copyright permission granted) This guide to investments explains the operations of different exchanges and types of banks.

The Oliver Julian Kendall Story. 25 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 1998]. Videorecording. Produced by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Judd Kendall Post 3873 and Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. (copyright permission granted) Oliver Julian “Judd” Kendall, son of Francis A. Kendall, Mayor of Naperville, served as First Lieutenant in World War I as part of the American Expeditionary Force in 1st Engineers, 1st Division. He was taken prisoner by the Germans May 25, 1918 as American forces planned to capture Cantigny, France. He died, not revealing the map of attack plans, earning him the distinction of being Naperville’s “Nathan Hale.” Kendall Park and Oliver Julian Kendall Elementary School are named after him.

“One-in-a-million”: the Cock Robin and Prince Castles Story. 59 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 2004]. DVD. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. (copyright permission granted) Founded in Naperville in 1931 by Walter Fredenhagen and Earl S. Prince as Prince Castles, later Cock Robin, this restaurant chain served ice cream and steakburgers throughout the Chicago area. Known for its square ice cream scoops, thick “one-in-a-million” malted milks and multimixers once sold by Ray Kroc, the company prided itself on its quality ingredients and affordable prices. The site of the original Cock Robin in Naperville is now Fredenhagen Park on the Riverwalk.

Our Church: Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church. Naperville, Illinois: Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church, 1949 ?. (copyright permission granted) This congregation was founded in 1890, the present church dedicated in 1909, and the church school unit was dedicated May 18, 1924. There are lists of members, charter members, church staff, and former pastors. Goals of the church, descriptions of church activities, pictures of the church interior and group pictures of the church’s organizations complete this brief history. Note: In 1968 the church’s name was changed to Grace United Methodist Church.

Our First 100 Years: St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church 1857—1957. Naperville, Illinois: St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, 1957. (copyright permission granted) The centennial program from October 6—27, 1957 highlights this church history. Also featured are a chronology of pastors, and pictures of the parsonage, committee and organization members.

Proceedings of the Naperville Lyceum. Naperville, Illinois: Naperville Debating Society, 1836-1843. (copyright permission granted) This book contains minutes, business, order of discussion/debates of the proceedings of the Lyceum. The Proceedings of the Naperville Lyceum is a journal of weekly meetings held from 1836 to 1843 by Naperville's earliest citizens. Members of the Lyceum, which met in several locations in Naperville shortly after the town was founded in 1831, gathered to debate important issues of the era and also held philosophical discussions. The minutes of Naperville's Lyceum can be compared to other lyceums of the era, which evolved in the mid-1800s, throughout the East and the Midwest, though rarely documented in one hand-written manuscript as viewed here. Topics include religion, art, culture, politics, economic, morality and culinary questions. Many early Naperville family names are included in this volume.

Report on the Historic District, City of Naperville May 1981. Naperville, Illinois: Department of Community Development, 1981. (copyright permission granted) The four parts of the report offer an overview of the history of preservation in our country and state, basic information about the characteristics of the existing Naperville Historic District which is in the National Register of Historic Places, the complex issues and mechanisms to which community preservation efforts must relate, and three alternatives concerning the establishment of a Historic Site Commission. There are maps and pictures of Naperville’s architectural styles in the Historic District.

Richmond, C. W. and H. F. Vallette. Commemorative ed. History of the County of DuPage, Illinois: Containing an Account of its Early Settlement and Present Advantages, a Separate History of the Several Towns, Including Notices of Religious Organizations, Education, Agriculture and Manufactures, with the Names and Some Account of the First Settlers in Each Township and Much Valuable Statistical Information. Naperville, Illinois: Caroline Martin Mitchell Museum, Naperville Heritage Society, 1974, 1857. (copyright permission granted) This first history of DuPage County describes the Indian wars, land claims, prominent first settlers, organization as a county in 1839 with Naperville as county seat, resources, institutions, and histories of individual towns.

Riese, Walter A. Voices of the Depression: High School Class of 1933, Naperville, Illinois, ed. Paul Brewster. Wheaton, Illinois: Paul T. Hartman and Ruby Riese, 1992. (public domain) The author and fifteen class members of the 117 contacted offer their personal experiences before, during and after graduation. There is commentary on how the social, political and economic issues of the 1920s and 1930s affected these classmates. A Role of Their Own. 48 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 2007]. DVD. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. Naperville has had strong women to help shape the community from earliest times until today. Featured as examples are Clarissa Hobson, Caroline Martin Mitchell, Margaret Price, Genevieve Towsley, Mary Lou Cowlishaw, Hannah Ditzler and Matie Egermann.

Schrader, Lester. Landmarks in Naperville: 1831-1981. 3rd ed. Naperville, Illinois, Sun Printing Corp, 1981. (copyright permission granted) Naperville artist-historian Lester Schrader created forty paintings of old Naperville with photographs of the same sites as they existed in 1981. Created between 1946-1981, the paintings are housed at Naper Settlement. The story begins with Joe Naper’s arrival in Naperville in 1831 by covered wagon.

The Secret History of McDowell Grove. 13 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 2002]. Videorecording. Produced, written and directed by Tom Atkinson. (Copyright permission granted) An oasis of technology in a rural area, McDowell Grove in DuPage County was the setting for a secret radar school during World War II. George Matthews, Joe Kresi and Paul Giloth are interviewed about their training. Their unit was called Signal Corps Radio 268. The photographs used in the video show similar types of structures to those that were used at the radar school.

Teague, Jane. The Naperville Public Libraries: Celebrating One Hundred Years of Community Service. [Naperville, Illinois: Naperville Public Libraries, 1998]. (NPL document) The Naperville Public Libraries continued to grow with two modern facilities and celebrated its 100 years of service to the community. Included in this souvenir program for September 18-20, 1998 are a history of the library and a profile of its benefactor, James Lawrence Nichols I.

The Naperville Riverwalk: flowing through the heart of Naperville. 10 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 2000]. Videocassette. Produced for Riverwalk 2000 by Mary Lou Wehrli. (copyright permission granted) Begun in 1981 by volunteers for Naperville’s Sesquicentennial celebration, the finished Riverwalk construction project along the winding DuPage River in the heart of downtown is the pride of the community.


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