Hubbard Woods Social Gossip Circa 1912-23

Real Estate Agent with Baird & Warner Real Estate

A friend of mine found an unusual and charming website from the Wilmette Public Library's Local History Collection regarding Hubbard Woods. During the years 1912-1923, a local paper called the Lake Shore News published "brief notices of social activities in Hubbard Woods, Illinois."


These little tidbits of "social" doings are so fun to read!  A sampling from September 12, 1912:



Hubbard Woods News



I am most surprised that the reporter had been able to collect so much detailed minutiae about people's daily activities.  Did Hubbard Woods residents communicate through the telephone operator who handled all the calls in those days? Did people listen in on conversations?


Some things are still the same - people have homes in Michigan that they escape to; they entertained often; and they got sick and had operations.  


Other random bits of news:


Chickenpox is quite prevalent among the children of Hubbard Woods.


Mr. F. G. Lang is building two new houses on Laurel avenue. (I wonder if they are still there?)


Beatrice, little daughter of William C. Schultz is ill with scarlet fever.


Dr. and Mrs. D. C. Orcutt have cards

out for a musicale on Tuesday even-

ing, Dec 3.  


The ladies of the Glencoe M. E.

church will hold a sale of useful arti-

cles and home-cooked food at Walters'

store on Vernon avenue, Glencoe.



 If you would like to read more, please visit Hubbard Woods History, where you can also do other local searches.




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Kathy Streib
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Hi Margaret- this reminds me of the ad from years ago...remember how simple life used to be?

Aug 29, 2018 06:12 PM #1
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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How interesting! Of course, nowadays everyone knows everyone's daily activities from Facebook. I just saw one from a neighbor who said..."had friend over and we both had egg salad sandwiches" -  I don't get it...

Aug 30, 2018 04:07 PM #2
Tammy Lankford,
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That makes me think of one of my first jobs.  I was a soda jerk at a local drug store and they had a "coffee club" and when someone went on vaction they would mail the drug store a post card and we had a "what's happening" bulletin board with the post cards and pictures of grandchildren.

Sep 03, 2018 07:10 PM #3
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