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:
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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Margaret Goss is a full-time real estate broker since 1998 working in the North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, and Evanston.
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