This Week in History: Episode 3

Sticky-fingered maid apprehended by local police, Fairbanks film delights Deerpath Theatre patrons, and Jack Benny heads to Hollywood.

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#100YearsAgoToday Local realtor John Griffith & Son (now Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors) listed a home for sale in the Rose Terrace subdivision (pictured, in 1929 Sanborn map). For some historical comparison, $4,000 in May 1920 has the same buying power as nearly $50,000 today.

The Rose Terrace subdivision had been first developed nearly two decades earlier but homes continued to be built in the 1910s and 1920s.


#100YearsAgoToday “Lake Forest Stirs” - Memorial Day weekend kicked off the “season” in town as the “summer colony” of residents who also kept apartments or residences in Chicago (or wintered in warmer climes) opened their Lake Forest homes or secured a place to rent for the summer.



Come May, sometimes we're already looking ahead to the next school year - and beyond. In 1940 the Lake Forest Day School (now Lake Forest Country Day School) broke ground on its new gymnasium so it would be ready for school in September. The building featured a time capsule (pictured) in the cornerstone.



Last week's favorites:

Chick Magoon Hayman: "Mad Hatters"

Sue Renz Fox: "I'm so pretty. Oh, so pretty!"

Brett Chapell: "Macarena 1.0"

Stephanie Schneider: "The Amazing Franzinis and their famous totem pole act!"

Joe DiFrancesco: "Streamlined school check for head lice."

Alice Moulton-Ely: "This is Spinal Column"

Rick Ricci: "Ancient measuring stick"

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Our Quest for Collecting Photos Continues!

A Candid Look at Covid-19 | We still wait patiently and find ways to safely gather!

This weekend we may begin to enjoy gatherings in groups of ten or less, outdoor eating at local establishments and long-awaited trips to the barber or beauty salon. We still wait patiently for the days when summer includes all of our favorite amenities and activities. 

Thank you for sharing your photos, videos and stories of life during the pandemic. Help us document what "Phase 3" looks like in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Click here to see what we've collected so far! To participate please email

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