Before I was born, my grandfather — Robert Hayes Burns — lost his wife. As a widower, he bought a large red brick house at 124 N. Madison Ave. in La Grange for himself, his three daughters — Anne, Mary and Jeanne — and their husbands. Then the babies started coming: first my cousin Libby, Rich Port and Mary’s daughter; then my brother Rob; then me; then my little brother Carl. [Read more…] about Uncle Rich Port: The ‘Who’ Behind the La Grange YMCA
Hinsdale Hospital nestles in a corner of Hinsdale, Illinois. Founded in 1904 by a married couple with immense zeal, prayer and a Civil War officer’s generosity, this Seventh Day Adventist hospital grew and prospered into the 21st century. To commemorate the 100th year, Hinsdale Hospital leaders endorsed the writing of a hard-bound, comprehensive history book. Ginny Richardson Public Relations was engaged (and privileged) to be the sole writer, and a year later – “Century.” [Read more…] about Case Study: Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, ‘A Healthy Hundred Years’
The DuPage County Fair is the only county fair in Illinois located in a completely urban setting. Historical research showed that when the first DuPage County Fair was held in 1955, the county was 85% farmland. By 2000, the last farm vanished as DuPage County was absorbed into Chicago’s urban sprawl.