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Founding matters - William Robbins, generally regarded as the father of Hinsdale, purchased land from Chicago Avenue to 55th and Madison Street to County Line Road in 1862 for... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

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Calling all cars - From Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," this photograph is of Hinsdale's first police chief, John Nicholson. "John Nicholson was named chief... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

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Old school - Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America ­ Hinsdale," includes a photo of the high school gymnasium, which was built in 1921 on Washington Street north of the high... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

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Early transportation - It's hard to imagine traveling by horseback and carriage through town, as Hinsdaleans did when the village was first founded. According to Sandy Williams'... — Updated 4/14/2021

 

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Pre-Home Depot - In Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," she mentions the building which is still standing at 42 S. Washington St., which was built in 1894. "One... — Updated 4/7/2021

 

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Lifestyle housing circa 1888 - In her book, "Images in America - Hinsdale," Sandy Williams mentions that the first building on the south side of First Street was this one located... — Updated 3/31/2021

 

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Early Hinsdale - Sandy Williams cites this historic edifice in the village's downtown in her book, "Images of America - Hinsdale." She writes, "This building at 54 S. Washington... — Updated 3/24/2021

 

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Prime location - From Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," we learn the building that currently houses Baldinelli's and Vistro Prime has had food as the main... — Updated 3/17/2021

 

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Hinsdale's first florist - Morris Florist filled the need for a florist in downtown Hinsdale, according to Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale" when it opened up on... — Updated 3/10/2021

 

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Green thumb – Sandy Williams, in her book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," writes about Englishman Fred Morris. "Morris established Morris Florists in 1894. Shown about 1907 in... — Updated 3/3/2021

 

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Back in the day - From Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," this photo shows the west side of Washington Street taken about 1895. "From right to left, the 1891... — Updated 2/24/2021

 

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Down on the farm - From Sandy Williams' book "Images of America - Hinsdale," we learn Marvin Fox arrived from Vermont in 1852 with his wife and 10 children. "Homesteading 160 acres... — Updated 2/17/2021

 

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Vintage hotels in the village - Hinsdale used to be the home of a few hotels, according to Sandy Williams' book, "Images in America - Hinsdale." "In 1851 with business booming at... — Updated 2/10/2021

 

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Early Hinsdaleans - Ralph Homann sends in this family photo that was taken on the 700 block of Grant Street. The woman circled on the left is his great-grandmother, Sophie Klusmann... — Updated 2/3/2021

 

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Lake front property - A couple of workers work to clear a sewer at the corner of Hinsdale Avenue and Vine Street in June of 1967. In the background, Millar's Grocery seems to be... — Updated 1/27/2021

 

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Station envy - After the Highlands station was built in 1873, it didn't take long for O.J. Stough, who was developing much of the west side of Hinsdale at the time, to request to... — Updated 1/20/2021

 

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All aboard - According to Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," the mature trees along the county line attracted home buyers to Hinsdale's eastern edge. To... — Updated 1/13/2021

 

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Early merchant - Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," mentions John Mohr, who was an early merchant in the area. "Storekeeper John Mohr purchased the Fox Brothers... — Updated 1/6/2021

 

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Auto row - According to Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," several car dealers were located north of the tracks along Chicago Avenue between Lincoln and... — Updated 12/29/2020

 

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All aboard! - In Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," she mentions the train station in town used to be on the north side of the tracks. "Hinsdale's first railroad... — Updated 12/22/2020

 

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First residents - According to Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," Rev. Charles Barnes was the first to purchase property in Hinsdale when the town was first... — Updated 12/16/2020

 

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This old home - According to Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," the home at 318 S. Garfield Ave. was built in 1888 for Robert Childs. Childs was a Civil War... — Updated 12/9/2020

 

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Built for the road ahead - In 1917, Henry Buchholz and his brother opened Hinsdale's first car dealership on the corner of Garfield and Hinsdale avenues. According to Sandy... — Updated 12/2/2020

 

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Jack of all trades - According to Sandy Williams' in her book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," Anson Ayers had a wide-ranging background of teaching, farming, carriage building,... — Updated 11/24/2020

 

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A hero's club - According to Sandy William's book, "Living in America - Hinsdale" Ruth Lake Country Club, pictured in 1940, was founded in 1922 by some of Hinsdale's younger men.... — Updated 11/11/2020

 

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