• Centennial Pageant

    Practicing for the 1935 Centennial pageant depicting Deerfield's early history. The actual pageant was performed outdoors east of Greenwood & Waukegan Road.

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  • Mail Wagon Deerfield

    William "Billy" Ott took on the rural delivery route in 1909 for a salary of $900 a year. Billy was less than 5 feet tall.

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  • Picnic on Des Plaines River

    Rockenbach picnic at the Des Plaines River near the Aptakisic iron bridge.

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  • Covered Wagon in Centennial Parade

    This covered wagon also appeared in the 1935 Centennial pageant for this grand celebration of Deerfield history.

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  • Logging in Deerfield

    Logs on their way to the sawmill on the Des Plaines River at Aptakisic Road

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  • Downtown Deerfield Southwest Corner

    An early view of the Hotel Deerfield (later the Anderson Hotel). The auto repair building was originally stables for horses. This is the southwest corner of downtown Deerfield

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  • Deerfield Grammar School Graduation Class 1910

    Deerfield Grammar School graduating class 1910

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  • Deerfield State Bank and Deerfield Hotel

    A later view of the hotel looking west on Deerfield Road. Included is the Deerfield State Bank.

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  • Public school Deerfield Illinois

    In 1903, the school was moved 1/2 mile east on Deerfield Road from the southwest corner of town. It burned down in 1913, and was replaced by a brick building.

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  • Train station-car

    Deerfield's first automobile a Gorman-Jeffries Rambler owned by Joe Pyle, at the train station to pick up Bishop Quigley. Trains came to Deerfield in 1872.

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  • Children's Church Group Hoop Drill

    Presbyterian girls doing their hoop drill. First Presbyterian Church was established in 1876 to provide English language [Protestant] services to the area's English-speaking residents.

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  • Preston Rockenbach

    Preston Rockenbach on his bicycle. The Plagge house on Elm Street is in the background.

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  • Milk Train

    The milk tower at the left stored milk bound for Chicago on the early morning "milk train" from Deerfield Illinois

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  • Lorenz Ott/ George Rockenbach Farm

    Left side of a panoramic view of the Lorenz Ott/George Rockenbach farm

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  • Haying at Dawson Farm

    The Dawson family came to Deerfield in 1846 and lived in the Irish settlement north of the village (also called Lancasterville and later Everett). This photograph is of a haying party at the Dawson Fa…

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  • Bleimehl Tavern

    This photograph is of the inside of the Bleimehl Tavern. The Bleimehl family came to Deerfield in 1865. Ed Bleimehl built this two-story brick store with apartment above in 1904. It is on the southwes…

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  • Fritsch General Store

    Fritsch General Store on the west side of Waukegan Road. Later owned by Stryker.

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  • Downtown Deerfield Southeast corner

    Southeast corner with filling station, Slimm's Walnut Grill, Knaak's Pharmacy, and the Willman home.

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  • Performer Deerfield

    Another local madcap thespian photographed in Deerfield Illinois

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  • National Brick Company Workers

    The National Brick Company located north of Lake-Cook Road and west of the railroad tracks. This photograph is of workers in the brickyard including bricks and children labor

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