• Black Hawk

    This is a picture of Black Hawk the Sauk Chieftain. He was born near the junction of the Rock River and the Mississippi in the year 1767. Early in life, he was recognized as a brave chieftain. His fir…

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  • Baseball Team 1916

    These boys played ball in 1916 and they are not as young as they used to be. They are, left to right standing: Chas. Countryman, John Morgan, Chas. Evans, James Shipley. Sitting: John Gates, Geo. Poll…

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  • Mrs Elisa Forbes

    This is a picture of Elisa Forbes, wife of Stephen Forbes. She was born Nov. 30, 1806 and was the daughter of Noble Bates and a sister of Mrs. B.H. Laughton, whose husband was an Indian trader and had…

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  • Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Bethel 50th Anniversary

    A group picture taken at the 50th anniversary of Hugh Bethel who lived west of Plainfield in Kendall County. Second and third persons seated are Mr. and Mrs. Bethel. Some of the others in the picture…

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  • Young Men at Mottinger's Studio 1890s

    Mottinger Studio

    This picture was taken in Almon Mottinger's Studio in the old Opera House, back in the gay 90's. Those in the picture are left to right as you are viewing the image; standing: Miles V. Hartong, Clinto…

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  • Alexander Robinson

    This is a picture of Alexander Robinson, also known as "Chicago" Robinson. His Indian name was "che-che-pin-qua" which meant "blinking eyes." He was chief of the united Pottawattamies, Chippawas, and…

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  • Sonntag Brothers Harness Shop 1888

    M. V. Hartong

    Looking south on Lockport St. and showing Sonntag Brothers Harness Shop circa 1888. In front of the shop left to right as you are viewing the photo are; Fred Woolf, Vie Colgrove, Al Sonntag, Joe Buffa…

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  • Jonathan Hagar

    This is a portrait of Jonathan Hagar of Plainfield, IL. Mr. Hagar was born in Quebec, Canada February 19, 1807. He moved with his parent to Montreal then to Middlebury, VT and lived on his mother's fa…

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  • DuSable's Cabin

    This is a drawing of Baptiste Point Du Sable's cabin in 1779 and it stood on the north bank of what was afterward known as the Chicago River. It stood near the point where the river turned south to di…

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  • Dick Snyder Blacksmith Shop

    Thyra Hartong, M.V. Hartong

    This is a sketch of the old Dick Snyder Blacksmith Shop. (It) stood at the turn of the road on the way to Joliet. It was NE of the old Dillman Foundry which was later known as the Webb Wagon Shop. The…

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  • First General Store in Plainfield IL

    Thyra Hartong

    This is a picture of a drawing of the first general store built in the town of Plainfield. In 1834, Jonathan Hagar left Ohio and came to Plainfield and in company with Samuel Sargeant opened a store o…

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  • Anson Keene Playing Croquet

    This picture shows the old Croquet Grounds in Plainfield, IL. This ground was laid out in the [18]70s by some of the old boys of the village. The names of some of them are: Dan Robinson, Norman Pratt…

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  • Spinsters Club

    Group photo of twenty-two women and young girls comprising the Spinster's Club

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  • Stephen Forbes

    This is a picture of Stephen Forbes, born in VT July 26, 1797. He married Elvira Bates of Neburgh, OH. He came to Chicago in 1829 and in the spring of 1830 taught school. That summer, he went to OH an…

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  • Remnants of Dam North of Plainfield IL 1933

    A picture of what is left of the old dam north of Plainfield in 1933 looking north. It was built in 1835 by Mathews. It was a well-built dam, made of heavy hewn oak timbers and oak planks and gravel.…

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  • Methodist Church Sunday School 1882

    Maggie Benton's Sunday School Class of the M.E. Church, taken on the church steps in 1882. Back row from left to right: Frank Pike, Lavina Sharp, Lizzie Corbin, John Thompson, Brier, Ada Chapman, Jess…

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  • North Side of Lockport St before Fire of 1891

    This picture shows the north side of Lockport St. previous to the fire of Dec. 29, 1891 and after the fire of 1888. The man on the wagon is Samuel Brainard. Occupying the buildings west of the old chu…

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  • Title Slide A

    Miles V. Hartong

    Opening slide of Miles V. Hartong's Glass Plate Negative Collection

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  • Joseph Smith

    This is a picture of Joseph Smith and the founder of the Latter Day Saints or Mormon Religion. Joseph Smith was a native of Vermont and born Dec. 23, 1805. The reputation of the family was very bad. L…

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  • Will County Recorder of Deeds Office Grantor/Grantee Index Volume A-D

    Will County Recorder of Deeds Office

    Will County Recorder of Deeds Office property transactions for Will County from 1836-1885. Entries are listed alphabetically by surname and include: Surname; First Name; Type of transaction; Volume an…

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