• Louis Busse Family Photograph

    A large, framed photograph of Louis C. Busse and his family. In the photograph Louis Busse and his wife, Christine Kirchoff Busse, are both sitting. Standing in front of them is Ernst Busse. Standing…

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  • World War II Chaplain Cap

    Crofut & Knapp

    Chaplain cap worn by Reverend Edwin I. Stevens during World War II. In 1937, Rev. Stevens became the first minister for South Baptist Church in Mount Prospect . He joined the U. S. Army as a chaplain…

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  • William Busse & Son General Store Cash Register

    National Cash Register Company

    A cash register built in 1913 which was first used in the William Busse and Son General Store in Mount Prospect. The cash register was later used in the Busse-Biermann Hardware Store in Mount Prospect…

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  • Elk Grove Township Ballot Box

    Large, rust-colored, rectangular wooden ballot box used by election officials in Elk Grove Township, Illinois. A large portion of Mount Prospect is in Elk Grove Township. In rural areas such as that a…

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  • Cornet

    Richard Wunderlich Company

    Silver cornet and its case which belonged to Herman Meyn of Mount Prospect. He played this instrument in the Mount Prospect Citizen's Band during the 1920s. The cornet was made by the Richard Wunderli…

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  • Wille Wedding Photograph

    A framed, black and white wedding photographic portrait of William Wille and Engel Dorothea Seegers. They were married at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on October 28, 1881. William Wille was…

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  • Montgomery Ward Violin and Case

    Montgomery Ward and Company

    Violin and case that belonged to Dietrich Friedrichs, an early resident of Mount Prospect. Dietrich played this violin at community concerts, dances and other gatherings. The violin was purchased from…

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  • Railroad Torch

    A torch used by railroad workers as a light source in Mount Prospect. It is made of a metal tube which held the oil, a wooden base which stabilizes the tube and a wick at the top of the tube which wou…

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  • Bicentennial Sign

    A wooden sign handmade to celebrate the Bicentennial of the United States in 1976. The sign was placed on the St. Johns Lutheran School museum that was then managed by the Mount Prospect Historical So…

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  • Utility Battery Company Sign

    A sign advertising the Utility Battery Company. This electric company, run by Herman Wuerffel, was also known as the Wuerffel and Merker Electric Company. It was the company that brought electricity t…

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  • George L. Busse Company Pencil

    Small pencil advertising the George L. Busse Company. It was a real estate and insurance company established in Mount Prospect in 1923. Its office was located at 12 East Busse Avenue. The company was…

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  • Postal Cabinet

    Wooden cabinet with 65 pigeon holes which was used in the first general store in Mount Prospect on Main Street and Northwest Highway. John C. Moehling, the first Mount Prospect postmaster, used this c…

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  • Star Banner

    Hand made banner consisting of blue star on cloth background. It was made by Helen K. Fritz when her husband, Ray E. Fritz, served with the 727th General Head Quarters in Europe, Africa and Middle Eas…

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  • Hayfork

    Large tool used to lift hay bales into a hay loft. It was used on farms in the Mount Prospect area in the late 19th century and early 20 th century.

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  • Zenith Television Set

    Zenith Radio Corporation

    Zenith Hi-Fidelity, 21 inch television set purchased by Carl Hansen in 1963. Carl Hansen was a longtime Mount Prospect resident and Cook County Commissioner who was active in the Republican Party. The…

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  • Zenith Short Wave Radio

    Zenith Radio Corporation

    A table top, Zenith automatic short wave radio, model number 7S633 manufactured in 1942. The serial number, printed on paper attached to the bottom of the radio, is A294110. The Zenith Radio Corporati…

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  • Cape

    A black silk ruffled cape worn by Emalie Augusta Bahr-Moehling, the wife of John Conrad Moehling, in the late 1880s. John C. Moehling was Mount Prospect's first postmaster and first general store owne…

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  • Lena Friedrichs Watch

    Elgin National Watch Company

    This 10K gold filled wristwatch was given to Lena Friedrichs from her husband, Dietrich Friedrichs, as a gift for their 40th wedding anniversary in 1944. The watch was made by the Elgin National Watch…

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  • Crofoot Company Screen Tacker and Box

    Crofoot Manufacturing Company

    Screen tacker and box of staples made by the crofoot Company. This company operated in Mount Prospect at Elm and Evergreen Streets from 1923 until the 1940s. It was started by John B. Crofoot and his…

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  • Horsehair Mittens

    Large dark brown, horsehair mittens lined with brown corduroy. The palm and finger are made of leather. The mittens were worn by George Busse when he drove in a wagon in the Mount Prospect area during…

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