• John Naper Log Cabin

    A picture of John Naper's log cabin built in 1831. Joseph and John Naper started to built a saw mill in the fall of 1831 and had it in operation in 1832. It was the second saw mill and dam on the DuPa…

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  • Joseph Naper

    This is a picture of Joseph Naper who came from Ashtabula Co. OH in February of 1831. He was the founder of the town of Naperville, IL. He built a cabin and trading post on his arrival and in June of…

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  • Pre-Emption House Naperville IL

    The old Pre-Emption House in Naperville. It was built in 1834 by Geo. Laid who later sold it to John Stevens. This is no doubt the only tavern building in the state that has always been operated under…

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  • Hobson's Mill Naperville IL

    A picture of Hobson's Mill at Naperville [it] was built in 1834-35. It was operated by Bailey Hobson and Harry Boardman. The stones were shipped from Buffalo, NY and cost $190 per set. John Kinzie got…

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