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ilLlNOlS HISTORICAL SURVEY
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Chamber of Commerce
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NEW HIGH SCHOOL— TO BE COMPLETED SEPTEMBER, 1926
nS SUR\'EV is an exact and accurate presentation of conditions existing
January 1st, 1925.
It is a worthy expression of the character of our people.
The circle map, with Freeport as the center, shows a territory embrac-
ing a population of 52,000,000. The large map shows industrial possibilities.
Please note our shipping facilities. Direct line to New Orleans and St. Louis tap-
ping the coal fields with a short haul.
Direct lines Southwest, West and Northwest.
Three direct lines to the East. These lines strike the Chicago Belt line many
miles from the city proper facilitating shipments.
Two lines to Milwaukee. W'hen the Ocean \\'aterway is completed this makes us,
to all practical purposes, a Lake Port.
Our financial interests are graphically shown by the Bank statements.
Our committee organized a Credit Extension which extends financial help to in-
dustries in the form of a loan. This organization receives recommendations from our
organization, acting independently. Loans are never made to other than going concerns.
Labor conditions in Freeport are ideal. \\'e supply labor of the very highest
class — home owners — loyal Freeporters.
Living conditions, we think, are better here than any place in America.
We are surrounded by one of the very best agricultural countries in the world.
^■^ The History of Freeport shows the type of our citizenship — every phase of our civic life
nji is shown in the various articles in the Survey. Socially, we have everything the large
r*^ city has. We are a friendly people, a contented people, a ])rosperous people. Freeport
and all of the people in our district, through this Survey, invite you to come and see us.
Our slogan — "Freeport is our home — make it vour home" comes from the heart.
1^ For further information address,
^ THE FREEPORT INDUSTRL\L COMMITTEE
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
ON GRANT HIGHWAY AND A. Y. P. TRAIL
Opened to the Public
January 15th, 1925
THE SENATE HOTEL
A GOOD HOTEL— MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Better Built Upholstered Furniture Made to Order
AUTO TOP WORK
130 E. MAIN ST.
14 S. ADAMS AVE.
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
CENTER STREET SCHOOL
HE spirit of Freeport is best shown by the advertisements in this Survey. No ad-
vertisement was taken with any idea of financial gain — only with the desire to make
this Survey possible.
The co-operation practiced by Freeport industry and business is demonstrated by
these advertisers and each of them unite in our slogan —
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME— MAKE IT YOUR HOME."
PRESENT HIGH SCHOOL
To be Junior High When New High is Completed
Page Four '^FREE'PORT IS OUR HOME
STATE BANK of FREEPORT
FREEPORT - - - ILLINOIS
CAPITAL AND SURPLUS OVER ONE HALF MILLION
FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS THIS BANK HAS BEEN CLOSELY^
IDENTIFIED WITH THE PROGRESSIVE INTERESTS
OF THIS COMMUNITY
STRENGTH SECURITY SERVICE
Building Sz Loan Association
Is a progressive institution for the promotion of THRIFT and HOME OWNERSHIP
It welcomes you to its membership either as an Investor cir a I.^iorrower
Perfect Safety — Adequate Profits
Office: 227 W. Stephenson St. Phone: Main 282
O one thing means so much to Freeport as the advancement of individual ownership of homes.
For FORTY ONE years this Association has been helping Freeport people "Own their
Homes." That the service rendered by this Association, to the people of the community, is a
satisfactory one, is evidenced in its steady growth. Get acquainted with the business that is making
Freeport a real City of Homes.
UNION LOAN & SAVINGS ASSOCIATION
212 West Stephenson Street
Authorized Capital $12,000,000.00 Assets $2,620,826.41
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Our Advertisers 3
B. & L. Associations 9
Post Office 9-11
Fuel and Construction 13
Chanil)er of Commerce 19
Police and Fire 21
I. C. R. R 21
Frecport History 25-27
Old Folks Home 33
Views of Hospitals 36
Civic Center 35-37-39
Womans Club 39
Amity Society 41
Y. M. C. A 45-47
Y. \V. C. A 51
Print eries 69
Circle Map 72
Insert Map 72
M. J. O'Connell .'.... 2
Stover Steel Tank 12
Gas Co 14
Water Co ". ',[ 14
Arcade Mfg ].16
Emmert Drug ""jg
Western Newell ~20
Telephone Co 20
"Put Your Car Inn" 22
Dodge- Miller [...; [ 24
Johnson Oils 24
Leader Oils ; 24
Metal Specialties 26
C. H. Little I!""!!I!I"!""I!!26
Place Hardware "'26
Sanitary Laundrv 26
E. & W. Clothing ' 28
Moline Plow 30
Patterson Lumber 32
Kuehner Furniture 32
Walton Nephews 34
F. A. Read Co 34
Hildreth & Co ! J.".'.'.'.'.'..' 38
Ridgway Electric 38
Angelos Restaurant 38
Farm Bureau 40
John Schwarz & Sons 40
John \'aupel 40
Guyer & Calkins 42
Swartz Mfg. . 42
John Knobel ,'. 42
Straub Printing 44
Freeport Ptg. Co ..........46
Griffith & Young ....^.'.46
Stemper Music .'....'....46
Wagner Ptg. Co. ...........4S
Billerbeck Baking 48
E. A. Blust ' ''''''^48
Emrick & Ringer 50
Charles Demeter 50
A. C. Emrich 50
Swartz & Crawford „ 52
Freeport Paper Box "..52
Prescott & Gochanaur 52
Leath & Co. ^..52
Moogk & Meisenbach 56
Robert Luecke Sons 56
W. H. Shons Co. 56
H. H. Hineline ''56
Nortridge Brush ^[.60
Shoemaker Hatchery 60
Chas. E. Meyer 62
Keene Canning Co. 62
L'nion Dairy 52
Holtum Mfg. Co '"'62
W'oodmanse Mfg 64
N\'agners Ice Cream 64
Rosenstiel Co .64
Frcidag Mfg 66
Sanford & Zartman 68
Frederick Smith Co 68
Chamber of Commerce 70
Crum & Forster 71
Bankers Mutual 71
Prairie State 71
Mid- West 71
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Stephenson County Bank
Established 1876— Organized as State Bank 1894
48 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL OPERATION
CAPITAL, SURPLUS AND UNDIVIDED PROFITS $400,000.00
INTEREST PAID ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND TIME CERTIFICATES
WE SOLICIT YOUR PATRONAGE
Trust & Savings Bank
THE BANK OF THE PEOPLE
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Banks and Banking
Bv K. H. Knowlton, Cashier Knowlton State Bank
FREEPORT has seven Banking institutions. Best
showing the stabihty of the financial institutions
are the Government reports. Briefly, the totals
of the last reports are :
Total resources of all, approximately $10,310,000.00
Total surplus and undivided profits
Estimated value of Banking Houses
and fixtures 585.000.00
Freeport Banks are at all times willing to heartily
cooperate with business and industry.
Government Reports October 10th, 1924
Loans and Discounts $1,707,073.68
U. S. Bonds and Other Securities 501,835.41
Banking Houses and Fixtures 118,878.38
Other Real Estate Owned 17,493.66
Cash and Exchange 647,259.52
Capital Stock Paid in $ 150,000.00
Surplus and Net Earnings 449,534.23
National Bank Notes . 98.700.00
Loans S 928.081.75
Bonds, etc 181,760.60
Banking House and Fixtures 165,195.82
Other Real Estate 53,151.11
Cash and Due from other banks 48,941.21
Other Resources 67,311.62
Total Resources $1,445,735.68
Capital Stock Paid in $ 150,000.00
Undivided Profits 111,266.02
Circulating Notes, etc. 98,775.54
STATE BANK OF FREEPORT
Loans and Discounts $1,506,280.08
Bonds and Securities 204,910.00
Banking House and Fixtures 242,464.72
Cash and Due from Banks 506,707.19
Total Resources $2,460,361.99
Capital Stock Paid in $ 150,000.00
Undivided Profits (Net) 267,560.21
Dividends Unpaid 60.00
Reserved for Taxes and Interest 28,000.00
FREEPORT TRUST AND SAVINGS
Banking House and Fixtures 54,750.20
Other Real Estate 1.000.00
Cash and Due from Banks 140,416.29
Other Resources 3,762.28
Capital Stock $100,000.00
Undivided Profits 15,111.50
Reserve Accounts 4,958.45
STEPHENSON COUNTY BANK
Loans on Real Estate (1) $ 221,478.75
Loans on Collateral Security (lb) 200,835.00
Other Loans (Ic) 581,599.45
Overdrafts (2) 1,370.74
U. S. Government Investments (3) 129,300.00
Other Bonds and Stocks (4) 117,362.50
Due from Banks. Cash and Other Cash
Resources (7, 8, 9) 559.812.61
Other Resources (12) 2,559.74
Total Resources $1,814,318.79
Capital Stock (1) $ 150,000.00
Surplus (2) 50,000.00
Undivided Profits (Net) 222,525.68
Time Deposits (4a) .' 778,295.82
Demand Deposits (4b) 600,997.29
Reserve Accounts (6) 12,500.00
Total Liabilities $1,814,318.79
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GUARANTY TRUST & SAVINGS BANK
CHICAGO AVE. and MAIX STREET
COMMERCIAL AND SAVINGS BANKING
SAFE DEPOSIT VAULTS— INVESTMENTS
OF FREEPORT, ILLINOIS
ADDISON BIDWELL ----- President
JOHN BRUCE - ------ Vice President
J. MANLEY CLARK ----- Cashier
J. T. HINDERKS . - - - Assistant Cashier
Edwin Hall Boyd P. Hill Addison Bidwell L. L. Munn
John Bruce James R. Cowley J. Manley Clark
\\\- have money to loan upon approved security at reasonable rates, issue drafts and letters of credit,
also travelers' checks available ever\-whcre at home and abroad.
The Knowlton State Bank
Solicits Your Account
We are large enough to serve you efticiently, and
yet small enough so that your identity is not lost
sight of and your personal interest carefull_\- guarded
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
KNOWLTON STATE BANK
Loans on Real Estate (la) $306,419 72
Loans on Collateral Security (lb) 43,705.64
Other Loans (Ic) 38.903.69
Overdrafts (2) 2.862.64
U. S. Government Investments (3) 8.006.77
Other Bonds and Stocks (4) 67.710.2^
Banking House, Furniture and Fixtures (S) 6.912.27
Other Real Estate (6) 23,808.43
Due from Banks. Cash and Other Cash
Resources (7, 8. 9) 92.644.00
Other Resources (12) 2.826.05
GUARANTY TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK
Total Resources $593,799.50
Capital Stock (1) $125,000.00
Undivided Profits (Xet) (3) . 6.034.62
Time Deposits (4a) 326.145.91
Demand Deposits (4b) 135.551.80
Due to Banks (.Ac) 1.067.17
Total Liabilities $593,799.50
Loans on Real Estate (la) $ 48,050.00
Loans on Collateral Security (lb) 85,945.00
Other Loans (Ic) 113,545.75
Overdrafts (2) 700.48
Other Bonds and Stocks (4) 58,077.58
Banking House, Furniture and Fixtures (5) 8,831.36
Due from Banks. Cash and Other Re-
sources (7, 8, 9) 21,909.71
Capital Stock (1)
Undivided Profits (Net) (3)
Time Deposits (4a)
Demand Deposits (4b)
Building and Loan Associations and Housing
By Clark J. Browne
BL'ILDIXG and Loan Associations in Freeport
are the American, the Freeport and the Union.
Their combined assets are approximately three
million dollars. Almost the entire sum is
loaned on Freeport residence property. They are all
old and well seasoned institutions and have contri-
buted and are contributing in the most helpful wav
to home ownership among our people.
While there are some minor variations in the
workings of these three associations, the general plan
is the same, all operating on monthly payments of
both interest and principal, so that in a period of less
than twelve years a debt to the Association is fully re-
paid even at the minimum monthly payment required.
Larger monthly payments are permitted so that the
time of repayment of a loan is entirely within the con-
trol of the borrower. Xot only have the Associations
contributed to home ownership but they have made an
important contribution to the community welfare in
building up habits of thrift on the part of their many
stockholders who are not borrowers. They oflFer their
stockholders a high earning rate on their money with
that perfect security afforded by loans on the homes
of the people. They are well officered and directed
It is not altogether easy to adequately state our
housing condition. The acute shortage of houses that
existed a few years ago is not now troubling us. We
have not, at the present time, any excess of housing
facilities and yet it is not impossible or even difficult
to secure good accommodations at fair rental rates.
These rentals run from twelve to seventy-five dollars
per month. The iiiinimuiu rental secures the more
undesirable properties, while the maximum figure
named will afford a well located home with all needful
I have no statistics on the percentage of home
owners but a careful consideration leads me to be-
lieve that from fifty to sixty per cent of our dwelling
houses are occupied by their owners.
Building sites exist in adequate numbers and at all
sorts of prices, ranging both up and down from a
thousand dollars. A reasonably good lot on a paved
street with sewer and water can be had for a thousand
dollars, while tliere arc many outlying lots to be had
at a lower price, while, of course, the more choicely
located lots run to very much higher prices. There
has been no serious inflation of real estate values in
Freeport and the condition of the market is, as we
look at it, a wholesome one.
By C. W. Meier,
A Federal Building controlled by the Trea-
sury Department houses the Post Office, the
Postmaster being custodian of the building.
This building also houses the United States
District Court for Northern Illinois, Western Division.
Value of building and grounds approximately $150,000.
Freeport, Illinois, is a first class Post Office with
the following employees — Postmaster, Asst. P. M..
Supt. of Mails. 16 clerks, 19 city letter carriers, 6 rural
carriers, 4 substitutes and 1 special delivery carrier.
Postal receipts for the year ended Sept. 30, 1924.
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
SECOND NATIONAL BANK
; The Banli of Human Service :
MAKE IT YOUR HOME'
Money Order business — Fiscal year ended June
43.756 orders issued amount-
ing to $ 329.063.89 fees $2,734.26
78,523 orders paid amount-
ing to 1,142,112.75
Register Business — Fiscal year ended June 30. 1924
Number of articles registered 19,423
Number delivered (approximated) 15,000
Number handled in transit (approximated) 35,000
Special Delivery Buainess
Number mailed — .Approximated 20,000
Number delivered — .Approximated 24,000
Parcel Post Business
Delivered by trucks — Incoming 129,384 parcels
were delivered by truck during the year ended Sept.
30, 1924. 9.602 of these were C. O. D. This does not
include parcels handled by regular carriers.
Outgoing P. P.—
Parcels mailed annually — approximated 600,(XX)
Parcels insured annually 50,000
C. O. D. parcels mailed annually 20,(XX)
This office has six numbered stations throughout
the city where stamps are sold and money order, regis-
ter and insured and C. O. D. business is transacted.
In the Public Buildings Bill introduced in Con-
gress Dec. 1924. Freeport is allotcd the sum of $100,000
for additional ground and enlargement of buildings.
By \V. H. Jenner, Secretary of Chamber of Commerce.
COST of Government has always been a matter
of interest to those on whose shoulders the
cost, reflected in taxes, fall.
The tax rate in Freeport for 1925 is
$6,705^ per hundred dollars assessed value.
The appraised value for tax purposes of real prop-
erty in Ilhnois is approximately 50% or 60% of the
fair sale value. The assessed value of real property in
Freeport is $9,278,000 or an actual value of $30,000,000 ;
so that the basic value for tax purposes in this city
is the minimum and that while the tax rate is fairly
high the actual tax paid is far below any city its size.
The Board of Review has been practically kind
to the manufacturer here in keeping his assessment
down, one case in particular is a valuation placed by
the owner of a manufacturing property of $150,000 and
their assessment last year was $621.00. This is illus-
trative of two facts. First, that on manufacturing and
business property the valuations are low. Second,
that the tax rate on these low values is very reason-
able and that taxes in Freeport are less than other
Economy, therefore, in the administration of
Government here has been compelled and this econo-
my permits a wide latitude in making comparisons of
other cities less fortunate in their civil administration.
By W. H. Jenner, Sec'y Chamber of Commerce
THE transportation history of Freeport, Illinois
is in part the transportation history of the
State and Nation. Among the pioneer rail-
roads in Illinois, in fact the pioneer, was what
is now the Galena Division of the Chicago & North-
western Railway which terminates at Freeport.
Through this line Freeport reaches Chicago, Milwau-
kee. Minneapolis and all points on the Chicago and
Northwestern Railway direct.
The Illinois Central Railroad was given birth
through an Act of Congress approved September 20th,
1850 and accepted by the Legislature of Illinois Feb.
17th, 1851 whereby a grant of every alternate section
of land designated by even numbers, for six sections in
width on each side of said railroad was made for the
purpose of aiding the building of this railroad from
Cairo through Galena to Dubuque with branches to
Chicago. This main line was built through Freeport
and later, lines were extended to Chicago, St. Louis.
Madison and Dodgeville, Wisconsin and through
Dubuque to Omaha, Sioux Citv, Iowa and Sioux Falls,
The Illinois Central Railroad have established
here Division Headquarters, extensive shops and yard
facilities, an added advantage in the movement of
The Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
operate the Racine & Southwestern division through
Freeport connecting their main line out of Milwaukee
with their main line to Kansas City and Chicago, thus
Freeport has direct connections by these carriers with
all the important centers of the West.
These railroads tap the coal fields of Northern,
Central and Southern Illinois as well as the coal fields
of Western Kentucky thus fuel is always obtainable at
a minimum of cost.
The development of the Great Lakes waterways
project is of even greater importance to Freeport than
to either of the great lake ports Chicago or Milwaukee
for the reason very few manufacturing plants are
located at a steamer's dock and practically all raw
materials and finished products must be moved to and
from the boat at an extra expense in switching that
often costs more than the balance of the through rate
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
Soft Water -- No Cistern
No Pumping Equipment or TanKs
Result — Filtered, absolutely soft water
Simplicity — Note only two valves
MjKTate when cleansing mineral.
No Acids or Chemicals Used — Our insolu
1)]l- mineral lasts indelinitclv.
Easy to Install — Only
two pipe connec-
Price and Description — On application
SOFT WATER — Soft Water has always been in great de-
mand in the home, in the laundry, in the factory and in
the hotel, as well as other institutions.
In the kitchen, soft water may be used for drinking,
cooking and washing. Due to its being absolutely soft,
to and odorless, it requires less time to bake, cook fruits
and vegetables, and the natural flavor is maintained,
also leaves no lime or other deposits on them or utensils.
MAKES HOUSEWORK EASIER— Every household task
is lightened— dishes wash easier and become clear and
shiny and free from all film. Soft water cuts grease,
keeps the hands soft through elimination of soaps and
washing powders excessive in lye and caustics; saves
SKIN CLEANER AND SOFTER— For the bath, washing
of hands and face, etc., softened water is far superior,
being restful and soothing to the skin, also exceptional
eieanness is immediately noticed.
BEAUTIFUL HAIR— For shampooing, it adds lustre and
softness to the hair.
SHAVING — This is done more quickly and does not chap
the skin in cold weather like hard water. Soft water
softens — hard water hardens.
STOP SCOURING— The noticeable high water line in the
sinks and in the bath tub will not be present and
scouring is done awav with.
CLEANER CLOTHES— SOFTER HANDS— In the laun-
dry, suit water washes the clothes to a snow white.
Stron? cleaning soaps, washing powders, and other
chemicals, injurious to the clothes and hands, are no
SAVES FUEL Soft Water in the heating plant reduces the amount of oil,
Lo'il or gas required to heat, and the common scale which cakes on the water
surfaces -ind tubes is avoided. The necessity of replacing the coils and tubes
in furnaces and water heaters is reduced to a mmimum.
SCALE GONE— The scale, so
commonly noticeable in a
tea kettle and utensils, is
iiii loH'^er there.
PAYS FOR ITSELF— In
hotnes, factories, hotels,
hospitals, etc.. where water
is used daily for heating,
the oil, coal or gas con-
sumption is kept to a mini-
mum, therefore the soften-
er pays for itself in a very
VERTICLE TYPE— Single units or batteries
as conditions require.
HORIZONTAL TYPE— Units
signed for use where very lai
water are required.
or batteries dc-
■ge quantities of
Stover Steel Tank & Mfg. Co.
MAKE IT \OLR HOME
to Freeport. This gives Freeport a choice of either
port in service with the added benefit that no part of
the local tax for these dock developments fall on the
shoulders of a Freeport industry. Through bills of
lading are given from and to the plant at Freeport
whereas no through bills of lading are issued covering
a switch movement thus relieving the shippers here of
hazards and delays inherent to all switch movements.
Freeport's central location is better illustrated by
drawing a line showing a radius of 410 miles of Free-
port. This line, it will be observed, passes through the
cities of Detroit, Duluth, Omaha, Kansas City, Cairo,
Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio. And within this radius
are the cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St.
Paul, St. Louis with direct lines to each. (See map).
The population of over 27,000,000 living within this
radius demand a transportation service that Freeport
does and can give.
Freeport is located within and on the extreme
northerly boundary of Central Freight Association
territory, a decided advantage in freight rates to and
from the East and Southeast. Rates to and from the
South are on the same basis as in Chicago while on
rates to the West and Southwest Freeport has an ad-
vantage under the Chicago rates to most of this terri-
Freeport's proximity to the coal fields and the
source of raw materials through her adequate trans-
portation facilities and favorable rate adjustment
which, together with her Central Location in the
largest consuming market in the world, is an assur-
ance to any industry whose product covers the field of
normal human needs, that greater success follows its
establishment in Freeport than in some center less
Fuel and Construction
EIGHT well equipped fuel yards carry an ample
supply on hand at all times, consisting of the
following 1924 prices :
4 sizes of Anthracite selling from $17.00 to $19.00
3 sizes of High Grade Coke selling from $13.00 to
$14.00 per ton.
5 sizes of Franklin Co. Soft Coal selling from $7.00
2 sizes of Genuine Pocahontas selling from $12.00
to $13.00 per ton.
Hard and Soft Slabs and Oak Cord Wood. Spe-
cial prices in car lots to steam users.
There are three Lumber Yards with a combined
stock of approximately 2'X million feet of well assort-
ed lumber. In addition to lumber, a full line of build-
ing materials such as brick, cement, lime, sand, gravel,
tile, millwork is carried in stock.
From reliable information the retail prices are as
low if not lower than most cities of like size.
Dealers are always pleased to give estimates on
requirements, whether small or large amounts.
The Freeport \( ater Company
By W. A.
FREEPORT'S water supply is taken from
wells in the glacial drift and from deep wells
penetrating St. Peter's sandstone. The exist-
ing wells are capable of supplying over three
times the amount of water being pumped at the
Freeport water is noted for its purity and at all
times conforms to the Treasury Department standards
for use on inter-state carriers.
The water is treated for iron removal only, by
areation and filtration. The Company has a stand by
chlorinator for sterilization should any emergency
The rates, both domestic and commercial, are su-
pervised by the Illinois Commerce Commission and are
as follows :
The first 4,000 cubic feet at $.309 per 100 cubic feet.
The next 16,000 cubic feet at $ .15 per 100 cubic
All in excess of 20,000 cubic feet at $ .08 per 100
The distribution system consists of a gridiron of
mains in sizes ranging from 24 inch to 4 inch and over
60 miles in length. There are over 430 fire hydrants.
The fire protection value of the water supply is
rated high, consequently Freeport has a low insurance
The Water Plant stock represents over three
quarters of a million dollars of invested capital. It
is owned by a private company, most of the stock
holders being citizens of Freeport.
By G. B. Fluehr, Dist. Supt. Northern Utilities Co.
SUPPLIED over three separate 33,000 volt, 60
cycle, alternating current, transmission lines; one
oi which is energized from Dixon, Illinois, with
a large steam and water plant behind it. An-
other source of supply is at Waukegan. Illinois, the
tremendous plants of the Public Service Company of
Northern Illinois. .\ tie-in between these two lines
enables us to feed over two lines from Di.xon. The
hydraulic plants in Sterling and Oregon are also con-
nected to these lines. The third line conies in by way
of Lena — a 33,000 volt, 60 cycle, alternating current,
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Freeport Gas Company
IS HERE TO SERVE YOU
DAY OR NIGHT— 365 DAYS IN THE YEAR. GAS SERVICE AVAILABLE
FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES
''If It's done with Heat, you can do it with Gas
105 \V. Main St. Phone Main 67
FREEPORT HAS BEEN OUR
HOME FOR 42 YEARS
The Freeport Water Company
WE GROW WITH THE CITY— COME AND GROW WITH US
MAKE IT ^OLR HOME
transmission line, where we are connected to the
Byllesby plants at Galena and the Wisconsin Power
and Light Company plants, both hydro-electric and
steam, including connections with their large Kilbourn
and Prairie Du Sac hydraulic plants. This connection
also completes a tie-in with the Milwaukee. Wisconsin
properties, making available any amount of power
for this district.
All our rates are based on load factor; that is, a
given amount of demand will earn a certain rate in a
given period of hours. If the hours of operation arc
increased and the demand remains constant, the rate
rapidly decreases ; if the hours of operation are de-
creased and the demand remains constant, the rate
increases. Our power rates are comparable with anv
power rates extended in the state of Illinois. Under
our regular rate "B" the average customer earns a rate
in the neighborhood of four cents per kilowatt-hour.
Under our wholesale light and power rate, the average
customer earns a rate of slightly over two cents. It is
possible, however, under the wholesale light and power
rate to earn better than a one and one-half cent rate
as several of our customers are now doing. The aver-
age factory on nine hours operation, wholesale light
and power rate, with 100 kilowatt demand, would earn
about a two cent rate. The same factory on twenty-
four hours operations would earn better than one and
one-half cent rate. On all wholesale light and power
contracts only one meter is installed to measure both
light and power, but on small power installations (on
loads of less than 100 horsepower) separate meters are
installed for light measurement.
(C) Terms and Conditions
Bills are rendered monthly.
Discount period ends the 10th of the month.
The Company reserves the right at any time to
require the customer to make a reasonable deposit in
advance to secure the payment of bills. Such deposit
is made to bear interest as provided in the receipt
issued by the Company.
The average power contracts may be signed for a
year or more ; wholesale light and power contracts
must be signed for not less than five years.
The Company runs the service to the manufac-
turer's building at the most convenient point and the
customer brings the service outside of the building in
a proper conduit entrance, having arranged a proper
meter loop for the Company to use in installing its
meter. The Company owns and installs meters with-
out expense to the customer.
All installations, where the connected load is lesj
than one horsepower, shall be classed as lighting ser-
vice. Motor installations of less than one horsepower
shall be 110 volts, 60 cycle, single phase, except such
motors as started frequently ; for example, coffee
mills, meat grinders, pumps, etc., which motors shall
be wound and operated at 220 volts. Installations of
one horsepower or more shall be classed as power
and are entitled to power rates. All installations,
where the connected load is one horsepower or more,
up to and including five horse power, shall be 220
volts, 60 cycle, single phase. Where three phase ser-
vice is available, installations of more than five horse-
power shall be three phase. 220 volts, 60 cycle. In
case of large installations. 440 volts or 2200 volts may
be used, provided the customer arranges his equip-
ment so that his total installation can be metered by
one meter or set of meters. .All motors with a rated
capacity of thirty-five horsepower or more shall be of
the slip-ring or wound rotor type.
.■Ml motors with a rated capacity of seven and
one-half horsepower or more shall be equipped with
low voltage release attachments and starting appar-
atus which will disconnect such motors from the Com-
pany's lines in case power on said line is interrupted.
The Company agrees that one switch equipped with
low voltage release attachments on main service shall
be considered as fulfiUing this requirement. All mo-
tors with a rated capacity of seven and one-half horse-
power or more, which are to be automatically started
and stopped, shall be of the slip-ring or wound rotor
type and the details of the automatic equipment con-
trolling such motors shall be approved by the Com-
pany before such motors are connected to the Coi:.
Freeport Gas Company
By Wm. McMaster. Manager
Source — Manufactured Water Gas.
Regular or Standard Meters —
First 5.000 cu. ft. @ $1.60 per M
Next 5,000 cu. ft. @ 1.55 per M
Xc-xt 15.000 cu. ft. @ 1.50 per M
Xext 25.000 cu. ft. @ 1.45 per M
Over 50.000 cu. ft. @ 1.40 per M
Prepayment Meters 1.55 per M
Minimum per meter per month, 75 cents.
A charge of $1.00 is made for reconnecting a gas
meter for the same consumer on the same premises
within six months of the time it was turned off or re-
moved : provided such suspension of service was caused
through no fault of the gas company.
.\ discount of 10 cents per M. cu. it. is allowed on
all gas used through standard meters until the lOth
of the month following the month in which the gas
.Appliances sold on easy terms, one-fourth cash
down and balance in six equal monthly payments. 5%
discount for cash in 30 davs.
100 ft. of street main installed free for new con-
sumer. Service pipes and connection cost is based on
a fixed charge for a miximum length of 25 feet from
the property line with a slight charge added for any
excess over 25 ft.
Page Sixteen "FREE PORT IS OUR HOME
FREEPORT, ILL., U. S. A.
SAND BLAST BARRELS
CAST BRASS CUSPIDORS
CAST IRON TOYS
ANDY and CHESTER GUMP
W. & K. TRUCK TRAILER
MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE WOOD TOYS
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
By W. H. Jeiiner, Scc'y Cli;iml)cr of Coninierce
Arcade Mfg. Co.
Duck, L. F. Mfg. Co.
Freidag Mfg. Co.
Freeport Paper Box Co.
Freeport Dairy & Produce Co.
Freeport Equipment Mfg. Co.
Gross, L. M. Co.
Henney & Co., John \V.
Held, \V. .\. Co.
Holtuni Mfg. Co.
Hoefer Mfg. Co.
Jean Caro Products Co.
Kautenberg Co., W. E.
North Ridge Brush Co.
Rawleigh, \V. T. Co.
Ribback, Nat Co.
Stover Mfg. & Engine Co.
Stover Steel Tank & Mfg. Co.
Spinaway Boat Motor Co.
Structo Mfg. Co.
Swan, S. N. Co.
Swartz Mfg. Co.
Western Newell Mfg. Co.
Woodmanse Mfg. Co.
Illinois Central Railroad Co.
Total of Employees
Hardware, Toys and Foundry Equipment.
Radio Sets, Mirrors and Silver Plating
Toys, Golf etjuipnient and Grey iron castings
Butler, ice cream and dairy products.
Remedies, Extracts, Toiletries, Brushes
Aprons, Bloomers, Princess Slips, Dresses.
Hearses, Ambulances, Pleasure Cars and Commercial
Bird Houses, Flower Pots, Rustic Conveniences for
Lawn and Garden.
.\uxiliary Drilling Heads & Special Drilling Machines
Toys and Brushes
Household Specialties, Toys and Games.
Twisted Wire Brushes
Medicinal, Toilet and Food Products
Baby Chicks, Pure Bred Fowls. Operates a 30,000
Engines, Windmills, Grinders & Hardware Specialties
Tanks and Plate Works
Detachable Out Board Motors
Educational Toys and Looms
Furniture and Radio Cabinets
Gray Iron Pistons
Extension curtain rods
Wind Mills, Pumps and Tanks
The 1923 payroll was $3,068,548. This includes the local
here but "on the road."
R. R. Shops but not the railroad employees residing
SCENE IN KRAPE PARK
•FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
STRUCTO ARTCRAFT LOOMS
STRUCTO MFG. CO.
79 YEARS A DRUG STORE
EMMERT DRUG CO
ARTHUR A. HAAS, Pres.
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Chamber oj Commerce
By \V. H. Jenner, Sec'y
FREEPORT Chamber of Commerce originated
from the Citizens' Commercial Club which came
into existence in 1885. Since that time Freeport
has had a body functioning as a Chamber of
Commerce in which the manufacturers, business and
professional men have been interested and taken part.
Practically every advance in the civic welfare of
Freeport was initiated or aided by the Chamber of
Since October 4th. I'^iO the Chamber of Com-
merce has been governed by a Board of fourteen
directors elected by the membership and they elect a
president, who for the year 1924-25 is Mr. Arthur A.
Haas, president of the Eniniert Drug Company. These
directors serve without compensation.
The Chamber of Commerce is a body of local
business and professional men engaged in improving
trade conditions, urging legislation beneficial to com-
merce and the social welfare and most important, en-
couraging the growth and prosperity of this communi-
Some of the outstanding accomplishments of the
local Chamber in the past have been :
Aid in the establishment of the Illinois Cen-
tral Shops at Freeport.
The improvement of train service both passen-
ger and freight.
.■\djustment of rates to and from the East.
Promotion of good roads.
The county system of highway patrol.
Promoted the Senate Hotel Corporation.
The Chamber of Commerce helped in the organi-
zation and establishment of the John \V. Henney
Company, Western Xewell Manufacturing Company.
Freeport Equipment Manufacturing Company and
It can be said without fear of contradiction that
Freeport holds its present commanding position in the
business and professional world through the civic
effort of its citizenship banded together in a unity of
eflfort whose net result has been to make Freeport one
of the best governed cities and a delightful place to
Modern civilization and its complexities each day
bring new problems to solve and their solution can
only be accomplished with credit by the continuance
of an energetic, militant policy and such problems
judiciously studied and public opinion moulded.
Without a Chamber of Commerce or some body
functioning as such, decisions on matters of public
interest cannot be reached. Neither can unity nor
harmony prevail. A conmiendable spirit in the citizen-
ship of Freeport has brought into being an organiza-
tion that is worthy not only of support but the active
cooperation of every citizen in the community, who
desires to make it a leading example in like cities of
A. .\. Haas, President.
A. C. Enirich, 1st V. President.
H. B. Zartnian, 2nd V. President.
C. VV. Meier, Treasurer.
W". H. Jenner, Secretary.
F. Bache Van Nuys, M. D., Chairman.
D. F. Graham, Treasurer.
Pres. Second National Bank.
A. H. Steenrod, Secretary.
Sec'y Woodmanse Mfg. Co.
Hon. Al. N. Stephan, Former Mayor.
Mgr. •'Put-"5c'our-Car-Inn" Co.
C. L. Ringer, Enierick & Ringer.
V. Pres. Hildreth & Co.
G. \V. Benfer, Capitalist.
Freeport Public Library
By Ruth P. Hughes, Librarian
N'alue of library property — Books, $60,000 ; Furni-
ture, $15,000; Building and grounds $50,000.
Number of volumes — 19,750.
Library is governed by board of directors appoint-
ed by the city council.
Library is supported by appropriation by the city
council from taxes.
Departments — Circulation, Reference, Children's.
We have deposit stations in each school building
and in the Lutheran and St. Mary's schools. We have
had deposits of books in each fire station and also in
the different factories which ask for them. We are
a clearing house for information on almost any sub-
ject, many days answering fifty calls from all sources.
These calls come over the telephone.
We also give help to out of town residents, school
teachers, ministers and club women.
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
ROUND AND FLAT
Freeport's unexcelled railroad facilities enable
us to ship direct to all points North,
South, East or West.
A Locally Owned Telephone System, connecting with the Long
Distance Lines of both the Bell and Independent Companies
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
By G. x' c:
O ITERATES a modern featured cuiiiiium liattery
telephone system, with hnes extending tlirough
underground and aerial cables to all sections
of the city.
This entire system has been rebuilt and new
central office equipment installed within the last four
The value of the property used in furnishing local
and long distance telephone service to the people
of Freeport is approximately one million dollars.
In the City of Freeport and the immediate rural
community there are six thousand four hundred tele-
phones receiving service through the Freeport Ex-
In addition there are approximately five thousand
teleplione stations in the small towns and rural com-
nnniities in the County directly connected by trunk
lines with the Freeport Exchange.
Every telephone connected witli this system is a
long distance telephone and can be connected with any
other of the more than fifteen million telephones in
the seventy thousand communities in the United
States and Canada by means of the Bell and Inde-
pendent long distance lines.
An average of forty two thousand (42,000) local
telephone messages a day are bandied througli the
Four hundred long distance messages are originat-
ed and approximately the same number come into
Freeport each business day.
The telephone system is owned and operated ex-
clusively by Freeport people who take pride in
furnishing to the community the best and cheapest
telephone service that can be found in any Cit.v of
similar size in this Great Middle West.
Total employed in the Police Department, 15.
One Chief of Police. One Patrol Driver.
One Ass't Chief of Police. One Motorcycle Officer.
Two Desk Sergeants. Nine Patrolmen.
Police Pension Fund.
Departnient of Police
George C. Donstad, Chief
Total in Police Pension Fund $9,486.23 Dec. 1st,
One olficcr drawing pension $82.50 per month.
Ambulance Service. The city of Freeport has the
best Ambulance Service in the country bar none. We
average thirteen ambulance calls per month.
THERE are three stations, twenty-three fire-
men, chief, assistant chief, three captains and
one lieutenant. Gamewell fire alarm system,
430 hydrants, pumping capacity 10,000,000 gal-
lons daily, average pressure of 75 pounds.
1923 Fire Loss $20,866.75
1923 Alarms 307
By E. T. Nolan, Chief
Three combination Scagrave Trucks, one 75 foot
aerial truck, one triple combination truck automatic
hoist and ladders.
The Department makes monthly inspection of
business and manufacturing districts.
Illinois Central R. R
By W. S. Williams, Gen'l
F FREEPORT is fortunate in being served by one
of the principal railroad systems of the country
— the Illinois Central, which operates through
eighteen States of the Union, touching such im-
portant commercial centers as Chicago, Sioux City,
Omaha, St. Louis, Memphis, Birmingham, New Or-
leans, and many other large cities. From Freeport
alone this line operates in five directions, affording
e.xcellent outlet for the business of the city.
Freeport is not only a division point on the Illinois
Central, but there is also located here one of the
largest machine and car shops on the system, to which
113 locomotives are assigned, and where an average
of 2,071 freight cars are given light, medium and heavy
repairs each month. These shops alone employ 506
skilled and common laborers.
In addition to the large shops at Freeport, tlicr
is also an extensive train yard, where trains are mad
up and dispatched north, east, south and west. During
the year 1923 there were 19,266 freight and jiassenger
Supt. Western Lines
trains dispatched from Freeport.
There are 661 other employes of the Illinois Cen-
tral living in Freeport, making a total of 1,167 em-
ployes at this point, 461 of whom own their homes.
To these employes the Illinois Central paid out
through the Freeport office in 1923 $2,097,925.80 in
wages, in addition to which over a quarter of a million
dollars was paid out for material and supplies dis-
The freight and passenger train service on the
Illinois Central in all directions from Freeport is un-
excelled, and this company has an enviable reputation
for on time operation of trains, as well as for the
quality of service rendered industries located on its
Freeport is blessed with an abundance of Water
for industrial purposes, and is only a short distance
from the coal fields. There are many desirable loca-
tions available for all kinds of industries and those
seeking locations for industrial plants would do well
to look over the opi)ortunitics afforded at Freeport.
Page Twenty-two '^FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
FIRE PROOF AUTO STORAGE
AND ELECTRICAL REPAIRS AND SUPPLIES
SERVICE IGNITION SERVICE
AL. STEPHEN, Manager.
W. L. KARCHER, M. D., Treas. \T Ti J "nv 1
F BACHE VAN NUYs, M D . Pres Van Bureii and Douglas
LUTZ MOTOR COMPANY
Opp. Court House Main 1470
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Freeport Churches and Their Activities
By Rev. R. E. Chandler
All have aid, mi
First M. E. 700
First Presbyterian 500
Second Presbvterian 595
First English Reformed 150
German Reformed 187
St. John's Evangelical 500
Oak St. Evangelical 363
Trinity Evangelical 265
English Lutheran 300
Immanuel Evan. Luth. 420
(Mo. Syn. Luth.)
Evan. Lutheran of 145
Grace Episcopal 300
United Brethren 235
Cent. Methodist 70
4 Catholic 2760
Free Methodist 40
Baptist (Colored) &4
Meth. (Colored) 50
sionary. Sabbath School, etc
including Men's Bible Classes.
7 local preachers doing work in the community and country.
Mission study classes, 2 Epworth Leagues.
Choir Classes, Pageantry. Epworth League, Mission Study.
Mission study, teacher training, music instruction in chorus
choirs, men's class, women's organizations.
3 Men's Bible Classes, 3 C. E. Societies, 1 Young Men's Lead-
ership Class, 1 Teacher's Training Class, Mission Study
Athletics, 2 Boys Basket Ball Clubs, 1 Girl's Basket Ball club.
C. E. Society.
Teacher Training Class.
Class in Study of Religion.
Children's Mission Band.
Parochial School 8 grade course. Moving pictures, Bowling,
Pool, etc., in school building which serves as a Parish
Centre. Stage, etc., for dramatics.
Men's Club, Y. P. Society, Girls Choir.
3 Ladies Guilds, Boys & Girl's Organizations.
Mission Study Classes, Brotherhoods, Music Class.
C. E. Society Guild.
Parish Welfare Societies, Care of Poor, Social and Athletic
Activities. Two Parochial Schools.
Industrial, Domestic Science. Athletics and Scout classes.
First Church of Christ Scientist of Freeport.
Page Twenty-four 'FREEPORT IS OUR HOM E
First, last, and always we are Dodge Brothers Dealers in this territory — loyal to their high
standards — faithful to their sound principles of doing business.
We sell transportation. That means dependable new cars,
, dependable used cars, and dependable service.
A new car is as good as the manufacturer who builds it. A
used car is as good as the dealer who sells it.
Our new location in the only modern garage building in Freeport assures you of our per-
We want your business.
M. L. Miller Sales Co.
PHONE MAIN 830
SUPREME PENNSYLVANIA QUALITY MOTOR OIL
THREE UNIFORM GRADES GASOLINE FROM ONE INDEPENDENT
REFINER OF GARBER CRUDE. NO BETTER SOLD ANYWHERE
JOHNSON HIGH TEST OIL COMPANY
FREEPORT, FORRESTON AND WINSLOW, ILLINOIS
and MOTOR OBLi
THE BEST THAT CAN BE MADE
LEADER PETROLEUM COMPANY
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
History of Free port
By Prof. L. A. Fulwidcr
AMONG cities of 20,000 to 30,000. Freeport is not
just another city — it is exceptional — it is dif-
ferent. Here is a city that has a most fiir-
tunate geographical location, a population of
unusually high character, a steady progress in busi-
ness and industries, far above the average in schools
and churches, in pul)lic parks and social qualities, civic
organizations and withal a genuine, wholesome spirit
of cooperation and loyalty. Everybody likes Free-
port. It is diflferent, as is told by its history.
Following the buflfalo. the Indian and the lead
miners came the first settler to Stephenson County
to build his cabin near Waddams in 1833. Waddams
was a typical pioneer. He first built a home in Ohio,
then in Southern Indiana, and for a lime lived in
Peoria. Galena. ShuUsburg. Apple River, and at the
age of 47 the attractive environs of Stephenson
County ended his roving and here he lived till death.
Two years later in December 1835. William Baker
built the first home in Freeport, on the banks of the
Pecatonica, near the present site of the Illinois Cen-
tral Station. Then followed settlers in great num-
bers. Up from the South and out from the east, fol-
lowing the long, weary but hopeful trails of the
American homebuilders came hundreds of families
to Freeport. They stopped in Freeport, because it was
different, a splendid location for a city, surrounded
by the finest farm lands in America.
These people were different. They tired of the
commonplace of former homes and stopped here to
build anew, with new hopes, new ideals, a new and a
rich environment. To come out into the new country
these people had high hopes, courage, faith, initiative
and honest industry. The dull, the commonplace were
left behind. They were different. They made Free-
port an unusual city with a distinct character all its
They named it FreePort. The first home builder
in this city. William Baker, was hospitable. Travel-
ers crossed the Pecatonica on his ferry, and Mrs.
Baker was kept busy caring for strangers invited to
her home by her too generous husband. One evening
a group of men were discussing a suitable name for
the town that was to be built here, when the tired
Mrs. Baker broke in and said it should be called Free
Port, and by the name of Freeport the village, town
and city has been known to the world. Xor has
the city failed ever to maintain the characteristic tb.at
inspired its name.
The county was organized in 1837 by act "f tlv
legislature, the first election was held in. May, in June
Freeport was named the county scat and Xelson Mar-
tin opened the first school. A frame court house was
built in 1840 and served till 1870. A stage line be-
tween Freeport and Chicago was opened for business
in 1838, The trip required two davs, the fare being
The town grew. In 1840 it had a population of 49.
The first circus came in 1842. At the opening of the
Mexican war a patriotic mass meeting was held in the
court house and 25 men enlisted, one of whom, William
Goddard, won the rank of Captain. The first news-
paper was published in 1847, the Pr.^irie Democrat,
founded by Hon. Thomas J. Turner, and edited by S.
D. Carpenter. The Freeport Journal appeared in 1848.
In 1853 the Deutschcr .^nzeiger was founded by
William Wagner Sr. In 1850 the population of Free-
port was 1486, and town government was established,
and in 1855 city government was organized.
The De Armit Plow Company was established iii
1857 and the Williams Threshing Machine Company
in 1851. In 1856 J. X. Manny and his father, the in-
ventor of the Manny reaper, started a factory in
Freeport making reapers, hay presses and a subsoil
plow. A planing mill was erected in 1853. A steam
flour mill was built in 1856 and a saw mill in 1857. The
Brewster Hotel was opened to the public August 27,
1857. The city Charter was received in 1855, and Hon
Thomas J. Turner was elected first Mayor. Lincoln
carried the county in 1860 by 900, and Freeport by 205
Freeport business men took the leadership in
Northern Illinois to secure a railroad from Chicrgo.
The people subscribed $20,000 in stock and the first
train arrived August 26, 1853. These business men
then announced, "We want more hotels, factories,
store rooms and dwellings." They secured them.
That is the Freeport way.
Historic Lincoln Douglas Debate
Friday. August 27, 1858, 25,000 people gathered in
Freeport to hear the great debate betvi-een Lincoln and
Douglas. It was in the Freeport debate that Lincoln's
second question drew a reply from Douglas that won
for Douglas the Senatorship. but lost him the presi-
dency, and elected Lincoln in 1860. The historic ques-
tion was, "Can the people of a United States Territory
in any lawful way, against the wish of any citizen of
the Lnited States exclude slavery from its limits, prior
to the formation of a state constitution?" Douglas
answered, "In my opinion the people of a territory can,
by lawful means, exclude slavery from their territory
prior to the formation of a state constitution." This
answer pleased X'orthcrn Democrats, but angered
Southern Democrats who refused to support Douglas
'n his campaign for the presidency in 1860. This re-
ply split the Democratic party and made Lincoln's
election certain. A fine granite boulder marking this
historic spot, was erected by the Freeport Woman's
Club, and dedicated by President Roosevelt in 1903.
The Freeport debate was one of the great events
in American history, and ranks with Plymouth Rock
and Independence hall.
Page Twenty-six ' FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
METAL SPECIALTIES CO.
AUTO DRESS UP SHOP
PAINTING, TRIMMING, BODY WORK, SHEET METAL WORK AND
ENAMELING. METAL WORK and STAMPING OF ALL KINDS
289 E. Stephenson St. Phone M 2412
FOR FORTY YEARS
THE PLATED TOWER SIGN
H/\S STOOD FOR GOOD CROCKERY
C. H. LITTLE & COMPANY
PHONE MAIN 483
PLACE HARDWARE COMPANY
TIN AND COPPER WORK A SPECIALTY
HARDWARE, CUTLERY, STOVES, FURNACES
103 E. Stephenson St.
FOR FAMILY SERVICE
Phone 22 14 East Exchange St.
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Freeport in Three Great Wars
April 17, I80I President Lincoln called for volun-
teers to put down the rebellion. April 18, a mass
meeting was held in Plymouth Hall, Freeport, at
which stirring patriotic speeches were made. Smith D.
Atkins, drafted an enlistment roll and wrote his name
at the head of the list. Three thousand people saw
the first company leave Freeport May 1, 1861, with
Mr. Atkins, Captain. During the w-ar 3168 men of
Stephenson County enlisted and went to the front for
the Union. Of these almost 700 never returned. The
companies fought with valor in most of the great
battles of the war and many Stephenson County men
won high rank as officers.
The National G. A. R. Encampment
In May 1909, Freeport was honored by the Nation-
al Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic.
From all over the country delegates came to Freeport.
The decorations of the city were unsurpassed. Never
did the city present such a beautiful appearance and
never was its hospitality so unlimited. For three days
the city entertained its distinguished guests. On the
programs were many of the most noted men of the
nation. The local organization, the John A. Davis
post, were the official hosts and their management of
tlie city encampment reflected credit on their post
and the city.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debate Celebration
.Vugust 26, 1922 Freeport celebrated the 64th An-
niversary of the historic Lincoln-Douglas debate.
The event attracted nation wide publicity because of
the historic interest in one of the greatest landmarks
of American history, and because of the eminent ora-
tors of the day. From the speakers platform in
Taylor's park, aided by loud speakers. Senator "Pat"
Harrison of Mississippi and Honorable Karl Schuyler
of Denver addressed thousands of people. Five bands,
a parade, a ballon ascension, a pageant, daylight fire-
works, and two great orators attracted here the largest
crowd ever assembled in Freeport — more than 25,000
people. The organization and management of the
celebration and the cooperation and the hospitality of
the city w-as characteristic of Freeport. This was a
great educational event. Freeport came more fully
to appreciate the fact that here was one of the shrines
of our national history, and the nation at large went
to school again and learned the historical importance
of the Freeport Lincoln-Douglas debate of 1858.
Freeport s Public Schools
By Prof. S. E. Raines, Supt.
FREEPORT'S Public Schools compare favorably
with cities of similar size and larger. They are
organized on modern methods of specialization
and departmental teaching in the upper grades.
This enables pupils not only to have the experi-
ence of teachers specially trained in the subjects in
which they specialize but prepares them for the differ-
entiation of teachers and subjects in the High School.
It is the purpose of the school authorities to make
decent, intelligent, cultured, law abiding citizens of
the boys and girls in their charge.
They teach not only the regular academic branches
but also music, art, physical training, including super-
vised play, domestic science, manual training, thrift,
citizenship, bible stories, picture study and character
These things that go to make decent boys and girls
— wholesome, courteous, kind, humane, thrifty, patri-
otic and cultured withal — are given places on the regu-
lar daily or weekly program the same as the con-
ventional subjects of reading, arithmetic, and the like.
People from other places coming into our schools
remark the excellence of these traits manifested in the
behavior of the pupils.
That the schools are making a studied effort to
give a sound fundamental education will be clearly
seen from the decalogue of educational aims which
the teachers of the grades strive daily to accomplish.
More advanced aims are, of course, emphasized in the
They are :
1. To know how to study and how to find the
things they want to know.
2. To use good English.
3. To get the thought of ordinary discourse and
intelligently express it.
4. To spell all the words they have occasion to
5. To write a neat legible hand.
6. To perform readily and accurately the princi-
pal operations in arithmetic.
7. To think for themselves.
8. To have some appreciation of the Good, the
True, and the Beautiful in their environment.
9. To have good morals and manners and a prop-
er respect for law and authority.
10. To develop a definite sense of responsibility
and fitness for some worthy vocation in life.
Another guiding principle of the schools is, "The
Child is the Center of the School". His nature and
needs must determine everything else. School houses,
apparatus, books, course of study, teachers, supervis-
ors, — all are secondary to his welfare ; and only after
it has been considered, may these elements of the sys-
tem come in for consideration on their own account.
TEACHERS—The Board holds that the greatest
problem of the schools is to secure and hold efficient
teachers and that all other matters in a school system
dwindle into insignificance when compared with this.
They hold that teachers must have and maintain a
liberal scholarship, a high order of general culture, and
a notable devotion to duty ; that they must possess
a laudable spirit of study, and a marked desire to find
out the best tliat is known and done in the profession.
'FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
9-11 WEST MAIN
STERLWQ.ILL. SIOUX CITY.IA.
u^ioMoiui uiooLUiLuakuamm. m
MAKE IT YOUR HOME'
They believe tlie best service school officials can
render a community is to secure live, competent, en-
thusiastic teachers and see that they are paid in ac-
cordance with the qualifications demanded of thcni.
There are eight grade school buildings several of
which are strictly modern. The others are gooJ
buildings kept in the best of repair and sanitation.
The present high school building is not well adapt-
ed to the needs of the High School but on the com-
pletion of the new High School building it will be re-
modeled and turned into a consolidated school for
the seventh and eighth grades thus relieving the
crowded condition of the grades for some time to
The grades enroll 2600 pupils and the High School
900. This requires 110 teachers — 76 in the grades and
34 in the High School.
According to the latest school census taken in
June 1924, there were in the district 4788 children
of school age with 6749 under 21 years of age.
The cost of the schools last j'ear was $225,417.18
and the percapita costs — $56.00 in the grades and
$126.58 in the high school.
The valuation of the buildings and equipment is
appro.ximately one million dollars.
The Board employs a full-time health inspector
and medical inspection as needed.
It also employs a part time school dentist who
inspects the teeth of all children twice a year and
dental service is rendered free to all those whose
parents can not afford prompt service. To do this
work eflfectively the board has fitted up a modern den-
tal room in tlie Higli School building.
Taxes — Considering the educational advantages
oflfered the school tax rate is low. For the current
year the school tax was $2.54 with a total tax rate for
the city of $6.58.
School Savings — For many years the schools have
had a system of School Savings in which the children
deposit weekly. It has been very successful with 12%
of the total enrollment of the schools depositing and
the weekly savings running between $500 and $600.
Last year the schools saved more than $20,000.
The High School
The first school in Freeport was taught by Nelson
Martin in a log cabin. High School courses were
offered in 1852. In 1860 the Principal and the older
boys joined the army and almost broke up tlie school.
After the war the high school enjoyed a steady growth
passing the 100 mark in 1890. In 1903 the enrollment
was 305 with 52 graduates; in 1910, 430 with 66 gradu-
ates. In 1920 the enrollment passed 800 and in 1922
numbered 903. The largest class, that of 1924 listed
ISO graduates. The growth of the high school has
gone up to 900 and a few years will see 1000 boys and
girls of the city in Freeport High School. An out-
standing feature of the high school is that boys and
girls are almost equal in number in the enrollment
and in the graduating classes. Out of the class of 150
that graduated from the High School in June 1924,
there wer^ forty live tliat entered institutions of high-
er learning in September this year.
Modern in Courses of Study
Practical courses found an opining in the curri-
culum for the first time in the year 1904-5. Manual
training was tlicn established. A year later drafting
was added. In 1906 cooking classes were organized
and a year later sewing was made a part of the course
of study. In 1910 courses in Bookkeeping, Shorthand
and Typewriting were introduced. In 1921 classes in
Auto-Mechanics were begun. Freehand drawing, art-
crafts, music and i)ublic speaking have been a part of
the courses offereil in Freeport High Scliool.
After inspection by authorities from the Universi-
ty of Illinois and the Xortli Central Association, Free-
port High School is on the highest accredited list in
America. The school's graduates are admitted without
examination to all colleges and Universities of the
United States which admit any students without ex-
examination. To all Colleges and Universities the en-
tering students of Freeport High School's graduates
have seldom had difficulty in passing successfully and
most frequently pass with unusually high standings.
A few years ago a graduate of the Freeport Higli
School made the highest grade among the hundreds
wlio took the Harvard University entrance examin-
ations, winning a $250 prize. For three years the
University of Illinois, after a visit of inspection by a
University faculty representative, has offered college
credit for work done in Trigonometry and College
.•\lgebra by Freeport High School students. These
students start second year Mathematics at the Uni-
versity. It is doubtful if any high school sends a
greater number of students to Colleges and Universi-
ties who have won honors including Phi Beta Kappa.
More than any other feature, Freeport High School
is proud of its scholastic standing.
Few schools liave a better reputation in Football,
basketball and track atliletics than Freeport High
School. The halls are covered with shields, cups and
banners won on athletic fields of battle. In 1916 the
Freeport High School Basketball team won the state
championship, was runner up in 1915, has won many
district and conference championships, was runner up
in the University of Chicago Central West Contests
in 1917. In 1917 the Big Seven Conference was or-
ganized and tliat year Freeport's heavyweight and
lightweiglit teams won both conference championships.
For the past two years Freeport has won the Freeport-
Rockford relay race, HYi miles, 57 runners.
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This year the Freeport High School foot ball
teams have made a wonderful record.
The heavy weight team won the Northern Illinois
conference championship by defeating:
East Aurora 31 to 6.
DeKalb 46 to 0.
Englewood 30 to 10.
Beloit 21 to 0.
Elgin 16 to 9.
West Aurora 20 to 6.
Belvidere 26 to 0.
Joliet 10 to 9.
Rock-ford 24 to 0.
La Salle 31 to 7.
Total points made by Freeport 253 ; by opponents
Freeport was then challenged for an East-West
game by Ansonia, Connecticut, whose team had not
been beaten in two years and who were admittedly
the champions of the Eastern States.
The challenge was accepted and our team after
two days hard travel, on a new field and with 15,000
rooters against them, and none for them, beat An-
sonia in a hard fought game 33 to thus making them
practically the champions of the country.
The light weight team did fine work, going
through the season with only one defeat.
The whole city is wonderfully proud of the teams
and gave them a rousing reception on their return
from the East.
Coaches Holmes. McLean and Moon deserve much
credit along with the teams for this fine season's work,
as also does the Board of Education for the construc-
tion of the fine athletic field, and the public for its
New High School Building
Plans for a new $650,000 model High School build-
ing have been drawn and approved by the Board.
Work will be begun on the new building early in
the Spring and it will be finished and ready for oc-
cupancy by September 1926.
This new High School building will be of brick,
steel, tile and cement, absolutely fire proof and thor-
oughly modern in every respect.
The dimensions of the main academic building
will be approximately 170 feet by 270 feet with the
Manual Arts building 55 by 150 and the heating plant
as adjacent structures separated by some distance from
the main building. In addition to these the auditori-
um and gymnasium will be 80 by 233 feet.
There will be a boys' and girls' gymnasium which
can be thrown into one when needed. These will be in
conjunction with the Auditorium and all so arranged
that on needed occasions they may be used as one
large hall seating 3000 persons.
New High School Athletic Field on New High
Freeport High School has a 25-acre site bordered
by stately elms. On this site the Board of Education
has completed one of the finest athletic fields in the
country. The football field is a natural stadium, with
bleachers seating 3000 people, surrounded by a quarter
mile cinder track with a 220 yard straight-away. There
is room for 3000 more bleacher scats when needed.
The field is enclosed by a high steel fence and check-
ing turnstiles are at the entrance. Besides the playing
field, there are two practice fields.
The grounds, 25 acres in extent, in addition to the
fine athletic field already mentioned will have space
for forestry, botanical gardens, agricultural experi-
ment station and drill grounds.
When building and grounds are completed Free-
port will have one of the best High School plants
The practical courses have proved popular with
students and patrons of the high school. The me-
chanical drawing room is crowded every hour of the
day with more than ISO boys taking mechanical draw-
ing, machine drawing, architectural drawing and ad-
vanced courses in machine design. This work is so
well done that boys in high school do drafting work
in Freeport factories after school, Saturdays and dur-
In auto mechanics the school provides a very com-
plete equipment though crowded for space. In ad-
dition to the motors owned by the school, it is not
uncommon to see the high school boys at work on
five cars in the shop and two or three more outside
on the school grounds. Frequently an old rusty car
is brought in, torn down, rebuilt and painted and sent
out to do good service.
The woodworking classes do considerable work
for the board of education, and the boys turn out
many pieces of fine furniture for their homes.
The cooking and sewing rooms are occupied by
girls classes through out the day. A two year's course
is given in cooking to girls learning to do plain cook-
ing chiefly, planning and preparing meals, purchasing
supplies, figuring costs, selecting meat cuts and serv-
ing meals and operating a cafeteria.
In the sewing department the girls learn plain
sewing and then advance to garment making and
millinery. Many girls in the Freeport High School
sewing classes make their own underwear, aprons,
blouses, middies, dresses and hats. It is not uncom-
mon to see a display of 80 dresses made by the girls
of the dressmaking classes, and from 15 to 20 hats of
their own design and make.
The Commercial Department
The business courses are always crowded. More
than 300 boys and girls may be found in the book-
keeping, shorthand and typewriting courses. Here the
student has an opportunity to take two years of
bookkeeping, two years of stenography and typewrit-
ing, and courses in penmanship, spelling, business
arithmetic, conmiercial geography and English. These
courses and the efiiciency of the instructors turn out
boys and girls who are well prepared to take up their
work in offices of Freeport and other cities. Two-
year courses are given for those who do not wish to
take a four year course. This department has es-
tablished a reputation for excellence in training second
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For many years extempore speakers, debaters and
orators of the public speaking classes have without
question surpassed those of all other high schools in
this section. They have repeatedly won contests in
debate with larger schools, and in oratory have won
contests at Beloit College, Northwestern University,
and the University of Illinois.
The Music Department
In the course of study and excellence of attain-
ment in music it is doubtful if any high school sur-
passes Freeport. In addition to daily classes in musi-
cal appreciation, there is a large class of 50 in the
boys' glee club and SO in the girls' glee club, and drill
in assembly singing. The High School Band of 60
pieces, in brilliant orange and black uniforms presents
an imposing appearance, and for years has ranked as
one of the best High School bands in the country. The
High School orchestra of 24 pieces is also a remarkable
organization. All these music classes, glee clubs, band
and orchestra are this year at the peak of excellence.
The Old Folks Home
OME years ago two bequests were left to the
city to be used as the nucleus of a fund to
erect an Old Folks Home. During the summer
of 1924 a drive brought this fund up to a suffi-
cient amount to build the home. A beautiful ten acre
tract very near to Krape Park was purchased and 1925
will see the completion of this splendid charity.
By John Dittman
OUR city enjoys the special privilege of having
one of the most modern and finest theatres in
any city of its size in the United States. This is
the Lindo Theatre, so named by contracting
the words "Lincoln and Douglas" and the name com-
memorates the famous debate of those two gentlemen
in Freeport. The theatre covers a tract 120x150 feet
and the auditorium proper is 90x120 feet. There are
1202 seats, all on one floor and the management lays
special stress on the element of safety. There are no
stairs, no steps and no balconies and the entire build-
ing is a fire proof construction. Satisfactory entertain-
ment is provided by vaudeville programs once a week
and motion pictures the balance of the time inter-
spersed with fitting prologues and presentations.
The theatre is equipped with special lighting
eflFects and uses both ten piece orchestra and organ
The theatre has been the cause of favorable com-
ment by out of town people who have been amazed
at times to find such an elaborate theatre in a city of
Two other movies, the Strand and the Superba
present high class and pleasing pictures.
By Dr. R. J. Burns, Connnissioner of Health
IT would be difficult to find in any country a more
beautiful region than that surrounding Freeport.
Rugged picturesque features, combined with the
gentle swell of rolling prairie, gratefully studded
here and there with noble trees and spacious farm
buildings please the beholder and bring back appre-
ciation of the abundant fertility of the soil.
Seven hundred and sixty two feet above the sea
level, guarded from the sweep of storms from the
west and north by the state's highest ridge, located
on the banks of the Pecatonica river, covering an area
of four and one-fourth square miles, Freeport is a
city of beautiful, comfortable, pleasant, well-kept
The homes of a community indicate the health
plane of the people. Where there is a sense of well-
being, the result of favorable industrial conditions, the
people are alert to promote and preserve life's great-
est boon — Good Health.
The Residence district of Freeport is largely on
the west side of the river. Manufacturing establish-
ments and railroad yards are for the most part on the
east side. .\s the prevailing winds are from the west,
this arrangement contributes to the cleanliness, and
thus to the healthfulness of the city.
A fundamental sanitary requirement for a city is
a sewer system. Freeport provides forty-eight miles
of sewer, draining nearly all property within the
city limits, in addition to nearly ten miles of storm
sewer. Conmiunity water supply is an all important
consideration. Freeport's excellent water supply,
furnished by a corporation known as the Freeport
Water Company, has its source in several artesian
Safeguarding the health of a city calls for the co-
ordination of many forces. Physicians are naturally
authoritative leaders in sanitation and hygiene, and
the members of the medical profession of Free-
port at all times lend time and intelligent interest
to any effort directed toward general health improve-
ment. As a result of the united support of the people,
Freeport has been able to establish and maintain an
efficient, thoroughly organized health service.
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Men and Women do not inspect every bolt and screw in an automobile, nor every cog and
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They select firms they can trust and they buy on faith. The name alone is a Guarantee
of square dealing to one and all.
Since 1858 the Citizens of this Community have patronized this store until now we are serving
the grandchildren and great grandchildren of our first customers. Reliable merchandise at prices
commensurate with quality has been the basis of all our transactions and upon this theory we have
labored to serve our hundreds of customers. Our store has grown in size only because of the ser-
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The Health Department proper consists of tlie
Health Commissioner, the Sanitary Officer and the
Health Committee of the City Council.
One of the principal duties of a health department
is the control of contagious diseases. The Department
utilizing the various agencies, such as school nurses,
tuberculosis nurse, and school boards, has been able
to check and control incipient epidemics in a satis-
Through the courtesy of Saint Francis Hospital,
the Department is assisted by an efticient laboratory
service, furnished without charge. This is a valuable
factor in the early diagnosis and control of contagious
The beneficient effect of various effort is shown in
the high average of school attendance, and Freeport's
low death rate, of ten per thousand population.
Fne garbage service, with bi-weekly collections,
is maintained at heavy cost, but with commendable re-
sults with regard to cleanliness of streets and alleys,
abating the fly pest and possibly preventing disease.
An excellent milk ordinance regulating the produc-
tion and sale of milk in the city, insures a wholesome
supply of that important article of food.
Time and increase of population bring changes and
new problems of sanitation. The recognition of these
changes and solution of attending problems have been,
and will continue to be the work of those to whom
sanitary matters are entrusted.
It will be the aim in the future, as it has been in
the past, for the Freeport Health Department to stand
guard over the health of the community, giving to
its citizens prompt, efficient, up-to-date service in
St. Francis Hospital
By the Sister
ST. Francis Hospital was established in 1889.
Beginning with a very small building the needs
of the community have been met by frequent
enlargements until in December 1924 the
demand for more hospital room necessitated the
building of another addition. When the new addi-
tion is completed, work upon which was begun
December 1st, 1924, St. Francis will have a total
capacity of 150 patients. The new addition will be a
four story structure joining with the present building.
The top floor will be devoted to surgery with two
major operating rooms, eye, ear, nose and throat
room, pus room, emergency room and laboratories.
The equipment will be modern and fully complete in
all details. The new structure taken with the present
building will give to Freeport a hospital fully as good
and fully as well equipped as may be found in any
very large city.
The average number of patients cared for now is
about 1700 yearly. The rates charged are actually be-
low the operating cost ranging from ward rates of
$14.00 per week to $25.00 per week for the best private
room. The actual operating cost shows the ward
patient costs the hospital $15.00 per week and the
highest priced room costs $24.50 per week thus actual-
ly proving in dollars and cents that the hospital is
purely an institution not run for profit.
Out of over 6000 patients cared for in the last four
years one out of every six was a purely charity case.
If a money value can be placed on charity this service
alone would reach the sum of $25,000.
The value of the present buildings is $350,000 with
the new addition to cost $200,000 besides equipment.
Xo case has ever been refused admission to this
hospital. No distinction is ever made on account of
race or religion the Sisters devoting their lives to
purely Christian Service exemplified in daily self sac-
HXERAL Hospital, 218 W. Clark St.; Estab-
lished 1910; 35 beds: 9250 patient days
per year; modern equipment; training school
By Alice Jordan Smith, Supt.
with average of 14 nurses ; 2 graduated nurses em-
ployed in capacity of Head Xurse and Surgical Nurse ;
general; open staff.
Evangelical Deaconess Hospital
By J. H. Bauernfeind, Supt.
LOBE Hospital was taken over in March 1924, ments, an accredited nurses training school, leading
by the Evangelical Church. Its government to degree of R. X., general medical and surgical staff
rests in the Evangelical Church. There are open to all physicians in good standing and a nurses
thirty rooms; well equipped surgical depart- home. In 1925 it is planned to build a large addition.
Comnnmity Service Bureau
By Miss Bertha Bidwell, President
T;iE Community Service Bureau, formerly the the Secretary acts as Probation Officer for the Juve-
.\ssociated Charities, is completing its twelfth nile Court of Stephenson County and as Attendance
year. It was organized by a group of citizens Officer for the Public Schools of Freeport. The Home
to care for the social problems of the community Service work of the County Red Cross is also handled
through the efforts of trained workers. In addition, by this office.
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119 families assisted in the Family Welfare De-
SO families assisted in the department of Juvenile
55 ex-service men helped.
Ill families visited and 386 absences investigated
in the School Attendance Department.
301 different families given service and assistance
in all these departments of work during the year.
Of these 45 were widows, 9 were deserted women,
5 were divorced women receiving no alimony, 11 were
unmarried mothers. 14 were children under 18 in homes
other than their own and supervised by the Community
Service Bureau, 29 were disabled war veterans.
Some of the problems met in the families of the
55 married couples assisted :
budget is raised by private subscription. It is the
policy not to give benefits, but to solicit funds yearl.v.
Financial Statement for the Year 1923
Bank Balance $ 362.51
Contributions .. $ 2994.83
Special Funds 550.00
Fixed Income 1454.92
Borrowed from Bank 100.00
Poor home conditions
The Board, which is elected by contributors, be-
lieves the type of problems listed above demands the
most expert handling available and should be in charge
of professional family case workers. Our method is to
show clients the way out of present difficulties by re-
moving handicaps, restoring broken connections and
giving friendly counsel. When relief, such as clothing,
food, rent or financial assistance is necessary, it is ade-
The County Board of Supervisors pays $500.00 a
year for the service of the Probation Officer ; the Free-
port School Board pays $500.00 a year for the work of
the Attendance Officer. The Red Cross pays $420.00 a
year for the work for ex-service men. The rest of the
By Miss Xelda Xolti
THE Stephenson Co. Tuberculosis Board oper-
ates under the so-called Glackin Law, a law
which regulates tuberculosis activities in the
Stale of Illinois and which was voted upon in
Stephenson Co. several years ago. The object of this
law is prevention and treatment of tuberculosis, erec-
tion of district sanatoria, hospitalization of diagnosed
cases, in fact any activities concerning tuberculosis.
The County Board has the power to levy a tax for
this purpose on all ta.xable property in the county, and
in this manner funds are obtained to carry on the
work. This Fund is known as the Stephenson Co.
Tuberculosis Sanatorium Fund.
This Fund may be applied for the erection of
Sanatoria, nursmg care, institutional care of cases of
tuberculosis, if the patient so wishes. The benefits
and privileges of such institution may be extended into
the home of the patiefit under proper regulation.
The policy of the Stephenson Co. Tuberculosis
Board is prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. At
the present time two nurses are employed by this
Board. The county Tuberculosis nurse and the
Countv School nurse. The Tuberculosis Xurse extends
Salaries, probation officer.
attendance officer, home
Salaries, family welfare
Miscellaneous office expense .
Board and care
R R Transportation ....
Hospital and medical care
ng, R. X., T. B. Xurse
her activities into all parts of the county. It is her
duty to look up all cases of Tuberculosis who want her
services, to see that all cases of Tuberculosis suspects
are brought under the care of a physician and prop-
erly diagnosed and treated, that all who wish institu-
tional care are put in touch with such institutions
and that such care is financed by the above mentioned
Board in such cases where the patient would other-
wise have to go without this care.
A record of all activties is kept in the office of the
Stephenson County Board. Xo one is denied help or
comforts needed. The patients ill of tuberculosis are
brought to the attention of the nurse in various ways
and are given immediate consideration. There are
many problems to solve and conditions to adjust which
require detailed attention. The Health Work in the
County Schools is also supervised by this nurse.
The county school nurse is employed by the
Stephenson Co. Tuberculosis Board. This nurse visits
the rural and small town schools. She weighs and
measures each child at least once each year. If any
apparent defect is noticed, or if the weight deviates
very materially from the normal, a notice is sent to
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the parent, or better still, a visit is made to the home
of such chilli aiul medical supervision and diaRnosis
is urged. Many cases of defective teeth, defective
vision, abnormal throats, etc., are corrected tbrouKb
this activitv each vcar. .As these abnormal conditions
tend to undermine health and in some cases predis-
pose to serious trouble, tuberculosis for instance, what
is more fitting than that the above mentioned fund
be expended to help the coming generation to build up
resistance to disease.
By Mrs. Frank
W 1 111.1'. not Iiouscd with the other organiza-
tions working under a general plan, and
known as the Civic Center, this organization
is a charitable one filling a place not
filled by any other in the city. The objects of
this organization arc, iirimarily, to provide a home
for the unprotected girl and to surround her with
a Cliristian influence. Secondarily, to give aid
to the needy in the way of clothing and food ;nul
to reach them through ways directing them tow-ard a
religious life. There arc many other things done by
our organization one of which is an industrial school
directed by the officers with the .Assistant Sup't in
The Kings Daughters
We own a building at 101 Kast Main Street known
as "The Settlement Home." There are three floors
and a basement. The ground floor houses a Rest
Room which is used also as a Sunday school room and
for other purposes directly connected with the work.
One l)usiness room is rented the income going into
the treasury. The second floor has the office rooms, a
l.irge connnunity room, dining room and kitchen. The
third floor is divided into rooms with kitchenettes
leased to working girls at nominal charges. Eighteen
girls can be accommodated with homes here.
The annual budget averages about $6,500.00, this
sum being raised by an annual tag day, by pledges of
the "King's Circles" and the generous gifts volun-
tarily sent in by our many friends.
By Henrietta S.
OCR Chapter is not able to do very much, now,
on account of lack of funds. However, we
supplement the work of the Government in the
Home Service work for the ex-soldier, and we
maintain an office and help in the purchasing of sup-
plies for the County School Nurse (wlioni we used to
There is but one employee, the secretary, who re-
ceives a nominal sum for clerical services. Our funds
are raised by an Armistice Drive, once a year, which
necessitates a house to house canvass.
By C. F
THE Freeport Country Club is the outgrowth of
the old Freeport Club, which was a social club
organized some thirty-five years ago. As a
golf club, it has been in existence for something
like fifteen years. It owns eighty acres of ground
about two miles from the court house and is now ne-
gotiating the purchase of an additional forty acres, in
order that the course may be increased from nine to
eighteen holes. It has a very commodious club house,
which was enlarged a year ago at a cost of approxi-
mately $18,000. Its assembly and dining rooms are
the center of many social activities during the club
season, which opens in the spring and ends with a
Hallowe'en celebration in the fall. The social and cu-
linary features are in the hands of an accomplished
hostess who has popularized the institution to a won-
derful extent. The locker room and shower bath
facilities for both men and women are commodious
and popular. The present membership fee is $105 and
the annual dues $55, payable quarterly. These figures
include government tax. The golf course is one of the
"sportiest" in this western country. Nature evidently
intended it for a golf course. The membership is
limited to two hundred and there is usually a con-
siderable waiting list. I presume $50,000 would be a
fair estimate of the present value of the grounds with
their improvements, to which will be added $20,000
with the purchase and improvement of the additional
The Welty Golf Club is a new organization located
a few hundred yards from the Freeport Club. A nine-
hole course has been laid out and improved and a
commodious club house erected on the grounds. This
ground has the undulating characteristic of the older
course, and a very delightful golf course is well along
in the making. The membership dues are $25.00 —
no membership fee. The new organization makes an
especial appeal to the younger men of the community.
Both clubs arc easily accessible from the Krape Park
extension of tlie street railway or by automobile.
The Woman s Club
FREEPORT Woman's Club, an organization of
over five hundred members, whose object is the
self improvement of its members and united
effort for the advancement of social and civic
conditions in the home and in the connnunit\ .
By Mrs. F. E. Furst, President
The activities are directed by departments of art
and literature; education; music; civics and home
economics and drama. The club is a member of the
General, State and District Federation and has its
club rooms in the Masonic Temple.
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STEPHENSON COUNTY FARM BUREAU
PROMOTIXG scientific agriculture in co-operation with the U. S. D. A. and the U. of I., by
encouraging the Illinois System of Soil Fertility. Growing Better Crops through the use
of Hardy Adapted Varieties. Livestock Improvement through better care, better feeding,
better breeding, performance records and breed organizations.
The State and National Organization.
The American Farm Bureau Federation.
The Illinois Agricultural Association.
FOSTERING AND ASSISTING LOCAL FARM ORGANIZATIONS
Stephenson County Holstein Association.
Stephenson County Swine Breeders Association.
Shorthorn Breeders Association.
Livestock Shipping Associations.
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1 he Amity Society
By Mrs. John Commons, President
THE Amity Society is the oldest charitable or-
ganization in the City of Freeport. Organized
in the late seventies, it has, for almost half a
century, been actively engaged in fostering the
charitable and social work of the city.
Its present work, that of child conservation, was
assigned it in 1917 when the United States began a
definite program in child welfare. While the Freeport
Society is absolutely self governed, it has always en-
joyed the cooperation and assistance of the Illinois
State Board of Health and it is an affiliated member
of the National Child Health Association of which
Herbert Hoover is president.
The Society has an active membership of forty
women, each of wliom pays in as dues the sum of
$13.00 a year. This takes care of the rent and other
expenses incidental to the maintenance of a Child
Welfare Station which is located at the Civic Center.
All stenographic and record work is done by an
office committee drawn from members of the Society
and is wholly volunteer.
So admirable a system prevails in the Child Wel-
fare office, that Mr. Francis McLean, president of the
U. S. Charities, after a visit of investigation, was
pleased to comment approvingly upon it.
Further funds for the carrying on of the work of
the society are secured by public subscription or are
earned by the society. Money appropriations by the
city of Freeport and the Town Board testify to the
value of the work in the community and many in-
dividual gifts together with generous donations from
such organizations as the Elks, the Masons, the Ro-
tarj- and Kiwanis Clubs make possible a program in
child welfare work of which Freeport may well be
Miss Kathryn Dixon of Moline, Illinois, is em-
ployed as supervising nurse and is in charge of the
station at the Civic Center. The program which she
carries out is both educational and preventive.
Her advice and assistance are oflFered to any
mother who may need it, and under the direction of
the Freeport doctors, she superx'ises many feeding
cases. Her report for October 1924 showed 133 Free-
port babies under her personal supervision. Many of
these babies are brought regularly to the station to be
weighed and measured. Careful records arc kept and
the development of each baby closely studied.
Well-Baby Conferences are held twice a month
under the direction of a local physician who will ex-
amine eacli child and talk over with the mother any
questions pertaining to diet or nutrition.
For five years the Amity Society has sponsored
Orthopedic clinics. These clinics are under the general
direction of the State Rotary Club and are designed
to care for children crippled by infantile paralysis.
Nearly 500 cases have received attention at the Free-
The Child Welfare nurse attends to all the follow-
up work suggested by these clinics. In this she is
assisted by the visiting housekeeper. Miss Elizabeth
Martin, who also devotes a part of her time to Amity
A kindergarten class for colored children of pre-
school age is conducted each week and a lunch of
milk and cookies always served.
In addition to the nursing service offered, the
-\mity Society provides a morning lunch of milk and
crackers for each of the undernourished children of
the Public Schools. Two hundred thirty-one children
received this lunch last year with decidedly beneficial
results. Milk is also supplied in a few hpmes to chil-
dren who could not otherwise obtain it.
Infant birth and death statistics for various Illinois
towns in 1923 show Freeport with a higher birth rate
but a decrease in the death rate of 12 per thousand.
The Freeport figures, it was pointed out in Washing-
ton, D. C, were better than those for both rural and
The Amity Society's budget for 1924 called for an
expenditure of $4,000.00. This sum was entirely se-
cured. The society with pride calls attention to the
fact that it has never exceeded its budget and has
never closed a year with a deficit.
WE enjoy in Freeport, a distinction among
cities of its size in being an Insurance
center, having the home offices of a number
of the best and strongest companies of the
middle west. A study of the companies will show
Freeport capital and Freeport people the active force
of this, one of Freeport"s big assets.
BANKERS MUTUAL LIFE COiMPANY
By J. C. Peasley, Gen. Mgr.
This Company was organized in 1907. It has been
under practically the same management since the date
of its organization. It is licensed and doing business
in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. It has at
this time $17,000,000.00 of insurance in force. It has
paid in claims since date of organization over $700,000.
It has increased its deposit with the Insurance De-
partment of Illinois during the past year and now has
$100,000.00 deposited, and the present year. 1924. will
be far the best the Company has ever had both in the
production of business and increase in assets.
The officers are as follows : W. B. Erfert. Presi-
dent and Treasurer, A. P. Woodruff, Vice President ;
J. C. Peasley, Secretary and General Manager, and
Dr. C. L. Best, Medical Director. These officers and
Mr. L. R. Jungkunz, Cashier of the Stephenson County
Bank, constitute the Board of Directors.
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CRUM & FORSTER
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The Cruni & Forster organization in Frecport cm-
ploys 125 people and owns and occupies the property
where they are located. The value of this property is
$125,000. In 1923 we handled $7,000,000 in premiums
through this office. There are sixteen states in the
Middle West and West that report to us through the
medium of 6,000 agents. Locally we are represented
by twenty ditTerent agents for the various companies
under our control, and our annual business in Free-
port alone amounts to more than $50,000 in premiums.
MIDWEST AUTOMOBILE UNDERWRITERS
By J. C. Peasley, Secretary.
This Exchange was organized in 1919. Tlie At-
torney-in-Fact is the Mid-West Insurance Agency
Corporation, a stock company. The officers are A. P.
Woodruff. President ; Dr. C. L. Best, Vice President
and J. C. Peasley, Secretary.
The Exchange has always confined its etTorl to a
territory near its Home Office and writes only in the
State of Illinois. Its business has expanded rapidly
and its premium income for the year of 1924 will be
AQ^c in excess of that of any other year in its history.
SAMSON AUTO INSURANCE ASSOCIATION
By C. T. Kiplinger, President
The object of this .-Kssociation is the underwriting
of the risks of the automobile owner.
The Samson Association is managed by the Sam-
son Company, a corporation known as the Attorney-in-
Fact. Risks are written strictly on the reciprocal, or
inter-insurance plan, and the Association is licensed
and doing business in the states of Illinois, Indiana,
Minnesota, Kansas, Michigan and North Dakota.
The Association was organized in March 1919 and
has an agency force composed largely of bankers in
the six states where Samson Insurance is now sold.
The officers of the Samson Co. are C. T. Kiplinger,
President ; J. J. Commons, Vice President and R. L.
Britt, Secretary and Treasurer. The officers of the
Association are H. H. Antrim, President of the State
Bank of Freeport, A. J. Clarity, Chief Justice of Illinois
Court of Claims ; E. E. Lugeanbeal, President of the
Citizens State Bank of Elk City, Kansas ; A. J.
Stukenbcrg. I. J. Kiplinger and C. T. Kiplinger, J. J.
Commons and R. L. Britt, officers of The Samson
PRAIRIE STATE CASUALTY COMPANY
By J. C. Peasley, Secretary
This Company was organized in 1916 and has been
operated under exactly the same management since
date of organization. It operates only in the State of
Illinois and has a complete line of policies paying
indemnity for loss of time on account of sickness, acci-
dent, accidental death or dismemberment.
Its Officers and Directors are as follows: W. B.
Erfert, President; A. P. Woodruff, Vice-President;
J. C. Peasley, Secretary, and Dr. C. L. Best, Medical
Referee. These together with Mr. L. R. Jungkunz,
Cashier of the Stephenson County Bank, constitute the
Board of Directors.
ECONOMY AUTO INSURANCE
By Kclw:ir.i Cilhert, Sec'y.
The Economy Auto Insurance Association, the
oldest Automobile Insurance Association in Freeport,
was organized in the fall of 1915. The business of this
Association is confined to selected territories in
Northern and Central Illinois. At the present time,
the Association has approximately 12,000 active policy
holders and business in their territory is solicited
through approximately 500 agents or representatives.
The Association writes full coverage automobile
insurance at rates which represent a material saving
under Stock Company rates and during the two year
period from January 1, 1922 at which time the Illinois
Reciprocal Law was passed and adopted, this Associa-
tion has built up an actual cash surplus for the protec-
tion of its members of $78,000. This surplus represents
approximately three times the Association's annual
losses and is doul)le the amount of reserve required by
The affairs of the Association have always been
carefully and conservatively managed, enabling this
Association to take its place among the strongest
and most reliable insurance carriers operating in tlu
AMERICAN AUTO INSURANCE ASSOCIATION
By L. G. Younglove, Sec'y
Cash Assets, Dec. 31, 1923, $93,663.37.
Liabihties, Dec. 31, 1923.
Reserve for unpaid losses and claims $9,598.09
Unearned premium deposits 20,783.27
Total Liabilities $30,381.36
Net cash surplus 63,282.01
This is an inter-insurance exchange which was
organized and received its license from the Illinois In-
surance Department March 22, 1919, and connnenccd
business on the same day.
The attorney-in-fact is the .American Auto Insur-
ance Agency, incorporated March 1919, under the
laws of the State of Illinois for $15,000 fully paid in.
The officers of the attorney-in-fact are: President,
Addison Bidwell, President First National Bank, Free-
port, Illinois ; Vice President, C. W. Chapman, Presi-
dent of Security Trust Company, Freeport, 111. ; Trea-
surer, C. P. Young; Secretary and Manager, L. G.
The directors arc the above officers and B. P. Hill,
president of the Hill Grain Company, and L. H. Bur-
The exchange writes fire, theft, tornado, cyclone,
collision, property damage and public liability on auto-
The largest gross and net lines written are, fire,
tlieft and collision, $3000; liability, $10,000-$20,000.
The exchange makes its own rates, based upon the
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Though new in the field of large edition
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Extracts from Financial Statements as of Decem-
ber 31. 1923:
Income ; — Premium deposits, assessments, sub-
scribers lees and dues, gross, $117,304.28; less reinsur-
ance, $445.77; less return premium deposits, $691.68;
net premium deposits, etc., $116,156.83; interest, rents,
etc., $1,084.73; returned federal taxes, $379.14; total
Disbursements : — Losses paid, gross, $35,047.43 ;
less salvage, $1207.00; net losses, $33,840.43; claim ad-
justing expenses, $4,814.57; paid to attorney-in-fact for
administration expense, $44,116.85; legal expense
$302.91; taxes, licenses, fees, $91.06; guarantee fund,
$15036.25. salaries and office expense, $6,154.82; total
Bv L. .A. Jayiie. State's .Attorney
WHILE Freeport is located in tlie heart of
the agricultural and dairy district of Illinois,
still it maintains what we term above the
average supply of fish and game for the
sportsman. We have the Pecatonica River draining
the south western part of Wisconsin, and Freeport
being the first city of any size located upon the river
below its source and above the dam in the city, the
water is very suitable for all kinds of game fish and
witliin recent years it has been stocked heavily.
The fisherman is now able to bring home a nice string
of bass, wall-eyed pike, and catfish at most any sea-
son of the year, although the river is not to be com-
pared with its tributary. Yellow Creek, which is a
small stream running through a rocky portion of the
county, and has been stocked exceptionally heavy each
year for the past five or six years, and the Izaak
Walton League, in cooperation with the game warden,
Mr. Rigney of this city, has placed 120 cans of game
fish in this stream alone during the season of 1924.
While this has brought about much better fishing
conditions, we find that the spring fed sloughs and
streams are well-stocked with small game fish. We
are located within thirty-two miles of the beautiful
Rock River, which is another fisherman's delight and
is well supplied with bass, wall-eyed pike, pickerel and
Apple River, running through the hills of Joe
Davis County is easily reached by concrete road from
this city, and is a beautiful bass stream, noted for
its big mouth, red gilled fighters.
We are located within one day's drive of 3000
lakes, the country advertised as "clover land," and
"the playground of .-Kmerica." There lakes are noted
for their beauty and their wonderful surroundings,
and here the wild deer, ducks, porcupine, and beaver
work and roam the country in their natural state.
The Izaak Walton League is a live-wire organiza-
tion, having for its president Mr. E. M. Harnish, who
is a red-blooded sportsman, glad at all times to assist
anyone seeking recreation in locating the proper spot
to meet his desires.
The sportsman, no matter where he goes, finds
the best fishing in the lake just a few miles further
away, and on the opposite side of the lake from where
he camps, and while this distance lends enchantment,
we can assure the lover of the great outdoors, just as
many pounds of fish or as much game in the terri-
tory surrounding Freeport as in the much-advertised
resort countries of the north or west, with the ex-
ception of the large game which only exists in the
The Freeport Y M C A.
By C. F. Ogden, General Secretary
OL'R Young Men's Christian Association of
Freeport has for fifty-five years been help-
fully serving the young men and boys of our
city. It has grown steadily in strength and in-
fluence, until it is today one of the outstanding or-
ganizations of its class in the city.
The Association building is one of the very best to
be found in cities the size of Freeport. It was erect-
ed in 1916 at a cost of $115,000. Its equipment con-
sists of two large lobbies — one for men and one for
boys — reading room, cafeteria, sixty dormitories, class
and committee rooms, gymnasium, running track, hand
ball court, locker rooms, shower baths, tile swimming
pool with filtered water, billiard tables, bowling alleys,
and in fact everything that goes into a fully equipped,
modern Association building.
The staff is composed of a General Secretary,
Director of Boy's Work. Director of Physical Educa-
tion and Office Secretary. These are all trained and
e.xperienced men, who are able to give to the mem-
bers the very best program of activities and service.
The membership is at present approximately 700
men and 400 boys, and with their multitude of activi-
ties tax the building and equipment to the limit.
While the Association deals with both men and
boys, yet in actual practice most of the emphasis is
placed on the work among the boys and youth of the
city. The guiding principle is expressed by the say-
ing, "It is better to build a fence at the top of the cliflF,
than to place an ambulance at the bottom." The most
intensive work is of course among its members, and
yet it serves in a very definite way fully six hundred
boys of the city and vicinity outside of the member-
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While the specifications may be carefully followed and material
properly chosen, yet it is the skill of the printer w^hich largely
determines the results. The samples w^e can show indicate the
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The purpose of the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation is primarily the development of Christian
character among men and boys. The local Associa-
tion's statement of purpose is somewhat more definite.
Statement of Purpose of the Freeport Y. M. C. A.
1. To win men and boys to the Christian life.
2. To develop men and boys spiritually, mentally,
physically and socially ; an all around development.
3. To eliminate undesirable habits, by the sub-
stitution of profitable habits.
4. To give proper direction to the energy of
5. To discover and develop latent ability.
6. To inculcate the idea of service for others.
7. To discover, train and supply leaders for
church and community.
8. To cooperate with and supplement the work of
other agencies dealing with men and boys.
The Y. M. C. .\. is a high grade men's and boy's
Club, Christian, but non-sectarian.
It is an athletic organization that does not use
men to promote athletics, but uses athletics to develop
It is home for young men away from home.
It is a place for a young man to find friends and
to make himself a friend to others.
The program of the Association is varied enough
to meet the needs and interests of any and all groups
of men and boys as will be seen by the summarized
program which follows.
Bible Classes. Religious meetings for both men and
boys. Gospel teams. Personal Interviews, State and
Local Older Boys Conferences, Leader Training
Groups, Training Class for Gospel Team Workers,
Hi-Y Clubs with their large range of activities, and
a whole hearted cooperation with the Churches and
Sunday Schools include the major religious activities
of the Association.
Reading Room, lectures, educational classes and
clubs, public speaking classes, vocational guidance
groups and leader training clubs are the principle edu-
Physical examinations, shower baths, swimming
and swimming instruction, calisthenics, gymnastics,
track events, mass games, bowling, athletics, wrestling,
boxing, volley ball, indoor base ball, basket ball are
only a partial list of the indoor athletic activities.
Hikes, outings, camps, horse shoes, tennis, bicycling,
follow as part of the summer program.
Lobby Pops, socials, parties, carnivals, billiards,
checkers, game tournaments and leagues, gym and
swimming exhibitions. Father and Son, and Mother
and Son banquets, dinners, wiener roasts, fire side
stunts, movies, stereopticon exhibitions and dozens of
other similar affairs, indicate the attractive social pro-
gram that is constantly under way in the big Associa-
In addition to the regular program for members
there is a great amount of work carried on for those
who are unable to participate as members. The fol-
lowing list of such activities give some idea of the
volume of such work.
Sunday School Basket Ball League, 110 boys.
Grade School Basket Ball League, 120 boys.
City Basket Ball League. 65 young men.
City Basket Ball Tournament, 80 young men.
County Basket Ball Tournament, 60 young men.
County horse shoe tournament, 30 men.
Grade School swimming instruction, 250 boys.
Xon-members taught to swim, 146 boys.
Cooperation with High School in all athletics.
Entertaining all visiting High School teams, 200
Twilight Base Ball League, 125 men.
Hikes and outings, 200 boys.
Church Bowling League, 50 men.
Lobb.v Pops and Open House, Open to the public.
Tri County Older Boys Conference, 125 Boys.
Gospel Teams furnished to churches within and
without the city.
Father and Son Banquet, 600 men and boys.
Cooperation with churches and Sunday schools
and Young People's societies.
.\ Board of Directors composed of fifteen promi-
nent Freeport business and professional men, are re-
sponsible for the policies, program and finances of the
Association. The budget of $30,000 is carefully ad-
ministered under their supervision.
The membership fees, the income from the busi-
ness features, such as dormitory and restaurant, and
the endowment income cover the major part of the
e.xpense, but in addition there must be raised each
year approximately $6000 to cover the expense of the
Boys Division. This amount has to be raised in con-
tributions from the friends of boys in the city.
Freeport men have always been strong advocates
and supporters of the Y. M. C. A.
Because, Character, the product of the Y. M. C. A.
is the basis of a successful life.
Because, the Y. M. C. A. makes a strong bid for
the spare time of men and boys and thus finds oppor-
tunity to direct their energies into wholesome channels.
Because the physical activities meet a real need in
the lives of young men and boys. Clean sport and
clean speech become habits at the Y. M. C. A.
Because the Y. M. C. A. is a fine place for social
life and fellowship under splendid surroundings and
under proper supervision.
Because it prompts religious life through Bible
classes, training classes, lectures and personal inter-
Because it builds clean, virile Christian manhood.
Because the Y. M. C. A. invests Sympathy and
gets Friendship; it invests Truth and gets Confidence;
it invests Money and gets Manhood.
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YOUNG WOMEN'S CHKlsllAN ASSOCIATION
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Young Woman's Christian Association
By Miss Add Lionberger, General Secretary
physical, social, mental and spiritual training and to
become a social force for the extension of the King-
dom of God.
HOUSED in a well kept S12.000 club house sur-
rounded by attractive shrubbery and backed
by a recreational ground which includes out-
of-door basket ball and tennis courts, the
Freeport Y. W. C. A. is open the year around to the
girls and women of the community. A large electric
sign over the side walk invites the stranger to enter
the very attractive home-Hke building, the equipment
of which includes a large living room with fire-place,
victrola, piano, books and magazines, a dining room,
kitchen, offices, bowHng alleys and shower rooms on
the first floor with a small gj-mnasium and an audi-
torium on the second floor.
The staff of the Association, a General and Asso-
ciate Secretary, super\-ise the varied activities. .-Xmong
these, during the first seven years of its existence,
the Association sponsored:
Physical — Gymnasium classes, bowling, tennis,
basket ball, volley ball, roller skating.
Social — Hikes, summer camps, slumber parties,
picnics, circus, bazaars, parties, lawn fetes, ice cream
socials, county fair.
Mental — Classes in public speaking, telegraphy,
short hand, book reviews, civics, musical history,
Christmas gift making, cooking, sewing, French,
English, millinery, typewriting, first aid, war activi-
Spiritual — Vespers, Bible study, weeks of prayer,
conferences, conventions. Mission study.
Girl Reserve — At least one Girl Reserve Corps
is maintained in each grade school and a Junior and
a Senior Orange and Black club in the High School.
Older Clubs — Among the clubs of older girls were :
Business women, comrade, many centers, rainbow,
F. H. S.. girl scouts, makio, blue triangle, Vs Owls.
Outside organizations to the number of eighteen
make use of the building as a place of meeting.
The local association has been on a sound financial
footing since its founding in 1917. The building was
opened free of debt and has been run at an average
of $10,000 a year and each year has closed with no
The purpose of the V. \V. C. A. is to promote
growth in Christian character and service through
The first step toward the beginning of a Young
Woman's Christian .Association in Freeport was taken
by the Campfire Girls in 1917 under the direction of
Miss Ruth Hughes, guardian of the local camp.
The girls soon interested a number of women in
the project and these consecrated women determined
to pay the mortgage on the Freeport Club House and
purchase the building. Among the early workers
were Mrs. Dexter Knowlton, Mrs. Edward Bengston,
Mrs. Harvey Zartman, Miss Bertha Bidwell, Mrs.
B. .\. Arnold, Mrs. Mosely and others whose stories
of the early struggles are as fascinating as a novel.
Especially interesting was the meeting at which
only a few very much discouraged women gathered
at the home of Mrs. Dexter Knowlton. The women
were telling that they had been repeatedly advised
to give up the project because of war times and
were telling each other of many rebuffs when one
dear woman whose hearing was not very acute and
so had missed much of the conversation, knelt to
pray. She thanked God for the success they were
having, asked for a strengthening of their faith and
thanked Him for their ultimate success.
The women present were so stirred that they
would not tell her of their discouragements but went
forth determined to succeed and in May 1917 the
building was opened to the women and girls of Free-
port, free from debt. Within two years of the open-
ing night, one out of every ten of the girls and women
in Freeport belonged to the Y. W. C. A.
The first secretary. Miss Margaret White, was de-
voted to the cause and served faithfully until called
to serve her country as a Y. W. C. A. worker at the
French front. Here she labored until the close of the
war when she was assigned to the work of the -Asso-
ciation in Turkey.
The Freeport -Association has in the past and
always will stand as a place where the highest stand-
ard of womanhood is upheld and as such it welcomes
within its doors the women and girls of the com-
Stephenson County Agricultural Situation
Bv L. M. Swanzev, Pres. Farm Bureau
SIEPHEXSOX County is naturally one of the
most beautifully located, as well as being most
varied in its production, in the State of Illinois.
Lying at the extreme northern boundry, it
shares with Wisconsin, the many small streams that
are tributary to the Pecatonica River, whose valley
is one of beauty from early spring until the autumn
leaves have fallen. Everj-where are scattered burr oak
and sugar maple, with frequent groves of oak, elm and
ash, telling of the forests that were once protected
from prairie fires by the bed of the river. .Along
these streams and among these forests, the first
settlers built their homes and developed their farms.
To the south and west, Stephenson County has a
prairie soil that vies with Central Illinois in fertility.
.As a whole the county is of a rolling topography.
U. OF ILL LIB.
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
SWARTZ & CRAWFORD
A SERVICE STATION OF CIVILIZATION
THE HOME OF S. & C. REMEDIES
FREEPOPJ PAPER BOX CO.
MANUFACTURERS OF ALL KINDS OF
SET UP AND FOLDING
QUALITY AND SERVICE
FREEPORT PAPER BOX CO.
PHONE MAIN 177
AND CLOTHING BOXES
PRESCOTT & GOCHNAUR
20 West Main Street
STYLE WITHOUT EXTRAX'AGANCE
H. H. PRESCOTT
G. A. GOCHNAUR
LADIES and MISSES READY-TO-WEAR
AND MILLINERY SPECIALISTS
A. LEATH & CO.
FURNISHERS OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES
One of 24 Leath Stores, whose J^Iillions of buying power makes it possible for the
conmiunities they serve to buy
GOOD FURNITURE FOR A LITTLE LESS
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Tlic principle types of soil are brown silt loam,
and yellow gray silt loam, with many variations in
smaller areas, containing more or less clay or sand,
with out-cropping gravel and limestone. General
farming has always characterized the county. While
in an early day vast quantities of grain were shipped
out of the county, at the present time the ma-
jor part of the farms feed their entire crop to live-
stock upon the farm, as is evidenced by a livestock
production of $4,595,100 annually. The large and nu-
merous barns and silos to be seen everywhere, tell the
tourist that they are in a dairy country. The exten-
sive limestone and alfalfa program put on by the Farm
Bureau, makes it evident that Stephenson County will
continue to not only be a dairy county, but is to be a
leading county in breeding the best type of high
producing dairy cattle.
The Holstein Friesian has been and w-ill continue
to be the predominating breed because Stephenson
County is the leading cheese producing county in the
state, and contributes very largely to the condensary
and whole milk trade as well as to butter making.
Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorns compose many
While milk prices vary with the season, the many
market outlets give the dairyman the competitive
markets of two shipping points to the Chicago whole
milk trade, about 25 cheese factories, mostly co-
operative ; four large creameries, one condensary and
the local supply to Freeport.
The Stephenson County Holstein-Friesian Breed-
ers disburse a large number of breeding stock and
milk cows at their fall and winter sales and the Tri-
County Shorthorn Breeders, representing Stephenson,
Winnebago and Ogle Counties, also sell twice a year
The importance of pork production is evidenced by
farmers' shipping associations covering all points in
the county, and also by the prominence of the County
Swine Breeders Association with their regular sales
in I'reeport as well as many other large breeders'
sales. Duroc, Polands, Chester Whites and Spotted
Polands are the popular breeds in the order named.
Freeport has been widely know-n as a poultry
breeding center for the last twenty years. The hatch-
ery interests are developing at a rate that keeps pace
with breeding production ; and general egg and poultry
production is increasing from general farm flocks,
with the growth of the accredited hatchery.
The annual sales of market eggs and poultry are
conservatively estimated at $1,250,000.
There are about 2790 farms in Stephenson County,
averaging about 125 acres each. The number of ten-
ants at the present time is less than half of the farm-
ers. A large number of landlords and tenants are
getting together on a form of livestock lease that tends
toward longer leases and less shiftlessness.
Stephenson County Farmers do not berate the
tenant farmer, but offer safe opportunity to the man
who can keep pace with them.
It has been because of the intensive farming and
aggressive livestock enterprises that they did not
suffer financially as severely as the grain farmer of
the West, during the years of depression. Better
buildings, better equipment and better methods of
farming — which mean more fertility returned to the
fields ; and a larger use of limestone and phosphate are
bringing their reward, as is evidenced by a farm sell-
ing recently a few miles from Freeport at $300 per
There are 1400 members in the Stephenson Coun-
ty Farm Bureau and for more tlian a year the Home
Bureau has been growing in touch and service with
the homes of the county.
There are three cooperative elevators, two co-
operative stores, and one creamery, with the 17 ship-
ping associations and about 25 cheese factories. These
bespeak the growth of the group and community
idea in business among our farmers.
FREEPORT has the usual number of fraterni-
ties and secret societies. Many of them own
their own homes. The Odd Fellows Temple is
a splendid building with the largest auditorium
in the city. The valuation of this Temple is approxi-
mately $100,000. The Elks and Moose are well housed
and are very active in local affairs. Knights of Pythias
are active in local affairs as are many others.
By B. L. Figeley
There are two Blue Lodges in Freeport namely ;
Excelsior, chartered February 1850 with a membership
of 652 and Evergreen chartered in 1855 with a member-
ship of 389.
Every branch of Masonry has a very active body
in Freeport such branches being the Cliapter R. A. M.,
Council R. & S. M., Commandery, Eastern Star,
White Shrine and Boy Builders. All of which hold
rigular semi-monthly meetings in the Masonic Temple.
Freeport Consistory chartered in 1873 now has a
membership of 3000 members located throughout
northern Illinois. This body meets semi-annually and
is the owner of the Masonic Temple and adjoining
property representing an investment of $150,000. We
might add that it is the expectation of Freeport Con-
sistory to erect in the very near future a large temple
and auditorium that will be a credit to the fraternity
and also a building that will be a valuable asset to
Freeport for use as an auditorium.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
By William Wilson, .\ltorney
The Freeport Knights of Columbus are located in
their large and spacious home situated in the heart
of the business district of the city.
The home is modern in every respect and thor-
oughly equipped to afford to its members the utmost
comfort and recreation. The club rooms are open
daily and are constantly in charge of a competent cus-
todian, offering to its members and visitors a cordial
wt Iconic at all times. The home is designed and pro-
vided with the finest equipage, consisting of pool and
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
The Freeport Rotary Club
Meets every Monday noon at 12:10 and most cordially in-
vites all visiting Rotarians or any one interested in our
city to attend.
As to the activities of this organization would respect-
fully refer you to the splendid article of our Brother
Rotarian, L. A. Fulwider on the opposite page.
Freeport is not only recognized for its standing as a most
advantageous manufacturing center, its healthf ulness and
beauty but also for its many flourishing and delightful
He Profits Most Who Serves Best
Service Before Self
C. P. GUENTHER. President
GEO. X. CANNON. Vice President
C. F. OGDEN. Secretary
A. C. EMRICH, Treasurer
PROGRAM, M. B. Marvin.
P.USINESS METHODS, Oscar Ennenga.
CRIPPLED CHILDREN, H. J. Credicott.
GOOD ROADS, L. H. Burrell.
PUBLICITY, W. H. Kunz.
MUSIC, H. H. Stahl.
SOCIAL, R. J. Stewart.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,
J. H. Nortridge
BOY'S WORK, H. B. Zartman.
C. F. Ilildreth.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS. J. S. Clark
E.MPLOYER & EMPLOYEES,
L. T. Fargher.
EDUCATIONAL, J. R. Jackson.
CONFERENCES & CONVENTIONS,
A. J. Stukenlierg.
FELLOWSHIP & INTRODUCTORY,
H. C. Boeke.
SPORTS, W. F. Ridgway.
SICK AND VISITING, F. W. Ridgway.
EMPTY STOCKING, G. X. Cannon.
MA K E IT YOUR HOME
billiard rooms, card rooms, beautitul ball room, and
large and inviting lounging apartments.
The membership of the Council consists of ap-
proximately 800 citizens of the City of Freeport. The
council is very active in both fraternal work and social
entertainment, and has always assisted and been high-
ly interested in all civic affairs tending toward the
betterment of the City of Freeport.
By Prof. L.
PROFESSIONAL men and business men com-
ing to Freeport are glad to find in this city one
of the most representative and active Rotary
Clubs in International Rotary. The district
governor of this district recently said that the Freeport
Club was regarded as one of the strongest clubs in his
district. The club was organized in 1918 and held its
first meeting under its first officers on N'oveniber 11
of that year. There are now 68 members of Freeport
Rotary which is one of 1800 Rotary Clubs in 17 coun-
tries of the world with a total membership of more
Rotary is well known as the pioneer service or-
ganization and prospective citizens will at once feel
assured that Freeport is an inviting city when they
know that they wnll find here a strong and active Ro-
While it is one of the fundamental principles of
Rotary to inspire its membership to take an active in-
terest in the functioning of civic organizations to
which they belong, some of the outstanding achieve-
ments of Freeport Rotary may be modestly stated.
For six years Freeport Rotary has financed and
directed the "Empty Stocking" enterprise. Every year
a survey of the city is made by the associated chari-
ties and those homes of the city are noted in which
there would be no Christmas presents to brighten the
day for unfortunate children. The name and address
of each child is secured, appropriate presents of toys,
candies and fruits are packed and labeled, and on
Christmas morning every member of Freeport Rotary
in Automobiles, call at these homes and courteously
present the Christmas gifts to the children who other-
wise would have a dreary Christmas. The happiness
of the children is equalled only by the joy of gift bear-
Freeport Rotary's Community Christmas Tree is
an annual event in the city. For a week before
Christmas Rotary"s large decorated and illuminated
Christmas tree adorns the Courthouse lawn. At V
o'clock Christmas day the less fortunate children of
the city are entertained about the great tree by a band
concert, and then more than 2500 of them file through
the court house corridors greeted by Santa Claus, and
receive at the hands of the Rotarians, toys, candy an .
fruit. For hundreds of children an otherwise dull da>
becomes a cheerful Christmas.
Freeport Rotary has an active part in the work for
crippled children. Every member of Freeport Rotary
is a member of the Ilhnois Society for Crippled chil-
dren. In addition to membership dues, Freeport Ro-
tary contributes hundreds of dollars to the local and
state funds to aid in procuring surgical service and sur-
gical appliance to relieve the suffering of the children
and to rebuild them and make them able to become
useful and happy members of society. The Freeport
clinic held monthly with the assistance of the
Amity Society is sponsored and financed by the
Rotary Clubs of Illinois, of which Freeport Rotary
is an active contributing member. At a single day's
clinic more than 30 children of all types of crippled
condition are brought, some of them for 30 miles to
receive at Rotary's direction relief and strength to
grow into useful manhood and womanhood. In all
this, the Empty Stocking plan, the Community Christ-
mas tree, and the healing of crippled children the
great heart of Rotary is cheerfully expressed.
In work for the children Freeport Rotary has
aided the Y. M. C. .\.. the Y. \Y. C. A., boys camp, the
back to school movement.
The good roads comni'ttee of Freeport Rotary has
led for good roads in Stephenson County. Through its
etirorts many miles of graded and oiled roads were
constructed, and the county patrol system adopted.
Annually Freeport Rotary entertains at luncheon all
the patrolmen and the county supervisors, prizes of
several hundred dollars being awarded to the more
efficient patrol men. The committee has been influen-
tial in securing the right of way for hard roads and in
cooperating with the state hard roads organization
to the effect that 42 miles of concrete road have been
laid in Stephenson county.
Freeport Rotary stands solidly and actively with
the Freeport Chamber of Commerce to aid that body
to function efficiently for the city. Its members are
large contributors to the credit Bureau fund, the pur-
pose of which is to aid local industries and to secure
new industries, several members contributing §5000 a
Prominent among the achievements of Freeport
Rotary are inter-city Rotary meetings and annual golf
matches with the Madison Rotary Club.
The Lincoln-Douglas debate celebration August 27,
1921, was initiated at a meeting of Freeport Rotary by
one of its members, and because of its city-wide im-
portance its direction was passed on to the Chamber
of Commerce. This event was of nation wide inter-
est and 25,000 people gathered in the city to hear two
great orators. Senator Pat Harrison and Honorable
Karl Schuyler in commemoration of the great de-
bate of Lincoln and Douglas in 1858.
Many eminent speakers have been brought to the
city of Freeport Rotary among whom should be men-
tioned, Fritz Kunz, of India : Wallace Bruce Amsbury ;
George Hambrecht, Jacob Rubin, Gov. Charles S.
Deneen, Senator Medill McCorniick, Senator McKin-
zie, Senator Pat Harrison, Hon. Karl Schuyler, Dr.
East. Jim Hcrron, Private Peat, Douglas Malloch.
President Markham of the Illinois Central Railroad,
\'ice President Thomas Marshall, Hon. John Barrett
of Washington City, President McConnaughy of
Knox College and President Brannon of Beloit Col-
To prospective citizens of Freeport Rotary says,
"Come and live with us in one of the most historic and
most happy cities in America. Freeport Rotary Wel-
Page Fifty-six 'FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
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DRUGGISTS AND PHARMACISTS
AT YOUR SERVICE
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ROBT. LUECKE SONS
EVERYTHING FOR MEN AND BOYS
SHOES FOR EVERYBODY
18 E. Main St.
ESTABLISHED 1896 TELEPHONE MAIN 264
THE W.H.SHONS COMPANY
BUILDERS OF BRIDGES IN ILLINOIS. WISCONSIN, IOWA. INDIANA.
KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE
H. H. HINELINE
lis N. Van Buren Ave., Telephone 221
GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER
Estimates Furnished — Jobbing Promptly Attended to
40 years e-Kperience in the routint;- Inisiness.
MAKE IT ^' O L R HOME
EAST SIDE SCHOOL
UNION STREET SCHOOL
THIRD WARD SCHOOL
FIRST WARD SCHOOL
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
A. H. STEENROD. President
C. H. KNOWLTON, First Vice President
G. H. SCHMELZLE. Second Vi^e President
AL SMYTH Treasurer
GEO. P. SMITH, Scribe
JUDGE O. E. HEARD, Trustee
DR. F. BACHE VAN NUYS, Secretary
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
B. C. TRUEBLOOD
A. A. HAAS
E. R. SHAW
A. R. DRY
Fred V. Hayner
C. A. Stelle
B. C. Trueblood
H. H. Deery
H. W. Hamilton
W. A. Hutchins
G. W. Benfer
INTER CITY and CLUB
O. E. Heard, Jr.
J. J. Riley
LAW and REGULATION
E. R. Shaw
C. T. Kiplinger
A, A. Haas
George P. Smith
UNDER PRIVILEGED CHILD
A, R. Dry
TN keeping with the slogan adopted by
Freeport Kiwanis for the year 1925 —
''Selling Freeport to Itself and to
And in the spirit of the slogan of the
Industrial Committee —
"Freeport Is Our Home---
Make It Your Home"
We take this opportunity of saying we
honestly believe Freeport is worthy of
the most careful consideration by an
industry seeking a location and by those
seeking the Ideal home city.
Freeport Kiwanis cordially invites you
to come and see us.
REGULAR MEETINGS WEDNESDAY 12:15 HOTEL LICONDO. KIWANIANS ALWAYS WELCOME
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
By Dr. F. Bache Van N'uys
Secretary Freeport Kiwaiiis Club
KIWAXIS International is a composite group of
men engaged in business, the professions and
in agriculture, who, through a unique type of
organization, are rendering civic and social
service of a most practical nature to the respective
communities in which the many clubs are located.
This International organization is made up of
almost 1300 clubs in as many cities of the United States
and Canada, each of these clubs enjoying large auton-
omy, but each functioning in direct connection with
district and International administration.
A Kiwanis Club is a local organization, whose rea-
son for being is based on service to the community for
the benefit of all in the conmiunity. Each club is made
up of two leaders in each business and profession in
the city, who are brought together in close association
and fellowship to aid in the solution of their local,
state and national problems. Because of the type of
membership, its freedom from political, racial or sec-
tarian prejudices, and the team-work developed
through personal contact, a Kiwanis Club is able to
bridge the gap that would otherwise exist between
highly specialized social service agencies and the
In every community there exists a shortage of in-
fluential man power to carry out civic and social ser-
vice projects, rather than a shortage of tasks. Agencies
to promote industrial conditions, education, religion,
and to render specialized service are needed in every
community. In many they all are maintained, in
others some features are neglected. In all, Kiwanis
Clubs supply a co-ordinating element, which, as is
shown by thousands of definite accompHshments each
year, helps insure the success of a contemplated civic
project. Kiwanis Clubs work for no political party, for
no sect, for no one class of any kind.
The name "Kiwanis" is a coined word. The real
meaning of it today is the result of the constructive,
unselfish work of Kiwanians. The motto of the or-
ganization, "We build" is an expression of the spirit of
In all this work, Kiwanis believes that progress in
a community depends upon the organized influence of
its citizens. The influences should be representative
of the whole community. If it is representative, and is
free from petty jealousies, it can stimulate good legis-
lation, obedience to law and order and can build to
general civic betterment.
Kiwanis believes that the problems of communi-
ties are opportunities for service. It recognizes these
opportunities as duties, and that duties call for per-
A report of the activities of Freeport Kiwanis
Club can only be given in part — a full report would
cover pages of this book.
Freeport Kiwanis took leadership in the effort to
promote monthly round table meetings betweci.
Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis. It took
almost a whole year to get results but a booster meet-
ing of the three organizations, and the general citizen-
ship, early in December 1924 started the ball rolling, the
future holding prospect of real cooperation.
A drive to put over the .\. Y. P. Trail was an ap-
parent failure until taken in hand by Kiwanis. Result —
Freeport has the trail.
(iave material aid to the .Vniity Society making a
cash donation to the free tiiilk fund as a part of Ki-
wanis Christmas activities.
Promoted a Tri-Statc Kiwanis conference in Iowa,
Wisconsin and Illinois. Hundreds attended and de-
clared it the greatest single effort successfully pro-
moted by any club.
Gave active assistance to the successful drive for
an Old Folks Home.
Inaugurated the plan of holding the weekly meet-
ing in communities tributary to Freeport. Meetings
held at Lena, Cedarville and Van Brocklin, each a
Successfully organized the Credit Extension which
is explained elsewhere. Made possible the present ac
tive and harmonious cooperation existing between all
organizations looking to the improvement of local In
Brought to Freeport, Kiwanis effort alone, two in-
dustries. One a Garment Factory with a capacity of
sixty employees and the other a Hatchery which is :
branch of the largest Hatchery in the world. This
Hatchery will bring thousands of dollars to Freeport
and will pay large amounts to egg and poultry pro-
ducers in the surrounding territory. This Hatchery
has one incubator with a capacity of 30.000 eggs each
hatching. The buildings and equipment cost around
S30.000 and are a great asset to Freeport.
Brought to Freeport many noted speakers of
national reputation. Among them. Proctor of Michi-
gan, who was a delegate to the convention which
nominated Abraham Lincoln for President ; Jamie
Heron, Daniel Wentworth, Thomas J. Webb, Xic Le
Grand, Fred High, the community builder, Dudley of
the Chicago Press Club, Jules Brazil of Toronto and
many local speakers of note, Donald Breed, Clark
Eichelberger. George Ladd Munn. Each of these
speakers had an audience among which were Rotar-
ians, prominent business and professional men not
Kiwanians as the local Club always passes the good
The social activities are many and of the highest
type. Dinner dances, parties, social visits to other clubs
with return visits, l)owling matches, golf matches, etc.
Took the Orphan's Band to the District convention
at Galesburg. This band consists of thirty orphan
boys from the local orphans home. Carried in a splen-
did Freeport float in the Galesburg parade this band
attracted wide attention and approval. Freeport Ki-
wanis always gives this orphanage a happy Christmas
remembrance consisting of toys, fruits, candies, etc.,
distributed l)y a real Santa Claus.
Freeport Kiwanis stands unitedly and loyally be-
hind the Chamber of Commerce in all of its activities.
Freeport Kiwanis has adopted as its 1925 slogan,
"Selling Freeport to Itself and to the World."
Freeport Kiwanis meets Wednesday of each week
at noon luncheon. Visiting Kiwanians always wel-
"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
Sold All Over The World
HOME OF NORTH RIDGE BRUSHES
ONE OF THE
ILLINOIS LARGEST PURE BRED POULTRY BUSINESS
We sell 53 varieties of Pure-Bred Poultry, Eggs for Hatching, Baby Chicks,
Incubators, Brooders and Poultry Supplies.
Produce Baby Chicks by the thousand every week during the season. Shoe-
maker strain are of high quality and from well mated, line bred, heavy egg
Over 55,000 customers in the United States, Canada and many foreign coun-
tries. We satisfy and please or could not hold this large number of cus-
We can ])lease you. Send for our Poultry and Baby Chick book. It is
FREE. Just drop us a card, be friendly anyhow.
SHOEMAKER POULTRY FARM AND HATCHERY
BOX 202, FREEPORT, ILLINOIS
MAKE IT YOUR HOME"
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SCENE IN KRAPE PARK
Page Sixty-two - FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
SINCE THE YEAR 1858
THE HOME OF
"Seek No Farther" CIDER VINEGAR
CHAS. E. MEYER & CO.
KEENE CANNING COMPANY
PACKERS OF THE FOLLOWING BRANDS
OF CORN. PEAS AND PUMPKIN
WHITE OWL, BICYCLE, EMBLEM, K,
OUR COUNTRY, NOBILITY
A HOME INDUSTRY
UNION DAIRY COMPANY
RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS OF THE
"BLUE RIBBON BRAND" OF MILK, CREAM
715-717 E. Stephenson Street
HOLTUM MANUFACTURING COMPANY
BRASS AND ALUMINUM FOUNDERS
CEMENT WORKERS TOOLS
RADIATOR CAPS, Etc.
CONTRACT WORK TAKEN
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
Freeport Public Parks in 1924
By Charles Demeter, President Park Board
PUBLIC Parks in Freeport will stand comparison
with any city tour times the size of Freeport,
whether in regard to beauty, size or attraction.
Freeport has several small city parks and one
large city park, oi 90 acres. One natural park outside
the city limits of about 140 acres. The two large
parks were acquired under the Illinois Park District
Law and all Parks and Boulevard Drives are maintain-
ed by the Park Board from taxes collected lor that
The Freeport Park Board spends approximately
$40,000 annually for the up-keep and improvements
of these parks and roads. The City Park, called
Taylor's Park, contains a seven acre artificial lake
supplied by spring water, which is used for bathing
purposes, also skating during the cold season : a bath
house and beach, made use of by thousands of people
during the hot summer months. Several miles of
beautiful drive-ways bordered bj* trees, a band stand,
shelter house, rows of tables and benches for pic-
nickers. The several hundred benches are filled to
capacity during the summer months when Sunday
concerts are given by the Freeport Concert Band.
There are tennis courts and other amusements for
the use of the public. This park has a capacity
for automobile parking of approximately 3,000
cars. A baseball diamond is maintained for the
use of the various organizations enjoying the Na-
tional game. Within the last few years many flowers
have been planted and are admired by the general
public. This park is always used for the 4th of July
celebration and other large gatherings not for profit
and is free to the general public, subject to the park
Krape Park is beautifully located along Yellow-
Creek among rugged cliffs covered by trees and shrubs
of many varieties. The creek is dammed in the park
and offers a fine stretch of water for the fifty or more
canoes of private ownership. The Park Board also
maintains a number of boats for the use of the public.
This park has some wonderful places for picnickers
and is extensively used by people from all over the
northwest, sometimes in parties of fifty to one hundred
cars, to spend the day in this beautiful park, where
the facilities, such as tables, shelter houses, stoves,
wood, water and lights are furnished in abundance by
the Park Board.
For the amusement of children, the Park contains
two monkey houses, with various monkeys, always
surrounded by young and old to watch their antics.
A large variety of Deer and Elk. besides Buflfalo,
Black Bear and other small animals are also main-
tained in this park. Near the dam there is a Bath
house and Bird house where a number of live and
stuflfed birds are on exhibit. The Park Board also
maintains a Plant Nursery for their own use in the
Parks. This Park is being steadily improved by beau-
tiful drives and boulevards.
Leading to and from the park is a boulevard sys-
tem which is being improved by the erection of beau
tiful private homes. The Freeport Country Club with
its beautiful grounds and club house is located on
the north boulevard. The city street cars run to the
entrance of the park, giving transportation during the
summer and fall season.
The citizens of Freeport are justly proud of this
park, but a just description cannot be given, nor can
the numerous improvements be mentioned, to do this
park justice in this limited space.
The Freeport Park Board is elected by the people
and consists of five active business men. They have a
vision for the future and by conservative management
many improvements are planned and will be carried
out in the coming years.
More than 150,000 various game fish have been
secured during this season from the State, to stock
the water in this Park where fishing is permitted.
The program laid out for the Freeport Parks is
not a temporary one and as some of the park land-
scape architects expressed themselves "Only the sur-
face has been scratched." The 1925 program includes
an additional city park to be constructed west of the
new high school, beginning at Mosely Ave., and con-
necting at the new park road, south on Empire St.,
giving a continuous drive on hard roads from Krape
to Taylors Park.
This Park will contain driveways, a small lake sup-
plied by two springs, play grounds and walks. The
Park consists of about six acres of land donated by
public spirited citizens.
A Park drive along the shore of Yellow Creek
connecting route 26 on So. West Ave., to Krape Park
is planned, also a scenic drive west of Krape Park and
an additional 50 ft. boulevard into the park from the
Pearl City road near Oakland Cemetery. The Park
Board is astonished at the liberal and free oflEering of
land for road purposes made by land owners in that
vicinity and will avail themselves of this offering as
soon as their finances will permit.
A fish hatchery sponsored by the Isaac Walton
League will be one of the new attractions in Krape
Park in the coming year.
Illinois law gives to Park Boards the right to build
a Coliseum and, the year of 1925 may see a Coliseum
erected in Taylor Park. Freeport needs a large
assembly hall for conventions, fairs, exhibits and other
_' FREEP ORT IS OUR HOME
OVER HALF A CENTURY
FREEPORT CAN SUPPLY YOUR NEEDS
TheWoodmanse Mfg. Co.
210 E. MAIN ST.
WAGNER'S ICE CREAM
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL
Phone main I43
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MONEY TO LOAN
WE EXTEND A CORDIAL INVITATION
RIDE WITH US
MAKE IT YOUR HOME
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"FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
HAS BEEN GOOD TO US
WE MAKE HIGH GRADE
GREY IRON, ALUMINUM AND BRASS CASTINGS
FOR 40 CHICAGO MANUFACTURERS
WE DOUBLED OUR CAPACITY IN 1924 AND WILL SURELY
DOUBLE IT AGAIN IN 1925
SEND US SAMPLE CASTINGS FOR QUOTATION
FREIDAG MFG. CO.
The finest Theatre between
Chicago and Minneapolis.
Positively the last word in
It is one institution that helps
make Freeport a good placed in
\vhich to live.
MAKE IT YOUR H'O M E
LINDO THEATRE (Interior)
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''FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
102 East Exchange St.
BUILD IN FREEPORT DURING
THE HOME OF GOOD LUMBER AND ECONOMY COAL
FREDERICK G. SMITH & CO.
327 EAST STEPHENSON ST., PHONE iMAIX :^3
BUY FROM THE YELLOW WAGONS
''MAKE IT YOUR HOME
The Prinlino Facilities of Freeport
By Paul Wurtzell
PRINTING facilities of Freeport
are unlimited. Because of its ideal
shipping location Freeport has become
one of the best printing cities in the
country and printed matter is sent to
customers in nearly every State of the
Union. Recently one of our printers handled a job
for a South African concern. Printing equipment is
one of the necessary things for every manufacturer
to consider and in this respect Freeport is ideal.
The Freeport printing plants are equipped to
handle anything from a calling card to the largest edi-
tions of mailing folders and catalogues both in one
color and process colors. Manufacturers can rest as-
sured of having the services of first-class modern
equipment and printers who are artists in their line.
Freeport plants are c<iui|)ped to handle English,
French, Spanish, Portuguese and German composition.
Many manufacturers send catalogues to countries that
are inhaljitcd by the a])Ove nationalities and having the
work done at lumie under direct supervision is of great
The printing industry is represented by the H. J.
Straub Printing Co., the Freeport Printing Company
and Wagner Printing Company. These establish-
ments have typesetting machines of every description
and small and large cylinder presses. In addition to
the above there are several small jobbing offices.
Freeport Has a Live, Up-to-date Daily Newspaper
By James R. Cowley
In the Daily Journal-Standard Freeport has a
live, up-to-date newspaper which is always abreast of
the times and stands always for the best interests of
Freeport and her people and institutions. It has a
daily circulation close to 10,000 and covers Freeport
and surrounding country and towns thoroughly. The
paper carries the full leased wire service of the United
Press ; has its own Washington correspondents ; the
full service of the Newspaper Enterprise Association,
and has many correspondents scattered throughout
Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The paper
prints from twelve to twenty-four pages a day and
thoroughly covers the news of the world as well as
state and county news and pays especial attention to
the local news.
The Journal-Standard has one of the most ex-
pensive and complete plants in the state, outside of
Chicago, and the physical value of its eeiuipnient is
$150,000. It has six type-setting machines of the
latest designs and they are in constant operation night
and day. The paper has forty men and women on its
pay-roll and this is in addition to fifty city carriers
and a large staff of special correspondents.
The Journal-Standard is a consolidation of the
Freeport Bulletin. cstal)lished in 1847; the Freeport
Journal, established in 1848, and the Freeport Stan-
dard, established in 1887, all of which were published
regularly up to the time of consolidation some jxars
The Journal-Standard is pul)lislied by the Free-
port Journal-Standard Publishing Co., with the follow-
ing officers: President, Jas. R. Cowley; Vice President,
W. L. Kunz ; Secretary, W. H. Foil ; Treasurer, D. L.
Breed. Jas. R. Cowley, who has been identified with
the various publications mentioned above for the past
forty years, is the editor of the Journal-Standard; T.
H. Lawless, who has been identified with the news-
papers of Freeport for the past twenty-five years is
the city editor; D. L. Breed, is the business manager
of the Journal-Standard, and is the son of the late
D. B. Breed, who was identified with the newspapers
of Freeport for over fifty years, and he succeeded his
father as business manager. W. H. Kunz and W. H.
Foil have been identified with the paper for the past
ten or fifteen years, and many of the employees have
been on the paper for many years. It has a splendid
corps of employees and they are all boosters for Free-
The Journal-Standard is a member of the Audit
Bureau of Circulation; the National Press -Association;
the Inland Press Association and the Illinois Press
Page Seventy ''FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
HE Board of Directors of the
Chamber of Commerce and the
Industrial Committee, under whose
supervision this book has been is-
sued, respectfully direct the atten-
tion of the reader to the fact in a
treatise of this nature an adequate
\vord picture could not be dra\vn.
^ Facts tersely told have governed
the writers of the articles, and addi-
tional information and inquiries
will be appreciated and promptly
answered. The Chamber of Com-
merce extends to you a cordial
invitation to visit Freeport.
Freeport Chamber of Commerce
MAKE IT YOUR HOME'
CRUM & FORSTER
Ohio. Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South
Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Xew Mexico.
United States Fire Ins. Co., New York
North River Ins Co.. New York
United States Underwriters of New York
Western Assurance Co., Toronto. Ontario
British America Assurance Co., Toronto, Ontario
Richmond Insurance Co., New York
Union Fire Insurance Co. Buffalo, New York
New York State Fire Insurance Co. Albany, New York
Potomac Insurance Company, Washington, D. C.
United States Merchants & Shippers Ins. Co. New York
Writing all lines of insurance allied with Fire & Marine, maintaining an Engineering Department in a position to
give expert service on Fire Engineering and Fire Prevention
Chicago Brokerage & Service Office
1849 Insurance Exchange, Chicago
R. I. READ, Manager
FRED M. GUND, Manager
803 Insurance Exchange
THOS. S. DEERING, Manager
Do you need Life, Accident and Health or Automobile Insurance?
If you do Freeport's own Companies can supply
BANKERS MUTUAL LIFE COMPANY
PRAIRIE STATE CASUALTY COMPANY
MID-WEST AUTOMOBILE UNDERWRITERS
The amount of Losses paid by these Companies since their organization is over $1,000,000.00
Combined admitted assets are over $250,000.00.
'FREEPORT IS OUR HOME
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Freeporl is Our Home—^^al^e it Your Home
We bought this space for the express
purpose of telling the world what we think of
Freeport. Good Old Freeport, City of Churches.
We think it is the best city of its size
(approximately twenty two thousand) in the United
States. Geographically it is ideally located
for manufacturing; and within one hundred and
fourteen miles of Chicago.
It has so many advantages over most of
the larger cities that it would take a book much
larger than this one to mention all of them.
It's schools, churches and fraternal organiza-
tions are the best to be found anywhere and its
laboring men of the highest type, thrifty and
industrious and most of them owning their own
We want to extend you a personal and most
cordial invitation to locate in our beautiful
Yours very sincerely,
FREEPORT'S METROPOLITAN STORE
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