Feature Story

Dixie Highway Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Part 1 of the Western Avenue Series

Carol Flynn, RHS Newsletter Editor
Linda Lamberty, RHS Historian

Prior to the arrival of the automobile, means of transportation were limited. Locally, people relied on horse and buggy, an occasional trolley, bicycles or walking. Long-distance trips were made by train, confining travelers to established routes and schedules. The advent of the automobile allowed more options and freedom for traveling, but to make automobiles really usable, it became obvious that there needed to be a great improvement in roads. In the early 1900s most roads were dirt, and while passable in dry weather, became muddy quagmires when it rained.

The Good Roads Movement was founded in 1880, initially by bicycle enthusiasts, but other groups took the lead once automobiles became more popular. Good Road advocates pushed for new road construction and improved roadways throughout the country. They often involved themselves in local politics and these issues often became crucial factors in elections. As a result of this movement, major cross-country projects directly affecting Illinois came about. The first was the east-west Lincoln Highway in 1913.

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Welcome Jessica Gradolf

I want to take a moment to introduce myself as RHS's new office assistant!

I am a life long Beverly resident, with long family ties to the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhoods. I went to St. Barnabas and Mother McAuley (class of '09), then I traveled down to the University of Mississippi for college, where I received a BA in English and Classics (Latin focus).

I am currently working on a Master's of Information and Library Science from the University of Illinois, through their online LEEP program.

I loved growing up in Beverly and am very excited to learn more about the history of this area while working with a historical society I have come to admire over the years. I've always loved the Graver-Driscoll house, and thrilled by opportunity to spend time here!

That's just a little bit about myself, looking forward to meeting you.

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SEPTEMBER Event Flyers:

The Great RHS Garage and Book Sale

Raising funds to save our history!

Ridge Historical Society
10621 S. Seeley Avenue

Friday, Sept. 25th 9am– 3pm
Saturday, Sept. 26th 9am – 3pm
Sunday, Sept. 27th 11am– 3pm

Ridge Historical Society is now accepting donations for items to be sold at the sale. Donations are tax deductible.
 **Clothing will not be accepted**
Please call RHS at
773-881-1675 or email ridgehistory@hotmail.com
 for more information.

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Thank You!

We would like to thank
the following people for their 2015 membership and for their
continued support of the
Ridge Historical Society.

Thank you all so much!

Donald J. & Barbara G. Akers
Kenneth & Cathy Majeske
Mary Brandt
Mati and Kathy Maldre
Marilyn Breen
James Matthews
Anna-Marie Brodsky
Gretchen L. McDowell
Larry G. & Nancy Brown
John and Mary Meany
Eugene Broyls
Linda Miller
Joanna Burnet
Joel P. & Shirley R. Morbito
Patricia Carroll
William Nesbit
Susan Cunningham
Dan Nichols
Philip & Mary Doran
Joseph & Martha O'Connor
Paula Everett
Nancy & Jack O'Donnell
Nancy Flannery
Kurt & Mary Quinn Olsson
Carol Flynn
Peggy Antonides Papp
Norma J. Flynn
Patrick  Racey
Joseph & Mary Ann Furlong
John Richert
Willetta Gary
Charles A. Rita
Susan Burnet & Maurice Givens
Jean & Bill Robinson
Lois V. Grayston
Toni Romeo
Sidney & Grace Hamper
Herman & Lois Schell
Fred & Carol Haw
Jean Lane Shannon
James & Margaret Hilburger
Michael J. & Sheila Sise
Jeanne & Earl Hokens
Susan Snow
Edris & Steve Hoover
Suzanne Smith
Wendell A. & Margaret Kapustiak
Elaine Spencer
Thomas & Joan Kelly
Clifford Taylor
Norman and Karen "Penny" Kerr
Tom Thayer
Eileen Klees
Barbara Thompson
Joan L. Klenk
Mary Ellen Tatro-Mendoze
Linda Lane
Cheryl Tully
Rosemarie Lebensorger
Matt & Lisa Walsh
Florence F. Lorance
Anna Wassenaar
Carol Ann Macola Fran Zimmerman
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