Monthly Archives: June 2011

William and Mary Meissner

William Meissner and Mary Frank were married in 1853. They settled here in Palatine Township. In 1861, they emigrated to Minnesota in an oxcart. Their daughter, Matilda, was born there. Unfortunately, there was trouble with the Indians there and settlers … Continue reading

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Anson Baldwin

Anson Baldwin, born in New York in 1835 to Lydia Root and John Baldwin, traveled by covered wagon to Illinois with his family in 1844. They bought government land near Deer Grove and built a log cabin. Their farm was … Continue reading

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The Last Minstrel Show

Ethnic humor proved to be hugely popular with small town audiences at the turn of the century. “Green Elephant Hotel” was a play written by Palatine Mayor A. S. Olms and performed in 1901 at the Palatine Opera House on … Continue reading

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