Past Times — Summer 2004, Vol. 25, No. 2

Horse-Drawn Wagons, Trains, and Automobiles by John Humiston — Excerpt: South Berwyn streets were paved with macadam, mixed sizes of crushed stone firmly compacted and sometimes bound with asphalt or tar. Curbs were slabs of cut sandstone about four inches thick, two feet high, and five feet long embedded edgewise in the ground at the edges of the pavement. Thirty-fourth Street carried the principal east-west traffic from Ridgeland to Harlem where the pavement ended. Harlem had two trolley tracks centered on the boundary with Riverside, but there was no street. A rutted dirt road crossed the trolley tracks and then paralleled the tracks south to a connection with Lawton Road where traffic could continue west. The pavement on 34th Street had broken up in front of the George Norton home just west of Wenonah, becoming a deep, rutted mud hole. A similar condition…

Hamm's delivery wagon near Windsor and Oak Park

This Newsletter also includes: Naperville’s Imitation (of the Bank building), President’s Letter, Another Successful Antique Sale, Berwyn Firsts

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