Ep. 38: The Past Is Present – Frederick Grabbe and Libertyville’s Spring Water

Jenny, our local history librarian returns to the podcast to talk about Libertyville’s 19th century claim to fame- the best spring water in the nation! Jenny shares her research on Libertyville icon Frederick Grabbe, the German immigrant, Civil War hero, and beekeeper who founded the Abana Spring Water company. Read Jenny’s blog post Frederick Grabbe…

Frederick Grabbe and Abana Spring Water

The 3rd annual Lake County History Symposium, held at the Adlai E. Stevenson Home on April 30, focused on Immigrant Stories. Attendees heard about Polish Pioneers in Illinois, the experiences of a select group of families from the “Irish Hills” of Newport Township and the origins of the Lake County’s numerous Irish place names, and the William…

Early Settlement along the Des Plaines River

Lake County’s written history began when French traders and missionaries traveling through the region noted the place in their journals. In 1673, Father Jacques Marquette referred to the Des Plaines River as “the river of portage” and wrote of its tendency to flood its banks. This characteristic seems to be how the river got its…