The Oldest Drug Store in Town (part 2)

When Frank B. Lovell took over the F.Z. Kimball & Co. drug store in the 1880’s, he became the head of a business established over a decade earlier. Little did he know this business would still be in operation over 100 years later. Frank B. Lovell was born in 1861 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois,…

The Great Libertyville Fire of 1895

Most people have heard of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but the Great Libertyville Fire of 1895 may not be as familiar. Nearly 125 years ago, a fire raged through central Libertyville destroying an entire business block in a single night. In the hours between August 30 and 31, 1895, cigar maker Max LeBeau…

Libertyville’s World War I Veterans: Frank Huber

Proprietor of the Huber Food Shop at 547 N. Milwaukee Avenue, the “little store with the big service”, Frank Huber was a World War I veteran, successful grocer, and community business leader. Born January 14, 1896 in Chicago, Frank Andrew Huber was living at 1509 S. Trumbull and working for Chicago Surface Lines as a…

The last horse in town: The rise of the automobile in Libertyville and Mundelein: 1880-1933.

The residents of Libertyville and Mundelein witnessed rapid change during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the installation of Libertyville’s first electric lights in June 1897 to Mundelein’s first telephone in the early 1900’s. Few changes, however, had quite the impact than the transition from horse-drawn carriages to our new ubiquitous cars. So let…