Warrenville and the American Civil War: August 1864

Although the Nation was at war, industry was continuing to grow and was even fueled in part because of the need for supplies. In Chicago and the area communities connected by rail, new businesses were forming and growing. In Turner Junction, present day West Chicago, the Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad was expanding its shops, building a roundhouse that would employ many locals. Just a bit further north in Elgin, the Elgin Watch Company opened. For nearly 100 years the company’s manufacturing complex there was the largest site dedicated to watchmaking in the world.

As neighboring communities economies grew, Warrenville remained to be a tightknit community, evidenced in no small part by the support seen through the hMinerva Buck Jones gravestoneard days of 1864. On August 11th, another such day proved to show the strength of the community when Wallace Jones’ wife, Minerva Buck Jones died at the age of 35 after a three day illness, likely as a result of childbirth. The Methodist Church was overflowing with those who came to give their condolences for the young mother. Her infant son died 12 days later and is buried next to her in the Warrenville Cemetery.

Taken from the Warrenville Historical Society’s program “1864 in 48 Minutes” that was held on January 26, 2014.

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