Women’s History Month Feature: Fay Reavill Mount 1892-1986


“My own personal, most memorable woman in Warrenville is my former next-door neighbor.

“The first day we moved into our home on Batavia Road, Fay Mount’s genuinely cordial welcome made my parents and me feel as if we already belonged. Within a day or two, she invited us over to get acquainted and gave us a tour of her house-every room. With the passage of time, in small, thoughtful ways she daily exemplified a true neighbor.

“She was a small-town girl from downstate Flat Rock until her marriage to schoolmate Glen Mount in 1912. After a few years’ residency in Chicago, a co-worker of Glen’s introduced them to Warrenville, and they moved to a house on Third Street on April 1, 1919.

“On Easter of the following year, Mount’s first local business venture opened-a confectionary store on Aurora Road with living quarters in the rear.

“While Glen continued to hold down his job in Chicago, Fay minded the store and cared for the children, John and Betty. She sold candy and ice cream, and from the first gas pumps in town (which Glen soon installed in front of the store), she dispensed fuel from the glass-domed pumps for the area’s earliest motorists. She was put on the social committee of the struggling Baptist Church, and became a key member of the newly organized Worth While Circle.

“Then for 50 years, Fay Mount happily filled her roles as devoted homemaker, active participant in church and women’s groups, staunch supporter of her husband’s varied enterprises and never-failing booster of her hometown’s progress. As long as she lived, she kept up her subscription of the Warrenville Digest, and from her home in Phoenix, Ariz., avidly followed the news from ‘back home.’”

Taken from Leone Schmidt’s Memorable Warrenville Women


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