Merry Christmas Memories from 1967 #celebrating50

As we wrap up 2017 with the holiday season, we remember Christmas from 1967, 50 years ago, when the City had just incorporated! Please enjoy some of the memories from that historic year as featured in the Warrenville Digest. We hope you all have a happy and merry Christmas!

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A Mayor is Elected! #Celebrating50

As the City of Warrenville and the Historical Society continue to celebrate the City’s 50th Anniversary, we highlight the election of our first Mayor!

After Warrenville residents voted to incorporate on May 20, 1967, it was time to select a government. On August 3, 1967, the Warrenville Digest reported that Warrenville had elected a Mayor! Out of the three candidates, Bill Stafford was the choice!

The Mayor was sworn in and got to work right away. It would be another month before the City Clerk, Treasurer and Aldermen would be elected and the first Council meeting held.

It was an exciting time to watch the new city take shape!

On Sunday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m., the City will continue the celebration by opening a time capsule at the Albright Park Gazebo during Art on the Prairie. Join us that day to see the items that were placed in the capsule 30 years ago when the Gazebo was built.

You can also help us decide what should go into the 2017 time capsule. This 2017 capsule will be opened in 2067 when Warrenville celebrates its 100th! If you have ideas of what should be included to represent our lives in 2017, email us at

Happy 4th of July! #Celebrating50

Happy 4th of July! We hope you all have a happy, safe and historic 4th of July!

As we continue to celebrate the City of Warrenville’s 50th Anniversary, please enjoy these pictures from 1967, the year the residents of Warrenville exercised their American right to vote for incorporation!

Congratulations to the graduates of 2017! #Celebrating50

School is out and summer has arrived! The Historical Society would like to congratulate all of our local students on finishing the school year and especially those who graduated!

As we do that and welcome summer, we also look back to the graduates of 1967. The graduates of that historic year when Warrenville voted to incorporate, were highlighted in the Warrenville Digest on this day 50 years ago.    

Celebrating a Warrenville Tradition: 4th of July Parades

We hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. The Museum will be closed on Sunday, July 3rd and reopen on Wednesday, July 6th from 1-4pm.

We hope you enjoy celebrating family, community and national traditions including our wonderful parade!

July 4th Parade 1967

July 4th Parade 1967

July 4th Parade 1976

July 4th Parade 1979


July 4th Parade 1987

July 4th Parade 1995

July 4th Parade 1995


Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week: Honoring Warrenville’s First Teacher Seraph Warren Holmes

Seraph Warren was born to her parents Peter and Anna Warren in New York State in 1813. As a young woman in those days, she was grateful that my parents allowed her to get an education.  She was given a good elementary education and trained as a teacher in New York. Her passion for education grew as she taught students on the east coast and when her aunt, uncle and cousins headed west (the Daniel and Nancy Warren family including Colonel Warren and his seven sisters), her family followed them to a settlement along the DuPage River.

Seraph Warren Holmes

Seraph Warren Holmes

Their family made a new home in the new community of Warrenville which was named after her cousin Julius. As soon as Julius’s first boarding house for lodgers was built in 1835, he arranged for Seraph to take charge of the upstairs room as a schoolroom and she began teaching the children who were arriving to the growing town.

Seraph felt that all children, especially the children in the growing area of DuPage County, needed a good education to ensure that they learned how to make the community great. Seraph had a high standard of education and taught any child who wanted to learn.

Although she loved her life as an educator, on January 3, 1849, she married Albert Holmes and they began what they hoped would be a long and happy life filled with love. In those days, women were not allowed to work once they were married, so we know how much she must have loved Albert to leave her other love of teaching for him. Sadly, only five months after their wedding, Albert died tragically and suddenly of cholera while the couple was visiting Galena, Illinois. Seraph returned to Warrenville as a widow to continue her work as a teacher.

3S432 Fourth Street, once home to the Warrenville Seminary, now a private residence

3S432 Fourth Street, once home to the Warrenville Seminary, now a private residence

On September 14, 1851, she helped open and then ran the Warrenville Seminary. The boarding school drew students from the local area, but also from as far away as Chicago and Rockford. Two of our graduates, General Frederick Starring and Dr. John Maynard Woodworth of Chicago, the first surgeon general of the United States, are just two examples of the results of the fine education the school provided students in Warrenville.  The Seminary turned Fourth Street into the school’s campus. Seraph’s father’s house, north on Fourth Street, was the boardinghouse for the boy students, while the girls slept on the second floor of the school house, which still stands at 3S432 Fourth Street and is now a private home.

Peter Warren home as seen in the 1876 DuPage Atlas

Peter Warren home as seen in the 1876 DuPage Atlas, once located on north Fourth Street

After the seminary closed following the Civil War, Seraph and her mother moved to Rockford. There she opened “Mrs. Holmes School for Young Ladies,” to help train new teachers. Her Rockford school would later be incorporated into Rockford College, still known for its good teaching program. After her death in 1905, her body was brought back to be buried in Warrenville. Nine years later, our great community paid her the most ultimate honor when they named the new elementary school after Seraph. The Seraph Warren Holmes School welcomed Warrenville students until 1991 when it closed.

Holmes School which was located at , where the current Police Station is located

Holmes School, where the current Police Station is located on Warren Avenue

Flashback Friday: Warrenville Digest 1979

The Historical Society is lucky to have an entire set of the Warrenville Digest in our collection. This former local newspaper is a treasurer for our community and offers a great look into Warrenville history. Please enjoy looking at these pages from the 1979 Digest on Flashback Friday!

WVD 1979 6.7.1979 p 3

WVD 1979 5.31.1979 p 18

WVD 1979 4.26.1979 p 5

WVD 1979 4.26.1979 cover

WVD 1979 1.11.1979 p 3

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Local History

Thanksgiving is less than a week away! As we prepare to take part in family celebrations and holiday traditions, we would like to share with you a little local history and two recipes for pumpkin pie that are taken from our Warrenville Heritage Cookbook. We hope you enjoy!

John and Helen Mount were active in business and community life here for many years. John and his dad, Glen Mount worked with others for years to get the town incorporated, saw many defeats, but never gave up hope that Warrenville’s identity would not be swallowed up by another town. John and Glen sold many lots in town for $100–and on a time payment loan!

mount hardware

                    Mount Hardware Store

Helen taught 7th and 8th grade at Holmes School from 1937 to 1940. She directed plays and taught music for school programs and belonged to the Warrenville Mothers Club. The John Mounts had three children: Jay, Jodi and Jane.

Pumpkin Pie, submitted by Fay Mount

2 eggs, beaten slightly

½ cup sugar

1 cup pumpkin

1-1/2 cup milk

Mix above in order given. Mix the following with a little flour and add to above ingredients:

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. ginger

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. cloves

¼ tsp. allspice

Place mixed ingredients in a 9-inch pie shell. Fill to top. Carefully place in 400 degree oven and bake 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until custard is done.

Helen reminds us to always add spices to pumpkin before milk!

Bessie and Ted Klug came to Warrenville in 1939. As kindergarten was not included in the regular school curriculum in those days, the Mothers Club collected funds from parents to pay the teacher. Bessie was the third such teacher and taught in 1944-45 under Superintendent Locke. She taught kindergarten again under Superintendent Bower. She became teaching Principal at Woodland School, then Curriculum Coordinator between Wheaton and Warrenville Schools when Bower Jr. High was built. Altogether, Bessie taught ten years in Big Woods Rural Schools, over 20 years in Warrenville Schools and 4 years in Carol Stream.

Bessie and Ted had two children: Vicki and Corbin.

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

¾ cup sugar

½ cup Bisquick

2 tbsp. margarine

1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk

2 eggs

1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin

2-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 10 x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ pie plate.

Beat all ingredients until smooth, 1 minute in blender on high speed or 2 minutes with hand beater. Pour into pie plate. Bake until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. 50 to 55 minutes.

Refrigerate any remaining pie.

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Flashback Friday: Happy Fourth of July


As we are just hours away from the start of the 2015 Warrenville 4th of July Parade, we thought we’d share some pictures from the 1979 parade. We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

We will see you on Wednesday, July 8th when we reopen from 1-4pm! Stop in and meet our Albright Inspired visiting artist Chris Hodge!

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Biking Along the Old Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Train Line

As Warrenville and area residents take part in the Warrenville Bike Rodeo this Saturday, the Warrenville Historical Society remembers the electric trains that used to run along the Prairie Path; please enjoy reading a little bit about the line that ran through Warrenville in this post originally published in 2011.

After a decades-long struggle to acquire access to the ever-expanding train lines out of  Chicago, Warrenville got its railroad in 1902.  The Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad (CA&E) made its way through Warrenville and brought with it visitors from the Chicago region and the ease of rail travel to Warrenville residents.  Warrenville’s public high school students used the CA&E train to get to school in Wheaton, using a monthly ride ticket given to them by the School Board.  The train made four stops for Warrenville students-Williams Road, the downtown depot, Winfield Road, and Wiesbrock Road.

CA&E Railroad station

As travel by car increased and the East-West Tollway construction expanded, the CA&E passenger service declined after World War II.  Warrenville residents protested the CA&E proposed closing, but after years of threatening service stoppage, on July 3, 1957, at noon, the train no longer made its way through Warrenville.  Commuters who had ridden the train to work that day were left without a ride home.  The rails continued to be used for freight until 1959.  In 1962 the rails were removed making way for the Illinois Prairie Path that marks the trails of the long forgotten CA&E.  

After service ended, the CA&E depot was used by Robert and Dorothy Kelly, first as Dot’s Bargain Shop and then as the Dunk-It Coffee Shop.  After the City government was established in 1967, the old train depot was converted into the Warrenville City Hall until a new City Hall was constructed across the street and the old building was taken down.

To learn more about the CA&E in Warrenville  stop by the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery during our open gallery hours Sundays from 1:00-4:00p.m.  We are located at 3S530 Second Street.  For more information see our website  As your city museum, we are here to serve you.  Please contact us with any questions, suggestions or comments at (630) 393-4215 or email us at  To keep up to date with all the exciting things we have going on you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.