|Lake Street School, Keeneyville, Illinois. Circa 1950s.|
A Word about Albert Keeney.
The original subdivision, East of Gary Road, and South of Lake Street (US 20), contained approximately 115, one-acre lots.
People knew Albert as a very colorful man. His hair was white and he always wore a red Marshall Field necktie which he bought by the gross (twelve dozen).
Mr. Keeney became a leader in the community. He donated land to the Keeneyville Bible Church in addition to making other major contributions to the church. The Lake Street School also benefited from Albert's generosity, as he even donated the sign that hung over the school's entrance.
A Keeneyville Old-Timer Recalls.
Mrs. Mary "Mae" (Durkin) Miller, who lived to be 100 years old, and her husband Francis, were one of the first homeowners in Keeneyville. The lake in Keeneyville was considered by the local Indians to be a great fishing spot. According to Mrs. Miller, the lake was reduced to a swamp when drainage ditches were cut, and fill material was dumped in the lake during the original construction of Gary Road back in the 1930s.
The small hidden lake in Keeneyville is still there.
|Keeneyville's Hidden Lake|
Vernon Drury Case & Case Foundation Company.
In 1952 Vernon Drury Case and his wife Henrietta Ellis bought ten acres of farmland on Lake Street (US 20) with a seriously dilapidated Victorian-style house and several, barely standing, out-buildings in Keeneyville, Illinois.
|The Case house on Lake Street in Keeneyville. Year unknown.|
|The Case House in 1960, Keeneyville. Photo by Margaret Glorso Tynan.|
|Keeneyville about 1949. Photo emailed to me by Vernon Case Gauntt.|
|Keeneyville - Case Foundation Company. (1952)|
Photo emailed to me by Vernon Case Gauntt.
|The Case house now. Note the front door had been moved.|
Big Trouble in Little Keeneyville.
Because Keeneyville is such a small subdivision, not too much excitement occurs there. But on October 30, 1955, the Chicago Daily Tribune reports:
18 TEEN-AGERS FINED $375 FOR BATTLE PLANS
Eighteen young men arrested October 22 as they were about to begin a gang fight in Keeneyville, DuPage county, were fined a total of $375, including $108 court cost, by Kennith H. Winters, Bloomingdale township justice of the peace, in Roselle, Illinois yesterday [October 29, 1955].
The fines [per offender], including costs, ranged from $16 to $31 ($160 to $310 today). In addition each of the teen-agers was orderd to observe a 9 p.m. curfew for 90 days, and to be home by 8 p.m. thru tomorrow night. Each was charged with disorderly conduct. An adult overheard discussion of the battle plans and notified the Dupage county sheriff's office, which sent several squads to the scene. They arrived at the intended battleground, a school yard at Lake Street and Gary Avenue, just as fists were about to fly.
Another article says the gang fight was between Keeneyville boys, which called themselves “The Keeneyville Swamp Rats,” vs. a group of Roselle boys.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
This was very interesting. I had never heard of Keeneyville until I moved to Roselle a short time ago.ReplyDelete
Neil- I'm enjoying your posts. Vern and Henrietta Case are my grandparents and thank you for mentioning them and Case Foundation Company in your post. My father, Grover Gauntt, worked for Case and ultimately became President. We lived in Itasca. I wrote a story about Vern Case--I'm named after him--he was a bigger than life sort of guy and worked several summers for his company. Here's the link. https://www.writemesomethingbeautiful.com/2011/07/06/vern-case/ReplyDelete
Vern and Henrietta also bought and owned for several years the Myers Farm across the street. The property was sold to I believe a housing developer shortly after they passed in 1976 and 1977. I have some cool aerial shots of Keeneyville and the Case property taken about the time they bought the ten acres. What's the best way to get those to you. Vernon Case "Casey" Gauntt.
"Mae" Miller was actually Mary (Durkin) Miller. She is my grandmother, and my father, Leonard Miller was born there in Keeneyville in 1935 and grew up there with 7 siblings on an egg farm. If you wanted to fill in some blanks, he is pretty sharp and could help you.ReplyDelete