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Situated just outside of Chicago, the bustling suburb of Oak Lawn was incorporated in 1909, although its rich history can be traced back to the 1830s. For decades, the village remained a thinly populated farming community. However, like many towns across America, the early 20th century brought steady growth, and the years following World War II saw an unprecedented population explosion. With thousands of new residents arriving every year, numerous homes, churches, and schools were constructed, forever changing Oak Lawn. In the face of immense growth and other adversity, such as the 1967 tornado, the village continued to prosper and mature. The images in this book act as a window to our past, highlighting many of the people, places, and events that have made Oak Lawn the dynamic community it is today.
Containing over two hundred historic photographs with captions and chapter introductions, "Images of America: Oak Lawn", highlights many different aspects of the village's history including Round-Up Days and the 1967 tornado. The book is available for purchase (cash or check) at the library's second floor service desk for $16.99.
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Images of America: Oak Lawn
The students and faculty of Cook School stand under a District No.123 banner in this 1915 photograph. Shortly before it was taken, the building received a second-story addition that doubled its size. On the far left is teacher Hazel Schussler, and on the right is teacher Mary McKeown. Principal Roy Day can be seen standing in the back row. (Photograph by J.M. MacFadyen; Donated to the library by Elsie Elvidge.)
By 1947, Ninety-fifth Street had grown from a narrow dirt road into a bustling thoroughfare lined with buildings. Some of the locations visible on the north side of the street include, from left to right, the Oak Lawn Dairy Bar, Oak Lawn Trust and Savings Bank, water tower, Behrend’s Hardware, Hilgendorf House, and Nick’s Tavern.
(Courtesy of the Oak Lawn Public Library.)