Legendary Locals of Aurora, Illinois

Legendary Locals of Aurora, Illinois

by Jo Fredell Higgins


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Legendary Locals of Aurora, Illinois by Jo Fredell Higgins

Joseph G. Stolp settled in Aurora on June 12, 1837, when there were 33 residents in the pioneer village. Stolp’s vision helped shape the city’s destiny. The Aurora Electric Light and Power Company used 2,000-candlepower electric lamps for the first streetlights in 1881. Today, the “City of Lights” is home to 200,000 residents and a diverse population with 42 percent of Hispanic heritage. The character of her people made Aurora an enterprising city. Notable residents include Maud Powell, violin virtuoso, and Harry C. Murphy, president of the Burlington Railroad. Profiles of Greek immigrant George Andrews and Aurora-born artist Wendell Minor, as well as Polish leader Bruno Bartoszek, color these pages with biographies of greatness. Astute business leaders include Robert Bonifas, Ken Nagel, Louis Leonardi, and Frank C. Schaefer. Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, Dr. Christine Sobek, and Dick Schindel give testament to adroit educational leadership. Legendary Locals of Aurora chronicles how the city’s history has been blessed with noble and innovative leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467100359
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Series: Legendary Locals Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jo Fredell Higgins is an internationally published and award-winning author, historian, teacher, photographer, and poet. She was named a 2004 YWCA Woman of Distinction and was honored with an Aurora Community Champion award in 2012.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword 7

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 Settlers and Immigrants 9

Chapter 2 Dancers and Singers, Artists All 33

Chapter 3 A Wheelbarrow Full of Hope 51

Chapter 4 Serving with Distinction 69

Chapter 5 Gracious Golden Apples 87

Chapter 6 Ordinary People, Extraordinary Efforts 97

Chapter 7 Excel in the Grace of Giving 103

Chapter 8 Everlasting Evergreen 109

Chapter 9 Winsome Wine, Wonderful in Every Way 117

Bibliography 125

Index 126

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