Momence Heritage Day. June 18th. 2022
A.S. Vail tells his story - 1906-07
Momence is, today, a thriving little City of about three thousand inhabitants, but I can remember very clearly the time when, but a few houses clustered about the bend in the Kankakee.
Credits: 1906-07 Momence Yearbooks, Graham Historic House, Kay Hess
Times have changed considerably since the picture was taken at a spot just east of Momence along the Kankakee River. Back in 1879 and 1880 when the “Union Club” made regular runs between Momence and the state line.
Credits: James Cromwell /Momence Paper/ Graham Historic House / Nancy Porter.
TUESDAY, JULY 14, 1885
MOMENCE IN MOURNING
One Death Results from Eating of the Diseased Dried
Many Persons Are in a Serious Condition and Several May Die.
Credits: Graham Historic House / The Chicago Daily Tribune.
A magnificent arch was placed across Range Street. The streets and alleys, both public and private, were all cleaned and relieved of obnoxious weeds. Many of the business houses were decorated with flags and bunting.
Credits: James Cromwell Collection / Momence Progress Reporter
A major tourist attraction, Hay Palace drew thousands of visitors to Momence in 1890 and 1891. Built at a cost of $7500 to promote the area's reputation as a producer of Timothy Hay.
Credits: Kankakee Museum /Record of Kankakee County, IL 1893 / Chicago Evening Journal / Graham Historic House / Nancy Porter
In the year of 1909, a beautiful soldier’s monument was erected on the campus of the Central School, dedicated to the men of the 42nd, 76th, and 113th infantry, and the 4th Illinois Cavalry, as companies from these regiments were organized in Momence.
Credits: Momence Yearbook/ Wayne Allen / Graham Historic House / N
A 1925 Conrad Bakery article on how H.W. Conrad of Momence, Illinois, built a successful business based on quality. Also, an album of Conrad Bakery photos.
Credits: Graham Historic House