The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Montgomery from local author Jo Fredell Higgins. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
Montgomery was originally known as Graytown, named after founding father Daniel S. Gray. In the autumn of 1836, he moved his family from New York and built the first frame house in the village. His industrious nature produced in quick order a store, foundry, and reaper and header shop.
Montgomery also had two stores and a stone depot for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. A large cheese factory was built in 1874. From the early settlers who came for the prized farmland and the Fox River amenities to the present-day residents, the village of Montgomery continues to thrive and prosper as it celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2010.
Join the Author for a Book Signing!
When: Saturday, July 23rd from 1-3pm
Where: Gray’s Mill Restaurant
Highlights of Montgomery:
• The book contains many family images never seen before from private family scrapbooks.
• Over 100 families and individuals contributed photos and memories for this book.
• Montgomery Archives also contributed several images and artifacts.
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