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Milne House (Lockport, Illinois) 1930
Milne House (Lockport, Illinois) 1930
TitleMilne House (Lockport, Illinois) 1930
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
DescriptionPrint of a drawing by Adele Fay Williams of the Milne House in Lockport, Illinois. The house was built by Robert Milne, a contractor on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The house is still standing in wonderful condition in 2008. - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes

Title of ArticleStately Milne Homestead
Date of ArticleAugust 31, 1930 - Original article not available
Transcript of the ArticleLockport has now arrived at the very important place in its development when its citizens use up in their might and demand a city more beautiful. Perfectly conscious are these citizens of the beauty already possessed by Lockport. Green terraced hills on the east! Spires of many churches pointing to the sky! Trees, trees, everywhere! These are only a few of her beauties. Dignified old mansions of the mansard period. Stone dwellings of the stone age, side by side with hale old frame houses of the strong oak timbers of the pioneer builders. Historic old homes and fine new mansions peeping thru the trees, speaking of the aristocratic and social glories of past and present Lockport! A city of contrasts, of the new and the old, the rude and the cultured, the commercial and the sentimental, the practical and the ideal.

East of State Street.

All of these lie east of that ribbon of traffic called State street, where below the gracious terrace of the green hill flows the movement of swift travelers who care not for historic interest, nor pause for anything less than tire trouble. And below this vision of Lockport's beauty lies the wide, lovely valley of the Desplaines, to which the Texas company has added a distinct charm in the distant gray turrets, towers and gas tanks, that smack of medieval beauty, where red roof add a touch of magic color to the purple bluffs on the other side of the big drainage ditch. In the region between these two interesting districts run two railroads, the Alton and the Santa Fe, both much prized by residents of Lockport. Here it is on a mile or so of the banks of the little hills and bluffs with their homes and gardens that border the railroads, that the lovers of civic beauty have decided to begin.

Have Civic Pride.

Of course there is a prophet and leader who has been thinking and hoping and working for years in his desire to help bring proper civic beauty to his hometown. E. B. Bigelow is the leader who with others cast his eyes up and down this little valley and perceived the great opportunities offered here for beautifying the approaches via the railroad, and making the banks blossom like the rose. A wide platform, 80 feet long, will run beside the Alton track, flowers will surround the picturesque old station building which fits delightfully into such a scheme. Even now, so early in the game, citizens are co-operating enthusiastically with the beautifying committee. Already ash piles and garbage centers are removed and in most instances even marks of the despoiling tin cans are hidden. Even now, charming laws bordering the railway are developing picturesque trellises, old barns, too are putting their best foot foremost.

Backed by Business Men.

It is an inspiring thing to observe what can be done, with a sincere self-sacrificing leader, when citizens become imbued with his enthusiasm and civic pride. And it is an unusual thing to find hard-headed business men joining in to this movement to beautify Lockport, just where it is most needed. The beautiful but simple steps to come down Fifth street, the removal of ugly structures and the construction of several new ones are a part of the plan. Fortunately Lockport is about to have a centennial celebration of its birth together with an old-fashioned homecoming where the sons and daughters of Lockport, now elsewhere, may return for the nonce to foregather with their friends.

Plan for Centennial.

Naturally it seemed desirable to join forces with civic beauty committee, at the "get-together" affair on September 8 in Pilgrim hall. Lockport, the outline of plans for beautifying the right of way will be presented for discussion by Mr. Bigelow, who is also chairman of the homecoming celebration. City officials with Major J. F. Daley are sponsoring the movement together with many civic associations and clubs. The beautiful homes of Lockport, both old and new, are a part of the pride of Lockport citizens. The charming old Milne homestead, which has always been used by the Milne family, is one of the most picturesque dwellings in Lockport. It is a part of the Milne farm of 240 acres on the edge of town, and is so bowered in trees that you must enter the grounds to appreciate if fully.

Typical of City.

The fine old pine tree in front of the house, as seen in the accompanying sketch, was planted by the pioneer Robert Milne, when he built the house about 86 years ago. The ancient but sturdy old tree, the fine rambling stone mansion its background and foreground of forest trees. Its farm element as well as its youthful master and mistress seem to typify the dignity of historic Lockport and the progress of the new. Robert Milne, pioneer, who came from Scotland, married Isabelle Maitland, raised nine children, all prosperous and successful, and died at 87 years, in 1891. He took over contracts for building locks in the Illinois and Michigan canal, ran a planing and a sawmill, and later bought the farm.

Full of Antiques.

James A. Milne managed the homestead for him in later years. He has the father of the present incumbent, Dwight R. Milne, who has five children, Louise, the eldest, being eleven. Mrs. Milne came from Rosamond, a small village near Pana, Ill. The interior of the beautiful old homestead is even more beautiful and interesting than the exterior and is full of beautiful old things. The kitchen, a picturesque one, has the unusual feature of a floor of stone flags. A second pine tree, planted by Mrs. Milne, lived to a good old age, but died last year, near the death of Mr. and Mrs. James Milne, who died scarcely a week apart.
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Milne Family -- Lockport (Ill.) -- History
Milne House -- Lockport (Ill.) -- History
Lockport (Ill.) -- History
Robert Milne -- Lockport (Ill.) -- History
Architecture, Domestic -- Lockport (Ill.) -- History
Dwellings -- Lockport (Ill.) -- History
SourceClick this link for more information on the Milne family and Lockport, Illinois - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University) (Lewis University)
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