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Lockport Area Genealogical
& Historical Society

Preserving the past is our 'present' to the future!

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Our site is dedicated to preserving the history of our great town, Lockport, Illinois, so that future generations can enjoy our heritage as we have. Here you can find historical documents and pictures relating to Lockport's rich history.

Early view of canal in Lockport Il.
View of lock number one in lockport il.view of grain building in lockport il.

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The Ghosts of F.S. Allen

Mary Ellen Aschenbrenner

Famed architect Frank Shaver Allen is best known for his magnificent architecture throughout the Midwest. However, his talents reach to California. Born in Galesburg, IL, in 1860, his ‘creations’ include Joliet Central High School, Christ Episcopal Church, the Joliet Library, and the (former) Haley Funeral Home in Joliet.  His mansion-like residence at the corner of Dewey and Morgan Streets in Joliet is where Aschenbrenner encountered “ghosts.” In 1905, Allen was named the Director of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA.

“I was working on a House of the Week feature for the Joliet Herald News. Let me tell you … I entered the home as a non-believer.  No hocus pocus for this reporter…. Give me the facts.  I left with physical evidence they exist,”  Mary Ellen Aschenbrenner

Place: White Oak Library

Date & Time: Saturday October 28, 10:30 am