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A history of pioneers Joseph and Betty Kettlystrings, first white settlers of Oak Park, Illinois (suburb of Chicago), a family that survived rigorous travels and settled a parcel of land with the intent to make a home and to build a community around it - to stay and encourage others to do so, and to do so in a spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, and with the mindset that their efforts were not for themselves alone, but for the benefit of many others yet to come and a village yet to be.
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Wildcats along Oak Park Avenue, rattlesnakes in kitchens, fire, pandemic disease, war, through it all the Kettlestrings anchored Oak Park. In the 1830s Europeans and Americans were seeking improved lives based on the fertilityof cheap land. In The Kettlestrings of Oak Park sobriety, public education and church life were added to the equation. Through land development, hotels, mills, churches, schools and continued residence, the Kettlestrings anchored Oak Park in an otherwise sea of change. --Tom Ferguson, Retired Chair, History Department, Oak Park & River Forest High School
The Kettlestrings of Oak Park is an extensively researched work that draws together masses of material, including vintage photos, rare letters and interviews that document not only that hardy 1830s couple, Joseph and Betty, but also the many generations of Kettlestrings descendents who followed. ...an exciting volume that validates, celebrates, and elucidates chapters from the earliest days of our village. --Doug Deuchler, Author of historical articlesand books
An exhaustive family history of the diverse branches of the founding family of Oak Park, through five plus generations. The family has produced inventors, teachers, bankers, lawyers, sportsmen, musicians, engineers, and a heart specialist who was the first to diagnose coronary thrombosis and sickle-cell anemia. --Bill Jerousek, Local History Librarian, Oak Park Public Library
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