Rescuing Lake Villa History
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The History of our New Building...The Lake Villa Historical Society has a new home at 223 Lake Street, Lake Villa
The Lake Villa Rescue Squad donated their building to us. We are extremely grateful for this very generous donation.
Now the work begins on making it our permanent home.
1956 Lake Villa Township population 3,048
|May, 1956 |
|Need for Lake Villa Township Emergency Care identified.|
Lake Villa Community Men’s Club Starts Fund Drive.
Purchase a used panel truck from the Antioch Rescue Squad.
Charter Members Jake Fish, Everett (Tiny) Awe, Gene Barth, Anthony Coia, Ben Cribb, Harold McCord, Donald Oischlager, Fred Popp, Sr., Willard Schneider, and John Schueler complete Advanced First Aid presented by the Red Cross.
Lake Villa Rescue Squad Begins Service on May 30, 1956.
|Monetary contributions to the Lake Villa Rescue Squad provided the funds for the Squad to buy equipment and replacement equipment through the years;
Lake Villa Lions Club sponsored the fund raising drives.
The Lions Club is an outgrowth of the former Lake Villa Community Men’s Club.
|Lake Villa Township Rescue Squad Builders was formed to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 for a new Rescue Squad building. At that time the squad’s two vehicles were housed in the township garage on Lake Avenue in Lake Villa. |
Lake Villa Women’s Club originated the idea of raising money for a new Rescue Squad building.
June Eckert, President represented the Lake Villa Women’s Club
Al Smith, V.P., representing Prince of Peace Holy Name Society
Eleanor Prather, treasurer, Cedar Lake Park Improvement Assoc
Rosemary Holiday, secretary, West Miltmore Women’s Club
Pat Parpan, publicity, Lindenhurst Women’s Club.
May 27, 1966
|Final papers were signed for (the purchase of) the lot on Lake Street in Lake Villa, and, with the help of many local businesses and individuals, the new cement block building was constructed. |
|Dedication of Rescue Squad Building at 223 Lake Avenue.|
An addition was added to the building.
Mid-1980s the Rescue Squad had outgrown its existing station – called “The Barn” by squad members. Lake Villa Fire Protection District decided to build a modern facility for the residents of Lake Villa Township, which became the new home for the Lake Villa Rescue Squad on Grand Avenue west of Deep Lake.
|Lake Villa Fire Protection District announces consolidation of the RESCUE/EMS and FIRE services. There is now a single contract with one organization, that being the Lake Villa Fire Department, effective, May 1, 2011|
November 1, 2011
|Building at 223 Lake Avenue gifted to the Lake Villa Historical Society as a permanent home.|
2011 Lake Villa Township Population 40,261
Membership meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (except July) at the Lake Villa Village Hall unless otherwise noted. Business Meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Programs begin at 7:00 pm and are open to the public.
Board meetings will be held at 10:00 a.m. on the Monday preceding the third Tuesday of each month.