The original home at 404 S. Third Street was built for Polly Patten Clark in 1867. Edmond and Kate Raftery purchased the property in 1919 and by 1922 they converted the carriage house into the “Geneva Gift Shop” where items from abroad were sold to the public. At the age of 52, without any business […]
In honor of the last week of our Feature Gallery exhibition, Brewing Identity: The Art of Craft Beer, here is the history of the Wrate Building, currently the Little Owl. The Wrate Building on the northwest corner of State and First Street was built in 1890 by Francis S. Wrate when he bought the entire block. […]
As a diehard Cubs fan, I have been blessed (or some might say cursed) with the opportunity to cheer for one baseball team my entire life; an organization with deep roots and a long history. Even with the Kane County Cougars, who have been in existence a relatively short amount of time, there is that similar notion of longevity.