There were other white and black pioneers connected with the early sawmill along the Des Plaines River in what's now River Forest, but after a brief sojourn they all moved along further west. In the 1830s, Ashbel Steele (1794-1861) was the first permanent white settler.
Circle Theatre held its annual fundraiser, Private Party, at its Forest Park theater on June 11. The gala Mardi Gras-themed event mixed a $1,000 raffle, a silent auction with more than 50 items, a Big Easy-inspired dinner and open bar with Southern-style drinks, a chocolate dessert buffet and a performance of Circle's current production, Thou Shalt Not.
Denise Doll of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Chuck Brooke, formerly of Oak Park, will be married July 16 on Florida's Anna Maria Island, North Beach. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard Blankenship and Marcia Doll. The groom-to-be is the son of Lee Brooke of Oak Park and Mary Domermuth Brooke of Bradenton, Fla.
WEB EXTRA! Top Oak Park police officials spent two hours Thursday night answering questions regarding the Peter D'Agostino murder investigation from an overflow audience of some 150 people at the Oak Park Conservatory.
WEB EXTRA! On Friday, July 15, Magic Tree Bookstore and The Oak Park Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau will host a number of events leading up to the midnight release of the sixth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Here's a list of the activities. For more information, see the Magic Tree website, www.magictreebookstore.comharrypotter.
WEB EXTRA! After a two-hour stand-off Wednesday night, Oak Park police safely arrested John Nichols, described by police as a person with a psychiatric disorder. Police negotiators persuaded Nichols to leave his Washington Boulevard home shortly after 11 p.m.