Chicago Suburbs
                                    with Known Name Changes
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        various submitters... last updated: 05 Jul 2000



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Dunton to Arlington Heights
  (submitted by Mickey Wawrzyniak [mickeyw@ahpd.org], Curator of Arlington Heights Historical Museum).

   Arlington Heights was once known as Dunton, but the Village was incorporated as
   Arlington Heights in 1887. The area of Arlington Heights today was once called
   West Wheeling (prior to the 1850's). In 1854 William Dunton laid out the town of
   Bradley, which he later changed to Dunton when he learned that there was already
   a Bradley, IL. Eventually the residents wanted a more 'prestigious' name and decided
   on Arlington, IL, but it turned out that name was already taken as well. So they
   added the Heights & thus the town became Arlington Heights, IL.


East Chicago Heights to Ford Heights

Evanston Township/Wilmette/Grosse Point District:
   Quoting from "Chicago & Cook County, a guide to research" in the section about the
   town of Evanston it says:

  "Of historic interest is the Grosse Pointe Lighthouse, built in the 1800's
   on a high bluff overlooking the lake"

   The section on Evanston Township says:
  "Until Cook County was organized into townships in 1850, the territory now
   comprising Evanston was included in the Grosse Point District, a tract of
   the county which was of somewhat uncertain dimensions, but supposedly
   existed for the convenience of voters.  In 1850 when the township of
   Ridgeville was organized, it included the towns of Evanston and Lake
   View.  The Wilmette Reservation was added later, and Evanston Township was
   formed in 1857.  Evanston Township is presently comprised of the City of
   Evanston."

   The Grosse Point section says to see Evanston.  The Wilmette section says
   that it was originally settled in 1829 and named for a French Canadian
   settler.


Globe to Dolton
  (submitted by J.R. Cain [jcain007@ameritech.net], Jun 2000)
  The borders of what was called Globe went all the way west to what is now River Oaks
  Shopping Center.  The entire area from there east to the Calumet River was called Globe
  until "Dolton" was incorporated, in about 1892.  Both of  my Grandmothers were born in
  Dolton, one in 1888.  She said her father came to "Globe" when he emigrated....that was
  1882.  Her birth,  at home, right near the brickyards was in "Globe," but her christening,
  2 blocks north, was listed as "Dolton."  My other Grandmother was born at home, in 1899,
  in what is now part of Calumet City, but was then considered part of Dolton.  Her birth
  certificate states Dolton, although I know the house and it is now Calumet City.  Her
  baptismal certificate is from a Dolton Church, but her birth on that is listed as Globe.
  I have anuncle who listed, in his seventies, his birthplace as Globe.  He was born in
  my Great grandpa's home, right on the main street of Dolton in 1904.

  All I can figure is that the boundaries of the Globe area were somewhat "liberal." and,
  by the time my family arrived, already changing.   I asked the grandmas about it 30 years
  ago, and they both said that everyone just finally started calling the area Dolton because
  there were so many by that name in the town, and they were very well to do and politically
  connected.  Apparently one of the Dolton brothers was instrumental in getting the post
  office designated by the federal government and he used his own name.  I suppose when all
  of your mail starts coming addressed to Dolton, it may encourage a name change.  They said
  that they called the town both Globe and Dolton for a number of years, the older residents
  using Globe, and the newer ones Dolton. Apparently by about 1905 it was pretty consitently
  Dolton, because I've never seen Globe again after that, and my family was there until the
  1960's.  My earliest documented Globe reference would be 1882, the latest 1899.


Grossdale to Brookfield

Niles Center to Skokie

Oak Glen merged with Lansing

Pennyville became Brickton which became Park Ridge
  (submitted by Mary J. Arvidson [marvid@clavin.interaccess.com] )

Shermerville to Northbrook

Sobieski Park to West Hammond

South Lawn to Harvey

Uppsala and LaVergne merged with Berwyn around 1900

West Hammond to Calumet City

Westhaven to Orland Hills



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