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Lemuel & Mary (Platt), Kankakee, Illinois, 1850s
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: May 12, 2007 at 16:38:47
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I own a small book entitled "Trails to Hoosier Heritage" by Harry G. Black, 1981. In the sectionon northern Indiana there is an article, "Newton County's Lost Community Conrad"
which was founded by Jennie Milk Conrad.

"In 1852, wealthy land investor and cattleman Lemuel Milk of Kankakee, IL., and partners bought 40,000 acres in northern Newton County, Indiana. Much of it was covered by shallow Beaver Lake, which they drained."

"Lemuel and Mary Milk had six children, Jennie was the first. Her parents sent her to exclusive schools, and she became an elegant woman in some respects, but was eccentric and fiercely headstrong."

"Jennie was 29 in September of 1878 when she was married to George Conrad, 40, a Chicago Bank cashier. The wedding was the most elaborate ever held in Kankakee. After a gala reception, the wedding party traveled in a private railroad car to Chicago."

"In the early 1880s the bride's father gave George and Jennie 4,000 acres of his land in Newton County. The Conrads followed Lemuel Milk's footsteps, taking up the cattle and land business."

"The Conrads had a son whom they named Platt, using Jennie's mother's maiden name."

There is further information on the life of George and Jennie. I did not see a mention of any other children, and their son Platt was married, but had no children.

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