Indian Trading Post
George Gabel opened an Indian trading post on this site in 1847. In 1856 he sold the property to John Dilg who had arrived in the Chicago area in 1850 and settled on Waukegan Road in 1854. Dilg and his wife, Maria Magdalena Gabel Dilg operated the business as a general store and meeting place for the community. They also offered lodging for travelers between Chicago and Milwaukee.
The Dilg family was associated with the general store for about 100 years, and referred to the building as "The Homestead".
After a century and a half the building continues in its role as a restaurant and community meeting place, also offering lodging to travelers.
Some of the old construction is still recognizable on the south side and front of the building facing Waukegan Road.
Continuing in the family tradition, in 1904 John & Maria Magdalena Dilg's son, Fred, with his wife, Seana Torieck Dilg, opened another general store, the Morton Grove Exchange, at Ferris and Lincoln.
This plaque was placed in commemoration of the golden wedding anniversary of Cornelius and Minnie Rakittke Dilg October 5, 1990.
Erected 1990 by Morton Grove Historical Society.
Location. 42° 2.525′ N, 87° 46.892′ W. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Indian - Potawatomi Tribe Eagle Dancer (here, next to this marker); The American Legion Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harrer Park (about 400 feet away); Edison Park World War I Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sauganash Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Old Treaty Elm (approx. 4.4 miles away); Kennicott House (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morton Grove.
Also see . . .
1. Morton Grove, Illinois, History. (Submitted on May 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Morton Grove Historical Museum. (Submitted on May 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Morton Grove Historical Society & Museum on Facebook. (Submitted on May 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Article on Morton Grove Historical Society in Chicago Tribune (2015). (Submitted on May 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.