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Josette Beaubien

During the Village of Franklin Park’s official 100th anniversary in 1992, several history-related projects began. One project was researching the older homes and historic sites in Franklin Park. The project culminated in the publishing of the Historical and Architectural Guide of Franklin Park, which is available for viewing in the Local History Room. Dan and Gail Pritchett and William Simms researched nearly 100 homes and sites during the year-long process. Bill Simms noticed that an early land abstract indicated a burial area on the "Old Schultz Farm" along the DesPlaines River. After reading the abstract in its entirety, he was able to confirm that Josette Beaubien is buried at this site. Bill, Gail and Dan brought life-long resident, Carl Schultz, to this site on River Road where he was able to pinpoint the spot he visited as a small boy seventy years earlier. A ground level marker was installed at the conclusion of the Franklin Park Centennial in 1992. The marker is sponsored by the Village of Franklin Park and the Illinois State Historical Society.

The program consisted of a welcome by Daniel B. Pritchett (then Village President), presentation of the flag by Boy Scout Pack #158, the Pledge of Allegiance, remarks by Daniel B. Pritchett and Mr. Marvin Ahlers (President of Illinois State Historical Society), and the unveiling of the marker by State Representative Mark Beaubine & Mr. Robert Schultz.

The Josette Beaubien Historical Marker is located ½ mile north of Belmont in Franklin Park. It is located in the parkway on the west side of River Road, between Robinson Road and King Street. Visit our Flickr page to see more images of the marker and grave. For more information, contact the Village of Franklin Park at 847-671-4800 or the Local History Department at 847-455-6016 ext. 234 or kgurski@fppld.org.

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