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This Pamphlet Tells What You Ought to Know about Harvey

In 1889, a group of investors, headed by Turlington W. Harvey, formed the Harvey Land Association with the goal of creating an industrial suburb in Thornton Township. Greatly influenced by the teachings of evangelist Dwight L. Moody, Harvey's investment group envisioned their town as both Christian and free of the evils of alcohol. To achieve that end, it recruited potential residents with advertising like this booklet that highlighted the town of Harvey's distinctive goals.

See also: Harvey, IL; Metropolitan Growth; Moody Bible Institute

Country Clubs on Suburban Line of the Illinois Central Railroad

The enthusiasm many Chicago elites had for golfing helped launch golf clubs and suburban development in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The city's first club, the Chicago Golf Club, was created in 1893 by members of the Chicago Club in what is now Downers Grove. For South Side elites, however, sites served by the Illinois Central Railroad were much more convenient. In 1898, a group of these investor-enthusiasts negotiated with the Illinois Central to add a new stop on its suburban line. This booklet distributed by the Illinois Central shows the close connections between the railroad and the golf clubs and the communities that grew up nearby.

See also: Downers Grove, IL; Flossmoor, IL