On a mission in Tefft: 46380
|Hettie and Uncle Alonzo Hilliard, Postmaster at Tefft|
Isaac Dunn, a pioneer settler of the Kankakee Marsh, laid out Dunnville in 1883 just south of his log cabin which was located between Dunnville and the Kankakee River. Dunn built a bridge across the Kankakee, according to oral tradition, from a Ferris wheel he scrapped from the Chicago Exhibition in 1893. I've heard this refuted, but it does make for a great story....and the restored bridge would make for a great picture on a sunnier day.
|Welcome to Tefft!|
|The Alonzo Hilliard family and home, c. 1900, Tefft or Dunnville?|
Unfortunately, I think I was looking for the wrong house! Because when I went back on-line to dig up a little more information on Alonzo, I found this earlier picture of my ancestor-which I believe is the same house some 30+ years prior to the shot of the house-post office. Alonzo was also a carpenter, and since the house looks new in this earlier photo-I imagine he built it himself.
|What I assumed took the place of the Tefft Post Office|
Another trip to Tefft awaits.