LAKE FOREST – In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society and the Lake Forest American Legion McKinlock Post hosted a lecture Thursday, November 9 to remember the tremendous acts of heroism and patriotism of the residents of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff during World War I.
Curator Laurie Stein showcased numerous articles and photographs from the Historical Society’s collection during her one-hour presentation. A few of the interesting facts covered included:
- 78 Lake Bluff residents and about 350 Lake Forest residents served overseas in World War I – about 10% of the communities’ populations.
- A Lake Forest resident was among those lost when the Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915.
Lake Forest College discontinued athletics during the war, replacing it with drill.
- Famed bandleader John Philip Sousa directed the Great Lakes Band during the war.
- Lake Forester Frederic McLaughlin served in the war with the 86th Infantry “Blackhawk” Division in the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion. After the war, he purchased an expansion franchise in the National Hockey League that he named the Chicago Blackhawks, in honor of his old division.
To view the presentation in full, please arrange a visit to the Historical Society at 509 East Deerpath (Phone 847-234-5253). To schedule a lecture for your group use this link: https://www.lflbhistory.org/lectures-available-groups
Submitted by the Lake Forest – Lake Bluff Historical Society