Historical Banners

Check out the Sesquicentennial banners that have been displayed along Green Bay Road, Ridge Road, Skokie Boulevard, Lake Avenue, and at Linden Square! In total, 116 banners are displayed throughout the Village, these banners are in celebration of Wilmette’s unique history! See below for historical information for all sesquicentennial banners:

In order from left to right and top to bottom:

  1. Wilmette motorcycle policeman at the Sheridan Road Bridge, about 1915. The motorcycle is a Thor brand.
  2. Charles Michelet at the wheel of his yellow Mercedes, with sister Betty, in a Memorial Day parade, about 1915.
  3. Wilmette Brownies, troop 474, marching past the Village Hall in the Memorial Day parade, 1970.
  4. Edmund “Skip” Schneider playing taps for the Memorial Day Ceremony at St. Joseph Cemetery, 1980. Mr. Schneider (1931-2009) participated in the Memorial Day ceremony for 68 years.
  5. North Shore Baseball League team, 1902. Men’s baseball teams were popular in the early 1900s.
  6. Local Gross Point men in Scharlau’s Tavern at the southwest corner of Wilmette Avenue and Ridge Road, 1903. Left to right: Bill Rengel (bartender), Mike Loutsch and John Loutsch.
  7. Members of the Building Committee of the Woman’s Club of Wilmette, 1929. The Club was founded in 1891.
  8. Baseball game for the 50th anniversary of Roemer Park, 2003. George Pfoertner, photographer.
  9. Members of the Wilmette Community Band dressed for the performance of the “Music Man” held at Wallace Bowl in the summer of 1989.