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Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« on: Tuesday 05 November 19 19:49 GMT (UK) »
Hi there,

I'm trying to find further info on two companies my distant relatives held in Chicago.

I'm trying to find info on Lill & Diversey Brewing Company which was run by my 5 times great uncle but unfortunately burnt down in 1871 in the great fire of Chicago.  I've seem some basic details through Google.

The other is the Lill Coal & Oil company which was certainly run by my 3 times great grandfather.  Unfortunately finding it harder on Google to find anything.

I don't live in Chicago (or the States) hence trying here for help.  Anything would be much appreciated.

Oli

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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 20:04 GMT (UK) »
Hi,
Findmypast has US newspapers online and there are a couple of mentions I have found, and there might be more. one an advert for Lill Diversy 1865 and also a piece on Mr Lill which mentions the fire and the hardships of being a brewer 1886.
Might be the way to go.

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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 20:18 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Cathy, do you have a link for either?  I tried to search but couldn't find them.  I only have a very basic account for Findmypast (ie. don't pay for anything).

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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 21:57 GMT (UK) »
If you are ever in Chicago :)

The Chicago History Museum
Title:    The Lill story in the history of Chicago / by William Leonard.
Author/creator:    Leonard, William.
Pub./made:    Chicago : Lill Coal & Oil Co., [1958?]
Phys. desc:    19 p. : ill., 1 map; ; 22 cm.
Subject per:    Lill family.
Subject corp:    Lill Coal and Oil Co. (Chicago, Ill.)
Subj topic:    Families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century.
   
HD9549 .L54 1958   Library-Use blue callslip   Checked In

http://www.rootschat.com/links/01okx/

That seems to be the only copy in the world. At least according to worldcat.org.

Seriously, you could contact them and see if they would photocopy the 19 pages for you. Or try finding someone in Chicago who would do it. I don't know if raogk.org is still active or would help. Or try the Cook County message board on ancestry. You only need a free subscription for the boards.

And I assume you Googled the names of both companies and went through the results. There was an obit there for a George Lill, d 1996.

this link will tell you where Lill Coal and Oil was, if you don't already have that
https://curiouscity.wbez.org/questions/23072


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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 22:00 GMT (UK) »
1869 Chicago City Dir

Some Chicago Directories are here, if you don't have an ancestry.com subscription.

http://www.donslist.net/PGHLookups/DirM.htm

 1844 1866 1867 1869 1870 1871 1873-Streets 1875 1880 1883-Elite Streets 1885 1890-1915BlueBooks 1892 1896Guide 1900 1913-Streets 1918-Jewish

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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 22:06 GMT (UK) »
Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
Monday, April 08, 1996 - Page 91

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38507713/george_lill_obit/

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Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, October 27, 1860 - Page 1

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38507921/lill_fire/

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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 05 November 19 22:50 GMT (UK) »
Western Railroad Gazette
30 July 1859

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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #7 on: Friday 08 November 19 15:28 GMT (UK) »
Apologies for the slow reply,  thanks for all the links.  I'll give them a good look over the weekend.  Hopefully can find more as well.

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Re: Lill Brewing / Coal Companies in Chicago
« Reply #8 on: Friday 08 November 19 16:06 GMT (UK) »
Here are a few more bits and pieces.

 Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
01 Jul 1942, Wed    Page 18

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/18440318/chicago_tribune/

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 Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
25 Mar 1876, Sat    Page 8

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38649586/estate_william_lill/

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 Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
19 Aug 1875, Thu    Page 8

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38649671/william_lill_funeral/

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 Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois
21 Aug 1875, Sat    Page 12

Part 1: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38649808/william_lill_will_part_1/
Part 2: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38649894/william_lillwill_part_2/

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https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31039904/william_lill_paralyzed/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31039863/william_lill_death_1875/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31039603/william_lill_co_ad_1855/