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Posted on: November 3, 2014

Historical Society to host "Stories of Families Who Settled Rich Township" Nov. 9


“Stories of Families Who Settled Rich Township,” with Richard Stuenkel, will be the Sunday, November 9, 2014 program of the Park Forest Historical Society, to be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Mr. Stuenkel will share stories and explanations of who lived on the early farms on which Park Forest, Richton Park And Matteson were built. Those attending are invited to come with questions.

Mr. Stuenkel still farms on the land originally owned by his grandfather, and lives in the 130 year-old farmhouse in Monee. Stuenkel Road which runs past Governors State University is named for the train stop Stuenkel's Crossing, run by one of Richard's family members. After World War II, he worked for a company that supplied heavy equipment used to build Park Forest.

Videos of Mr. Stuenkel being interviewed on the history of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park can be seen on YouTube or the church website. The Society urges the public to come hear him in person to ask their own questions.

Information on the program is with Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252. Information on the work of the Society with the Park Forest Archive and with the 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd. is on their website at

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