Mt. Carroll Calendar 1982
Contributed by Alice Horner


Carroll County Court House.
January

The 1958 courthouse was the second courthouse built in Mount Carroll after the county seat had been relocated here in 1843. A Greek Revival structure designed by architects William Olmstead & Peter Nicholson, it is built of local stone and locally made brick. The 1958 courthouse is a National Historic Landmark and was entered on the National register of Historic Places November 26, 1973.




Miles Home
February

Owen P. Miles settled in Mt. Carroll in 1854 and entered the employ of the mill as a bookkeeper. He later acquired an interest in the mill company. In 1859, Miles was elected treasurer of Carroll County, a position he held for 14 years. O. P. Miles also held various town offices and, after 1878, was cashier of the First National Bank. This, his second residence, was constructed in 1873.




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Glenview Hotel
April

The Hotel Glenview was erected by the Mount Carroll Hotel Company, Judge B. L. Patch, president. The brick is from the local Hallett brickyard and the cost of construction in 1886 was $20,000. “Our home is your home” warmly welcomed many a traveler when the hotel was at its peak during the height of the passenger train. Local residents may well remember the superb dining and delightful atmosphere of the hotel’s dining room.





The Emmert "Stone" House
May
David Emmert, a principal in the development of early Mt. Carroll industry and commerce, being involved with the dam and mill construction built this home in 1841. The original house includes a flowing captive clear water spring in the cellar along with a huge fireplace with a double arch Bee-Hive oven. The late Federal architecture reflects a western Maryland and Pennsylvania influence. This structure is the oldest surviving building in Mt. Carroll and is presently being restored.



The Old Mill
June

In 1841 Emmert, Halderman & Co. purchased a mill site on Carroll Creek for $3,000. The company then contracted with Daniel Hurley to build the dam and lay the foundations for the mill in return for 160 acres on land. The new flouring mill attracted ox and horse teams from far beyond the county borders which waited in line with their wheat to be ground into the best flour made in its day. Month of June




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Uriah Green House
August

A Native of Pennsylvania, Uriah Green emigrated to Carroll County in 1841, settling on a farm north of Mt. Carroll near the Jo Daviess County line. Having amassed a sufficient fortune in farming and stock raising to be characterized by profession as a “Capitalist,” he moved to Mt. Carroll city in 1873 the year this home was built. Green held offices of School Trustee and School Director and was a director of the First National Bank.



Robert M.A. Hawk Residence
September
Captain Robert Moffett Allison Hawk, born a Hoosier in 1839, came to Carroll County in 1846 with his parents. After serving in the Civil War he returned to Mt. Carroll and in November of 1865 was elected County Clerk. Hawk held this office continuously without opposition until he was elected to Congress in 1878. Legislation introduced by Rep. Hawk included a bill for the reorganization of the army and disciplining the militia and another that oleomargarine and butter imitations “be shipped in packages so marked.” To this day, Hawk remains Carroll County’s only resident congressman.


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Nathaniel Halderman Home
November

Nathaniel Halderman, one of the founders of Mt. Carroll and the first mayor of the city of Mt. Carroll, had this gracious Italianate home built in 1854. Emmert, Halderman & Co. were responsible for contracting the mill site on Carroll Creek, and by offering some 40 acres of land and $1,000 played a key role in attracting the county seat from Savanna to this city in 1843.




Metcalf Hall
December

Metcalf Hall, dated 1907, was named in honor of Mrs. Sarah Metcalf, a life-long friend of Shimer College whose son, Dr. Henry S. Metcalf was long president of the Board of Trustees. The Hall is but part of the beautiful ensemble of Georgian Revival buildings constructed after a fire demolished the original Shimer College campus in 1905. Purchased in 1979 by the Restoration College Association, the campus now houses The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies with Metcalf Hall as the administrative core.


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