History & Genealogy of
Rich Township
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©Kim Torp



Cities & Towns within Rich Township:


Village of Flossmoor
Village of Matteson
Village of Olympia Fields
Village of Park Forest - [partly in Will County]
Village of Richton Park
Village of University Park
[partly in Will County]



Cemeteries .....

Park Forest:
St. Anne Catholic Cemetery


Biographies .....

LEE W. CARRIER, one of the successful members of the Chicago bar, is established in active general practice, with office headquarters at 111 West Washington Street, and has served on the bench of the Municipal Court of Chicago and the Circuit Court of Cook County, as well as that of Chicago Heights.

Judge Carrier was born at Three Oaks, Berrien County, Michigan, July 14, 1886, and is a son of Julius D. and Alma (Valentine) Carrier, the original American representatives of the Carrier family having come from the Province of Alsace, a war-stricken district that has alternated in French and German dominion and that the World war returned to French control. These representatives of the family made settlement in the vicinity of Syracuse, New York, and from the old Empire State went forth the pioneer members of the family in the State of Michigan, where settlement was made about the year 1854. Julius D. Carrier gave the major part of his active life to farm industry and was long numbered among the substantial and honored citizens of Berrien County, Michigan.

In the public schools of his native village Lee W. Carrier continued his studies until he had duly profited by the advantages of the high school, and thereafter he completed a course in the law department of the University of Michigan, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1908, his reception of the degree of Bachelor of Laws having forthwith been followed by his admission to the Michigan bar, and his admission] to the Illinois bar having occurred in 1909. He has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession save for the seven years of his service in judicial office-first as judge of the City Court of Chicago Heights and thereafter on the bench of the Municipal Court of Chicago. In each of these positions Judge Carrier made record of characteristic ally loyal and efficient service, the while his experience greatly broadened and solidified his knowledge of the involved science of jurisprudence. He has been a resident of the Chicago metropolitan area since 1909 and here his administration on the bench of the Chicago Municipal Court covered a period of four years, he having then resigned the office, in order to resume the active practice of law. He held the office of corporation counsel of Chicago Heights two years, 1920-21. He maintains his residence at Flossmoor, Illinois.
The political allegiance of Judge Carrier is given to the Republican party, he has membership in the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, and he has membership in the Olympia Fields Club and the Chicago Heights Country Club.

August 21, 1911, marked the marriage of Judge Carrier to Miss Florence Pedersen, daughter of Otto and Laura (Hansen) Pedersen, and the names and respective birth dates of the children of this union are here recorded: William C., August 19, 1912; Dorothy V., November 13, 1914; Robert, September 21, 1918; and Jean M., August 21, 1923.
In the domain of law much is involved in the achieving of success and prestige in such a metropolitan district as that of Chicago, and Judge Carrier has proved himself equal to the task, for his professional ability and loyalty, as combined with invincible integrity of purpose, having enabled him to win a success that shows constantly cumulative tendency and that marks him as a representative member of the Cook County bar.
("ILLINOIS, The Heart of the Nation" by Hon. Edward F. Dunne, Volume IV, 1933, Transcribed by Kim Torp)


Important Addresses .....

Park Forest Public Library
400 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, IL 60466
708-748-3731

Park Forest Historical Society
400 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, IL 60466
(708) 748-3731

University Park Public Library
1100 Blackhawk Drive
University Park, IL 60466
(708) 534-2580

Matteson Public Library
801 South School,
Matteson, IL. 60443,
(708) 748-4431

Flossmoor Public Library
1000 Sterling Avenue,
Flossmoor, IL. 60422,
(708) 798-4008

Richton Park Public Library District
4045 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, IL. 60471,
(708) 481-5333


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