This is the section devoted to Frank Shaddle


Frank Cornelius Shaddle, son of Charles Wesley and Mary Crowell (Studley) Shaddle was born June 13, 1870 in Vernon Township near what is now Mundelein, Illinois. Originally the village was called Mechanics Grove after the many mechanics who settled there from the east, then Rockefeller and finally Mundelein.

On Nov. 28, 1894 Frank Cornelius married Grace Elvira Norton in the Norton home. Grace was born September 20, 1871; she and Frank attended school together.

Frank and Grace Shaddle had three children:

  1. Lee Norton b. December 11, 1895
  2. Ruth Alice b. January 22, 1898
  3. Blanche Delora b. January 6, 1899

Frank Shaddle died on September 4, 1956 in Mundelein, Illinois and was buried in Ivanhoe cemetery. Grace Elvira Norton died on August 1, 1961 in Libertyville, Illinois and was buried in Ivanhoe cemetery.

I was very young when "Uncle Frank" died, but I feel like I knew him nonetheless. We had a number of useful things around the house that he had built; the one I remember the most is a little footstool with a linoleum top cover. He had made that out of some old scraps of lumber he had, painted it white and gave it to Mom and Dad. Mom tells me that was very typical of him; he was always making little things and giving them to the family.


Frank Cornelius Shaddle

Frank Cornelius Shaddle, son of Charles Wesley and Mary (Studly) Shaddle was born June 13, 1870 in Vernon Twsp near Mundelein, Illinois. He lived most of his life in the are around Mundelein, Illinois. The village was first known as Mechanics Grove, then when the Wisconsin Central RR, now the SOO Line RR came through it was changed to Rockefeller. Then about 1906 Arthur F. Sheldon, a philosopher and head of the Sheldon school bought woods and property around Mud Lake. He built a dam and formed Lake Eara and the town name was changed to Area (Ability, Reliability, Endurance and Action-the fourfold development of man). About 1924 the Catholic Church bought the Sheldon property, built a school for priests on the Lake property and the village name was changed to Mundelein to honor Cardinal Mundelein; for which the village received a fire engine.

So much for village History

Frank Shaddle attended Miss Amelia Holcombs school in Mundelein 1888 and 1889, and also attended school in Irving Park Chicago. He also helped on his father's farm. Frank met Grace Elvira Norton at Miss Holcomb's school, which was called Rockefeller Classical Institute.

Frank C. Shaddle and Grace Elvira Norton were married in the Norton home, Nov. 28, 1894. They lived on the Shaddle farm which was between Diamond Lake and Half Day near the Soo Line tracks. Lee Norton Shaddle was born there Dec 11, 1895. They then moved to the Norton farm in Mundelein and Ruth Alice Shaddle was horn Jan 22, 1898. This was in the new house which, from Grace's diary of 1889, was started across the read from the Norton Homestead. On Sept 7,1889 they marked the cellar to dig. Sand for construction was hauled from Lake Michigan. The Norton family moved in on March 12, 1890. The house now stands at Maple and Park Streets in Mundelein, Ill. Blanche Delora Shaddle was born July 6, 1899 in the Norton homestead in Mudelein Ill.

(From the Shaddle family history, written by Ruth Shaddle Robinson, Oct. 1986)


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