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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Earl M. Schwemm

Pioneer Press - November 23, 1996

Memorial Services for Earl M. Schwemm, 95, will be held Saturday, December 7, at 11 am, at the Barrington United Methodist Church and at 2 p.m. at the Elliott Chapel on the grounds of the Presbyterian Home in Evanston. A native of Barrington, Mr. Schwemm died Nov. 15, 1996 at the Presbyterian Home.

Mr. Schwemm was the former manager of the Chicago agency of Great-West Life Assurance Co. of Canada. He ran the agency for 25 years, until his retirement in December 1961.

Mr. Schwemm lived in Barrington almost all of his life and was an active civic leader, including nine years on the high school board of education, three as president, and seven years of the Barrington Village Board.

His grandfather, Gustav Meyer, opened a cabinet-making shop in Barrington just after the Civil War, and his father, John Schwemm, had a livery barn in downtown Barrington until after World War II. His mother, Gertrude, was a prime mover of the library, and wrote the history of the Methodist Church in 1940.

Earl and Eunice Butler Schwemm

Other news articles over the years include:

Barrington Review - November 1, 1917

Nelta Schnetlage (Room 3), Grace Schwemm (Room 5), Ruth Schwemm (Room 7) and Earl Schwemm (High School) were on the 'Roll of Honor' in October. It was noted that every pupil to be on this honor roll must have no grade below 90 in any of the regular studies. Music, writing, drawing and deportment are no included.

Barrington Review - December 12, 1918
Henry Boehmer of Chicago spent the week end with his cousin, Earl Schwemm.

Barrington Review - April 8, 1926
Earl M. Schwemm, who spread the speical assessment for Barrington's sewer system, states that he is now ready to make dividing orders where property has since been sold.

Any person desiring their assessment divided in order that it will apply against the present property owner should apply to Mr. Schwemm now.
Anyone who owned a tract of land or a piece of property when the assessment was spread, but has since sold part of it, or divided it in any way, can have the assessment proportioned to the new owners, Mr. Schwemm explains.
"It should be remembered," Mr. Schwem says, "that if the entire piece of property was sold there is no division to be made. It is just a change of ownership. A case like this should be reported to the village collector and the County court notified. Where the assessment is to be divided or reapportioned, then get in touch with me."

The Herald - Arlington Heights, IL - November 17, 1960

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frasier, 425 N. Cumnock were dinner guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Schwemm in Jewel Park, Barrington, Saturday evening. After the dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Schwemm showed pictures of their second trip to Europe, taken last summer.

Barrington Courier Review - 1978
The Earl Schwemms: Fifty years together

They were high school sweethearts. And is was 50 years ago yesterday that Earl Schwemm and Eunice Butler were married.

Earl Schwemm was born here in Barrington. Eunice Schwemm came here to live when she was 9 years old. Both are graduates of Barrington High School, he in 1920 she a year later. Earl went on to the University of Illinois, graduating in 1924 and Eunice graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1925.

They were married on February 1, 1928 in the tea room in the building which now houses Barrington Realty.

They never left Barrington. They made their home here and Earl worked in Chicago for 30 years as agency manager for the Great Lfie Insurance Co. He was active in the community, serving on the high school board of education for eight years and as its president for three. For seven years, until 1975, he was a trustee for the Village of Barrington and last year he marked 50 years of membership in the Barrington Lions Club and the local Masonic Lodge

Eunice has been a long-time member of the Barrington Woman's Club and the League of women Voters. She also has been active in the Women's Society of Barrington, United Methodist Church and the Volunteer Bureau.

The Schwemm's raised three sons; John, who lives in Downer's Grove; Richard who lives in Wilton, Conn; and Robert, a residen of Lexington, Ky. All five of the Schwemms' grandchildren are girls.

"I have the best wife, the best kids, the best of everything. I've been a lucky man," Earl Schwemm said.

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