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Local History

Information about historical figures at rest in the Vernon Cemetery, Lake County, Illinois.

Sidney Loomis

Sidney Eugene Loomis

Born: April 1, 1848
Died: June 11, 1918

  • Born and raised in Half Day
  • Held variety of jobs including carpet weaver, wagon maker, stationary engineer
  • Employed at Knedler Mill in Prairie View

Loomis timeline

Life of Sidney Eugene Loomis in relation to historical events and other area figures.

Knedler Mill in Prairie View

Knedler Bros. Mill

The mill where Mr. Loomis worked. The other shot is newer of the two uploaded. Note the clapboard siding. The mill at this point is called the Knedler Bros. Mill.

Knedler Mill in Prairie View

Prairie View Feed Mill

Another view of the mill. This is a more recent picture. Note the siding and the advertising sign. It's also called the Prairie View Mill indicating a change in ownership. It's also gone back to exclusively feed, not for human consumption.