Sears, Joseph – Signed Photograph
Founder of Kenilworth, IL
Sears, Joseph (134th Illinois; Urban Planner; Founder of Kenilworth, Illinois). Carte de Visite of Joseph Sears as a soldier; Signed on verso; back mark H. Goldsticker / Photographer, / Army of the Cumberland.
The photograph signed by Joseph Sears has very strong local interest. Sears is one of the founders of Kenilworth, a local community along the shore of Lake Michigan. North of Chicago, nearly every house in Kenilworth is eligible to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sears joined the 100 days volunteers in 1864 as commissary sergeant of the 134th Illinois regiment. His regiment served their enlistment as part of the garrison of Columbus, Kentucky, losing one officer and twenty-five enlisted men to disease.
After the war, Sears purchased 223 acres of North Shore real estate in 1889 and developed it as the Village of Kenilworth, the last of the eight communities fronting Lake Michigan north of Chicago known as the “North Shore.” Sears’ Kenilworth is the only North Shore town that was a planned community. Fine condition; inscribed “To Geo. Barry / with the best wishes of / His Friend / Joseph Sears”.