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Clarissa Hobson (1804-1884) portrayed here by artist Sheldon Peck, was a pioneer settler of DuPage County. In 1830, Clarissa and her husband, Bailey Hobson, undertook the treacherous journey from southern Indiana to what would become DuPage County, Illinois. Author Leone Schmidt titled her article about Clarissa: "The First Lady of DuPage: A Memoir". Read it and others in Volume III of DuPage History.

Other articles in the same issue are:

  • "A French Trader Named Pageó: The Origin of DuPage" by John F. Swenson.
  • "Historic Sites in the DuPage Forest Preserves". This article includes descriptions of Winfield Mounds, Greene Valley, Graue Mill, Kline Creek Farm and Prince Crossing Farmstead.
  • A number of second grade student essays about the origins of the Willowbrook community.

Copies of Volumes I, II, and III of DuPage History and other DuPage County Historical Society publications are available for purchase. Visit the Bookstore for descriptions or print a Publication Order Form

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