A most unusual wedding announcement
In 1912, an Edison amberola machine announced the engagement of Mr. Carl Mouch and Miss Nellie McGrath at the meeting of the Narcissus Club at the home of Mrs. R.C. Wagner Jr. on West Springfield Avenue. It was the first time locally that an engagement announcement had thus been made. Several selections had been played on the amberola when Mr. Wagner placed a record on the machine and to the astonishment of the guests present the following ensued: “Mrs. Mary McGrath announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Nellie McGrath, to Mr. Carl W. Mouch, the ceremony to be solemnized at the Holy Cross Church, Tuesday morning Jan. 7, 1913 at 9 o’clock.” It will be the first wedding in the new Holy Cross Church.
What an Edison Amberola looked like ...
In 1962, a new location for the University of Illinois College of Engineering campus is revealed in a long range parking plan for the campus. The plan shows the engineering campus expanding to north of Springfield Avenue, between Goodwin Avenue and Sixth Street. It is pointed out that the area including Illinois Field could be used for surface parking lots until the engineering campus is developed.