Old Family Tales Make for a Great New Book

Direct descendant of Burr Ridge pioneer pens book using vintage images.

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Burr Ridge by local author Sharon L. Comstock. Boasting more than 200 vintage images, this title shares the stories of the village’s early years, its education history, its industrialism, and how the hardworking people of its past helped it become one of the wealthiest communities in the United States.

Although a recently incorporated village, Burr Ridge’s history dates back much further than 1962. This new title tells the tales of the area’s earliest settlers as they travelled from places as far as Scotland, Germany, England and Holland. “These early families settled the land to build better lives on the edge of a prairie as farmers, entrepreneurs, and educators,” Comstock said.

Many of the images in Burr Ridge are those of families, community leaders, and classrooms of schoolmates. The narratives accompanying these images consist of oral histories that have been passed down from generation to generation. The author stated that, “This book can in no way tell every story Burr Ridge holds, but it may inspire us to learn, listen, and tell our stories for the next generation of “Burr Ridgers” to come.”

Highlights of Burr Ridge include:

  • Images of the Robert Vial house and quotes from Vial diary
  • Images from personal collections not available in area archives
  • Images of growing up on the International Harvester research farm
  • Personal scrapbook images of Anne M. Jeans

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Discover more than 8,500 small towns and downtowns at http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.


Flagg Creek Heritage Society is having a mural painted on the exterior of the museum building located at the Pleasant Dale Park District at 7425 S. Wolf Road in Burr Ridge.

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The artist is John Howard. John is a native of Chicago. He teaches continuing education classes in watercolors, mural painting and portrait painting at Moraine Valley Community College. Depending on the weather, he will be at the museum generally in the a.m. hours.

Read what the Curious Traveler has to say about our mural.