Betsy J. Green

Author & Speaker

Western Springs, Illinois

Farming families from Germany and New York state were among the first settlers to trudge along the native American trail--now Ogden Avenue--and build their homes on the fertile prairie land that became Western Springs, Illinois. The village, incorporated in 1886, was named for the mineral springs located near the local train depot. For over 100 years, the village has remained a quiet community. It is valued by its residents as a good place to live, to raise a family, and to spend one’s retirement years. The book’s final chapter is a portrayal of the village in 2001.


Local history & humor
The fourth book in the series of fun and interesting news in Santa Barbara 100 years ago. Still only $9.95.
The third in the series of history & humor books about Santa Barbara's history -- one year at a time. $9.95
More tales of the wacky and weird events in SB taken from the local newspapers. $9.95
Tales of everyday life in Santa Barbara 100 years ago, told with wit and humor. $9.95
Local history
MESApedia is the first comprehensive history of Santa Barbara’s Mesa neighborhood, containing more than 400 entries and images, portraying life on the Mesa in the 1800s.
A photographic history tracing the development of a village just west of Chicago.
"Could be a runaway bestseller!"
--Old-House Journal