founder of the year

2018: Walter Blanchard

Walter Blanchard was honored by the Downers Grove Historical Society as the 2018 Founder of the Year. Walter Blanchard was one of the first pioneers of Downers Grove and most prominent citizens of DuPage County. He was a respected local judge who organized a company of local men to serve in the Civil War. He died in battle leading his men in battle in Ringgold Gap, Tennessee in 1863.

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