founder of the year

2019: Henry Carpenter

Henry Carpenter was an early pioneer arriving in Downers Grove in 1939. He opened the first general store in the area,  served the village in numerous roles, was instrumental in the creation of the Main Street Cemetery, and helped bring the railroad to the village. Henry Carpenter was honored by the Downers Grove Historical Society as the 2019 Founder of the Year.

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