I have an Abstract of Title from my aunt's house on 116th and Prairie Avenue. The history of the area goes back to 1835. The first date showing the name Kensington was in 1875. It says "First Addition to Kensington" with a legal description There is also a map. In case you are interested, that whole area was purchased for under $400.00, (310 acres)by Ambrose Y. Smith and William Andrews
It would be very interesting to continue adding to this information with other facts related to Kensington Illinois place in local and international history (i.e., labor, Immigration, migration history). For example, many have said that Elliot Ness's father owned a haberdashery on the street, a priest at St Anthony made grappa (Italian moonshine) in the church basement during prohibition, Torino/Gonnella Bakery was one of the first and most successful Italian bakeries in the Midwest, the Operetta Club continued to be a center of entertainment fro over 50 years, Pat & Mat's was the center of social and political discourse for decades, immigrants from Italy, Germany, Poland and lastly Mexico, all found comfort in the area etc.
According to the US Postal Service, there is no town named "Kensington" in Illinois.
Springfield, Illinois was founded in 1820.
Illinois State University was founded in 1857.
it was founded in 1673.
Joseph Smith founded Nauvoo, Illinois on the Mississippi River.
Southern Illinois University (originally just in Carbondale, IL) was founded in 1869.
The current Deere& Company was founded in Moline, Illinois. The previous companies John Deere was involved with and founded were also founded in Moline, Ilinois and in Grand Detour, Illinois.
McKendree University (College) was founded in 1828 and is the oldest in Illinois.
The address of the Kensington Library is: 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, 94707 1037
Cook County, Illinois was founded January 15, 1831.
The headquarters of the company US Cellular is located in Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded in 1983, and has been located in Illinois since its founded date.
The first US city to be founded was Cahokia which was founded in the year 600. The city was in the state of Illinois.
The very first bank was founded in old Shawneetown in Gallatin County Illinois
The Illinois Sewing Machine Co was founded in 1895.
Illinois had been established as a territory for Native Americans well before being founded. The first founders of the modern state were Father Marquette and Louis Joliet.
In 2005, the Eastern tiger salamander was named the official state amphibian of Illinois.
The first pro sports team in Illinois was the Chicago Cubs, founded in 1875.
The address of the Kensington Historical Society Inc is: Po Box 453, Kensington, MD 20895
The phone number of the Kensington Library is: 510-524-3043.
The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1891
Abe Saperstein in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois