* Was village president
* Started the first library in Lombard
* Donated 3,000
books to the Plum Library
15 W. Maple Street
This" Prairie School" design house was built in 1905. Frank Lloyd Wright was the architect who made the "Prairie School" design famous. This type of house has horizontal lines. The houses are decorated in blues and browns that blend in with nature's own colors.
man who owned the house, Josiah Reade, was an important man in Lombard's
history. He was the second man to be village president. Josiah
Reade also began the first public library in Lombard. He had a large
collection of books and wanted to share them with the townspeople.
As a result, Josiah Reade started using a room at the First
Church of Lombard to set up a library. Each week, Mr. Reade
Colonel Plum donated his house as a library, Mr. Reade's collection of
3,000 books was moved across the street to the Helen Plum Memorial Library.
Josiah Reade died in 1929 at the age of 99. When he died, the
bell at the church, which had housed his library, was rung 99 times.