St. John historians meet with new leadership

2013-06-09T00:00:00Z St. John historians meet with new leadershipBy Times Staff
June 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ST. JOHN | The St. John Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John branch of the Lake County Public Library, 9450 U.S. 41

An election of officers was held at the March meeting and the new leadership includes President Ellen Hogan, Vice President Joe Payonk, Secretary Helen Wein and Treasurer Cindy Carlson.

Hogan has been a resident of St John for more than 70 years. In 1938, her parents, Gilbert and Ethel Upchurch, moved their family from East Hammond to St. John. They purchased the Kameron home on 93rd Avenue, still standing across from the Town Hall. This is her first term as president.

Payonk is a 56-year resident of St John who moved from North Hammond in 1957 to the present family home on Kardel Drive. This is his fourth term as vice president.

Wein is a lifetime resident of St John. She and her brother, Joe, are the fourth generation to live on the family farm on Joliet Street. The farm was settled by her great-grandfather, John Wein, in 1849, and they are a direct descendent of the Hack family that founded St John. This will be her third year as secretary.

Cindy (Hogan) Carlson is a lifelong resident of St John and the daughter of Charles and Ellen Hogan. She and husband Lyle purchased the home of her grandparents (Leonard and Lorraine Hogan) on Keilman Street where she grew up just three doors down. This is her first term as treasurer.

Historical society membership is $5 for a single, $10 for a family and $15 for a Business & Professional membership.To join, contact Hogan at

In addition, the society has for sale St. John History Books for $20 and St. John note cards for $6 at the Town Hall. Visit the Historical Society Room in the Town Hall, 10955 W. 93rd Ave., during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

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