Wille Coal and Lumber

Does MPHS have photographs: Yes

Address: Wille Street and Northwest Highway

Is building standing: No. Demolished in 1959

What is at site: Parking Lot

When was business founded: Circa 1902

Is business still operating: No Closed late 70s early 80s (Wille Hardware)

Who owned business: Albert and Louis Wille

Interesting stories, facts, history:

Albert Wille and his brother Louis started a business in coal, feed, salt, brick, and sand in 1902 at the intersection of Northwest Highway, Busse Avenue, and Wille Street. A few years later Wille Lumber was founded, a business that provided building materials for many of the homes built in town. The Wille family was very involved in the development of Mount Prospect. William Wille, Albert Wille’s father, built the Central School, Wille Hall, Wille Tavern, and many houses in town. Albert and his brothers were all involved in the business community and the local politics of Mount Prospect.

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