The Grayslake Historical Society gives Patch a look at the rich history of Grays Lake.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
With the change of seasons twice each year, Grays Lake in the fall is transformed from a summer-fun recreation outlet to a winter paradise for hearty cold weather souls. In the spring, the landscape returns to the hazy, lazy days of summer for the many residents who live in homes surrounding the lake. William M. Gray came from Allegany County, New York, some time before 1840 and purchased the land along the south shore of the then unnamed lake. He purchased two quarter sections of land. Glacial lake Grays Lake is located just north of Route 120 and is entirely within the Village of Grayslake. It is an oval shaped, 80-acre glacial lake with a maximum depth of 20 feet, an average depth of 5.7 feet and a lake volume of approximately 449.8 ace…
Grayslake has lost a dedicated community member in Kent Rich, who passed away Sept 3. His memorial visitation will be held today.
"He was part of it all. He loved Grayslake deeply," said Kathe Rich of her father, Arthur "Kent" Rich, who passed away Sept. 3 following a three-year battle with cancer. A memorial visitation for Rich will be held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium located at 410 E. Belvidere Road, in Grayslake. Rich, 81, was born in Libertyville, but was a lifelong Grayslake resident who served 42 years on the Grayslake Library Board. "He was the point person for our construction project," said Grayslake Library Director Roberta Thomas. "He and his wife (Karen) were on-site every day, in the rain, mud, snow and heat. He knew the history of the library and always brought a sense of perspective." Thomas and Kathe …