May Challenge

A Trek readies for a ride in front of a brick flower box

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Mr. Honeywell deferred when the railroad chose to name the station after him, and hence the town was named for Thomas Hoopes


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "May Challenge"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: May 6, 2019

    So what were the Honeywell’s famous for did they get their money. There are Honeywell’s in the Bay Area as well? I love the brick work on the one that will be demolished soon😞 we may never see that again. Wonderful stuff and great bikes…..

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 7, 2019

      Honeywell played a major role in the development of the town — apparently met some “eminent” people while working in a law office in New York State. As always the history seems a little vague on how they actually accumulated their wealth, but he was a landowner in this area and obviously parlayed one thing to another. He was well respected as far as I can determine.
      The link provides lots of information, but its a long read — I prefer large print and lotsa pictures. 😉

  2. By: gregblood Posted: May 7, 2019

    Awesome brick town. The brick building set for demolition–well, it’s just plain criminal. Honeywell had a huge presence in Minneapolis as well.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 7, 2019

      Lots of people are unhappy with the decision to tear Honeywell School down, it apparently needs a quarter million in repairs and the economics just aren’t there (here) to provide that.
      The classroom space is no longer needed — so it looks like a sad end to a beautiful structure.

      Im not certain of a connection to Honeywell in Minneapolis, but there certainly could be one.
      Research project sounds in order.

      • By: gregblood Posted: May 8, 2019

        The huge company that makes thermostats and other temperature control systems was founded in Minneapolis. The headquarters has moved to New Jersey, but the company still employs 3,700 people in Minnesota. Maybe Honeywell International has no relation to the Honeywell family the rest of you are talking about.

        • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 8, 2019

          ” In the spring of 1856, accompanied by his
          family, Mr. Honeywell started for the Territory of Minne-
          From the link about Alba Honeywell, doesn’t really say if he ever got there — who knows, maybe some family did?

  3. By: NancyG Posted: May 7, 2019

    NIce slide show Rich. YOUR town of bricks is very interesting. I know the name Honeywell for some reason from my early life in Maryland, Baltimore to be exact. I don’t recall what that name was connected with though. Beautiful brick buildings.

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