With T-minus five years and counting down to a forthcoming centenary celebration for Westmont, Mayor Ron Gunter expressed both zeal and gratitude for assistance with this year’s 95th Anniversary celebration at Village Hall Nov. 10.
“This is very exciting for us,” Gunter said. “This event will be the kickoff of our five year countdown to the Village’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. I want to thank all of the citizen volunteers who are part of the anniversary committee and working on this project.”
Volunteers came together to prepare festivities for the event, which will be at 31 W. Quincy St. Gunter plans to make some special announcements together with presentations during his remarks. Exhibits will include an historical display, photo gallery, and the declaration of this year’s student essay contest winners.
Additionally, spectators can witness the unveiling of the first phase of a five-part historical mural by Westmont artist Fanny Moy. There will be cake and refreshments afterwards.
“I am truly honored to be selected to be the first artist working on this project,” Moy said. “I want to thank everyone on the committee for assisting with the historical research necessary for this first mural.”
The mural will depict Westmont history before the community was incorporated as a municipality in 1921. This first phase will depict the CB&Q railroad, farms, trails, the area’s plank road, South Gregg’s School, historical Excelsior bricks, and Gregg’s milk stop — originally located along a railroad track and serving as a stop for milk delivery until 1920.