In 1917, The Wander Company opened its first and only US plant in Villa Park. The Ovaltine Factory manufactured a brand of milk flavoring product made with malt extract. It employed over 300 people and maintained employee homes within the village.
The US children’s radio series Little Orphan Annie and Captain Midnight (1931-1956) were sponsored by Ovaltine. Ovaltine jars provided “secret decoder ring” badges, or pins that could be used to decode messages in the program.
Chicago Aurora & Elgin Electric Line ~ VP station
The Illinois Prairie Path is a multi-use nature trail for non-motorized public use. It spans approximately 61 miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties in northeasten Illinois. A former right-of-way for the old Chicago Aurora & Elgin electric railroad, it was the first U.S. rail-to-trail conversion in the nation in the 1960’s. The CA&E suspended commuter operations in 1957 and freight operations in 1959. The right-of-way was finally abandoned in 1961.
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