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In 1883, Archibald W. Fletcher and family, wife Elizabeth and daughter Mary (May), settled in Highland Park. Originally from Canada, the Fletchers came to Chicago in 1863 and worked on a government contract building bridges. Eventually he became a resident of Evanston and began establishing his carpentry business on the North Shore. Fletcher became interested in breakwaters and began building them along Lake Michigan in conjunction with the various towns. In 1883, he established a coal business in Highland Park that expanded his work from only carpentry and building. Then in 1884, he also established a lumber yard. Fletcher was contracted to work various jobs in Highland Park and even built a 3 story business building on Central Avenue, dubbed the Fletcher building.
Fletcher served as postmaster of Highland Park at the turn of the 19th-20th century.
*For more information on the Fletcher family consult "Highland Park The First Hundred Years"
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