Henry Conrad son of Oscar and Clara Conrad was born in Germany on November 4, 1895. Henry’s father Oscar started the Conrad Bakery business in Momence. For more photos and information about the Conrad family and Bakery please check out our Historical Stories of Momence link.
Irving Munson is a graduate of Augustana Academy and of Augustana College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating from college, he took several extension courses as given by the Western Illinois State Teachers' College in Macomb, Illinois, during three summer sessions. He has served as Superintendent at Neponset and Spring Valley, Illinois, and in 1920 Irving took the position as Superintendent of the Momence Schools, where he served into the 1930's.
John Illum son of Harry and Clara Illum was born in Momence on January 4, 1912. This is John’s Momence high school senior class photo from 1930.
William B. Tabler
William B. Tabler, son of Clyde and Frances Tabler was born in Momence, IL October 28, 1914, graduated from Momence High School, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard. William was an architect who designed more than 400 hotels. He was best known for giving Hilton Hotels the clean but sometimes stark face of corporate America, most notably in the 46-story slablike New York Hilton near Rockefeller Center.
In 1939, he joined the Chicago firm Holabird & Root, where he worked on his first big hotel project, the 1000 room Statler Hotel in Washington D.C. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, he bacame the head of Statler's in-house architecture department in 1946. He formed his own practice, William B Tabler Architects, in 1955.
His son, William B. Tablert Jr., is also an architect and continues the practice in Manhattan.
Tabler's designs affected generations of travelers after World War II when downtown hotels began to look more and more like the office buildings around them.
Some of his buildings include:
- Dallas Statler Hilton (1956)
- Hilton Pittsburgh (1959)
- Hilton New York (1963)
- Hilton Washington (1965)
- InterContinental Dhaka (1966)
- Hotel Ponce Intercontinental (1960-1975)
- Grand Hyatt Cairo (2000)