During July, members of the Lemont Area Historical Society created an exhibit on the main floor of the Old Stone Church so that it would be handicapped accessible. Looking at our collections we decided to concentrate on just three local artists. Gathering information from Newspapers.com we wrote three short biographies of the artists. Recently, LAHA had shared over 100 microfilm local newspaper rolls with Newspapers.com.
Vitol J Lingin
Vitol J Lingin (1919-2003). Vitol’s parents were born in Lithuania and moved to Lemont where his father Mathew owned a shoe and harness repair shop. Vitol had a passion for wood and felt “Wood is the second greatest gift from God; the first gift from God is life”. He carved over 5,000 figures which he gave to various charities and organizations. Many of the figures are of Lemont old-timers who lived during the Great Depression. These are important to Lemont because they are part of our heritage and even the wood he used came from Lemont. One example of this is Lemont’s former Chief of Police (1909-1941) Pete Kane.