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John Hossack of Ottawa, Illinois.  Abolitionist, Underground Railway Conductor, Canal Builder.  Grain and Lumber Merchant.  Crusader for Human Rights and Liberty.  Man of God.  He feared God and loved his Fellow Man.

 

JOHN HOSSACK

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Here's how "The Columns" looks in May, 2007:

    

    

    

 

For the photographs, drawings, and data documenting the application for Historic Registry,

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"The Columns" John Hossack's Home

"The Columns" is the Greek Revival manor house that was built by John Hossack to be the family home.  It has been named as a historic structure by the federal government.  It is currently owned by Tom Godfrey, who inherited it from the his grandfather Phillip, who bought it from the Scotts who inherited it from John and Martha Hossack.  The home has been in just these two families since it was built. 

The "Columns" from the south circa 1870

  JOHN HOSSACK HOME IN 1870

Seen from Ottawa across the Illinois River:

JOHN HOSSACK HOME FROM ACROSS THE RIVER BY BOWMAN ENGINEERING

Interior Parlor.  Five Hossack Ladies circa 1892. From left: Emma, Annie, Louise, Mother Hossack and Margaret.  This is probably mourning for Belle (in portrait):

HOSSACK WOMEN MOURNING BELLE

"The Columns" northwest corner showing distinctive collonade that overlooks the river.  Taken by Jay Preston in 1994.

JOHN HOSSACK HOME IN 1994

"The Columns" southwest corner showing front on Prospect Ave.

JOHN HOSSACK HOME IN 1994

  "The Columns" southeast corner from Prospect Ave.

JOHN HOSSACK HOME FROM SOUTHEAST-1994

Interior Stairway and upstairs hall, 2002:

Looking northwest in living room-parlor:

Looking at Ottawa through the columns:

Looking South from the south balcony:

"The Columns" as it looks in November, 2002:

 

The MIDI file of "My Prairie Home" is used by permission of Benjamin Robert Tubb from his website at Public Domain Music http://www.pdmusic.org

This website is produced by Jay W. Preston to honor John Hossack, the Abolitionist of Ottawa, Illinois.  The father dedicates this to his son, Yujin Jay Preston (1979-1999), daughter Elika, and daughter Yuli, great great great grandchildren of John Hossack. Permission to reprint this material is granted when this notice is included in full.  2000 - 2010 Jay W. Preston.  For information, comments or contributions of time, money, information, materials, or manpower to this site: E-mail prestonoid@aol.com. Copyrights of works cited, quoted, or excerpted remain with the respective owners, if not in public domain.